19 Jan 2013

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nick Turse, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

Writing about war crimes in an American war fought nearly 50 years ago is a thankless task for a journalist. But it is a subject that is more relevant than ever as the United States gears up for permanent global war in which U.S. troops may be sent to fight simultaneously in several Islamic countries. What really happened in Vietnam holds profound significance for understanding how the U.S. military operates.

That is why Nick Turse’s new book “Kill Anything That Moves” deserves the attention of activists in particular. It is the first real scholarly book on this subject, combining first-hand experiences interviewing the villagers who survived U.S. and South Korean massacres with research in the previously unknown files of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group, a secret Pentagon task force set up after My Lai. And it is the first to fully reflect the cumulative horror of the U.S. assault on millions of South Vietnamese.

11 Sep 2011

The Terrorism Issue That Wasn’t Discussed

[T]the news and infotainment media have predictably framed the discussion by the question of how successful the CIA and the military have been in destroying al Qaeda. Absent from the torrent of opinion and analysis was any mention of how the U.S. military occupation of Muslim lands and wars that continue to kill Muslim civilians fuel jihadist sentiment that will keep the threat of terrorism high for many years to come.

21 Apr 2011

The Obama-Gates Maneuver on Military Spending

Last week Barack Obama announced that he wants to cut $400 billion in military spending and said he would work Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the Joint Chiefs on a “fundamental review” of U.S. “military missions, capabilities and our role in a changing world” before making a decision. Spokesman

31 Jan 2011

Why Washington Clings to a Failed Middle East Strategy

The death throes of the Mubarak regime in Egypt signal a new level of crisis for a U.S. Middle East strategy that has shown itself over and over again in recent years to be based on nothing more than the illusion of power. The incipient loss of the U.S. client

17 Jan 2011

From Military-Industrial Complex to Permanent War State

Fifty years after Dwight D. Eisenhower’s January 17, 1961 speech on the “military-industrial complex”, that threat has morphed into a far more powerful and sinister force than Eisenhower could have imagined.  It has become a “Permanent War State”, with the power to keep the United States at war continuously for

19 Sep 2010

The Petraeus Bait and Switch Maneuver

Gen. David Petraeus’s new challenge to President Barack Obama’s intention to begin a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in July 2011 is the culmination of a brazen bait and switch maneuver that threatens an greater level of military power over war policy.

05 Sep 2010

Biden and the False Iraq War Narrative

In an interview on the PBS NewsHour last Wednesday, Joe Biden was unwilling to contradict the official narrative of the Iraq War that Gen. David Petraeus and the Bush surge had  turned Iraq into a good war after all.  That interview serves as a reminder of just how completely the

10 Aug 2010

Serial Denial and the Permanent War System

The U.S. public had withdrawn its support because it had become obvious that the war was a failure. The Bush administration had overthrown the Saddam Hussein regime only to unleash a violent Sunni-Shi’a sectarian power struggle that the U.S. military couldn’t control. Even worse, the U.S. military presence was objectively supporting one side in that power struggle by building up a clearly sectarian military and police sector, even as it pretended by the honest broker between Sunni and Shi’a.

07 Aug 2010

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington Rules

Andrew J. Bacevich has emerged in the early years of this century as the country’s most widely read and widely respected critic of U.S. militarism and empire. He has addressed this issue with unprecedented intensity for an academic. With the appearance of Washington Rules, he has produced six books addressing illuminating these themes in the span of a single decade, writing three major books American Empire (2002), The New American Militarism (2005), and The Limits of Power (2008), and editing two other volumes, The Imperial Tense (2003) and The Long War (2006).

30 Jul 2010

Israel’s “Bomb Iran” Campaign Moves to Paint US into Militarist Corner

What is important to understand about Reuel Marc Gerecht’s screed and the campaign which encompasses it is that Gerecht and the Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government supports an attack by Israel so that the United States can be drawn into direct, full-scale war with Iran.