How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops

Originally posted at TomDispatch. I’m sure you’ve heard about the $65 million. Or was it $86 million? Or was it even more? You know, the funds the Pentagon sunk into that hotshot plane it was preparing for its Afghan drug interdiction program. You haven’t? Well, as Megan Rose reported at ProPublica, with its “electro-optical infra-red … Continue reading “How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops”

Autopilot Wars: Sixteen Years, But Who’s Counting?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Even though the article was buried at the bottom of page eight of the September 28th New York Times, it caught my attention. Its headline: "Russia Destroys Chemical Weapons and Faults U.S. for Not Doing So." In a televised ceremony, wrote reporter Andrew Higgins, Russian President Vladimir Putin "presided over the … Continue reading “Autopilot Wars: Sixteen Years, But Who’s Counting?”

Afghanistan Again? When Will They Ever Learn?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Last year, an internal report commissioned by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency that oversees Voice of America and other U.S. government-supported foreign news outlets, examined the “perception of U.S. international media in Afghanistan.” This study, obtained by TomDispatch via the Freedom of Information Act, concluded that Afghans saw U.S.-backed … Continue reading “Afghanistan Again? When Will They Ever Learn?”

The Superpower That Fought Itself – and Lost

Originally posted at TomDispatch. After 19 al-Qaeda militants armed only with box-cutters and knives hijacked four American commercial airliners, the U.S. military moved with remarkable efficiency to rectify the problem. In the years since, in its global war on terror, the Pentagon has ensured that America’s enemies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere have regularly … Continue reading “The Superpower That Fought Itself – and Lost”

How the Pentagon Snatched Innovation From the Jaws of Defeat

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In the early 1950s, my father ran a gas station on Governors Island, a military base in New York harbor. In those years, it would be my only encounter with the suburbs. And there, for maybe a dime on any Saturday afternoon, I could join the kids from military families at … Continue reading “How the Pentagon Snatched Innovation From the Jaws of Defeat”

War in the Greater Middle East, Maybe We’re the Bad Guys

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In some closet, I still have toy soldiers from my 1950s childhood. They played a crucial role in an all-American world of good guys and bad guys I learned about, in part, from the westerns and war movies my father took me to at local movie theaters. I can still remember … Continue reading “War in the Greater Middle East, Maybe We’re the Bad Guys”

Trump’s Generals: The Last Men Standing

Originally posted at TomDispatch. It was bloody and brutal, a true generational struggle, but give them credit. In the end, they won when so many lost. James Comey was axed. Sean Spicer went down in a heap of ashes. Anthony Scaramucci crashed and burned instantaneously. Reince Priebus hung on for dear life but was finally … Continue reading “Trump’s Generals: The Last Men Standing”

Avoiding War With Pyongyang

Originally posted at TomDispatch. If you happen to be a dystopian novelist, as TomDispatch regular John Feffer is, then you’re in business these days. Back in 2015, when Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency was just heating up and Feffer was writing Splinterlands, his vivid look back from the year 2050 at our shattered planet, … Continue reading “Avoiding War With Pyongyang”

Welcome to the Post-American World

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Let me try to get this straight: from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation, the only truly exceptional one on this small orb of ours. We were the sole … Continue reading “Welcome to the Post-American World”