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There’s Less than Meets the Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, May 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 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 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 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 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 »

The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker

by William D. Hartung

Foreign Policy in Focus, May 2017 |

The wars America is already fighting are going to cost trillions. The cost of the ones to come is almost incomprehensible... Read More »

Donald Trump and The Death of Diplomacy

by William D. Hartung

Forum on the Arms Trade, May 2017 |

This is the fifth entry in a series examining actions during the first 100 days of the new Trump administration and their possible implications on the arms trade, security assistance and weapons use in the future... Read More »

Tomgram: William Hartung, Ignoring the Costs of War

by William D. Hartung

Tom Dispatch, May 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 »

The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker

by William D. Hartung

Common Dreams, May 2017 |

When Donald Trump wanted to “do something” about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the U.S. Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield (cost: $89 million)... Read More »

Foreign Aid Reform: Opportunity or Threat?

by Diana Ohlbaum

Lob Log Foreign Policy, May 2017 |

It would be difficult, inside or outside the Beltway, to find someone who doesn’t think that U.S. foreign assistance needs to be reformed... Read More »

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