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Lt. Col. Isaiah Wilson III: “Thinking Beyond War”

The CHUM lecture series continues:

Why was there a deliberate plan to fight the war in Iraq but none to win the peace? This question, which has caused such confusion and consternation among the American public and been the subject of much political wrangling over the past few years, is the focus of Lt. Col. Isaiah Wilson’s lecture. Wilson locates a flaw in the government’s definition of when, how, and for what reasons the United States intervenes abroad. It is a paradox in the American way of peace and war, he proposes, that harkens back to America’s war loss in Vietnam and continues to this day to haunt U.S. intervention policy, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond. His exploration of this paradox calls for new organizational and operational approaches to America’s intervention policy. In challenging current western societal military lexicon and doctrine, Wilson offers new hope and practical solutions to overcome the paradox.

Lt. Colonel Wilson is Associate Professor and Director of American Politics, Public policy and Strategic Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and author of Thinking Beyond War: Civil-miltary Relations and Why America Fails to Win the Peace . He holds a B.S. in International Relations from the United States Military Academy, master’s degrees in Public Policy and Government from Cornell University, master’s degrees in Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Lt. Colonel Wilson is a combat veteran and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Date: April 26
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Russell House

Journalist Dahr Jamail speaks at Memorial Chapel

dahrjamailFrom Paul Blasenheim ’12:

Dahr Jamail Speaks Out!

Award-winning independent journalist and author Dahr Jamail lived in occupied Iraq for nine months in 2003-2005, where he produced daily unembedded media reports on the massive destruction of the war, both to the people of Iraq, and to U.S. soldiers. Hear him speak on the escalating occupation of Afghanistan, the challenges for independent media in foreign warzones, and the expanding G.I. resistance movement. Don’t miss this monumental lecture! Featuring political activist and folk Singer/Songwriter David Rovics!

Date: Monday, Sept. 21
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

For once, I’m actually impressed by Bush

President Bush’s quick reaction time and skillful ducking kept him from getting hit after Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi launched both his shoes right at the president’s face, while yelling, “This is a farewell kiss, dog!” Bush’s response? A classy, “All I can report is it is a size 10.”

Good work, Bush. I’m actually proud of you, for once.

Anti-War Iraq Vet to Speak In Middletown

Hear former U.S. Marine Liam Madden speak on behalf of Iraq Veterans Against the War, this Sunday at the Church of the Holy Trinity:

Liam Madden will report back on the veterans protest activities at the Democratic and Republican conventions and will promote the New England Soldier Support Network here in CT.

Sponsored By:
CT United for Peace http://www.ctup.8k.com

Contact:
Christine Gauvreau
chris_gauvreau@comcast.net
860 478 5300

Date: Sunday, September 21st
Time: 2 pm
Place:
Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St., side door

Statewide Anti-War Student Conference & Rally

SEWI is hosting the Statewide Anti-War Student Conference and Rally in Exley early next month:

Students from across the state will be converging on Wesleyan University for the first C[onnecticut] O[pposes the] W[ar] Student Conference. The purpose of the conference is to train students with the tools they need to help End the War in Iraq and Bring the Troops Home.

The conference will contain a keynote speaker, followed by workshops dealing with issues ranging from Organizing 101 (i.e. running an effective meeting, media outreach, how to recruit new members, etc) to statewide campaigns (i.e. Campus Divestment, Truth in Recruitment, the Iraq Refugee Crisis, Iraq Veterans Against the War).

After the workshops are completed there will be a rally and march to cap a wonderful day of movement building.

The conference is the beginning of a vibrant student lead antiwar movement in CT. Student groups from dozens of colleges and high schools will come together for this historic event.

Date: Saturday, Apr. 12
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Exley

(Thanks, Spazeboy!)

Professor Slotkin: Americans Tuning Out

Richard Slotkin, our American Studies professor currently teaching Westerns (with his own extensive Wiki page, no less!), is a key commentator in this Hartford Courant article about how the American public is tuning out the war in Iraq because of domestic distractions:

“If you get some other crisis to deal with, you can leave behind the morally tricky question of the war,” says cultural critic and historian Richard Slotkin, the Olin Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University…

“People’s sympathy is for their own, and for themselves, first,” he says. “If you ask people what they feel about those who are serving, they would say they are concerned. But it’s just not the same.”

…To pull funding for the war and bring the troops home with no resolution or good outcome in Iraq would be an admission that the war was illegitimate, he says, and that the sacrifices and the lives that were lost were in vain.

But there is historical precedence for that, he says. At the end of the Vietnam War, in 1975, the Ford administration went to Congress to authorize funding for the use of bombers to counter the final assault of the Viet Cong.

