Send in the Drones

Send in the Drones

Weaker nations, Take our lead; Or we go And intercede. Whew! The United States finally seems to have gotten the globe pretty much under control. Sure, it’s messy, but empires are like that. There are always malcontents mouthing off about “foreign...

When Old Hawks Retract Their Talons

In recent years, the annals of national security are replete with retired generals expressing second thoughts about how militarized the United States has become. The latest is Gen. (Ret.) James Cartwright, who chairs the Global Zero movement’s U.S. Nuclear...
The State of the Military-Industrial Complex Is Strong

The State of the Military-Industrial Complex Is Strong

War may dwindle, Peace may grow; But weapons makers Never slow. What can you do with a bunch of used generals? If you keep them active, they need new assignments. These can be expensive. But if you let them retire with fat pensions, they’ll go to work for arms...
Standing Up For Common Sense

Standing Up For Common Sense

During a recent city council meeting, the mayor of Keene, New Hampshire leaned over to a council member and whispered excitedly: “We’re going to have our own tank.” Yes, the tank (or, more specifically, the “armored personnel vehicle”) is...
Libya’s Lessons

Libya’s Lessons

Libya is commonly counted as a success story among the ongoing Arab uprisings. NATO bombing, the story goes, saved thousands of lives and allowed Libyans to overthrow the absurd and murderous Muammar Gaddafi. The intervention proves that the West has aligned its...
Iraq Takes It Personally

Iraq Takes It Personally

Iraq is a gift that keeps on giving. We kicked out their murderous dictator for them, helped them institute democracy, poured hundreds of millions of dollarsinto their recovery, and tried our best to interrupt their civil war. Then we left — or at least our...
Get Ready for War with Iran

Get Ready for War with Iran

Greed for oil Will make us fight; Iran has got Endless barrels in sight. It seems increasingly likely that the United States will attack Iran. The pretext will be that country’s alleged nuclear threat to Western civilization. Doesn’t that sound familiar?...
Profiting from the Pentagon

Profiting from the Pentagon

Washington’s talking about cutting the military budget. Whoopee. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently revealed plans to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the Pentagon’s budget in the next decade, with possibly more reductions on the way....
We Should Buy More White Flags

We Should Buy More White Flags

War for some, Increases wealth; For all the rest, It ruins health. President Calvin Coolidge famously explained in 1925 that “the business of America is business.” Lately, that aphorism has been superseded by the model developed by Presidents George W....
Is Iran Iraq All Over Again?

Is Iran Iraq All Over Again?

For at least the past two decades, political leaders in the United States and Israel have warned that Iran was on the threshold of building a nuclear weapon. From what we’ve been hearing lately from the media, Iran is once again…on that threshold. Touting...
Occupy APEC with Aloha

Occupy APEC with Aloha

“The time has come for us to voice our rage,” the Hawaiian artist Makana sang as he gently strummed his slack-key guitar. “Against the ones who’ve trapped us in a cage, to steal from us the value of our wage.” Makana wasn’t...
U.S. Military and Economic Violence in Nicaragua: Roots of Migration

U.S. Military and Economic Violence in Nicaragua: Roots of Migration

Migration and its root causes have been an integral part of the post-war reconciliation process in Nicaragua. The Peace Promoters have found that most Nicaraguans, no matter their political leaning or past military involvement – Contra or Sandinista – are...
The Two Koreas in 2012: Dramatic Change on the Horizon

The Two Koreas in 2012: Dramatic Change on the Horizon

Elections in South Korea and leadership transition in North Korea promise big changes on the Korean peninsula in 2012. But the building of a new naval base in the south that will enhance U.S. power projection in the region also challenges regional peace and stability....