Endless War category archive
At the San Francisco Chronicle, David Morrell argues that Donald Trump’s big lie is not the first to bedevil (at least some of) the American people. Here’s a bit:
A “Big Lie” in one form or another has long been a deadly component of American life. And these lies have claimed the lives of tens of thousands of American soldiers, countless enemy combatants, and even more civilians around the globe.
From my experience, the lies surrounding the Jan. 6 insurrection are no less blatant, no less absurd and no less grotesque than those that fueled the Vietnam War more than a half-century ago.
He was there in the command structure, not in combat, and he saw the lies being crafted first hand.
I was eligible for the draft back then. I knew that the Vietnamese War was, at best, a mistake and that my friends and I were subject to being drafted and sent to die for, at best, a mistake.
But, even then, I did not realize how big the lie was.
At the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dan Simpson tries to draw some lessons from America’s war in Afghanistan. A snippet; follow the link for the full piece:
I get that there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth about President Biden’s committing to withdraw from Afghanistan. And I share Bob Cesca’s fear that the Taliban will rise again and his concern that the Taliban’s holding power next door to Pakistan, which has nuclear weapons, is disquieting.
Mongers of war, believers that the sword is the ultimate solution to every problem, fans of false macho, and manufacturers of weaponry will wail and gnash their teeth. But, frankly, after twenty years, what have we accomplished? An endless running-in-place.
Zilch, nada, nothing.
We should sacrifice no more lives on the altar of pretending that it was not a fool’s errand from the git-go, and two decades has shown us that we cannot fix Afghanistan’s internal problems from afar, however in need of fixing some of them might be.
This may be President Biden’s bravest act to date–to stand up to the mongers of endless war.
Image via Job’s Anger.
Sam and his crew discusses Donald Trump’s pardoning of mercenaries convicted of killing civilians and of other rogues in the gallery.
David and his guest. Phil Gurski, a Canadian intelligence veteran, explore the origins of terrorism.
At Psychology Today Blogs, neuroscientist R. W. Fields takes issue with Donald Trump’s casual dismissal of traumatic brain injuries potentially affecting soldiers in the field.
Trump spoke as only one whose closest brush with battle was an episode of Combat that he watched as a kid.
What’s more alarming: That Trump lies all the time about everything or that the Trumpettes willingly believe him without question?
If one does not
understand know have awareness of value grasp appreciate one’s own culture, one likely will not appreciate that of others.
In a similar vein, David Niose discusses the conditioning. A snippet:
Through a combination of cultural forces, some overt and others subtle, Americans are taught from a young age to accept their country’s militarism without question. This conditioning has numerous ingredients. Themes of nationalism and militarism are frequently injected into public life through the media and other institutions, for example, as is a sense of righteousness, a rarely challenged belief that the country is almost always a force for good.
Fear is also a major element in conditioning minds for war. Americans of all ages are often reminded, by their government and the media, that perceived enemies pose a constant danger. The Soviet threat was used to justify military spending and adventurism around the globe for much of the latter twentieth century . . . . More recently, through constant reminders of the “war on terror,” Americans are effectively conditioned to see evildoers as always looming.