William J. Astore


William Astore, professor of history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, discusses his TomDispatch piece “American Militarism is Not a Fairy Tale,” how civilian control of the military is falling out of favor, especially among Republican chickenhawks, military budget cuts off the table through 2012, thanks to Democrats afraid of being labeled “soft” on anything, the blurred line between civilian (CIA) and military operations, how Gen. Petraeus made his own foreign policy by making a media case for an Afghan surge in 2009 (which would have got him fired in another era) and how Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy gives Americans a real choice between republic and empire – for the first time in a century.

MP3 here. (19:56)

William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), has taught at the Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School. He teaches history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. He is co-author of Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism.

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  1. This is nothing less than war out of control- we're actually at war with the whole world – semi-secretly. Criminal actions have been legitimized by CIA/DIA/NSA et al and the war isn't so much against 'Global terrorism' as it is against Peace. We no longer have 'nothing to fear but fear itself'. Instead we fear peace itself. The whole war on terror is to prevent peace at any cost and to keep perpetuating war. War is now the economy of America-Israel.

  2. I aree Lafontaine is 100000 persent correct.The majority of people that run the military and government care nothing of Americans.But remembre they are 1 to 3 persent of the of the worlds population and 3 perszaent its more than likely high.The citizens of the world need to become 1 along with the militarys expecialy in America and Israel are with the people most anyway.Its past the time to be friendly well innocent people die every singel day.Its time for the citizens to do whatever and I mean whatever to get the world back from the evil road Its been traviling for as long as I can remember.The internet is waking the world up but I fear it will be gone or controlled as to what it shows or talks about.The saying the truth shall set you free is true but not for the illegal warmongers zionists and neocons of the world.I would never say that I know when Jesus will return but the sooner the better and I personaly think it will happen in the next 10 to 50 years but thats my guess.GOD must be discusted how evil the world is including the most corrupt Israel and the US.

  3. My compliments to Colonel Astore. He's an officer who actually believes in the–meaningless?–principle of civilian control of the military.

    The U.S. Government is broken. It's lawless at home and abroad. (Keep nullification and secession in mind, will you?) When future historians are puzzling over the ruins of the United States, they'll have a lot to think about. . . .

    1. Unfortunately, the large majority of Americans have no idea of any of this. They are clueless as the constitution and civilian control are constantly being attacked by the neo-cons and all the major media which mindlessly support any coo-coo plan cooked up by the Republican right wing. This dangerous dismantling of an independent press had enormous significance, but was reported only by various blogs and small circulation newspapers. I am afraid that the US is in an all out war and doesn't even know it. And this war is certainly no being waged by Arab countries with only token numbers of modern weapons
      I think that modern Americans are concerned about vague threats to our country, but since they don't where the threats are coming from, they tend to sigh helplessly . Never in the history of this country have the American people been so passive, so ignorant of world affairs, so cowed by threats and horrible predictions from congress and the press.
      We are at war! Whether we win this one will depend on the American people becoming informed.

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