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.
|By: Juan Cole Sunday December 22, 2013 1:59 pm|
|By: Tom Engelhardt Sunday November 17, 2013 7:05 pm|
In 2010, I began to follow U.S. soldiers down a long trail of waste and sorrow that led from the battle spaces of Afghanistan to the emergency room of the trauma hospital at Bagram Air Base, where their catastrophic wounds were surgically treated and their condition stabilized. Then I accompanied some of them by cargo plane to Ramstein Air Base in Germany for more surgeries at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or LRMC (pronounced Larm-See), the largest American hospital outside the United States.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 11, 2013 10:04 am|
On this Veterans Day the very least President Obama and Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could do is allow this study to move forward and strip NIDA of their marijuana monopoly to permanently end this Kafkaesque assault on veterans, good public policy, and science.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday June 22, 2013 5:20 pm|
“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity.” Those are the words of Daniel Somers, according to a letter posted at Gawker.
|By: Jon Walker Friday May 31, 2013 7:45 am|
People suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may soon get access to medical marijuana in Oregon. On Thursday the Oregon House passed Senate Bill 281 in a vote of 36-21. The bill was previously approved by the Senate last month. It now goes to the governor for his signature.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Tuesday April 16, 2013 12:50 pm|
“Shell shock,” the psychological scourge of World War I, occurred after “a man has been buried, lifted, or otherwise subjected to the physical effects of a bursting shell or other similar explosive.” So wrote Charles Myers, an officer in the British army’s medical corps, in his 1940 book, Shell Shock in France, 1914-18. Additionally, he noted, shell shock could result even “when the soldier is remote from the exploding missile, provided that he be subject to an emotional disturbance or mental strain sufficiently severe.” Of course, Myers warned, the effects of shell shock could also appear in those “who have never been near any such exploding missile… or indeed have never come under fire at all.”
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday April 13, 2013 4:00 pm|
Even as a desperate hunger strike by detainees at Guantanamo prison camp continues, with dozens in medical peril, preferring death to the lawless existence of indefinite detention and ongoing planned (or some might say, capricious) abuse, human rights and civil liberties activists often point to the Article II courts as an alternative in the prosecution of “war on terror” crimes. But an examination of actual cases prosecuted in the criminal courts shows that use of accepted rules and appeal procedures merely produce their own version of unfairness and arbitrary injustice.
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday September 23, 2012 1:59 pm|
Jonathan Moreno’s book is certainly timely, as military research into neuroscience and other brain and behavior-related research is certainly taking off. For instance, see this September 19 ExtremeTech article, “DARPA combines human brains and 120-megapixel cameras to create the ultimate military threat detection system.” (Readers will be glad to know Mind Wars has an entire chapter on the history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.)
Meanwhile Moreno asks the primary question: Is anyone minding the ethical store? Who is addressing the problems and dilemmas of subjugating science to national defense concerns?
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 20, 2012 3:01 pm|
In a disappointing setback, Arizona’s top public health official, Will Humble, is denying a request to increase the number of conditions medical marijuana may treat. He told the Arizona Republic that there is not enough scientific evidence to prove post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and migraines can be treated with marijuana.
|By: Eric Stoner Sunday May 27, 2012 1:59 pm|
In 1961, President Eisenhower delivered his now famous farewell address, in which he warned the American people of the dangerous rise of a powerful “military industrial complex” in this country.
Last year, for the 50th anniversary of this prophetic speech, many of the leading thinkers and activists on U.S. militarism and war-making came together for a conference to take stock of how this complex has evolved and what can be done to reign it in. For those who weren’t able to attend, author and activist David Swanson has just published The Military Industrial Complex at 50, an edited collection of the insightful and inspiring remarks that were delivered at this timely event, in addition to several other complimentary essays.