William J. Astore is a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF) and professor of history who’s written for TomDispatch.com, Truthout, History News Network (HNN), Alternet, and Huffington Post among other sites. He is the author or co-author of three books and numerous articles focusing on military history as well as the history of science, technology, and religion. He is a co-founder of The Contrary Perspective and served as its editor and chief writer from 2013 through the end of 2015.
Here is a more or less complete list of my on-line writings (with the exception of my contributions to The Contrary Perspective, which are also here at Bracing Views).
“In Afghanistan, America’s Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception.” TomDispatch.com, 2/28/17, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176248. Reposted at Salon.com at http://www.salon.com/2017/03/01/losing-a-war-one-bad-metaphor-at-a-time/, The American Conservative, War Is Boring at https://warisboring.com/losing-a-war-one-bad-metaphor-at-a-time-621f6bdb4f0#.uiq5i84u1, and Jacobin Magazine, https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/03/afghanistan-war-troop-surge-mick-nicholson-vietnam-graveyard-empires/, among other sites.
“We’re a Nation at War.” http://original.antiwar.com/William_Astore/2017/02/19/were-a-nation-at-war/ and translated into German (‘Wir sind ein Land im Krieg’) at http://antikrieg.com/aktuell/2017_02_20_wirsind.htm.
“The Dark [K]night of Donald Trump: Weapons, Warriors, and Fear as the New Order in America.” TomDispatch.com, 1/26/17, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176235/. Reposted at Asia Times, Salon, Truthdig, Truthout, Informed Comment, and many other sites. Also at War is Boring at https://warisboring.com/weapons-warriors-and-never-ending-conflict-in-the-new-america-8c5b9093e559#.93f8pgw0g.
“Too Many Generals Spoil the Democracy: Trump’s Push to ‘Win’ with Warriors is a Loss for America.” TomDispatch.com, 12/20/2016, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176224/. Reprinted by Foreign Policy in Focus at http://fpif.org/crusades-back-vengeance/ and Alternet, Salon, War is Boring (https://warisboring.com/too-many-generals-spoil-americas-democracy-79b23a327983#.4b2dp7esj) , and many other sites.
“Dump Chump Trump.” Huffington Post, 10/1/16, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/dump-chump-trump_b_12282534.html.
“The Rhetorical Power of Always Being at War.” Zócalo Public Square, Arizona State University, 8/26/16, at http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2016/08/26/rhetorical-power-always-war/ideas/nexus/.
“Hillary and the Earth Wreckers.” LA Progessive, 8/18/16, at https://www.laprogressive.com/hillary-names-salazar; also at Vox Populi at https://voxpopulisphere.com/2016/08/19/w-j-astore-hillary-and-the-earth-wreckers/.
“Why It’s So Hard for Members of the Military to Speak Out,” TomDispatch.com, 8/11/16, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176174/. Also at Alternet, CommonDreams, Lobelog, Antiwar, Truthout, Juan Cole, Salon, Guernica Magazine, Le Monde diplomatique, and many other sites.
Interview on the Military in Science Fiction. http://www.theofantastique.com/2016/07/21/interview-with-william-astore-on-the-military-in-science-fiction/ posted on 7/21/16.
Review of The French Army and the First World War, by Elizabeth Greenhalgh. Michigan War Studies Review, 7/12/16, at http://www.miwsr.com/2016-073.aspx.
“We Have Met the Alien and He Is Us,” TomDispatch.com, 7/12/16, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176163/tomgram%3A_william_astore%2C_we_have_met_the_alien_and_he_is_us/.
“The End of Air Power?” TomDispatch.com, 6/21/16, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176155/.
“Hillary Clinton’s Flat and Misleading Foreign Policy Speech.” Huffington Post, 6/3/16 at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/hillary-clintons-flat-and_b_10278166.html.
“A Memorial Day Reminder of the Nature of War,” Huffington Post, 5/28/16 at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/a-memorial-day-reminder-o_b_10179690.html.
What Is So Awful about Donald Trump?” Huffington Post, 5/23/16, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/what-is-so-awful-about-do_b_10104394.html.
“Understanding Donald Trump’s Appeal.” Huffington Post, 5/9/2016 at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/understanding-donald-trum_b_9867796.html.
“What’s the Meaning of Failure? A Dictionary of Euphemisms for Imperial Decline.” TomDispatch.com, 4/14/2016, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176128/. Reposted at Salon.com, Alternet, Counterpunch, Truthout, Truthdig, Antiwar.com, CommonDreams, Juan Cole’s Informed Comment, Le Monde diplomatique, and many other sites. Feature article at War Is Boring at https://warisboring.com/what-s-the-meaning-of-failure-fd23089fa5a8#.peqzu7erj. Translated into Spanish and posted at https://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=211490.
“The Right Approach to Terrorism.” Huffington Post, 3/30/16, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/the-right-approach-to-ter_b_9576398.html.
“A Force Unto Itself: A Military Leviathan Has Emerged as America’s 51st and Most Powerful State.” TomDispatch.com, 3/22/16, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176118. Cross-posted at Salon, Truthout, Truthdig, Lobelog, BillMoyers, and many other sites. Featured in the Unz Digest of April 2, 2016 as one of the best and more read articles at http://www.unz.com/digest.
