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Preparing for Doomsday: A Shelter-in-Place Mentality Is the New American Normal

A former Air Force software engineer writes about his time living underground in the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, America’s nuclear command center.

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Two Impulsive Leaders Fan the Global Flames

President Trump’s public alignment with Saudi Arabian King Salman in his anti-Iran campaign could engulf the Middle East in a new global crisis.

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The Folly of the Next ‘Surge’ in Afghanistan

With Donald Trump’s generals considering renewed action, a U.S. Army strategist recalls his time in Afghanistan in 2011.

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U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed to 137 Nations—So Far—in 2017

A lack of meaningful strategic results from these deployment levels has not led Washington to raise fundamental questions about ways the U.S. employs its elite forces.

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Saudi Arabia Is ‘Playing’ Donald Trump With Potentially Disastrous Consequences

Trump’s newfound ardor for the Saudi regime is a far cry from his past positions, including his campaign assertion that the Saudis were behind the 9/11 attacks.

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A Psychedelic Spin on ‘National Security’

Two kinds of radicalism emerged in the ’60s: one promoting a more humane idea of security, the other aimed at building a life that transcended the question of security altogether.

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Trauma Inflicted on Children in the War on Terror Is Clouding Global Society’s Future

If the defeat of terrorist groups means the destruction of childhood and the death of dreams across much of the world, what kind of victory will that be?

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The Making of a Nation’s Decline

President Trump is giving America’s tottering domestic and global systems the push that will send them over the edge.

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Is Trump Launching a New World Order?

The president is attempting to lay the foundations for a world in which fossil-fuel powers will contend for supremacy with post-carbon, green-energy states.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE



Dear President Trump: Breaking Up (Banks) Isn’t Hard to Do

A growing bipartisan alliance wants to restore Glass-Steagall legislation, which ensured that investment banks and commercial banks couldn’t cohabit. But what will the president do?

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE



America’s Real Red Scare

More than a generation after defeating the Soviet Union in the Cold War, the United States seems to be emulating some of the worst aspects of its former rival superpower.

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Goodbye Pacific Pivot, Hello Pacific Retreat

Who will take America’s place in Asia?

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 READ MORE



The Irrationality of America’s Iran Hysteria

While President Obama’s modest overtures toward the country were greeted with scathing partisan scorn, the Trump administration has a unique opportunity to normalize relations with Iran.

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Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia

As we struggle to keep up with the administration’s shifting explanations, it is difficult to remember the events of yesterday, let alone last week or last month.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE



Hit Him Where It Hurts

Can a boycott movement to damage President Trump financially change the political landscape?

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Whistleblowers, Moral Injury and Perpetual War

If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept that the costs of war are also endless.

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How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators and Military Regimes

Critics of President Trump’s public support for authoritarian rulers generally ignore the long-standing support U.S. presidents have offered repressive regimes over the decades.

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Mosul on My Mind

Iraq’s military, along with the U.S. Air Force, claims to be taking great care to avoid destruction in Mosul, but significant swathes of the Iraqi city is likely to be left in ruins.

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The Hazards of Military Worship

An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker

It’s a reasonable bet that never in history has a society spent more on war and gotten less bang for its copious bucks.

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Forbidden Questions: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media

The media’s obsession with Donald Trump provides an excuse for highlighting trivia while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE



Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars

The American way of recalling war has led to the populist nationalisms of today.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Empire Expands

Donald Trump and his family continue to create an unprecedented role for themselves, reimagining the White House as the newest branch of the clan’s imperial business domain.

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Climate Change as Genocide

Only concerted action on multiple fronts can prevent the human disasters now unfolding in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen from becoming the global norm.

Posted on Apr 22, 2017 READ MORE



How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East

The short answer: Fight it.

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A Radical Message From a Half-Century Ago

The largest mobilization for progressive politics since the Vietnam era offers an opportunity to go beyond treating symptoms and start offering cures for underlying illnesses.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE



What Does an ‘America-First’ Foreign Policy Actually Mean?

