The Pentagon and CIA Have Shaped Thousands of Hollywood Movies Into Super Effective Propaganda

Propaganda is most impactful when people don’t think it’s propaganda, and most decisive when it’s censorship you never knew happened. When we imagine that the U.S. military only occasionally and slightly influences US movies, we are extremely badly deceived. The actual impact is on thousands of movies made, and thousands of others never made. And … Continue reading “The Pentagon and CIA Have Shaped Thousands of Hollywood Movies Into Super Effective Propaganda”

War Powers Reform and the Pretense Thereof

I’ve just read through three of the most boring but potentially most important documents around. One is the War Powers Resolution of 1973 which you can print on 6 pages and is what’s referred to as existing law even though it’s violated as routinely as air is breathed. Another is a war powers reform bill … Continue reading “War Powers Reform and the Pretense Thereof”

Biden Defends Ending a War He’s Not Fully Ending

It’s been a dream of peace-loving people everywhere for over 20 years now for a U.S. government to end a war and to speak in support of having done so. Sadly, Biden is only partially ending one of the endless wars, none of the others having yet been fully ended either, and his remarks on … Continue reading “Biden Defends Ending a War He’s Not Fully Ending”

Have a Blessed Pearl Harbor Day

One of the holiest days of the year is fast approaching. Are you ready? Remember the true meaning of Pearl Harbor Day! The U.S. government planned, prepared for, and provoked a war with Japan for years, and was in many ways at war already, waiting for Japan to fire the first shot, when Japan attacked … Continue reading “Have a Blessed Pearl Harbor Day”

In 1940, the United States Decided To Rule the World

Stephen Wertheim’s Tomorrow, The World examines a shift in elite U.S. foreign-policy thinking that took place in mid-1940. Why in that moment, a year and a half before the Japanese attacks on the Philippines, Hawaii, and other outposts, did it become popular in foreign-policy circles to advocate for US military domination of the globe? In … Continue reading “In 1940, the United States Decided To Rule the World”

Military Bases Never Go Unused

If, like me, you have the unfortunate habit of pointing out the dishonesty of the cases made for various wars, and you begin to persuade people that the wars are not actually for the eradication of the weapons of mass destruction that they proliferate, or the elimination of the terrorists that they generate, or the … Continue reading “Military Bases Never Go Unused”

Top Poisoner of Pacific Is US Military

“We’re number one!” The United States famously fails to actually lead the world in anything desirable, but it does lead the world in many things, and one of them turns out to be the poisoning of the Pacific and its islands. And by the United States, I mean the United States military. A new book … Continue reading “Top Poisoner of Pacific Is US Military”

The Latest War-Is-Good-for-You Book

The New York Times loves the latest war-is-good-for-you book, War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan. The book fits into the growing and exclusively U.S. genre that includes Ian Morris’s War: What Is It Good For? Conflict and Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots (Morris came to the US from the U.K. decades … Continue reading “The Latest War-Is-Good-for-You Book”

WWII Was Not Fought To Save Anyone From Death Camps

If you were to listen to people justifying WWII today, and using WWII to justify the subsequent 75 years of wars and war preparations, the first thing you would expect to find in reading about what WWII actually was would be a war motivated by the need to save Jews from mass murder. There would … Continue reading “WWII Was Not Fought To Save Anyone From Death Camps”