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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 »

US pressure on Saudis can help promote peace in Yemen

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, May-20-2017 |

On the way to this week’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was asked what the Trump administration would do to bolster its ally in the war in Yemen... Read More »

Why the Trump White House must continue to invest in Colombia

by David Cortright

The Hill, May-18-2017 |

As President Trump and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos meet at the White House, the fate of that country’s historic peace agreement hangs in the balance ... Read More »

The Wrong Way to Share Intelligence

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, May-18-2017 |

There is nothing unusual about sharing intelligence, even sensitive intelligence. The United States does regular intelligence sharing with the English-speaking countries, and the United States and UK are particularly generous in the process of sharing... Read More »

Trump's nonsensical defense budget just adds to government waste

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, May-18-2017 |

The Trump administration isn’t scheduled to release its detailed budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 until next week, but the debate over how much money to give the Pentagon is already well under way... Read More »

What Trump should not do when he meets Saudis

by William D. Hartung

CNN, May-17-2017 |

When President Donald Trump touches down in Saudi Arabia this week, he will be bearing gifts in the form of a massive arms package worth up to $100 billion, a senior White House official told Reuters... Read More »

Deep Disarray at the State Department

by Harry Blaney

NY Times, May-14-2017 |

“The State Department Deserves Better” (editorial, May 3), about the disarray in the State Department, highlights the cost of deep neglect for dealing with the many risks and challenges of a fractured world ... Read More »

Nuclear Weapons: Who Pays, Who Profits?

by William D. Hartung

Medium, May-12-2017 |

In an interview with Reuters conducted a month after he took office, Donald Trump asserted that the U.S. had “fallen behind on nuclear capability” and that he wanted the United States to be at the “top of the pack” on nuclear weapons once again... Read More »

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