It’s startling to be reminded how long ago 9/11 was because our public figures keep talking about the Afghanistan War like it started last year. General Petraeus let us know back in February in a Meet the Press interview that we were just then getting “the inputs about right,” and were now “starting to see some of the outputs.” Nine years into this war, and Petraeus lets us know they’re just getting warmed up. Good God.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Tuesday September 21, 2010 8:41 am|
|By: CTuttle Saturday September 4, 2010 2:31 am|
The current run on the Kabul Bank exposes the rot at the top…
|By: Derrick Crowe Thursday September 2, 2010 5:55 pm|
The Pentagon’s public relations machine is working overtime these days trying to sell a theme of "progress" in Afghanistan to push back against calls to end the war. The message machine behind this push is gargantuan, costing $547 million and employing more than 27,000 people. But, as our latest Rethink Afghanistan video shows, all that [...]
|By: Derrick Crowe Wednesday August 25, 2010 5:00 am|
On college campuses, credit card companies entice naive undergrads into signing up for super-high-interest-rate credit cards by giving away “perceived high-value items” like t-shirts or coffee mugs. They’re called perceived high value items because they really aren’t worth as much as people assume. Their only purpose is to distract from the terrible terms in the [...]
|By: Josh Mull Saturday August 21, 2010 5:30 am|
The propaganda tour has failed – 6 in 10 Americans want an end to the war in Afghanistan. Will Obama stick to his timeline, or will congress be forced to take drastic measures?
|By: Derrick Crowe Friday August 20, 2010 5:00 am|
With General Petraeus’ stop on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric now halfway over, it’s worth taking a moment to unpack the unchallenged, false assertions and implications he’s piled up thus far on his media tour. We decided to look into the claims he made about “oil spots” of “progress” during his interview with NBC’s David Gregory. Both claims were absolute fantasies, and the remaining journalists on Petraeus’ tour owe their viewers more rigorous skepticism than what we saw on Meet the Press.
|By: Josh Mull Monday August 16, 2010 5:12 am|
If President Obama is too weak to preserve our civilian-military order, then Congress is obligated to enforce its constitutional authority over the power of war.
|By: Derrick Crowe Sunday August 15, 2010 9:32 am|
General Petraeus’ media blitz is just getting started. We’ve got to push our media–hard–to ask real questions and prevent easily disproved spin from polluting the debate. Petraeus wants to change public opinion, and he’s spending your money to sell you a brutal, futile war that’s not making us safer. If you’re tired of this kind of manipulation, join the tens of thousands of other people working to end this war with Rethink Afghanistan.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Thursday July 22, 2010 7:40 am|
From TomDispatch this morning: A powerful explanation of why we make American troops en masse into “our heroes” at our own peril — William J. Astore, “‘Our American Heroes,’ Why It’s Wrong to Equate Military Service With Heroism”