War, Secrecy, and Lies

Reprinted from Bracing Views with the author’s permission.

I heard yesterday that H. Bruce Franklin had died at the age of 90. Bruce and I never met, but we corresponded and talked on a few occasions. An Air Force veteran and cultural historian, he was a principled and consistent opponent of war.

In his honor, here’s an article I wrote in 2019 on Bruce and his book, Crash Course.

Wars, Secrecy, and Lies
W.J. Astore

You know an American war is going poorly when the lies come swiftly, as with the Afghan War, or when it’s hidden under a cloak of secrecy, which is also increasingly true of the Afghan War.

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What? GOP Reps Propose US Military Benefits to Americans in ISRAELI Military!

On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Two Republican US Representatives have submitted a bill that would extend the same benefits provided to US military servicemembers and veterans to American citizens who choose to serve in the Israeli military. This at a time when US vets find themselves out in the cold when it comes to getting the care and benefits they were promised. Also today: F-35 fighters are stacking up at Lockheed factories as the Pentagon says “no, thank you” to purchasing them.

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

How To Think About the War in Ukraine: a Response to Eric Levitz

In March of 2022, New York Magazine published the essay Is America to Blame for Russia’s War in Ukraine? by Eric Levitz. It’s illuminating to respond to it now, after over two years have passed and more information has come to light about what happened in the run-up to the war.

Levitz started out by seeming to acknowledge some U.S. culpability for the war. He writes:

As the “realist” international-relations scholar John Mearsheimer put the point in 2015, “What’s going on here is that the West is leading Ukraine down the primrose path, and the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked.”

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