Saturday, February 22, 2020

Milestones (Or What Passes for Them in Washington)

A Multi-Trillion-Dollar Bridge to Nowhere in the Greater Middle East.

Preparing for the Next Memorial Day

In the aftermath of the Memorial Day military parades and with a new administration looming on the horizon, a critical task for the coming year is to build a renewed, more vibrant, interracial, and multi-generational peace movement that will pressure the next administration.

The Costly Truth of Emergency Spending in Iraq and Afghanistan

Despite troop reductions, the Pentagon's war budget is increasing.

A New Memorial Day Tradition — Burning The Confederate Flag

"Burn and bury" kits that allow people to print out their own Confederate flag at home, suitable for burning.

On Memorial Day, U.S. Troops Are at War With Islamic State Near Mosul

The line of the Obama administration had been that US troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria were only trainers and advisors. But US forces have exceeded that role.

A Memorial Day Reminder of the Nature of War

What follows are some excerpts from letters sent to William Astore’s dad.

The Republicans’ Military Budget Could Make Every Homeless Person In America a Millionaire

$596 billion was spent on the military in 2015 and Republicans are looking to increase the defense budget even more.

Controlling the Narrative: Two Recent Articles Offer Very Different Insights into Obama’s Foreign Policy

The Obama administration’s reliance on covert ops and prosecutions of whistle-blowers will be big black marks on its record and the effects of both will be felt long after this President leaves office.

Yes to Assertive, No to Aggressive

“We are humans—we have great big brains that are hard-wired for all possible responses, from violent to nonviolent, which makes us the unique species neurologically capable of infinite, illimitable choice. Let’s be wise about it.”

Berrigan’s Witness to Nonviolence Challenged Church and Nation

Jesuit Fr. Daniel Berrigan will be remembered for challenging the conscience of the Catholic church and the nation on the dangers of militarism.