Biden’s Pentagon Pick: a Five-Sided Blunder

President-elect Joe Biden has made so many excellent appointments to his Cabinet, particularly in the areas of the economy and health, that it is stunning to see such a worrisome appointment to the Pentagon. The nomination of retired Army General Lloyd J. Austin III will lead to an unnecessary battle over his required waiver as well as his confirmation. The opposition should not be dismissed as the usual progressive voices against a leading member of the military-industrial community, which Austin represents, but the need to maintain civilian control of the military as the Founding Fathers wished.

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Bill Clinton’s Role in the Crisis Over Ukraine

Originally posed on CounterPunch The militarization of American foreign policy has evolved over the past thirty years. Ironically, this took place in the wake of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, which should have led to reassessing U.S. national security policy and defense spending.  Democratic presidents have played a major role in this militarization because…

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A Poem By Carolyn McGiffert Ekedahl
In two thousand and six, many Repubs had a soul
A unanimous vote to extend was the goal.
And they did it.  The Senators, both left and right,
Extended the Act giving voters their rights.

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Containing the National Security State