Heck ya!  Send some B-52s to Israel (U.S. Air Force photo)

Surprise! Weapons Sales Are Booming

W.J. Astore Any optimism that the Iran nuclear deal might slow the momentum of weapons sales to the Middle East has already been strangled in the cradle. Consider the following news item, courtesy of FP: Foreign Policy: While U.S. Defense Department officials make promises to partner with Middle East allies nervous about the Iranian missile…

Waving the flag and wielding a gun: Hey, it's the USA!

The United States of Militarism

W.J. Astore A century ago, the USA was a dynamic, forward-looking, freedom-espousing country that was focused on science and technology and its practical applications, as represented by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.  We were about to reelect a president, Woodrow Wilson, precisely because he had kept the country out of World War I.  With the exception of…

Nixon

Nixon’s Genesis of the Paranoid National Security State

Tom Engelhardt.  Introduction by William Astore. And Nixon said, “Let there be tapes.”  And there was surveillance — and knowledge of good and evil — and a multitude of dirty tricks.  And Nixon thought it was good.  And American democracy was fallen, forevermore. And after Nixon slew democracy, the Founders asked him where it was. …