Posts in: anti-war

Soldiers are Uncle Sam’s most disposable workers

December 2014

Clearly war is still hell, since every day 22 U.S. veterans take their lives, and the suicide rate for active duty soldiers is more than 50 percent higher than for civilians. But politicians and military commanders just slap a “hero” label on those returning from battle or leaving the service. Then these same soldiers are… Read more »

The US role in the world: myth and reality

December 2014

The term “American Century” comes from Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune. In 1941, Luce wrote a lengthy editorial to whip up public support for World War II. “Throughout the 17th Century and the 18th Century and the 19th Century,” he wrote, “this continent teemed with manifold projects and magnificent purposes…. Read more »

The “American Centuries” and what they have wrought

December 2014

Shortly before the U.S. started bombing Iraq again, President Obama made a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida to build support for the new war. He heaped praise on the leaders of this major command center, which oversees U.S. warfare in the Middle East. He gave prominent salutes to MacDill’s Special Operations… Read more »

Guns versus butter: Why tanks trump food stamps in the federal budget

June 2015

Though hardly front-page news, the proposed federal budget for 2016 boosts funding for the Department of Defense. Obama earmarked $534 billion to these U.S. warlords. Their base budget in 2000 was around $300 billion. His proposal keeps baseline “defense” spending at its typical 20 to 30 percent of the total budget. This $534 billion does… Read more »

Freedom Socialist opinion — Military chic: selling the brand

August 2015

A recent article in The New York Times gushed about a new fashion line featuring military surplus clothing “reworked for the soldier in us all.” The $200 (!) jumpsuit pictured with the article looks like something you’d wear to work on your car, but no matter. It got us thinking about military chic and selling… Read more »

War and other acts of terrorism; Defending refugees

February 2016

French President François Hollande lost no time declaring a state of emergency following the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in Paris this past November, which killed 130 people. Within hours the ink was dry. Two days later, French pilots were bombing ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria. “We must face up to a war against terrorism, against jihadism,… Read more »

Freedom Socialist opinion — Manhattan Project still taking lives

February 2016

I was stunned to learn that President Obama signed a measure in December to establish national parks at three government sites that constituted the infamous Manhattan Project. These are Hanford in Washington state, Los Alamos in New Mexico, and Oak Ridge in Tennessee. The Hanford park will include B Reactor, the world’s first large-scale nuclear… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Russia’s bombs cause misery twice over

February 2016

Certain talking heads say that Russia’s air strikes on Syria will help stop terrorism. Nonsense. Its planes are not targeting ISIS, but revolutionaries and civilians fighting Assad and the jihadists. Most of the casualties are in market places and residential areas. Some Stalinists (meaning supporters of Soviet policy under Stalin who also support Russian policy… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Saudi aggression is US-fueled

February 2016

On Jan. 2, Saudi Arabia — one of the top U.S. allies in the Middle East — executed 47 people. Among those beheaded was famous Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, killed for leading pro-reform demonstrations during the Arab Spring. The monarchy will not abide dissent, nor the most basic demands for human rights. And let’s… Read more »