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Containing the National Security State represents more than 100 editorials that assess the militarization of U.S. governance and U.S. foreign policy.

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The United States of Hypocrisy: Revisiting the Monroe Doctrine 

There is no doctrinal statement in American diplomatic history that is more fundamental than the Monroe Doctrine.  It was designed to draw a strategic line between the New World and the Old, and to alert the European powers that their political influence and presence was no longer welcome in the Western Hemisphere.  No doctrinal statement has been enforced as often as the Monroe Doctrine, which has been used to justify U.S. intervention throughout Central America and the Caribbean.  The Monroe Doctrine was cited in the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961, a perfect failure, as well as the Cuban missile crisis, a diplomatic triumph.

Goodness Gracious, David Ignatius: Why Do You Want More War?

Photograph Source: Ittmust – CC BY 2.0 No one in the mainstream media takes better dictation than David Ignatius, the leading columnist at the Washington Post on international security.  Ignatius gets briefings from the Central Intelligence Agency and immediately prepares a column echoing the CIA’s case for aiding a Ukrainian insurgency in response to any Russian invasion. …

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…

KILL FILibuster

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.