There they stood on December 16 in the snow and got arrested for peace and democracy. We should have all been there. This is an interview with Chris Hedges and a video about the White House demonstration. Asked why he wanted to get arrested, Hedges said “because that’s all we have left.”
December 19, 2010
November 29, 2010
Approximately 25,000 American troops are based in the most populous part of Okinawa. The US has offered to move them to a quieter area, but the Okinawans want them gone, and they have elected a Governor who has promised to get rid of them. The usefulness of this base and its many troops, dependents, and civilian hangers-on is questionable even as North Korea flexes its muscles.
November 17, 2010
October 14, 2010
Fifty-five members of Congress signed the letter written by Barney Frank and Ron Paul calling on the Catfood Commission to recommend drastic reductions in military spending. If you recall, when President Obama set up this Alan Simpson-led deficit commission, he said cuts in military spending were off the table. Frank and Paul say that if there aren’t such cuts, we’ll never pull out of our domestic nosedive.
October 7, 2010
This happy shopper is in Diego Garcia, a US base in the Indian Ocean essential to our military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of course we had to pick up the natives and move them off island against their will, but that’s a cost of empire. This article talks about five such sites of empire, among more than 800.
September 18, 2010
September 14, 2010
August 19, 2010
Our friend John Grant writes about the Empire and about Robert Kaplan’s book describing it. The interesting thing is that Kaplan is not a leftist but a rather conservative fellow. Which makes it difficult for his right-wing friends to deny the Empire. The left, meanwhile, seems to have assumed the role of Cassandra, who was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo. Unfortunately, nobody believed her and so, when she warned the Trojans about the Greeks and their horse, she was ignored. A really good piece of writing. Probably our greatest chronicler of the Empire is Chalmers Johnson, whose new book, “Dismantling The Empire: America’s Last Best Hope,” is highly recommended.