The United States is incapable of producing any results other than destruction and further fragmentation across large parts of the planet, argues Tom Engelhardt, author of A Nation Unmade by War. Since 1991, the US has been engaged in a misguided and destructive exercise of triumphalism that has cost nearly $6 trillion.
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Although the peace movement is not a loud voice at this time in the US, it should be. In this introduction of A Nation Unmade by War, Tom Engelhardt discusses the history of the United States' twenty-first century conflicts and how the country has become increasingly unsettled by the US empire as it continues to assert its military might around the globe.A US soldier maneuvers through a smoke screen during live fire exercise in Djibouti, December 27, 2017.
Donald Trump listens during a meeting with California leaders and public officials who oppose California's sanctuary policies in the Cabinet Room of the White House May 16, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool / Getty Images)
After a yearlong chaotic faction fight in his administration, Trump has purged the White House of most of its establishment representatives and replaced them with advocates of his "America First" nationalism and militarism.
The new "cabinet of horrors" has thrown the establishment into a paroxysm of nostalgia for what they consider the sacrosanct assumptions of yesteryear -- or at least 18 months ago.