William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), has taught at the Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School. He currently teaches at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. A regular contributor to TomDispatch, he is the author of Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism (Potomac, 2005). His email is wastore at pct.edu.
“Support our troops” is an unconditional American mantra. We’re told to celebrate them as warrior-liberators, as heroes, as the finest fighters the world has ever known. What we’re not told to do is listen to them.
What it means when Obama says we have the world’s finest fighting force.
The cost of turning away from war's horrific realities.
Why it's wrong to equate military service with heroism.
Is Washington a compulsive gambler, unwilling to fold a losing hand?
Will Obama do any better at listening to critics of the Afghan War than Lyndon Johnson did on Vietnam?
Part of the Air Force's new "above all" vision of full-spectrum dominance, America's emerging cyber force has control fantasies that would impress George Orwell.
Post-cold war America is looking a lot like the former Soviet Union.