Review of “Kill Chain: Rise of the High-tech Assassins”

Summary:  Today we have a review of an important book about America's post-9/11 policy of mass assassination. We've adopted a tactic that both history and theory suggests will fail, and which has repeatedly failed since 9/11. Books like this explain what we're doing wrong, but only political action by us together will reverse our mad … Continue reading Review of “Kill Chain: Rise of the High-tech Assassins”

Victory through airpower! We always believe the promise, despite the past.

Summary: We gear up for another round of wars, repeating the same methods that failed repeatedly since WWII, with pregame performances more predictable than a Superbowl's halftime festival. Today we look at the grand claims of certain easy victory through airpower. Like Charlie Brown listening to Lucy, each time we believe -- ignoring past disappointments. … Continue reading Victory through airpower! We always believe the promise, despite the past.

We’re goading our enemies to attack America. Eventually we’ll succeed, and they will.

Team Assassin: the new American logo

Summary: Our national security agencies have put us on course for a dark future, albeit one that greatly benefits them. We feel exceptional in our ability to kill people in far-away lands, yet fear the inevitable reprisals on the "Homeland". Like similarly mad events a century ago in Europe, afterwards nobody will recall why we … Continue reading We’re goading our enemies to attack America. Eventually we’ll succeed, and they will.

The Psychology of Killer Drones – action against our foes; reaction affecting us

From the archives. It describes America today more than it did when written in September 2011. Summary: GI WIlson explains that we now have enough experience with drone warfare to study its effects. Just as in physics, our actions affect ourselves as well as our targets. Social science research shows that drones are a gateway … Continue reading The Psychology of Killer Drones – action against our foes; reaction affecting us

Obama + assassination + drones = a dark future for America

Summary: Today we have a review of Mark Mazzetti's new book about the CIA's drone war, discussing America's adoption of assassination as one its major modes of warfare. It's a momentous step which, like the other large mad policies begun by America during the past decade, we have made thoughtlessly -- and will later regret. … Continue reading Obama + assassination + drones = a dark future for America