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How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE


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Why It’s So Hard for Members of the Military to Speak Out

Assuming that many privates and generals have complicated, often highly critical feelings about various crises of war-making, why don’t they ever express them publicly?

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Military Pivots to Africa, and That Continent Goes Down the Drain

Over the past six years, each incoming commander of the U.S. Africa Command has offered a more dismal and dire assessment of the situation facing the American military there than his predecessor.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 READ MORE



Is Russia Deepening Cooperation With U.S. in Syria, or Is It Hitting Bases Used by U.S.? (Video)

Russian warplanes recently bombed a Syrian base used by the U.S. and the U.K. At the same time, the Arabic press commented on a Washington Post report that the U.S. and Russia are jointly striking al-Qaida in Syria.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised as Technological Advance

However they are achieved, the United States has now embraced extrajudicial executions on foreign soil. And most of the discussion has focused more on the new instrument—drone technology—than on its purpose: assassination.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



We Have Met the Alien, and He Is Us

Only when we see the evidence of our own invasive nature can we begin to become the kind of land we say we want to be.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy: The Charmed Life of David Petraeus

It seems a robust Rolodex with the right global roster, a marquee name and a cultivated geopolitical brand covers a multitude of sins. And that’s precisely the type of firepower that Petraeus brings to the table.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



The Numbers Racket: U.S. Africa Command Clams Up After Contradictory Statements to Congress

Somehow, between 2015 and 2016, more than 200 AFRICOM missions from 2014 simply vanished. And the Senate Armed Services Committee apparently hasn’t bothered to ask for clarification.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks About Disrupting Militarism With Codepink’s Jodie Evans

In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with the activist to discuss her organization’s efforts to move the United States away from military conflict, as well as the origins of her activism.

Posted on May 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Washington Just Can’t Help Itself

It’s as if every time our representatives look into the closet marked “solutions,” the only thing they see is a hulking, over-armed soldier whom they obsessively let loose.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



A Dictionary of Euphemisms for Imperial Decline

Cloaking violent, even murderous actions in anodyne language might help a few doubting functionaries sleep easier at night, but it should make the rest of us profoundly uneasy.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Military—What a Waste

Squandering vast sums of taxpayer money is a way of life for the Department of Defense. With that in mind, let’s take a little tour through the highlights of Pentagon waste from the 1960s to the present.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



Talking to the Young in a World That Will Never Truly Be ‘Postwar’

Speaking about my own experiences to high school students heavily propagandized by the U.S. military on the charms and positives of war, American-style, has been changing my life.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



How the United States Became a Prisoner of War and Congress Went MIA

Through inaction, the legislative branch has surrendered the final remnant of authority it retained on matters relating to whether, when, against whom, and for what purpose the United States should go to war.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



A Military Leviathan Has Emerged as America’s 51st and Most Powerful State

A military increasingly divorced from ordinary Americans blends soldiers with privatized mercenaries, empowers commanders to cash in on retirement and wields a quasi-missionary imperial force in at least 135 countries.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



5 Questions That Are Unlikely to Be Asked During the 2016 Presidential Election

In October 2012, I considered five critical foreign policy questions that were not being discussed by then-candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Sadly, those questions remain as pertinent and unraised today as they were four years ago. Unlike then, however, answers may be at hand, and believe me, that’s not good news.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



Pentagon Excess Has Fueled a Civil-Military Crisis

Like climate change, lymphoma or a termite infestation that destroys from within, an unrecognized and unattended crisis in civil-military relations afflicts the United States.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Who Risked Her Career to Endorse Bernie Sanders

The Hawaii congresswoman defied Democratic leaders and resigned as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee so she could promote the senator for president. Why? Because we need “a commander in chief who has foresight” and “exercises good judgment.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2016 READ MORE



‘The Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World’

Here’s my 21st century rule of thumb about this country: If you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



American Democracy Down for the Count?

Most Americans are either overworked or hurting for jobs; housing is overpriced; hospitals, crowded and understaffed. Opioid or heroin overdose is a common way of death. Did the American soldiers I covered in Afghanistan know they were fighting for this?

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



Will American ‘Successes’ Lead to More Iraqi Military Failures?

There’s good news coming out of Iraq ... again. The efforts of a 65-nation coalition and punishing U.S. airstrikes have helped local ground forces roll back gains by Islamic State.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Reckless War Against Evil

After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama called Islamic State “the face of evil.” The “evildoers” are back. And from every mountaintop, it seems, America rings with calls to ramp up its war machine.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Beyond Islamic State: The Folly of World War IV

Arguing that no alternative exists to open-ended war represents not hard-nosed realism, but the abdication of statecraft. The real problem is war itself and the conviction that only through war can America remain America.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



The National Security State’s Incestuous Relationship With Islamic State

Paris changed everything; Paris changes nothing. Each view is, in its own way, undoubtedly true. And here’s a third sentence I know to be true: This can’t end well.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Taking Selfies in Iraq and Afghanistan: America’s Peculiar Brand of Global Imperialism

Overloaded with gadgets, ignorant of foreign cultures, spoiling for action, and never (individually) staying long, American troops have become the imperial equivalent of globetrotting tourists.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Special Ops ‘Successes’

U.S. special operations forces deployed to a record-shattering 147 countries in 2015—75 percent of the nations on the planet, a jump of 145 percent since the Bush administration. I pursued that record of “success” with a few experts on the subject. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



American Hypocrisy: GOP Against Sharia Law at Home but Sees Its Backers as ‘Moderates’ in Syria

The same GOP politicians who denounce all U.S. Muslims for allegedly wanting to impose Sharia on all Americans are talking about the Syrian rebels who want a Sharia society as “moderates” and “U.S. allies” being targeted by Russia. 

