Tag Archives: Military

William Astore> Huffington Post> Are Drones Keeping Us in a Losing Cause Longer?

Are Drones Keeping Us in a Losing Cause Longer? William Astore  Posted: 09/26/2012 11:22 am Huffington Post There’s little question that unmanned aerial vehicles or drones are helping to save the lives of U.S. and NATO troops in places like Afghanistan while aiding in the killing of terrorist suspects in regions largely inaccessible to ground troops. But the […]

Chris Hedges> Criminalizing Dissent

Criminalizing Dissent Photo by CTJ71081 (CC-BY) By Chris Hedges   Posted on Aug 13, 2012    truthdig.com I was on the 15th floor of the Southern U.S. District Court in New York in the courtroom of Judge Katherine Forrest last Tuesday. It was the final hearing in the lawsuit I brought in January against President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense […]

Predator drones to start operations over North Dakota

Predator drones to start operations over North Dakota Published: 27 July, 2012, 22:03   RT   The FAA has authorized the use of remote-controlled Predator drones in the airspace above nearly 10,000 acres in North Dakota. As of this fall, unmanned military aircraft will use lasers to aim at ground targets from nearly 2 miles above […]

Chris Hedges> The Perversion of Scholarship

The Perversion of Scholarship By Chris Hedges    Jul 30, 2012    truthdig.com Illustration by Mr. Fish Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities. Scholarship, inquiry, self-criticism, moral autonomy and a search for artistic and esoteric forms of expression—in short, the world of ethics, creativity and ideas—are shouted down […]

Mother Jones> Understanding a New Era of PTSD> What PTSD means for soldiers in a time of shadow wars.

Understanding a New Era of PTSD> What PTSD means for soldiers in a time of shadow wars. —By Nan Levinson | Thu Jun. 28, 2012    Mother Jones This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. The U.S. Army/Flickr “PTSD is going to color everything you write,” came the warning from a stepmother of a Marine, a woman […]

Video> Damascus finds armed groups responsible for Houla massacre, US does not believe> with Sara Flounders

Damascus finds armed groups responsible for Houla massacre, US does not believe> with Sara Flounders Published: 31 May, 2012   Edited: 01 June, 2012   RT A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition’s Shaam News Network shows people watching the mass burial on May 26, 2012 of more than 100 victims killed in the central Syrian city […]

NATO/CANG8 on Democracy Now!> Carlos Montes, Aaron Hughes IVAW, other activists

NATO/CANG8 on Democracy Now!Carlos Montes, Aaron Hughes IVAW, other activists Cang8 mailing list [Videos added by WAMMToday] Friends – 3 headline stories on Democracy Now this morning about the protest in Chicago and the trial of Carlos Montes in Los Angeles.  Carlos will be speaking at the rally on Sunday, May 20 at Petrillo Band […]

Insight on Conflict> An Interview with Johan Galtung

AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHAN GALTUNG By Ben Baruch March 12, 2012  Insight on Conflict  Professor Johan Galtung talks to Insight on Conflict’s Ben Baruch about the Arab Spring, his concepts of positive peace and negative peace, the conflict in Sudan, his views on mediation and the merits of local vs. outsider participation in peace processes. Insight on […]

Tomgram, Tom Engelhardt> Juan Cole, The Iran Conundrum

Tomgram, Tom Engelhardt>  Juan Cole, The Iran Conundrum Posted by Juan Cole  April 12, 2012    TomDispatch Juan Cole’s article, “Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster: What History Should Teach Us About Blockading Iran” is posted separately on WAMMToday. Negotiators for Iran, the U.S., Britain, China, France, Russia, and Germany are to meet in […]

George Masters> Support our troops? Then bring them home.

Support our troops? Then bring them home. By George Masters    April 6, 2012     Washington Post I’m driving. Jack, my co-pilot, sleeps in the passenger seat. His chin rests on my upper leg. The car in front of us wears two Support Our Troops ribbons. One is yellow; the other red, white and blue. Both […]

Gregory D. Foster> A Case of Strategic Debasement> What the infamous Marine urination video teaches us about war and the U.S. military

US Marines from 1st Battalion 8th, Bravo company pose as they unpack containers of mineral water at Talibjhan base in Afghanistan on January 19, 2011. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) A Case of Strategic Debasement. What the infamous Marine urination video teaches us about war and the U.S. military BY GREGORY D. FOSTER    JANUARY 20, 2012    In These Times […]

Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Hegemony and Its Dilemmas

Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Hegemony and Its Dilemmas February 14, 2012   Tom Dispatch Back in May 2007, I stumbled across online sketches at the website of a Kansas architectural firm hired to build a monster U.S. embassy-cum-citadel-cum-Greater-Middle-Eastern command center on 104 acres in the middle of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.  They offered an artist’s impressions of what […]

11 Incredible Weapons That Only America Has

11 Incredible Weapons That Only America Has Robert Johnson | Sep. 30, 2011, 7:00 PM | Business Insider The Soviets exploded their first nuclear weapon in 1949. China revealed plans for its own stealth bomber last year. But there are still some weapons the rest of the world doesn’t have. Weapons like the MQ9 Reaper Drone, […]

Richard Raznikov> A Tale Of Two Soldiers> Frank and Brad

A Tale Of Two Soldiers by Richard Raznikov   Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:19   RSN Old-fashioned American values. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich led his squad on a killing rampage, kicking in doors, throwing grenades into homes, and machine-gunning everyone inside. Twenty-four died, including seven children. Wuterich and three other Marines were nailed by a snitch […]

Nick Turse> The US Has Special Operations Forces in How Many Countries?

The US Has Special Operations Forces in How Many Countries? The Bush administration had special operations forces in 60 countries. Today, that number is 75—and it’s rising. Nick Turse | Mon Sep. 19, 2011 12:28 PM PDT   Mother Jones This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. US Army soldiers conduct a patrol through […]

War on Iran: It’s Not A Matter of “If”

The analogy here is the run up to Pearl Harbor. Let me quote from a useful timeline. On October 7, 1940,   a US Navy IQ analyst Arthur McCollum wrote an 8 point memo on how to force Japan into war with US. Beginning the next day FDR began to put them into effect and all […]