Our Troops as Cannon Fodder

Our Troops as Cannon Fodder

Honor soldiers For their fight; Ugly truths Keep out of sight. Officials and partisans who promoted the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan early on favored “Support Our Troops!” as a rallying cry. The Pentagon propaganda machine even produced cute yellow magnets...
Pentagon Spending Spree

Pentagon Spending Spree

Are you wondering where your tax dollars are going? Then take a look at the $642.5 billion stuffed into the National Defense Authorization Act, which the House of Representatives recently approved. House Republicans may spout plenty of concern about the nation’s...
The Pentagon’s Obesity Problem

The Pentagon’s Obesity Problem

America has a problem with portion control. U.S. restaurants serve enormous entrees, convenience stores sell “Big Gulp” cups of soda, and Americans routinely compete to see who can eat the most hot dogs or pizzas or chicken wings in ten minutes. It’s...
The State of the Military-Industrial Complex Is Strong

The State of the Military-Industrial Complex Is Strong

War may dwindle, Peace may grow; But weapons makers Never slow. What can you do with a bunch of used generals? If you keep them active, they need new assignments. These can be expensive. But if you let them retire with fat pensions, they’ll go to work for arms...
An Exit Strategy for Afghanistan

An Exit Strategy for Afghanistan

Here in Washington, it’s easy to find boosters for the current U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan. Outside of Washington, it’s harder. A CNN poll late last month found that three-quarters of Americans now oppose the war and more than half would like U.S....

A Test Case on Iran Sanctions

Cross-posted from the Project on Government Oversight. If there’s one thing most Americans support in foreign policy, it’s sanctions against Iran to halt its alleged drive for nuclear weapons. From President Obama to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt...
Defense Industry Scare Tactics Won’t Create Jobs

Defense Industry Scare Tactics Won’t Create Jobs

As indicated by the recent rollout of the House Republican budget strategy, the gloves are off in the battle to define the country’s spending priorities in the run-up to the November elections. But neither party adequately addresses the largest item in the...
Greening the Pentagon

Greening the Pentagon

The U.S. military is going green. Don’t take it from me. “[T]he Department of Defense…the world’s largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history,” President Barack Obama declared in this...
Washington’s Dangerous New Military Strategy

Washington’s Dangerous New Military Strategy

The Iraq War was a disaster, so the United States needs a new foreign policy. Instead of invading foreign countries with tens of thousands of troops and trying to occupy and control the political process, President Barack Obama has embraced a new foreign military...
Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Some Americans want to starve our cities, close our schools, and knock away the ladder that our children are supposed to climb to economic security. Your lawmakers may be among them. The White House plans to release its proposed 2013 budget on Feb. 13. A free-for-all...
Whistle-Blowing Takes Guts

Whistle-Blowing Takes Guts

See some cheating Where you work? Keep it quiet, Dangers lurk. As activist Medea Benjamin has said, “You are better off committing a war crime than exposing one” in the United States. No government cares to be accused of a war crime. If you happen to...
Debate Club: Did the U.S. Withdraw from Iraq Too Soon?

Debate Club: Did the U.S. Withdraw from Iraq Too Soon?

Far from being “too soon,” the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq came more than eight years too late–and still, the war isn’t over. This war should never have been launched, so it can’t be ended soon enough. The war was based on...