War

War is a Racket by Gen. Smedley D. Butler Published in Book Form, January 1935

In the autumn of 1933, General Smedley M. Butler, a Quaker, and at the time the most decorated Marine Corps officer in U.S. history, launched a lecture series, crossing the country speaking about the inherently unjust nature of warfare and the demands of U.S. capitalist class to profit from it. The lectures proved so popular…

Twelve Years Ago Today: Iraqi Journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi Displayed Appropriate Media Etiquette to George W. Bush

Some moments in media history should never be forgotten. Twelve years ago today, December 14, 2008, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi became a heroic figure to Iraqis and countless others around the world when he stood up during a Baghdad press conference and threw both of his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush. Neither hit…

LBJ Used a Gulf of Tonkin Attack That Never Happened to Escalate the War in Vietnam – Excerpt from Dan Ellsberg’s Secrets

First Full Day at the Pentagon for Ellsberg is a Memorable One 56 years ago, on August 4, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson used an attack on U.S. warships that never happened to justify “retaliation,” and the massive expansion of the U.S. war effort against North Vietnam. Squadron commander James Stockdale was one of the U.S.…

Setting the Paper Cities of Japan Aflame – 75 Years Later, the Great Tokyo Air Raid of March 10, 1945 Remains the Deadliest Six Hours in History

While the 1945 U.S. attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs justifiably loom large in histories of the previous century, the firebombing of Tokyo five months earlier was so brutally efficient a killer of human beings that the commander of the operation, General Curtis E. LeMay, could exclaim with pride that “we scorched and…

Whacking the Weeds We Sowed: When Will the New York Times Provide Context for the Global War Being Waged by the U.S.?

“When Russia moved into the Ukraine and seized Crimea in 2014, it got more than its share of (bad) media coverage in the United States, as it did when it intervened in Syria the next year.  So just imagine what kind of coverage Vladimir Putin’s favorite nation would be getting if, almost 17 years after…

2003: Colin Powell Makes the Case for War on Iraq & U.S. Corporate Media Lines Up to Promote It

Fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003, Colin Powell, then Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush, spoke before the United Nations, making the case for a preemptive war against Iraq. According to Powell, his purpose that day was to “share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of…

September 26, 1945: OSS Officer Lt. Colonel A. Peter Dewey Becomes First American to Die in Vietnam

Dewey’s last 1945 report to his superiors concluded “the French and British are finished here, and we ought to clear out of Southeast Asia” The U.S. was busy in Vietnam long before the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident led to a Congressional blank check for war. Nearly a decade prior to the defeat of the…

U.S. Nuclear Modernization Has Pentagon Dreaming of a Winnable Nuclear War with Russia

Mainstream, Corporate Media in U.S. Yet to Cover Alarming Change in Nuclear Balance U.S. policy “creates exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike” Asked in the June 2017 edition of…

Negotiate, Don’t Escalate on the Korean Peninsula

via the War Resisters League: Yesterday North Korea fired a ballistic missile at Hokkaido Island– the first missile of its kind to fly over Japan amidst rising global tensions. Meanwhile, US and South Korean military exercises continue while Trump renews threats of escalation, fueling an all too costly arms race. As the international community calls for diplomatic…