Panetta Set to Release Plan for Reduced Pentagon Budget

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 8:55 am

Leon Panetta has sketched out his vision for an “austerity” military, which only spends slightly less than every country on Earth does on their militaries combined, rather than more. Keep in mind that this reflects the cuts from the spending cap version of the debt limit deal, not the trigger cuts which would reduce another [...]

Military Stimulus: US Selling Tens of Billions in Arms to Middle East Countries

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 11:35 am

Maybe this is the new big plan for the economy: sell as many weapons to the Middle East as possible. Let a million Rosie the Riveters bloom. That this buildup endangers an entire region, one holding the keys to the current energy infrastructure of the world, is just a sidelight to this, I guess. First, [...]

US Drones Keep Falling Out of the Sky

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 10:55 am

On the heels of the drone that landed inside Iran recently, now there’s a report of another drone crash-landing in the Seychelles Islands: One of the Air Force’s premier drones crashed Tuesday morning in the Seychelles, the Indian Ocean archipelago that serves as a base for anti-piracy operations, as well as U.S. surveillance missions over [...]

OMB Trying to Stop Pentagon Slush Funds

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 12:15 pm

There are several ways in which the Defense Department’s extended whine about automatic sequestration cuts to their base budget is a joke, but the White House has apparently sniffed out one of those ways. The Overseas Contingency budget has quickly become a slush fund for the Pentagon. Money earmarked to go toward operations in Iraq [...]

Mark Udall Trying to Strip Out Indefinite Detention Regime from Defense Bill

By: Monday November 28, 2011 12:02 pm

Other than the payroll tax legislation, the big news in the Senate this week is the defense authorization bill, traditionally seen as must-pass legislation. It seems like every year there’s some big controversy over this bill.  This time that comes in the form of a measure that would mandate indefinite detentions of terrorist suspects in [...]

Infamous $6.6 Billion “Lost” In Iraq Found in Their Central Bank

By: Wednesday October 26, 2011 1:35 pm

It was a signature of Bush-era incompetence in Iraq. $6.6 billion in reconstruction funds, loaded up on pallets and sent into Baghdad, never to be seen again. Where did it go? Who received the money? How could $6.6 billion go missing? Years later, the government has come up with an answer. It went to the [...]

Lobbyist Money Flows for Catfood Commission Members

By: Friday August 12, 2011 8:50 am

This little bit just perfectly encapsulates how Congress is purchased by corporate special interests. Political supporters of Rep. Xavier Becerra (D., Calif.), one of the appointees to deficit-reduction committee, have already figured out how to raise revenue—by touting his seat on the panel to raise money for his political campaign. About two hours after House [...]

Panetta Missed One Blunt Comment: We Want to Stay in Iraq to Facilitate Weapons Sales

By: Tuesday July 12, 2011 8:55 am

Leon Panetta, who apparently thinks we’re in Iraq because of 9-11, is very frustrated that the Iraqis haven’t recognized the brilliance of the US military and the need to keep us around permanently. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta voiced frustration with the Iraqi government’s delay in deciding whether to ask the U.S. to keep troops [...]

As Military Budget Cuts Loom, Contracting Costs Spiral

By: Friday July 1, 2011 8:15 am

If there will be a debt limit deal, I think it’s becoming clear that it will include defense cuts, perhaps even bigger than the $400 billion floated by the President, though I doubt as high as the $1 trillion which Barney Frank and Ron Paul have submitted. The Hill couldn’t find that many House Republicans [...]

Leahy Threatens Egyptian Aid If Mubarak Stays in Power

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 10:30 am

The state TV interview with Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman was kind of a joke. Suleiman rejected the early departure of Hosni Mubarak from the government due to the risk to “stability and security” (because Egypt looks so stable). He intimated that satellite TV stations like Al Jazeera “are arousing you against your country.” He [...]

SASC Report Shows Contracting for Security Guards in Afghanistan Run Amok

By: Friday October 8, 2010 10:26 am

A new investigation from the Senate Armed Services Committee shows that private security contractors in Afghanistan “rely on warlords and strongmen” to provide security guards that watch US bases. These guards often have ties to the Taliban. That’s what the Senate Armed Services Committee found after a year-long investigation into 125 contracts held by private [...]

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