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Coming Budget Crisis Will End America's Imperial Military Policy

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.22.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The American imperium will die. The only question is how Washington responds.

The God of War

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

There's Mars, the god of war, perched in a parking garage in Dallas, annihilating the enemy with utter impunity. Mars, you sicko! Just listen to Presi...

The Pentagon's Real $trategy

Andrew Cockburn | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Andrew Cockburn

After 15 years of grinding war with no obvious end in sight, pundit outrage may be misplaced. Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy, a highly successful one, which is to protect and enhance its own prosperity.

Despite the Campaign Trail Chatter, Americans Not Sold on Defense Increase

Steven Kull | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

Listening to all the campaign trail chatter of increasing defense spending, one could conclude that deficit reduction has fallen off the political radar. But, it this what the voters want?

Keeping Americans in the Dark - The Pentagon's M.O.

Nick Turse | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

Rejecting both accurate accounting and actual accountability, the Defense Department has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to keeping Americans in the dark about the activities being carried out with their dollars and in their name.

U.S. to Spend More on Europe's Defense: Let the Europeans Pay Instead

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The U.S. plans on filling Eastern Europe with thousands of troops along with vehicles and weapons to equip an armored combat brigade. Uncle Sam may be bankrupt, but nothing is too expensive for our pampered European allies, who enjoy greater wealth while spending far less on the military.

The U.S. Military 'Pivots' to the World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Here's my little joke of the month: How do you spell Pentagon? M-O-R-E. Whether it's funny or not, it couldn't be ...

The U.S. Military Suffers from Affluenza

William Astore | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Imagine parents endlessly praising their son as "the smartest, handsomest, most athletically gifted boy since God created Adam." We'd conclude that they were thoroughly obnoxious, if not a bit unhinged. Yet the military remains just this sort of favored son, the country's golden child. And to the golden child go the spoils.

When Will Republican Candidates Speak Out About Pentagon Waste?

William Hartung | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

The dominant theme of last night's Republican debate was that only a "tough" Republican president who radically increases Pentagon spending can make America safe again. But throwing more money at the Pentagon will not make us safer.

President Obama Vetoes Defense Spending Bill, Tells Congress To 'Do This Right'

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, returning the measure to the Rep...

How Pentagon War Fund Became A Budget Buster Washington Can't Resist

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Stil...

Thank God for Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a nation where millions of working families still can't earn enough to pay rent, pay the bills, and put food on the table at the same time -- and where in fiscal year 2013 there were 4.9 million households with no income but SNAP, including 1.3 million households with children -- relying on the charity of PB and J Day is not a substitute for justice.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

A Key Piece Of The House Budget Has Little Support Among Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. prepares to spend billions of dollars fighting extremist groups in the Middle East, there is little consensus among American...

The Pentagon Doesn't Need More Money

William Hartung | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

But you would never know it if you listened to the cries coming from key members of Congress and hawkish D.C. think tanks. It is important to note that these substantial proposed increases in Pentagon spending are arbitrary numbers cherry-picked from past Pentagon five-year plans, not careful assessments of current defense needs.

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

Not All Veterans Are Heroes

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Am I describing the entire enlisted force, past and present? Not at all. But that's the point. We are not all the same. Taking the veteran moniker doesn't change that. What I'm getting to is this: Stop "other"-ing us.

Kate Sheppard

House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using...

The House Armed Services Committee Has Spoken

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.

Navigating the Asia Pivot

C. Dixon Osburn | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
C. Dixon Osburn

President Obama is in Asia this week to reassure our allies about the U.S. "pivot to Asia." As a significant shift in defense strategy, the Asia pivot is a head-scratcher. As an economic strategy, however, the Asia pivot is compelling.

The Pentagon's Phony Budget War

Mattea Kramer | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Despite cries of doom since the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change any time soon.

U.S. Defense Policy: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Ever since the end of the Cold War in 1991, the United States has lacked a vision of what it wanted to do in the world and how its military should carry out part of that plan.

The Long-Term State of the Union - Counting the Cost of Empire?

David Coates | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
David Coates

There is something desperate about the current quality of politics in Washington DC. It is not that our elected representatives steadily avoid any discussion of key issues. It is rather that the way in which they choose to discuss those key issues trivializes them to the point of folly.

Stop the Army From Copying Marines' Missions

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Instead of allowing the Army to become a second Marine Corps in Asia to retain excessive budget and force levels, the Army should keep only its existing missions and accept reduced funding and quantities of troops.

(Un)happy New Year for Jobless Americans

Martha Burk | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Pundits are saying this latest stinginess is probably going to hurt the Republican party next November if something isn't done in January. With the election 11 months away, that's cold comfort for people out of work.

Let Them Hear the Rumble! Invest in People, Not War

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

As millions of Americans struggle with inadequate health care, low wages, deteriorating public services and uncertainty about their futures as the wage gap between the wealthy elite and the working poor widens, billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars are pouring into the coffers of the Department of Defense every year.