Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, the only Trump cabinet member to be unanimously confirmed, is now embroiled in scandal and the Koch-funded propaganda machine is working hard to amplify the bad news. This has veterans groups worried that Shulkin will be replaced by a candidate who will use the chaos to accelerate the privatization of the Veterans Health Administration.
It's been 15 years since the Bush-Cheney administration launched the US into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with an ingenious marketing campaign. Now the quagmire they created is wider and deeper by magnitudes but the US continues its pattern of self-destruction. A military father reflects on the cost of those wars to his family and to the country.
This Indigenous-led disruption, the awakening resolve that was cultivated at Standing Rock, did not dissolve after February. Rather, it spread in so many different directions that we may never fully realize its reach. The spirit of resistance can easily be found in the half-dozen or so other pipeline battles across the United States. Beyond that, the movement amplified the greater struggle worldwide.