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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online activist organization http://rootsaction.org
(1 comments) Thursday, April 25, 2019 Westminster Abbey to Give Thanks for Nuclear Weapons
Last week I tweeted this: "The U.S. military wants to fly small nuclear power plants into wars in order to power the wars' weaponry. Because there was some chance we might not all die fast enough if nothing this stupid was tried." I linked to a report on this insane idea. Someone replied: "The Navy already does this."
(2 comments) Thursday, April 25, 2019 The Resistance Takes a Stand for Keeping Trump in Office
I'm old enough to remember when Nancy Pelosi was telling us that Trump would impeach himself.
Now, Trump's "not worth it," as if impeachment is a favor you bestow on those most worthy.
Jerrold Nadler is proposing to fine Trump for refusing to comply with subpoenas.
Do you grasp the full meaning of that last one?
(3 comments) Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Savagery and Its Promoters and Profiteers
Max Blumenthal's new book, "The Management of Savagery: How America's National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump," is over 300 pages and wastes not a word. It also does far more than it claims.
(8 comments) Friday, April 19, 2019 The 20 Surest Paths to Impeachment
Letting a ruler get away with power grabs and abuses guarantees that worse will come, from him or from his successors. This is the lesson of the failure to impeach recent U.S. presidents.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Testimony for the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service
I recommend that we actually find common ground to what little extent it exists with those who say that we should treasure women so much that we would never send them off to kill or die. Then we should work to expand that admirable outlook to include men too. Can't we treasure men that much?
Friday, April 12, 2019 Exporting Dictators
The D.C. area harbors a number of dictators in waiting less well known than Mike Pence.
(1 comments) Thursday, April 11, 2019 10 Reasons Assange Should Walk Free
1. Governments' (monstrous and criminal) behavior should not be secret. People should know what their government is doing, and what a powerful foreign government is doing to their own countries. The actual results of the work of WikiLeaks have been hugely beneficial.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 Trump & Congress Love NATO, We Love Peace
The head of NATO is visiting the White House and Congress next week to be publicly praised by the U.S. President and both big political parties. For more on how they love NATO, keep reading.
(1 comments) Thursday, March 28, 2019 If You Want to Be President, Show Us Your Budget
No presidential candidate has now or within living memory ever produced a proposed federal budget, or ever been asked in any debate or interview, to even approximate give or take $100 billion what they'd like spent where, or even just whether militarism would be better at 70%, 60%, 50%, 40%, or 30% of federal discretionary spending.
(3 comments) Monday, March 25, 2019 Congress Should Begin Impeachment, But Not the Way You Think
Back before Donald Trump was inaugurated, I wrote an article called "Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump." Perhaps it is less quixotic, or perhaps it is more, to hope that, after more than two years of being barraged with those fantasies, but with their main focus having publicly flopped, more people will now be open to trying something else.
Sunday, March 24, 2019 When the Irish Ambassador Talks About Independence in Charlottesville
I very much hope someone will take the time to videotape themselves asking His Excellency how Ireland can be considered independent when the U.S. military uses Ireland's airports to fight U.S. wars, in gross violation of Ireland's legal commitment to neutrality and against the will of the people of Ireland.
(4 comments) Sunday, March 24, 2019 Dear World, Here's How to Close Your U.S. Military Bases
If you live among the Other 96% that portion of humanity that the U.S. government does not claim to represent, but where the U.S. military maintains some 1,000 major military bases, here are some helpful tips and past examples of success.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Five Benefits of Life Without NATO
This week, war industry employee Hans Binnendijk claimed in the weapons-advertisement conveyance Defense News that we all get five big benefits from NATO:
(1 comments) Tuesday, March 12, 2019 How Not to Go to War
If you saw a book in Barnes and Noble called "How Not to Go to War," wouldn't you assume it was a guide to the proper equipment every good warrior should have when they head off to do a little killing, or perhaps something like this U.S. news article on "How Not to Go to War Against ISIS" which is all about what law you should pretend authorizes a violation of the UN Charter and the Kellogg-Briand Pact?
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 UVA Finally Pays a Living Wage
I think we can tentatively draw a few possible, and all of them encouraging, conclusions from the fact that the University of Virginia has announced a $15 per hour minimum wage for its direct employees.