We Cannot Let New Pentagon Rules Sanitize or Legitimize Brutality of Endless War

Source: Common Dreams
by Samuel Moyn

“A few days ago, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the completion of a ‘Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response Action Plan’ promising institutional changes so that American warmaking kills fewer innocent people. The plan is a clear step forward in the humanization of endless war — the ethically fraught project I attempted to spotlight in my book, ‘Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War,’ which appeared a year ago and is out next week in a paperback edition. The Pentagon commitment — and the dynamics that led to it — fit well with some of my arguments in the book. While making American war less brutal is an uplifting project when it works, it can also function by intentional design to create a new kind of war that results in greater legitimacy.” (09/01/22)