Henry Kissinger’s Big Stick: Bombing

W.J. Astore Greg Grandin has a new book on Henry Kissinger and a new article at TomDispatch.com.  Kissinger, writes Grandin, had an affinity (or perhaps an avidity) for power, especially air power, as a way of demonstrating his (and America’s) resolve. Notes Grandin: Henry Kissinger is, of course, not singularly responsible for the evolution of…

Tourists of Empire

W.J. Astore I recently received an update from the National Priorities Project reminding me of this startling fact: “The president announced last week that American troops will remain in Afghanistan beyond the planned withdrawal at the end of 2016. This is a devastating blow. We’ve already spent $716 billion and counting on the war in…

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…

Where Is America’s Jeremy Corbyn?

Chris Hedges.  Courtesy of Truthdig. Introduction: The rise of Jeremy Corbyn to lead Britain’s Labour Party is heartening.  Here’s a man with a heartfelt contrary perspective.  Sadly, he has no American equivalent among the major parties’ candidates.  Bernie Sanders comes closest, but Sanders supports drone strikes and refuses to take a stand against Israeli aggression.…