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U.S. Soldiers Punished for Not Attending Christian Concert

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

"Spiritual fitness" is the military's new term for promoting religion, particularly evangelical Christianity. And this concert series is no different.

The Unified Security Budget: Getting the Most Bang for Our National Security Buck

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Don Kraus

If dollars previously spent on certain military projects are simply shifted to other Defense department programs, is the U.S. really going to be any safer as a result?

Pentagon Spending -- Music Goes Round, and Round...

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

There is no Team B in the ring for the defense spending debate. There is no strategic analysis; it is simply studied justification for projecting the status quo into the far future.

CON GAMES: Military-Industrial Complex @ 50

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

I can't tell you why, and I can't tell you where, but I can tell you that I spent an exceedingly comfortable evening having cocktails in the company of the American military-industrial complex.

Cut Social Security? Are the Democrats Crazy?

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is sounding the alarm around deficit spending, using exaggerated rhetoric to heighten deficit fear at a time when more spending is needed.

Is Obama a Reagan Democrat?

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Samuels

While the Republicans don't seemed bothered by the fact that they are causing a second recession by refusing to send aid to states, Obama can pay for a second stimulus by eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

Buck Up, America! Your Best Days Are Still Ahead

Frankie Sturm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frankie Sturm

America remains the strongest and most influential country in the world. However, according to a recent poll, 58 percent of Americans don't believe it. Who could blame them?

Why We Must Reduce Military Spending

Rep. Barney Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barney Frank

It is irrefutably clear to us that if we do not make substantial cuts in the projected levels of Pentagon spending, we will do substantial damage to our economy and dramatically reduce our quality of life.

Why Johnny Can't March: School Food as National Security Threat

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

Last week an organization of retired military officers called Mission: Readiness published their findings that more than one quarter of Americans age 17-24 are "Too fat to fight."

To Fix America's Fiscal Crisis Go to those Who Profited from Deficit Spending and Look at It's Real Causes

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

The United States can be fiscally responsible and meet the urgent necessities of the American people by stopping corporate welfare to concentrated ind...

We've Changed Our General, Now It's Time to Change Our Policy in Afghanistan

David Cicilline | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Cicilline

This year alone, American taxpayers will spend $100 billion on our involvement in Afghanistan -- roughly five times more than Afghanistan's GDP. Yet this is a conflict which still has no clear definition of success.

After Health Care: Now the Harder Part

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Radical change is required in at least three areas: the financial system; the military; and energy policy. The first two have to be downsized, and our dependency on fossil fuels has to be minimized.

The Relevance Gap: Why Excellence Alone Won't Lead You to Greatness

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Unfortunately, many organizations don't fully grasp the need to pursue both excellence and relevance simultaneously.

Gates: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Could Be Vetoed Because Of Budget Battle

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says President Barack Obama could end up vetoing legislation that would lift the ban on gays serving...

37 Things Worse Than The KFC Double Down

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Morford

Last week's column on the gut-clenching KFC Double Down got me thinking. What else can you shove into your body if you really despise yourself? Shall we list a few?

Entering the Soviet Era in America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Drunk on war as Washington may be, the U.S. is still not the Soviet Union in 1991 -- not yet. But it's not the triumphant "sole superpower" anymore either.

Weekly Diaspora: Obama Deploys Troops to Border Amid Rising Civil Disobedience

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Erin Rosa, Media Consortium blogger President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he would be deploying 1,200 National Guard troops to the Mexic...

Guns vs. Butter 2010

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

The Bush-era rationale for our overseas misadventures was always: We'll fight 'em over there, so we don't have to fight 'em over here. Today, it seems, we're fighting to create jobs for 'em over there, while we don't have enough jobs for our people over here.

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.

Putting the Pentagon on a Budget

Christopher Hellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Hellman

After a decade and a half of unparalleled budget growth, top Defense Department officials are finally talking about the possible end of their spending spree. And they're not alone.

Battling the Bipartisan Consensus for War

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Peace should be America's natural condition. Unfortunately, it will not be so as long as today's unnatural alliance of liberal and neoconservative hawks runs U.S. foreign policy.

Defense Secretary Wants Defense Spending Cuts...Really

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

Big military is big government. The President is the Commander-in-Chief of the military. You can't be against government and be pro-military. That's like being anti-rain but pro-precipitation.

Gates: We Can Cut Military Spending

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

Last week, Robert Gates acknowledged that the United States has such a huge lead in conventional military power that we can afford to do without a few ships here, a few planes there.

Pondering China's Military Budget

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric C. Anderson

Beijing announced China's declared defense budget will only increase by 7.5% this year -- the slowest rate in 20 years.

Time for US Revolution - Fifteen Reasons

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bill Quigley

It is time for a revolution. Government does not work for regular people. It appears to work quite well for big corporations, banks, insurance compa...