FDL Book Salon Welcomes Andrew J. Bacevich, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country

By: Sunday December 22, 2013 1:59 pm

Andrew Bacevich’s “Breach of Trust: How Americans failed their Soldiers and their Country” is a post-mortem on the professional standing army that the US has sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bacevich argues that the citizens’ standing army created by the draft in WW II and after had been highly successful militarily in Europe and Korea and had been a profound expression of individual buy-in and shared national sacrifice.

 

Boston Bombing Suspect Says Motivation Was U.S. Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

By: Tuesday April 23, 2013 2:25 pm

According to officials investigating the Boston Marathon Bombing the evidence so far points to the suspected bombers – Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev – being “self-radicalized” and not part of any larger group. The brothers were apparently radicalized by America’s war of aggression on Iraq and continued dirty war in Afghanistan.

The Paul Ryan Magical Mystery Chop, Dice, and Slice Budget

By: Friday March 22, 2013 5:40 pm

In 2011, before he was the Republican nominee for vice-president, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) proposed a federal budget. He called it, “The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’s Promise.”

Two years later, now in his second year as chair of the House budget committee, he dusted off and polished his old proposal. He calls this one: “The Path to Prosperity: A Responsible Balanced Budget.”

WikiLeaks Withholding Documents Submitted by Bradley Manning on Iraqi Federal Police Until Court Martial Over

By: Tuesday March 5, 2013 1:35 pm

WikiLeaks has documents on a February 2010 incident involving Iraqi Federal Police arrests and the detention and possible torture of opponents of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, according to a report by Philip Dorling for the Australian newspaper, The Age.

Karzai’s Ban on US Special Forces: Is It a Response to Operations of CIA Assassination Squad?

By: Tuesday February 26, 2013 9:15 am

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai ordered United States special forces to leave the Maidan Wardak province after reports of units engaging in the torture and disappearing of Afghan civilians.The order came on February 24 and was immediately followed by the US military rejecting the allegations.

Leaders in the province issued the order in response to Afghans working with US special forces who were allegedly responsible for the “disappearance of at least nine men and the murder of an Afghan university student.” But, on February 25, NATO spokesman German Gen. Gunter Katz said the “International Security Assistance Force found no evidence showing foreign forces were involved in abuses. Katz “did not comment on the Afghans allegedly linked to the Americans.” He added, ”We could not find evidence that would support these allegations.”

Obama’s State of the Union: Afghanistan Drawdown & the Covert Drone War

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 5:51 am

The speech renewed the US government’s commitment to a permanent war on terrorism. While it signaled the country would no longer be engaging in full-scale occupations or nation-building efforts while Obama was president, there was no indication that America’s dominance in the world would be reduced. America’s global military footprint of around 1,000 bases would be preserved.

How the Major Newspapers Which Endorsed Obama Celebrate His Foreign Policy Record

By: Monday November 5, 2012 3:54 pm

The major newspaper endorsements indicate the makeover American superpower received when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 worked. There is unanimous consensus among the top twenty newspapers that endorsed Obama that Obama repaired the image of America that was damaged by two terms of President George W. Bush.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Matt Kennard, Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror

By: Sunday November 4, 2012 1:59 pm

In the wake of the horrific Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin by Wade Michael Page—an ex-military neo-Nazi—comes a startling new investigation that reveals the depths of the extremist and criminal elements that have infiltrated the US military over the past two decades. Compiling years of research, interviews, and reporting from around the globe, journalist Matt Kennard presents a hard look at how the deliberate loosening of enlistment standards, especially after 9/11, allowed neo-Nazis, gang members, and the mentally ill to flood the ranks of the military.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Andy Greenberg, This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileakers, Hacktivists, and Cipherpunks Are Freeing the World’s Information

By: Sunday October 28, 2012 1:59 pm

It has been just over two years since Americans were really introduced to WikiLeaks. The high-profile releases of US State Embassy cables, war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the “Collateral Murder” video turned the organization and its founder Julian Assange into a beat, which journalists or reporters were closely following. One journalist, who has closely tracked the organization and its founder, is Andy Greenberg of Forbes.

His book, This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information, covers what he describes as “a revolutionary protest movement bent not on stealing information but on building a tool that inexorably coaxes it out, a technology that slips inside of institutions and levels their defense against the free flow of data like a Trojan horse of cryptographic software and silicon.”

Memorial Day and the Abuse, Corruption & Lies of War

By: Sunday May 27, 2012 12:00 pm

As author, columnist and war correspondent Chris Hedges wrote, war “gives [Americans] purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the midst of conflict does the shallowness and vapidness of our lives become apparent.”

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