“Last Night, Donald Trump Disqualified Himself.” Huffington Post, 3/4/16, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/last-night-donald-trump-d_b_9382838.html.
“Might Makes Right: An American Tradition.” History News Network, 2/29/16, at http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/162111.
“The Republican Debate of Texas.” Huffington Post, 2/26/16, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/the-republican-debate-of_b_9326392.html.
“The Pentagon as Business and Church.” Huffington Post, 2/25/16, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/the-pentagon-as-business_b_9315388.html.
“Bernie is More Generous to Workers than Hillary.” Huffington Post, 2/19/16, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/bernie-is-more-generous-t_b_9272636.html.
“The U.S. Military Suffers from Affluenza: Showering the Pentagon with Money and Praise.” TomDispatch.com, 2/11/16, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176102.
“A Message of Uplift Won New Hampshire.” Huffington Post, 2/10/2016, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/a-message-of-uplift-won-n_b_9202200.html.
“The Republicans Are Scaring Me Again.” Huffington Post, 2/7/2016, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/the-republicans-are-scari_b_9181056.html.
“Hillary to Bernie: You Smear Me When You Tell the Truth.” Huffington Post, 2/5/2016, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/hillary-to-bernie-you-sme_b_9167554.html.
“Bernie Sanders Won Last Night’s Democratic Debate.” Huffington Post, 2/4/2016, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/bernie-sanders-won-last-n_b_9158148.html.
“Tourists of Empire: America’s Peculiar Brand of Global Imperialism.” TomDispatch.com, 10/27/2015, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176061/. Also at Salon.com, Truthdig, Truthout, HNN, and many other sites. Translated into Spanish at http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=205167.
“Training Wheels: The Fatal Flaw in U.S. Foreign Policy.” Huffington Post, 9/2/2015, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/training-wheels-the-fatal_b_8076340.html and at Nation of Change at http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/09/02/training-wheels-the-fatal-flaw-in-us-foreign-policy/.
“Seventy Years of Military Mediocrity: The Shared Failings of America’s Military Academies and Senior Officers.” TomDispatch.com, 8/18/2015, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176037. Featured at Alternet, Salon, Le Monde Diplomatique (http://mondediplo.com/openpage/seventy-years-of-military-mediocrity) , and many other sites.
“It Should Never Be Done Again: Hiroshima, 70 Years Later.” Huffington Post, 8/6/2015, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/it-should-never-be-done-a_b_7947246.html.
Review of Michael C.C. Adams, Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War, Michigan War Studies Review, 7/17/15, at http://www.miwsr.com/2015-063.aspx.
“America’s Got War.” TomDispatch.com, 6/28/15, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176016. Re-posted at Alternet, Antiwar.com, HNN, Truthdig, Huff Post, Lobelog, CounterCurrents, JuanCole, The Nation, Common Dreams, and many other sites. Translated into Spanish at http://rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=200721.
“Betraying the Military (and Democracy) by Loving Indifference.” Huffington Post, 6/16/15, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/betraying-the-military-an_b_7593204.html.
“America’s Military Strategy? Persistent Overreach.” Huffington Post, 6/13/15, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/americas-military-strateg_b_7575900.html. Also at http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/06/14/americas-military-strategy-persistent-overreach/.
“What the President Should Say to the Troops.” Huffington Post, 6/10/15, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/what-the-president-should_b_7552394.html.
“The American Military Uncontained: Chaos Spread, Casualties Inflicted, Missions Unaccomplished.” TomDispatch.com, 5/14/15, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175998.
“Petraeus and Snowden: Both Leakers of Classified Material, Same Punishment?” Truthout.org, 3/5/15, at http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/29457-petraeus-and-snowden-both-leakers-of-classified-material-same-punishment.
“The United States’ Wars as Bloated Hollywood Productions.” Truthout.org, 2/23/2015, at http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/29263-the-united-states-wars-as-bloated-hollywood-productions.
“War is the New Normal: Seven Deadly Reasons Why America’s Wars Persist.” TomDispatch.com, February 2, 2015, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175950. Reposted at Asia Times, Alternet, Antiwar.com, CommonDreams, Salon.com and many other sites.
“America’s Longest Wars.” Truthout.org, 1/2/2015, at http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/28319-america-s-longest-wars.
“America’s Military Academies Are Seriously Flawed.” Truthout.org, 12/22/2014, at http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/28153-america-s-military-academies-are-seriously-flawed.
“The Torture Was the Message.” December 2014 at Truthout.org. http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/28098-the-torture-was-the-message.
“Charles Darwin Has Much to Teach Us About War.” Huffington Post, November 19, 2014. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/darwin-foreign-policy_b_6185080.html.
“Investing in Junk Armies: Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail.” TomDispatch.com, October 14, 2014. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175907. Featured at Salon, Truthdig, Truthout, American Conservative, and numerous other sites. Translated into Spanish and posted at Rebelión at http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=190889.
“The Worst Cancer of All.” Huffington Post, September 27, 2014. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/the-worst-cancer-of-all_b_5892590.html.
