What should not get lost in all the bold-type words like “failure” and “flawed intelligence” is that virtually none of it was unforeseeable. The killings have resulted from policies that gave very low priority to prevention of civilian deaths.
A reckoning with America’s failed national security policy is long overdue. America’s current vision of security has been ruinous both to the world and to the American people. A different future is possible.
A military is, of course, innately hierarchical, authoritarian, and adversarial, and war, by definition, is terror. There is an inheritance of violence in our increasingly militarized land that ought to concern us all, too.
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