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Here’s Where Your Tax Dollars for ‘Defense’ Are Really Going

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Oct-10-2017 | Article

Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n.... Read More »

Tomgram: William Hartung, How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops

by William D. Hartung

Tom Dispatch, Oct-08-2017 | Article

I’m sure you’ve heard about the $65 million. Or was it $86 million? Or was it even more? You know, the funds the Pentagon sunk into that hotshot plane it was preparing for its Afghan drug interdiction program. You haven’t? ... Read More »

Sanders Outlines Vision of a Progressive U.S. Foreign Policy

by William D. Hartung

Americas Program, Sep-29-2017 |

During the 2016 presidential campaign, progressives who work on U.S. foreign policy issues had high hopes that Bernie Sanders would provide a sharp counterpoint to the hawkish views of Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump... Read More »

The Wrong Diagnosis on Defense

by William D. Hartung

US News & World Report, Sep-29-2017 |

Contrary to the rhetoric emanating from Capitol Hill, the Pentagon is not underfunded, and a lack of funds is not what has caused recent, tragic accidents that have cost the lives of U.S. military personnel... Read More »

U.S. Arms and Training Fuel UAE’s War in Yemen

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Sep-29-2017 |

Discussions about the war in Yemen in the media and on Capitol Hill generally focus on the role of the Saudi-led bombing campaign, which has killed thousands of civilians while targeting hospitals, marketplaces, and even a funeral... Read More »

Five dangers of giving the Commerce Department oversight of firearms exports

by Rachel Stohl, Colby Goodman

Defense News, Sep-25-2017 |

U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Buy American” agenda is taking a potentially deadly turn, with the administration expected to issue new regulations that would make it easier for U.S. firearms and related ammunition to reach terrorists, criminal organizations and corrupt and abusive foreign security forces... Read More »

Time to Restore Diplomacy

by Salih Booker

NY Times, Sep-24-2017 |

In addition to protecting essential funding, we need a new paradigm that restores diplomacy to its rightful place as the primary instrument in a foreign policy that has been far too focused on seeking military solutions to complex security problems, and without success... Read More »

Bernie Sanders Just Gave the Progressive Foreign-Policy Speech We’ve Been Waiting For

by Stephen Miles

the Nation , Sep-21-2017 |

The senator powerfully linked domestic and foreign policy in the context of massive global inequality.... Read More »

Trump's UN speech is Bush's 'axis of evil' on steroids

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Sep-20-2017 |

When U.S. presidents blame all the world’s troubles on a handful of “rogue” regimes, bad things happen... Read More »

Statement from CREDO, MoveOn, and Win Without War on Donald Trump’s Latest Comments about North Korea

by Win Without War

Common Dreams, Sep-19-2017 |

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump’s first speech to the United Nations General Assembly today – and in particular, his remarks about North Korea – was nothing short of a complete failure of American leadership... Read More »

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