“Six Patriotic Songs for Labor Day Weekend.” Huffington Post, August 29, 2014. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/six-patriotic-songs-for-labor-day_b_5735886.html.
“The American Cult of Bombing: Why You Should Expect More Bombs to be Dropped Everywhere.” TomDispatch.com, August 19, 2014. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175883. Also featured at Salon, Alternet, Asia Times, Truthout, Truthdig, Antiwar.com, and numerous other sites. Translated into Czech and Arabic (http://arabdemocrat.com/ar/?p=1725) and Spanish (“El culto a las bombas en EE.UU”) and featured at Rebelión at http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=188829 .
“A Century of Mass Slaughter.” Huffington Post, July 31, 2014. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/world-war-i-technology_b_5637249.html and at Nation of Change at http://www.nationofchange.org/century-mass-slaughter-1406989246. Posted as “When We Think of Industrialization We Think of Henry Ford. We Should also Think of World War I” at History News Network, http://hnn.us/article/156510 on 8/3/14.
“Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You – He Already Has You: The Militarized Realities of Fortress America.” TomDispatch.com, June 12, 2014. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175855. Also at Salon.com http://www.salon.com/2014/06/13/inside_americas_militarized_mind_how_propaganda_and_perpetual_war_have_poisoned_our_imaginations/, Alternet, Asia Times, and many other sites.
“One Word Defines U.S. Foreign Policy: Hubris.” History News Network, 4/5/14, at http://hnn.us/article/155200 and at http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/23054-one-word-defines-us-foreign-policy-hubris on 4/12/14.
“The My Lai Massacre Just Got Worse.” History News Network, 3/25/14, at http://hnn.us/article/155058. Also at http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/22666-the-my-lai-massacre-just-got-worse.
“Thanking Me for My Service.” Truthout, 3/20/14, at http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/22598-thanking-me-for-my-service.
“Hair-Trigger America.” Truthout, 3/6/14, at http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/22276-hair-trigger-america.
“Quick Thoughts on the Oscars.” Truthout, 3/4/14, at http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/22236-quick-thoughts-on-the-oscars.
“The Pentagon’s Sky Is Falling!” History News Network, 2/28/14, at http://hnn.us/article/154873. Also at Truthout on 3/3/14 at http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/22202-the-pentagons-sky-is-falling.
“Do We Ever Actually Learn Anything from History?” History News Network, 2/10/14, at http://hnn.us/article/154663 and also at Truthout at http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/21763-do-we-learn-anything-from-history.
“Rulers’ Ideas Rule.” Truthout, 1/28/2014, at http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/21493-rulers-ideas-rule.
“All the Insecurity Money Can Buy,” Truthout, 1/27/2014, at http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/21478-all-the-insecurity-money-can-buy.
“Chris Christie, You Lost My Vote,” Huffington Post, 1/17/2014, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/chris-christie-2016_b_4616894.html.
“Spinning Desert Storm: TV Coverage of a Pentagon Production.” History News Network, 12/18/2013, at http://hnn.us/article/154269.
“War Was Becoming Obsolete in 1884?” History News Network, 11/17/2013, at http://hnn.us/article/153987.
Review of Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars,” Michigan War Studies Review, 11/11/2013, at http://www.miwsr.com/2013-090.aspx.
“The Business of America is War: Disaster Capitalism on the Battlefield and in the Boardroom.” TomDispatch.com, October 20, 2013, at http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175762/. Also posted by The Washington Spectator http://www.washington-spectator.com/index.php/Foreign-Policy/disaster-capitalism-on-the-battlefield-and-in-the-boardroom.html and many other sites.
“Uncle Sam Wants You, Stars of Stage and Screen and the Sporting World.” Huffington Post, 10/17/2013, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/uncle-sam-wants-you-stars_b_4115005.html.
“We Lost Our Humanity in Vietnam.” History News Network, 10/14/2013, at http://hnn.us/article/153571.
“American Martial Virtue?” History News Network, 9/30/2013, at http://hnn.us/article/153447.
“Wars Are Won Neither by Lies Nor by Firepower.” History News Network, 9/16/2013, at http://hnn.us/article/153293.
“‘American Fascism’: Accurate or Misleading?” Huffington Post, 9/15/13. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/american-fascism_b_3930406.html.
“An Open Letter to Congress on Syria.” Huffington Post, 9/7/13. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/an-open-letter-to-my-sena_b_3887165.html.
“In Praise of Douglas Kinnard.” History News Network, 9/2/13. At http://hnn.us/article/153156.
“The U.S. Military’s Limited Critique of Itself Ensures Future Disasters.” Truthout.com, July 26, 2013. At http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/17813-the-us-militarys-limited-critique-of-itself-ensures-future-disasters and also History News Network at http://hnn.us/articles/us-military%E2%80%99s-limited-critique-itself-ensures-future-disasters.
“The Perils of Zombie Education.” Truthout.com, June 26, 2013. At http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/17103-the-perils-of-zombie-education.
“America Is the Greatest Country? Look at Our Health Care – and Weep.” Huffington Post, June 24, 2013. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/america-is-the-greatest-c_b_3489225.html.
“Fresh Thinking on U.S. National Security Policy.” Huffington Post, June 19, 2013. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/fresh-thinking-in-us-nati_b_3464377.html.
“Bread and Circuses in Rome and America.” Huffington Post, June 10, 2013. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/bread-and-circuses-in-rom_b_3414248.html and http://www.nationofchange.org/bread-and-circuses-rome-and-america-1370957839.
“Biocide: A Memorial Day for Planet Earth.” Huffington Post, May 24, 2013. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/a-memorial-day-for-planet-earth_b_3331219.html and http://www.nationofchange.org/biocide-memorial-day-planet-earth-1369490128.
“If You’ve Done Nothing Wrong, You’ve Nothing to Hide: So Why Is Our Government Prosecuting Whistleblowers?” Huffington Post, May 9, 2013. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/government-prosecuting-whistleblowers_b_3244332.html and at History News Network at http://hnn.us/articles/why-our-government-prosecuting-whistleblowers.
“Lockdown: Becoming Prisoners of Our Own Fear.” Huffington Post, April 16, 2013. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/lockdown-becoming-prisone_b_3091620.html.
“Pentagon Threat Inflation.” Huffington Post, April 15, 2013. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/pentagon-threat-inflation_b_3084602.html.
Review of World War Two: A Short History, by Norman Stone, Michigan War Studies Review, March 26, 2013, at http://www.miwsr.com/2013-024.aspx.
“Drone Warfare is Neither Cheap, Nor Surgical, Nor Decisive: The Ever-Destructive Dreams of Air Power Enthusiasts.” TomDispatch.com, March 24, 2013. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175665. Also at Salon, Guernica Magazine, Alternet, and Asia Times at http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-250313.html.
“What Happened to the Dreaded ‘Fiscal Cliff.’” Huffington Post, March 6, 2013. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/what-happened-to-the-drea_b_2818438.html.
“Why Johnny Can’t Read or Win Wars.” Truthout, March 1, 2013. At http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/14820-why-johnny-cant-read-or-win-wars.
“Let’s Stop Glorifying War.” Huffington Post, February 22, 2013. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/lets-stop-glorifying-war_b_2742511.html and http://www.nationofchange.org/let-s-stop-glorifying-war-1361632905 and at HNN at http://hnn.us/articles/war-dirty-business.
“The Vietnam War Memorial in Vietnam Would Be 20 to 50 Times Larger than Ours.” Alternet, January 30, 2013, at http://www.alternet.org/world/vietnam-war-memorial-vietnam-would-be-20-50-times-larger-ours?paging=off and at Truthout, http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/14315-the-vietnam-war-memorial-in-vietnam-would-be-20-to-50-times-larger-than-ours and HNN (2/11/13) at http://hnn.us/articles/confronting-ugly-truth-about-americas-dirty-war-vietnam.
“The Afghan War and Our Persistent Empathy Gap.” Huffington Post, January 10, 2013. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/the-afghan-war-and-our-pe_b_2450121.html. Also at Nation of Change at http://www.nationofchange.org/afghan-war-and-our-persistent-empathy-gap-1358003934.
“Sucking Up to the Military Brass.” TomDispatch.com, November 29, 2012. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175622/tomgram%3A_william_astore%2C_generals_behaving_badly. Reprinted at Salon.com http://www.salon.com/2012/11/29/can_we_stop_worshipping_american_generals_now/singleton/.
“Focus on the Tragedy of the Afghan War, Not on the Farce.” Huffington Post, November 14, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/david-petraeus-afghanistan-_b_2129205.html and at http://www.nationofchange.org/focus-tragedy-afghan-war-not-farce-1352979243.
“This Veterans Day, Beware the Dangers of Robot War.” Huffington Post, November 11, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/military-robot-war_b_2113257.html and at HNN http://hnn.us/articles/veterans-day-beware-dangers-robot-war.
“It’s Wallet and Pocketbook Issues, Stupid.” Huffington Post, October 26, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/its-wallet-and-pocketbook_b_2024756.html.
“America Lost Last Night’s Presidential Debate.” Huffington Post, October 23, 2012. At
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/america-lost-last-nights-_b_2005147.html and at HNN http://hnn.us/roundup/entries/148957.html.
“Sham Debates and Endless War: The Shame of Our Political Discourse.” Huffington Post, October 19, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/debates-afghanistan-war_b_1988542.html and at Nation of Change http://www.nationofchange.org/sham-debates-and-endless-war-shame-our-political-discourse-1350827413 and at HNN http://hnn.us/articles/sham-debates-and-endless-war.
“Who Really Won the First Presidential Debate.” Huffington Post, October 7, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/who-really-won-the-first-_b_1946248.html.
“Are Drones Keeping Us in a Losing Cause Longer?” Huffington Post, September 26, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/are-drones-keeping-us-in-_b_1916066.html and at Nation of Change at http://www.nationofchange.org/are-drones-keeping-us-losing-cause-longer-1348841839.
“The Siren Song of American Imperialism.” Huffington Post, September 20, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/america-foreign-policy_b_1899537.html and History News Network at http://hnn.us/articles/siren-song-american-imperialism.
“Why We Fight? Oil.” Huffington Post, August 23, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/why-we-fight-oil_b_1824765.html and at Nation of Change, http://www.nationofchange.org/why-we-fight-oil-1345817656.
“The Temptations of Drone Warfare.” Truthout.com, August 6, 2012. At http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/10748-the-temptations-of-drone-warfare.
“Everything Is Secret, So Don’t Bother Asking.” Huffington Post, July 19, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/classified-documents-government-transparency_b_1686870.html and http://www.nationofchange.org/everything-secret-so-don-t-bother-asking-1342793816.
“The Drone Medal.” Huffington Post, July 13, 2012. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/the-drone-medal_b_1671481.html and http://www.nationofchange.org/drone-medal-1342275176.
“More U.S. Folly in Afghanistan.” Huffington Post, July 7, 2012. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/more-us-folly-in-afghanis_b_1656309.html and at http://www.nationofchange.org/more-us-folly-afghanistan-1341753214.
“Reflections on the Fourth of July.” Huffington Post, July 3, 2012. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/fourth-of-july-veterans_b_1646390.html and at http://www.nationofchange.org/reflections-fourth-july-1341413990.
“What Do Corporations Want?” Huffington Post, May 22, 2012. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/what-do-corporations-want_b_1536171.html and at http://www.nationofchange.org/what-do-corporations-want-1337862942.
“The National Security State Wins (Again): Why the Real Victor in Campaign 2012 Won’t Be Obama or Romney.” TomDispatch.com, May 15, 2012. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175542/. Translated into Spanish and available at http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=149757 and also at http://tribunahispanausa.com/portal/?p=29804. Featured by Le Monde diplomatique on 5/29/12 at http://mondediplo.com/openpage/the-national-security-state-wins-again. Reprinted by The Utne Reader as part of their Fall 2012 Presidential Political Campaign roundup.
“Fewer Swords, Smaller Shields: Defining A New National Security Ethos.” Huffington Post, May 9, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/defining-a-new-national-security_b_1503433.html. Also at http://www.nationofchange.org/fewer-swords-smaller-shields-defining-new-national-security-ethos-1336658383.
“Hey, Mad Men: You Don’t Salute Indoors.” Huffington Post, April 9, 2012. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/mad-men-greg-harris_b_1412126.html.
“America’s Bloated Intelligence Bureaucracy.” Huffington Post, April 4, 2012. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/americas-bloated-intellig_b_1402575.html.
“Speaking Truth to Power.” Huffington Post, March 21, 2012. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/iraq-afghanistan-wars_b_1369538.html.
“With Iran, Threat Inflation Is the Threat.” Huffington Post, March 12, 2012. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/iran-threat_b_1340276.html. Reposted at Nation of Change and available at http://www.nationofchange.org/iran-threat-inflation-threat-1331651695.
“Act of Valor”? Beware Exalting Our Starship Troopers,” Truthout.com, February 27, 2012. Available at http://www.truth-out.org/act-valor-beware-exalting-our-starship-troopers/1330107050.
“Why I Still Like Ike.” Huffington Post, February 11, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/dwight-eisenhower-memorial_b_1270232.html. Reposted by History News Network on 2/20/12 and available at http://hnn.us/articles/why-i-still-ike.
“The Peril of Idolizing Our Military.” Huffington Post, February 4, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/pro-military_b_1254629.html. Reposted at Nation of Change and available at http://nationofchange.org/peril-idolizing-our-military-1328451169.
“Weapons ‘R’ Us: Making Warbirds Instead of Thunderbirds.” TomDispatch.com, January 24, 2012. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175493. Translated into Spanish and posted at Rebelión.org on January 29, 2012 at http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=143724. Reposted by Le Monde diplomatique and available at http://mondediplo.com/openpage/weapons-r-us.
“The Failure of Our ‘Free’ Press.” Huffington Post, January 13, 2012. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/the-failure-of-our-free-p_b_1204288.html. Reprinted by Nation of Change at http://www.nationofchange.org/failure-our-free-press-1326560283.
“Fighting 1% Wars: Why Our Wars of Choice May Prove Fatal.” TomDispatch.com, December 8, 2011. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175477. Reprinted by Al Jazeera (English) on 12/22/2011 and available at http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/12/2011121813252570437.html.
“Giving Thanks to Our Public Servants.” Truthout.com, November 24, 2011. At http://www.truth-out.org/giving-thanks-our-public-servants/1322121600.
“Herman Cain Wraps Himself in the Flag to Deflect Sexual Allegations.” Huffington Post, November 9, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/herman-cain-wraps-himself_b_1083689.html
Review of Mark Moyar’s A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq, Michigan War Studies Review, October 10, 2011. At http://www.miwsr.com/2011-042.aspx.
“Education: Our True Homeland Security.” Truthout, September 11, 2011. At http://www.truth-out.org/education-our-true-homeland-security/1315582316.
“What Does ‘Student-Centered’ Learning Really Mean?” Huffington Post, September 4, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/what-does-studentcentered_b_948403.html.
“The Dangerous Myth of American Military Omnipotence.” Truthout.org, August 10, 2011. At http://www.truth-out.org/dangerous-myth-american-military-omnipotence/1312896223.
“The Militarization of Sports – And the Sportiness of Military Service.” Huffington Post, July 28, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/the-militarization-of-sports_b_912004.html.
“If Our Troops Are ‘Warriors’ and ‘Warfighters,’ How Can They Not Fight Wars?” Huffington Post, June 22, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/obama-libya_b_882025.html.
“Siamese Twins Sharing the Same Brain: How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington.” TomDispatch.com, June 14, 2011. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175404; reprinted by Le Monde diplomatique, July 4, 2011, at http://mondediplo.com/openpage/siamese-twins-sharing-the-same-brain.
“Remembering the Quiet, Unsung Heroes of America.” Huffington Post, May 27, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/remembering-the-quiet-uns_b_867935.html. Featured as lead story at Truthout on Memorial Day, 5/30/11, at http://www.truth-out.org/remembering-quiet-unsung-heroes-america/1306708237.
“The Crash and Burn of Old Regimes: Washington Court Culture and Its Endless Wars.” TomDispatch.com, May 12, 2011. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175391/. Translated into Spanish for Rebelión and available at http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=128418; translated into Danish for Kristeligt Dagblad and available at http://www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk/laeserdebat/traad/333080?post_id=245840. Reprinted by the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star under the title, “Our Ruling Class, Our Remote Wars,” June 26, 2011, at http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2011/062011/06262011/626160.
“Let’s Be Heroes to Our Veterans.” Huffington Post, April 11, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-j-astore/lets-be-heroes-to-our-vet_b_846664.html.
“Our Superlative Military.” Huffington Post, March 29, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/our-superlative-military_b_841858.html.
“I’m Proud of P.J. Crowley.” Huffington Post, March 13, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/im-proud-of-pj-crowley_b_835119.html.
“‘Support Our Troops’: What It Means.” Huffington Post, March 6, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/support-our-troops-what-i_b_832030.html.
“No Act of Kindness Is Too Small: The New Zealand Earthquake and Kiwi Spirit.” Huffington Post, February 23, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/no-act-of-kindness-is-too_b_827440.html.
“The Cost of Our Wars: On Listening to Our Troops.” TomDispatch.com, February 20, 2011. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175357.
“Who’s to Blame for the NINJA Generation?” Huffington Post, February 17, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/whos-to-blame-for-the-nin_b_824806.html.
“An Egyptian Revolution? It’s Still Too Soon to Say.” Huffington Post, February 12, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/an-egyptian-revolution-it_b_822359.html.
“Obama: It’s a Darwinian World, So Work Harder!” Huffington Post, January 26, 2011. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/obama-its-a-darwinian-wor_b_814186.html.
“Freedom Fighters for a Fading Empire: What It Means When We Say We Have the World’s Finest Fighting Force.” TomDispatch.com, January 6, 2011. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175337/. Translated into Spanish and available at http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=120156.
“No More Afghanistans.” Huffington Post, December 20, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/no-more-afghanistans_b_799006.html.
“The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Poorer.” Huffington Post, December 7, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/the-rich-get-richer-the-p_b_793017.html.
“WikiLeaks and Our Boorish, ‘In your face’ Diplomacy.” Huffington Post, December 3, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/wikileaks-and-our-boorish_b_791969.html.
Review of Sebastian Junger’s War, Michigan War Studies Review, November 21, 2010. At http://www.michiganwarstudiesreview.com/2010/20101103.asp.
“Scope or Grope?: The Wrong Approach to Homeland Security.” Huffington Post, November 19, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/scope-or-grope-the-wrong_b_786304.html.
“NFL Too Violent? Beware the Commercials.” Huffington Post, November 14, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/nfl-too-violent-beware-th_b_783210.html.
“Remembering Generosity and Commitment this Veterans Day.” Huffington Post, November 11, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/remembering-generosity-an_b_781416.html.
“Our Imperial Vote.” Huffington Post, November 3, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/our-imperial-vote_b_778313.html.
“The New American Isolationism: The Cost of Turning Away from War’s Horrific Realities.” TomDispatch.com, October 31, 2010. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175314.
“Our State Department: A Tiny Branch of the Pentagon.” Huffington Post, October 3, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/our-state-department-a-ti_b_748658.html.
“Major Sporting Events: Too Corporatized, Too Controlling, Too Much.” Huffington Post, September 15, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/major-sporting-events-too_b_718006.html.
“A ‘No Fault’ Divorce from the Costs of Our Wars.” Huffington Post, August 16, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/a-no-fault-divorce-from-t_b_684161.html
“In Place of Mental Health Care, Are Some Troops Being Evangelized?” Huffington Post, August 10, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/in-place-of-mental-health_b_677602.html. Also featured by Deployment Health News Service.
“Asking Too Much of Our Troops – And Not Enough of College Students.” Huffington Post, August 3, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/asking-too-much-of-our-tr_b_668600.html.
“Our Military’s Disturbing Transition to Warriors.” Huffington Post, July 29, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/our-militarys-disturbing_b_664543.html.
“What WikiLeaks Reveals: We’re Playing the Fool in Afghanistan.” Huffington Post, July 27, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/what-wikileaks-reveals-we_b_660588.html.
