Will our endless wars fuel the next populist revolt?

first_imgHe promised that the United States would start winning again, vowing to bomb the “(expletive)” out of the Islamic State.TRUMP FUELS ENGAGEMENTUpon taking office, these populist postures were quickly abandoned.Trump, against his “original instinct,” sent more troops to Afghanistan, sustaining the United States’ longest war into its 17th year.He dispatched troops to Syria, with the Pentagon announcing that they would stay even after the Islamic State was defeated.He doubled down on U.S. support in Saudi Arabia’s criminal assault on Yemen.He increased the pace of drone bombings. U.S. special operations forces have been dispatched to 149 countries in his first year in office, a bump up from the 138 countries of President Barack Obama’s last year.With his promised infrastructure bill still not in sight, his only jobs program has been a call to boost the Pentagon’s budget while striving to break Obama’s record for arms sales abroad. While nearly 60 percent supported Trump’s missile attack against Syria after allegations of chemical weapons use, 61 percent agreed that Trump had no “clear plan” for the situation in Syria.The Chicago Council poll found broad majorities opposed to U.S. military involvement in any confrontation between Japan and China over disputed islands or in opposition to Russia on behalf of Ukraine.The unease reflects longstanding American attitudes.Unlike our foreign policy establishment, which revels in the United States’ perpetual global engagement, Americans prefer peaceful pursuits.They are slow to anger and not eager for military engagement.Historically, Americans have been reluctant to go to war, and when called to fight, they want to go in big, win quickly and get out.Wars that continue for years with indefinite results — from Korea to Vietnam to Afghanistan — soon lose support. In their recent study they found “a divide is emerging between communities whose young people are dying to defend the country and those communities whose young people are not.”They dubbed this the “casualty gap” and suggested that it may have contributed to Trump’s victory.After controlling for alternative explanations — including economic, class and race — the authors found a “significant and meaningful relationship between a community’s rate of military sacrifice and its support for Trump.” In three successive elections — Obama over John McCain and Mitt Romney, and Trump over Hillary Clinton — Americans voted for the candidate most skeptical of the United States’ wars.Yet the wars and the sacrifice of lives and resources continue.During the campaign, Trump charged that “the people opposing us are the same people — and think of this — who’ve wasted $6 trillion on wars in the Middle East — we could have rebuilt our country twice — that have produced only more terrorism, more death and more suffering.“Imagine if that money had been spent at home.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionWill America’s endless wars without victory be the next source fueling popular revolt against the political establishment?In 2016, Washington pundits were shocked to discover the grim reality and anger of working people in “flyover country” that fueled the candidacies of Bernie Sanders on the left and Donald Trump on the right.The foreign policy establishment of both parties may soon discover that utterly ignoring popular discontent with America’s wars may fuel a similar populist eruption.Trump appealed to this skepticism during his campaign.He claimed — dishonestly — to have been an opponent of the Iraq invasion from the beginning. He scorned the “nonsense” wars without victory.He mocked the Libyan debacle that Hillary Clinton celebrated as secretary of state.Before the campaign, he tweeted regularly that we should get out of Afghanistan. It is true on the surface level that voters broadly support the establishment consensus.Most Americans remain committed to U.S. alliances, think NATO essential to U.S. security and support U.S. military presence in regions such as Europe, Asia and the Middle East.The military remains the most popular institution in survey after survey.A Chicago Council on Global Affairs poll found for the first time that 62 percent of Americans expressed support for using military force to defend South Korea if North Korea attacked. But all this masks discontent.WE WANT SHORT WARSAmericans overwhelmingly supported the initial post-Sept. 11 invasion of Afghanistan — the “good war,” as Obama dubbed it — yet by 2014 a growing majority thought it hadn’t been worth the cost.Opinions turned against the Iraq invasion even faster. And aside from the Korean peninsula, the public is worried about new ventures: That common-sense attitude is directly contradicted by current bipartisan U.S. policy.After the Iraq War debacle, U.S. policymakers moved to continue the wars at a lower cost, with fewer troops on the ground and lower visibility.UNENDING INVOLVEMENTThat strategy may keep the United States from losing but virtually ensures that it will never win. Instead, “winning” is redefined to mean not losing, while staying permanently engaged.That commits the country to sacrificing lives and resources in unending conflicts of indefinite ends.Since the United States’ volunteer military forces are drawn from what is primarily an economic draft — enlisting the sons and daughters of poor and working people looking for a way out — those sacrifices are rarely shared by the national security establishment that sets the policy.Will this affect U.S. politics?Two scholars, Francis Shen and Douglas Kriner, suggest it may already have. Yet now Trump is committed to spending trillions more on the same wars.Will there be a reckoning for this folly?That will require political leaders or political movements willing to challenge the bipartisan establishment consensus that now exists.The policy makes no sense.The lives lost and money wasted are real. The only question is who has the courage to state that the emperor has no clothes. Katrina vanden Heuvel is the editor, publisher, and part-owner of the progressive magazine The Nation.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Swiss mountains light up in a national day celebration to suit COVID-19 era

