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Why diplomacy with North Korea works better than ‘fire and fury’

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Aug-09-2017 |

President Trump’s statement that North Korea will face “fire and fury” “like the world has never seen” if it continues to make threats against the United States is reckless and alarming... Read More »

Boosting the Pentagon at the Expense of Domestic Programs Puts Lives at Risk

by William D. Hartung

Medium, Jul-29-2017 |

Pentagon spending is at one of the highest levels in history, but you would never know it if you only listened to the Pentagon, the generals, and military hawks in Congress... Read More »

A Guide to Trump’s $1 Trillion Defense Bill

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Jul-25-2017 |

In May 2012, TomDispatch featured a piece by Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer, both then analysts at the National Priorities Project, headlined “War Pay: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget.” ... Read More »

The Hidden Costs of “National Security”

by William D. Hartung

Common Dreams, Jul-25-2017 |

You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon... Read More »

Pentagon Cries Poverty as Trump Marches to War

by William D. Hartung

Democratic Socialists of America, Jul-05-2017 |

When Donald Trump’s administration ordered the bombing of a Syrian air base in response to a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians, the decision was greeted warmly in the mainstream media, as if it were a well-considered decision designed to dissuade the Assad regime from engaging in further chemical attacks... Read More »

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 »

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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