In Libya, Actual Boots on the Ground Apparently Don’t Count as “Boots on the Ground”

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 5:54 pm

Since both President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have promised that the United States won’t put boots on the ground in Libya, it is important to look at what now apparently doesn’t count as American troops on the ground. This must mean that: American military personnel who end up on the ground in Libya [...]

Two-Thirds of Americans Favor Full Withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 9:46 am

In the context of reducing the budget deficit, a new Bloomberg poll (PDF) asked Americans if they would support pulling all troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. The poll found an overwhelming 66 percent would favor this action, while only 30 percent oppose it. A full withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan was one of only [...]

Defense Sec. Gates Wants Generals to Watch The Princess Bride

By: Friday February 25, 2011 3:02 pm

It sounds like Robert Gates thinks American foreign policy strategists need to watch the classic movie The Princess Bride. From the New York Times: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly told an audience of West Point cadets on Friday that it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq [...]

Money to Give: How Defense Contracts Exacerbate and Perpetuate Our Deficit Woes

By: Wednesday February 16, 2011 3:01 pm

The American people don’t particularly like most tax increases, or any specific government spending cuts, but in general they do fear we spend too much on our military, which is also by far the largest chunk of discretionary spending in the federal budget. The latest Gallup poll found that a plurality of Americans, 39 percent, [...]