Category: Militarism

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Did Trump Dump Sec. of State Tillerson to Make Diplomacy and Human Rights Even Weaker Again?

(Much to say today in a small way, which reminds me of the poems I am not writing, a sacrifice I make in the interests of public service. Time to come to the aid of the country, etc.) President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today via Twitter; if the Russians ever hack into Trump’s Twitter account . . . Or perhaps they … Read More Did Trump Dump Sec. of State Tillerson to Make Diplomacy and Human Rights Even Weaker Again?

Reality: Airstrikes are killing civilians

What price war? In Syria and Iraq, U.S. coalition airstrikes will inevitability kill some innocent people, including children. This fact is apparently not enough to prevent democracies from dropping bombs and missiles from aircraft. We have known since the glory days of aerial bombardment during World War II that the killing of civilians in war has been justified for the sake of military success. Intentionally targeting large … Read More Reality: Airstrikes are killing civilians

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In Guns We Trust, Again and Again

Surely it’s time to refute the great American myth our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. so believe in: an armed citizenry and war abroad will protect us from criminal and terrorist violence.  There is a sort of mass mental incongruity going on, a splitting of the political brain in which the epidemic of “mass shootings” is deplored and denounced but ignored while generally bipartisan calls for real action (more war) elsewhere in the … Read More In Guns We Trust, Again and Again

Who’s afraid of the GOP?

To coin a phrase, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself and the Republican Party. Or at least those Republicans for whom foreign terrorists and Syrian refugees (and even Muslim-Americans in general) are now the scariest things on earth. That some Democrats are going along even with House legislation to “pause” compassion towards fleeing Syrians and a call for ever greater “war” on terrorists is sadly regrettable, … Read More Who’s afraid of the GOP?

After Paris terrorist attack, it’s either war or “appeasement” many say

Arguing against military retaliation/intervention is not appeasement or surrender; it is an attempt to limit violence everywhere . . .

Debate in Wisconsin? Let’s talk about Patriotgate

One question not heard at last night’s Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee was anything about what we might call “Patriotgate.” This has nothing to do with deflated footballs but does include the New England Patriots, as well as the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the UW-Madison Badgers. A report released last week by Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain (both Republicans) documents “paid patriotism” between the Department … Read More Debate in Wisconsin? Let’s talk about Patriotgate

The Pentagon and professional sports: “paid patriotism”

It is no secret that the Dept. of Defense has a marketing relationship with professional sports, essentially using popular sporting events as recruiting tools. But two Arizona Republicans, Sen. Jeff Flake and no less a hawkish patriot than Sen. John McCain, have been investigating the nature and depth of this marketing relationship over the past year. And now we know, based on contracts obtained by ABC … Read More The Pentagon and professional sports: “paid patriotism”