The Military-Industrial Complex Is Killing Us All

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Or so the song lyrics go anyway. But in the case of this country, war, it turns out, has been good for plenty of high-class Americans, especially our weapons makers. As TomDispatch regular David Vine and Theresa Arriola report today, the military-industrial-congressional complex (MIC) has proven to … Continue reading “The Military-Industrial Complex Is Killing Us All”

Do You Want a New Cold War?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Let me make my own position on China all too clear. I’m distinctly “soft” on that country. I always have been. After all, it represents a remarkable civilization, one I studied in graduate school. Among my greatest regrets is never having visited there, never having made it to the Great Wall … Continue reading “Do You Want a New Cold War?”

Atoning for Washington’s ‘Mass Kidnapping’ in the Indian Ocean

One week after British voters decided to exit the European Union, the UK Supreme Court was set to decide the fate of a small group of British citizens who had no such vote when the UK and U.S. governments forced the people to exit their homeland beginning in the late 1960s. Known as the Chagossians, … Continue reading “Atoning for Washington’s ‘Mass Kidnapping’ in the Indian Ocean”

The Battle Over Bases

In 2003 and 2004, President George W. Bush announced his intention to initiate a major realignment and shrinkage of what his administration described as an economically wasteful and outdated U.S. overseas basing structure. The plan was to close more than a third of the nation’s Cold War-era bases in Europe, South Korea, and Japan. Troops … Continue reading “The Battle Over Bases”

Start Closing Overseas Bases Now

In the midst of an economic crisis that’s getting scarier by the day, it’s time to ask whether the nation can really afford some 1,000 military bases overseas. For those unfamiliar with the issue, you read that number correctly. One thousand. One thousand U.S. military bases outside the 50 states and Washington, DC, representing the largest collection … Continue reading “Start Closing Overseas Bases Now”

Diego Garcia: The Other Guantánamo

On the small, remote island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean halfway between Africa and Indonesia, the United States has one of the most secretive military bases in the world. From its position almost 10,000 miles closer to the Persian Gulf than the east coast of the United States, this huge U.S. air and … Continue reading “Diego Garcia: The Other Guantánamo”