To members and friends of Historians Against the War,
Here are a few notes, followed by the latest in our series of biweekly mailings of links to article of interest.
1. HAW will have a session (details are still being planned) at the AHA convention in San Diego, Saturday, January 9, at 5:30 – 7:00 pm. It will be in the secondary convention hotel, which is not being boycotted. Margaret Power (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Andor Skotnes (email@example.com) are coordinating plans for the session.
2. Michael Zweig of U.S. Labor Against the War, who has been a strong ally of HAW, is also the coordinator of the How Class Works 2010 conference, June 3-5 at Stony Brook University. The proposals deadline is December 14 and information is at http://www.stonybrook.edu/workingclass/conference/2010/cfp.shtml.
3. Veterans for Peace is looking for an executive director. Information is at http://www.veteransforpeace.org/Position_available_executive_director.vp.html
Links to Recent Articles of Interest
By Andrew Bacevich, War in Context website, from the Los Angeles Times, December 3
"The President Has Drawn the Wrong Lessons From His Understanding of the History of War"
Interview with Andrew Bacevich on Democracy Now, posted December 2
"Obama's Surge: Has the President Been Misled by the Iraq Analogy?"
By Juan Cole, Salon.com. posted December 1
A detailed analysis of circumstances that gave the Iraq "surge" the appearance of success, and of how circumstances in Afghanistan are different.
"Afghanistan: The Roach Motel of Empires"
By Zoltan Grossman, AfterDowningStreet.com, posted December 2
"Afghanistan Fact Sheet: The Numbers Behind the Troop Increase"
By the National Priorities Project, posted December 1
"A Better Way to Kill? Human Terrain Systems, Anthropologists and the War in Afghanistan"
By David Price, CounterPunch.org, posted December 1
"It's Obama's War Now"
By Gary Leupp, CounterPunch.org, posted November 30
The author teaches history at Tufts University; despite its title, the article is mainly historical.
"The Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan Through CIA Eyes: Lessons for the United States Today"
By Bennett Ramberg, Huffington Post, posted November 24
Bill Moyers' Journal, November 20 – on escalation in Vietnam
Public Broadcasting System, November 20
On Lyndon Johnson's decision making on Vietnam in the mid-1960s, using excerpts from President Johnson's taped phone conversations with top advisors. The video of this program can be accessed at http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/11202009/watch.html
"Why Liberals Kill"
By Thad Russell, The Daily Beast, posted October 17
a broad-brush analysis of the liberal foreign policy tradition
Suggestions for inclusion in these lists are welcome: they can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the working group for this project are Matt Bokovoy, Carolyn (Rusti) Eisenberg, Jim O'Brien, Maia Ramnath, and Sarah Shields