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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?

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.

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.

A Titanic Budget in an Ocean of Icebergs: Will the USS Budget Go Down?

Jo Comerford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jo Comerford

A serious look at the budget reveals some "leaks" -- two in actual spending practices and two in the basic assumptions that undergird the budget itself. Ship-shape as it may look on the surface, this is a budget perilously close to an iceberg.

An American World of War: What to Watch for in 2010

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Let's pause a moment as the New Year begins and take stock of ourselves as what we truly are: the preeminent war-making machine on planet Earth. Let's consider just what the American way of war might have in store for us in 2010.

As Washington Talks Iraq Withdrawal, the Pentagon Builds Up Bases in the Region

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

Washington is sending tremendous amounts of military material into autocratic Middle Eastern nations and building-up bases in countries whose governments often prefer that no publicity be given to the growing American military "footprint."

How Many Enemies, How Much Military Spending?

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Washington is spending more today on its military now than it did when the U.S. was confronting the Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact, Maoist China, and assorted Third World autocracies. Whatever could justify such outlays?

F-22 Vote Worries Arms Investors

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

Even with the president and the secretary of defense on the right side, it took what President Eisenhower called "an alert and knowledgeable citizenry" to put the anti-F-22 effort over the top.

Defense Secretary Scores Spending Cuts, But Not Satisfied: "It Would Be Nice To Win Our Current Wars"

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Robert Gates is on a roll. Question is, how long will it last? The politically savvy defense secretary scored big legislative wins...

Will President Obama's Defense Budget Bankrupt America?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

At a time when the US in sinking deeper in debt amid a devastating economic crisis, does a bloated military budget that requires Chinese loans to finance represent a true enhancement of national security?

A Ten-Point Solartopian Starter Agenda for the Age of Obama

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan must end. The healing -- moral, spiritual, economic, and in terms of violence -- can only begin when the US leaves these battlefields.

Will Obama be a Peacemaker?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Clearly, what the world desperately needs from America and its new president is a peacemaker, not another warrior.

Russia Threatens American Hegemony with Fighter Jets to Lebanon

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

After suffering serious losses during the 2006 summer war with Israel, Hezbollah reportedly increased its weapons arsenal three-fold, though they should have disarmed.

Peggy's Confusion: Some "Political Bullsh*t" About John McCain

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

When it serves him politically to condemn Halliburton's abuses, he takes that view. When he's running for president and seeking to establish his bonafides with the Republican base, a different John McCain emerges.

Pentagon Wants Record Budget For 2009

New York Times | Thom Shanker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Congress and the public focus on more than $600 billion already approved in supplemental budgets to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and fo...