Pro-Discrimination Provision Stripped from Defense Appropriation

A provision allowing defense contractors to discriminate on the basis of religion has been stripped out of a defense appropriation bill in the conference committee that reconciled the House and Senate versions of that bill. … [Read more...]

Biggest Lobbying Companies Also Biggest Government Defrauders

Here's an interesting and unsurprising report. The companies that have faced the most fines for defrauding the government on contracts are also the same companies that spend the most money on lobbying the government and spending on campaigns to put people friendly to their interests in common. Those companies include military contractors and oil companies, including Boeing and Exxon. … [Read more...]

Nope, Still No Real Cuts to ‘Defense’

As the right wing continues to absolutely freak out about those "deep cuts" to "defense" spending that are allegedly being proposed by the Obama administration, Eric Stoner points out the absurdity of those claims at Alternet, noting that there are no real cuts and that our real defense spending is actually much higher than the Pentagon's budget. … [Read more...]

The ‘Smallest Military in Decades’ Lie

With the Pentagon facing cuts to a tiny portion of its budget, the right wing is in full freakout mode and they're lying to support the claim that we need to spend more, not less, on weapons. PolitiFact takes Mitt Romney to task for the standard lie we're hearing these days, that "our Navy is smaller than it's been since 1917. Our Air Force is smaller and older than any time since 1947." … [Read more...]

Iraq: Worth The Cost?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had a press conference in Turkey a couple weeks ago after participating in a ceremony in Baghdad marking the end of America's official (but not unofficial) military presence in that country. And he claimed that the invasion of Iraq was worth the cost: … [Read more...]

The Defense Bill and Indefinite Detention

There seems to be a disagreement between a couple of prominent commentators on whether the defense authorization bill passed last week does or does not allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens. Adam Server, writing at Mother Jones, says it doesn't: … [Read more...]

Defense Spending, Employment and Republican Cluelessness

The defense industry is now promoting a report that says cutting defense spending will lead to more unemployment. A trillion dollars in cuts over a decade, they say, will lead to the loss of one million jobs. Republicans will undoubtedly start using this report as a reason not to cut defense spending. … [Read more...]

Cain Gets His Demagogue On

Hermain Cain did an interview with a far right Israeli newspaper called Israel Hayom and engaged in some serious demagoguery, with a whole lot of ignorance unsurprisingly thrown in for good measure. But he also revealed who might be his VP choice if he gets the nomination: … [Read more...]

Funniest Thing I Read Today

Herman Cain is trying to shore up his foreign policy cred by hiring a consultant to give him a few clever catchphrases to throw around that sound inspiring and compelling. Like this one, from the consultant himself: … [Read more...]

The Smartest Thing Said Yet About Iraqi Withdrawal

Conor Friedersdorf explains to the neo-cons who have yet to meet an invasion they didn't love that the argument that leaving Iraq strengthens Iran's influence in the region is an argument against intervention in the first place: … [Read more...]

Gingrich’s Confusion on Iraq

ThinkProgress shows how confused Newt Gingrich is on the subject of the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. First he said that Obama was doing the right thing by not leaving a small contingent of troops behind because they would just become convenient targets: … [Read more...]

Kristol Wants Another War

Bill Kristol, who has never seen a proposed invasion that didn't give him an erection, now has his sights set on Iran. He's using the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador as a pretext for launching yet another multi-trillion dollar war that will end up killing hundreds of thousands of people not named Bill Kristol: … [Read more...]