Donald Trump’s talk of finally winning again is a recipe for prolonging wars guaranteed to create more chaos and failed states in the Middle East, and possibly beyond.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE



The Navy’s Anti-Environmental Broadside in the Gulf of Alaska

In May, U.S. warships will sail to the gulf and engage in activities that could poison those once-pristine waters.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE



Demobilizing America: A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade by It

For more than 15 years, the U.S. has been fighting essentially failed or failing wars—efforts that seem only to spread the terrorism they’re supposed to eradicate.

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An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single-Superpower World

Are we in an era of a “new peace”? Think again.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy

In one now-historic decade, civil rights organizers brilliantly identified the levers of government power they could seize, but most of those levers are out of reach today. How will modern activists achieve change?

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE



The Surge Delusion

Just as the military and the public misunderstood Vietnam, many contemporary officers and politicians rely on a mythical rendering of a successful surge in the Iraq War.

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Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or ‘Victory at Sea’ All Over Again)

The president’s talk of rebuilding the U.S. military has been influenced deeply by the “Victory at Sea” documentary series and the war movies of Trump’s youth.

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The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo

I looked forward to writing an essay highlighting the detention camp’s last 100 days. It never happened.

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE



In Afghanistan, America’s Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception

That a few thousand troops could reverse the present situation and ensure progress toward victory is a fantasy.

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Misuse of American Military Power Leaves the Middle East in Chaos

Policymakers seriously overestimated the efficacy of American power to shape foreign peoples and cultures.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 READ MORE



Loving America and Resisting Trump

We’re engaged, we’re awake, we’re in love, and no one is taking our country from us.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE



Is Trump Headed for War With China?

Sooner or later, if the president doesn’t dial down his rhetoric on China, its leaders will surely ratchet up theirs.

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 READ MORE



Football Is Trump-ball Lite

Who needs a reality show about violence, domination and sexism now that we have a reality that replicates football’s authoritarianism?

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE



‘Goldmanizing’ Donald Trump

Two former Goldman Sachs executives (pictured, Gary Cohn)—along with the Federal Reserve—are likely to control our economy and financial system in the years to come.

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 READ MORE



A Violent Cesspool of Our Own Making

When it comes to building and exporting murderous weaponry, not even Vladimir Putin’s Russia comes close to the United States.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump Against the World

For all their international experience, the new president and his appointees care about the planet the way pornographers care about sex.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE



The Year of the Commando

In one conflict zone after another across the northern tier of Africa and the Greater Middle East, U.S. special operations forces waged their particular brand of low-profile warfare during 2016.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE



Washington’s America-First Commandos in Africa

A document from U.S. Special Operations Command Africa shows that military support to partner nations in Africa is prioritized to suit American, not African, needs and policy goals.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Military’s Role in Asia in the Age of Trump

It would be wise to look once again for alternatives to our militaristic policies in Asia, for more equitable ties with Japan and South Korea, and for a shift away from confrontation with North Korea and China.

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE



How to Swamp Washington and Double-Cross Your Supporters

It’s been a month since the election, and here’s what’s clear: Crony capitalism, the kind that festers and grows when offered public support in its search for private profits, is the order of the day among Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



Was 11/8 a New 9/11?

Forget Vladimir Putin and his rickety petro-state. The most dangerous nation on the planet now may be ours: belligerent, irrational, heavily armed and in possession of staggering powers to intervene, interfere, and repress.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



An Interrogation in the President-Elect’s Private ‘Public’ Park

High above, in Manhattan’s very own gilt “White House,” Donald J. Trump was huddled with his inner circle, plotting how they would “drain the swamp” and remake Washington, perhaps the world.

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No ‘New Normal’

I’ve fought, organized and loved too long to let Trump and the people who run him shove me—or any of us—back into a bottle.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE



On the Road With Our American Selves

After the fluorescent circus of Election 2016, I imagine what would be truly exceptional: an America that values all human life in the same way.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE


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