Ruled by Rifles

Ruled by Rifles

The Pentagon and the National Rifle Association have a lot in common these days. They’re in love with guns. They maintain powerful lobbies. They refuse to acknowledge the dangerous consequences of their policies. And they’re both on the defensive. After...

The Glory of War

Our society, like most others, glorifies war. “For God and Country!” is the cry. “Be all you can be,” is the manly challenge. “Bring ’em on,” was George W. Bush’s machismo war whoop, which drew cheers from...

America the Exceptional

We are the greatest country on earth. If you don’t believe it, just ask us. American “exceptionalism”–the declaration of which produces that warm feeling of knowing there’s nobody as good as you are–is a growth industry these days,...

The New War Congress: An Obama-Republican War Alliance

Oddly enough, doing so brings some surprising silver linings into view. The House and Senate have had Democratic majorities for the past four years. In January, the House will be run by Republicans, while the Democratic majority in the Senate will shrink. We still...

The Pentagon Must Protect Whistleblowers

The grisly details continue to drip out. Five American soldiers have been accused of setting up “kills” and murdering innocent Afghans earlier this year, according to charges filed by the U.S. Army against them. But could some of the murders have been...

Spreading Weapons in the Name of Peace

Hey, Bucko. Stop whining about this sour economy, and start thinking about the plight of others. For example: arms dealers. You’ve probably paid no attention to the hard fact that the global recession caused worldwide arms sales to plummet by 8.5 percent last...
Workshop on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in the United States

Workshop on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in the United States

As the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II) awaits ratification in a divided Senate, the United States can take steps on its own to demonstrate its leadership and commitment to eliminating nuclear arms and stemming nuclear proliferation. We invite you to...

A World Made by War

You could even say that I celebrated my ninth birthday last week, without cake, candles, presents, or certainly joy. I’ve had two mobilized moments in my life. The first was in the Vietnam War years; the second, the one that leaves me as a nine-year-old, began...

The Lessons of WikiLeaks

For the last few years, the war in Afghanistan seemed to be an afterthought in the U.S. media. That all changed in a hurry with the publication of tens of thousands of classified intelligence documents by the website WikiLeaks. Those files were shared with several...