first_imgRead also: Swiss Alps alive with sound of music at drive-in festivalA picture taken on on July 31, 2020 near Schwagalp, eastern Switzerland, shows a huge 6,400 square meters Swiss flag hanging on the rock face of mountain Saentis on the eve of Swiss national day.(AFP/Fabrice Coffrini).Usage: 0 (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)Thousands of spectators gathered in the Evolene valley below to see the three-minute long display, at a safe distance from each other.The show followed a similar display in 2015, when magnesium powder was used to turn mountains red for the anniversary of Wallis joining Switzerland, an event also organised by Morard.Morard, 62, said many events he was organizing this year had to be cancelled because of COVID-19.”As a Swiss person I am very proud to have an idea which works to mark our national day, and bring some joy even in this terrible situation,” Morard added. Topics : A section of the Alps turned amber on Friday night in a massive pyrotechnic display as Switzerland marked its national day with an event suited to COVID-19 and social distancing rules.The mountain chains of Veisivi and Dent de Perroc, which tower nearly 4,000 meters in the southern canton of Wallis, saw more than 100 kg of magnesium powder ignited in the event.Although Swiss National Day is on Aug. 1, many people celebrate the night before. The date marks the foundation of Switzerland in 1291. The show, which illuminated 12 square km of the mountains, was visible from 20 km away.”It is like 100 million candles being lit on the mountains and gives them a lovely warm glow,” said organizer Jacques Morard, who runs Jimagine, an events company in Montreux.”Lots of people around Switzerland normally have fireworks to celebrate our national day, but they weren’t able to this year because of distancing regulations.”Gatherings of more than 1,000 people are currently banned to prevent the spread of coronavirus.last_img read more

Politicians to probe UK universities pension scheme

first_imgField has also written to the Pensions Regulator (TPR) and Universities UK, which represents employers in the sector, requesting information about the situation.In his letter to Sir David Eastwood, chair of USS’ trustee board, Field said: “The large and growing funding gap gives rise to serious concerns about how USS intends to address this deficit and the implications for sponsoring institutions and their funding model. The prospect of students incurring higher tuition fees and student debt partly to cover the burden of historic [defined benefit] pension entitlements that they can never hope to enjoy in their own future careers is an important issue of intergenerational fairness.”He asked each of the three parties for their views on the adequacy of recovery plans agreed following the 2011 and 2014 valuations, as well as details of discussions between them and their views on the strength of the employer covenant.Field also requested information about asset allocation decisions, interest rate and yield assumptions, and the likely shape of the recovery plan currently being negotiated as part of the scheme’s formal 2017 actuarial valuation.The politician – who led the Work and Pension Committee’s inquiry into the collapse of BHS and the subsequent effects on its pension scheme – asked TPR for information about the role of USS chief executive Bill Galvin in discussions with the regulator. Galvin was chief executive at TPR for three years before joining USS in 2013.The £60bn pension fund for the universities sector reported a 20% investment return for the 12 months to the end of March 2017, but this failed to keep pace with liabilities, which grew by more than 21% according to the scheme’s latest annual report.In a website post following the publication of the annual report, Galvin said USS’ position was “within the affordable limits of the employers”.Last year, USS launched a hybrid benefits structure in a bid to reduce the expected future costs of the scheme.In addition to his letters to TPR, USS, and Universities UK, Field wrote to Jo Johnson, the universities minister, recommending that the Office for Students (OfS) also be involved in the scheme’s governance.“I would suggest that [OfS] looks in particular at the performance of those vice-chancellors who seem to have been steering university pension schemes into trouble,” Field wrote. The UK’s biggest pension fund could be subject to a parliamentary inquiry over its record funding shortfall.“The prospect of students incurring higher tuition fees and student debt to cover the burden of historic pension entitlements that they can never hope to enjoy in their own future careers is an important issue of intergenerational fairness.”Frank FieldFrank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, a cross-party group of politicians from the UK’s lower house, has written to the Universities Superannuation Scheme’s (USS) trustee board regarding its plans to plug a £12.6bn (€13.7bn) deficit.USS chief executive Bill Galvin warned following the publication of the scheme’s latest annual report that expected lower future returns would lead to a rise in the cost of future pension benefits. Commentators have expressed concern that this could lead to higher tuition fees for students.last_img read more

