Endless War category archive
Dan Simpson wonders why more Americans don’t question our endless, often pointless and stupid, wars.
The answer is simple.
There’s no draft.
America’s endless wars are remote things that happen somewhere else to someone else, while most Americans occupy themselves with Pokemon-Go–er, Fortnite–and “social” media.
We are a society of stupid.
Jane Harman, former Congressperson and current president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, ponders the pressure for yet another Great and Glorious War for a Lie with a Country whose Name Starts with “I.” She recalls Colin Powell’s speech mongering the Great and Glorious War for a Lie in Iraq.
I have no doubt Powell believed what he was saying, but our intelligence turned out to be dead wrong, and I was wrong to vote to authorize the war. Thousands of American deaths and trillions of dollars later, Iraq is still a mess, which has permitted Iran to expand its malign reach throughout the Middle East.
Much later, Powell would call his U.N. speech a “great intelligence failure” and a “blot” on his record.
Mike warns that we are again facing a Great and Glorious War for a Lie in a Country with a Name that Starts with “I” and discusses the long history of U. S. and British meddling in Iran. Some of his analogies may seem a bit extreme, but I wonder . . . .
The video is below the fold because of language and the possibility of autoplay.
Seth and Trita Parsi discuss whether John Bolton is maneuvering us into another Great and Glorious War for a Lie in a country whose name starts with an “I.”
Leon Anderson points out that the United States has pursued a de facto policy of almost perpetual war, all undeclared and some secret and covert, for decades.
If you include President Carter’s failed attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran, every President since Eisenhower–who left office warning us of the “military-industrial comples”–has sent American soldiers into harm’s way, often for made-up reasons. Anderson explores the cost of America’s continual wars. A snippet:
The cost in terms of lives lost and lives forever harmed has been enormous. Since the end of World War II, the number of Americans killed in foreign engagements is measured in the tens of thousands. For the poor countries that got in the way of our wrath, it’s measured in the millions.
In terms of financial cost, the numbers are staggering. Afghanistan alone has cost a trillion dollars. Just think what we might have accomplished at home if that money had been spent on education, job training, medical research, infrastructure improvements, water purification and sanitation. You can add to this list. It’s all important, but taking a backseat to our military funding.
In the Des Moines Register, a career military officer approaches retirement and wonders whether his was a misspent career. An excerpt:
I have learned that good tactics will never compensate for bad strategy. The United States has failed to acknowledge that axiom, and I have been complicit. For most of my career, I believed that policymakers were in control of the situation and regardless of how counterproductive decisions made at their level seemed at my level, national leaders would not commit such vast resources in support of a policy lacking a definitive objective. Divested of this illusion, I can see this war was inadequately planned, recklessly administered, and is now just wasteful. Retiring after more than two decades enables me to confidently say that while I am proud of my service and especially those with whom I served, the war in Afghanistan and Iraq is a mistake. If those countries are fronts for the war on terror, it is because we have created them.