William Astore, The Nation

William Astore

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Recent articles by William:

We Could Use a Leader Like George McGovern Again

It’s long past time to reclaim American idealism and take a stand for less war and more help for the most vulnerable among us, including the very planet itself. → Read More

America's dark side: We've grown numb to Trump's madness and evil

What pops into your head when you hear the number 1,000 in a political-military context? Having studied German military history, I immediately think of Adolf Hitler's confident boast that his Third Reich would last a thousand years. In reality, of course, a devastating world war brought that Reich d... → Read More

Our Military Is the Virus

It’s time to defund the military-industrial complex and the police, and to rethink how to deal with conflict without turning every response into an endless war. → Read More

A slow-motion nightmare: How the war on terror kills American democracy

The phrase “thinking about the unthinkable” has always been associated with the unthinkable cataclysm of a nuclear war, and rightly so. Lately, though, I’ve been pondering another kind of unthinkable scenario, nearly as nightmarish (at least for a democracy) as a thermonuclear Armageddon, but one th → Read More

Police Violence Has Brought America’s Forever Wars Home

How stupid have we been to celebrate cops as heroes, just as we’ve been foolishly doing for so long with the US military? → Read More

It’s Time to Stop Our Wasteful Military Spending

If ever there was a time to reduce our massive and unnecessary military spending, this is it. → Read More

How my dad survived the 1918 flu and predicted the decline of America

My dad was born in 1917. Somehow, he survived the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919, but an outbreak of whooping cough in 1923 claimed his baby sister, Clementina. One of my dad’s first memories was seeing his sister’s tiny white casket. Another sister was permanently marked by scarlet fever. In 192 → Read More

The US Government Has Sanitized War

We are reminded of our endless wars only when the government wants to invoke patriotism without criticism. → Read More

Trump Has Been Out-Conned by the Pentagon

Despite a woeful 75-year military record, the Pentagon’s coffers are overflowing with taxpayer dollars. → Read More

The self-defeating military: How the U.S. has been conned by the Pentagon

The expression “self-licking ice cream cone” was first used in 1992 to describe a hidebound bureaucracy at NASA. Yet, as an image, it’s even more apt for America’s military-industrial complex, an institution far vaster than NASA and thoroughly dedicated to working for its own perpetuation and little → Read More

Militarization Has Become Our National Religion

As attitudes toward war grow dangerously worshipful in the US, quitting our endless wars becomes all the more difficult. → Read More

The Pentagon’s Long Con

The US military-industrial complex has been swindling Americans for decades. → Read More

America’s Generals Have Learned Nothing From Our Failed Wars

The senior officials responsible for our military failures are guiding us to more of the same. → Read More

America’s senior generals find no exits from endless war – A

“Veni, Vidi, Vici,” boasted Julius Caesar, one of history’s great military captains. “I came, I saw, I conquered.” This article originally appeared on TomDispatch. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration’s military intervention → Read More

The Pentagon Has Won Its Most Important War

Despite a losing record, today’s military doesn’t have to atone for its failures. → Read More

Make sports, not war: Why can’t we just play ball?

The militarization of sports and the redefinition of patriotism → Read More

Can’t We Just Play Ball Without Guns Getting Involved?

A veteran looks at the increasing militarization of sports. → Read More

America's Phony Middle East Wars

While we meddle overseas, our homeland crumbles. Overseas, the United States is engaged in real wars in which bombs are dropped, missiles are launched, and people (generally not Americans) are killed, wounded, uprooted, and displaced. Yet here at home, there’s nothing real about those wars. Here, it’s phony war all the way. → Read More

The Pentagon Wants You to Go Shopping While the Experts Go to War

Americans are in the dark about the near-global warfare being waged in their name. → Read More

In the US's "Phony Wars," the Military-Industrial Complex Is the Only Winner

The price tag for US wars may in the end prove not just heavy but catastrophic. → Read More