Late Night: Man vs. Machine

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 8:00 pm

When I was in college, I took a two part class called War in the Modern World, as a conscious departure from the social history that was my focus of study. The experience was eye-opening, and continues to be.

By “modern,” it referred to the period from the US Civil War to the present (the early 1980′s), based on the fact that the Civil War was won by pure industrial might, and the victor was the belligerent that could out-produce the other and hurl the most materiel and men onto the pile.

 

U.S. Supplies the Munitions, Israel the Carnage: 1,371 Palestinians, 59 Israelis Die in Gaza Conflict

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 5:57 pm

That Reuters figure for Palestinian casualties has since been updated at Aljazeera to 1,361, with 6,780 injured. Among the dead are 315 children. I’ve added the ten Palestinians killed in the West Bank Gaza-solidarity protests.

The latest post at the Aljazeera live blog will leave you speechless:

“BREAKING UPDATE: Al Jazeera’s @PattyCulhane reports the #Pentagon confirms delivery of two types of munitions to #Israel in the last week: 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm grenades, while calling for a ceasefire in #Gaza”

Late Night: If Not Now, When?

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 8:00 pm

I know that for many years, Israel has served as a necessary evil for the American foreign policy elite; when you want somebody to help in any nefarious pursuit, they’ve always been mensches. Reagan tapped them for arms sales, Nixon for war support, and everyone else for Police State pointers. But really, is it worth it anymore?

Obviously this was worth hurting the poor over

By: Monday June 16, 2014 1:30 am

Oh well, maybe if we cut medicare some more?

Russia Annexes Part Of Ukraine As President Obama Warns Of ‘Consequences’

By: Monday March 3, 2014 6:56 am

Funny things happen when you foment an uprising. After factions in Western Ukraine overthrew the Russian backed government, Russia has responded by invading parts of Eastern Ukraine, specifically the Crimea, which is dominated by Russian speakers and those friendly to Russian influence. The invasion sparked a rhetorical threat from President Obama that there would be “consequences” for Russia though he never made exactly clear what that meant as numerous observers questioned what Obama even could do.

FDL Movie Night: Obey

By: Monday January 13, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s movie, Obey, comes loaded with a powerful filmmaking punch: All images were found online and reconfigured to create a dystopian 51 minute vision, based on journalist Chris Hedges’ book Death of the Liberal Class.

Hedges’ book made the argument that a breach has occurred between the liberal class– consisting of academics, artists, educators, creatives, clergy, journalists, politicians, etc–and the radical social and political movements it once supported or sympathized with.

There is only one viable war strategy…er, strategery

By: Monday December 30, 2013 1:30 am

The only real consistency of American foreign policy in the post-WWII era is the ability to always eventually make the same mistake the same way.

Tea Party Furious Over War Industry Patronage in Ryan-Murray Budget

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 7:32 am

Progressives are not the only ones disgusted by the ludicrous military spending in the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Yesterday Rick Santelli – whose outburst over government assistance to homeowners is alleged to have started the Tea Party – hosted David Stockman, the former Office of Management and Budget Director for the Reagan Administration.

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FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mary L. Dudziak, War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

By: Saturday October 19, 2013 1:59 pm

In War Time we are shown how the Cold War years and the development of the Military-Industrial-Complex moved us into a period (which continues today) of grossly disproportionate spending on the military, permanent infringement on civil rights, and so used to war and militarism that we now accept it as the norm. Terrorism is the new communism and must be defended against at all costs. She also discusses other factors that affect the public’s perceptions of wartime and peacetime, such as the roles of government propaganda, the media, citizen sacrifice, proximity of the conflict, and the number of Americans killed.

Late Night: The Ghost of Ronnie

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 8:00 pm

It’s become commonplace in what remains of the mainstream media to say that the Republican Party has moved so far to the right that even St. Ronnie wouldn’t make the cut, which is true as far as it goes. But thanks to Reaganism, it doesn’t need Ronnie anymore.

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