That didn’t take long.
If this actually happens, my guess would be that multiple things are probably happening. First, the neo-realists who seem to prefer to reestablish the Cold War-era alliance between the US and the mujahideen may be getting the upper hand over the neocons who prefer a permanent occupation. Also, […]
US troops will probably remain in Afghanistan as long as they have been in Germany and South Korea.
Saagar Enjeti reacts to Biden’s pledge to have all US troops out of Afghanistan by 9/11/2021.
By Douglas MacGregor, The American Conservative The Biden administration appears willing to get us into a fight we’re not ready for. Conflict with Russia may be inevitable. Kiev’s strident threats to resolve the crisis in Eastern Ukraine with force of arms, combined with Washington’s refusal to acknowledge that […]
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss President Biden’s Pentagon budget compared to Trump’s.
Investigative reporter at The Intercept, Ken Klippenstein, discusses allegations of sexual assault against 22 service members at an Army training post in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
By K. Lloyd Billingsley, Independent Institute “Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction,” said President Dwight Eisenhower, in his televised farewell address on January 17, 1961. Gen. Eisenhower led the forces that took […]
By Hunter Derensis, The American Conservative Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, by Scott Horton (The Libertarian Institute: 2021), 330 pages. We’re approaching the 20th anniversary of the Global War on Terror when the George W. Bush administration made the decision to ruin the 21st […]
By George Petras, Karina Zaiets and Veronica Bravo, USA TODAY Nearly 20 months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President George W. Bush stood on an aircraft carrier under a giant “Mission Accomplished” banner and declared “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” Nearly 18 years later, the U.S. is […]
I always thought the totalitarian human revolution would be complete when it came to dominate the ideology of the military. The troops go to sensitivity training while the drone attacks continue. The totalitarian humanist revolution is now complete. ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ examines the Pentagon’s war on ‘domestic extremism.’
Fareed Zakaria must be planning on retiring soon.
For some time, probably about 25 years, I’ve been predicting the emergence of this kind of weird “rainbow-queer-multicultural-feminist-authoritarian-statist-oligarchic-capitalist-militarist-imperialist” regime. Here it is. Also, Lloyd Austin is Raytheon’s representative in the Biden administration, the same role played by Mark Esper in the Trump administration.
Saagar Enjeti discusses how the pentagon manipulated the classification of soldiers in Afghanistan.
The Young Turks come to the defense of the Pentagon. As is often said, “You can’t make this shit up.” Although, contra Tucker Carlson, I prefer that the Pentagon “lower standards” as much as possible so that the “New New Model Army” is incapable of suppressing rebellions. What […]
A dude that makes an enemy of the Pentagon must be doing something right. ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ hits back at critics of his opinion on Biden’s military decisions.
I attempted to map every US Military base, and it was not easy.
When in doubt, blame Iran.
By Ryan Long, American Military News 10 rockets were fired at Iraq’s Al Asad Airbase, which hosts U.S. and coalition forces on Wednesday morning. A U.S. contractor reportedly died of a heart attack while sheltering during the attack. Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto tweeted, “Initial […]
Author and professor at Georgetown University, Trita Parsi, discusses Biden-ordered airstrikes in Syria.
In the developing world where armed struggle is viable and, often, actually taking place, yes. In the USA, an “anarchist army” would merely be a bunch of dumbasses who ended up shooting themselves or getting taken down by the feds after falling into some kind of entrapment scheme. […]
By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit Exile in Happy Valley Is it just me or has Black History Month become kind of a gross corporate circus lately? Just another banal commercial grab bag of Hallmark moments to peddle the superiority of the American experience. I feel like shit […]
Investigative reporter at The Intercept, Ken Klippenstein, discusses the cost of sending the National Guard to the Capitol during the riots and the days following.
By Keith Preston Between the time that Donald Trump entered the Republican primaries in 2015 to the moment of the January 6, 2021 supposed “coup attempt,” the specter of “fascism” has been raised by critics of Trumpism. Analogies to the failed Weimar liberal-capitalist regime of the pre-Nazi era […]
I’m glad to see left-wing commentators like Kyle discussing the Deep State.
Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK, discusses the United States’ history of destructive foreign policy and never-ending wars.
By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit Exile in Happy Valley Even a bitter Queer curmudgeon like myself has to begrudgingly admit that we’ve come a long way, baby. I don’t know if I can join the chorus of pretty pink-washed celebrities in singing “It gets better!” After all, […]
I recently wrote about how January has been the 20 year anniversary of the founding of Attack the System. It is interesting to reflect on what has happened in the subsequent two decades. In 2001, the US empire was arguably at its apex, firmly in control of a […]
A sign of a decaying empire is when the ruling class becomes so arrogant they no longer feel the need to maintain the loyalty of the military. Big mistake from their vantage point.
