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Arms Industry Ramps Up Lobbying Efforts As Budget Battles Continue

by Stephen Miles, William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Jun-01-2015 | Article

Nearly four years after budget caps imposed by Congress began to modestly rein in runaway spending at the Pentagon, the sky hasn't fallen. In fact, none of the dire predictions of Pentagon contractors - from mass layoffs to a collapse of the U.S. military - have come true. Instead, weapons makers' profits have soared, employment has increased nationwide, and Congress is busily cooking up budget gimmicks to violate its own spending caps and return to record spending levels... Read More »

Peter Kassig's Death: Revenge Is Not the Answer

by Angela Miller

Stars and Stripes, Nov-25-2014 | Article

It takes strength to listen to our better angels instead of giving in to revenge. As a nation, we will benefit from resisting our initial instincts and asking the hard questions about our latest war in Iraq and Syria: What do our desire for vengeance and our revulsion at the barbarism of the Islamic State mean in real policy terms? Will airstrikes and ground troops actually degrade the Islamic State, or will they be counterproductive... Read More »

President Obama and the Rohingya Genocide Threat in Burma

by Tom Andrews

Huffington Post, Nov-11-2014 | Article

The UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide has expressed deep concern for targeting of the Rohingya and warned of a "considerable risk of further violence." Hardly surprising given Burmese President Thein Sein's statement, two years ago, that the "only solution" for the Rohingya was deportation or camps. Quite surprising, however, was the U.S. announcement, hours later, lifting investment sanctions... Read More »

Stop Saying the Pentagon Can’t Pay for Our Wars

by Stephen Miles, Ethan Rosenkranz, Erica Fein

Defense One, Oct-15-2014 | Article

Recent flare-ups around the world have Washington politicians and their sympathizers predictably sounding the alarm bells over sequestration and calling for an increase in the Pentagon’s budget. Dire warnings by credible and powerful voices deserve to be taken seriously. Yet, a closer look reveals that the Pentagon has plenty of money sitting around with which to fund new contingencies... Read More »

Who Will Profit From the Wars in Iraq and Syria?

by Stephen Miles, William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Oct-01-2014 | Article

If there's one thing we should have learned over the past 13 years of war, it's that war is good business for those in the business of war. Unfortunately, while profits for the Pentagon's contractors increase, so does the cost to taxpayers in billions in waste, fraud, and abuse... Read More »

What Obama Should Have Said: Alternatives to Another War

by Stephen Miles

Huffington Post, Sep-12-2014 | Article

While the professional punditry has busied itself debating just how many bombs should fall and where, we should be asking ourselves, is American military force really the smartest way to address the threat we face from ISIS? The clear answer is no.... Read More »

Iraq and Syria: What if Bombing Makes Things Worse?

by Stephen Miles

Huffington Post, Aug-29-2014 | Article

With more than 1,000 U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, surveillance flights over Syria, and over 100 airstrikes launched in Iraq, it is time to start asking the hard questions about the latest U.S. military intervention in the Middle East... Read More »

The Trouble with President Obama's West Point Speech: Reality

by Tom Andrews

The Huffington Post, May-30-2014 | Article

Questions arise as to just how Obama's call for U.S. engagement "when crises arise that stir our conscience," gets translated into the real world... Read More »

15 National Organizations Urge Support of Merkley Afghanistan Amendment to NDAA

by Win Without War

Nov-20-2013 | Letter

Win Without War and 14 other national organizations sent a letter to the Senate encouraging them to get behind Amendment 2343... Read More »

Opposition of Efforts to Delay Pentagon Savings

by Win Without War, CIP

Nov-20-2013 | Letter

Groups across the ideological spectrum sign-on to a letter opposing efforts to delay Pentagon savings... Read More »

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