Chris Hedges Maj. Danny Video

On Contact: The Price of Speaking Out Against Forever War

Chris Hedges discusses "Ghost RIders of the Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge," with author Danny Sjursen, combat veteran and West Point graduate.


  1. Vietnam vet here. Americans generally didn’t give a shit about Vietnamese casualties then, and they mouthed tropes about supporting the troops, but again they really didn’t give a shit about veterans they just wanted us to go away.

    Had a saying back then: same shit, different day. And so it goes today.

  2. Great interview, very enlightening.

    I wonder if these attitudes against speaking out against Forever Wars explain the trashing of Tulsi Gabbard at the policy level? It’s not (publicly) being done by the military, but there is the excuse of disloyalty, of deviating from the narrative?

  3. Jiddu Krishnamurti on war:
    What causes war – religious, political or economic? Obviously belief, either in nationalism, in an ideology, or in a particular dogma. If we had no belief but goodwill, love and consideration between us, then there would be no wars. But we are fed on beliefs, ideas and dogmas and therefore we breed discontent. The present crisis is of an exceptional nature and we as human beings must either pursue the path of constant conflict and continuous wars, which are the result of our everyday action, or else see the causes of war and turn our back upon them.

  4. $716,000,000,000 in 2021 (and that’s just the declared budget) produces planes that can’t fly, ships that can’t sail, and wars we can’t win. Nor are they meant to be won: Peace is the real enemy of the powers that be: We fight to protect the lifestyles of people who hold the rest of us in contempt. Major Danny questions himself for having taken so long to come to the realization that what he did was morally indefensible but I respect and am grateful for his courage in doing so: it isn’t about how long it takes but rather about what it takes to see through a nation of lies to the humanity at the core.

  5. Just watched the Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper interview with Katie Hill, the California Democrat who was forced out of office by her sex scandal.
    I was surprised by her statements that the military is the biggest jobs program in the US, without those huge military budgets many poor would have no where to go, and that the outside threats are very real.
    While I had known the military was basically an Economic Draft, I was not aware that Congress Democrats were looking at the military as our only real jobs program. When I was young, Democrats were almost universally against War (or at least the Draft), and its dehumanizing effects. Now they are all warmongers.

    1. the marxian social philosopher Richard Sennet, references numerous polls that found that liberals most supported the war in Vietnam, not conservatives

  6. amerikans have always been imperialist—-Hofstadter notes that the Spanish American war was opposed by the US isolationist govt. He writes that it derived from “the blood thirstiness of the amerikan people”…indeed after the US attacked Iraq, George bush’s approval rating increased to 90%

    1. Bush’s approval rating peaked at 90% immediately following 9/11. Immediately prior to the Iraq invasion it was down to ~55% but then rose to 71% once the boots were on the ground. Sorry we can’t post graphics but the stats are readily available with a quick search. This isn’t to say many – not all – Americans aren’t “bloodthirsty” but then ruling elites worldwide have rarely had trouble drumming up enthusiasm for war, which is why history appears as a more or less uninterrupted chain of them.

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