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Obama’s Pentagon Strategy: A Leaner, More Efficient Empire

Posted by in Featured, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 9th January, 2012 | No Comments

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listens as President Barack Obama speaks on the Defense Strategic Review, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Pentagon. (Haraz N. Ghanbari / AP)  Read more: an age when U.S. power can be projected through private mercenary armies and unmanned Predator drones, the U.S. military need no longer rely on massive, conventional ground forces to pursue its imperial agenda, a fact President Barack Obama is now acknowledging. But make no mistake: while the tactics may be changing, the U.S. taxpayer – and poor foreigners abroad – will still be saddled with overblown military budgets and militaristic policies.

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Posted by in Featured, Global Exchange News & Events, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 21st October, 2011 | 5 Comments

mainThis morning when, Wanda, long time Global Exchange board member, called after President Obama announced a date for the return of all US troops from Iraq my reaction was the same as almost everyone else in our office. “Is this for real? What is he not telling us?” Why aren’t we aren’t dancing in the streets the same way we did when he was elected with the promise to end the war in his first term?

Enormous Cuts in Military Spending? Read the Fine Print

Posted by in Featured, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 3rd August, 2011 | No Comments

medeaIn this age of austerity, all the politicians are talking about the need for spending cuts. But when it comes to shared burdens and slashed budgets, don’t expect the Pentagon to start holding bake sales, despite what you may have heard about reductions to its obscenely bloated funding.

Act Tonight to Stop a Destructive Deficit Deal

Posted by in Featured, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 1st August, 2011 | No Comments

Raising-the-Debt-CeilingAfter weeks of wearied debate, hand-wringing and general confusion over the debt ceiling, a deal has finally been announced by President Obama and legislative leaders, and the “no-new-taxes/shrink-government” folks have won. While the wealthy and corporations benefit from this deal, the people risk losing what remains of our most important safety benefits that we have worked so hard to secure and what tens of thousands who have been disadvantaged from corporate greed and bad policy rely on. We must take the stand our President can’t or won’t take – Tell your representative to vote NO!

Obama Should Follow His Own Advice on the ‘Moral Force’ of Non-Violence

Posted by in Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 20th May, 2011 | 1 Comment

us_empire-blood_history_0-325x248Given that President Obama daily authorizes the firing of hellfire missiles and the dropping of cluster bombs in places such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, it was awful odd seeing him wax eloquent this week about the “moral force of non-violence” in places like Egypt and Tunisia. But there he was, the commander-in-chief of the largest empire in history, praising the power of peaceful protest in countries with repressive leaders backed by his own administration.

Obama on Libya: George W. Bush 2.0

Posted by in Featured, Stop Funding War, World News & Events on 31st March, 2011 | 1 Comment

Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesHis lines may be better delivered, but Barack Obama is sounding – and acting – more like the heir to George W. Bush than the change-maker sold to the public in his award-winning ad campaign. Indeed, when not sending billions of dollars to repressive governments across the globe, the great liberal hope is authorizing deadly drone strikes and military campaigns in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and now, in his most pseudo-righteous war yet, Libya.

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