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The US maintains the most expansive and expensive military on the planet. On this week's edition of The Breakdown, D.C. Editor Chris Hayes and Institute for Policy Studies Research Fellow Miriam Pemberton discuss just how much the US could afford to cut Pentagon spending while maintaining its status as the dominant military force in the world.

The former British diplomat recounts his own whistleblowing and the benefits and dangers of the WikiLeaks dipomatic cables dump.

Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you? If you have a life, Lockheed Martin is likely a part of it.

What it means when Obama says we have the world’s finest fighting force.

For a country embroiled in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, once you begin down the path of invasion and occupation, turning back is as difficult as an addict going cold turkey.

The Department of Defense's December review of Afghan strategy glossed over real challenges to the US involvement in the country's political and economic development.

Why did the senior State Department representative resign from his Afghanistan post? The full interview.

Our war has radicalized Pakistanis, turning many against the West and their own government.

Blogs

President Obama’s decision to ask Congress to authorize any action towards Syria is both courageous and correct—now it’s time for democracy to work. 

September 3, 2013

The “800-pound gorilla” off limits?

September 3, 2013

Is President Obama planning to assassinate President Assad of Syria?

September 3, 2013

The president's decision to bomb Syria makes no strategic sense whatsoever, and it will lots of people for no reason at all.

September 1, 2013

Obama’s choice delays military intervention and opens way for debate on whether strikes are justified.

August 31, 2013

Margaret Sullivan calls out the Times for lack of skepticism.

August 30, 2013

Eric on the hidden treasure in the new Bob Dylan; Reed on the impending airstrikes in Syria.

August 30, 2013

An aimless, nonsensical attack.

August 30, 2013

After days of following the White House line, skeptical reporting and punditry has arrived.

August 29, 2013

More than 150 House Democrats and Republicans say: “Congress must assert our authority.”

August 29, 2013