Remember Color-Coded Threat Warnings?

W.J. Astore Back in the ancient time of 2007, you may recall that color-coded threat warnings were constantly appearing on our TV screens.  Those “Homeland Security threat advisory ratings” fluctuated between yellow (elevated) and orange (high).   With the lone exception of the State of Hawaii in 2003, the threat ratings never dropped to blue…

Lessons of the Vietnam War

W.J. Astore Nick Turse has a fine op-ed in the New York Times, “For America, Life Was Cheap in Vietnam.”  In it he argues that for Americans involved in the Vietnam War, life was very cheap indeed – Vietnamese lives, that is.  Turse has written a powerful book, “Kill Anything that Moves,” that documents the…

The Real Meaning of the Korean War

Daniel N. White Books on war are too important to be left to generals, or for that matter to the usual war buffs.  I suspect that the entire cadre of American lefties who read seriously about war could fit handily into an SUV.  If so, Bruce Cumings might just occupy the driver’s seat.  His one-volume…