The Injustice of Justice

Richard Sahn I was appalled by Jeffrey Toobin’s analysis of the decision of the grand jury in the Darren Wilson indictment hearings. Toobin, a legal analyst for CNN is a former prosecutor as well as defense attorney. The reason the DA,  Robert McCulloch, did not prosecute Darren Wilson during the hearings was because, Toobin says,…

Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome

W.J. Astore The Vietnam Syndrome refers to an alleged reluctance on the part of the United States to use military force after the disaster of the Vietnam War.  In a recent article, Tom Engelhardt reminds us that President George H.W. Bush referred to the success of Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-91 (which evicted Iraq from Kuwait)…

Charles Darwin Has Much to Teach Us About War

W.J. Astore.  Also at Huff Post. America’s thinking about military action is impoverished. The U.S. military speaks of precision munitions and surgical strikes, suggesting a process that is controllable and predictable. Experts cite Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz for his axiom that war is a continuation of political discourse with the admixture of violent…

Giving Thanks to Our Readers

b. traven and W.J. Astore Thank you, thank you, thank you.  In only eighteen months since starting this blog, we’ve reached the 100,000 “hits” milestone and are approaching 300 followers.  We also have nearly 200 “likes” on our Facebook page without the benefit of paid advertising. To readers of and contributors to The Contrary Perspective blog:…

We Just Don’t Know

Matthew Jacobson We just don’t know. On what date did a meeting occur at which the decision was made to wage war against Iraq? Who organized the meeting? Who attended the meeting? Where was it held? Read every book that you can find about the presidency of George W. Bush. You will not find the…