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A $350 Billion Defense Department Would Keep Us Safer Than a $700 Billion War Machine

By Nicolas J S Davies, April 15, 2019 The U.S. Congress has begun debate on the FY2020 military budget. The FY2019 budget for the U.S. Department of Defense is $695 billion dollars. President Trump’s budget request for FY 2020 would […]

US Military Spending

If You Want to Be President, Show Us Your Budget

By David Swanson, March 28, 2019 Trump wants to leave 31% of discretionary spending for all things non-military, while Bernie wants to move some unspecified amount of money from militarism to human needs, and Elizabeth Warren believes a budget is a statement of values. Yet, […]

Yes to Peace, No to NATO

Five Benefits of Life Without NATO

By David Swanson, March 20, 2019 This week, war industry employee Hans Binnendijk claimed in the weapons-advertisement conveyance Defense News that we all get five big benefits from NATO: Russia refrains from seizing Eastern Europe. The United States gets to have bases in Europe […]

A Green New Basic Income Guarantee

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War U.S. military spending eight years ago was at $1.2 trillion per year, when one added in the nukes in the Energy Department, the Homeland Security Department, the CIA, interest on debt, veterans’ care, etc. […]

U.S. Sale of War Planes to New Zealand Faces Popular Resistance in U.S. and New Zealand

By David Swanson, Director of World BEYOND War The U.S. State Department uses public funds and public employees to market private products designed for mass killing to foreign governments. Few corporations have benefitted more from this socialism for the oligarchs […]

Congress Finds its War Powers and Weaknesses

By David Swanson, January 31, 2019 It’s possible that the U.S. Congress will for the first time use the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to end a war — the one on Yemen. This would be wonderful. There are some caveats. […]

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How Much Does The U.S. Pay For NATO?

By Will Griffin, January 22, 2019 From The Peace Report There’s been a lot of talk about NATO spending recently, especially by Donald Trump. The New York Times recently published an article saying Trump has discussed pulling the U.S. out of NATO, […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands for Green New Deal

The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace

By Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater, January 8, 2019 A deafening chorus of negative grumbling from the left, right, and center of the US political spectrum in response to Trump’s decision to remove US troops from Syria and halve their […]

Bernie Sanders Starts Mentioning the Military Budget

By David Swanson Bernie Sanders has added the existence of foreign policy onto the bottom of emails like the one below, after having posted a video of himself quoting the usual Eisenhower quotes on military spending. These changes match the […]

bombing for dollars

A Point of Holiday Agreement: Stop Wasting Money on the Pentagon

By Lindsay Koshgarian From Other Words, December 24, 2018 In this season of (hoped for) peace and goodwill, it’s worth looking for things our divided country can agree on. And since all of us want to be able to trust government […]