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Chris Hedges: Vietnam War, Like the Later Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Was ‘One Long Atrocity’ (Video)

Hedges and Nick Turse, author of “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam,” discuss how American wars of occupation are “primarily about murder.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Trump Loves Winning, but American Generals Have Forgotten How


Our generals have demonstrated an impressive aptitude for moving pieces around on a dauntingly complex military chessboard. But having been “at war” for virtually the entire 21st century, the United States military is still looking for its first win.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE

Destruction Is All We Have to Show for a 15-Year War in Afghanistan


Since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $103 billion on the Asian country—more than it spent on the entire European continent after World War II. And there is no end in sight for the debacle that George W. Bush began and Barack Obama continued.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE

What Did We Buy With the $5 Trillion That the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Have Cost Us?


The Iraq War was a government-led Ponzi scheme. As usual, the little people are the ones who lost big.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE

15 Years After 9/11, Can We Recover Our Republic?


The Founding Fathers thought keeping a standing army was a danger to democracy. The great wars of the 20th century appear to have left the United States with a permanent standing army—a state of affairs only reinforced by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE

Batman in a Hospital Bed


With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, many Americans have already stopped thinking about our wars and the casualties from them for another year. As for me, it’s been Memorial Day ever since I first met Tomas Young.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Must Honor the Immigrant and Undocumented Veterans of America’s Foreign Wars


Donald Trump, the ultimate “chicken hawk,” pretends to be a big booster of veterans, but he’s been deeply offensive toward a significant group of vets.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE

How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower


In the American failure in Afghanistan lies the greatest policy paradox of the century: Washington’s massive military juggernaut has been stopped dead in its steel tracks by a pink flower, the opium poppy.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE

Democratic Candidates Reject War Talk and Islamophobia in the Wake of the Paris Attacks (Video)


At the CBS Democratic debate on Saturday night, the Paris attacks dominated as a concern. Unlike the Republican field, which is somewhat divided on a response, the Democrats agree that all-out war is undesirable.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Military Turned Blind Eye Toward Wealthy Afghans’ Child Rape Practices


Outrage has ensued over revelations that U.S. military personnel ignored the rape of boys occurring among Afghanistan’s elite while American troops were stationed there.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Taxpayers Fund Yet Another Unneeded Building in Afghanistan


The U.S. military shelled out millions before deciding the project was unnecessary, bringing the total for unused buildings spotted by the inspector general for Afghanistan to nearly $42 million.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Where Did the Anti-War Movement Go?


Without an anti-war movement, the spectacle of mayhem and slaughter that has been at the heart of the Iraq War has passed largely unnoticed in the U.S. In an era in which successes have been in short supply for two administrations, consider this a major one.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

A Five-Step Guide to Police Repression, From Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond


Equate dissidents with domestic terrorists; arm police with “less-lethal” weapons; replace humans with robots. Here is a step-by-step guide, based on the latest developments in the security sector, on how to police a protest movement in the new age of domestic counterinsurgency.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

From Vietnam to Iraq: Turning a Nightmare Into a Fairy Tale


Our most popular Vietnam end-stories bury the long, ghastly history that preceded the “fall” while providing silver-lining tributes to good intentions and last-ditch heroism that may come in handy in the years ahead.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE

Why There Is No Massive Anti-War Movement in America


I.F. Stone’s sign-off, that medic’s song, and my letter all are documents from a time when Americans could be in opposition to, while also feeling in service to, their country. They are documents from a lost world and so would, I suspect, have little meaning to the young of the present moment.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE

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The Missing Women of Afghanistan


On Sept. 29 Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. What he had to say in his inaugural speech about his wife, Rula Ghani, sent his nation’s progressive women over the moon. (At right, an Afghan.)

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE

The U.S. Is Backing Out of Afghanistan and Taking Its Military Housing With It


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After 13 years in Afghanistan, a belligerent period considered to be “America’s longest war,” combat troops are coming home. But they’re not the only ones packing up in the country.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE

Vets Win Expansion of Freedom of Speech and Right to Assemble


For the past three years, members of Veterans For Peace and their allies have gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Lower Manhattan on the date of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to mark another year of a war and call for peace. This year, they were finally able to do so without facing a small army of police threatening arrest.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE

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Bush Trifecta Lands on Obama: Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan Imploding


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President Barack Obama of Hawaii had fondly dreamed of bidding turbulent and unrewarding West Asia farewell and turning the attentions of American diplomacy to East and South East Asia.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

Local Police Receive War’s Leftover Arms


As the wars overseas draw to something like a close, it’s not just battered GIs that come home. “The former tools of combat—M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more—are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice,” Matt Apuzzo writes at The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE

If We Stop Eating Deep-Sea Fish, They May Help Save Us From Global Warming


Thanks to deep-sea fish, the ocean absorbs about half of the carbon humans produce; Las Vegas’ main water supply is a lake that just hit record-low levels; meanwhile, Bowe Bergdahl would not be alone in the “honorable history of war deserters.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 READ MORE

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Is the Prisoner Swap Hysteria a Sign of GOP War Withdrawal Symptoms?


