William D. Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation and a member of the Sustainable Defense Task Force.
The war on Iraq has made us all painfully aware of the Pentagon's growing reliance on private companies.
George W. Bush's recent tour of Africa was a series of campaign photo
opportunities dressed up as a diplomatic trip.
You can be forgiven if, like me, you were a bit depressed to hear that the war had started. But this is no time to go into a funk.
Just as his father did, George W. Bush is offering generous packages of
aid and arms to nations that join his drive for war against Iraq.
In my days as a student activist in the 1970s, the use of the term
"imperialism" to describe US policy was generally used only in the
antiwar and international solidarity movements, the writing
Expanding the US global military presence is costly to taxpayers but
highly profitable for private military contractors.