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Advocates await Biden’s course change on arms sales

William Hartung and Elias Yousif quoted

“The Trump administration’s arms sales policy prioritized narrow economic concerns over human rights and long-term U.S. strategic interests,” said Bill Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy and a co-author of the report. “By contrast, the Biden administration has launched a review of U.S. arms exports to determine which offers align with U.S. foreign policy interests ― a promising sign that a more balanced approach may be in the offing.”

Congress Urged to Reject Biden's 'Unconscionable' $715 Billion Pentagon Budget

William Hartung quoted

"At a time when over half a million Americans have died in a pandemic, climate change continues to have catastrophic impacts, and there is an urgent need to address racial and economic inequality, it is apparent that the greatest challenges to our lives and livelihoods are not military in nature," added Hartung. "The Pentagon budget should reflect these realities."

Biden’s $715 billion ‘compromise’ defense budget destined to disappoint both sides

William Hartung quoted

WAY TOO MUCH: “As a candidate President Biden affirmed that the country could be made safe at lower levels of spending, but his proposed top line for the Pentagon for Fiscal Year 2022 ignores that crucial insight,” writes William Hartung, director, Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy. “The Biden administration's decision to submit a status quo Pentagon budget that keeps it at near-record levels is both misguided and disappointing.”

'Yemen Is Being Starved': 70+ Democrats Urge Biden to Demand End to Saudi-Led Blockade

William Harting quoted

William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, argued in an op-ed for Responsible Statecraft on Wednesday that "the Biden administration has multiple avenues of leverage over Riyadh that can be used to press for an unconditional lifting of the blockade."

Sen. Inhofe Misses the Mark On Pentagon Spending

by William Hartung

Military tools should not be the primary instruments for ensuring our safety and security . Sen. Inhofe is right – we need to match our budget with our strategy. But first we need to abandon our antiquated military posture and adopt a more realistic strategy that prioritizes the most critical challenges we face.

"Imperial delusions": Danny Sjursen on France's U.S.-backed neocolonial forever war in Africa.

by Danny Sjursen

Latest wide-ranging and fairly intense discussion with Jesse & Misty. Starting with upcoming 11th “anniversary” of Wikileaks releasing the horrendous Iraq War “collateral murder” video—connecting to recent UN report concluding French airstrikes killed many Malian civilian wedding guests.

Biden Seeks $715 Billion for Pentagon, a Cut After Inflation

William Hartung quoted

“The Biden administration’s decision to increase the Pentagon budget from near-record levels is both misguided and disappointing,” said William Hartung, director for the arms and security program at the Center for International Policy and co-director of the Sustainable Defense Task Force. “As a candidate, President Biden affirmed that the country could be made safe at lower levels of spending.”

Congress Urged to Reject Biden's 'Unconscionable' $715 Billion Pentagon Budget

William Hartung quoted

William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy, said late Thursday that "the Biden administration's decision to increase the Pentagon budget from near-record levels is both misguided and disappointing."

Are we pressing Saudi Arabia enough on the Yemen blockade?

by William Hartung

Amidst growing reports of the devastation caused by the Saudi blockade of Yemen, a letter from a coalition of over 70 groups* representing tens of millions of people is calling on the Biden administration to do everything in its power to press Riyadh to bring that blockade to an end and open the way to distribution of fuel, food, and medical supplies to all parts of the country.

Advocates await Biden’s course change on arms sales

William Hartung and Elias Yousif quoted

“The Trump administration’s arms sales policy prioritized narrow economic concerns over human rights and long-term U.S. strategic interests,” said Bill Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy and a co-author of the report. “By contrast, the Biden administration has launched a review of U.S. arms exports to determine which offers align with U.S. foreign policy interests ― a promising sign that a more balanced approach may be in the offing.”
“While the suspension and review of the sales to the Gulf was promising ... that’s why the Egyptian sale was so disappointing,” said Elias Yousif, the deputy director of the Security Assistance Monitor program.

‘Made Possible by Viewers Taxpayers Like You’: French African-Adventurism & Wedding-Bombings

by Danny Sjursen

Counterinsurgency snake oil was sold to soldiers and civilians alike as a "new" brand of urbane and civilized warfare. The absurdly over-the-top euphemistic buzzwords and mantras applied to such strategies – "stability-" and "information" "operations," "handshakes&hand grenades," or "nation builders as well as warriors" – should’ve tipped us off that something severely dark was concealed beneath the seemingly sophisticate rhetoric. Because it’s turned out, time and again, that war is war – despite human beings’ best efforts at linguistic concealment – and the counterinsurgent, counter-guerilla, or counter-terror sorts tend to be the most brutal of all

Fortress on a Hill: Episode Zero - Christopher S. "Henri" Henrikson - Ep 99

Produced by Danny Sjursen

The second episode in an ongoing series where hosts Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller break down early life and military experiences of themselves and other anti war veterans, to catalog and understand the human history of dissent and moral injury.

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