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 [email protected] subscribe to William Astore's feed

Posted on: Sep 12, 2017, Source: TomDispatch

Fighting everywhere, winning nowhere.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2017, Source: The Huffington Post

The ability to discern patriotism from nationalism is vital in our current landscape.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2017, Source: TomDispatch

Everyone is a survivalist in 2017.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2017, Source: TomDispatch

There is a creeping (and creepy) version of authoritarianism that anyone who lived through the Cold War years should recognize.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2017, Source: TomDispatch

It's not about ending war but exerting power and selling loads of weapons.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2017, Source: Bracing Views

As America’s designs are frustrated in the Middle East, generals cast about for new countries to blame―and to attack.

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.