Myth of Benefits

US Army tweet that got unexpected responses

US Army: 0 – Internet: 1

By David Swanson, May 25, 2019 The U.S. Army tweeted a harmless rah-rah tweet and got hit with a burst of reality never encountered on corporate-controlled media. Score one for the internet. The Army asked: “How has serving impacted you?” Here’s […]

The Management of Savagery by Max Blumenthal

Savagery and Its Promoters and Profiteers

By David Swanson, April 24, 2019 Max Blumenthal’s new book, “The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump,” is over 300 pages and wastes not a word. It also […]

A US Soldier at Uijeongbu

Fewer Americans Want To Serve In The Military. Cue Pentagon Panic.

By William M. Arkin, April 10, 2019 From The Guardian Donald Trump’s three-quarters-of-a-trillion-dollar defense budget request submitted to Congress last month contains a dirty secret, one that should make us all think twice about perpetual war and public support for it. […]

NATO’s 1999 bombing of Belgrade are still visible in the Serbian city today.

‘Surrounded by the Fire of War’: Remembering NATO’s 1999 Aggression in Yugoslavia

By Greta Zarro, March 21, 2019 From The Progressive “The burning city was abandoned by those who had means,” writes Ana Maria Gower. “Alone on the empty street, surrounded by the fire of war, I felt that death is seconds away. I […]

Yes to Peace, No to NATO

Five Benefits of Life Without NATO

By David Swanson, March 20, 2019 This week, war industry employee Hans Binnendijk claimed in the weapons-advertisement conveyance Defense News that we all get five big benefits from NATO: Russia refrains from seizing Eastern Europe. The United States gets to have bases in Europe […]

Iranian Sanctions: Iraq Redux?

Iranian Sanctions: Iraq Redux?

By Alan Knight with Shahrzad Khayatian, February 8, 2019 Sanctions kill. And like most weapons of modern warfare, they kill indiscriminately and without conscience. In the dozen years between the two Bush wars (Bush I, 1991 and Bush II, 2003), the sanctions […]

Pro-government supporters attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela in 2018. (Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

Venezuela: The U.S.’s 68th Regime Change Disaster

By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies, February 4, 2019 From Common Dreams In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. […]

Regarding the idea that peace is boring ...

Anything War Can Do, Peace Can Do Better

By David Swanson, January 8, 2019 William James’ idea of the need to create a moral equivalent of war first struck me, decades ago, when I read about it, as about as sensible an idea as inventing a new way […]

Pat Elder at #No2NATODublin in 2018

Pat Elder at the International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases, Dublin 2018

Pat Elder, 2018 Green Party Congressional Candidate from Maryland and World Beyond War coordinating committee member, delivered hard truths about the US military’s disdain for environmental safety and sanity at the International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases in Dublin, Ireland […]

A Tale of Two Marines

By David Swanson These two young men may have an infinite number of things in common, but the actions they took this week do not. One used a pro-war ceremony at a professional basketball game to reject the celebration of […]