William Astore

William Astore

William J. Astore is a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), who has taught at the Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School, and now teaches History at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. He welcomes reader comments at wjastore@gmail.com.

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"The United States has no real need for a new, stealthy, super-expensive, nuclear-capable, deep-penetrating strategic bomber for use against “peer” rivals China and Russia." (Photo: Department of Defense) Views
Monday, June 04, 2018
The Military-Industrial Complex Strikes (Out) Again
Did you know the U.S. Air Force is working on a new stealth bomber ? Don’t blame yourself if you didn’t, since the project is so secret that most members of Congress aren’t privy to the details. (Talk about stealthy!) Known as the B-21 Raider , after General Doolittle’s Raiders of World War II fame...
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Thursday, March 15, 2018
The Fog of America's Phony War
Overseas, the United States is engaged in real wars in which bombs are dropped, missiles are launched, and people (generally not Americans) are killed, wounded, uprooted, and displaced . Yet here at home, there’s nothing real about those wars. Here, it’s phony war all the way. In the last 17 years...
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"In our country, civilians should be in charge of the war makers, end of story." (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) Views
Monday, February 05, 2018
Our Enemy, Ourselves
Whether the rationale is the need to wage a war on terror involving 76 countries or renewed preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China (as Defense Secretary James Mattis suggested recently while introducing America’s new National Defense Strategy ), the U.S. military is...
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  Incessant warfare represents the end of democracy.  I didn’t say that, James Madison did. Views
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The American Military: Out Everywhere and Winning Nowhere
When it comes to the “ world’s greatest military ,” the news has been shocking. Two fast U.S. Navy ships colliding with slow-moving commercial vessels with tragic loss of life. An Air Force that has been in the air continuously for years and yet doesn’t have enough pilots to fly its combat jets...
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Friday, July 14, 2017
Preparing for Doomsday: A Shelter-in-Place Mentality Is the New American Normal
Has there ever been a nation as dedicated to preparing for doomsday as the United States? If that’s a thought that hasn’t crossed your mind, maybe it’s because you didn’t spend part of your life inside Cheyenne Mountain. That's a tale I’ll get to soon, but first let me mention America’s “ doomsday...
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Tuesday, June 06, 2017
America’s Real Red Scare: The Slow-Motion Collapse of the American Empire
Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age. It’s May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail. I’m tantalized by the cover article. “Russia is finished,” the magazine announces. The subtitle minces no words: “The unstoppable descent into social...
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
What Does an "America-First" Foreign Policy Actually Mean?
What does an “America-first” foreign policy look like under President Donald Trump? As a start, forget the ancient label of “isolationism.” With the end of Trump’s first 100 days approaching, it looks more like a military-first policy aimed at achieving global hegemony, which means it’s a potential...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
In Afghanistan, America's Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception
America’s war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year, the longest foreign war in our history. The phrase “no end in sight” barely covers the situation. Prospects of victory -- if victory is defined as eliminating that country as a haven for Islamist terrorists while creating a representative...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
A Violent Cesspool of Our Own Making: The Dark [K]night of Donald Trump
I came of age during America's Cold War with the Soviet Union, witnessing its denouement while serving in the U.S. military. In those days, the USSR led the world's weapons trade, providing arms to the Warsaw Pact (the military alliance it dominated) as well as to client states like Cuba, Egypt,...
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
All the President's Generals
America has always had a love affair with its generals. It started at the founding of the republic with George Washington and continued with (among others) Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor , Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. These military men shared something in common: they were winning...
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