When President Obama released his budget for 2015 on Tuesday, which included $495.6 billion for the Pentagon, the likely suspects screamed that the sky is going to fall. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon said the funding level is so low that it’s “immoral,” while the notorious climate denier Sen. James Inhofe — who is a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee — declared that: “Today our enemies don’t fear us and our allies no longer respect us.” Strong words. Also, completely disconnected from reality.
Mobilizing Ideas The 10-year anniversary for the movement that sprung up against the war in Iraq is on the horizon, and it presents an opportune time to reflect on its progress, and more importantly, the lessons that can be learned from its shortcomings. While activists were busy organizing in the fall of 2002, the dramatic … Continue reading Learning from shortcomings and other movements
March 2011 issue Sojourners In December, as the United States entered the 10th year of what President Obama called the "good war" in Afghanistan, I traveled to Kabul to take stock of the human toll of the increasingly bloody occupation. From the moment I landed in Kabul’s airport, I noticed its distinctive smell -- a … Continue reading The Human Toll
Union Daily Times, SC; Worthington Daily Globe, MN; Fayette County News, GA; Asheville Citizen-Times, NC; News Eagle, PA. A shorter version was published in the Peoria Journal Star, IL. Distributed by OtherWords and Featurewell. Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If that doesn’t accurately … Continue reading The Tragic U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan
On January 7, I spoke at this great event at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York with Kathy Kelly and Mike Ferner about our trip to Afghanistan in December. Here is a link to an hour-long radio interview I did on The New Movement with Roy Beckham on WAZU 90.7FM in Peoria, IL, on … Continue reading Report back from Afghanistan
Waging Nonviolence, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Huffington Post, The Indypendent, Sojourners Greetings from Afghanistan. I arrived here now almost a week ago and there is so much to share about this experience that it’s hard to know where to start. I’d like to offer a few random observations about Kabul that I’m sure will make more sense upon … Continue reading Record levels of violence in Afghanistan do not equal progress
WDIS 1170AM Last Thursday, I was on "The Fairness Doctrine," a 2-hour long talk show - hosted by conservative Chuck Morse and liberal Patrick O'Heffernan - that is broadcast live from Boston and can be heard from Maine to Rhode Island on WDIS 1170AM and WNSH 1570AM, to talk about the latest news regarding the use of mercenaries in … Continue reading Newsmaker Interview: Mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan