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Selling Arms as if There Were No Tomorrow

by Security Assistance Monitor, William D. Hartung

TomDispatch, April 2018 | Article

Few American exports are more successful globally than things that go boom in the night: Hollywood movies -- especially, of course, superhero films, which regularly garner vast international audiences -- and advanced weaponry of just about every imaginable kind... Read More »

Time To Rethink U.S. Military Aid To Egypt

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, March 2018 | Article

This week’s presidential election in Egypt offers an opportunity to rethink the amount and purpose of U.S. military aid to that nation, which has totaled over $40 billion since the signing of the Camp David peace accords in 1979. Is U.S. aid helping Egypt to effectively combat a growing terrorist threat while maintaining good relations with Israel?... Read More »

Arms Sales Decisions Shouldn’t Be About Jobs

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, March 2018 | Article

Basic foreign policy principles should drive potential weapons exports, not pork-barrel politics... Read More »

Who’s Afraid Of John Bolton?

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, March 2018 | Article

The appointment of uber-hawk John Bolton as Donald Trump’s national security advisor has understandably sparked concerns among groups on the center-left who rightly fear that it raises the prospects for war against Iran, North Korea, or some enemy yet to be imagined. But the more interesting question is how Bolton’s ascendancy will be viewed on the right... Read More »

Mohammed Bin Salman: Brave Reformer Or Reckless Autocrat?

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, March 2018 | Article

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman—popularly referred to as MbS—will be in Washington next week to kick off a two-week U.S. public-relations tour designed to solidify his image as a reformer and seek investments in his ambitious reform plan for the Saudi economy... Read More »

Iraq: Weighing the costs of war

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, March 2018 | Article

The war in Iraq, which began 15 years ago this month, was an unnecessary conflict spurred on by misleading claims about Saddam’s Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction and his regime’s alleged ties to Al Qaeda. But there was another key element of the George W. Bush administration’s sales pitch for the war — the notion that it would be cheap and easy... Read More »

How the US can bring an end to the war in Yemen

by William D. Hartung

CNN, March 2018 | Article

As early as the next few days, the Senate will have its best opportunity so far to end US support for Saudi Arabia's devastating war in Yemen -- a war that has sparked a humanitarian catastrophe that puts millions of lives at risk... Read More »

Pentagon, Congress shouldn’t claim credit for the DoD audit just yet

by William D. Hartung

Turth in Accounting, February 2018 | Article

In a recent op-ed article on the economics of Pentagon spending, House Armed Services Committee chair Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) cited the Pentagon’s forthcoming audit as a reason for the public to be reassured that the department would be a good steward of taxpayer dollars... Read More »

The Military-Industrial Complex Is on Corporate Welfare

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, February 2018 | Article

The Pentagon will get an extra $165 billion over the next two years—that’s even more than Donald Trump asked for... Read More »

Putting the Pentagon’s Pennies in Perspective

by Ben Freeman, William D. Hartung

Defense One, February 2018 | Article

$80 billion is a lot of money. And that's just the "modest" increase on this year's defense budget... Read More »

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