Dana’s always been one to pick ‘em.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday March 21, 2013 8:00 pm|
From the moment the Supreme Court installed George W. Bush as President, it was laughably evident that America was being systematically looted down to the last can of Who-hash, but until Sept. 11, we didn’t realize that the rest of the planet was next. A distracted twelve year old watching the Axis of Evil speech could have seen that something was dreadfully amiss, and yet the pancaked halfwits “covering” it for us acted as though that surreal charade was perfectly normal.
Long before Andy Card mansplained that “from a marketing standpoint, you don’t roll out new products in August,” what was painfully obvious was that the Iraq War was being waged for several quite tangible reasons that were widely reported at the time.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday November 29, 2012 8:00 pm|
If I were a Republican at this particular moment, I’d have but one wish: Better grifters, please.
|By: David Swanson Sunday March 18, 2012 7:00 pm|
The Military Industrial Complex is a banker bailout every year. It’s over a trillion dollars a year through various departments and as much as all other nations’ militaries combined. It’s over half of federal discretionary spending every year. And that’s not counting the sales to foreign democracies and dictatorships that make the United States the top weapons supplier to the globe and allow our military the odd distinction of fighting most of its wars against weapons produced in the Homeland formerly known as our own country. But it IS counting the weapons we give to other countries. Yesterday even the Washington Post said we should stop arming Egypt.
|By: Derrick Crowe Tuesday January 17, 2012 4:42 pm|
Fifty-one years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his final, prescient warning about the rising power of the military industrial complex. More than half a century later, we find ourselves in a political system which has ignored Eisenhower’s sound advice as the influence of the war industry on our society reaches a crescendo. Nowhere is this “disastrous rise of misplaced power” more apparent than in the debate about the Pentagon budget taking place in Washington, D.C.
|By: emptywheel Monday January 3, 2011 7:00 am|
It’s really time for either some consistency in the way the government pursues its war on terror violent extremism, or an admission that the war on terror has disintegrated into a war on those who oppose U.S. empire. The government is still investigating a bunch of peace activists for material support. And yet four prominent Republicans can offer the same kind of material support as the peace activists — but this time in service of war or U.S. hegemony or oil — with no similar consequences?
|By: Peterr Saturday December 26, 2009 9:00 am|
In March, Obama ordered all executive branch agencies and departments to study their use of outside contractors. Wonder of wonders . . . they’ve found that in many cases, government workers actually do a better job for the money. IRS collections are better, and now the DOD is getting in on the act.
I’m sure the GOP deficit hawks will be cheering this news, despite the fact that it reverses the eight years of BushCo shoveling money out the door that they enabled and encouraged.
|By: emptywheel Friday December 4, 2009 5:22 pm|
Jeremy Scahill expands on his explanation for the big Vanity Fair piece on Erik Prince.
|By: Jim White Friday October 23, 2009 9:16 am|
Thirty Republicans in the Senate voted against Sen. Al Franken’s amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act that prevents government contractors requiring their employees to submit to arbitration rather than taking assault cases to court. It appears that Sen. Dan Inouye, Chair of the Appropriations Committee, is now contemplating removing the Franken Amendment from the bill.
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday September 10, 2009 6:00 pm|
An article in today’s Washington Post by Karen de Young (H/T Spencer Ackerman) highlights the determination to race to catastrophe by the Obama administration. In an ever-ending reconsideration and analysis of Afghanistan party, the Obama administration is said to be internally assessing the progress of the Afghan-Pakistan War over the next few weeks.