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.
The system wants a Roman-style imperium. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to Mitch McConnell’s announcement that President Trump will issue an Executive Order to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
‘These are dictator moves’: Defense officials alarmed as Trump installs more loyalists at the Pentagon
By Adam Payne, Business Insider President Donald Trump has filled a series of senior defense positions with loyalists, causing alarm among Pentagon officials. Four defense officials, including Mark Esper, the defense secretary, and James Anderson, the acting undersecretary of defense for policy, have either resigned or been sacked […]
Raytheon’s point main in the Trump administration has been tossed. By Amanda Macias, CNBC The Pentagon elevated Trump loyalists to powerful positions a day after the sudden termination of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. The moves also followed the resignations of multiple senior officials in the Defense Department. […]
By Greg Shupak, The Nation This summer, Dave Calhoun, CEO of Boeing—builder of the intercontinental ballistic missile—declared himself cheerfully indifferent to the presidential election. “I think both candidates, at least in my view, appear globally oriented and interested in the defense of our country and I believe they’ll […]
This is my assessment of the recent piece by Peter Gelderloos at Crimethinc, “Preparing for Electoral Unrest and a Right-Wing Power Grab.” The Crimethinc article is a great companion piece to the recent commentary by It’s Going Down (which I critique here) and Three-Way Fight (which I had […]
By Jennifer Steinhauer and Helene Cooper New York Times WASHINGTON — Senior Pentagon leaders have a lot to worry about — Afghanistan, Russia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, China, Somalia, the Korean Peninsula. But chief among those concerns is whether their commander in chief might order American troops into any […]
By Derek Davison and Alex Thurston The Jacobin The liberal establishment is desperate to return a centrist to the White House in November and reestablish the country’s more stable military dominance of the world order, disrupted only briefly by Donald Trump. Joe Biden’s terrible track record on foreign […]
By Caitlin Johnstone People who dislike Trump are often reluctant to talk about this, but it looks likely that a Biden administration would be more warlike than its predecessor. In a recent interview with US Department of Defense newspaper Stars and Stripes, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said […]
The real reason the majority of the power elite hates Trump. He’s a loose cannon, not a team player, too candid, and makes the state look like what it is, the mafia writ large. By Hunter Derensis The American Conservative Once again, the whispers of phantoms masquerading as […]
Team Rising reacts to recent allegations of Trump belittling fallen soldiers, and polling revealing who most service members are supporting.
This is a good discussion. A key issue the speakers point out is that the military clearly does not back Trump and that military leaders obviously regard him as an incompetent moron and a nuisance. I would add that the Deep State has worked diligently with the media […]
By Dwight Stirling The Conversation Many U.S. military members publicly disavowed President Trump’s decision to pardon Edward Gallagher, the former SEAL commando convicted of killing a teenage detainee in Iraq in 2017. Gallagher’s alleged war crimes were nearly universally condemned up the chain of command, from enlisted men […]
Nukes have made inter-state war cost prohibitive which opens the door for the fourth-generation forces. By William S. Lind Traditional Right Several weeks ago, the world got a glimpse of what future war will look like among Great Powers. The weapons were rocks and clubs. Indian and Chinese […]
The kids are alright. By Nick Turse The Intercept In the face of protests composed largely of young people, the presence of America’s military on the streets of major cities has been a controversial development. But this isn’t the first time that Generation Z — those born after 1996 — has popped […]
A Biden regime will consolidate the “neoliberalism in economics/neoconservatism in foreign policy” ruling class paradigm while coopting the left by strengthening totalitarian humanism through all kind of woke legislation and policy initiatives while continuing Barr’s initiatives toward enacting greater repression against authentic enemies of the system.
Defund the military. Krystal and Saagar discuss the murder of Vanessa Guillen, a soldier who went missing from Fort Hood in April, whose remains were found in Texas.
LOL. The wokesters vs. the military-industrial complex. Fracturing within the ruling class is always welcome.
Afghanistan is merely a US colony. Empires don’t willingly give up their colonies (ask the Europeans, Japanese, South Koreans, Taiwanese, Latin Americans, Native Americans, Palestinians, etc).