Tag: war

Where is Trump’s Missing War Powers Report?

The administration is ignoring its legal requirement to explain how it would use military force, and undermining Congress in the process. For the past month, while America’s attention has been understandably focused on the coronavirus crisis, the Trump administration has been disregarding an important new law concerning the president’s war powers. On March 1, President Trump was supposed to provide the public with a report describing any changes to the “legal and policy frameworks” governing when and where the president can use military force. More than a month later, that report still hasn’t been released—and the Trump administration hasn’t even ... Read more

Iraq’s Coronavirus Crisis Was Made Possible by Decades of War and Occupation

Union leader Falah Alwan, president of the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions of Iraq, and leather goods factory workers argue with the plant manager about their union rights in 2003. (David Bacon) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation ... Read more

Of War, Disease and Comedy – The Ironkeel Collection

Shôn Ellerton, April 8, 2020Are we slowly losing our sense of humour? My exploration into war, pandemics and comedy. Whilst moving a few things around the house to tidy things a little, I spotted my old complete collection of Dad’s Army DVDs sitting at the bottom of one of my bookcase shelves. I thought to myself, why not re-watch some of these again? I have fond memories watching these with my late grandfather as a child; those doting and amiable characters playing the Home Guard during one of the worst calamities in human history, World War II. The scene I ... Read more

Using psychology to comprehend war – Tom Wein

First published August 2015 at behavioraleconomics.com. Behaviour depends on context — and conflict is the most extreme context of all. There have been a series of attempts, of varying value, to understand behaviour in that scenario — by academics, governments and NGOs seeking to predict and reduce conflict, and by combatants seeking an advantage. In recent years, many have turned first to social science, and then to psychology. Here, Tom Wein charts some of those efforts. In recent decades, there has been a particular focus on understanding populations caught in war, and the choices they make, under the most extreme ... Read more

Nuclear war is a no-win situation, ‘The Bomb’ reminds us

In 1974, the Joint Chiefs of Staff presented President Richard Nixon’s national security advisor Henry Kissinger with an LNO – a Limited Nuclear Option plan – to be carried out in response to a Soviet invasion of Iran (then a US ally). The LNO called for firing 200 nuclear weapons at military targets in the southern part of the USSR. Kissinger reportedly screamed: “Are you out of your minds? This is a limited option?” That moment encapsulates the conflict at the heart of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan’s “The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War”: the ... Read more

It’s Time To Put A Military Officer In Charge Of The Fight Against Coronavirus

We already have over 10,000 casualties. The numbers are increasing exponentially, and we will be talking about multiple tens of thousands of casualties in a matter of days. Our economy has come to a crashing halt and we don’t know when we can get it going again. Maybe it is time we took the clear fact that we are at war seriously at the national level. As Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics in the Obama administration, I was deeply involved in our campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq for several years and I supported the responses to hurricane Sandy and to ... Read more

The 335 Years’ War – History of Yesterday

We’ve explored some very short wars on our publication before more specifically when we looked at the Six Hour War during World War Two where the country of Denmark fell to the Third Reich in under 6 hours. It is now time to look at the polar opposite, one of the longest and bloodless wars in recorded history. The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Isles of Scilly and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Like many things in history, the nature of this event can be traced back to the British, in this instance the English Civil ... Read more

War And Gold – Ralph Benko’s The Lure And Lore of Gold

Arlington National Cemetery at dusk. Photo © 2018 by Ralph Benko The gold standard always is an early casualty, or corollary, of war. Consider Ernest Hemingway’s cautionary words from Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter, from Esquire. September 1935: The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists. November 11, 2018 was the 100th anniversary of the formal cessation of hostilities in World War I, originally called the Great War. Among the first casualties ... Read more

Trump’s War on Veterans – The American Prospect

On a wet and dreary afternoon in mid-February, Mick Cole and a half-dozen other members of the Veterans for Peace–backed “Save Our VA” campaign climbed the steps of the Capitol to meet with U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, the Democratic chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. They were there to laud the care they’ve received from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and warn that massive staffing shortages were putting their health at risk. From 1965 to 1969, Cole flew bombing missions over Vietnam as an airborne voice intercept operator in the Air Force. Having learned Vietnamese, Cole’s job was ... Read more

A Child of War, Talks Quarantine – Tami Shaikh

Honestly, I don’t feel negative or worrisome. I was born and raised in a war-torn country, Lebanon. As a child, we were always on lockdown, food was scarce, and the sounds of bombs exploding all over. We played and collected pieces of bombs that had exploded and were lying around and we felt no danger at that time. The difference now is the absence of bomb shelling, and frankly, it is way safer too. I have now migrated to Canada, and love this country I call my home. Canadians have been great in dealing with the pandemic. They are following ... Read more