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Too Much Bang, Bang: The Need To Demilitarize Us National Security: 03/02/2010

Melvin A. Goodman - Progressive Democrats of America

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates gave a provocative and even dangerous speech at the National Defense University (NDU) last week that revealed the cold-war thinking of a key holdover from the Bush administration. With language reminiscent of the worst days of the cold war in the 1950s, Gates argued that ...


Is Military Keynesianism The Solution?: 03/01/2010

Heidi Garrett-Peltier - Dollars & Sense

The United States is currently preparing to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan by summer 2010. Military contractors, deeply integrated into the U.S. economy, will continue to prosper and profit from increased military spending resulting from this surge of troops. At a time when unemployment in the domestic economy remains ...


National Priorities Project Helps Consumers Grasp Federal Budget: 02/21/2010

Jessica Borders - USA Today

The National Priorities Project is working to help consumers grasp how the federal budget impacts their daily lives. On Feb. 8, the National Priorities Project released a publication on "The President's Budget: Fiscal Year 2011." This report, found at www.nationalpriorities.org, "reviews presidential budget requests spanning fiscal years 2008 to 2012, ...


The Federal Budget - Dymystified: 02/17/2010

Susan Kaplan - WFCR 88.5 Public Radio

Federal budgets aren't known for being brief. And the Obama Administration's recently released fiscal 2011 budget is 2,300 pages long. The National Priorities Project, based in Northampton Massachusetts, tries to tell the story behind the numbers. The group's executive director, Jo Comerford, told WFCR's Susan Kaplan that President Obama's attempt ...


Don't Call It A "Defense" Budget: 02/02/2010

by Norman Solomon - Media Monitors Network

Oratory can be nice, but budget numbers tell us where an administration is headed. In 2010, this one is marching up a steep military escalator, under the banner of "defense."This isn't "defense."The new budget from the White House will push U.S. military spending well above $2 billion a day.Foreclosing the ...


Pentagon: Budget Reflects Reform Goals: 02/01/2010

UPI - St. Louis Globe-Democrat

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The $708 billion U.S. Defense Department fiscal year 2011 proposal includes $159 billion for overseas operations, mainly Afghanistan and Iraq, officials said.The request, which also includes $549 billion in discretionary budgeting authority, carries on the reforms set in last year's Pentagon budget and builds on ...


Big War Spending Continues Under Obama: 02/01/2010

Susan Cornwell - Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday proposed another two years of hefty spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, seeking Congress' approval for about $160 billion this year and again in fiscal 2011 to pay war costs.The war spending proposed by Obama is only slightly less than in each of the last ...


Pentagon Shifts Its Strategy To Small-Scale Warfare: 01/30/2010

August Cole and Yochi J. Dreazen - Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon will lay out a long-term vision for U.S. national security on Monday that jettisons the military's decades-old belief that it needs to be prepared to fight two large-scale wars simultaneously, according to defense officials familiar with the matter. The shift in strategy sets up potential conflicts with defense ...


Q+A: Cost Of Iraq, Afghanistan Tops $1 Trillion: 01/15/2010

STAFF - Reuters

The cost to U.S. taxpayers of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 has topped $1 trillion, and President Barack Obama is expected to request another $33 billion to fund more troops this year.Over two-thirds of the money has been spent on the conflict in Iraq since 2003. This year ...


Jared Loughner And The Paranoid Style: 01/15/2010

- New Left Project

aul Street is an independent policy researcher, journalist, historian, and speaker. He is the author of several books, including 'Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11' and most recently 'The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power'. He spoke to NLPs Alex Doherty on ...