Endless War category archive
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.
The never-ending legacy of President George the Worst:
Thom and Scott Ritter discusses Donald Trump’s un-dealing the Iran Nuclear Peace Deal.
I would add that tension between the U. S. and Iran goes much farther back than 1979.
Thom sees echoes of the past in what’s happening at our southern border.
Granted, Thom’s concern may seem alarmist, until you remember that it has precedent.
Will Bunch suggests that President George the Worst does not deserve to receive an award that has variously been shared by Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, and Rep. John Lewis.
Methinks he has a point.
(Broken link fixed.)
. . . and, as Shaun Mullen points out, they were the wrong damned lessons.
Thom and Juan Cole discuss whether it’s thinkable that Donald Trump may join with the Neocons to foment a war with Iran so as to turn the focus away from his own conduct.