Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Bearing witness to the costs of war

On being a military spouse and writing about our post-9/11 wars.

A Letter of Apology to My Grandson

"Someday in the distant future, I hope you’ll read this letter and that, given the ingenuity of our species, given the grit to resist madness, given whatever surprises the future holds, you’ll smile indulgently at my worst fears."

Gen. John Campbell, Commander in Afghanistan and Serial Liar

Head of US forces in Afghanistan Gen. Campbell continues string of lies about US gunship attack that destroyed Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, claiming it was a case of 'mistaken targeting', but history of US hospital bombings belies his assertion that the US 'doesn't intentionally bomb hospitals.'

A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity

Washington has invented a system so deeply entrenched in our world that changing it will surely prove a stunningly difficult task. Welcome to the new world of American insecurity.

As Obama Apologizes for Deaths of Hostages in Drone Strike, Does the U.S. Know...

President Obama apologized for the U.S. drone strike in Pakistan that took the lives of two hostages. He went on saying the operation was a botched operation and he deeply regretted its outcome.

Mantra for 9/11

Fourteen years later and we are still living in an improbable world. Tom Engelhardt discusses the wars, interventions, assassinations, tortures, kidnappings, the growth of the American national security state and the spread of Islamic extremism.

Iran Deal: Do the Critics Want War?

Republican critics of the Iran nuclear agreement draft have long time favored war over negotiation, preparing talking points against any eventual deal. So what will their bad advice cost us this time around?

US Still Seeks Jail for ‘Fighter’ Captured at 15 in Afghanistan

While a Canadian judge honored the release of Omar Khadr, who was captured by the U.S. as a child soldier in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo illegally, the U.S. is still after him when really we should be apologizing for his years of torture and confinement without charge.

Brussels Is Under High Security Alert, But Will Europe Address Muslims in "Marginalized Ghettos"?

Belgium’s capital city of Brussels is on its highest alert as residents remain on lockdown. People are being told to stay away from their windows, and schools remain closed as police and soldiers carry out raids in the search for suspects in the Paris attacks ten days ago that killed 130 people.

Will Europe Obediently Follow the US into a Catastrophic War?

The EU has the opportunity to avoid taking the same steps the U.S. did when it comes to war. They have the opportunity to move in a positive direction and reject the dictates of Washington. But will they?