Yet Another Excuse for the Military to Favor Drones

I can’t remember where I read this last week, thus no link to back it up. But a reporter who struck me as credible made the statement that the U.S. military is initiating no new aviation programs outside of drones. Sounds like the kind of generalization...

Bush-Style Military Spending Not Over Yet

Thought the Bush years were over? Not so fast. The main “accomplishment” of those years, apart from getting our country handed over to the big banks and corporations, was of course launching two wars. The cost of those wars so far is staggering, but these...

Conservative Hypocrisy on Military Spending

Bank robber Willie Sutton famously said he robbed banks because “that’s where the money is.” Applying this logic to cutting our Federal budget deficit would lead to this conclusion—to save money, we have to cut military spending. That’s...

Obama and Africa: Much Room For Improvement

The Bush administration transformed the way the United States dealt with the world. It invaded two countries, began a war on terror that had no geographic or time limits, boosted military spending, acted unilaterally, and ignored international law. Although his second...

The United States, Cuba and Moral Authority

Barack Obama dominates his Republican rivals here in the United States, but the international arena is a different venue, entirely. There, Obama carries the baggage of American presidents past — and any new encumbrances he might pick up on his own. Certainly, in...

White Privilege in the Americas

“Usted quien es … Gánese el baloto para que se cambie el color.” “Who do you think you are?…Go win the lottery and change your color,” a metro policeman whispered to Afro-Colombian leader Carlos Rosero, founding member of the...

Monsters vs. Aliens

In the comic books, bad guys often team up to fight the forces of good. The Masters of Evil battle the Avengers superhero team. The Joker and Scarecrow ally against Batman. Lex Luthor and Brainiac take on Superman. And the Somali pirates, who have dominated recent...

North Korea’s Sunshine Policy

North Korea’s recent rocket launch received few congratulations and many condemnations, including the recent UN censure. Although Pyongyang did not manage to put a satellite into orbit, it did succeed in getting the world’s attention. It has sustained this...

Tax Day: You Pay Your Taxes — Why Don’t the Rich Pay Their Share?

Our nation needs a plan to pay for long-overdue investments in education, health and retrofitting our energy infrastructure. Nothing could be more obvious. But, just as obviously, we need a plan to pay for those investments. Short-term borrowing, during an economic...

Why Not Send My Tax Check Directly to Wall Street Execs?

My husband and I just made out a check to the IRS for $5,021. It’s more than usual because of solid investment returns in his native Canada, where their quaintly regulated banking system continues to hum along. Normally, though, we don’t mind paying our...

Reach Out to Cuba to Heal Guantnamo’s Wounds

President Obama makes his first trip to Latin America this week, arriving in Trinidad and Tobago Friday for the Fifth Summit of the Americas. But notably absent from both attendance and the official agenda will be Cuba. According to Jeffrey Davidow, President...

Talking Peace, Preparing for War

Northeast Asia heaved a sigh of relief at the latest news of a breakthrough in the nuclear negotiations with North Korea. The prospects of integrating North Korea into the international community and constructing a peace and security structure for the region have...

The Self-Destructive Logic of War

“You go to war with the army you have,” Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously noted.” “They might not be the army you want or have at a later time.” Echoing Rumsfeld, President Bush said in his 2007 State of the Union Address,...