• Seeing the Future When No One Believes You

    by Rebecca Gordon

    The recollections and rehabilitations occasioned by the 20th anniversary of the War on Terror are, predictably, giving short shrift to the voices of dissent who questioned the ability of American military power to resolve political conflicts. Like their mythical namesake, those denounced as Cassandras in 2001 were right. 

  • Abandoning Afghans From the Start

    by Christian G. Appy

    The Washington Post's Afganistan Papers present an opportunity to avoid the mistake of blaming military defeat on bad judgment and focus on the inherent problem of America's imperial ambitions, says historian Christian Appy.

  • The Profits of War

    by William Hartung

    Between weapons systems and a shadow army of contractors and logistics consultants, the War on Terror has been a bonanza for large corporations that shows no signs of abating. 

  • Fishing, Not Catching, in the History of the Law

    by John Fabian Witt

    John Fabian Witt writes about a critical exchange over Samuel Moyn's book on humanitarian war, and questions Moyn's conception of the relationship between a scholar's politics and their methodology. 

  • America Is Giving the World a Disturbing New Kind of War

    by Samuel Moyn

    The adoption of rhetoric of "humane war" after Vietnam has allowed discussions of how to wage war to sideline discussions of whether to wage war at all, and encourages secrecy, surveillance, and long-term engagement. 

  • Answering the Armies of the Cheated (But No Questions about War Please!)

    by Andrew Bacevich

    Americans wondering why their nation is failing to meet their basic needs since supposedly winning the Cold War need to reckon with its successor ideology, the idea of America as the Indispensable Nation, and the costs of intervention it has inspired. 

  • “Essentially an Evil Thing”

    by Jonathan Wilson

    Recent European controversies over the veneration of historical figures have considered war consequentially, as a means of achieving national ends. It's time to think of war, as the Nuremberg judges did, as an intrinsic evil. 

  • Slaughter Central: The United States as a Mass-Killing Machine

    by Tom Engelhardt

    The American armanents industry is profiting from the sales of weapons of potential planetary destruction, mass shootings, and all manner of violence in between. We should understand the gun industry as a global public-private partnership of death.

  • It Doesn’t Have to Be a War

    by Tim Barker

    The Trump administration appears ready to invoke the Defense Production Act to speed manufacture of essential goods like face masks. What if we didn’t have to resort to the analog of war?

  • The Global War of Error

    by Tom Engelhardt

    Failure is the new success and that applies as well to the “industrial” part of the military-industrial complex.