Jaime O’Neill: Just one of Donald Trump’s golfing trips to his Mar a Lago property costs more than the annual budget for Meals on Wheels, the program Republican eliminated that delivered meals to low-income seniors.
The Military Industrial Complex is a term coined by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to describe the web of policies and monetary relationships between legislators, national armed forces, and the military industrial base. The articles in this category address the relationship between our legislators and the lucrative defense contract industry.
WJ Astore: Ike knew that national safety shouldn’t be equated with military prowess; quite the reverse, as he warned us against the unchecked power of a burgeoning military-industrial-Congressional complex.
WJ Astore: Our military is suffering from rampant grade inflation. We are giving ourselves far too many trophies. When even the Marines fall prey to ribbon and medal proliferation, it’s not a good sign for future combat effectiveness.
William J. Astore: America is the world’s leader in drone technology, and the companies that have developed them see even bigger profits on the horizon if they can sell them to America’s allies around the globe.
WJ Astore: The 100 biggest arms producers accounted for $375 billion in weapons sales in 2016, with US firms having by far the largest share at $217 billion.
Lila Garrett: Eight out of 100 of our US Senators are the only ones who voted against the largest arms budget the world has every seen and to the everlasting shame of the media it was done so quietly that the world heard little if anything about it.
he weeks following my marriage were ecstasy. I was 19 and in love. The future seemed joyous, studded with promise. My wife was lovely, and I—a brooding and rather gloomy kid—was happier than I’d ever been. But there was a snake in this Edenic idyll we’d found for ourselves in southern California. We’d happened upon […]
Mel Gurtov: So here we are evidently back to the future as the Trump administration forges ahead with nuclear “modernization,” without a set strategy for the weapons but with billions of dollars to burn.
Laura Finley: In 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District, amidst outcry from parents, announced that it would return the three grenade launchers it had acquired but would keep its armored personnel carrier and 61 assault rifles.
WJ Astore: President Trump is a different man. “His” generals have brought him under control. Criticism of the F-35 has gone away.
In military affairs, America is especially prone to putting its faith in weapons. The problem is that often weaponry is either less important than one thinks, or seductive in its promise.
The man who was dragged from his seat was first asked if he would voluntarily give up his seat. He told the airline that he was a doctor and had patients waiting for him in Louisville.
William J. Astore: Forget about the global fight against ISIS: The big focus at the Pentagon is now going to be on spending that windfall of taxpayers’ dollars.