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What If Chuck Hagel Had Resigned for a Reason?

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-25-2014 | Article

Why did Chuck Hagel step down as secretary of defense? Was it his choice, as President Obama has suggested, or was he pushed? We may never be absolutely sure. But one thing that is clear is that Hagel's tenure was a missed opportunity to put our security policy on a sounder footing at a time of increasing uncertainty... Read More »

The Ouster of Chuck Hagel: The Dumbing Down of National Security Policy

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Nov-25-2014 | Article

The forced resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel points to two major problems in the national security policies of the Obama administration that have not been corrected in the past six years... Read More »

Peter Kassig's Death: Revenge Is Not the Answer

by Angela Miller

Stars and Stripes, Nov-25-2014 | Article

It takes strength to listen to our better angels instead of giving in to revenge. As a nation, we will benefit from resisting our initial instincts and asking the hard questions about our latest war in Iraq and Syria: What do our desire for vengeance and our revulsion at the barbarism of the Islamic State mean in real policy terms? Will airstrikes and ground troops actually degrade the Islamic State, or will they be counterproductive... Read More »

Serious Setback for Justice in Colombia if Bills to Expand Jurisdiction of Military Courts Approved

by CIP

Nov-24-2014 | Letter

We view with grave concern renewed legislative efforts by the Colombian government that could deny justice for serious human rights abuses—including extrajudicial executions—committed by members of the military and police... Read More »

CIA Reorganization Would be Risky

by Melvin A. Goodman

Washington Post, Nov-21-2014 | Letter

CIA Director John Brennan’s consideration of breaking up the operational and analytical directorates of the Central Intelligence Agency would do great harm to the production of strategic intelligence... Read More »

The $5 Billion the Pentagon Doesn't Need

by William D. Hartung

The Fresno Bee, Nov-18-2014 | Article

Congress must subject the president's new $5.6 billion war funding request to careful scrutiny, and reject it if questions about the budgetary need and human rights impacts cannot be adequately answered... Read More »

Still Need Budget Discipline at the Pentagon

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Nov-14-2014 | Article

Regardless of what happens on Capitol Hill in the next few years, the days of hefty annual increases in Pentagon spending are over. The Pentagon would be well-advised to take this reality into account and plan accordingly... Read More »

President Obama and the Rohingya Genocide Threat in Burma

by Tom Andrews

Huffington Post, Nov-11-2014 | Article

The UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide has expressed deep concern for targeting of the Rohingya and warned of a "considerable risk of further violence." Hardly surprising given Burmese President Thein Sein's statement, two years ago, that the "only solution" for the Rohingya was deportation or camps. Quite surprising, however, was the U.S. announcement, hours later, lifting investment sanctions... Read More »

The Escalation of the War in Iraq Is Grounded in Fantasy

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-10-2014 | Article

The administration announced last Friday that it would double the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, to 3,100; request an additional $5.6 billion for the war; and put U.S. trainers closer to the front lines. Add to this the recently announced deal to sell Iraq $600 million worth of tank ammunition, and it's clear that the escalation of the president's "limited" war is well under way... Read More »

The Pentagon's Arguments for Runaway Arms Trading Are Indefensible

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-04-2014 | Article

The Pentagon's weapons trafficking arm -- the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) -- announced last week that it brokered $34 billion in arms deals in fiscal year 2014, one of the highest totals in the history of the agency... Read More »

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