Obama’s Speech on ISIS: More of the Same, As in Military Action (Updated)

W.J. Astore President Obama’s speech tonight on the Islamic State (or ISIS) promises more military action. ¬†More airstrikes, more boots on the ground (mainly Special Forces), more training for the Iraqi military (who have endured more than a decade’s worth of U.S. military training, with indifferent results), and more weapons sales (which often end up…

Global Reach, Global Power, Has Deep Roots in America’s Past

W.J. Astore The U.S. military today openly boasts of global reach, global power. ¬†Full spectrum dominance is the goal, with that spectrum encompassing land, sea, and air operations, but also extending to space (“the shining stars, and beyond,” one Air Force advertisement claimed) and cyberspace. The desire for global dominance has deep roots in American…