“And Congress refused,” Slotkin says. “There was a general belief that it just was not worth spending any more lives or money on that war.

“But we’re not there yet. We’re just not there.”

Art show in Rhode Island

The art show “Experiencing the War in Iraq” in Pawtucket, RI will be featuring a photograph by Max Krafft ’09. More info here, and facebook event here.

For those interested, here are the facts:
What: Experiencing the War in Iraq: a multi-media installation
When: Opening March 7th @ 6 pm, running through March 30th
Where: Machines with Magnets/Pawtucket Armory, Pawtucket, RI
Who: artists and musicians, soldiers and civilians, including Max

Teach in on the Iraq war & spring break in D.C.

Teach-In!
This Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
Olin Library, Smith Reading Room

Come hear two powerful speakers to inspire action to end the war in Iraq:

  • ADAM KOKESH: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps; Activist in Iraq Veterans Against the War
  • LAURIE ARBEITER: Activist in Artists Against the War; the Critical Voice

Followed by Q&A Session and organizing meeting with students from other CT colleges & universities for Our Spring Break in D.C.

Sponsored by Students for Ending the War in Iraq and WesPeace.
www.ourspringbreak.org

The New controversial talk-of-the-town WeSpeak

Matt Nestler ’10‘s views on Iraq Withdrawal

Excerpt (click on the link to read the whole thing):

“There exists a segment of the global Muslim community that hates the idea of America; they hate the fact that we are free, that we can freely dissent, and that we enjoy vast freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution…The lesson we must take from all this is that we cannot abandon our commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have already seen what would happen if we just packed up and left. The Islamic extremists would most certainly gain control of the country and Iraq would be overrun as a training camp for Islamic terrorism.”

No comment.

Update on Ashley Casale ’10’s Peace March

Ashley Casale ’10‘s peace march is picking up the closer she gets to Washington:

Ashley Casale, 19, and Michael Israel, 18, began walking across the country in a journey they hoped would mobilize the nation and inspire thousands to join their 3,000-mile trek from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., to protest the war in Iraq. But for weeks they walked alone — crossing the Nevada desert, then climbing the Rocky Mountains and finally pushing on through the Great Plains.

As the days passed and the miles rolled by, more people began to gather by the road to see the two teenagers. About 100 people turned out to rally around them in Lincoln, Neb.; 200 people joined a peace demonstration in Omaha, and about 90 people gathered in Iowa City. As word spread, someone volunteered to drive a support car to carry the marchers’ gear. More people joined them for daylong walks.

Now the lonely peace marchers — once a movement of just two — include six people, all committed to walking the remaining 800 miles to Washington, where they plan to hold a rally Sept. 11.

“I do feel heartened,” said Casale, walking along a road lined with corn and soybean fields, alongside her small but growing band of marchers. “It’s energizing to have a lot of people — at least more than before. I think it’s building. I think people are paying attention.”

On Monday, Casale and Israel — looking lean and tanned from weeks on the road — walked into Normal among a group of nearly 20 supporters, many of whom drove from the Chicago area to march for the day. Two people carried huge rainbow flags that read “PEACE.” Another woman held a sign that read “War is not the answer.”

Julie Haverty, 68, and her husband, Jim, 69, of Frankfort, brought the marchers new shoes: a pair of size 9.5 Birkenstocks for Casale — who had worn large holes in her sandals — and a pair of size 9 New Balance sneakers for Israel.

Bernie Kopera, 62, of Orland Park postponed a vacation so he could meet the marchers in Bloomington. “Meeting the kids was a priority,” he said. “I don’t want them to lose their hope and idealism.”

On Monday night, the marchers reached the campus of Illinois State University, where a crowd waited to meet them. A whoop went up as the marchers walked onto a concrete patio area. Cameras clicked, and a radio reporter held up a microphone for an interview. Nearly three dozen people held signs that read “Bring the troops home.”

The marchers still have a month and many miles to go, but some in the crowd felt optimistic.

Tom Swanborn, 41, came the night before with his wife, Erin, 35, and their 4-year old daughter. He bought the marchers a pizza and paid for a hotel room for them. That gave the marchers — who have been mostly camping — a rare opportunity to shower, do laundry and enjoy some air conditioning. The Swanborn family had been following the progress of the marchers on the Internet and had worried about them out on the road.

“When I met them in person, they were hot and sweaty but super-optimistic,” Tom Swanborn said. “I just thought, ‘They’re going to make it.'” He paused for a moment, then added: “I hope I’m right.”

Check out the video of Casale and Israel here.