William J. Astore: The American Military Uncontained

May 31, 2015

Since the 1990s the American military has made war on world peace and continues to mercilessly grind it to dust. Trillion dollar jets that don’t work, tank battalions poised to fight another world war (seriously?) – the military, industrial, congressional complex Eisenhower warned of is in full swing. It is eating America’s (and the world’s) bright future and driving the world toward a dystopian end game, where the concept of democracy has been crushed under the jack boots of global spanning tyrannical might that make the Roman Empire look like a bunch of pikers. America had the chance to usher in a new era of peace, but greed ate it…and threatens to devour us too.

Vox Populi

Chaos Spread, Casualties Inflicted, Missions Unaccomplished: 

It’s 1990. I’m a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought I’d see, short of a third world war. Right now I’m witnessing the slow death of the Soviet Union, without the accompanying nuclear Armageddon so many feared. Still, I’m slightly nervous as my military gears up for an unexpected new campaign, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, to expel Iraqi autocrat Saddam Hussein’s military from Kuwait. It’s a confusing moment. After all, the Soviet Union was forever (until it wasn’t) and Saddam had been a stalwart U.S. friend, his country a bulwark against the Iran of the Ayatollahs. (For anyone who doubts that history, just check out the now-infamous 1983 photo of Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy for President Reagan, all smiles and shaking hands with Saddam in Baghdad.) Still, whatever my anxieties…

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