Category Militarism

Coleen Rowley: What are the Prospects for Peace?

“The U.S. always portrays itself as the greatest force on the planet for peace, justice, human rights, racial equality, etc. Polls tell us that most other nations actually regard the U.S. as the greatest threat to stability. What in your view is the truth here?”

Norman Solomon: Stop Calling the Military Budget a ‘Defense’ Budget

As Orwell wrote in a 1946 essay, political language “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

Harry Potter and the Secret of COP26, by David Swanson

“Merlin’s pants!”

DN! “Humane”: Yale Historian Samuel Moyn on “How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War”

“…when Biden gave his two speeches the other week defending the pullout from Afghanistan, he made utterly clear that while giving up on failed counterinsurgency, he is turning to, and maybe will intensify himself, the real fruit of 9/11, which is kind of endless counterterror, no matter what the constraints of international law say, unless they require the drones to strike or the special forces to visit with care for the victims.”

The Kabul Strike: Drone Whistleblowers React

While the media and decision makers are reckoning with the Kabul strike the voices of drone whistleblowers have been conspicuously absent from these national discussions.

How Corporations Won the War on Terror, by William Hartung

“To put such a figure in perspective, the $75 billion in Pentagon contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin that year was significantly more than one and one-half times the entire 2020 budget for the State Department and the Agency for International Development, which together totaled $44 billion.”

US reliance on defence contractors led to mission failures: Study, Costs of War

“The stunning Taliban victory last month in Afghanistan is drawing attention now to even graver consequences: the extent to which the US reliance on contractors may have heightened the difficulties of the Afghan security forces.”

DN! Forced Entry: NSO Group Spies Secretly Seized Control of Apple Devices by Exploiting Flaw in Code

“This is … the most important crisis around global civil society right now.” Over 1.65 billion Apple products in use around the globe have been vulnerable to the spyware since at least March.

Rep. Barbara Lee, Who Cast Sole Vote After 9/11 Against “Forever Wars,” on Need for Afghan War Inquiry

“Let us not become the evil we deplore.” And with those words, Oakland Congressmember Barbara Lee rocked the House, the Capitol, this country, the world, the lone voice of more than 400 congressmembers.

Norman Solomon on what the media won’t say: “The American people live in a warfare state” by Chauncey DeVaga

“Napoleon said that it’s not necessary to censor the news. It’s more efficient to delay it until it no longer matters. In terms of the dead, it no longer matters.”

Hedges: The Empire Does Not Forgive

“The cynicism of arming and funding the mujahedeen against the Soviets exposes the lie of America’s humanitarian concerns in Afghanistan.”

DN! Peace Activist Kathy Kelly on Reparations for Afghanistan and What the U.S. Owes After Decades of War

“I think we would have to look to the U.N. and groups that have a reputation for being able to truly assist people in Afghanistan, and then reparations through dismantling the war system.”

DN! Afghanistan Faces Future Under Taliban as U.S. Withdraws and Drone Strikes Continue to Kill Civilians

As the last U.S. forces leave Afghanistan, ending the longest war in U.S. history, we go to Kabul to speak with Danish Afghan journalist Nagieb Khaja, who was once kidnapped by the Taliban and later embedded with them on a reporting assignment. He has been investigating Sunday’s U.S. drone strike that killed 10 Afghan civilians, […]

What are the Prospects For Peace: an Interview with Noam Chomsky

“According to the Constitution, Article I, Congress has the sole right to declare war. But that provision has long been dispatched to the ashcan, along with other inconvenient provisions of the document that we are taught to revere.”

We’re Number One in Weapons Sales, by Polly Mann

The main recipient region in 2016–20 was Asia and Oceania (accounting for 42 percent of global arms imports), followed by the Middle East (33 percent), Europe (12 percent), Africa (7.3 percent), and the Americas (5.4 percent).

DN! Afghanistan: Interviews with Jeremy Corbyn, Sarah Chayes, and Obaidullah Baheer

Chayes: ” … the behavior of those Afghan leaders that we, the United States, kind of put forward toward their own citizens, and the role of U.S. officials and U.S. development organizations in reinforcing and protecting and enabling, I mean, just an unbelievably corrupt and abusive governmental system, so that, you know, my Afghan friends, who were not in university — they were ordinary villagers in and around Kandahar — they just didn’t know what to make of it. It was like, ‘Look, the Taliban shake us down at night, but the government shakes us down in the daytime’”

Updates: Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, by Women Against Military Madness

“Unless something changes, military skirmishes will continue between Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Hamas in Palestine on the one hand, and the U.S. and its allied client-partners on the other, and may develop into a devastating new war in the Middle East.”

Dangerous Military Actions in Asia and The Pacific, a panel moderated by Ann Wright

A comprehensive look at the U.S. military in the Asian Pacific. A sobering account: lean, mean, mobile.

Where’s Humanity with an Exploding National “Defense” Budget? by Marie Braun

“The vast bulk of military expenditures today have nothing to do with keeping us safe. And the advocates for war are a small minority – politicians, militarists, weapons makers, oil companies, and relatively small fanatical groups like al Qaeda.”

Afghanistan: Who’s to Blame and What Next? panel by Code Pink

Includes Biden’s full speech to the U.S. nation and responses of the panelists.