“‘Our American Heroes’: Why It’s Wrong to Equate Military Service with Heroism.” TomDispatch.com, July 22, 2010. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175276. An interview about this article is posted at http://tomdispatch.blogspot.com/2010/07/hero-today-gone-tomorrow.html. Reprinted by the Waterloo Region Record (Kitchener, Ontario) as “Real heroism, in war and in life, is a very rare thing,” July 26, 2010: A.7.
“George Steinbrenner and the Relentless Pursuit of Victory.” Huffington Post, July 13, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/george-steinbrenner-and-t_b_644753.html.
“Hope and Change Fade, but War Endures: Seven Reasons Why We Can’t Stop Making War.” TomDispatch.com, July 8, 2010. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175271/.
“Leave Afghanistan Now.” Huffington Post, June 27, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/leave-afghanistan-now_b_627137.html.
“McChrystal Must Go.” Huffington Post, June 22, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/mcchrystal-must-go_b_621691.html.
“The Question of Presidential Leadership.” Truthout.com, June 22, 2010. At http://www.truth-out.org/the-question-presidential-leadership60655.
“Doubling Down in Afghanistan: Why We Refuse to Fold A Losing Hand.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, June 3, 2010. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175256.
“This Memorial Day, A Modest Plea for More Honest Military Recruiting Ads.” Huffington Post, May 30, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/this-memorial-day-a-modes_b_594780.html.
“Give Me Liberty or Keep Me Safe!” Huffington Post, May 22, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/give-me-liberty-or-keep-m_b_586191.html.
“Obama Dresses Down the Military, but What’s Changed?” Huffington Post, May 15, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/obama-dresses-down-the-mi_b_577507.html.
“American Kleptocracy: How Fears of Socialism and Fascism Hide Naked Theft.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, April 20, 2010. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175235.
“Baseball Has Lost Some of Its Soul.” Huffington Post, April 4, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/baseball-has-lost-some-of_b_524661.html.
“Military Clothing for Presidents? No, Sir!” Huffington Post, March 29, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/military-clothing-for-pre_b_517635.html.
“The Pentagon Church Militant and Us: The Top Five Questions We Should Ask the Pentagon.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, March 18, 2010. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175219. Selected as #13 of the top 25 “most censored” news stories of 2009-10 by Project Censored; see Chapter 1 of Censored 2011: Media Democracy in Action (September 2010, Seven Stories Press); also see http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/13-obama-cuts-domestic-spending-and-increases-military-corporate-welfare.
“A Place to Make Sparks.” Truthout.com, March 14, 2010. At http://www.truthout.org/a-place-make-sparks57631. Co-written with Barbara Andreassen.
“Yesterday’s Dirty Harry Is Today’s Bleeding Heart Liberal.” Truthout.com, March 1, 2010. At http://www.truthout.org/yesterdays-dirty-harry-is-todays-bleeding-heart-liberal57303.
“Push Back, Democrats.” Truthout.com, February 25, 2010. At http://www.truthout.org/push-back-democrats57175.
“American Blitzkrieg: Loving the German War Machine to Death.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, February 18, 2010. At www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175208. Selected by the New York Times as the “Idea of the Day,” http://ideas.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/24/the-u-s-militarys-german-fetish. Translated into Italian and available at http://www.eurasia-rivista.org/3245/blitzkrieg-allamericana.
“On Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Bloody Irreversibility.” Truthout.com, February 9, 2010. At http://www.truthout.org/on-vietnam-afghanistan-and-bloody-irreversibility56768.
“The Hidden Cost of Liberal Education at Immoderate Prices.” Truthout.com, February 4, 2010. At http://www.truthout.org/the-hidden-cost-liberal-education-immoderate-prices56641.
“President Obama: Learn from Mr. Spock!” Huffington Post, January 27, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/president-obama-learn-fro_b_439530.html.
“Corporations Are Citizens—What Are We?” Truthout.com, January 24, 2010. At http://www.truthout.org/corporations-are-citizens-what-are-we56329.
“A Very American Coup: Coming Soon to a Hometown Near You.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, January 19, 2010. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175193. Reprinted in Counterpoise as How It Can Happen Here, 14.1/2 (Winter 2010): 31-33.
“A Thought Experiment on Our Afghan Surge.” Huffington Post, January 11, 2010. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/a-thought-experiment-for_b_417928.html.
Review of Peter Fritzsche, Life and Death in the Third Reich. Michigan War Studies Review, January 3, 2010. At http://www.miwsr.com/2010/20100103.asp.
“’They’re Wasted’: The Price of Pushing Our Troops Too Far.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, December 15, 2009. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175178.
“Obama at West Point: One Week Later.” Huffington Post, December 10, 2009. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/obama-at-west-point-one-w_b_382017.html.
“Obama: Why West Point?” Huffington Post, December 1, 2009. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/obama-why-west-point_b_374023.html.
“Pallin’ Around with Palin.” Huffington Post, November 17, 2009. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/pallin-around-with-palin_b_358362.html.
“One Grizzled Veteran’s Dream.” Huffington Post, November 11, 2009. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/one-grizzled-veterans-dre_b_328664.html.
“Of Jedi Knights, Death Stars, and Afghanistan.” Huffington Post, November 9, 2009. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/of-jedi-knights-death-sta_b_347719.html.
