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How the Saudis Wooed Donald Trump

by Ben Freeman, William D. Hartung

The Nation, May-10-2018 | Article

All it took was flattery, arms, and a little bit of cash... Read More »

Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: April 2018

by Ben Freeman

Lawfare, May-09-2018 | Article

In July, 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 April... Read More »

Trump Trashes Diplomacy, Opens Path To War With Iran

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, May-09-2018 | Article

President Trump’s decision to violate and withdraw from the Iran anti-nuclear deal is one of the most dangerous foreign policy blunders in recent memory, setting the stage for a war that one analyst has noted could “make the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts look like a walk in the park.”... Read More »

The CIA’s Big Lie for Gina Haspel

by Laura Carlsen

Counterpunch, May-03-2018 | Article

The Central Intelligence Agency is rolling out the “big lie” on Capital Hill in order to gain confirmation for Gina Haspel as its director... Read More »

The Inter-Korean Summit Declaration of April 27, 2018: a review in detail

by Charles Knight

May-03-2018 | Report

The April 27, 2018 Inter-Korean Summit was a visibly cordial, even happy, event. At its conclusion, North and South Korea released a Declaration of Peace, Prosperity and Unification... Read More »

Ready to Profit: Corporate Beneficiaries of Congressional Add-Ons to the FY 2018 Pentagon Budget

by William D. Hartung

May-02-2018 | Report

The final Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Pentagon and related spending -- on programs like work on nuclear warheads at the Department of Energy -- totaled $700 billion, tens of billions of dollars more than the Trump administration’s proposal... Read More »

White House Joins Netanyahu In Making Case For Iran Deal

by Ben Armbruster

Lobe Log, May-01-2018 | Article

Something remarkable happened last night regarding the Iran nuclear agreement. Despite Donald Trump’s years-long uninformed noise about how terrible the deal supposedly is, the White House inadvertently justified its existence... Read More »

The Attacks on James Comey

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Counterpunch, Apr-30-2018 | Article

Now the liberals are attacking James Comey and his important book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership. MSNBC’s Ari Melber and The New York Times’ oped writers, Charles Blow and Frank Bruni, have made outrageous attacks on Comey and his book in the past several weeks... Read More »

Searching for a good approach to Syria

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Washington Post, Apr-23-2018 | Letter

As reported in the April 18 news article “Saudi Arabia says it’s open to sending troops to Syria as U.S. draws down,” we have yet to find a good approach to Syria... Read More »

Thornberry’s Pentagon-Reform Plan to Nowhere

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Apr-22-2018 | Article

It's pitched as a way to cut waste — but would make the misallocation of our tax dollars more likely... Read More »

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