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How to Put America First--While Engaging the Rest of the World

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.11.2017 | Home
Doug Bandow

Only Donald Trump would attempt to rescue the phrase "America First" from its slightly discreditable heritage. Unfortunately, his sales job has been i...

Sustaining Alliances in the Face of Renewed Nuclear Threats

Rebecca Hersman | Posted 02.09.2017 | Home
Rebecca Hersman

Photo courtesy of Getty Images By Rebecca K.C. Hersman, Franklin C. Miller, and Shanelle Van Today's security landscape includes a growing set of nu...

President-Elect Donald Trump Should Finish What Candidate Trump Started: Kick South Korea Off Of U.S. Defense Dole

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.16.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

Candidate Donald Trump did the seeming impossible: get elected president while speaking truths that shocked establishment policymakers. Such as criticizing the defense dole for South Korea, one of Washington, D.C.'s, most sacred sacred cows.

There's No Economic Justification for Massive U.S. Military Presence Around the Globe

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.09.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

Foreign policy should reflect international realities, which change over time. The Republic of Korea was vulnerable to renewed North Korean aggression at the conclusion of the Korean War in 1953. Today, Seoul could do whatever was necessary to deter and defeat the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. There's no need for America to defend that which could be defended otherwise.

U.S. Should Charge to Protect Defense Welfare Clients: Donald Trump Got One Idea Right

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.24.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

Washington should stop using the Pentagon as a global welfare agency. The U.S. government at least should charge for its defense services, as Donald Trump has suggested. This is a second best option. But America shouldn't be defending its rich friends for free.

Allies Are Not Like Facebook Friends: US Should Drop Useless And Dangerous Alliances

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.25.2015 | Home
Doug Bandow

If America ends up at war, it almost certainly will be on behalf of one ally or another. Washington collects allies like most people collect Facebook "friends." The vast majority of U.S. allies are security liabilities, tripwires for conflict and war. Alliances should be based on interest, not charity.

Six Allies Washington Should Dump From Its Lonely Hearts Club

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

With almost a year before Valentine's Day hits again, the Obama administration has time to take an unsparing look at the ever-growing crowd of American allies and ally-wannabes. It's time for Washington to send the equivalent of a "Dear John" letter to a half dozen foreign capitals.

Needed Now: RNTO

Jonathan Russo | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Russo

To confront these metastasizing horrors a new treaty organization is needed: RNTO -- the Rational Nations Treaty Organization.

The Effects of Buddy Hiring on an Organization

Gil Laroya | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Gil Laroya

In many companies, the act of "buddy hiring" runs rampant, so much so that the organization becomes a surrogate of another company, with friends and family working for each other, covering each other's backs to the point where nothing gets done.

Generational Déjà vu in Syrian Debate

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally led an ultimately unsuccessful campaign to convince the US Senate to ratify the Versailles Treaty ending World War I, which included the establishment of a League of Nations.

Retiring the American Empire

John Feffer | Posted 10.04.2013 | Home
John Feffer

If the United States were to change its global behavior, it might discover that the calls for early retirement fade. Then, as a more cooperative international player, America could truly enjoy its imperial twilight in the sure knowledge that the deluge is not imminent.

Sequester But a Scalpel for Bloated Military Budget

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The fact that government devotes too much to Social Security is no argument for spending too much on the military. With the threat of runaway deficits, debts, and interest payments, the U.S. cannot afford any budget sacred cows.

Climate Reality: Moms Know Dirty Energy = Dirty Weather

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 01.13.2013 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

How do we keep our children safe from polluted air? Purely and simply, we must be relentlessly consistent and stay on message that the Clean Air Act protected us when we were children, and we need it to continue to protect our children.

Jessica Capshaw: TV Doc Advocating for Clean Air

Dominique Browning | Posted 06.02.2012 | Green
Dominique Browning

Jessica Capshaw has it right: polluters have money and influence, but moms have love. Lots of love. And mother love is the strongest force of all.

5 Scientists (and Dr. Oz) Make Clean Air Sense

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 05.07.2012 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

Scientists know that stripping the EPA of its ability to protect our children against environmental pollutants means more asthma attacks, more respiratory illnesses and disease, and more premature deaths.

NATO and the New Cold War

Conn Hallinan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Conn Hallinan

Military alliances are always sold as things that produce security. In practice they tend to do the opposite -- NATO is an alliance in trouble.