“Catch-22 in Afghanistan.” Huffington Post, November 2, 2009. At http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-astore/catch-22-in-afghanistan_b_343039.html.
“Obama at the Precipice: Tough Guys Don’t Need to Dance in Afghanistan.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, October 11, 2009. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175119. Excerpted by the New York Times: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/the-vietnam-war-guide-to-afghanistan/.
“What Ever Happened to Gary Cooper? A Seven-Step Program to Return American to a Quieter, Less Muscular, Patriotism.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, September 4, 2009. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175134.
“Of Butterflies and Tipping Points: The Calamitous Summer of 1914.” History News Network, August 2, 2009. At http://hnn.us/articles/107160.html.
Review of Norman Stone, World War One: A Short History. Michigan War Studies Review, August 1, 2009. At http://www.michiganwarstudiesreview.com/2009/20090801.asp.
“The Wrong Metrics in Afghanistan.” Nieman Watchdog, June 9, 2009. At http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=background.view&backgroundid=00361.
“The United States of Euphemism.” History News Network, June 1, 2009. At http://hnn.us/articles/88504.html. Reprinted by the Toronto Star as “What’s Another Word for Euphemism?,” Insight page IN02, June 6, 2009 (Caption: “Changing the words does not change the reality. It does, however, cripple our thinking”).
“Selling Education, Manufacturing Technocrats, Torturing Souls: The Tyranny of Being Practical.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, May 28, 2009. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175076; also featured as the lead in “The Teacher’s Voice,” Vol. 3, #1, 2009, available at http://www.the-teachers-voice.org/WilliamAstore/html.
“Would a Better Prepared U.S. Have Used Torture?” Nieman Watchdog, May 18, 2009. At http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=background.view&backgroundid=00350.
“American Torture: No Knowledge of History, No Sense of Tragedy.” History News Network, May 11, 2009. At http://hnn.us/articles/83554.html.
“Mary McCarthy in Vietnam, Barack Obama in Afghanistan: Seven Lessons and Many Questions for the President.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, April 16, 2009. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175060.
“Aboard the Imperial Star Ship Ameriprise: Heading for the Final Frontier.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, March 26, 2009. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175051.
Review of Gillespie and Weller, eds., Harnessing the Heavens (U.S. military space policy), Michigan War Studies Review, posted 3/16/09, http://www.michiganwarstudiesreview.com/2009/20090302.asp.
“Why We Need a ‘Truth Commission’ to Investigate Torture.” History News Network, March 9, 2009. At http://hnn.us/articles/63969.html.
“An American Foreign Legion: Is the U.S. Military Now an Imperial Police Force?” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, February 15, 2009. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175034.
Review of David Stafford, Endgame, 1945: The Missing Final Chapter of World War II. Michigan War Studies Review, February 3, 2009. At http://www.miwsr.com/2009/20090203.asp.
“Cheney Says He Approved Waterboarding. Is that the End of the Story?” Nieman Watchdog, December 20, 2008. At http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=ask_this.view&askthisid=00386
“Networks Should Replace Pentagon Cheerleaders with Independent Military Analysts.” Nieman Watchdog, December 4, 2008. At http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=background.view&backgroundid=00310.
“Our Iraqi Revolution.” History News Network, November 24, 2008. At http://hnn.us/articles/57137.html. Reprinted in Music & Literature Review, Vol.1, No.8 (Dec. 2008), 22-25.
“Hey, Government! How About Calling on Us? Reviving National Service in a Big Way.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, September 23, 2008. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174980.
“Having the ‘Best Military’ Is Not Always a Good Thing: Reclaiming Our Citizen-Soldier Heritage.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, July 20, 2008. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174957.
Review of Max Hastings, “Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45,” Michigan War Studies Review, posted 7/5/08, http://www.michiganwarstudiesreview.com/2008/20080705.asp.
“Attention Geeks and Hackers: Uncle Sam’s Cyber Force Wants You!” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, June 5, 2008. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174940.
Review of Hugo Slim, “Killing Civilians,” Michigan War Studies Review, posted 5/17/08, http://www.michiganwarstudiesreview.com/2008/20080504.asp.
“The Air Force Above All: Dominating the Air, Space, and Cyberspace.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, May 6, 2008. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174928.
“Leaving Cheyenne Mountain: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Loathe the Bomb.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, April 17, 2008. At http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174920.
“Resisting the Militarization of Science,” Review of Kelly Moore, Disrupting Science: Social Movements, American Scientists, and the Politics of the Military, 1945-1975 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008), http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=153871207929347, H-Net, March 2008.
“Our March of Folly in Iraq.” History News Network, March 31, 2008. At http://hnn.us/articles/48807.html.
“The Tenacity of American Militarism: What Progressives and Other Critics Don’t Get About the U.S. Military.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, February 3, 2008. At www.tomdispatch.com/post/174889.
“The Enemy Within: Finding American Backs to Stab.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, November 6, 2007. At www.tomdispatch.com/post/174859.
“Saving the Military from Itself: Why Medals and Metrics Mislead.” TomDispatch.com, Nation Institute, October 4, 2007. At www.tomdispatch.com/post/174845.