Stories by William Astore

William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), now teaches at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. His books and articles focus primarily on military history and include Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism (Potomac Press, 2005). He may be reached at subscribe to William Astore's feed

Posted on: Dec 20, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

This is not good news for anyone—not even the military.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

Blindspots mean no truth-telling until after retirement.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

"We have met the enemy and he is us."

Posted on: Jun 21, 2016, Source: Tom Dispatch

Air supremacy isn't what it used to be.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

A dictionary of euphemisms for imperial decline.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

Showering the Pentagon with money and praise.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

By failing to hold military boots to the fire, we've largely avoided unpleasantness between the military and its civilian leadership.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2015, Source: Tom Dispatch

It's time to admit we have a problem.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

The war on terror is still ongoing, with the mission eternally unaccomplished.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

Expect more bombs to be dropped everywhere.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

"Uncle Sam doesn’t want you anymore — he already has you. You’ve been drafted into the American national security state."

Posted on: Oct 20, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

No wonder our leaders tell us not to worry our little heads about our wars -- just support those troops, go shopping, and keep waving that flag.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Seductive and tenacious as the dreams of air supremacy continue to be, air power has not fundamentally softened the brutal face of war, nor has it made war less dirty or chaotic.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Imagine if we could bridge the empathy gap that separates us from the Vietnamese and our war with them and against them.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2012, Source: Tom Dispatch

Generals run amuck, politicians who could care less and an embedded media are not a good formula for accountability.

Posted on: May 15, 2012, Source:

Clearly, come November, whoever wins or loses, the national security state will be the true victor in the presidential sweepstakes.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2012, Source:

Last year saw the U.S. on pace to deliver more than $46 billion in foreign arms sales. Who says America isn’t number one anymore?

Posted on: Dec 8, 2011, Source:

Here’s an American fact: the 99% are far too remote from our wars of choice and those who fight them. To reclaim the latter, we must end the former.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2011, Source:

Our president and elected representatives must serve as a check on the military establishment, rather than issuing blank checks to them.

Posted on: May 12, 2011, Source:

Our wars are eerily like those pursued by European monarchs: carried out by professional militaries and mercenaries for the purposes of protecting the interests of a ruling elite.