The problem for the happy warriors among the conservatives is that they can’t stop Obama from winding down America’s decade of war.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE

Dear GOP: The U.S. Has Negotiated With Terrorists and Amnestied Them All Through History


The GOP talking points in response to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a trade for five former officials of the 1990s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) focused on a few basic premises.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE

What Does Sgt. Bergdahl’s Release Tell Us About Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Taliban Today?


The surprise announcement by President Obama on Saturday of the negotiated release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured in 2009, is wonderful news for him, his family and America. But what does it tell us about the Taliban, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

Did a Karzai No-Show Spoil Obama’s Announcement of End of Afghanistan War?


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President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Monday for Memorial Day.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

Top 7 Surprising Pieces of Good News in Afghanistan Presidential Election


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Afghanistan went to the polls on Saturday, despite threats by the Taliban to disrupt the elections and calls by the extremists for Afghans to boycott the vote.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Plans for Complete U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan in December


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America’s longest war may be over by the end of this year, and it is making Afghans and neighbors like Pakistan nervous.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE

Dovish SOTU: Obama Will Veto AIPAC Iran Sanctions, Pledges Afghanistan Wind-Down


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President Obama’s State of the Union address addressed some key foreign policy issues—Afghanistan and Iran above all—though it was primarily aimed at domestic issues.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE

Why Are We in Afghanistan?


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It’s an old chestnut of a query, but now applied to a new locale, and with the same meaningless, misleading cliches for answers.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 READ MORE

Andrew Bacevich on Americans and Their Soldiers

The Vietnam veteran and Boston University professor of history and international relations is the author of a new book: “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.” He joined “Democracy Now!” on Monday to talk about the growing gulf between soldiers and the society that sends them to war.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Burqas Do Not Justify War


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When the U.S. initially invaded Afghanistan, the terms “women’s rights” and “protection” were thrown around as justification for war. More than a decade later, it’s clear little has been done to promote women’s rights in Afghanistan, and the conditions created by military intervention have only worsened the prospects for equality.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE

Drones Far Deadlier to Civilians Than Conventional Aircraft


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Drone strikes cause 10 times the number of civilian casualties that manned aircraft attacks do, a U.S. military study found, contradicting claims that robotic planes are more precise than their human operated counterparts.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE

Inside America’s Dirty Wars


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The killing of U.S. born, al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent here in America.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE

Shell Shock Lite


Edd Turtle

It didn’t take much. No battles. No dead bodies. I spent just three and a half weeks as a contractor in Iraq, when the war there was at its height, rarely leaving the security of American military bases.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE

Bush’s Lame Defense of Iraq War Decisions Is Outrageous

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Now that history has shown us how monumentally terrible the idea of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq turned out to be, the president who lied to get us into the quagmire says he’s “comfortable” with what he did.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE

The Great Afghan Corruption Scam


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Washington has vociferously denounced Afghan corruption as a major obstacle to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. But none of the relevant documents refer to the single most relevant fact: that the fraud and misconduct originates in Washington itself.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE

Tomas Young Out Loud

The 33-year-old veteran and author of “The Last Letter: A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from a Dying Veteran,” appeared with his wife on “Democracy Now!” on Thursday to talk about his decision to end his life amid unrelenting pain and suffering from wounds sustained in the Iraq War, and to read his letter aloud.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

The Last Letter

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

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Rand Paul’s CPAC Victory, Karl Rove’s Feud With Sarah Palin, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Boehner’s explanation of why he’ll never support gay marriage and a CPAC participant’s shocking comments on slavery.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 READ MORE

Karzai Accuses Taliban of Serving U.S. Interests, Slams (Nonexistent) U.S.-Taliban Talks

Karzai
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Once again, the erratic president of Afghanistan had U.S. officials shaking their heads in disbelief after he gave a speech in which he blamed the interactions of the U.S. and the Taliban for his country’s security problems.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE

The Crucifixion of Tomas Young


Claudia Cuellar

After being paralyzed in Iraq, the Army veteran went on to become a leading anti-war activist. Now, under hospice care, he is waiting to die. This is the face of war they do not want you to see.

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 READ MORE

Did Bradley Manning Harm American ‘Prestige’?

“If you look at the context of what he’s done and the enormous damage he did to national security and our prestige around the world, throughout most of history someone like that would be executed,” former Defense Department spokesman J.D. Gordon said of Pfc. Bradley Manning on Al-Jazeera this week.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

The End Game in Afghanistan?


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Compromise, conflict or collapse. Ask an Afghan what to expect in 2014 and you’re likely to get a scenario that falls under one of those three headings.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE

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