Summary: As ISIS (grandly calling itself the "Islamic State") expands, the Right blames Obama and calls for more direct military involvement by America. Their arguments rely on our amnesia about the past and delusions about the nature of modern war. Learning from experience is a vital skill for a nation hoping to navigate the rapids … Continue reading The Right urges us to blame Obama & directly fight ISIS. Will we repeat our mistakes?
Summary: Since 9/11 our leaders have become increasingly militant, urging America to attack an even invade an ever-growing list of nations for flimsy or imaginary reasons. We're powerful but not omnipotent. War is a game that cannot be played forever with painful consequences. Eventually we'll attack someone (a nation or group) who either retaliates irrationally … Continue reading John Bolton reveals a serious threat to America
Summary: Yesterday's introduction by Tom Engelhardt explained how we follow experts with records of almost continuous failures, but are surprised by the logical result. Today Andrew Bacevich takes this logic one step deeper, asking about the role of intellectuals in setting America's geopolitical strategy -- which has been one of increasing belligerence and militarization during … Continue reading Will our geopolitical “experts “lead us to ruin?
Summary: An essential part of leaning as citizens is learning on whom to rely. We don't do this well, an important part of the FAILure to learn which has imperiled the Republic. Today Tom Engelhard -- editor of the invaluable website TomDispatch -- shows how since 9/11 a coterie of always-wrong experts have helped build the … Continue reading How to Create a National Insecurity State.
Summary: After 13 years of wars that failed at great cost in money and blood, our hawks urge that we start yet another war -- in Syria. But we have learned. Some have found the courage to name our warmongers. This experience has been dearly bought, and might yet prove insufficient. Further lessons might prove … Continue reading After 13 years of failed wars, do we know our warmongers?
Summary: The calls for war ring again from American pundits and geopolitical experts. No cause is too small, hopeless, or irrelevant to us -- threatening war is always the right response, says a loud and influential number of Americans, to maintain our credibility and reputation. They sign a siren song of national decline. No nation, … Continue reading America’s hawks sing a song of national decline
Summary: Today we look at one of the great mysteries of the 21st century, seeking explanations for America's mad pursuit of foreign wars despite their repeated failure, despite their irrelevance to preventing another 9-11 (many intel experts believe we're making another attack more likely). In their 13th years even the reasons for our wars remain … Continue reading Why we fight