As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, the quest for a new enemy is underway. The armed services, select corporations, and politicians who wrap themselves in the flag are all zeroing in on China.
Politically, there may be reasons why Congress has supported the National Defense Authorization Act, including the many earmarks that bring costly projects to members' districts. But as a matter of national security and American principles, the bill is a disaster.
If Panetta had been interested in logical relevance, though, he wouldn't have referred to the past at all. He would have focused on the present, and in the present, we spend more on our military than the rest of the world spends combined.
Panetta and his counterparts in the war industry can play Chicken Little all they want about war budget spending cuts, but they can't change the simple fact that military spending is terrible at creating jobs.
Since the Republican Party now worships at the altar of "Saint Ronald of Reagan," it's always fun to point out the hard, cold fact that Reagan would simply not be acceptable to the Republican Party as it stands today.
The decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to prohibit the Pentagon from enforcing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) law has caused new and unnecessary confusion as this protracted process continues to languish without final resolution.
Last year more than 3,000 incidents of sexual assault were reported throughout the U.S. Armed Forces. We cannot tolerate our military men and women being in an unsafe environment in their own military community.
Having just gotten back from a trip abroad where the news was dominated by the story of a politician facing severe consequences for his sexual misconduct, I opened up the pages of the American news to find... well, pretty much the same thing.