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The Hypocrisy Of War

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Wallis

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. But aren't they all?

Why Not Outsource? Let Us Count the Ways

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Isenberg

Advocates claim there is "oodles of evidence" supporting private military contracting, but when you ask them to point you to just a single peer reviewed journal article, one gets blank stares.

Petraeus "Understands the Frustration" With Spending "Enormous Amounts of Money," But He'll Keep Spending It If You Let Him

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

News flash: if you can't turn the war effort around with 30,000 more troops at a cost of $1 million per troop, per year, maybe the military solutions aren't solutions after all.

Robert Gates' Budget Dance

Lawrence Korb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lawrence Korb

Why is the base defense budget higher than was projected and higher after Robert Gates made his reductions? The answer is simple. Most of the cuts he claimed credit for were not reductions.

Those Pentagon "Boondoggles"

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dorian de Wind

To call some of our most important defense programs "boondoggles" and to say that their elimination will actually enhance our national security is an overstatement.

Afghanistan War Not Worth the Burning of Children and Treasure

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Derrick Crowe

With our money fueling the insurgency and our killing of civilians driving more people to join the Taliban's side every week, it's little wonder that the insurgency continues to grow in size and sophistication.

Are House GOP Freshmen Seriously Interested In Cutting the Defense Budget?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Project On Government Oversight

By Nick Schwellenbach, crossposted with POGO There is no shortage of headlines with a variation on a theme such as: "Tea Party Declares War on Milita...

Republicans and Democrats Agree: Cut Aid for Poor People, Not Israel

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Medea Benjamin

As Republicans and Democrats propose cuts in programs that actually benefit their constituents, they agree there's one area of the budget that's not to be touched: the annual $3 billion subsidy taxpayers provide to the Israeli military.

Boeing Boondoggle: Pork Can Fly

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Scheer

"The gift that keeps on giving" should have been the headline on the Pentagon's decision to award the Boeing Co. a $35 billion defense contract. Defense of the nation, of course, had nothing to do with it.

Dollars for Defense

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Brenner

It's obvious that our foreign policy is to navigate abroad without a strategic gyroscope and only the most primitive of compasses. There is no strategic design -- certainly not an explicit one -- that is coherently articulated.

Elise Foley

House Approves Bill With Massive Spending Cuts After All-Night Session | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

***UPDATED*** WASHINGTON - After an all-night session, House Republicans early Saturday morning passed legislation that would slash $60 billion in ...

Chicken Littles Vindicated; Budget Hawks Don't Care: Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William S. Becker

There will come a time when nature metes out such sustained and brutal punishment that even the most cynical deniers will have to acknowledge climate ...

Fed Up Americans Run First-Ever Anti-Afghanistan-War TV Ad

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Greenwald

Our communities here in the U.S. are suffering in a terrible economic vise. When do we stop wasting money on this futile war and start getting serious about getting American back on its feet?

Shadow Elite: Grover Norquist -- Many GOP Legislators Privately Favor Afghanistan Withdrawal

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Janine R. Wedel

Grover Norquist, toast of the left? Well, not quite, but the longtime anti-tax activist has been winning favorable mention in seemingly unusual quarters recently for pushing a debate on withdrawing from Afghanistan.

JSF Likely Far More Expensive Than Aircraft They're Replacing

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Project On Government Oversight

Cross-posted on POGO's blog. This morning, veteran defense aerospace reporter Bill Sweetman took a look at the different unit costs of F-35 Joint Stri...

A Valentine's Day Message: From Russia with Love

Andy Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andy Stern

Russia's competition to succeed militarily at the expense of its domestic economy is cited as a key factor in its demise. On this Valentine's Day, America should heed that lesson.

Young Filmmakers Decry the Trillion-Dollar Cost of Two Dumb Wars

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Derrick Crowe

What would you do with $1 trillion? Unfortunately, one of Washington, D.C.'s answers over the last decade has been, "waste it on two wars that make us less safe and cause deep suffering at home and abroad."

Are We Ready to Cut Defense Spending? What the Polls Say

Carl Conetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Carl Conetta

Although neither the White House nor Congress seem eager to apply the deficit-reduction axe to the Pentagon's record-level budgets, the American public appears ready.

Amanda Terkel

Alan Simpson: Deficit Reduction Proposals Are A 'Sparrow Belch In The Midst Of The Typhoon' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Former senator Alan Simpson, who co-chaired President Obama's debt commission, blasted lawmakers for refusing to take on Medicare, Medic...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Senator To Pentagon: Get Finances In Order Or Face Deep Cuts | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Although many Republicans are still arguing that the Defense Department should be exempt from the belt-tightening the rest of the countr...

Americans: If You're Going to Cut, Cut Military Spending, Not Safety Nets

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Greenwald

If our policymakers were really serious about cutting wasteful government spending, they'd start with the war that's not making us safer and not worth the costs.

Republicans Split Over Plans To Cut Defense Budget

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

To hear the Republican leadership tell it, the once-sacred Pentagon budget, protected by the party for generations, is suddenly on the table. But a cl...

Obama's War, One Year Later: 195 Million Say No to War

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Greenwald

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the launch of President Obama's escalated military campaign in Afghanistan. One year later, violence is still getting worse and costs are skyrocketing.

Heed Eisenhower and King: Slash the Military Budget

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Home
Elliott Negin

When we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dwight D. Eisenhower this weekend, we also should remember their alarm bells about a bloated military establishment, which ring even truer today.

New York's Spending on the Afghanistan War Is Larger Than Its Budget Hole

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Robert Greenwald

Thanks to policymakers spending New York taxpayer money on the Afghanistan War instead of things like mass transit this year, the state lost 107,904 potential jobs, along with all the economic activity those jobs would create.