Worshiping the Sacred Pig

Washington is a slaughterhouse these days, as politicians from across the political spectrum take their knives to the budget. Going under the blade are dozens of social programs that provide food for low-income women and children, energy assistance to folks who...
Libya War Is No Pentagon Lifeline

Libya War Is No Pentagon Lifeline

The United States is fighting another war–of unknown scope and length–in Libya. At a time of budget-cutting fever on Capitol Hill, the war represents a potential lifeline for the Pentagon. If you believe the Libya operation justifies current U.S. military...
Global Day of Action on Military Spending: April 12

Global Day of Action on Military Spending: April 12

For more information:John Feffer: johnf@ips-dc.org; 202-294-9128Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GlobalDay412 Global Day of Action on Military Spending: April 12 On Tuesday, April 12, people in more than 35 countries, as well as Columbus, Dallas, Kansas...

The Coming Global Food Fight

Food prices around the world are surging. Between July of last year and this January alone, the price of wheat has doubled. Indeed, the cost of food has now passed the record levels of 2008, when angry citizens staged huge protests in dozens of countries. Currently,...

A Military Budget on the Wrong Side of History

The Obama administration is scrambling to get on the right side of history. It has a lot of ground to make up. History is mostly judging the United States these days for launching, and now perpetuating, the longest wars in our history. Initially sold as a war to...

Revisiting the Neutered Medal of Honor Argument

In November of 2010, Rev. Bryan Fischer, who has been called the public face of Rev. Donald Wildmon’s conservative American Family Association, wrote an inflammatory series of four posts titled The feminization of the medal of honor. Occasioned by the award to...
Ruled by Rifles

Ruled by Rifles

The Pentagon and the National Rifle Association have a lot in common these days. They’re in love with guns. They maintain powerful lobbies. They refuse to acknowledge the dangerous consequences of their policies. And they’re both on the defensive. After...

The Tragic U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If that doesn’t accurately describe the more than nine-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan, I don’t know what does. The...

Gun Crazy

The Pentagon and the National Rifle Association have a lot in common these days. They’re in love with guns. They maintain powerful lobbies. They refuse to acknowledge the dangerous consequences of their policies. And they’re both on the defensive. After...

WikiLeaks Proves Need for Stronger Whistleblower Protections

Hysteria and anger over WikiLeaks have led to calls in Congress to widen the scope of espionage law violations. Essentially, this serves as a warning shot to future whistleblowers. But the experiences of other truth-tellers show why this is a mistake. Information is...

Will Pentagon Be Exempt From Budget Cuts?

Two major bipartisan reports – including one commissioned by President Barack Obama – released over the past 10 days argued against such an exemption. But powerful Republicans, whose party won control of the House of Representatives and boosted their...
With a Lot of Help from Our Friends

With a Lot of Help from Our Friends

The Pentagon has reached, perhaps, its high-water mark. The huge budget increases of the George W. Bush era have been scaled down. The most ambitious plans to intervene abroad have been scaled back. The most aggressive rhetoric has been toned down. With the U.S....