Our misguided wars of choice.

In this article in the Boston Globe of April 16, JEFFREY D SACHS speaks of the risks that the US and the world are running.  He speaks of the US ‘wanton addiction to war’.  John Menadue.

“There is one foreign policy goal that matters above all the others and that is to keep the United States out of a new war, whether in Syria, North Korea or elsewhere.  In recent days President Trump has struck Syria with Tomahawk missiles, bombed Afghanistan with the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal, and has sent an armada towards nuclear-armed North Korea. We could easily find ourselves in a rapidly escalating war, one that could pit the United States directly against nuclear-armed countries of China, North Korea and Russia. …

America has developed a level of wealth, productivity and technological knowhow utterly unimaginable in the past. Yet we put everything at risk through our wanton addiction to war.”

Jeffrey D Sachs is University Professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

See link to full article below.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/04/16/our-misguided-wars-choice/B1rbAvrvHyVdNmlSI3yGYK/story.html

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Julian

Thank you John for providing the link to the full article by Professor Sachs – which article I have now read. Overall it is not difficult to agree with the suggestions he makes towards the end of his article. At the same time I found it equally interesting to read the comments following the article, because what emerged here was that the initial premise of Professor Sachs – to keep the US out of a new war – was increasingly challenged by those who thought that the protection of the US and its people was paramount, as was the protection… Read more »

Jim KABLE

True! True! True! So what is it about politicians which make them so blind? Is it the way the politicians are compromised, suborned by the money they receive from the vested-interest WMD-makers/shareholders… (hence the impetus to keep us all at war). Is this what is wrong with what one previously believed was democracy – that it is no longer democracy – merely advisers and spin-doctors and polling and interest groups and gerrymandered electorates and closed-shop selection of those standing for parties? Contributions and “tables” at party political functions – and tickets to games – with the guaranteed chance to meet… Read more »