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A Beginner’s Guide to ‘The Blob’–and the American Way of War

A Beginner’s Guide to ‘The Blob’–and the American Way of War

Why has American been at war for the entire 21st century? What accounts for the reality of “endless wars,” a phrase that even President Biden used to justify U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan? One obvious answer is that the Washington foreign policymaking class–a community now known as “the Blob” to critics–favors military interventions and rejects non-military...

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Three Ways to Cut Defense Spending

Three Ways to Cut Defense Spending

Veteran defense analyst William Hartung explains America’s endless wars and what can be done to end them. The question is: What will the nation’s budget priorities be going forward? Both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have called for reductions in Pentagon spending, with Warren singling out the Pentagon’s war budget, the so-called Overseas Contingency Operations account, or...

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Will the Democrats Take On ‘Endless War’ in the Second Debate?

Will the Democrats Take On ‘Endless War’ in the Second Debate?

While Democratic presidential candidates are growing more vocal about foreign policy issues, especially Russia, they don’t talk much about war and peace in their televised debates. Foreign issues matter less to most voters than so-called “kitchen table” issues of jobs and health care. But no small part of the next president’s job will be to...

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Kirsten Gillibrand, Hawkish Critic of Endless Wars

Kirsten Gillibrand, Hawkish Critic of Endless Wars

On the Campaign Trail: ——————- Foreign Policy Vision: ‘Strong and Strategic’ The junior senator from New York says “America needs a strong and strategic foreign policy, not endless wars.“ Gillibrand combines opposition to U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria with hawkish positions on Venezuela and Iran. [Do you like Kirsten Gillibrand? Tell us...

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How Gillibrand Would End the Endless Wars

How Gillibrand Would End the Endless Wars

Last week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand coupled a call for an end to America’s “endless wars” with denunciation of President’ Trump’s “unpredictable and often contradictory positions.” The junior senator from New York called for repealing the post 9/11 congressional resolution used to justify military intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Somalia. As president, she said...

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