We forget about the troops

You know that guilty feeling about your privilege that you get when walking by homeless people downtown? Maybe a guy asks you for spare change, and you feel kind of awkward whether or not you have it to give. You tell yourself “this is sad but there is nothing I […]

Do not forget the cost of war

Exactly 8 years ago, I learned that my West Point classmate Chris Goeke was killed in action around Kandahar City, Afghanistan. It was a significant event for me in that it personalized war in a new way. At that point, I was becoming extremely cynical about our continued role in […]

Stop this fake freaking war

“This entire effort is intended to put pressure on the Taliban, to have the Taliban understand that you will not win a battlefield victory,” Tillerson said. “We may not win one, but neither will you. So at some point, we have to come to the negotiating table and find a […]

“War Machine” from Netflix surprised me

I thought this “War Machine” movie from Netflix was going to be too silly, but it is pretty great. It is based on a book called “The Operators” that tells the story of General Stanley McChrystal’s time in Afghanistan, where he struggled against the reality that the Global War on […]

“War is a Racket” by MG Smedley Butler [Audiobook]

This is a free audiobook of “War is a Racket” by Major General Smedley Butler, one of the most decorated servicemen in American history. The message is clear – the military-industrial complex is huge, powerful, and threatens the stability of the world.


“For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.”


Couldn’t have said it better myself, Sir.