End The Wars
“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
- Wars are a major cause of violence, poverty, and underdevelopment
- Hundreds of thousands of people on all sides of the wars have died directly of the violence – the vast majority of them civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. Millions of people living in war zones have been displaced from their homes indefinitely, and many now live in grossly inadequate conditions.
- Data on observed foreign interventions tells us that the U.S. has extensively intervened in civil wars
- The U.S. military budget in 2019 exceeded the next 10 countries’ defense budgets combined and accounted for 38 percent of military spending worldwide
- Taxpayers spent $13.34 trillion on the U.S. military from 2000 through fiscal year 2019 in inflation-adjusted 2020 dollars (yearly average comes to $826 billion). For comparison, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget in fiscal 2020 was $9 billion
- American defense firms are the indisputable leaders of the world’s $398 billion arms sales industry
- Foreign policy coverage in the U.S. tends to be "(1) ethnocentric (e.g., employing racial stereotypes of enemies), (2) elite-driven, (3) uncritical (especially in the run-up to and early stages of war), and (4) episodic (usually covering other countries when senior White House officials travel to or otherwise prioritize them).
Antiwar Organizations and Media
- Veterans for Peace
- Black Alliance for Peace
- Jewish Voice for Peace
- March On The Pentagon
- EYES LEFT Podcast
- Click here for more
"As historians, political communication scholars, and others have shown across virtually all US wars—media coverage follows a familiar pattern that is invariably uncritical of official claims and arguments (especially those emanating from the White House) in the run up to and early stages of war (see for instance, Campbell  and Nasaw  regarding the Spanish-American War; Fussell  and Pyle  regarding WWII; Bennett  on Nicaragua; Dickson  about the invasion of Panama; Hallin , Kellner , Mermin , and Newhagen , regarding the Persian Gulf War; and Aday et al. , Katovsky and Carlson , and others regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan)."
― The US Media, Foreign Policy, and Public Support for War by Sean Aday
- Majorities of U.S. veterans, public say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting (Pew Research Center, 2019)
- The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began (Pew Research Center, 2018)
- Defense: Lobbying, 2020 (OpenSecrets)
- Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2020 (Congressional Research Service)
- Timeline of U.S. Acts of Aggression in Latin America (credit: Veterans For Peace)
- SIPRI Fact Sheet: Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2019
- Costs of War Project
Academic Papers & Reports
- Aday, Sean. "The US media, foreign policy, and public support for war." The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication, 315-332S (July, 2014)
- Belasco, A. "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11" (Congressional Research Service)
- Berger, Daniel, William Easterly, Nathan Nunn, and Shanker Satyanath. 2013. "Commercial Imperialism? Political Influence and Trade during the Cold War." American Economic Review, 103 (2): 863-96
- Kriner, Douglas L. and Shen, Francis X., "Battlefield Casualties and Ballot Box Defeat: Did the Bush-Obama Wars Cost Clinton the White House?" (June 19, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2989040 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2989040
- Saleh, Z. "The Human Cost of U.S. Interventionsin Iraq: A History From the 1960s Through the Post-9/11 War." Watson Institute (October, 2020)
"Among veterans, 64% say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting considering the costs versus the benefits to the United States, while 33% say it was. The general public’s views are nearly identical: 62% of Americans overall say the Iraq War wasn’t worth it and 32% say it was."
― Majorities of U.S. veterans, public say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting (Pew Research Center, 2019)
- Nathan Robinson | Current Affairs | "How To Avoid Swallowing War Propaganda" (July, 2020)
- Emran Feroz | Foreign Policy | "Death by Drone: America’s Vicious Legacy in Afghanistan" (March, 2020)
- Adam Weinstein | The New Republic | "Most Veterans Say America’s Wars Are a Waste. No One’s Listening to Them" (July, 2019)
- CNBC | "The Pentagon is asking for a colossal $718 billion for its 2020 defense budget" (Mary, 2019)
- CNBC | "American firms rule the $398 billion global arms industry: Here’s a roundup of the world’s top 10 defense contractors, by sales" (January, 2019)
- Paul Waldman | The American Prospect | "Why Everyone Wants the Military Budget to Be Bigger" (May, 2015)
- Amnesty International |"Rhetoric versus Reality: How the ‘most precise air campaign in history’ left Raqqa the most destroyed city in modern times"
Martin Luther King Jr. "Beyond Vietnam" April 4, 1967 - A Time to Break Silence
"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today—my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent."
Howard Zinn at MIT 2005 - The Myth of American Exceptionalism
Chomsky: Like Obama, Trump Is Radically Increasing the Danger of Nuclear War
Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War
US Veterans throwing their service medals
Muhammad Ali - On Vietnam, hardships, & The True Opposer & Enemy of Justice