A big reason why we shouldn’t invade random countries on flimsy pretexts, besides being a waste of money and destructive of life, is it completely undermines our moral authority. I wish our Secretary of State could say something like, “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 10, 2013 9:54 am|
We have already tried using military force to send the message the United States opposes Weapons of Mass Destruction and it didn’t seem to work very well as a deterrent. The United States launched a massive full scale invasion of Iraq to supposedly send the message that we oppose the use, development or stockpile of [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:44 am|
On the tenth anniversary of the war in Iraq it is worth remembering how many people were deeply wrong. Top politicians in both parties, administration officials, reporters, columnists, and even many bloggers. They were wrong about the weapons of mass destruction, about the links to Al-Qaeda, and about how quickly the war would end. Over [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 7, 2012 12:00 pm|
After the US and our NATO allies provided a bunch of weapons and military aid to a diverse hodgepodge of Libyan militias, who mainly only agreed on the fact they didn’t like Muammar Gaddafi, it now appears they are having trouble getting along. From The Guardian: The Libyan leader, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has vowed to [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 29, 2011 8:57 am|
Regardless if the final price tag ends up only just over $1 trillion or over $4 trillion, can anyone honestly look back at what we have gotten for our investment and conclude it was money well spent?
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 24, 2011 6:55 am|
It seems that a large part of whether you support a war or not depends on the party you belong and if the president is from your party. With Americans turning against the U.S. involvement in Libya, it is the Independents and Republicans who are leading the way, while Democrats stay stable.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 15, 2011 8:09 am|
Vice President Joe Biden is struggling to come up with bipartisan deal to cut over a $1 trillion from the deficit because Republican’s refuse to support any revenue increases and Democrats are refusing to cut Medicare.
All this talk about reducing spending, yet neither the Democrats or the Republicans want to talk about the huge hole our wars are blowing in the budget.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 14, 2011 2:01 pm|
Being a Cassandra is a real drag. When people ask “Who could have predicted that the Libyan war would go long and be complicated?” I always raise my hand.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 4, 2011 2:01 pm|
I’ve been told that, after nine years, the reason we must continue to spend billions fighting in Afghanistan is to prevent it from again “becoming a safe haven for terrorists.” Alternately, I’ve also been told we can’t pull out of Afghanistan because that could destabilize Pakistan and allow it to become a “safe haven for [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 25, 2011 4:49 pm|
In an op-ed for the New Hampshire Union Leader, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attacked President Obama for a “peacetime spending binge,” as pointed out by Greg Sargent. From the Op-ed: Barack Obama is facing a financial emergency on a grander scale. Yet his approach has been to engage in one of the biggest peacetime [...]