Tag: By William J. Astore
|Why America’s wars of choice may prove fatal.|
|Our wars and their impact are kept in remarkable isolation from what passes for public affairs in this country, leaving most Americans with little say about whether they should be, and how they are, waged.|
|Here’s a simple truth Americans seem to have lost touch with: greater security doesn’t come from fighting more wars; it comes from fighting fewer of them or none at all.|
William J. Astore: Freedom Fighters for a Fading Empire: What It Means When We Say We Have the World’s Finest Fighting ForceJanuary 2011
|Are we truly the world’s greatest fighting force, not only at this moment, but as measured against all militaries across history? If so, on what basis is this claim made? And what does such triumphalist rhetoric suggest, not just about our national narcissism, but Washington’s priorities?|
William J. Astore: The New American Isolationism: The Cost of Turning Away from War’s Horrific RealitiesNovember 2010
Old-style American isolationism had everything to do with avoiding “entangling alliances” and conflicts abroad. Today, Americans are once again an isolationist people, but with a twist. To end our wars, we must first endure their Gorgon stare.
Whether in the military or in civilian life, heroes are rare—indeed, all-too-rare. That’s the reason we celebrate them. They’re the very best of us, which means they can’t be all of us.