Pence is wrong: The U.S. spends way too much on its military

Despite Michael Pence’s claim that we need to begin by “rebuilding our military,” the U.S. is not even close to losing its overwhelming military dominance.. Last year, the United States spent $600 billion on its military – roughly as much as the next eight countries put together.

Trump's budget has a radical plan for remaking US foreign policy

The budget won’t pass. But what it says about the president is really, really important. Using the Pentagon’s massive budget as a baseline, 55 billion is a relatively small increase. But it’s paid for, in part, by a relatively huge cut to the State Department. State’s $55 billion budget, $19 billion of which is spent on operations related to American wars, is slashed by 29 percent (leaving it with a total of $39 billion). The operative words for State are fewer and less: fewer diplomats, less development aid, and less support for international organizations like the United Nations.

Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire

Even as President Donald Trump faces ever-intensifying investigations into the alleged connections between his top aides and family members and powerful Russian figures, he serves as commander in chief over a U.S. military that is killing an astonishing and growing  number of civilians. Under Trump, the U.S. is re-escalating its war in  Afghanistan, expanding its operations in Iraq and Syria, conducting covert raids in Somalia and Yemen, and openly facilitating the Saudi’s genocidal military destruction of Yemen.

How the Pentagon Paid for NFL Displays of Patriotism

A key component is missing from the current controversial discussion surrounding football players and the national anthem. In the recent days  of argument over whether NFL players have the right to protest racial inequality and systemic injustice in the United States, few have brought up the fact that less than a decade ago, professional football players didn’t even appear on the field during the national anthem.

White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits

President Trump on Monday sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget with steep cuts in domestic programs and entitlements, including Medicare, and large increases for the military, envisioning deficits totaling at least $7.1 trillion over the next decade. The blueprint, which has little to no chance of being enacted as written, amounts to a vision statement by Mr. Trump, whose plan discards longtime  Republican orthodoxy about balancing the budget, instead embracing last year’s $1.5 trillion tax cut and new spending on a major infrastructure initiative.

Senate Passes Bill to Enshrine $38-billion Military Aid Package to Israel Into Law

The U.S. Senate passed a measure that would codify into law the $38 billion defense aid package for Israel over 10 years that was negotiated in the final days of the Obama administration.

The U.S.-Israel
Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 approved Wednesday gives
the defense package the imprimatur of Congress, which would keep any
future president from reneging. The $38 billion deal negotiated in 2016
is the most generous ever to Israel.

State Department Team Led by Former Raytheon Lobbyist Pushed Mike Pompeo to Support Yemen War Because of Arms Sales

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced internal opposition to U.S.
support for the war in Yemen from State Department staff, according to a
recent report. The staffers had become concerned by the rising civilian
death toll in the war being carried out by Persian Gulf monarchies,
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — not only owing to bombings
of densely populated areas, but also a humanitarian crisis exacerbated
by the fighting, with up to 8.4 million people at risk of starvation.