How Safe Are You? What Almost $8 Trillion in National Security Spending Bought You

By Chris Hellman Reposted by arrangement with Tom Dispatch The killing of Osama Bin Laden did not put cuts in national security spending on the table, but the debt-ceiling debate finally did.  And mild as those projected cuts might have… Continue Reading  

Defending MEK, Mukasey, Ridge & Freeh Attack Obama For Hastily Exiting Iraq, While Admitting He’s Trying To Stay

Reposted with the permission of Think Progress In an article on Fox News’ website, former Bush administration officials Michael Mukasey and Tom Ridge and former FBI director Louis Freeh claim that in his apparent rush to pull U.S. troops out… Continue Reading  

Paul, Santorum and the Sixth War (on Iran)

Republished with the permission of Informed Comment By Juan Cole One of the places foreign policy emerged in the GOP Iowa debate last night was an exchange between Ron Paul and Rick Santorum on Iran, as right wing analyst Thomas… Continue Reading  

Influencing Afghanistan

Peshawar-based journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai has an interesting article on the “new great game” in Afghanistan between players Iran, Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia. Yusufzai argues for the Pakistani viewpoint, but his insights are relevant for all policy players in the… Continue Reading  

Iran and the Taliban

Last week 2 U.S. media outlets aired the unsubstantiated claim that Iran was responsible for downing a helicopter in Afghanistan which killed 30 U.S. military personnel. This type of baseless fear-mongering is nothing new. Right-wing pundits and media commentators have… Continue Reading