If this war goes much further and it certainly looks like going much, much, further, it could turn out to be infinitely more dangerous and destructive, for all concerned: humanly, economically and politically, than the war in Vietnam ever was.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 1, 2014 6:40 am|
The United States will face a deadline at the end of the year and will apparently no longer have the right to hold prisoners in Afghanistan. It will have to decide what to do with a group of prisoners at Bagram military base, who President Barack Obama’s administration would like to continue to hold in indefinite detention.
Brigadier General Patrick J. Reinert, the current facility’s commander, said, “We’ve got to resolve their fate by either returning them to their home country or turning them over to the Afghans for prosecution or any other number of ways that the Department of Defense has to resolve.” The administration is considering transferring the prisoners to the US court system or possibly Guantanamo Bay.
|By: Isaiah 88 Friday September 26, 2014 4:28 pm|
Jacob was a peace activist
According to Veterans For Peace, he took his own life on September 17th, shortly after President Barack Obama’s announcement of new war plans in Iraq and Syria.
Another Casualty of War . . .
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 25, 2014 4:40 pm|
Not exactly Profiles in Courage.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 25, 2014 11:11 am|
One of the bothersome aspects of the war escalation in Iraq and Syria has been the commitment of President Barack Obama’s administration to using language to conceal their war plans.
The White House has insisted this is not a war. The attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are a part of a “counterterrorism strategy.” The US has not launched a war because it has previously been dropping Hellfire missiles on suspected terrorists in various countries. Those strikes, though they have killed hundreds of civilians and were questionable in their legality and success in bringing about “security,” were part of a “strategy.”
|By: Tom Engelhardt Tuesday September 23, 2014 5:20 pm|
On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King delivered a speech at Riverside Church in New York City titled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” In it, he went after the war of that moment and the money that the U.S. was pouring into it as symptoms of a societal disaster. President Lyndon Johnson’s poverty program was being “broken and eviscerated,” King said from the pulpit of that church, “as if it were some idle political plaything on a society gone mad on war… We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor.” Twice more in that ringing speech he spoke of “the madness of Vietnam” and called for it to cease.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 23, 2014 1:22 pm|
US Central Command, in a press release which formed the basis for most US reporting on the air strikes, reported the US had “taken action to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qaeda veterans – sometimes referred to as the Khorasan Group – who have established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations. These strikes were undertaken only by US assets.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 23, 2014 6:43 am|
Yesterday the US began bombing yet another country in the Middle East with strikes targeting ISIS forces in Syria. According to the Pentagon, the strikes were aimed at 20 different ISIS targets within Syria. US government officials also told ABC News that strikes were joined by Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. What extent those Arab nations participated military remains unknown though given the US militarily equipment those nations have purchased over the years they should be theoretically capable of participating.
|By: masaccio Sunday September 21, 2014 12:30 pm|
Are you wetting the bed about ISIS? Just let Mama Government bomb them for you. And have some nice consumables while you watch on your TV.
|By: codepink Monday September 15, 2014 3:09 pm|
Once again, US politicians and pundits are beating the drums of war, trying to get our nation involved in yet another conflict. A few years ago it was Iran, with “all options on the table.” Last year it was a red line that threatened to drag us into the conflict in Syria. This time it’s Iraq and Syria.
We, the youth of America, have grown up in war, war war. War has become the new norm for our generation.