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Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis

by William D. Hartung

Common Dreams, Jun-20-2017 |

At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. It could in the end destabilize the Middle East in ways not seen in our lifetimes (which, given the growing chaos in the region, is no small thing to say)... Read More »

Reality of North Korean Missiles vs. the Mythology of Missile Defense

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, Jun-16-2017 |

Last month, the mainstream media endorsed the Pentagon’s description of a collision between an American interceptor rocket and a mock intercontinental ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean as the “first successful test of whether it could shoot down a North Korean warhead racing toward the United States.” Nonsense!... Read More »

Statement on Today’s Senate Vote on the Sale of Precision-Guided Munitions to Saudi Arabia

by Stephen Miles

Common Dreams, Jun-13-2017 |

Win Without War Director Stephen Miles issued the following statement regarding today’s Senate vote on whether to block precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: German lessons for America: Second Look

by Harry Blaney

USA Today, Jun-11-2017 |

I wholeheartedly agree with USA TODAY’s editorial “What U.S. can learn from Germany."... Read More »

Good News, Bad News in Trump’s International Affairs Budget

by Diana Ohlbaum

Lob Log, Jun-05-2017 |

Expert reviews of President Trump’s proposed budget for international affairs have been almost uniformly negative—and for good reason. Severe and disproportionate cuts for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) would undermine U.S. national security... Read More »

The Six Day War and Israeli Lies: What I Saw at the CIA

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, Jun-05-2017 |

On too many occasions in U.S. history, the use of force has been justified with either corrupt intelligence or just plain lies. Such was the case in the Mexican-American War; the Spanish-American War; the Vietnam War; and the 2003 Iraq War... Read More »

Stop supporting Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen

by William D. Hartung

SentinelSource.com, Jun-03-2017 |

The Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign in Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians while undermining U.S. security interests in the greater Middle East, must stop. Unfortunately, the Trump administration is poised to take a large step in the wrong direction by providing the Saudis with laser-guided bombs and other munitions that are likely to be used in the war... Read More »

The Washington Post’s Renewed Attack on Whistlblowers

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, May-29-2017 |

The Washington Post’s schizoid approach toward whistleblowers continues unabated. On the one hand, its news staff has effectively used authoritative leaks to expose the bizarre and possibly illegal contacts between senior members of the Trump administration and high-level Russian officials... Read More »

Trump’s Budget Puts Lives at Risk

by William D. Hartung

US News, May-23-2017 |

One of Donald Trump's most consistent refrains is his pledge to keep America safe by building up our military. Toward that end, his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 calls for a $54 billion increase in Pentagon and related spending, to be offset by corresponding cuts in diplomacy and domestic programs... Read More »

There’s Less than Meets the Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, May-22-2017 |

Donald J. Trump may be unpredictable, but there is one common theme that runs throughout his presidency: a penchant for exaggerating his achievements... Read More »

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