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Military Industrial Complex

Reflections on an Anniversary

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The other superpower, the citizens of a world in constant transformation, ever striving to build a more just and far-reaching peace, is alive, radiant, and quietly creating the future with countless initiatives to calm the heart of violence.

Corporations Profit from Permanent War: Memorial Day 2010

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Corporations are profiting from wars and lobbying politicians for more. The US, and the rest of the world, cannot afford the rising personal and financial costs of permanent war.

The Top Five Reasons I'd Boff Dick Cheney

The DC Damsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The DC Damsel

In honor of his, fifth, yes count em, fifth heart attack, I've decided to salute former vice president and 2010 CPAC hero, Dick Cheney, by proclaiming...

Dueling With This David Made Me Feel Like a Mental Goliath

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

I did the David Sirota radio show. Some Westword media columnist hyped it in advance as a "cage match." The only cage I saw was the one Sirota kept rattling, while making a monkey of himself.

When Militarism 'Invades' Medicine...Doctatorship Happens

Dana Ullman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

Our medical thinking has become totally militaristic. It is not just happenstance that doctors proudly assert that they seek to attack illness, combat disease, kill infective agents, and create a war on cancer.

The Global War on Stealth Underwear

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The "systematic failure" in the nation's security -- as President Obama labeled the botched 12/24 airplane attack -- derives from the mistaken assumption that terrorism is a military rather than a criminal threat.

Talking the Talk: An Exercise in Irony From West Point to Oslo

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

If Barack Obama were truly seeking to apply Eisenhower's wisdom, he would need to examine whether his Afghan plan is not the very kind of "spectacular and costly action" against which Eisenhower once warned.

Is the Military-Industrial Complex Using Gen. McChrystal to "Potty Train" Obama on Afghanistan?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The McChrystal affair is a vivid reminder of the huge pressures powerful vested interests can place on a new president to protect the status quo and prevent meaningful change.

What Obama Is Up Against

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

We Americans harbor a quaint belief that a new president takes charge of a government that eagerly awaits his next command. But that's not how things work at the top, especially where "national security" is concerned.

The Oligarchy Wins Again!

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The health reform bill the corporate oligarchy just purchased from the best Congress money can buy has investors stoked, as the soaring stock prices of health industry corporations reach a 52-year high point!

Some Simple Questions After Obama's Afghanistan War Speech

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Where's the antiwar movement and the marches and the organizing and the protesting? Where are all those well-funded groups that protested George W. Bush's war policy?

A State of Perpetual War

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

America is in a state of perpetual war. Before it was the Cold War, and now it is the War on Terror. The boogeyman du jour is Al Qaeda and Islamic terrorism rather than Communism.

My Dialogue with President Obama

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen C. Rose

Relax. This is a way of writing. It is imagined. The scene is a room in the White House, setting is informal. The President has asked if I prefer that and I do.

'They Can Make Me Do Anything, Ben, Can't They? Anything.'

Max Keiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Keiser

I hear shrieks of Obama being surrounded by 'radical leftists' and 'Marxists' -- the very same propaganda codewords used by the military industrial complex when paving the way for a coup in Latin America.

A Lesson From History

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The fact that Eisenhower and Khrushchev could meet and share ideas speaks volumes to the need to reach out to the world community to solve what sometimes seem to be intractable problems.

A Level-4 Biolab Grows in Boston: Pathogens Welcome

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

We are in the grips of a military-industrial complex for whom projects such as the Boston Biolab are as much meat and potatoes as any multi-billion dollar weapon system, no matter how dubious the need.

With Missile Shield Change, National Interests Get a Leg Up on the Military-Industrial Complex

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Remember the good-old days when the perceived Soviet threat was a constant opportunity for politicians, bureaucrats and interest groups to stimulate new arms races?

Media Mud Pies: CNN's Embarrassing Response to Fox

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

In response to Fox's childish and embarrassing ad in the Washington Post that challenged competitors' coverage of the 9/12 teabaggers, CNN is airing this equally chilidish and embarrassing ad.

Defense Contractors And Lobbyists Team Up To Grease Arms Deal

Sunlight Foundation. | Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Defense Department's request last week for congressional approval of the sale of $8 billion worth of PAC-3 missiles to Turkey was the latest victo...

Moment of Truth In Afghanistan, Iran, Israel-Palestine, Southeast Asia, Africa, FSU

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen C. Rose

In all these situations, violence is active or incipient. In all of them, there is no solution being proposed that promises an end to the prospect of more of the same.

Healthcare: Don't Scapegoat Obama

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

We have replaced our dream of Democracy with a squalid oligarchy whose corruption is disguised by our embrace of a shabby illusion of freedom that comes in the form of material well-being.

Sahil Kapur

Military-Industrial Complex Loses F-22 Battle, But Still Reigns Strong | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The military-industrial complex may have lost the battle over funding for F-22s, but defense contractors continue to prevail in the fight to finance p...

Ryan Grim

Senate Beats Back Military-Industrial Complex In Historic Vote | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama won a major victory in the Senate Tuesday in a dogfight that has major, long-term implications for his agenda. The Senate, by a vote ...

Can We Stop Being a Superpower, Please?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

A group of misguided neocon gunslingers led the U.S. to a catastrophe. Have we come to the point where disillusionment will lead us where we need to go: the end of playing the superpower role?

Sahil Kapur

Defense Contractors Lobby For More F-22s, Obama Threatens Veto | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The F-22 stealth fighter jets may no longer be needed, but its manufacturers, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, are lobbying aggressively to keep them in th...