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William Astore: A Ten-Point Plan to Make Joe Biden a Peace-Time President

“What could be more exceptional, more laudable, than seeking a lasting global peace?”

February 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies: Will Biden End America’s Global War on Children?

Nothing in Biden’s long record in public life suggests that he will, unless the American public and the rest of the world act collectively and effectively to insist that America must end its war on children and finally become a responsible, law-abiding member of the human family.

February 2, 2021 · 5 Comments

Andrew Bacevich: Reflections on Vietnam and Iraq

Virtually all Democrats and many in the media ascribe to Donald Trump full blame for the mess in which this country finds itself. Yet Americans would do well to temper their expectations of what supplanting Trumpism with Bidenism is likely to produce.

December 28, 2020 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: It’s Almost Twenty Years Since 9/11

Perhaps the horrors of 2020—the fires and hurricanes, Trump’s vicious attacks on democracy, the death, sickness, and economic dislocation caused by Covid-19—can force a real conversation about national security in 2021. Maybe this time we can finally ask whether trying to prop up a dying empire actually makes us—or indeed the world—any safer.

December 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

William D. Hartung & Mandy Smithberger: Shrinking the Pentagon

Will the Biden administration dare cut military spending?

December 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mandy Smithberger: The Pentagon Budget

A Post-Coronavirus Economy Can No Longer Afford to Put the Pentagon First.

September 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lindsay Koshgarian: Cut the Pentagon 10 Percent. Invest in Public Health

At more than $740 billion this year, the Pentagon budget is more than 100 times the budget of the CDC—and more than 1,800 times the U.S. contribution to the World Health Organization that the president has promised to cut.

July 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Andrea Mazzarino: The War Zone Is America

A Military Spouse’s Perspective on Racism and Armed Violence in the United States

June 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Mandy Smithberger: Creating a National Insecurity State

At $1.21 trillion, the actual national security budget is essentially twice the size of the announced Pentagon budget… Yet those calling for higher budgets continue to argue that the only way to keep America safe is to pour in yet more tax dollars at a moment when remarkably little is going into, for instance, domestic infrastructure.

March 3, 2020 · 4 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: War Addicts, Inc.

Making Sense of the Age of Carnage

February 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: A History of Deadly Meddling

In this essay, we hear a first-hand account from Mel Packer who was one of the Americans who visited Iran during the hostage crisis of 1980.

February 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

Mandy Smithberger: How The Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away With Murder in Contract After Contract

Washington has already spent at least $2 trillion on its war in Afghanistan alone, and the corruption, waste, and failure associated with those expenditures was (or at least should have been) mindboggling.

January 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Andrea Mazzarino: Bearing Witness to the Costs of War

I’m a scholar of the war on terror’s civilian casualties, as well as a military spouse. Until the suffering ends, all of us should bear witness to the costs of war.

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump

Extorting political favors from foreign leaders is bad enough, but Donald J. Trump has done so much worse…

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

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