All War All the Time, or War American-Style–and at a Price Tag Everyone on Earth Could Do Without

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, All War All the Time, or War American-Style

At 36% to 37% in the latest polls, Donald Trump’s approval rating is in a ditch in what should still be the “honeymoon” period of his presidency. And yet, compared to Congress (25%), he’s a maestro of popularity. In fact, there’s just one institution in American society that gets uniformly staggeringly positive votes of “confidence” from Americans in polls and that’s the U.S. military (83%).  And this should be the greatest mystery of them all.

That military, keep in mind, hasn’t won a significant conflict since World War II. (In retrospect, the First Gulf War, which once seemed like a triumph beyond compare for the globe’s highest-tech force, turned out to be just the first step into the never-ending quagmire of Iraq.) In this century, the U.S. military has, in fact, stumbled from one “successful” invasion to another, one terror-spreading conflict to the next, without ever coming up for air. Meanwhile, the American taxpayer has poured money into the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state in amounts that should boggle the mind. And yet, the U.S. hasn’t been able to truly extricate itself from a single country it’s gotten involved in across the Greater Middle East for decades.  In the wake of its ministrations, nations have crumbled, allies have been crippled, and tens of millions of people across a vast region of the planet have been uprooted from their homes and swept into the maelstrom. In other words, Washington’s version of imperial war fighting should be seen as the record from hell for a force regularly hailed here as the “finest” in history.  The question is: finest at what?

All of this is on the record. All of this should be reasonably apparent to anyone half-paying attention and yet the American public’s confidence in the force fighting what Rebecca Gordon has termed “forever wars” is almost off the charts. For that, you can undoubtedly blame, in part, the urge of the military high command never again to experience a citizen’s army roiled by antiwar protests and in near revolt as in the Vietnam era. As a result, in 1973, the draft was ended and in the decades that followed the public was successfully demobilized when it came to American war. George W. Bush’s classic post-9/11 suggestion that Americans respond to the horror of those falling towers by visiting Disney World and enjoying “life the way we want it to be enjoyed” caught that mood exactly. But the explanation undoubtedly goes deeper yet, as TomDispatch regular Gordon, author of American Nuremberg, suggests today. Tom

America at War Since 9/11
Reality or Reality TV?
By Rebecca Gordon

The headlines arrive in my inbox day after day: “U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, U.N. panel says.” “Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields.” “The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.” There are so many wars and rumors of war involving our country these days that it starts to feel a little unreal, even for the most devoted of news watchers. And for many Americans, it’s long been that way. For them, the meaning of war is closer to reality TV than it is to reality.

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Transcript: President Obama’s Democratic … – Los Angeles Times

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The War For Talent Is Over, And Everyone Lost – Fast Company

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What Should a Billionaire Give – The New York Times

Dec 17, 2006 – What is a human life worth? You may not want to put a price tag on a it. But if we really had to, most of us would agree that the value of a human …

Tomgram: The Global War on Terror Report Card | TomDispatch

And this nation will act Our security will require transforming the military you will lead a … In other words, a planet of Great Powers was all over and it was time for the rest of … Here, then, is a brief report card on Bush’s Global War on Terror: … In later years, Bush warned repeatedly that the U.S. would notallow Iran to move …

The U.S. Military’s Ultimate Fear: Are Aircraft Carriers Too Big To Fail ……/the-us-militarys-ultimate-fear-are-aircraft-carriers-too-big-1106…

Aug 12, 2014 – In the cliché phrase of our time: Are carriers too big to fail? Clausewitz tells us, “war is the continuation of politics by other … The aircraft carrier is not invulnerable to attack. … All I can say is Russia and China would need to throw everything they ….. The carrier does not have to be sunk to be disabled … just …

Commander-in-Chief Trump Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on …

Apr 13, 2017 – The US just dropped a MOAB bomb with a blast radius of 1mile on … “Called the mother of all bombs, it is Donald Trump’s latest military foray—this timeNo president should have a blank check for endless war, especially not this … As one put it, “You could do a lot of good in this country for $314M.”.

What would really happen if you were the last person on Earth? | Daily …

Jan 4, 2008 – You wake up late because the radio does not come on. Outside there is …. What wouldhappen to all the domestic animals? Would packs of …

Transcript: The Democratic debate in Milwaukee, annotated – The …

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The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker | Mises Wire

May 18, 2017 – When Donald Trump wanted to “do something” about the use of chemical … Notsurprisingly, spending for the Veterans Administration has tripled since 2001. … Given all this, you wouldthink that the long-term price tag for caring for …. it’s time to finally consider the true costs of war,Americanstyle — in lives …

An American Century of Carnage – Information Clearing House

Mar 28, 2017 – Luce acknowledged that the United States could not police the … The essay called on all Americans “to accept wholeheartedly our … Welcome to Henry Luce’s and America’s — violent century, even if … The end of the Cold War certainly did not signal the end of such ….. It’s time to pay theprice of liberty

Russia’s Satan 2 nuclear bomb – new images show thermonuclear … › News › World

Oct 26, 2016 – Weapons experts have warned the missile could travel potentially … The weapon is 2,000times more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima … new depths over airstrikes in Syria and the proxy war in Ukraine. … But the gun comes with a hefty price tag of £26,200, Mr Lobaev added. ….. Life & Style.

Tesla’s Model 3 Could Take 300000 Bpd Off US Gasoline … – Oil Price › Energy › Crude Oil

Sep 27, 2016 – According to Tesla, the Model 3 will have a price tag starting at US$35,000 … suggests that Tesla is far from focusing on its home market above all. … said that “The impact of Model 3 on the larger energy markets will not be … I predict that by 2035 intelligent extraterrestrial life will have foundus on Earth and …

Fidget spinner fad: Adults don’t get it, and that’s the point –

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Price Tag for Global Survival: $161 Billion a Year | The Tyee

Feb 3, 2006 – Of all the resources needed to build an economy that will sustain … Brown who left World Watch in 2001 to found Earth Policy Institute says it’s time for Plan B a …. the war in Asia, somehow thinking that we could get through without … The U.S. 2006 military budget of $492 billion, accounting for half of …

The Story Behind Banksy | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian

When Time magazine selected the British artist Banksy—graffiti master, painter, activist, filmmaker andall-purpose provocateur—for its list of the world’s 100 most … plate on the bottom of the fuel tank when I realized I could just copy that style and make … In July 2003, Banksy mounted “Turf War,” his breakthrough exhibition.

22 Companies With Really Catchy Slogans & Brand Taglines

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You’re Hired! : Democracy Journal

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518 quotes have been tagged as rich: Roy T. Bennett: ‘You are not rich until you have … “Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. … Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). … all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s makingwar, and we’re winning.


About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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