Shooter Nation: Reading a Pathological Memoir 20 Years After the Invasion of Iraq

Paul Street | March 19, 2023

shooterDear readers: a Sunday instead of Monday piece this week because I want this to go up on March 19, the exact 20-year anniversay of the criminal US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Sweet child in time
You'll see the line
The line that's drawn between
Good and bad
See the blind man
Shooting at the world
Bullets flying
Oh, taking toll
If you've been bad
Oh, Lord, I bet you have
And you've not been hit
Oh, by flying lead
You'd better close your eyes
Bow your head
Wait for the ricochet

-        Deep Purple, Child in Time

"The Human Values of Comradeship and Love"

Recently in the used book section of the local Mennonite thrift store, as the 20th anniversary of the United States (US) invasion and occupation of Iraq drew near, I ran across a paperback that reminded me of what a twisted imperialist shithole of a mass-murderous nation I've inhabited all my life: Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2005), by Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin.


Sudan's Struggle

Debra Sweet | March 18, 2022

sundan1Introducing a new blog by Carol Dudek: In the fall of 2019, we cheered on the great outpouring of mass protest which brought down the 30-year president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. The determined, outraged, participation of women was especially decisive in forcing his resignation.

But last October, the military staged a coup to remove the interim government which succeeded al-Bashir. An intense 5-month battle has ensued in the streets, with people coming back time after time even though the military has killed many hundreds.


The World Still Cannot Wait

Debra Sweet | December 1, 2021

The world still cannot wait for the United States to cease being the biggest danger to world peace. Please support the message from people living in this country that humanity and the planet come first with your year-end donation.

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Twenty years after bombing its way into Afghanistan, U.S. troops left in chaos, with the Taliban back in power and in possession of the weapons with which the U.S. littered the country. Half the population is now in danger of starvation. The U.S. brings disaster to the globe as the Biden administration targets Afghanistan and the region with its “over- the-horizon” force of weaponized drones, bombers, and the CIA in continuing the war of terror. World Can’t Wait joined the Ban Killer Drones coalition toexpose the illegitimacy, injustice and immorality of the U.S. program of weaponized drones and targeted killing.

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World Can't Wait joined BanKillerDrones.org and others in support of whistleblower Daniel Hale.


Trump, Trumpism, and 21st Century Fascism

Dr. Steven Jonas | February 4, 2021

This article was submitted by long-time World Can't Wait supporter and prolific writer Dr. Steven Jonas. You can read more of his articles on BuzzFlash and OpEdNews.

The U.S. is a capitalist country governed by a constitutional government that controls the apparati of the “State:” legislative, executive and judicial. Governments use these principal State elements primarily to maintain the power of the dominant economic class – that is the “ruling class.” Within the country, this class controls the means of production, distribution and exchange. For capitalists, the primary function of the economy is the production of profit – in other words, the excess value arising from production, distribution, and exchange, both for the expansion of those functions and for personal use.


Join Me in Marking 50 Years 

Debra Sweet | December, 3 2020

The New York Times, December 4, 1970December 3, 1970:  I was 19. I knew enough about the US war in southeast Asia to know it was wrong.  I had protested since 1968, and especially after it became known in April 1970 that Nixon had secretly bombed Cambodia, I was outraged along with the world.  But here, 7 months later, I was in The White House, about to receive the "Young American Medal for Service" from Richard Nixon.


COVID-19 is Deadly, but the Trump/Pence Regime is Making it Deadlier

Curt Wechsler | April 12, 2020

Trump's Response to COVID-19 Is KILLING People, Threatening Millions!

91370939 902937886812919 7958426180166615040 n A 'pandemic' contempt for medical advice characterizes the Trump/Pence regime's response to COVID-19. Many White House cheerleaders share in the Christian Right's denial of science; suppressing truth and accountability. When asked about his own culpability for delayed action in addressing the crisis, placing millions at risk of infection, Trump answered, "Yeah, no, I don't take responsibility at all."  


William Blum, US Policy Critic Derided by NYT, Dies at 85

Jim Naureckas, December 13, 2018

NYT-William-BlumYou know you’ve lived well—well enough to rattle the establishment—when the New York Times smears you in the obituary it runs about you (FAIR.org, 6/20/13).

That distinction was achieved by William Blum, historian and critic of US foreign policy. Once a State Department computer programmer who aspired to “take part in the great anti-Communist crusade,” he quit government in 1967 out of disgust with the Vietnam War and became a founding editor of the Washington Free Press, one of the first alternative papers of the New Left. In books like The CIA: A Forgotten History (re-released as Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II) and Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, Blum documented the violent and anti-democratic record of the US empire; he was a reference that FAIR frequently turned to when noting what was missing from the corporate media’s version of history.

How did the New York Times (12/11/18) frame this remarkable life? With this remarkable headline:

William Blum, US Policy Critic Cited by bin Laden, Dies at 85


'A torrent of ghastly revelations': what military service taught me about America

 | December 17, 2018
5100Training on a base in California, and later serving in Afghanistan, made me confront the reality of American empire, and the injustice that pervades society at home. 

MY FIRST AND ONLY WAR TOUR took place in Afghanistan in 2010. I was a marine lieutenant then, a signals intelligence officer tasked with leading a platoon-size element of eighty to ninety men, spread across an area of operations the size of my home state of Connecticut, in the interception and exploitation of enemy communications. That was the official job description, anyway. The yearlong reality consisted of a tangle of rearguard management and frontline supervision. Years before Helmand Province, Afghanistan, however, there was Twentynine Palms, California. From the summer of 2006 to the summer of 2007, I was trained as a lance corporal in my military occupational specialty of tactical data systems administration (a specialty I would later jettison after earning my officer commission in Quantico, Virginia, in 2008). My schoolhouse was the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, which was abbreviated as MCCES, pronounced “mick-sess.” For many, the wider location became “Twentynine Stumps” or “the Stumps.” But for me it just became “the Palms.”


Poem of Protests

Richard Greve | Janurary 9, 2018

Some tweet at Starbucks
against war, the madman at the helm
oppression, occupation of the land & mind
poverty, homelessness & decadence.

Some march and picket,
sing and chant against the awful
of our own government
where criminals come to give their speeches.


Refuse Fascism in San Francisco

World Can't Wait | January 1, 2018 {}

Continuing a process of active investigation - of leading, learning, and forging greater unity - Refuse Fascism is embarking on a National Organizing Tour to key cities this January:

2017 1227students-1-thumb-275xauto-3028-thumb-275x235-3029Saturday January 6 RefuseFascism Statewide Student Conference  
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco

Sunday January 7 RefuseFascism Mass Organizing Meeting
3:00 pm 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco

World Can't Wait members have a special opportunity this month to mobilize friends, family, neighbors, even perfect strangers, to resist the fascist policies we've been decrying for over a decade. Thanks to RefuseFascism.org, we have the vehicle to do just that: a subscription to what activists call "the only organization acting on and raising the alarm to get rid of this fascist regime." In its entirety; Trump, Pence and the whole enchilada.



World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.