Maintaining Nuclear Arsenal To Cost $355 Billion

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 8:23 am

As unemployment benefits are set to expire Saturday for 1.3 million Americans the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced an estimate for the costs of maintaining and modernizing America’s doomsday weapons – $355 billion. In these times is there a more telling comparison? Over one million Americans are casually tossed into the pain of poverty [...]

Pro-Israel Right Gangs Up on Chuck Hagel to Sink Defense Secretary Nomination

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 7:00 am

The fury with which neoconservative pro-Israel groups have struck out at Chuck Hagel’s imminent nomination as the Secretary of Defense is both striking and completely expected. There is such a thing as learned behavior. Many of the same groups spoke out against Susan Rice, and they succeeded in getting her to withdraw consideration for Secretary [...]

Report: Former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel To Be Nominated as Secretary of Defense

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 11:45 am

Hans Nichols at Bloomberg reports that former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and one of the few early GOP converts against the Iraq War, is the leading candidate to replace Leon Panetta at the Department of Defense. Hagel, who served as an enlisted Army infantryman in Vietnam, has passed the vetting process at [...]

On Memorial Day, Debate Over Counter-Insurgency at West Point

By: Monday May 28, 2012 10:54 am

The President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery today, and he made a proclamation: “After a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon,” he said at Arlington National Cemetery, drawing applause when he noted the [...]

More Photos Reveal Desecration of Corpses By Soldiers in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 8:59 am

In just the latest indignity to the Afghan people, the LA Times published new photos with examples of US troops posing with dead and dismembered Afghan bodies. Two soldiers posed holding a dead man’s hand with the middle finger raised. A soldier leaned over the bearded corpse while clutching the man’s hand. Someone placed an [...]

Iran/Israel War Games Show Risk of US Involvement in Middle East War, With Little Return

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:15 am

The military has already tested the consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, and it found troublesome results for not only Israel and Iran, but the US as well. A classified war simulation held this month to assess the repercussions of an Israeli attack on Iran forecasts that the strike would lead to [...]

New Pentagon Budget Reflects New American Way of War

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 12:57 pm

The Pentagon today announced its “lighter” budget, which should more accurately be referred to as its reorganization of the military. It’s hard to call this a smaller budget when you look at this fact sheet. The only reason the budget gets “smaller” is the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The base budget [...]

Debunking the Arguments Against Cutting the Military Budget

By: Monday January 9, 2012 11:02 am

With the release of the Defense Strategic Guidance detailing a scaling back of military financing, the usual suspects have come around to condemn the cuts. Now, let’s set aside for a moment the fact that there are no cuts to the military budget planned in this document. This would just slow the rate of growth [...]

Pentagon’s “Austerity Budget” Ignores Second-Round Trigger Cuts

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 8:55 am

The President made some brief remarks at the Pentagon during the introduction of the new “austerity” defense budget. He stressed that the US will still have the most powerful fighting force in the world, that even after the cuts the defense budget would grow over the next five years, and that the overall budget will [...]

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 [...]

House-Senate Agreement Reached on Omnibus Spending, Defense Authorization Bills

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 7:01 am

Two major year-end pieces of legislation were readied yesterday, and in this case, House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on the measures, expecting to pass them by the end of the week. First, appropriators agreed to a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill covering the rest of the fiscal year (to September 30 of next year) [...]

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