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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, 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Tomgram: William Hartung, Ignoring the Costs of War

by William D. Hartung

Tom Dispatch, May-09-2017 |

Wilbur Ross put the matter... well, mouth-wateringly. At a Milken Institute Global Conference in California, the commerce secretary recalled how President Trump was hosting a dinner for China’s president, Xi Jinping, at his Mar-a-Lago club at the moment when a bevy of Tomahawk missiles were being dispatched against an airfield in Syria... Read More »

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