The Two Trillion Dollar Question: What Would Mitt Romney Spend on the Military?

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 7:45 am

To the extent that there is a difference in foreign policy between the two Presidential candidates at this point, it’s that Mitt Romney wants to implement the same exact policies as Barack Obama, but just spend $2 trillion more on defense contracting to carry it out. The $2 trillion number derives from Romney’s vow, listed [...]

Turkey/Syria War Prospect Becomes More Real

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 8:30 am

The crisis between Turkey and Syria intensified today. Turkey’s top military commander warned the Syrians that his country would “respond more strongly” to persistent cross-border attacks that have already killed a handful of Turkish nationals. Turkey has already responded with shelling against targets inside Syria. This threatens opening up a second front in Syria’s civil [...]

Turkey Approves Military Action Against Syria as Cross-Border Attacks Continue

By: Friday October 5, 2012 7:35 am

Turkey’s Parliament approved military action against Syria yesterday, though they downplayed it as not a prelude to an invasion or a “war mandate.” But while Syria apologized for cross-border shelling that killed five in Turkey and drew this response, the Turkish military fired over the border for a second day, as the Turkish Prime Minister [...]

Administration Wrestles With Another Round of the Drone Wars in Africa

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 10:50 am

Today the US State Department pulled out all of their government personnel from Benghazi – essential personnel and non-essential alike. In the wake of the attack on the US consulate, they have determined the city too unsafe, even after residents drove militia groups operating in Benghazi from their bases. The FBI has still not reached [...]

Tensions Mount With New Provocations in Iran

By: Monday September 17, 2012 11:38 am

When you talk about tail risk for the US economy, sweeping away the European crisis and the fiscal cliff, perhaps the biggest potential comes from an oil price shock. Combined with any fiscal tightening, that could easily snap the US into recession. And the biggest threat of this stems not from the protests outside US [...]

US Sends Drones, Military, Intelligence Personnel to Libya, Amid Chaotic Time for New Democracy

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 11:43 am

As we learn more about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11, it becomes harder and harder to ignore the probability that the militants involved were retaliating for a drone strike that took out a top al-Qaeda leader who happened to be Libyan. Christopher Chivvis puts this in context. As details [...]

US Hands Over Bagram Prison to Afghans – Sort Of

By: Monday September 10, 2012 1:04 pm

The US has handed over the prison at Bagram Air Force base to Afghanistan, in the latest in a series of transitions to have the Afghans take control of their own security. The prison transfer was part of a bargain won months ago by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. However, hundreds of prisoners at the facility [...]

Former Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden Explains Folly of an Attack on Iran

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 10:19 am

The Democratic platform on Iran has a mix of pleas for a diplomatic solution combined with the ever-present threats and vows of military force if required. It acknowledges straight-out that “Iran has yet to build a nuclear weapon” but adds that the country has “failed to meet its obligations under the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty). [...]

Rand Paul Will Tell RNC Convention to “Audit the Pentagon”

By: Monday August 27, 2012 7:35 am

Here’s the revised schedule for the Republican National Convention. Nobody who was previously on the schedule got bumped, though a few may have to truncate their speeches. So Mike Huckabee will still get an opportunity to speak, and Rick Santorum, and the collection of “people of color in the Republican Party we see once every [...]

Getting Things Straight on the Military Sequester

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:03 am

Justin Elliott has a useful story on how the press and politicians have inflated the military budget cuts that are part of the sequester that triggers at the end of the year. The total budgetary savings from the sequester are $1.2 trillion, equally divided between defense and discretionary spending. However, that includes the savings that [...]

Norquist Comes Out Against Growth in the Military Budget

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 9:35 am

Grover Norquist, the anti-tax zealot, has become an ally in the fight to cut the military budget. He criticized the two day-old Romney/Ryan ticket yesterday, for the fact that they would increase defense spending: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, his would-be vice president Paul Ryan, and defense hawks in Congress are wrong that savings can’t [...]

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