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Calling the war in Ukraine “unprovoked” is as much a lie as ….

Calling the war in Ukraine “unprovoked” is as much a lie as saying Sadaam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was behind 9/11. Calling the war in Ukraine “unprovoked” is as much a lie as General Westmoreland’s claims that the war in Vietnam was going well. Calling the war in Ukraine “unprovoked” is as […]

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Concise summary of the self-licking ice cream cone

The U.S. aggressively expanded NATO, knowing that Russia would respond by invading Ukraine. That’s what the Pentagon’s own think tank, The Rand Corporation, told it, and it’s what many senior U.S. diplomats warned about. As even Thomas Friedman said, in the New York Times, the U.S. is not innocent in the Ukraine crisis.  The military-industrial complex […]

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Summary of The Sugar High of Unipolarity: Why U.S. Military Interventions Increased after the Cold War

The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft had a zoom meeting The Sugar High of Unipolarity: Why U.S. Military Interventions Increased after the Cold War with speakers Monica Duffy Toft, Sidita Kushi, and John Mearsheimer. Toft and Kushi are authors of the following paper in the Journal of Conflict Resolution: Introducing the Military Intervention Project: A […]

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Roger Waters (from Pink Floyd) works to raise awareness of the costs of militarism

Roger Waters, the 78 year old creative genius behind the progressive rock band Pink Floyd, is launching the This is Not a Drill Tour.  Checkout  that web page for tour dates and venues.  He’ll be in Portland, Oregon on Sept 10 and in Tacoma on Sept 16.  He’ll be at many other cities before and […]

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Putin is a neocon’s dream come true

I suspect that many antiwar activists are upset not just about the outbreak of war in Ukraine but also by the fact that Putin’s stupid and evil invasion makes U.S. aggressive policies seem reasonable. Putin has managed to unite the world behind U.S. militarism, and U.S. public opinion seems solidly against Putin, as it should […]

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Summary of The Quincy Institute video “Who’s Afraid of the Military Industrial Complex?”

The Quincy Institute video Who’s Afraid of the Military Industrial Complex? – YouTube  (embedded below) that Coleen shared has gotten 424 views and 37 likes.  A music video or a cat video often gets millions of views.  Apparently not many people are afraid of the MiC, maybe because they think the topic is BORING. Well, […]

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How the U.S. provoked Russia in Ukraine: A Compendium

Most of mainstream American media echo the official U.S. position that Russia is the only aggressor in Ukraine. Here is a collection of articles and quotations from senior U.S. diplomats, academics, military personnel, think tanks, and journalists that explain U.S. responsibility for provoking the crisis. I hope the collection is useful as a resource for […]

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On the stupidity of preparing to wage war with China

The U.S. is preparing for war with China; is surrounding China with bases, warships, and missiles; and is promoting the Pacific Defense Initiative to collaborate with other nations in Asia to confront China. Likewise, the U.S. Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bill to Bolster Competitiveness With China. (“When future generations of Americans cast their gaze toward new […]