Escalating Casualties in Mosul Cannot Be Blamed on the Fog of War

Escalating Casualties in Mosul Cannot Be Blamed on the Fog of War

“There is an effort to deflect responsibility. But the bottom line is this is the result of a U.S. airstrike, whether there were other factors involved or not,” IPS Middle East foreign policy expert told Rising Up with Sonali amid recent accusations of a...
Why Spend $54 Billion More on the Pentagon? To Start a War, Obviously.

Why Spend $54 Billion More on the Pentagon? To Start a War, Obviously.

So, let me see if I’ve got this right. North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is about to launch a preemptive attack, so it has tried to use whatever minimal amount of influence it has to persuade...
Trump’s Phony Populism on Military Spending

Trump’s Phony Populism on Military Spending

There’s a lot of misdirection going on these days. Anybody whose head hasn’t been spinning over the last couple of weeks has probably been in a nice news blackout somewhere. We’ll all need some strategies if we’re going to stay sane. One is making sure that in the...
This Could Be the Year to Close America’s Surplus Military Bases

This Could Be the Year to Close America’s Surplus Military Bases

Describing the current policy landscape as “turbulent” would be understating things. But some things haven’t changed. Like the perennial effort to convene a new Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) to look at shuttering military bases that the...
Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Very soon, Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order regarding refugees and entry to the U.S. for a whole swathe of people. In effect, the edict would be aimed at banning Muslims from the United States, demonizing people from Muslim-majority countries across...
The Pentagon’s $125 Billion Cover-up

The Pentagon’s $125 Billion Cover-up

Let’s say you ask somebody a question. They give you an answer you don’t like, so you pretend you didn’t hear it. Probably all of us would cop to something like this at some time in our imperfect pasts. For most of us though, that pretending hasn’t included trying to...
A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

Despite our frequent elections, the United States’ militarized foreign policy continues to wreak death, destruction, and dispossession on people and nations around the world. Any political revolution worthy of the name must seek to reverse that reality. In order to...
The Pentagon Shouldn’t Get to Absolve Itself for Bombing a Hospital

The Pentagon Shouldn’t Get to Absolve Itself for Bombing a Hospital

The Pentagon just made it official: No war crime was committed when a U.S. plane attacked the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year, killing 42 patients and health workers and injuring many more. At least, that’s the conclusion of its own...
What Comes After Empire?

What Comes After Empire?

  Let’s say the car stops and we get our teeth around the tire. Let’s say that we bite down hard enough to let out all the air from the U.S. empire. Now what? Those of us who have campaigned for a radical reduction of the U.S. military footprint overseas, for a...
Accounting for the Pentagon

Accounting for the Pentagon

A battle is raging over how much money Americans will sink into the Pentagon next year. At least, that’s what it looks like. The Republican Party’s deficit hawks have clashed with its defense hawks over another hike in military spending. President Barack Obama,...
The Pentagon Budget Is Bigger Than It’s Ever Been

The Pentagon Budget Is Bigger Than It’s Ever Been

Here’s a quiz: Your boss gives you a budget. You ignore it and ask for more money than anyone in your position has ever spent. How long would you expect to keep your job? That’s basically the scenario that played out with the Obama administration’s recent budget...
It’s Time to Reduce Economic Dependence on Pentagon Spending

It’s Time to Reduce Economic Dependence on Pentagon Spending

Continuing tensions in Ukraine, an expanding war in Iraq and Syria, and record stock prices for major firms like Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics all seem to indicate happy days on the way for companies and communities that depend on Pentagon spending.  At first...