Republicans Break Budget Promises To Increase Military Spending

By: Friday March 20, 2015 9:16 am

House Budget would create a slush fund for extra defense spending: http://t.co/fK67f4VOnm pic.twitter.com/MLpALqpUwy — Loren Adler (@LorenAdler) March 18, 2015 Republicans have now proposed a budget that contains billions of dollars in additional military spending, breaking a central promise made by Republicans on the campaign trail to reduce federal spending. The move to increase war [...]

 

A Global Security System: An Alternative to War

By: Tuesday March 10, 2015 3:00 pm

World Beyond War has just published a short book titled A Global Security System: An Alternative to War. This act constitutes an intervention into the debate over whether to create a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. In fact, this document should help stimulate a debate over whether to continue with the war [...]

ISIS Derangement Syndrome

By: Sunday March 1, 2015 3:00 pm

Here’s Time Magazine‘s David von Drehle: “The greatest threat that ISIS poses — even to the poor souls living under ISIS rule — is the unintended damage that might follow from the effort to eradicate the group. . . . As dangerous as it is to have a terrorist kingdom in the middle of the world’s [...]

Forcing Change in Big Media’s Pro-war Bias

By: Saturday February 28, 2015 6:00 pm

Today I want to suggest some other steps and some leverage methods to force the issue.

I discussed them and the research that led to them on Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd. Feb, 26, 2015.

Today Digby wrote about Chris Hayes and Laura Ingram pointing out how the networks push war. Now, what to do to change it?

Following Lee Fang’s Nation article on retired generals pushing bombing without being identified. I dug into the process for getting those guests to get on the air. I spoke to news producers, show bookers, guests, corporate media execs, FCC and FTC lawyers. I spoke to corporate CFOs, institutional investors, hedge fund managers and media trackers.

After I understood the process, I asked, “Who or what has the power to change things?”

3 Easy Steps to Change the Media’s Views on War & Torture

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 7:00 pm

These days I’m like Mr. Spock in the dark, parallel universe of Star Trek. I see our leadership going down the wrong path regarding the use of war and torture. It’s an illogical, fear-based path, and it’s presented as the only alternative.

U.S. Army Claims to Be Full of Liars

By: Monday February 23, 2015 1:05 pm

“Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession” is the title of a new paper by Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras of the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. Its thesis: the U.S. Army is full of liars who habitually lie as part of a lying culture that has internalized and normalized lying to the point [...]

U.S. Dumps Massive Load of Weapons and Ammunition in Lebanon

By: Tuesday February 10, 2015 9:01 am

The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon announced a new shipment of weapons and ammunition have arrived in Beirut, the latest American assistance to Lebanon’s army as it fights ISIS along its border with Syria. The Ambassador said the equipment includes more than 70 M198 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery “of all [...]

Did You Know We Won the Afghan War This Weekend?

By: Wednesday December 31, 2014 9:00 am

Winning wars used to be much cooler. But hey, did you know we won the war in Afghanistan this weekend? Or, at least we ended the war in Afghanistan this weekend? It is true. America’s longest war, clocking in at more than 13 years, (fun fact: the U.S. involvement in WWII, when we defeated the [...]

Why Iraq Paid for 50,000 Soldiers Who Didn’t Exist

By: Tuesday December 23, 2014 9:00 am

One of the latest stories from Iraq is that some 50,000 “ghost soldiers” haunt the rolls of the Iraqi Army. They have been added to the rosters so that someone can skim away all or part of their salaries. The story has been played for Daily Show-like laughs, has been cited as a cause for [...]

Obama Reverses Pledge On US Combat Role In Afghanistan

By: Monday November 24, 2014 7:03 am

Last May President Barack Obama announced that US forces in Afghanistan would finally be ending their combat mission and in 2015 would move to an advisory role. According to The New York Times that pledge has now been reversed with an order to continue combat missions against the Taliban and anyone else who threatens US forces in the country or the Afghan government. Rather than pull back from Afghanistan as President Obama promised, the US is doubling down.

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