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You Can't Say That

Bill Zimmerman | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Bill Zimmerman

Common sense solutions like these, while painfully obvious, are entirely inadmissible within mainstream political dialogue. Why is that? Why can't common sense be applied to our defense expenditures, which now are almost equal to the rest of the world combined?

Arms Down

John Feffer | Posted 06.10.2012 | Home
John Feffer

We are in a dangerous zero-sum world in which a military reduction in the United States means a military increase somewhere else. To break out of this situation and create a virtuous circle of military reductions, we must pursue a three-prong strategy.

Obama By Default

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The GOP has defined itself indelibly as the party of moneyed greed and unfettered imperialism. The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama.

Calling It Quits in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 04.28.2012 | Home
Malou Innocent

How many more American soldiers and innocent Afghan civilians have to die before the Obama administration withdraws from Afghanistan?

Economic Consequences of War on U.S. Economy: Debt, Taxes and Inflation Increase; Consumption and Investment Decrease

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The organization for which I work, the Institute for Economics and Peace, released a new report this week detailing the macroeconomic effects of U.S. ...

Saying No to Militarism

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The grotesque insult of "austerity" in the shadow of limitless military spending is destroying our national sanity.

Our Man in Beijing?

John Feffer | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home
John Feffer

Sure, a Chinese leader might like American basketball or admire American business. But the essential fact is that he leads a political, economic, and military apparatus dedicated to preserving itself and the country's territorial integrity.

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.

Social Justice Quiz 2012: Thirteen Questions

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Question One. The combined pay of the 299 highest paid CEOs in the U.S. is enough to support how many median salary jobs?

Pentagon Unveils Strategic Downscaling

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home

By David Alexander and Jim Wolf WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The Pentagon unveiled a 2013 budget plan that would cut $487 billion in...

America's Emerging Military Posture

Michael_Doyle | Posted 03.24.2012 | Home

As the US cuts back its armed forces, other nations will upgrade theirs, which will require the US to constantly reevaluate its global military posture. The Pentagon will have to reorient itself and rely increasingly on regional allies to maintain stability acceptable to the US.

Flea-Markets and Foreign Aid: Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Rachel Cook | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Rachel Cook

In 2010, the United States spent 20 percent of its budget on Defense and Security, as opposed to less than 1 percent on non-security related international assistance. This 1 percent is less than half of the foreign aid budget of the 1980s, and even less of earlier decades. What's the deal?

Government Accounted For Nearly A Third Of All Layoffs In 2011: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

For government workers and financial sector employees, last year was a particularly bad one -- and 2012 likely won't be much better. More jobs were...

In Iowa, Peace Voters Turned Out for Ron Paul in Higher Numbers Than Anticipated

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

You could say the Iowa caucus was a coming-out party for the new Republican peace movement.

Military Budget Cuts: No Big Deal or Excellent Opportunity?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

Secretary Panetta is set to come out with his new "strategy" to offer his assessment on how to cut the military budget. The question: will it be the same old or will he have the courage to mandate what truly needs to be done to build a stellar military for America's national security needs?

Lesson From Iraq: Bring Back the Draft!

Stephen Hren | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Stephen Hren

If the Tea Party actually gave a damn about what the Founding Fathers said, they'd be screaming at the top of their lungs about getting rid of the most pernicious threat to our liberty and solvency that ever existed: our military.

Defense-Dependent Communities

Sanford Gottlieb | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Sanford Gottlieb

Defense factory workers, Pentagon civilians and restaurant owners near military bases, among others, have to start thinking of the possibility of life in the civilian economy. Fortunately, the U.S. has some experience in cushioning the impact of shifts in defense spending.

A Prudent Response to Chinese Military Modernization

Lawrence Korb | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

The War in Iraq has ended. Osama bin Laden is dead. NATO is looking at a 2014 date for significantly reducing operations in Afghanistan. Yet some conservatives are looking to continue the era of massive military spending increases.

How Revisionist Reporting Hurts Everyone

Max Stanley | Posted 02.14.2012 | Media
Max Stanley

Media lapdogs are marked by stenographic tendencies, sympathetic frames and a reliance on industry jargon. Politico's latest report about Congressional Republicans working to undo looming defense cuts meets all three criteria.

War-Weary Republicans Rebuke Romney On Afghanistan

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

On Iraq, Afghanistan, and military spending, Romney, Gingrich and most of the other candidates have mostly sung from the old-time Republican hymnal. Meanwhile, the great sea of Republicans has been doing Vatican II.

'It Is Like Holding A Gun To Your Own Head'

Nashua Patch | Robert Michaelson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

The Republican candidate zoned in on military defense and foreign policy issues as he addressed employees of the defense and security company. He b...

Little-Known Committee Pushing Corporate Change For The Military

Mother Jones | Adam Weinstein | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

With time fast running out for the so-called deficit supercommittee, the mammoth amount of government money spent on the military has become a prime t...

With 13,111 New Peace Voters, Ron Paul Can Win the Iowa Caucus

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If 2008 turnout and a recent Des Moines Register poll give an accurate picture of what would happen if the Iowa Republican presidential caucus were held today, new peace voters by January 3 could carry the Iowa caucus for Ron Paul.

New Report Reveals Shocking Amount Spent On Weapons After 9/11

Mother Jones | Adam Weinstein | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

Capitol Hill conservatives and Pentagon brass fighting cuts to defense spending have argued that the military is limping off the battlefield with decr...

Breaking Down Bases

John Feffer | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
John Feffer

Our elected representatives are desperate to find cuts in military spending that won't lead to job loss among their constituents. One cut would not compromise employment at home: U.S. overseas bases.