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US Military Spending

On ISIS, Military Might and the Republicans

Dana Agmon | Posted 03.14.2017 | Politics
Dana Agmon

In an interview with CNN on February 8, Senator Ted Cruz said, "In my view, American boots on the ground should always be the last step, and we need t...

Hagel's Departure Should Open Debate on Obama's Wars

Medea Benjamin | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was supposed to steer the Pentagon away from a decade of war, including bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and paving the way for a reduction in the Pentagon budget.

Cost Of Military Jet Could House Every Homeless Person In U.S. With $600,000 Home

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact

It's no news that a large portion of our federal tax dollars goes towards defense spending. But your jaw might drop at the cost of the newest jet man...

Battling Indefensible Cuts: Reduce Wasteful Defense Spending Instead of Troops and Benefits

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced an initiative by the Obama administration to significantly reduce military spending over five years.

U.S. Aid and Human Rights Violations in Philippines

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

By Vanessa Lucas and Azadeh Shahshahani On December 10, Filipinos held rallies in key cities around the country to commemorate Human Rights Day and b...

Salt and Terror in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Several articles on Afghanistan's worsening hunger crisis, appearing in the Western press, prompt readers to ask how Afghanistan could be receiving vast sums of non-military aid and yet still struggle with severe acute malnourishment among children under age five.

John Celock

Sequester Will Cut Military Spending In Every State | John Celock | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Department of Defense officials told state lieutenant governors Thursday to plan for possible base closures and cutbacks in civilian wor...

The Real Scandal Involving Generals

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

How can we be sure the Department of Defense is receiving unbiased counsel from retired officials whose livelihoods now depends on maximizing profits for their new employers?

How Hawkish Are Americans?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.24.2012 | Home
Lawrence Wittner

Americans favor a less militarized U.S. government approach to world affairs than currently exists. Perhaps the time has come for politicians to catch up with them!

Monopolizing War? What America Knows How to Do Best

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.13.2012 | Home
Tom Engelhardt

It's pop-quiz time when it comes to the American way of war: three questions, torn from the latest news, just for you. Good luck!

Republican Offers Up Medicare For More Cuts

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

The Republican nominee for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat, Rep. Jeff Flake, is being criticized in a new web ad for suggesting that Medicare be cut i...

Hey, Big Spender!

Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics

The United States spends 58 percent of the total defense dollars paid out by the world's top 10 military powers, which combined for $1.19 trillion in ...

Unlike Mitt Romney, Most Americans Want to Cut U.S. Military Spending

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Lawrence Wittner

On some issues, there is a serious disconnect between candidates for public office and the public they are hoping to represent. Take the case of Mitt Romney and military spending.

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.

Republicans Need More Than Rhetoric On Defense

The Washington Post | David Ignatius February 9, 2012 | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

Through 11 presidential elections, beginning with the Democrats’ nomination of George McGovern in 1972, Republicans have enjoyed a presumption of su...

Summing Up

Nick Mills | Posted 03.03.2012 | Home
Nick Mills

Every year's glories, catastrophes, triumphs and defeats are added to the long march of history; no year stands alone. One of the common ways to sum up a year is numerically.

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.

'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...

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.

Elise Foley

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

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...

Cold War Redux: Is China Trying To Bankrupt The U.S.?

The Diplomat | Brad Glosserman | Posted 08.13.2011 | Home

One popular narrative credits the end of the Cold War to a US strategy to bankrupt the Soviet Union. Well aware of the advantage conferred by its supe...

Hawks Fighting the Wrong War on China

William Hartung | Posted 07.18.2011 | Home
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.

Can Americans Who Oppose War and Empire Work Together?

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Or will both sides generalize about the worst of the other and allow militarists to win? Senator Lindsay Graham, a war supporting senator from South ...

The End of (Military) History? The United States, Israel, and the Failure of the Western Way of War

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Bacevich

Although Western liberalism may retain considerable appeal, the Western way of war has run its course.

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?