Biden Refuses to Mention the Worsening Dangers of Nuclear War. Media and Congress Enable His Silence.

I’ve just finished going through the more than 60 presidential statements, documents and communiqués about the war in Ukraine that the White House has released and posted on its website since Joe Biden’s State of the Union address in early March. They all share with that speech one stunning characteristic – the complete absence of … Continue reading “Biden Refuses to Mention the Worsening Dangers of Nuclear War. Media and Congress Enable His Silence.”

Biden’s Unhinged Call for Regime Change in Russia

Ever since Joe Biden ended his speech in Poland on Saturday night by making one of the most dangerous statements ever uttered by a U.S. president in the nuclear age, efforts to clean up after him have been profuse. Administration officials scurried to assert that Biden didn’t mean what he said. Yet no amount of … Continue reading “Biden’s Unhinged Call for Regime Change in Russia”

From Moscow to Washington, the Barbarism and Hypocrisy Don’t Justify Each Other

Russia’s war in Ukraine – like the USA’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – should be understood as barbaric mass slaughter. For all their mutual hostility, the Kremlin and the White House are willing to rely on similar precepts: Might makes right. International law is what you extol when you aren’t violating it. And at … Continue reading “From Moscow to Washington, the Barbarism and Hypocrisy Don’t Justify Each Other”

Bob Dylan and the Ukraine Crisis

Fifty-nine years ago, Bob Dylan recorded "With God on Our Side." You probably haven’t heard it on the radio for a very long time, if ever, but right now you could listen to it as his most evergreen of topical songs: I’ve learned to hate the Russians All through my whole life If another war … Continue reading “Bob Dylan and the Ukraine Crisis”

US to Russia: Do as We Say, Not as We Do

Hidden in plain sight, the extreme hypocrisy of the U.S. position on NATO and Ukraine cries out for journalistic coverage and open debate in the USA’s major media outlets. But those outlets, with rare exceptions, have gone into virtually Orwellian mode, only allowing elaboration on the theme of America good, Russia bad. Aiding and abetting … Continue reading “US to Russia: Do as We Say, Not as We Do”

The Pentagon’s 20-Year Killing Spree Has Always Treated Civilians as Expendable

Top U.S. officials want us to believe that the Pentagon carefully spares civilian lives while making war overseas. The notion is pleasant. And with high-tech killing far from home, the physical and psychological distances have made it even easier to believe recent claims that American warfare has become "humane." Such pretenses should be grimly laughable … Continue reading “The Pentagon’s 20-Year Killing Spree Has Always Treated Civilians as Expendable”

Current Dispute Over ICBMs Is a Quarrel Over How To Fine-Tune the Doomsday Machinery

Nuclear weapons are at the pinnacle of what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism." If you’d rather not think about them, that’s understandable. But such a coping strategy has limited value. And those who are making vast profits from preparations for global annihilation are further empowered by our avoidance. At the level … Continue reading “Current Dispute Over ICBMs Is a Quarrel Over How To Fine-Tune the Doomsday Machinery”

To Avoid Armageddon, Don’t Modernize Missiles – Eliminate Them

Reprinted from The Nation with permission from the authors. The single best option for reducing the risk of nuclear war is hidden in plain sight. News outlets don’t mention it. Pundits ignore it. Even progressive and peace-oriented members of Congress tiptoe around it. And yet, for many years, experts have been calling for this act … Continue reading “To Avoid Armageddon, Don’t Modernize Missiles – Eliminate Them”

Stop Calling the Military Budget a ‘Defense’ Budget

It’s bad enough that mainstream news outlets routinely call the Pentagon budget a "defense" budget. But the fact that progressives in Congress and even many antiwar activists also do the same is an indication of how deeply the mindsets of the nation’s warfare state are embedded in the political culture of the United States. The … Continue reading “Stop Calling the Military Budget a ‘Defense’ Budget”

Biden’s Revenge: Fueling ‘Madness of Militarism’ in Afghanistan

Joe Biden provided a stirring soundbite days ago when he spoke from the White House just after suicide bombers killed 13 U.S. troops and 170 Afghans at a Kabul airport: "To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will … Continue reading “Biden’s Revenge: Fueling ‘Madness of Militarism’ in Afghanistan”