By Tom Dreisbach and Meg Anderson, National Public Radio As a violent mob descended on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, lawmakers and aides hid wherever they could, waiting for the military and police to arrive. But many of those who stormed the Capitol were military veterans themselves, […]
Apparently, we have a political class that is so narcissistic and self-destructive they don’t even think maintaining the loyalty of the military is an important idea. Big mistake from their vantage point. By Matthew Cox, Military.Com U.S. Capitol Police abruptly relocated the break area for thousands of National […]
Well, that didn’t take long. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss Biden’s foreign policy plans based on the early actions of the administration.
All 10 living former defense secretaries: Involving the military in election disputes would cross into dangerous territory
The frontmen for the ruling class and managers of the Deep State articulate the consensus of power elite opinion. “Sorry, Don, but…You’re Fired!” Opinion by Ashton Carter, Dick Cheney, William Cohen, Mark Esper, Robert Gates, Chuck Hagel, James Mattis, Leon Panetta, William Perry and Donald Rumsfeld Washington Post As former secretaries of defense, we hold a common […]
By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit Finally, mercifully, it’s twenty-hundred and twenty-one, dearest motherfuckers. The year of our lord Satan, 2020, is finally fucking over and all around America there are signs of life. It’s a brand new spanking day for democracy, because 2021 doesn’t just bring an […]
Direct US military presence overseas is at a 60-year low. But this doesn’t mean imperialism is ending. It’s merely being farmed out to allies, client states, mercenaries, and proxy forces, with technology like drones assuming a greater role. By Kristen Bialik, Fact Tank The number of active-duty U.S. […]
The empire is starting to recede. Military spending as a percentage of GDP and the number of US troops overseas are both starting to gradually decline. By Christopher Giles, BBC READ MORE
If Peter Zeihan’s analysis and forecasts concerning the future of the unipolar order are at all correct, my predictions about the future of geopolitics were even more accurate than I previously thought. I’ve generally thought that globalization would eventually produce a global state system, which would require a […]
By Derrick Broze, Last American Vagabond While the media has you concerned over Donald Trump’s threat to veto the annual military budget, there are bigger implications for the controversial NDAA 2021. The U.S. Senate recently voted 84 to 13 in favor of the 2021 version of the annual […]
By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative Hello all, I was away at the dentist for much of the day. After a decade of non-dentist-going (because I hate going to the dentist), I finally had to give up my cowardice-related boycott — this after suffering some unpleasantry resulting from […]
By Sarah Lazare, In These Times The “security state” not only failed to keep us safe, but worsened the coronavirus pandemic and unleashed violence on the people hardest hit. If there’s one central lesson to take from 2020, it’s that the country with the most well-funded “security state” […]
The survival of the state/ruling class ultimately depends on its ability to maintain the loyalty and cohesion of the state security forces such as the rank and file military and law enforcement. If those fracture or if the power elite loses control over them, it’s finished. The divisions […]
By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch It was the end of October 2001. Two friends, Max Elbaum and Bob Wing, had just dropped by. (Yes, children, believe it or not, people used to drop in on each other, maskless, once upon a time.) They had come to hang out with […]
By Harmony Hobbs, Upworthy When Madeline Swegle was a little girl growing up in Burke, VA, she loved watching the Blue Angels zip through the sky. Her family went to see the display every time it was in town, and it was her parents’ encouragement to pursue her […]
Germany apparently realizes that unipolarity is fading and the days of receiving military welfare from the USA will eventually pass. DW Global military expenditure reached $1.9 trillion (€1.7 trillion) in 2019, the highest annual sum in real terms since 1988. That sum marked an increase of 3.6% over […]
By Jack Hunter, The American Conservative “Rand Paul is at it again,” blared Politico on Thursday. “And his moves could force another brief government shutdown.” While Politico and other media outlets seemed to frame the Republican senator’s opposition to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act as his typical […]
Raytheon’s new front man.
A reader observes, “The Pentagon said the troops in Somalia would be leaving by Jan. 15 – President Joe Biden will send them right back, In Fact with Trump having only 5 Days in Office, I can imagine The Military dragging their feet so they do not leave.” […]
Trump seems to be working the hawks and doves against each other by claiming he wants to withdraw from Afghanistan while escalating hostilities against Iran. The former is popular with the isolationists and libertarians and the latter is popular with the neocons and Christian Zionists.