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Defense spending news and analysis from The Nation
October 10, 2017
Here’s Where Your Tax Dollars for ‘Defense’ Are Really Going
The Pentagon’s spending is a scandal of epic proportions.
William D. Hartung
September 28, 2017
Why American Democracy Has Descended Into Collective Hysteria
We are a great power in decline—but neither party has a clue what to do about it.
September 26, 2017
Is Your Senator Enabling Donald Trump’s Warmongering?
Rand Paul tried to take away the president’s blank check for endless war, but a number of Democrats joined most Republicans in a Senate vote that let Trump keep it.
September 12, 2017
The ‘World’s Greatest Military’ Is Indeed Great—at Defeating Itself
American forces seek to dominate everywhere, but they win decisively nowhere.
William J. Astore
August 11, 2017
The Pentagon Has a Small Coup Problem
The Department of Defense has trained more than a hundred foreign militaries that went on to stage coups in their home countries.
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July 25, 2017
A Guide to Trump’s $1 Trillion Defense Bill
This from a president who promised new efficiencies in government.
William D. Hartung
July 20, 2017
Paul Ryan Hands Donald Trump a Blank Check for Endless War
The Speaker and his allies block Barbara Lee’s drive to check presidential war making.
May 2, 2017
The Military Now Runs US Foreign Policy
And as Trump’s recent turnabout shows, the establishment will brook no dissent from the reigning orthodoxy.
April 28, 2017
It’s Groundhog Day in Washington, With Trump Peddling the Same Old Reaganite Snake Oil
Tax cuts for the wealthy didn’t increase government revenue then, and they’re not going to now. It’s mourning again in America.
April 12, 2017
Building a New Movement Against Militarism
As Martin Luther King Jr. noted 50 years ago, you can’t fight militarism unless you also fight racism and materialism.