One of the first things I learned about the Vietnam War was that it was not a well-meaning mistake. It was part of a global strategy for American domination of the world. That explanation has proven accurate over the course of the next forty-five years in understanding such seemingly disparate phenomena as the current war in Iraq and the availability of cheap blueberries from Chile in the winter.
Noam Chomsky, probably the greatest living American intellectual and analyst, has in recent years redefined the goal of the United States government as "domination of the world through the use of violence." Hence the rush to war after 9/11 and the unwillingness to construct a system of international law.
In 1968-1970, we tried to build a mass anti-imperialist movement within this country. Had we actually succeeded, we might have avoided forty years of war and the imperial disasters this country is now facing. In this section you'll find articles, links, and reviews which I hope will be useful in understanding the big picture.