How to Wield Influence and Sell Weaponry in Washington

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by William Hartung Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. Such dangers seemed like Cold War relics, associated with outmoded practices like building fallout shelters and “duck and cover” drills. But give Donald… Continue Reading  

Our Base Nation

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by David Vine With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops still encircle the… Continue Reading  

John Barrasso vs. Chuck Hagel

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The Military-Industrial Complex Strikes Back by Marsha B. Cohen Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. — Dwight D. Eisenhower,… Continue Reading  

From Military-Industrial Complex to Permanent War State

By Gareth Porter Fifty years after Dwight D. Eisenhower’s January 17, 1961 speech on the “military-industrial complex”, that threat has morphed into a far more powerful and sinister force than Eisenhower could have imagined.  It has become a “Permanent War… Continue Reading  

Amid Ongoing Revelations, U.S. Chamber Sets Up Israel “Business Council”

Recent revelations by Think Progress concerning the contributions of foreign corporate donors to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which are helping to fund American political advertisements are not deterring the Chamber from expanding and reinforcing its efforts to shape US politics and policies in the interests of foreign corporate entities.

The newest addition to the US Chamber’s secretive web of potential election donors : a new joint US-Israel “business council.” Continue Reading