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.


Drugs: The other fake war

The most commonly understood example of a fake war would probably be Vietnam, as there has been plenty for time for the establishment to separate itself from the creation of that monumental waste of human resources. Some of us who are willing to admit it, can tell you that the […]