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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 »

William Hartung, How the Arms Lobby is Distorting Our Budget Priorities.

by William D. Hartung

The Peace Education Center, February 2018 | Video, Speech

As Eisenhower Warned: How the Arms Lobby is Distorting Our Budget Priorities. The Peace Eduction Center Speaker Series hosts William Harting, Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. ... Read More »

Throwing Money at the Pentagon Is About Politics, Not Security

by William D. Hartung

War is Boring, February 2018 | Article

Today the Senate reached a budget deal that would increase spending for the Pentagon and nuclear weapons to a mind-blowing $700 billion this year, while locking in an even higher figure for 2019... Read More »

Overspending on the Pentagon won’t make us safer

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, January 2018 | Article

The Trump administration is reportedly set to propose $716 billion on the Pentagon and related programs for fiscal 2019. If true, it will be a case of throwing good money after bad... Read More »

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