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A policy of military restraint makes good sense

by William D. Hartung

Washington Post, Nov-24-2016 | Letter

In addition to trillions of dollars in tax cuts and a $1 trillion infrastructure program, Mr. Trump has proposed a massive military spending binge while the Pentagon’s budget is already at historically high levels — higher than during the peak year of the Reagan administration’s buildup in the 1980s, after adjusting for inflation... Read More »

Defensive Voting: Why All Progressives Should Support Hillary Clinton

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Nov-04-2016 | Letter

Voting for Hillary Clinton doesn’t require agreeing with her on everything, or even most things. For progressives, it means living to fight another day. For serious activists, voting is just one tool among many for promoting social justice... Read More »

Zika Messaging

by Jeff Blum

Sep-27-2016 | Letter

Resources dedicated to fight the spread of the Zika are running low. Congress should put partisan politics aside and provide funding to combat the virus. Because Zika primarily threatens pregnant women, sound family planning policies must be a central part of combating this virus.... Read More »

Refugee Messaging

by Jeff Blum

Sep-27-2016 | Letter

We must raise awareness that women and girls fleeing violence and economic hardship are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, violence and abuse; and we must do more to increase options for assistance. ... Read More »

IAVA Forum Messaging

by Jeff Blum

Sep-27-2016 | Letter

As some of you probably already know IAVA and NBC are hosting a candidate forum on veterans issues and national security with Hillary and Donald tonight at 8PM ET. This is a great opportunity for us to promote our series of candidate questions. Find sample tweets and questions here. ... Read More »

A nuclear risk we don’t have to take

by Win Without War

Win Without War, Sep-25-2016 | Report, Letter

Please take a moment to ask your Representative in Congress to sign Barbara Lee’s letter asking President Obama to adopt a no-first-use policy... Read More »

Why I'm not running again for president of Costa Rica

by Oscar Arias Sanchez

The Tico Times, Sep-20-2016 | Letter

That is the politics in which I believe: ambitious and brave. The politics of hope. The politics that does not get distracted by petty matters, but that, rather, sets its sights on the most daring point on the horizon... Read More »

The financial imperative for war in Afghanistan

by Bill Goodfellow

NY Times, Jul-10-2016 | Letter

The July 7 editorial “A final commitment in Afghanistan” viewed the war in Afghanistan primarily in military terms. The main reason the U.S.-backed Afghan government has been losing is the rampant corruption that undermines public support for the government and fuels the insurgency. Since 2001, the United States has spent more than $110 billion on the reconstruction of Afghanistan, which, in current dollars, is more than we spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II. This amount does not include the hundreds of billions the United States spent on the war in Afghanistan itself... Read More »

The Drug War and Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

The New York Times, Jan-25-2016 | Letter

Ioan Grillo’s conclusion that the United States (and American taxpayers) “should use its drug-war aid to push harder” for anti-corruption and judicial reforms is off base... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: U.S. Military Assistance

by William D. Hartung

NY Times, Oct-08-2015 | Letter

“U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces” (front page, Oct. 4), about the routine failures of American foreign arms and training programs to meet their objectives, underscores the need for a move away from reliance on these programs as a central component of United States strategy.... Read More »

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