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Thanks, but no Tanks

Who could resist an article — from CNN of all people — with a headline of “Thanks but no tanks”? Not me, obviously. Good thing the article is definitely worth a read. It details how the same Congress that is screaming about deficits is insisting that the military spend $181 million for tanks that the […]

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In the Tank

The US military has lots of M1 Abrams tanks — more than 2,300 deployed around the world, and 3,000 more in storage at a remote military base in California. But they have a problem — the M1 has a flat bottom that makes it vulnerable to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that are so popular in […]

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GOP Gives Defense Bill a Wedgie

When Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage, Republicans accused him of using it as a wedge issue. But it seems that the GOP just can’t help themselves with their gay hating ways. The Republican-led House just attached a provision into the defense authorization bill banning military chapels from performing same-sex marriages. The bill […]

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Who are you, and what have you done with George Will?

I was pleasantly surprised by an editorial by conservative George Will condemning Republicans for saying that Obama is weak on defense. By George, Will wonders never cease! Here are two quotes from it, but the whole thing is short and definitely worth a read. The U.S. defense budget is about 43 percent of the world’s […]

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Military Betwixt and Between Oil and Clean Energy

Ironically – in a good way – it is the military that is taking serious steps to reduce it’s own reliance on oil. From an article in National Journal: The Pentagon on Tuesday unveiled its first “Operational Energy Strategy,” a plan to fundamentally transform the way fuel is used in the theater of war. Clean-energy […]

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China Threatens Vegemite Shipping Lanes!

©Tom Toles I like the quizzical look on the kangaroo’s face, “Where the heck did he come from?” Come to think of it, why do we need a military base in Australia? – Iron Filing

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So much for trying to reduce the deficit

The House today overwhelmingly (336-87) passed a new defense spending bill, actually increasing military spending by $17 billion to $649 billion. Remember that we already spend more on our military than most of the rest of the world put together, and I sure as hell don’t feel like it is making us safer than those […]

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Arms Race with No Arms

© Joel Pett Somebody is going to end up with egg on their face.

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The Cost of the War in Iraq

We just passed the eighth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, and here is how much money we thrown down the drain on it: The Cost of the War in Iraq (JavaScript Error)

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Not Entirely Impossible

After all, Costa Rica abolished its military, choosing instead to spend the money on security, education, and culture. © Ruben Bolling

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More Unnecessary Deficit Spending

A few days ago, I posted a story about the Republicans unanimously voting to give $5 billion a year in subsidies to big oil companies, which even oil company executives said they didn’t need. Well, it happened again. This time, Congress voted to spend $13 billion on not one but two weapon system programs, which […]

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Privatize War

Satire from Chris Otte.

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I just gained a whole lot of respect for Rand Paul

Rand Paul, the newly elected Republican/libertarian/Tea Party candidate from Kentucky just came out and said what no other Republican will dare say — that in order to balance the budget he would be willing to cut military spending. It is such an obvious thing, really. We currently spend more money on our military than the […]

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GOP Platform

© Bill Schorr The only thing the GOP seems to unequivocally support is the military, so it makes sense!

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How many nuclear weapons do we need?

Two military professors have written an interesting piece in the NY Times. They have come up with a plausible answer to the question “how many nuclear weapons do we need to assure our national security”. They come up with a number, 311, and provide evidence that this number would be more than sufficient. After all, […]

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