Local Students Will Tour Indianapolis Motor Speedway

first_imgSome local fourth-grade students will learn about Indiana’s legendary motorsports culture through the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education Program.South Ripley Elementary students will visit the speedway on Thursday. Fourth graders at Batesville Intermediate School will travel to the site on April 14.The program is offered only in fourth-grade to coincide with the grade’s focus on Indiana state history.During the trip, students will travel from station to station to learn about the speedway. They will visit the Vicoty Podium, the IMS Hall of Fame Museum and tour of the Pagoda. Also, students will get to see an IndyCar up close and learn about driver safety.Local students join approximately 25,000 Hoosiers learning about Indianapolis Motor Speedway in class this year.last_img

The Latest: NHL says 35 players test positive in month or so

first_img July 6, 2020 The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff.Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process. The Latest: NHL says 35 players test positive in month or so Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month. Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy.center_img The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand.Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays.last_img read more

Badgers ready for Huskies

first_imgThe No. 34 Wisconsin women’s tennis team will play host to Northern Illinois at noon tomorrow at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Having played a trio of matches at the University of Virginia last weekend, Saturday will mark not just a homecoming for the Badger squad but for two freshmen and a transfer student, their first home match in Cardinal and White.”We’re inexperienced by position and by class,” head coach Patti Henderson acknowledged, adding that she expects the team to nonetheless emerge victorious.A year ago the Badgers swept the Huskies 7-0, also in the opening frame of their home season. And while this year’s squad barely resembles that of 12 months ago, team veterans have their eyes on a strong opening performance at Nielsen.”I think we’re prepared. I think Northern Illinois is a good match up for one of the first matches we play,” senior Lexi Goldin said. “I’m confident.”Representing the team on the No. 1 singles court will be Caitlin Burke, a junior who dropped only a single game in her match against the Huskies’ Ivonne Andrade last year. Despite being a returning athlete, last weekend marked Burke’s season debut with her teammates, as she spent the entirety of the fall term competing in national tournaments.”It’s the first time I traveled with the team,” Burke said. “It was fun to be on the trip.”The Badgers will, however, face an obstacle this weekend in the form of a depleted roster. Freshman Ali Salomone has permanently departed the team while sophomores Nicole Beck and Morgan Tuttle both face health issues.Beck will be out this weekend and Tuttle’s status remains uncertain, according to Henderson.”Morgan is wait-and-see … She’s been able to play doubles,” Henderson said. “She has to be healthy and it is just so early in the season.”Still, the team views this weekend as a chance to establish itself at home and an opportunity for both freshman and veterans alike to gain on-court experience.”I’m still working on my serve. I’ve been working on it all fall and trying to improve that,” Burke said when asked what she looks to improve, with Goldin adding of herself, “I’m still working on my consistency.”And the team hopes to be victorious against a Husky squad that went 6-8 last year, including the aforementioned 7-0 loss to Wisconsin.”I certainly feel like we’re going to go in to Northern Illinois and expect nothing short of walking away with a victory. [It] may not be the prettiest victory we’ve ever had, but then again it might be,” Henderson said. “It’s an opportunity … for those people who wouldn’t otherwise be in the lineup right now to really step up.”last_img read more

