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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 ...


Bill Moyers Journal: 01/15/2010

Bill Moyers - PBS

BILL MOYERS: Since the war began, more than 900 Americans have died in Afghanistan. Our casualties doubled in 2009, and according to the United Nations, civilian deaths there have spiraled upward, too, more than 2,400 in 2009, the most lethal year yet. For the 2010 fiscal year, Congress has appropriated ...


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 ...


Afghan War Cost Grips Both Parties: 11/30/2009

Farrah Stockman - Boston Globe

WASHINGTON - A day before he is scheduled to announce a new strategy in Afghanistan, President Obama is under increasing pressure to explain how his administration intends to pay the rising costs of military operations in Afghanistan, which average about $3.6 billion per month.


Pointless War Is Draining Funds, Risking Security: 11/20/2009

Tom Vrabel - Buffalo News

We often hear in American political rhetoric that the war in Iraq is unjust, but that Afghanistan is the "good war." It is important that we, as a nation, become aware that this is a false claim and that the war in Afghanistan has detrimental effects on Afghan civilian populations.


In Our Opinion: Rethinking Priorities: 11/18/2009

Editorial - Daily Hampshire Gazette