Two Signs Your Country Has Gone to War

How can you tell that your country has gone to war again? Here are at least two signs. –The same military official is on every Sunday morning chat show: Yesterday Joint Chiefs chair Mike Mullen was on CBS‘s Face the Nation, NBC‘s Meet the Press, Fox News Sunday and ABC‘s This Week. –You can watch TV reports about the astonishing accuracy of your weapons: OnCNN last night, courtesy of Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence: American Tomahawk missiles can be reprogrammed in flight. If there was a risk of civilian casualties, operators could change the target after launch. But the Navy did […]


Big Media Push Escalation in Afghanistan and at Home

Noting how “the president has set a limit on the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For now,” FAIR associate Norman Solomon is letting Huffington Post readers know (7/9/09) “that’s how escalation works. Ceilings become floors. Gradually”: A few times since last fall, the Obama team has floated rising numbers for how many additional U.S. soldiers will be sent to Afghanistan. Now, deployment of 21,000 more is a done deal, with a new total cap of 68,000 U.S. troops in that country. Solomon warns that “‘escalation’ isn’t mere jargon. And it doesn’t just refer to what’s happening outside the United […]