I’ve been discussing with people whom I consider key organizers of such a project the possibility of a newly energized movement to abolish war. One thing we’re looking at, of course, is failed past attempts to do the same. Some of those attempts have been quite recent. Some are ongoing. How, we must ask ourselves, can we strengthen what’s already underway, learn from what’s been tried before, and create the spark that this time, at long last, after over a century’s preliminaries, catches fire?
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 19, 2013 2:09 pm|
Despite constant public promises by President Obama and his administration that US forces were leaving Afghanistan in 2014 a draft of a US-Afghan security deal details plans for endless war in Afghanistan. Support for the war in Afghanistan is non-existent among the American public which rightly sees it as a waste of blood and treasure. The only ones benefiting at this point are opium dealers in Kabul and war profiteers in Washington.
|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: caleb36 Sunday November 3, 2013 7:40 pm|
In recent decades, the United States and United Kingdom have been two halves of a single whole when it comes to major military actions in the Middle East. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher during the First Gulf War in 1991, George W. Bush and Tony Blair during the Second Gulf War beginning in 2003, worked on the closest of terms. Once Britain excluded itself from participation, Obama’s position with respect to a Syrian attack was knocked so badly out of kilter that could no longer initiate military action by executive fiat. He had to go to Congress. At this point, U.S. public opinion manifested an overwhelming show of opposition, both in numbers and intensity, against the planned conflict. It soon became evident that the votes for war were not there in Congress, that indeed the Congressional vote would be a landslide defeat for Obama.
|By: David Swanson Sunday October 27, 2013 12:40 pm|
Ann Jones’ new book, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — The Untold Story, is devastating, and almost incomprehensibly so when one considers that virtually all of the death and destruction in U.S. wars is on the other side. Statistically, what happens to U.S. troops is almost nothing. In human terms, it’s overwhelming.
Know a young person considering joining the military? Give them this book.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Monday October 14, 2013 4:04 pm|
Max Blumenthal spent four years researching the on-the-ground realities of Israel. Today, he offers us a powerful, if grim, glimpse of just where Israel has been and where it’s heading, the sort of up-close-and-personal reporting you’re not likely to see in the American mainstream media (not, at least, since President Obama tried — and failed — to get the Israelis to stop building new settlements and other housing on Palestinian or contested lands).
Note: Max Blumenthal and his book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel will be featured in FDL’s Book Salon Novemeber 2nd. Philip Munger aka EdwardTeller will host.
|By: Medea Benjamin Saturday October 5, 2013 1:59 pm|
David thinks outside the box. He thinks big, he thinks bold. He is not just trying to convince readers, but to change history. He wants to build a mass movement to end war as an institution. He deserves a wide hearing, and a devoted following.
|By: fairleft Wednesday October 2, 2013 4:04 pm|
Obviously the Nobel Peace Prize should be given to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. In the quickest thinking diplomatic moment of all time, he literally prevented an imminent war by taking advantage of a U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry bonehead error, where Kerry sneered/joked that aggressive U.S. war on Syria would be called off only if “every single bit” of Syria’s chemical weapons were eliminated in a week. More details are in Syria calls John Kerry’s bluff, agrees to turn over its chemical weapons to UN.
|By: David Swanson Friday September 27, 2013 7:00 pm|
Students used to get out of tests and assignments by explaining to sympathetic professors that they had been busy protesting the war on Vietnam. The times they are a changin.
Today college professors lead teach-ins to protest the absence of an all-out U.S. war on Syria.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 21, 2013 9:00 am|
It seems the Almighty has sent a memo to the Republican Caucus of the US House of Representatives, reflecting on their recent vote to cut billions from SNAP.
Shorter God: Let me refresh your memories about my priorities . . .