Buzzed: Despite downplaying game’s significance, Saturday presents rare opportunity for Syracuse

first_img Published on October 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Not long after Syracuse put together a 98-yard game-winning drive, the buzz started. A win at South Florida in its conference opener set the Orange up quite well heading into its conference home opener Saturday against Pittsburgh. With Syracuse (4-1, 1-0 Big East) looking as legitimate as it has in years, this matchup gives the Orange a chance to take that next step toward returning the program to respectability and to its goal of a bowl bid. Yet to the Orange, this weekend’s matchup is nothing special. Instead it’s just the next game on the schedule. ‘We’re just treating this week like every other game that we have to play,’ freshman tight end Beckett Wales said. ‘It’s just the next game. And that’s how we’re treating it.’ In just his first season, it may be unrealistic to expect Wales to approach Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh (2-3, 0-0 Big East) any differently. As a freshman, he hasn’t been around for each of the past five matchups between Syracuse and Pitt. Unlike most of the SU veterans, he wasn’t on the field for any of the five grueling losses over the past five years. But what may come as a surprise is the fact that several of the veterans who were here for the majority of that losing streak to the Panthers are subscribing to a similar ideology entering the weekend. With Syracuse staring into the face of a 5-1 start for the first time in more than a decade, Saturday’s matchup against Pittsburgh (noon, Big East Network) at the Carrier Dome is being hyped as anything but ‘just another game.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Yet from Wales to Max Suter and Da’Mon Merkerson, the perception entering this weekend remains the same. Amid the hype that surrounds what is expected to be one of the most intriguing football games seen in the Dome in quite some time, players are keeping a relatively level head. ‘You want to win every game, but the only way to do that is by winning the next game,’ Merkerson said. ‘So if there’s any reason this game is big, it’s because it’s the next game.’ But for the first time in years, the Orange can’t honestly use that phrase. Five years ago, under then-head coach Greg Robinson, every game was ‘just another game.’ During that 1-10 season in 2005, when the significance of each game was a lost cause, the players could say that. And it was actually true. Even a year ago, under current head coach Doug Marrone, players could get away with saying that. The Orange was in a transition year, in Marrone’s first season, and the foundation was just being laid. The outside expectations were nonexistent. Though the players maintain the same disposition about this week’s game, deep down inside, they understand the significance. For them, a chance to advance the program’s best record in over a decade is the reality. A chance to do that by taking down the preseason favorite to win the conference is what has billed this game as perhaps the most significant to grace the Dome in years. That’s what makes this more than ‘just another game.’ SU is sitting on the doorstep of something significant. ‘Whenever you set a goal and you can see it unfold, it’s always a great sense of satisfaction to see the plan in action,’ Merkerson said. ‘I think after each win, we do feel a sense of satisfaction as we continue to move forward, but we can’t dwell on wins because there is always something up next. ‘So as big as it would be to win (Saturday), it’s just the next step. I think we’ve done a good job staying on course for our ultimate goal, and we need to stay focused each week to obtain it.’ It’s easy to see how the hype may have spun out of control. But the reality is this game is just that significant for the Orange football program. A loss certainly doesn’t ruin the season or crush SU’s hopes for a bowl bid. But a win? Well, that would set off a level of hysteria not seen since the Donovan McNabb era, when SU was at its highest recent peak. That would set up the following week’s nationally televised matchup at West Virginia that much better. It could begin to change the way Syracuse is viewed around the nation. It’s that simple. The players have heard the numbers. None of them have beaten Pitt. The Panthers have won five straight against the Orange — ironically, the same streak USF owned until last weekend. But the feeling is different this year. Which makes this weekend’s game different. Fueled by the 4-1 start and a big win at USF last week, the collective confidence of this year’s Syracuse squad is undoubtedly increasing. ‘It’s a big game because it’s the next game,’ Marrone said. ‘And then all of a sudden, now we are onto a bigger game because it’s the next game. You win a game, and then you move onto the next. That’s just how I feel. … I am happy that we came away with a win and won a Big East road game and matched the win total for Big East games in a season since 2004. Now we are going, and our objective is to get a second win.’ To get that second win, the Orange will look to its offense, which is its best scoring offense (28.4 points per game) since 2003. It will look to its scoring defense (14.8 points per game), which is its best since 1999. For the Orange, there’s no reason to believe this won’t be the year to finally end that streak of futility against Pitt. The Orange snapped a five-game losing streak to South Florida last weekend. For Syracuse to take the next step, it must do it again this weekend. This time against Pitt. And the significance of doing that would transcend beyond just another win. ‘We have to beat Pitt,’ Suter said. ‘It’s time to get after them this year, and we’re ready to do it.’ aljohn@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

