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You Can Be a Patriot Or a Profiteer... But You Can't Be Both

(95) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 11:17 AM

This week, the three military contractors that do the most business with the Pentagon announced their quarterly profits for 2012. Their profits continue to grow while they push Washington, D.C. to protect their budgets at the expense of the rest of us.

Here’s the breakdown so far for this year: 

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In Afghanistan, the Dam Breaks

(70) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 2:51 PM

The news just keeps getting worse in Afghanistan for the United States. Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project has warned for years that the premises of a counterinsurgency there were unrealistic and unworkable, and the ability of a handful of bad actors to completely seize control of the narrative with...

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Sorry's Not Good Enough in Afghanistan. Here's Why

(312) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 12:44 PM

As violence continues following the burning of Qurans by ISAF in Afghanistan, insiders in Washington, D.C. and in the media are wasting quite a bit of breath asking the rhetorical question, "Why aren't the apologies working?" Military commanders in Afghanistan apologized profusely, President Obama exposed himself to the demagoguery of...

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No More "King-Washing" the Pentagon, Please

(25) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 8:46 AM

"A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, "This way of settling differences is not just." This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins...

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The Devil Is in the Details of the Pentagon's Plan

(8) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 6:14 PM

Will super-rich war-industry CEOs be able to keep bilking taxpayers out of hundreds of billions of dollars? That's the question everyone should be asking after today's announcement of the new strategic guidelines for the Pentagon. With the new guidance promising only to slow -- not reverse -- the growth of...

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War Industry's Accountants Can't Count

(52) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 12:23 PM

The war profiteers' shady lobbying campaign took another hit to its credibility today, as an accounting firm on which they relied to support their bogus "military spending = jobs" argument was cited for severe audit deficiencies.

As our new War Costs short video shows, the war industry's Second To...

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No Success in Iraq -- Unless You're a War Profiteer

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 11:06 AM

Nothing about the Iraq fiasco should be called a success, despite President Obama's attempt to provide closure to the troops misused and abused since the launch of that war. We must remember the truth about this catastrophic, unpopular, vicious war, and we must fight the strong national impulse to...

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After the Deficit Committee, A New Propaganda Push From the War Profiteers

(394) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 2:04 PM

Since the deficit committee officially failed to produce a plan as of last week, expect the war profiteer spin to hit the fan. Here's an early warning of what to expect, courtesy of Reuters last week:

Failure of a special congressional committee to strike a deficit-reduction deal is...

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The Only Job a War Industry CEO Cares About: His Own

(7) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 3:39 AM

In their attempt to protect pay packages that would shame a Goldman Sachs executive, the CEOs of the biggest military contractors are again releasing bogus "analysis" on job creation related to massive military budgets. Don't be fooled: the spin coming out of the Second To None lobbying front is about...

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Lockheed Martin's CEO Wants Your Social Security Check

(149) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 6:08 AM

The law that created the deficit committee also created a zero-sum game: Any expensive program that escapes the budget knife does so at the expense of cuts to other programs. If the military contractors succeed in keeping the war budget intact, they'll likely do so at the expense of Social...

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Panetta Starts Singing Contractors' Tune After Closed-Door Meeting

(30) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 6:16 AM

Well, that didn't take very long.

Two days ago, while representatives of war profiteers were on the Hill trying to push elected officials to protect their profit margins from the deficit committee, heads of the war industry met in a closed-door meeting with Defense Secretary Panetta. The next day,...

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The War Industry: Bad Job Creators, Bad Bosses, Bad Stewards of Tax Dollars

(72) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 11:32 PM

On Tuesday, the military contractors behind the "Second To None" campaign pleaded "no comment" to our War Costs campaign's full-page Politico ad exposing the economic damage caused by massive war budgets. The same day, they announced a press conference and the upcoming launch of a national campaign...

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Military Contractors Make Their Move on the Deficit Committee

(35) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 2:38 PM

The new deficit commission is holding its first substantive meeting on Tuesday, and the military contractors are out in force to protect their profits. They'll be working to cash in on hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign donations and lobbying spending, and they'll deploy their favorite (and bogus) "jobs"...

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The War Budget Is Burning Down Our Economy

(28) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 1:41 PM

President Obama will talk jobs tonight. Good. That's what we should have been talking about all year. Here's all thirty-five words of our suggested script for the speech:

"Good evening. To get American working again, we must cut our massive war budget and find better ways to spend that...

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193,000 Jobs: The True Cost of the Wasted $60 Billion in Iraq and Afghanistan

(202) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 12:03 PM

193,000 jobs. That's what we could have created, at minimum, for the money that war contractors wasted in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that "as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade...

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Pentagon's Scare Campaign Based On Budget Spin, Not Facts

(122) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 2:35 PM

If you thought we were going to have a rational, fact-based debate about cuts to the out-of-control military budget in this country, think again. The Pentagon and their war industry allies are mounting an aggressive, fear-based campaign of hyperbole and spin to scare Congress away from cuts that could affect...

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War Budget Cuts Possible if We Counter Contractors' Multimillion-Dollar Campaign Spending

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 1:57 PM

The deal worked out to allow a rise in the debt ceiling gives us our first real chance in more than a decade to make significant cuts to our country's out-of-control war budget, but we are going to have to fight for them. The war industry is already deploying their...

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How to Cut Hundreds of Billions in War Spending

(198) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 6:50 PM

The debt limit crisis that's consumed Washington, D.C. created an unexpected silver lining: the first opportunity in a decade to make real cuts to our runaway military budget. The deal reached to allow a rise in the debt limit "includes about $350 billion in guaranteed cuts for the Pentagon...

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General Petraeus' Parting Spin

(87) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 4:55 PM

On his way out of Afghanistan, General David Petraeus continues to throw out deceptive spin about the direction of the conflict in that country. The general wants to use cherry-picked numbers and vague characterizations to paint the insurgents as reeling under an assault by his pet counterinsurgency campaign, but big-picture...

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Shift Against War Spending a Sign of People Power

(10) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 11:32 AM

Here's some good news for your Monday morning: your agitation against profligate war spending is bearing fruit in Washington, DC. Public pressure, generated in part by the Rethink Afghanistan community, our allies and supporters, has put defense spending front-and-center in the budget debate, with representatives from both sides of...

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