Sustaining Perpetual War: The Bloodless Narrative

Peter Van Buren Editor’s Note: TCP is especially proud to offer an original article by Peter Van Buren, author of We Meant Well, a compelling account of U.S.-led rebuilding efforts in post-invasion Iraq.  Van Buren, who worked closely with American troops in Iraq, knows the bloody nature of war, which makes him doubly aware of…

Making War on Everything is the American Way

W.J. Astore Here are a few excerpts from my latest article at TomDispatch.com.  I urge you to read the entire article here.  Thank you! War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. When a war…

The Misfortune Teller

Polemical Poetry XII: The Iraq Catastrophe

Michael Murry.  Introduction by William Astore. Iraq is in the news again.  As ISIS continues to expand its power, U.S. politicians engage in rehashing dishonest debates about “bad” intelligence in regards to Iraq (vintage 2002-03) or in recriminations about who did or is “losing” Iraq, e.g. this article from today’s New York Times about how…