The Elephant in the Room: Militarism

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Jeff Cohen is founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College and an associate professor of journalism there. His latest book is Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media. He founded the media watch group FAIR in 1986.


  1. Tom Brechlin says:

    That’s why I think the social / informational media via the internet is so outstanding. A couple of key words in a google search and we can find a variety of information that’s not put out on the main stream media. The key is to be objective in your searches and not just look for information that may simply affirm what we believe but instead take in all the information that’s available.

    I still watch some of the main stream shows but only for as a starting point so that I can investigate an issue that they placed on the table.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    Look up the percentage of GDP devoted to the military. Chump change.
    Look up the same for social security and health care and education. Clearly, going to zero defense makes no effective difference.
    Meantime, without a reliable, competent ally, people like Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Japan, are going to think about taking care of their own business. If the US has been the worlds’ cop, fine. So we can have a world without a cop.
    Pick one.
    Problem with an essay like this, readers might do their homework.
    Then what?

  3. AnonymousDog says:

    Many of those ‘industrialized countries’ can get by spending less for national security because they have treaties with the US in which the US is pledged to protect them. Part of what we spend on defense is actually for defending other countries.

  4. Richard Aubrey says:

    A-dog. No sooner said than done. Obama has decided to reduce Pacific missile defenses in return for Nork promises.
    Kerry is visiting Japan to assure them that we will continue to help them with their security–minus missile defenses.
    Now, if the Japanese are dumb as a box of doorknobs, they’ll feel just great about it. All dan and finedy.
    But if they have half the brains God gave a goose, they’ll start ramping up their game and that might include nukes. Certainly expanded conventional forces.
    Yeah. We had 300k guys in Europe for half a century. Made it easy for the locals to scale up their unsustainable free-stuff societies now going bust without our essayist’s noticing.
    So if a freighter is in trouble someplace on the ocean with somebody obnoxious approaching, and the radio man broadcasts, ‘Any US Navy vessel, any US Navy vessel”, he’ll find the number is disconnected.
    This is a good idea because?
    Got to be some reason.

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