anyway. antiwar/peace activists have not been able to make either the public or politicians care about this issue. I'm not exactly sure how to change that...but! acknowledging this failure seems like a first step.
like, choosing one candidate as somehow a force for peace without getting policy concessions but just because this person hasn't been in power yet and so hasn't dropped bombs—that hasn't worked great.
I'm not really sure that trying to shame people for their votes on defense appropriation bills has worked very well either. the incentives the other way to like increase troop pay are just too large.
piling on when the wrong candidate suggests some new approach (like Beto with the war tax) hasn't been super helpful either.
reporting and protests against individual wars (like Iraq) have been pretty effective, but those kind of only seem to work against a given war, not against the forever military establishment.
I wish I had an answer as to what approach would be better. I guess I'd argue for a specific goal (repeal AUMF?) first and then try to get candidates to sign onto that specifically and offer support to those who do...but
again, the truth is I don't know what would work. but acknowledging failure and a need to try something else seems key, rather than just constantly railing against everyone else for being hypcorites and murderers if they haven't adopted your agenda.
not saying these people aren't hypocrites and murderers! I think they are in many cases. Just, that language hasn't been super successful at moving any needles anywhere, which is really bad since we desperately need to stop killing people.

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