2009: A True Story.
"My name is Sara Ford and I am 18 years old. I moved to California at the end of last year. Before the first attacks... before everything changed." [Via] [more inside]
The Semiwarriors: By creating an atmosphere of perpetual crisis, Presidents have expanded their powers and hidden their actions from the public eye.
A recent essay by retired Army lieutenant Colonel and current Boston University professor of international relations Andrew J. Bacevich
, on "semiwar," a term coined after World War II "to promote permanent quasi mobilization as the essential response to permanent global crisis." Bacevich is the author of The New American Militarism, How Americans Are Seduced by War
(previously discussed here
). Tragically, Bacevich's own son
, an Army First Lieutenant, was killed on patrol in Iraq two days ago by an IED
"They called it 'the American Century,' but the past hundred years actually saw a shift away
from Western dominance. Through the long lens of Edward Gibbon's history, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
, Rome 331 and America and Europe 2006 appear to have more than a few problems in common." By Niall Ferguson, whose views on the American hegemony have been discussed previously
The Suffragists Oral History Project
has collected and transcribed oral histories
from leaders and participants of the American women's suffrage movement. Suffragists Speak
has audio clips
of Alice Paul
. [Via rebecca's pocket.]
Donald Rumsfeld has won the 2003 Foot in Mouth award.
The award is given by the Plain English Campaign
for the most baffling quote by a public figure, but they don't seem to realize that Rumsfeld was actually creating poetry
. I wonder who will present the award
Beware technology that disconnects war from politics.
This is a very interesting article by Fredrick Kagan on the growing gulf between America's military means and political ends. "Unless the direction and nature of military transformation change dramatically, the American public should expect to see in the future many more wars in which U.S. armed forces triumph but the American political vision fails."
An interview with Kenneth Roth,
the executive director of Human Rights Watch
. Roth describes how his organization is trying to pressure the U.S. to wage as humanitarian a war as possible. To this end, HRW has not taken a position for or against a war
, but rather on how a possible war should be waged. But this raises the question of to what extent the U.S. is still concerned with international humanitarian law. As Michael Byers of Duke University warns, "some U.S. politicians have begun to think of war, not as the high-risk recourse of last resort, but as an attractive foreign policy option in times of domestic scandal or economic decline... When war is seen as an ordinary tool of foreign policy - 'politics by other means' - political and financial considerations impinge on the balance between military necessity and humanitarian concerns