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    William D. Hartung quoted

    The New Yorker | 05-23-17

    On Monday, the first day of trading since the announcement that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy a hundred and ten billion dollars in U.S. weaponry, defense stocks jumped...Read More »

  • The (Possibly Illegal) Art of a $100 Billion Saudi Arms Deal

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Mother Jones | 05-19-17

    As Donald Trump heads to Riyadh today on his first international trip as president, he brings with him a gift: a massive arms deal reportedly worth more than $100 billion for Saudi Arabia...Read More »

  • The Pentagon Is Almost Ready for Its Close-Up

    William D. Hartung

    The Atlantic | 05-17-17

    The Pentagon will spend the next several months gearing up for a mission so complicated that many officials doubt it can be pulled off, an undertaking so immense that the military hasn’t once dared to try it before...Read More »

  • Afghanistan: The Longest US War is Deadlier Than Ever

    Matthew Hoh interviewed

    The Real News Netwrok | 05-03-17

    Matthew Hoh, a military veteran and diplomat who resigned his State Department post in protest of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, says the 16-year Afghan war won't end until the U.S. drops its strategy of sporadic escalation and insistence on Taliban surrender, with Afghan civilians suffering the worst consequences....Read More »

  • Laura Carlsen on Counter Punch Radio: Episode 84

    Laura Carlsen

    Counter Punch Radio | 04-26-17

    In a special bonus episode this week, Eric chats with Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, as she travels with the Caravan against Fear through the Southwest. The conversation touches on everything from Trump's racist policies and the fantasies upon which their based, to US strategic objectives in Latin America; from economic contradictions in the US-Mexico relationship, to the motives behind the drug war and Jeff Sessions' idiotic war on weed...Read More »

  • CNN panelist nails Trump’s ‘P.T. Barnum foreign policy’ as the ‘mother of all distractions’

    William D. Hartung interviewed

    Raw Story | 04-17-17

    “Is there a new Trump doctrine in the making, or has the president simply found a formula for distracting the public and the media from his troubles at home?” wrote William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, on CNN...Read More »

  • Does Trump Stand to Profit Personally Off the Wars

    William D. Hartung interviewed

    Democracy Now! | 04-11-17

    Does President Trump stand to personally profit off the wars he is escalating in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia and beyond? That’s the question many are asking, after it emerged that Trump has personally invested in Raytheon, the military contractor who makes the Tomahawk missiles used in the U.S. strike on a Syrian airbase last week. Raytheon’s stocks briefly surged after the attack...Read More »

  • The traditional think tank is withering. In its place? Bankers and consultants.

    Bill Goodfellow quoted

    The Washington Post | 04-06-17

    Anybody who works in Washington knows that think tanks play an important role in advising the government on policy. For most bureaucrats, anything past two weeks is long term. Because experts at think tanks have fewer real-time deadlines, they specialize in the strategic thinking that many Cabinet agencies cannot do. Over the years, think tanks have had a hand in conceiving the Reagan administration’s first-term governing strategy, the expansion of NATO and the post-2006 surge in Iraq...Read More »

  • Win-Win Steps to Prevent a New Korean War

    Charles Knight

    U.S. News | 04-06-17

    Indeed, the U.S. and China can make use of the principle of "win-win cooperation" to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula, diffuse crises and ultimately resolve long-standing hostilities. Presently that corner of the world is the most likely place for large scale warfare that could kill millions while quite possibly involving the use of nuclear weapons. "Win-win" means an outcome good for the United States, good for China and good for both Koreas and Japan, which stand to lose the most if war breaks out...Read More »

  • Trump Greenlights Arms Sales to Bahrain and Many Other Countries

    William D. Hartung interviewed

    The Real News Network | 04-02-17

    The Trump administration informed Congress on Wednesday, that it plans to approve the sale of 19 F-16 fighter jets, to the small Arab kingdom of Bahrain. The multi-billion dollar sale had been held up by President Obama because of human rights concerns in the island nation. The approval of the sale is just the latest in a series of signs that the Trump administration is loosening human rights considerations, when it comes to promoting U.S. arms deals. Other potential buyers of U.S. arms that had been previously been put on hold, include Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and Taiwan...Read More »

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