Peace-Washing: Is a Network of Major Donors Neutralizing Activism in the Peace Movement?
We’re now in a situation where many ostensible “peace” groups seem tied to the Democratic Party while the Biden administration pursues militaristic policies, writes Dave Lindorff.
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During the four years of the Trump administration, resistance and even revolutionary talk were in the air as organizations with names like and brought together liberals, Democrats of all stripes and Sandernistas, all opposed to President Donald Trump and to Trumpism in all its manifestations.
When it came to matters of war and peace, virtually everything Trump did internationally — his fawningly friendly relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, his Tomahawk cruise missile attacks on Syria, his coziness with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his ordering of a drone assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, his massive military budgets — was criticized mercilessly by progressives, the liberal establishment and groups in the Democratic mainstream.
With the arrival of the Biden presidency, the dynamics have changed dramatically. Consider the liberal response to the Biden transition team floating Michèle Flournoy’s name as a potential secretary of defense. Instead of outrage at the idea of someone who had spent the previous four years helping arms contractors win business with the Trump Pentagon and who is an advocate for tough, even aggressive stances towards Russia, China and Iran, we saw an open letter of supportsigned by 29 key people active in the peace and arms-control arena.
Signatories included Joe Cirincione, former president for 12 years of the Ploughshares Fund, along with Tom Collina, Michelle Dover and Emma Belcher of that same well-endowed grant-offering organization. They were joined by the likes of Tom Countryman and Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association, Rachel Bronson of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Ilan Goldenberg of the Center for New American Security, Joan Rohlfing of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and others.
In short, and as always, follow the money.
"Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt
June 11, 2021 at 1:09 PM #428955GZeusHParticipant
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Right up until the end, he was trying to draw down troops out of Afghanistan.
If leftist activists had been smart, they would have taken advantage of that inclination. Unfortunately, the only advantage taken during Trump’s term was the MIC taking advantage of his short attention span to increase the military and talk him into more military adventures.
Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.
June 11, 2021 at 2:53 PM #428971Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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that was the cover story but it wasn’t what was happening actually
no troops came home they just moved around
as the article demonstrates
what were all those huge war budgets for under the dumpster?
and the same personnel under biden?
its all the same war party, war capitalism
“Consider the liberal response to the Biden transition team floating Michèle Flournoy’s name as a potential secretary of defense. Instead of outrage at the idea of someone who had spent the previous four years helping arms contractors win business with the Trump Pentagon and who is an advocate for tough, even aggressive stances towards Russia, China and Iran, we saw an open letter of suppor tsigned by 29 key people active in the peace and arms-control arena.”
June 11, 2021 at 2:41 PM #428969retired liberalParticipant
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becomes the obvious course of action for US. THEM operates the same way. Don’t even have to rinse it anymore, we are so brain washed.
We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.
June 11, 2021 at 11:23 PM #429062MistaPParticipant
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we know the CIA etc. embezzles, murders, overthrows, supports traffickers and terrorists, but they’ve genuinely fooled themselves into seeing US interventionism as a progressive force for good
most Cold-War hawks saw themselves as “JFK Democrats” who wanted to give allies a chance to democratize, even if a few eggs had to be broken; many were outright Red Diaper Babies and ex-Trots; even Dulles at his most puppetmaster-y cited FDR’s precedent and mission
so we on the left shouldn’t be that shocked when The New Republic backs the Contras or famous unbelievers join Bush’s crusade or Ana Kasparian or Amy Goodman start spouting off McCarthyite lunacy; heck, even Parry and Parenti have a soft spot for the Democrats
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