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Congress Can Help Stave Off New Humanitarian Disaster In Yemen

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-18-2018 | Article

The war in Yemen is a humanitarian disaster. The Saudi/UAE intervention that began in March of 2015 has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths through indiscriminate air strikes, put millions at risk of famine, and spurred the largest cholera outbreak in current memory. It’s hard to imagine the situation getting much worse, but it could, and soon... Read More »

NATO Already Vastly Outspends Russia. Its Problems Are Not About Money.

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Jul-17-2018 | Article

The alliance’s security issues can’t be fixed by a traditional military buildup... Read More »

Mattis, Pompeo, Kelly, Bolton, Coats: Resign Now

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, Jul-17-2018 | Article

Every elected and appointed U.S. official, other than the president, must take the following oath:... Read More »

Trump’s arms export rules will undermine US security and risk human rights abuses

by Laura Carlsen

The Hill, Jul-15-2018 | Article

This was the last week for public comments on the Trump administration’s plan to reduce restrictions on the export of firearms from the United States. There was much to criticize. A number of arms control, human rights, and firearms safety groups have submitted detailed critiques of the proposed firearms export rule... Read More »

Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: June 2018

by Ben Freeman

Lawfare, Jul-06-2018 | Article

A year ago, we began a polling project to measure public confidence in government institutions on national security matters on an ongoing basis. This post provides our data for the month of June... Read More »

Stabilization Of Afghanistan: The Little Engine That Couldn’t

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, Jul-06-2018 | Article

“Between 2001 and 2017, U.S. government efforts to stabilize insecure and contested areas in Afghanistan mostly failed.” Those are not my words. They’re not from some partisan pundit or ideological crusader. It’s the conclusion reached by the Special Inspector General who’s been investigating U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan for the past six years (SIGAR)... Read More »

The Shrinking Ambitions of Donald Trump’s ‘Infrastructure’ Plan

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Jul-02-2018 | Article

ther than shouting about building a wall on the US-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large numbers of workers in the process). Eighteen months into his administration, no credible proposal for anything near that scale has been made... Read More »

Pump Up The Pentagon

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-02-2018 | Article

Other than shouting about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large numbers of workers in the process).... Read More »

McCarthyism Revisited

by CIP

Counter Punch, Jun-28-2018 | Article

By Melvin A. Goodman... Read More »

Trump's Assault on the World Order

by William D. Hartung

New York Times, Jun-23-2018 | Letter

Ms. Schake is correct in asserting that President Trump’s assault on the current liberal order could make the world a more dangerous place. But she presents an idealized version of American leadership that doesn’t square with historical reality... Read More »

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