Posts Tagged: Endless War

Rewriting History in Real Time: A Social Media Guide

In the process of trying to figure out when your cousin's birthday is, or looking at photos of your old partners' weddings, or deciding whether or not to attend your 10/20/30/40-year reunion, there's a reasonable chance you will come across some variation of this headline on Facebook. Beneath it will be comments from friends and family and strangers, in which the dinner table arguments of a decade ago are relitigated. The details, which were foggy in the first place, are now foggier. Someone will probably bring up beheading immediately.

The source for this post—which comes from a profoundly cynical, and popular, news project called the Independent Journal Review, which [...]


Edgar Allan Poe, Bea Arthur, Jimi Hendrix and Other Weird Military Veterans

Oh hey it's Veterans Day, America's most ambiguously celebrated federal holiday. Everyone (mostly) professes to love "the troops," especially if it's not too close to a news cycle about the troops urinating on the war dead or burning Korans or having sexytime with a lady biographer. But lots of people are bummed out by what the troops are expected to do, which is fight in imperial wars to secure oil supplies for people who won't use the subway or get a Prius. What to do? Luckily, the day is almost over, so there's nothing really "to do" except enjoy this video jukebox of surprising famous/infamous military veterans, such as [...]


The Intelligence Edifice: Too Big To Succeed

A tantalizing Twitter from @Wikileaks went up on Saturday morning: "Real change begins Monday in the WashPost. By the years end, a reformation. Lights on. Rats out."

The series to which they referred, "Top Secret America," by Dana Priest and William Arkin, began today and is certainly a barn-burner. It features an enormous database detailing the thousands of complex connections between private business and the evidently-misnamed intelligence community. The story has been tearing up the Internets all day long, even though Priest and Arkin don't really reveal much that we didn't already know, or at least that we didn't suspect: the government is a mess! 9/11 persuaded [...]


Experts Consulted

"And who better to lead a cast of assorted hawks back into intellectual—and they hope eventually political—influence than the congenial and well-respected scion of one of America’s first families of interventionism?"


Drone Boat Ready to Kill It (You)

The "it" it might kill could also mean "boatloads of Chinese immigrants." It looks like this thing has a 2 inch draught, so maybe it could even make it in the Rio Grande in the wet season. Used to make sure "bad people don't get in" (that's a technical term), in the words of its salesman, in this inexplicably long and needlessly dumb TV news clip from the 6th Annual Border Security Expo in sunny downtown Phoenix.


The U.S. Army Cheats Soldiers On Disability And Diagnosis

Things we already knew but it sure is nice to have it down in black and white: U.S. Army doctors are told not to diagnose PTSD in soldiers, because they don't want to pay for disability.


Will Chuck Hagel's Hatred Of Gays Cancel Out His Hatred For Israel?

Politics apparently continued over the winter holidays. What did that crafty Barack Obama do while the rest of us were worshiping the Baby Jesus or whatever? He is suggesting that America allow Chuck Hagel to be the Secretary of Defense, that's what! Who would let Chuck Hagel do something as important as overseeing the continued American defeat in Afghanistan, when he has controversial opinions about The Gays and Israel?

But, like all cabinet battles, the controversy around Chuck Hagel is both a) limited to Politico reporters/editors and the people who actually read the Politico, and b) not really about the Defense Department but actually about right-wing Christians who hate gays [...]


'Time' Regrets To Inform You That We Will Kill These Women

"We do not run this story or show this image either in support of the U.S. war effort or in opposition to it." That's Time editor Rick Stengel on his new cover story…. which is coverlined "What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan," and has a portrait of a woman brutalized by the Taliban. The story contains this: "As the war in Afghanistan enters its ninth year, the need for an exit strategy weighs on the minds of U.S. policymakers. Such an outcome, it is assumed, would involve reconciliation with the Taliban. But Afghan women fear that in the quest for a quick peace, their progress may be [...]