Category Archives: Terrorism

Operation Overkill

Don Rumsfeld once said that “you go to war with Army you have”. The AC 130 aerial attack on the small Afghan Village of Azizabad is a classic example of misplaced priorities in the Pentagon. Afghan and coalition forces were … Continue reading

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Anthrax & The Lure Of Big Military Money

In September of 2001, Bruce Ivins was just an unappreciated bio terror researcher in a lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland. He lived just off the base and many days walked to work. Though we now know he was probably suffering … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Trap

The Obama campaign, anxious to prove they are tough on national security, should be careful not to fall into the trap of pretending we can solve Afghanistan’s problems with more soldiers. Rory Stewart, the brilliant British diplomat and writer who … Continue reading

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Terrorism's End

  One of the main themes of The Cost of Empire is that we are usually designing our military to fight the last war. A new report from the Rand Corporation says that the only way we will be able to … Continue reading

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Permanent War Economy

In 1964 at the height of the Cold War, the philosopher Herbert Marcuse in his book One Dimensional Man, made the following observation. Free institutions (the media) compete with authoritarian ones in making the Enemy a deadly force within the … Continue reading

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The Cost of Empire IV-Imperial Overstretch

This is the final post of a four part series. For those of you who want to read it in one piece, you can find it here. In September of 2000, at the height of the Presidential election campaign, The … Continue reading

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The Cost of Empire III-The Walls Come Down

This is part three of a four part series that ties our current economic crisis to the thirty year buildup of defense spending since the Reagan Presidency. The earlier parts can be found here, here and here. The neoconservative narrative on … Continue reading

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1 Million Terrorists

You will be happy to hear that Homeland Security’s terrorist watch list will hit 1 Million names tomorrow. Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program, spoke today along with two victims of the watch list: Jim Robinson, … Continue reading

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Chinese Torture Tactics

In the mid fifties, the U.S. military got worried because American soldiers, captured by the Chinese in the Korean conflict had “confessed” publicly that the Americans were using germ warfare. We knew the confessions were false and so we began … Continue reading

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Chinese Torture Tactics

In the mid fifties, the U.S. military got worried because American soldiers, captured by the Chinese in the Korean conflict had “confessed” publicly that the Americans were using germ warfare. We knew the confessions were false and so we began … Continue reading

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