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE


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U.S. to Ax $500 Million Scheme to Train Syrian Rebels

As the Russian military intervenes directly to support the Syrian government, the U.S. will end a $500 million program to train and equip “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE



Roseburg Shooter Mercer Killed One-Third the Annual Gun Death Toll of England and Wales

The U.S. is downright weird compared with many other countries: We continue to be peculiar in handing out powerful magazine-fed firearms to almost anyone who wants them. 

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations

They belong to the special operations forces, America’s most elite troops. And odds are, if you throw a dart at a world map or stop a spinning globe with your index finger and don’t hit water, they’ve been there sometime in 2015.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Military Turned Blind Eye Toward Wealthy Afghans’ Child Rape Practices

Outrage has ensued over revelations that U.S. military personnel ignored the rape of boys occurring among Afghanistan’s elite while American troops were stationed there.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE



Air Force Times Runs Veterans’ Ad Urging Drone Pilots to Refuse to Fly

In mid-September, the weekly military newspaper published an advertisement carrying a message from 54 U.S. military veterans urging U.S. drone operators to refuse to follow orders to fly surveillance and attack missions, citing international law.

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE



Garrisoning the Globe: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

Our network of overseas bases have helped lock us inside a permanently militarized society that has made everyone on this planet less secure, damaging lives at home and abroad.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Shared Failings of America’s Military Academies and Senior Officers

Familiar as America’s most senior military officers may be with the warnings of Thomas Jefferson, they have consistently ignored or misapplied them, facilitating our current state of endless war and national decline.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE



A Vice Admiral and WWII Hero Condemns Nuclear Weapons 70 Years After Nagasaki and Hiroshima

Long-ago visits to ground zero of the atomic bombings convinced this highly decorated military man of the abject immorality of ever using such technology.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE



One Boy, One Rifle and One Morning in Malakal

When I was their age, I wasn’t trusted to drive, vote, drink, get married, gamble in a casino, serve on a jury, rent a car, or buy a ticket to an R-rated movie. No one would have thought it a good idea to put an automatic weapon in my hands. But someone thought it was acceptable for them, including the government of the United States.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



The American Military Uncontained

Despite all the happy talk about a “new world order” after the Cold War, the U.S. military never gave a serious thought to becoming a “normal” military for normal times. Instead, in the words of Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, our leaders sought to “reshape norms, alter expectations, and create new realities” by “unapologetic and implacable demonstrations of will.”

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE


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Sex, Drugs and Dead Soldiers: What the U.S. Africa Command Doesn’t Want You to Know

As American military operations have ramped up across Africa, reports of excessive drinking, sex with prostitutes, drug use, sexual assaults, and other forms of violence by AFRICOM personnel have escalated, and many of them have been kept under wraps.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



Military Missions at Record High After U.S. Signs Deal to Stay in Africa for Decades

Despite grim outcomes since the American military began “pivoting” to Africa after 9/11, the U.S. recently signed an agreement designed to keep its troops on the continent until almost midcentury.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



Manhunters Inc.: How the Predator Became Washington’s Calling Card

The metamorphosis of the drone from eye to weapon came about almost by chance as the new millennium began. Barely two months after the outbreak of hostilities in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush declared: “It is clear the military does not have enough unmanned vehicles.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE


Leaving the Killing to Computers

The Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine, Andrew Cockburn, tells Jon Stewart about the increasingly technologically dependent and hands-off process that American officials use to kill militants and, inadvertently, civilians in other countries.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. May Supply Weapons to Ukrainian Forces

American officials on Sunday signaled their openness to supplying the Ukrainian military with arms in their fight against Russian-backed separatists, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



The Golden Age of Black Ops

Just 66 days into fiscal 2015—America’s most elite troops had already set foot in 105 nations, approximately 80 percent of 2014’s total. This secret war across much of the planet remains unknown to most Americans.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



Guantanamo Diary Reveals Horrors of U.S. Torture Program

A harrowing memoir by a current Guantanamo detainee illuminates the U.S. rendition and torture program from the perspective of one of its victims. The author’s advocates struggled for six years to get the manuscript declassified.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE



Feds Bar Companies’ Long-Distance Lawsuits Against Soldiers

In the latest move against companies targeting military customers, federal regulators prohibit two Virginia-based lenders from suing out-of-state debtors in Virginia courts.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



Party On!

Unbelievably enough, a bankrupt 13-year-old policy of war to the horizon remains ascendant in Washington, and “war fever” seems to be breaking out yet again. In this context, it’s curious that four crucial aspects of war, American-style, were missing from the blitz of Hagel reportage.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE


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