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Military Budget

Is the War on Terror Worth the Price?

Dennis Trainor | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

When one considers how completely out of whack our defense budget is in the post 9/11 age of perpetual war, the cuts will still leave us with a military budget that dwarfs all other countries combined.

Sequester Cuts Could Have Scary Consequences For Troops

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan next year may see their war tours extended because budget cuts will drastically limit training for...

President Obama Must Prepare for the Sequester Squeeze Play

Charles Knight | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Charles Knight

The Republican's main objective is to use the pain of sequester to force Democrats into accepting reductions in social and health security accounts. To achieve this end they are willing to let the Pentagon take a temporary hit and they are confident it will be temporary.

They're Wagging the Dog

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Today, politicians are happily feeding a complicit media a made-up story about a "fiscal cliff" and a nation that is too broke to pay the bills. Don't believe the hype.

Heeding Eisenhower Now Needed More Than Ever

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Despite the prescient warnings of past presidents, who were also leading generals, the expanding war industry is now militarizing our public budgets, foreign policy, civil liberties and commercial culture as never before.

Cutting in All the Wrong Places

Lawrence Korb | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Solving the underlying causes for conflict through diplomacy and development comes at a fraction of the cost compared to military intervention. The United States is too often caught reacting to a crisis without having made concerted efforts to prevent it in the first place.

Obama Must Rewrite His Foreign Policy Legacy

Laura Carlsen | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

To stand up to a retooled and more powerful than ever military-industrial establishment requires boldness and a deep commitment to peace. If President Obama seeks to leave a meaningful legacy in his second term, this is the place to start.

Don't Fall for the Phony "Fiscal Cliff"

Bruce Hartford | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Bruce Hartford

The U.S. spends almost as much money on its military as all other nations in the world combined. Roughly 54 percent of the federal budget goes for past, present, and future wars. Why do we spend so much?

'Big Piggybank' Targeted For Cuts

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The military, a beneficiary of robust budg...

Expect 8 More Years of War With Romney

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
DeeDee Garcia Blase

It's one thing for our military to ask for an increase -- but they didn't ask for it to begin with. Sound familiar?

Harry S. Truman Still Gives 'Em Hell at Sea

Eric Gertler | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Eric Gertler

As our C-2A Greyhound transport plane landed on the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier last week, our group had no idea what to expect for the next 24 hours we were spending aboard the nuclear-powered Nimitz carrier.

Free Education and More Jobs in 400 Words

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

We're doomed to have never-ending deficits and wars until we allow alternative ideas into the mainstream conversation.

Standardized Testing for Elected Officials

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Rahm Emanuel wants to cheapen education to make it conform to a standardized testing model. So how about we come up with standardized testing models to see how our do-nothing politicians measure up?

Afghanistan's Base Bonanza

Nick Turse | Posted 11.04.2012 | World
Nick Turse

With the U.S. military officially drawing down its troops, the Pentagon is embarking on a major deconstruction program. But anyone who wanted to know just what was built in Afghanistan won’t have an easy time of it.

Tailspin or Stall? Challenges Face New USAF Chief But Money Not the Problem

Lawrence Korb | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Even those who believe that modernization is more important to the Air Force than any other pressing issues should be encouraged by the actual budget data. The Air Force is not locked in a "downward spiral" but is dealing, like the rest of our military, with a drawdown from war and a tight fiscal situation.

The Loneliness Of The Truth Teller

Daniel C. Maguire | Posted 10.11.2012 | Religion
Daniel C. Maguire

One has to wonder how the biblical prophets would deal with things like our military budget and our American health care "system" -- and our refusal to face the truth about either one of them.

House Adopts 2013 Pentagon Budget Increase

Renee Parsons | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Viewing the recent House of Representatives debate on the 2013 Defense Appropriations bill (HR 5856) was as disorienting as if living in an alternate reality.

Defense Hawk Says Cut the Nuclear Arsenal

Benjamin Loehrke | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics
Benjamin Loehrke

To have a capable military on an affordable budget, excessive or outdated programs must be cut. His solution is that nukes should be on the chopping block. It's strong advice.

On Military Budgets and Spiritual Death

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Nicolas J.S. Davies

As Martin Luther King told us, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." What kind of society can regard such indiscriminate violence and taking of life as a justifiable form of defense?

Would It Make a Difference to Progressives If Norman Solomon Goes to Congress?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A key paradox for progressives of our national political life goes something like this: everybody complains about Congress, but nobody does anything about it.

House Moots Afghan Exit, Iran War, Military Budget, and 'Signature' Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

According to the way the House operates, the authorization bill is the most open opportunity to challenge current policy. When the House considers the appropriations bill, amendments can be offered to cut money for specific programs.

The Enemies We Love

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Obama's proposed cuts, part of a strategic rebalancing towards greater investment in infrastructure, education, and other long-term sources of American strength, are relative -- at worst, they represent a flatlining of defense spending.

Budget Control Act: Military Cuts Will Cover the Social Security Shortfall

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A key reason that it's relatively easy to scaremonger about predictions regarding Social Security's finances decades in the future is that the language often used to talk about Social Security's finances isn't immediately comparable to anything else that most people can relate to.

Veterans and Service Member Benefits -- A Deal's a Deal

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

We promise to provide the veterans and active service members with the full set of benefits available at the time they signed up. That set of implicit, but sacred, promises is now being threatened.

The Hidden Costs of Star Creep: Generals Making More in Retirement Than in Service

Ben Freeman | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Our troops need to know that in this tight fiscal climate they still have our complete support. Former top commanders raking in seven figure salaries from taxpayers while active duty soldiers bear the brunt of the cuts sends the opposite message.