Our Intelligence Agencies: Creating Havoc throughout the World

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Egyptian Students Protesting the Decision to Exonerate Mubarak of Murder b. traven and W.J. Astore It’s time to eliminate U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies. It is they who are most responsible for setting up the extremist and jihadist organizations that are creating havoc throughout the world community. Amazingly, the…

Martial Virtue: Promise and Peril

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
It’s unwise to worship without question the god of war (Worcester Art Museum, image of Ares) W.J. Astore Ever since the attacks of 9/11/2001, the United States has actively celebrated martial virtue.  We’ve portrayed our troops as heroes.  Presidents have celebrated them as the best led and best trained…

Why America Keeps Losing Its Wars

Walter Stewart (Major General, US Army, retired) My essay explains why America is losing its wars and offers a simple solution – one requiring nothing more than moral courage on the part of our most senior military officers. 1.  America is losing its wars because they are unconstitutional to begin with. They are unconstitutional because…

Uncle Sam Does Not Want You

Matthew Jacobson.  Introduction by William Astore. America has always postured as being open to immigrants – of the right kind, that is.  Posturing becomes imposture when those immigrants are judged to be the “wrong kind” by prevailing groups.  Matthew Jacobson reminds us of this in this satirical list, and poses a telling question at the…

How Do You Feel About Death?

b. traven We talk a lot about war on this blog but we only talk about the deaths as numbers killed. We don’t talk about the intimate details of how a mother, a father, a spouse and children, and other relatives and loved ones can handle that horror. The government and the media like to…