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The Foreign Policy Blueprint Hillary Shouldn’t Follow

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, 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

Huffington Post, 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 »

The Pentagon’s War on Accountability

by William D. Hartung

Middle East Online, May-25-2016 | Article

William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, shines a bright light into the darkest corners of the Pentagon’s shady spending and accounting practices... Read More »

How to Disappear Money, Pentagon-Style

by William D. Hartung

Tom Dispatch, May-24-2016 | Article

TomDispatch regular Bill Hartung reveals another kind of Pentagon effort to obscure and obfuscate involving another kind of highly creative accounting: think slush funds, secret programs, dodgy bookkeeping, and the type of financial malfeasance that could only be carried out by an institution that is, by its very nature, too big to fail (inside the Beltway if not on the battlefield)... Read More »

Corruption in Military Aid Undermines Global Security

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, May-12-2016 | Article

This week the government of the United Kingdom is hosting a conference of leaders in business, government, and civil society aimed at tackling the urgent problem of global corruption. The conference’s stated goals are ambitious: to “expose corruption so there is nowhere to hide,” “punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption,” and “drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists.”... Read More »

Arms Sales As a Foreign Policy Tool

by William D. Hartung

Campaign for America's Future, May-11-2016 | Video

The next president should end the practice of using arms sales as an instrument of foreign policy, says William Hartung, director of the arms and security project, in this Burning Issues video... Read More »

If You Hate Trump’s Foreign Policy, Wait Until You See Ted Cruz’s

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, May-02-2016 | Article

Donald Trump gave what was billed as a “major foreign policy speech” last week, with the aim of demonstrating that he has the knowledge, judgment, and temperament to be Commander-in-Chief. Trump failed the test... Read More »

2016 Guide to President Candidates and National Security

by Win Without War

May-01-2016 |

2016 Presidential Candidates on National Security... Read More »

Ground the Blimp to Nowhere

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Apr-28-2016 | Article

It was one of the most embarrassing episodes in the history of Pentagon procurement. Last October an air surveillance blimp, designed to help protect the DC area from an attack by enemy cruise missiles, broke free of its moorings and went on a three hour joyride from its Maryland base until it finally crashed in a wooded area in northeast Pennsylvania... Read More »

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