SU Athletics confirms McCullough out for season with torn right ACL

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2015 at 3:27 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Syracuse freshman forward Chris McCullough will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, SU Athletics announced in an email around 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon.McCullough left the Orange’s 70-57 win over Florida State on Sunday night and did not return. The email from SU Athletics cites head coach Jim Boeheim after Boeheim did not offer any new information on McCullough’s injury on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference Monday morning.Tyler Roberson replaced McCullough on Sunday and is expected to start in his place. McCullough was averaging 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds heading into the game against the Seminoles and his absence will force Boeheim to use inexperienced center Chinonso Obokoh as the first big man off SU’s bench.It was the second-straight Monday that the Orange lost a frontcourt player for the season. Last week it was announced that junior forward DaJuan Coleman was out for the season and now Syracuse will be without McCullough as well.SU (12-4, 3-0 ACC) will be back in action against Wake Forest (9-8, 1-3) at 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Women’s volleyball: No. 3 Badgers hope to build off big weekend when they face No. 22 Ohio State

first_imgThe No. 3 University of Wisconsin volleyball team gets back on the road Wednesday as they travel to Columbus to take on No. 22 Ohio State University.The Badgers (18-3, 10-2 Big Ten) are riding a three-game winning streak after losing to then-No. 1 University of Nebraska two weeks ago. The current stretch features wins over then-No. 9 Penn State University, University of Iowa and Rutgers University. The 3-1 win over PSU handed the Nittany Lions their first conference loss and moved Wisconsin back into the top three in both the Big Ten and in the country.Volleyball: Badgers return to Madison in search of key win over No. 10 Penn StateAfter disappointing results in their last two performances against top 10 opponents, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team is looking to Read…The Buckeyes (15-9, 5-7 Big Ten) will seek revenge against a Badger squad that swept them 3-0 in Madison a little more than five weeks ago. OSU has gone 3-3 in its last six games, alternating wins and losses with a close series split recently against Maryland University.While Wisconsin has an edge in personnel and momentum, Ohio State boasts a hostile home environment combined with fresh legs from a less challenging recent schedule. The match will come down to whether or not the Badgers can avoid beating themselves and stay focused on each individual set without looking ahead to bigger matchups.Despite the brutal schedule, the Wisconsin duo of senior All-Americans Lauren Carlini and Haleigh Nelson is setting school and national records almost every week this season. The two led the Badgers to the program’s first win over Penn State since 2011, with Carlini recording her 5000th career set and Nelson notching her 1000th career kill against Rutgers Sunday night. Carlini’s mark makes her just the third player to ever reach 5000 in Wisconsin history, and it is just one more reason why she will be a lot to handle for the Buckeyes.For Ohio State to pull off the upset, it will have to do what no one else has been able to do all season: defeat Wisconsin as a team ranked outside the top 11. The Badgers’ only losses this season have come at then-No. 11 North Carolina University, then-No. 3 University of Minnesota and then-No. 1 University of Nebraska, all of whom are still in the top 12.The key to the game should come down to the same place that has determined most Wisconsin games this year — the net. Both the Badgers and Buckeyes have size up front, but Wisconsin holds the slight edge with freshman phenom and outside hitter Molly Haggerty. The Buckeyes will need to meet Haggerty at the net early and often if they want to defend their home court against the Badgers.As with most games in the Big Ten, the match will be as unpredictable as it will be intense. First serve is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Columbus on BTN.last_img read more