Defense Secretary Austin’s Scurrilous Attack on Peace Community

President Biden, struggling to gain support for his $105 billion weapons boondoggle to further US wars against Russia and Gaza, sent out his chief advocate for perpetual war, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, to hammer away at advocates for a sane, peaceful US foreign policy.

Austin told the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, actually a forum for perpetual war, that Americans for peace are “Americans [who] prefer isolation to engagement…[trying] to pull up the drawbridge. [They’re Americans trying] to kick loose the cornerstone of American leadership. [They’re Americans who are trying] to undermine the security architecture that has produced decades of prosperity without great-power war. And you’ll hear some people try to brand an American retreat from responsibility as bold new leadership.” So when you hear that, make no mistake: It is not bold. It is not new. And it is not leadership.

Austin, shilling for his Commander in Chief Biden, seeks to keep funneling endless billions to support America’s proxy war that’s enabled hundreds of thousands of deaths in Ukraine. He’s also ensuring the genocidal ethnic cleansing of 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza that could not happen without US weapons and immoral support.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin should resign forthwith. So should his boss, President Biden, who appears bent on destroying Gaza and Ukraine for reasons having nothing to do with American national security interests. Their replacements might realize perpetual war is utterly self destructive to the individuals promoting it, America; indeed, the world. It might just inspire them to pivot to peace before they get drawn into the same vortex of defeat as their predecessors.

Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at

9 thoughts on “Defense Secretary Austin’s Scurrilous Attack on Peace Community”

  1. “Their replacements might realize perpetual war is utterly self destructive to the individuals promoting it”

    Sorry to be so cynical, but it doesn’t really matter whether they realize that or not, the policies will continue, and most likely worsen, regardless of who are the “replacements.” The evidence would appear to indicate that the people we elect are mere figureheads, not the ones actually making the decisions at all.

  2. A warning to Democrats and Republicans, YOU ALL WORK for US. We do not work for you…

  3. Mr. Austin seems to have forgotten or perhaps did not know that our country was founded on FREEDOM OF SPEECH. This is bloody America, not some fascist state.

  4. December 4, 2023 Rise in SIPRI Top 100 arms sales revenue delayed by production challenges and backlogs

    Revenues from sales of arms and military services by the 100 largest companies in the industry totalled $597 billion in 2022, 3.5 per cent less than 2021 in real terms, even as demand rose sharply, according to new data released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

  5. Does this Administration’s foreign policy show what is meant by the term “going full r&t@rd”? It’s like they aren’t even trying to hide their intentions or their bloodlust anymore.

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