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In the Company of Soldiers

From In the Company of Soldiers by Rick Atkinson Published by Henry Holt; March 2004; $25.00US/$36.95CAN; 0-8050-7561-5 Copyright © 2004 Rick Atkinson They found the sergeant's body at midmorning on Saturday, April 12, 2003, just where an Iraqi boy had said it would be: in a shallow grave in south Baghdad, near the Highway 8 […]

The Institutions of American Militarism: An excerpt from Chalmers Johnson’s The Sorrows of Empire

I learned, for example, the secret that contrary to all public declarations, President Eisenhower had delegated to major theater commanders the authority to initiate nuclear attacks under certain circumstances, such as outage of communications with Washington -- an almost daily occurrence in those days -- or presidential incapacitation (twice suffered by President Eisenhower). This delegation

“The War Prayer” by Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading

From Liberty Cabbage to Freedom Fries

Or: The Ethical Crisis of the Contemporary American Left Like many twenty-something liberals, I suppose, until the fall of 2001 when the advent of the War on Terror put a final end to any lingering vestiges of the Long Boom, my political ethics were largely a matter of faith. Raised by moderate parents and educated

Marching Towards Nelson

When I was running away from the army in Swaziland I came across Nelson Mandela's book, No Easy Walk to Freedom. It was a time when I had difficulty with any literature except pornography and Doris Lessing. All the devils of the military were on my tail and it was hard to concentrate. But I

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