All Articles on American Exceptionalism

Chloe Maxmin (standing, fourth from right) at a volunteer-training event in May 2018. (Photo: Mattea Mrkusic) Views
What a Rural Maine House Race Can Teach the Left
Chloe Maxmin could be the first Democrat ever to win Maine House District 88 in a place deep in the state where one thing is clear: The left abandoned rural America
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If you ask—and few Americans do these days—why this country’s losing wars persist, the answer should be, at least in part: because there’s no accountability. (Photo:Flickr/cc) Views
Why American Leaders Persist in Waging Losing Wars
Hint: They’re winning in other ways
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 Is anything the U.S. doing, anyone it is empowering or arming, likely to make the Middle East or America any safer? If not, wouldn’t a different, less interventionist approach be the essence of sober strategy?(Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Views
Backfires and More Blowback: A Generation of American Folly
U.S. Policy in the Greater Middle East
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"Folks, it’s going to be anything but pretty. Welcome to that most unpredictable and dangerous of entities, a dying empire." (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
In the Heart of a Dying Empire
The adolts in the room (and no, that is not a typo!)
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Donald Trump and Nikki Haley (Michael Candelori via Shutterstock) Views
Neoconservative Comeback? They Never Left
In many ways, Trump’s bellicosity, his militarism, his hectoring cant about American exceptionalism and national greatness, his bullying of allies—all of it makes him not an opponent of neoconservatism but its apotheosis
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"Every cent that goes to support the defense industry and war (or warlike activities, like air strikes) should be matched in spending for education, healthcare, and the social safety net." (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/cc/flickr) Views
Butter, Not Guns
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.”
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 "The tragic story of America’s longest war is one of the hubris that accompanies the twin pillars of American exceptionalism and empire." (Photo: U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mike Brady, Task Force Cyclone, 38th Infantry Division Public Affairs) Views
The Futility of Failure in Afghanistan
The simple truth is that no amount of making war is going to bring peace to a country that has seen four decades of conflict. It’s time to try something different.
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"From Agamemnon to Bush to Obama to Trump – none was willing or able to end a war they couldn’t win." (Photo: Tama Leaver/flickr/cc) Views
A Trojan Horse for the U.S.?
Then and now, the relentless waste of life, health and wealth of war continues for no reason greater than to save face for a nation’s leaders
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"Despite the sharp decline in interstate conflicts and deaths of military personnel, the significant number of deaths of civilians in the civil wars continues to pose threat." (Photo: Sergeeva Leka via Shutterstock) Views
Drifting Away from Peace
According to a new study, peaceful countries are getting more peaceful while the violent are getting more violent
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"If you base decisions on misleading “intelligence” on Iran, the inevitable result will be a great deal worse than the Bush/Cheney debacle in Iraq." (Photo: Domenico/Flickr/cc) Views
VIPS to Trump: Intel on Iran Could be Catastrophic
As drums beat again for war — this time on Iran—-the VIPS’ warning is again being disregarded as it was before the Iraq debacle and this time VIPS fear the consequences will be CATASTROPHIC
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