In Iraq in wartime, I saw what the US military was capable of in a distant ravaged land. In June, I'll see what that military is capable of in what still passes for peacetime and close to home indeed. As I sit at my desk writing this story on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, the roar of Navy jets periodically rumbles in from across Puget Sound, where a massive naval air station is located. I can't help but wonder whether, years from now, I'll still be writing pieces with titles like "Destroying What Remains," as the Navy continues its war-gaming in an ice-free summer Arctic.
The New York Times editorial board recently called for an end to immigration detention. It recommended cheaper and "more humane" alternatives including "ankle bracelets and other monitoring technologies." Electronic monitoring is cheaper, but it's not humane. In fact, advocates say ankle monitors, which can cause physical harm and humiliation, are just an alternative form of detention.
Although Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917, the United States continued to exploit, oppress and eventually launch a "war" on the people of Puerto Rico in order to gain land and resources. The book War Against All Puerto Ricans is a vivid, detailed account of the brutal treatment of a people "liberated" from Spain only to be subjugated by the US.