The Pentagon Has Won the War that Matters

by William Astore As America enters the 18th year of its war in Afghanistan and its 16th in Iraq, the war on terror continues in Yemen, Syria, and parts of Africa, including Libya, Niger, and Somalia. Meanwhile, the Trump administration threatens yet more war, this… Continue Reading  

A Case for Demilitarizing the Military

by Gregory Foster Item: Two U.S. Navy patrol boats, with 10 sailors aboard, “stray” into Iranian territorial waters, and are apprehended and held by Iranian revolutionary guards, precipitating a 24-hour international incident involving negotiations at the highest levels of government… Continue Reading  

Sucking Up to the Military Brass

Generals Who Run Amuck, Politicians Who Could Care Less, an “Embedded” Media… And Us By William J. Astore via Tom Dispatch Few things have characterized the post-9/11 American world more than our worshipful embrace of our generals. They’ve become our… Continue Reading  

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Washington’s Echo Chamber

All-American Decline in a New World Wars, Vampires, Burned Children, and Indelicate Imbalances By Tom Engelhardt Reprinted with permission of This is a global moment unlike any in memory, perhaps in history.  Yes, comparisons can be made to the wave of people… Continue Reading  

What a U.S. Deterrence Strategy Towards Iran Might Entail

Tom Ricks has posted an excellent piece by Zachary Hosford, Best Defense nuclear warfare correspondent, on his Foreign Policy blog.  Hosford’s critique of Bruce Riedel’s National Interest article, “If Israel Attacks,” addresses key questions on what it might take for the U.S.… Continue Reading