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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, America's Wars and the "More" Strategy

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Tomgram: William Hartung, Ignoring the Costs of War

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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, What Obsessing About You-Know-Who Causes Us To Miss

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Since the late eighteenth century, the United States has been involved in an almost ceaseless string of wars, interventions, punitive expeditions, and other types of military ventures abroad -- from fighting the British and Mexicans to the Filipinos and Koreans to the Vietnamese and Laotians to the Afghans and Iraqis. The country has formally declared war 11 times and has often engaged in undeclared conflicts with some form of congressional authorization, as with the post-9/11 “wars” that rage on today.

Tomgram: John Dower, Terror Is in the Eye of the Beholder

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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, All in the Family Trump

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa

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Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, The Criminalization of Immigrants From Clinton to Trump

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Chameleon Presidency

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Tomgram: Michael Klare, Do African Famines Presage Global Climate-Change Catastrophe?

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There are the terrorists, who get attention out of all proportion to their actual clout, and then there are those with big-time clout -- I think of them as the terrarists -- who get almost no attention at all. Back in May 2013, I came up with that term and here’s how I described those I thought it should apply to:

Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Remind Us How This Ends...

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Truth defenders: Two Men Who Made Their Mark on History

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

One man enhanced the legacy of a legend revered around the world.

Accomplishments of the other man include his involvement in a seminal court battle where the trial judge issued a pivotal ruling about racism that sparked enraged denials among authorities in that nation.

Tomgram: Ira Chernus, Love Trumps Domination (Without the Combover)

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A metaphoric right-brained essay: President MOABA (Mother of All Bullshit Artists)

By John Grant

 

Painting isn’t an aesthetic operation; it’s a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us. . . . It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.

Tomgram: William Astore, From Deterrence to Doomsday?

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Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, Road Rules, or Rediscovering My Country from Cuban Soil

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It has to be one of the oddities of our history: the near-obsessive level of attention that, for almost 60 years, Washington has lavished on a modest-sized, impoverished island-nation of little strategic importance 90 miles off our southern coast. I’m talking, of course, about Cuba, which the U.S. has embargoed since 1959, as it hasn’t North Korea or any other country on this planet.

Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, Alaska in the Crosshairs

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New Gary Lindorff poem in ThisCantBeHappening!: What am I shouting?

I saw a photo of an elephant in a concrete cell

alone,

so alone.

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Believe the Autocrat

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