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Military Spending

Enormous Cuts In Military Spending? Read The Fine Print

Medea Benjamin | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

In this age of austerity, all the politicians are talking about the need for spending cuts. But when it comes to shared burdens and slashed budgets, don't expect the Pentagon to start holding bake sales anytime soon.

Alexander Eichler

Real Impact, Extent Of Defense Cuts Remains Hard To Predict | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business

The debt deal reached by the White House and congressional Republicans this Sunday includes $350 billion in security cuts over the next 10 years, with...

Michael McAuliff

Debt Ceiling Deal That Cuts Trillions, Creates 'Super Congress' Announced By Party Leaders | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders and President Obama on Sunday night announced they've cut a deal to avert a historic U.S. default, saying they hav...

Advice Hillary Clinton Should, But Won't, Give to Economically-Strapped Greece

Medea Benjamin | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Medea Benjamin

Don't count on Hillary Clinton advocating an austerity plan for Greece or the United States -- that would alienate her friends in the weapons business.

Why Is the Most Wasteful Government Agency Not Part of the Deficit Discussion?

David Morris | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
David Morris

Any serious battle plan to reduce the deficit must take on the Pentagon. When debt ceilings and deficits seem to be the only two items on Washington's agenda it is both revealing and tragic that both parties give a free pass to military spending.

Lucia Graves

Republican Spending Measure Targets EPA, Conservation | Lucia Graves | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans outlined a fiscal 2012 spending bill on Wednesday that would sharply cut the Department of the Interior's conservation...

Peace Is the New War: Keys to 21st Century Citizenship

John Tarnoff | Posted 09.05.2011 | World
John Tarnoff

While I have tremendous respect for those who serve in the military, 21st century citizenship needs to reframe the meaning of nationalism and civic pride as a commemoration of Peace, not War.

President Obama's Political Sepulcher

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.

Elise Foley

WATCH: Cost Of Wars In Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan To Reach $3.7 Trillion | Elise Foley | Posted 08.29.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The United States will have spent a total of $3.7 trillion on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, costing 225,000 lives and creating...

Zach Carter

Gates Downplays Troop Cuts in Afghanistan | Zach Carter | Posted 08.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged on Sunday that the U.S. State Department is in direct talks with the Taliban in Afg...

No Longer Number 1!

Alyn Ware | Posted 08.04.2011 | World
Alyn Ware

As a New Zealander living part-time in the United States for nearly two decades, I have until now been perplexed by the American compulsion to have to...

Michael Sky is Dying

Norm Stamper | Posted 07.20.2011 | Books
Norm Stamper

Unless you live on a small, green island off Washington State, or haven't read his books or participated in his workshops, you've probably not heard of Michael Sky. He is a dear friend, and he is dying.

Time to End Outdated Military Spending, Not Medicare

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Before politicians try to cut spending by breaking the promises made to our seniors, we ought to be looking at ways to cut the number of unnecessary Cold War-era installations overseas while keeping our armed forces the strongest in the world.

Hawks Fighting the Wrong War on China

William Hartung | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
William Hartung

The hawks of the military-industrial complex who are hyping the Chinese threat to justify record military budgets are fighting the wrong war, to the detriment of our security.

America's "Shoot 'Em Up, Lock 'Em Up" Mentality Is Its Undoing

David A. Love | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

It is hard to shake off bad habits and the U.S. has a number of them. The addiction to remaining in a permanent state of war is one of the largest and most problematic.

Simon Johnson: Is There Too Much Federal Debt?

The New York Times | Simon Johnson | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business

In the nation’s latest fiscal mood swing, the mainstream consensus has swung from “we must extend the Bush tax cuts” (in November and December 2...

Does Isaiah's Peaceful Prophecy Have A Chance?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

The death of Osama bin Laden and the recent budget debates in Washington give us lenses into the tension between the support for war and movement toward fulfilling Isaiah's vision.

The War in Afghanistan: A Burden Taxpayers Can't Afford

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

No one likes to pay taxes, but most Americans understand our country is stronger because we collectively fund our national priorities. But we shouldn't be asking constituents to sacrifice unnecessarily for a counterproductive war.

Amanda Terkel

How Much Are You Paying For The War In Afghanistan? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.18.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- As Americans breathe a sigh of relief over finally filing the returns on what they owe (or are owed from) Uncle Sam this Tax Day, the pr...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: GOP Lawmaker Claims Every Time The U.S. Has Cut Taxes, Revenue Has Gone Up | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress addresses the federal deficit and begins debating next year's budget, a centerpiece of the conversation is whether to raise ...

Endless War and Empire: Your Tax Dollars at Work

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

While John Boehner and Barack Obama might disagree on some things, there's one area they can agree on: War. And the need for more of it.

The War On Soft Power

Foreign Policy | Posted 06.14.2011 | World

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress struggled until the 11th hour to agree on budget cuts that would avert a government shutdown. The ...

Woe to You, Legislators!

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The president's fiscal message this week was on point, and will have to be repeated over and over again in the months ahead against all the pressures to compromise.

Autocratic Deafness

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The geopolitics of today's world is a hellish cauldron of competing and temporarily interlocking interests, with violence, coercion and domination the only known standards for conflict resolution.

Libya War Is No Pentagon Lifeline

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2011 | World
John Feffer

If you believe the Libya operation justifies current U.S. military spending levels -- or even an increase -- think again.