Author Archives: William J. Astore

Losing a War One Bad Metaphor at a Time

Thrashing about in the Afghan petri dish

Why Iraq’s American-Trained Army Failed

U.S. policymakers’ paternalism broke Iraqi institutions and established a military kleptocracy.

Washington’s General-Worship

Our pampered brass are the proconsuls of the American Imperium.

The National Security State Wins Again

Why the real victor in campaign 2012 won’t be Obama or Romney

Weapons ‘R’ Us

From TomDispatch: Why is the U.S. making warbirds instead of Thunderbirds? By …

The Remoteness of 1% Wars

From TomDispatch: Why our wars of choice may prove fatal  By William J. …

Siamese Twins Sharing the Same Brain

From How the military and the civilian are blurring in Washington …

The Torrents of Militarism sends our way this essay examining seven reasons why we are …