What Drove Michael Hastings to His Death?

What Drove Michael Hastings to His Death?

With the media world still reeling from the death of journalist Michael Hastings, there has been a growing fervor to conspiracy theories surrounding the unusual circumstances of his death. The speculation began after a longtime friend—Staff Sergeant Joseph...
On Tax Day, Consider the Hidden Costs of War

On Tax Day, Consider the Hidden Costs of War

April 15 isn’t just Tax Day. It’s also known as the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. People around the world mark the occasion by protesting the vast resources allocated to militaries, often at the cost of human needs. According to a new report...
Way Worse Than a Dumb War: Iraq Ten Years Later

Way Worse Than a Dumb War: Iraq Ten Years Later

Full article available at The Nation. Editor’s Note: This statement on the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Iraq War was signed by Phyllis Bennis, John Cavanagh and Steve Cobble (Institute for Policy Studies); Judith LeBlanc and Kevin Martin (Peace...
Sequestration: Our Military is Due for Downsizing

Sequestration: Our Military is Due for Downsizing

This strange animal called sequestration is certainly wreaking havoc with our customary ideological boundaries. If you’re an advocate, Iike I am, for revamped federal priorities that shift resources from a bloated Pentagon budget toward neglected domestic...

Will Chuck Hagel’s Appointment Actually Help the Anti-War Left?

Phyllis Bennis wrote this blog post for The Nation. Chuck Hagel isn’t anyone I’d pick to be in a position of power. He’s a conservative Republican, a military guy who volunteered to fight in Vietnam. According to Forbes magazine, during Hagel’s...
Afghanistan: Avoiding Default

Afghanistan: Avoiding Default

Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 in part because of his pledge to end the war in Iraq and shift the Pentagon’s attention to Afghanistan. He has won a second term in part by promising to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan – as quickly and as...
America’s Rocky Road Away from Homophobia

America’s Rocky Road Away from Homophobia

It’s been one year since Congress officially repealed the archaic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. A new wave of LGBT cadets is entering training academies without the burden of silence — well, almost. While the military has made...
Armed with Irony

Armed with Irony

If irony is a crucial ingredient for comedy, the House of Representatives can be a laugh riot. Lately, there’s been some serious silliness about sequestration and Pentagon spending. In September, the House took up a bill to fund the government for another six...
Dumb and Dumber: Obama’s “Smart Power” Foreign Policy

Dumb and Dumber: Obama’s “Smart Power” Foreign Policy

Barack Obama is a smart guy. So why has he spent the last four years executing such a dumb foreign policy? True, his reliance on “smart power” — a euphemism for giving the Pentagon a stake in all things global — has been a smart move...
Indefensible: The Truth about Pentagon Spending

Indefensible: The Truth about Pentagon Spending

Today, there’s a debate raging about the federal budget, our national spending priorities, and how best to protect our national security and our men and women on the front lines. With the U.S. war in Iraq officially over and our operations in Afghanistan drawing...
Plain Old Murder

Plain Old Murder

Drones are President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice in the War on Terror. Since taking office, he has ordered over 280 drone strikes in Pakistan alone. That’s more than eight times as many as George W. Bush authorized and doesn’t even count the...
Cutting Pentagon Fat

Cutting Pentagon Fat

One minor piece of good news came out of the defense spending bill that the House passed last week. While approving a bill giving more to the Pentagon than the Pentagon asked for, the House did remove a few small items from the military budget. One was dear to the...