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by William D. Hartung

Americas Porgram, Apr-04-2018 | Article

If Donald Trump is to be believed, everything he does is bigger and better than anything Barack Obama ever did. More often than not these claims are a gross exaggeration. But when it comes to Pentagon spending, Trump’s boasts have more than a grain of truth... Read More »

Selling Arms as if There Were No Tomorrow

by Security Assistance Monitor, William D. Hartung

TomDispatch, Apr-01-2018 | Article

Few American exports are more successful globally than things that go boom in the night: Hollywood movies -- especially, of course, superhero films, which regularly garner vast international audiences -- and advanced weaponry of just about every imaginable kind... Read More »

Time To Rethink U.S. Military Aid To Egypt

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, Mar-28-2018 | Article

This week’s presidential election in Egypt offers an opportunity to rethink the amount and purpose of U.S. military aid to that nation, which has totaled over $40 billion since the signing of the Camp David peace accords in 1979. Is U.S. aid helping Egypt to effectively combat a growing terrorist threat while maintaining good relations with Israel?... Read More »

Trump and Bolton Take a Page From Richard Nixon and the Mad Man Theory

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Mintpress News, Mar-26-2018 | Article

The madman theory of policy is a debatable subject, but the thought of having actual madmen in positions of power is frightening.... Read More »

Arms Sales Decisions Shouldn’t Be About Jobs

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Mar-26-2018 | Article

Basic foreign policy principles should drive potential weapons exports, not pork-barrel politics... Read More »

The Mad Man Theory: Nixon, Trump and Bolton

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Counterpunch, Mar-26-2018 | Article

Early in Richard Nixon’s presidency, he told his chief of staff Bob Haldeman that his secret strategy for ending the Vietnam War was to threaten the use of nuclear weapons... Read More »

Who’s Afraid Of John Bolton?

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Mar-26-2018 | Article

The appointment of uber-hawk John Bolton as Donald Trump’s national security advisor has understandably sparked concerns among groups on the center-left who rightly fear that it raises the prospects for war against Iran, North Korea, or some enemy yet to be imagined. But the more interesting question is how Bolton’s ascendancy will be viewed on the right... Read More »

Afghanistan is our longest war ever and Congress has abandoned all responsibility

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The Hill, Mar-22-2018 | Article

We are well into the 17th year of the United States military commitment in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history. We've got 15,000 troops in the country, and we're spending $45 billion a year to sustain this effort and support the Afghan government... Read More »

Dianne Feinstein’s about-face on torture

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The Washington Post, Mar-21-2018 | Article

Letter to the Editor... Read More »

The Great Myth of the So-Called “Adults in the Room”

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Counterpunch, Mar-21-2018 |

The leading myth of the mainstream media over the past year has been the idea that there were “adults in the room” in the Oval Office of the White House... Read More »

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