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Donald Trump’s Plan for the Middle East and Syria – Rolling Stone
Trump’s decisions on Syria and Afghanistan will lay bare the real distinctions in American politics. Political power in this country is not divided between right and left, and not even between rich and poor.

The real line is between a war party, and everyone else.

This has all been a giant, bloody, expensive farce, and it’s long since time we ended it.

We’ll see a lot of hand-wringing today from people who called themselves anti-war in 2002 and 2003, but now pray that the “adults in the room” keep “boots on the ground” to preserve “credibility.”

Part of this is because it’s Trump, but a bigger part is that we’ve successfully brainwashed big chunks of the population into thinking it’s normal for a country to exist in a state of permanent war, fighting in seven countries at once, spending half of all discretionary funding on defense.

It’s not. It’s insane. And we’ll never be a healthy society, or truly respected abroad, until we stop accepting it as normal.
war  Trump  matt_taibbi 
4 weeks ago by jstenner
She is so honest. I can just hear the outrage. Where is that outrage over ? ? ?

War  Poverty  Climate  Weinstein  from twitter_favs
november 2017 by jstenner
‘The Vietnam War’: Past All Reason | The Nation
According to Burns and Novick, the American war in Vietnam was “begun in good faith, by decent people.” It comes closer to the truth to say that the war was begun—and then prolonged past all reason—by people who lacked wisdom and, when it was most needed, courage. Those who fought in the war and those who fought against it will certainly want to watch this series. Yet to find the answers that many are still searching for, they will have to look elsewhere.
politics  war  vietnam  ken_burns 
september 2017 by jstenner
The Empire’s Hustle: Why Anti-Trumpism Doesn’t Include Anti-War
"Opposition to Trump has been framed in ways that supports the agenda of the Democratic Party—but not the anti-war agenda. Therefore, anti-Trumpism does not include a position against war and U.S. imperialism."

"Both parties support militarism because both parties support the interests of the oligarchy and the oligarchy is interested in one thing—maintaining the empire.”
politics  war  democrats  Trump  neoliberalism 
september 2017 by jstenner
Trump’s Vague New Afghanistan Strategy Continues An Endless War | HuffPost
“The choice was between losing and not losing. Losing is something that comes quickly, has obvious and possibly enduring consequences. Not losing has continuous costs, but relatively speaking, modest costs,” James Dobbins, who served as the special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013 and 2014, said. “And Afghanistan is not on the radar of the American people … if you ask if people want to leave, they will probably say yes, but are they going to march in the streets for it? No.”
war  afghanistan 
august 2017 by jstenner
A Vote For Hillary Clinton Is A Vote For Nuclear War
And these are Democrats supporting this! Remember when Democrats at least pretended to be the anti-war party? When liberals thought of the Republicans as the blood-and-oil-thirsty warmongers and Michael Moore made movies about them in his sad guy voice? Now you see rank-and-file blue-collar Democrats everywhere furiously snarling about Drumpf “cozying up to Putin” and squealing “He wants to make deals with the Russians! Deals!!!”
politics  election  clinton  war 
october 2016 by jstenner
Hillary Clinton: Candidate of War – Consortiumnews
In any event, Hillary Clinton has made it crystal clear. Anyone who votes for her is voting for greatly expanded warfare in the Middle East and probably military confrontation with Russia elsewhere as well. As bad as things are in Syria, in a few months they could get a lot worse. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
politics  election  clinton  war  russia  syria 
october 2016 by jstenner
The Coming Democratic Crackup | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
So, the establishment Democrats – with their grim determination to resuscitate Hillary Clinton’s nearly lifeless campaign – may be engaging in the political equivalent of whistling past the graveyard, as the ghosts of the party’s Vietnam War crackup hover over Election 2016.
politics  election  Bernie  clinton  war 
may 2016 by jstenner

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