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War Costs

Does Romney Think the Pentagon Needs More Marching Bands, NASCAR Sponsorships?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

The Romney ticket pledged this week to "retroactively" reverse any sequestration cuts to the Pentagon -- and push for the House budget that slashed funding for social programs, like food stamps -- all in an effort to protect profits for their war-profiteering friends.

Ike's Nightmare

Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

Fifty-one years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his final, prescient warning about the rising power of the military industrial complex. Eisenhower was right to be worried. We're living in his nightmare.

No More "King-Washing" the Pentagon, Please

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Last year at this time, the Pentagon used the words of a friend of the King family to insinuate that, though King's plain words decry all forms of violence and war, today's wars are different and he would "understand" them.

War Industry's Accountants Can't Count

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

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.

How Revisionist Reporting Hurts Everyone

Max Stanley | Posted 02.14.2012 | Media
Max Stanley

Media lapdogs are marked by stenographic tendencies, sympathetic frames and a reliance on industry jargon. Politico's latest report about Congressional Republicans working to undo looming defense cuts meets all three criteria.

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

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 02.14.2012 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

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.

Will Blackwater Ever Do Right?

Max Stanley | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Max Stanley

It was like a meaningless coda, as the war contractors at Blackwater USA changed its name again, two weeks after delivering Katy Helvenston-Wettengel another insult. She has been fighting for justice and accountability for the death of her son, a Blackwater employee.

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

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

We've got to push back with the truth: military spending costs jobs compared to other ways of spending the money.

Top 5 Taxpayer Turkeys Fattening War Industry CEOs

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

As Americans take stock this Thanksgiving holiday, we thought it appropriate we expose some other turkeys that the war industry is celebrating this holiday season.

The Myth of Military Contracting

Max Stanley | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Max Stanley

The war industry stood back with glee when it released a shoddy study that produced the sought-after deceptive headlines about defense spending, the magic sauce of job creation.

Meet the 0.01 Percent: War Profiteers

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

There's the top 1% of wealthy Americans (bankers, oil tycoons, hedge fund managers) and there's the top 0.01% of wealthy Americans: the military contractor CEOs.

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

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

CEOs of the biggest military contracting corporations published a report today that has absolutely no use in predicting the actual economic effects of cuts to the military budget.

Bursting Leon Panetta's Spending Spin Bubble (VIDEO)

Robert Greenwald and Max Stanley | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Max Stanley

Americans hit hardest by the jobs crisis are fighting their own battles here at home, and we're standing with them. It's time Washington D.C. get on the right side of the line in the sand.

Why Tax the Rich to Pay for More War?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.29.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Ordinarily, I think of myself as a card-carrying liberal. But lately, I'm getting the feeling that Liberal America had a meeting to decide on our current priorities and peace advocates weren't invited

Lockheed Martin's CEO Wants Your Social Security Check

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Military contractors are crying crocodile tears right now about the "fragility" of their industry. But in fact that industry is flush with cash, and will do or say anything to protect the one thing they care about above all else: profit.

Panetta Starts Singing Contractors' Tune After Closed-Door Meeting

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

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.

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

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

As budget cuts come to the fore, military contractors will undoubtedly try to obscure the fact that every $1 billion of military spending costs anywhere between 3,200 and 11,700 jobs or more when compared to other ways of spending the money.

Military Contractors Make Their Move on the Deficit Committee

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The new deficit commission is holding its first substantive meeting on Tuesday, and the military contractors are out in force to protect their profits.

Dan Froomkin

Military Spending Costs Jobs, Doesn't Create Them, Anti-War Group Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

The nation's biggest military contractors are descending on Capitol Hill this week to lobby against potential defense spending cuts they warn would pr...

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

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

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 contractor profits.

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

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

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.

Elise Foley

WATCH: Cost Of Wars In Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan To Reach $3.7 Trillion

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Sam Stein

Jay Carney: War Costs Will Not Factor Into Afghanistan Drawdown Decisions

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted on Monday that costs would not be a factor in determining the pace of the forthcoming wi...

Obama's War, One Year Later: 195 Million Say No to War

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the launch of President Obama's escalated military campaign in Afghanistan. One year later, violence is still getting worse and costs are skyrocketing.

Dan Froomkin

On Tax Day, A Reminder That War Is Not Free (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

How many tax dollars from your community have gone to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? And how else could that money have been spent? The Nati...