End of War: Anthony Swofford

Monday, June 04, 2012

US soldiers keep watch at the entrance of a military base following the shooting of Afghan civilians allegedly committed by a rogue US soldier in Kandahar province on March 11, 2012. US soldiers keep watch at the entrance of a military base following the shooting of Afghan civilians allegedly committed by a rogue US soldier in Kandahar province on March 11, 2012. (JANGIR/AFP/Getty)

Former U.S. Marine and Jarhead author Anthony Swofford talks about his new book, Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir, and continues the discussion on the end of war.

→ EVENT: Swofford will be reading from and discussing Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails on Tuesday, June 5 at 7pm at the Barnes & Noble at 82nd and Broadway.

Comments [16]

Rico from Brooklyn

Brian Lehrer poses lofty questions about the "End of War," yet he's never met a war he didn't shill for. I listened (as much as I could stomach) in the run-up to the Iraq War, and he towed the line. Big time. Cretins like Richard "cakewalk" Pearl got much coverage, while antiwar voices were absent.

Jun. 04 2012 09:07 PM

Asking Swofford what it takes to be a good man is like asking a fish how to ride a bicycle.
Brian, you copped out. Encouraging faux-machismo is not only unctuous, it's irresponsible journalism.

Jun. 04 2012 11:05 AM
SJ from NYC


Did you just say that 'US has really had nothing to do with Iran Iraq' war? You may want to refresh you memory and look again into how the war was started, continued. Maybe 'Iran-Contra' just to mention one well-kown episode of US involvement in this war would ring a bell? Please look back to see how US and its regional 'allies' prolonged this senseless blood letting. I did expect more from you...



Jun. 04 2012 11:02 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I agree with D.O'Brien. Slavery has been outlawed in many places, but it's far from being eliminated (more at the American Anti-Slavery Group's website, I'm trying to remember if John Horgan said it had been.

Jun. 04 2012 11:00 AM

We ended slavery? No, it has simply changed form, as wage slavery still exists to the benefit of the very few.

Jun. 04 2012 10:56 AM

You mentioned that we abolished slavery but slavery has by no means disappeared. And war is not only about possession and resources, it is about hate and race and religion etcetera.

Jun. 04 2012 10:55 AM
Chris Rosen from Putnam

If you've resigned to the idea that men will always need to go to war to gain land or resources, you are part of the problem.

Jun. 04 2012 10:55 AM
James L.

War will end when people such as Mr. Swaford (and possibly you Brian) stop glorifying war and excusing the reasons for war.

The first Iraq war wasn't a war but a slaughter.

There is no honor in war at all. The common refrain "thank you for your service" perpetuates and supports the US war machine.

When will the common man become intelligent enough to realize this?

Jun. 04 2012 10:54 AM
D. O'Brien from Manhattan

The US may have eliminated slavery as a policy, but human trafficking is still a robust industry.

Jun. 04 2012 10:54 AM
Belinda from White Plains

So long as we have inequality, there will be war.

Jun. 04 2012 10:53 AM

Weren’t we selling Iraq the weapons they were using on the Iranians

Jun. 04 2012 10:53 AM
Larry from UWS

Pseudo-macho crap.

Jun. 04 2012 10:52 AM
The Truth from Becky

Abolished slavery? Brian, how did I know you were going to use that comparison, you are very interesting. I am glad he was smart enough to follow up on your unrelated comparison.

Jun. 04 2012 10:52 AM

Anthony, to hear the story of you and your father is very touching.

Thank you for sharing.

Jun. 04 2012 10:51 AM
Ed from Larchmont

"War is a punishment for sin." Mary at Fatima.

Jun. 04 2012 07:04 AM
Ed from Larchmont

We all want peace, but there is no peace without justice. The great crimes of our time. the slaughter of the innocent, have to stop before we can hope to have peace.

Jun. 04 2012 06:00 AM

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