TV News LIES

Sunday, Apr 19th

Last update09:01:45 AM GMT

You are here News Journalism & Media The Road to War: How the U.S. blew $2 trillion on two wars in the 21st century.

The Road to War: How the U.S. blew $2 trillion on two wars in the 21st century.

E-mail Print PDF

Marvin KalbThe electronic media invariably beat the war drums, presumably in subconscious anticipation of higher ratings for blood and guts live from the scene of the action, what war correspondents called "bang bang" assignments.

This could be one of the reasons the United States has gone to war time and again since World War II without the constitutional requirement of a congressional mandate.

In his latest book "The Road to War -- Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed," Kalb reminds us that the U.S. Constitution stipulates beyond the shadow of a doubt that only Congress can declare war. But the last declaration of war authorized by Congress was World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

For the past 40 years, says Kalb, the United States, like kings of yesteryear, was drawn into non-stop wars, from Korea to Vietnam, Panama to Grenada, Lebanon to Bosnia, Afghanistan to Iraq, using volunteers who are dispatched abroad wherever modern-day war lords say they need them.

Mass media welcomes war, Kalb argues, noting the last president authorized by Congress to declare war was Franklin Roosevelt after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Lying us into Iraq: The Real Problem with Judith Miller

Judith MillerIt’s okay that the New York Times reporter got Iraq wrong—the trouble with her new memoir...

Reuters Iraq Bureau Chief Leaves Country After Being Threatened Over Story

Iraq: reuters bureau chief leavesThe Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and...

Ken Prewitt, Bloomberg Radio ‘Authoritative' Voice, Dies at 68

Ken Prewitt diesKen Prewitt, a Bloomberg Radio anchor who interviewed billionaire investors, Wall Street executives and a former...

Columbia issues scathing report on Rolling Stone rape story

U of VaThe Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued a scathing report Sunday on the editorial breakdown...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!