Who Will Stand Up to the US Military?

September 24, 2021

When he was trying to win the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon famously told his chief of staff that he wanted Communist leaders — in the Soviet Union, in North Vietnam — to think that the US president was a mad man, that he was capable of doing pretty much anything up to and including the use of...

Some Boots on the Ground Leave Odd Footprints

August 30, 2021

Most people consider the trillions of dollars spent by the Americans on military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq to have been a waste of money and the sign of a failed vision. When US President Joe Biden reasoned that it was time to put a stop to the spending, he claimed it had long ago achieved...

The Global War of Error

January 09, 2020

Yes, our infrastructure stinks, our schools are failing, this country’s a nightmare of inequality and there’s a self-promoting madman in the White House. So, isn’t it time to take pride in the rare institutional victories America has had in this century? Arguably, none...

American War Is Off the Charts

April 23, 2019

As the 2020 elections approach, watch out: There’s one possible American war still to come in the greater Middle East. Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain, but I’m nervous about doing so. I know perfectly...

Digital Tech Workers Revolt against Lethality

February 26, 2019

A generation of digital wizards discover they are working for the military-industrial complex and don’t like the taste of it. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Microsoft employees are the latest group of tech workers to protest the role they are being asked to play in developing weapons...

The US “Drops a Bomb” on New Year’s

January 02, 2019

In today’s increasingly hyperreal world, taking the time to reflect is a luxury that nobody — not even the US Strategic Command — believes they can afford. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary reports. Even before the stroke of midnight on January 1, the year 2019 began on an appropriate note of...

The US Has a New Strategy for War

November 01, 2018

The generals in the US are getting high on their intense new strategies of warfare. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. The news cycle thrives on suspense. It starts with the ongoing drama pitting nation against region (Brexit), moves on to newly-elected presidents opposing dissent but in...

Guantanamo Bay in the Words of a Prisoner

February 11, 2016

Written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Guantanamo Diary details his life inside the US military prison where he remains to this day. Imagine you receive a knock on the door one day as you return home from work. It’s the police requesting you visit the local police station to answer some routine...

Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War

September 12, 2014

Why would you join the military? Michelle Fischer had not yet reached twenty but she already knew how to find the National Guard Armory, a low-slung, modern-looking building made of red bricks with a green metal roof. It commanded a prominent seat beside the Lloyd Expressway, the main...

Afghan Children: Growing Up With Drones and Landmines

February 21, 2014

Childhood in Afghanistan is about constantly living in fear of death from skies. A Predator drone can reach an altitude of 25,000 feet and hover at such heights for up to 40 hours. Yet, fair weather permitting, the buzz of its propellers can be perceptible to those who happen to fall under its...

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