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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 »

From Endless War to Diplomacy First: Time for a New Foreign Policy

by William D. Hartung

Medium, Apr-10-2018 | Article

Most Americans are unaware that we are a country at war — seven wars, in fact... Read More »

ARMS SALES TO SAUDI-LED COALITION DEMAND SCRUTINY

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, Apr-09-2018 | Article

Allowing a new transfer of precision-guided munitions to sail through Congress would endorse the worst coalition practices in Yemen... Read More »

Distorted Priorities: Spending on Nuclear Weapons Versus Diplomacy and Domestic Needs

by William D. Hartung

Apr-06-2018 | Fact Sheet

While the Pentagon moves full speed ahead on building a new generation of nuclear, bombs, missiles, aircraft and submarines, this year’s budget proposes deep cuts in spending for education, the environment, diplomacy, and the social safety net... Read More »

Donald Trump Is America’s Number-One Weapon Salesman

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Apr-04-2018 |

And he couldn’t be prouder of the job he’s doing... Read More »

HOME BLOG ABOUT US PEOPLE CONTACT Trump, Congress, and the Costs of Endless War

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 »

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