Whistleblower at the CIA

By Melvin A. Goodman

Feb-01-2017 | Book

Mel Goodman will be lecturing at the University of North Carolina on October 3rd and at Yale University on October 17th. His book "Whistleblower at the CIA" will be published February 2017 and is posted on Amazon.com for advance sale. See more at melvingoodman.com.... Read More »

Ending America's Endless Wars


Jun-01-2016 | Brochure

An historic opportunity for peace in the Middle East: The next president will have an opportunity to put an end to wars that have been going on for forty years. These wars have not advanced America’s strategic or economic interests and have been disastrous for the people being bombed. The United States has taken sides in a conflict between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran in the Middle East, a dispute that we have made far deadlier with massive arms transfers and the dispatch of tens of thousands of U.S. troops. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, millions injured and millions more displaced. Vast areas of the region have been taken over by nihilist religious fanatics bent on imposing their medieval mindset on fellow Muslims. There is broad public support for seeking to resolve these conflicts through creative diplomacy. We should not be taking sides in this dispute, for neither Saudi Arabia nor Iran shares our interests or values. We must work with regional powers to negotiate and implement political settlements in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Libya. No other course of action will end the wars.... Read More »

CounterPunch Digital Magazine Volume 23 no 1

By Melvin A. Goodman

Mar-30-2016 |

In this Issue: Inside the CIA: Melvin Goodman recounts his battles with William Casey and Robert Gates... Read More »

The Foreign Policy Blueprint Hillary Shouldn’t Follow

By William D. Hartung

Jun-01-2016 | Article

Two weeks ago the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a report entitled “Extending American Power: Strategies to Expand U.S. Engagement in a Competitive World Order.” It could just as easily have been entitled “What Hillary Should Do When She Gets Elected, and Why She Should Hire Us to Do It.” The report’s authors run the gamut from interventionist Republican neocons like Robert Kagan to Democratic hawks like Michele Fluornoy, the co-founder of CNAS and a possible candidate for Secretary of Defense in a Hillary Clinton administration. There is not a fresh or independent voice in the lot. As Stephen Walt rightly points out in his take-down of the report in Foreign Policy, this is at best a status quo document, and at worst a doubling down on the failed policies of the past two decades. And why should we expect otherwise? After all, as Walt notes, “the report’s signatories helped create many of the problems they now seek to fix, so you’d hardly expect them to cast a critical eye on their own handiwork.”... Read More »

Obama After Hiroshima: From Words to Action

By William D. Hartung

May-27-2016 | Article

President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima this morning was a piece of history. He rose to the occasion in his remarks, speaking eloquently not only of the need to eliminate nuclear weapons but also questioning the institution of war itself, all with a clear focus on the devastating human consequences of armed conflict. Now the President must use the visit as a starting point for taking concrete steps that will hasten the creation of a world free of nuclear weapons. He has eight months left to make a difference... Read More »

A Marine and an Iraqi Discuss War

By Matthew Hoh

May-25-2016 | Video, Article

Last week, as part of Ralph Nader’s four-day conference in Washington, DC, Breaking Through Power, my friend Raed Jarrar, a Palestinian-Iraqi-American, and I gave a talk on the horrors of war. My perspectives of combat, occupation, colonial administration and war time politics, in Afghanistan, Iraq and Washington, were set besides Raed’s experiences of living in Baghdad following the Gulf War, through the years of sanctions, into the American invasion, yes, the glory of Shock and Awe, and for the first year of occupation. Raed left Baghdad in 2004, but returned to Iraq to help rebuild, before becoming a full-time peace and anti-war activist.... Read More »

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CIP in the Press
  • Invest in a better future for our children

    William D. Hartung quoted

    South Bend Tribune, 06-05-16

    The Pentagon has essentially thrown away $17 billion in inefficient spending in Afghanistan, $7 billion on unneeded equipment, and a whopping $1 trillion on the F-35 fighter jet — which is years behind schedule, billions over budget, and riddled with technical problems — according to a report by William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project...Read More »

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    William D. Hartung quoted

    The Trumpet, 06-01-16

    In February this year, the Center for International Policy published a report by William D. Hartung outlining more than $33 billion in waste in just 27 instances since President Barack Obama took office. The report is focused narrowly on waste. It doesn’t include expenses like the $360 million spent on weight-loss surgery for servicemen’s families, which would hardly seem to enhance the nation’s fighting ability...Read More »

  • Slush funds, secrets and splurges: How Pentagon budgets keep getting bigger

    William D. Hartung quoted

    RT, 05-31-16

    The problem is how the money is being spent – and the Pentagon’s utter lack of accountability, according to William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He suggests the DOD’s inability to pass an audit is a result of deliberate obfuscation...Read More »