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Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: April 2018

by Ben Freeman

Lawfare, May-09-2018 | Article

In July, we began a polling project to measure public confidence in government institutions on national security matters on an ongoing basis. This post provides our data for the month of April... Read More »

Trump Trashes Diplomacy, Opens Path To War With Iran

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, May-09-2018 | Article

President Trump’s decision to violate and withdraw from the Iran anti-nuclear deal is one of the most dangerous foreign policy blunders in recent memory, setting the stage for a war that one analyst has noted could “make the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts look like a walk in the park.”... Read More »

The CIA’s Big Lie for Gina Haspel

by Laura Carlsen

Counterpunch, May-03-2018 | Article

The Central Intelligence Agency is rolling out the “big lie” on Capital Hill in order to gain confirmation for Gina Haspel as its director... Read More »

White House Joins Netanyahu In Making Case For Iran Deal

by Ben Armbruster

Lobe Log, May-01-2018 | Article

Something remarkable happened last night regarding the Iran nuclear agreement. Despite Donald Trump’s years-long uninformed noise about how terrible the deal supposedly is, the White House inadvertently justified its existence... Read More »

The Attacks on James Comey

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Counterpunch, Apr-30-2018 | Article

Now the liberals are attacking James Comey and his important book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership. MSNBC’s Ari Melber and The New York Times’ oped writers, Charles Blow and Frank Bruni, have made outrageous attacks on Comey and his book in the past several weeks... Read More »

Searching for a good approach to Syria

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Washington Post, Apr-23-2018 | Letter

As reported in the April 18 news article “Saudi Arabia says it’s open to sending troops to Syria as U.S. draws down,” we have yet to find a good approach to Syria... Read More »

Thornberry’s Pentagon-Reform Plan to Nowhere

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Apr-22-2018 | Article

It's pitched as a way to cut waste — but would make the misallocation of our tax dollars more likely... Read More »

Trump’s arms sales policy puts contractors above common sense

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Apr-19-2018 | Article

In a move that poses grave risks to U.S. security, the Trump administration’s newly released conventional arms transfer policy will put jobs and the interests of arms manufacturers ahead of safety, security, and human rights in its decisions on who the United States should arm... Read More »

How War and Weapons Trading Are Fueling the Global Refugee Crisis

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, Apr-17-2018 | Article

Few would argue that the world faces a refugee crisis, but not nearly enough is being done to prevent the creation of new refugees or to help those already displaced from their homes... Read More »

Trump’s Wag The Dog Strategy On Syria Helps No One – Not Even Himself

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, Apr-14-2018 | Article

After a few days of threatening tweets and tough guy rhetoric, Donald Trump went ahead and instructed the U.S. military to bomb Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians there that has been widely attributed to the Assad regime... Read More »

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