William Hartung, Real Clear World/Tom Dispatch: Why Is It So Hard to Reduce the Pentagon Budget?
Through good times and bad, regardless of what’s actually happening in the world, one thing is certain: in the long run, the Pentagon budget won’t go down.
It’s not that that budget has never been reduced. At pivotal moments, like the end of World War II as well as war's end in Korea and Vietnam, there were indeed temporary downturns, as there was after the Cold War ended. More recently, the Budget Control Act of 2011 threw a monkey wrench into the Pentagon’s plans for funding that would go ever onward and upward by putting a cap on the money Congress could pony up for it. The remarkable thing, though, is not that such moments have occurred, but how modest and short-lived they’ve proved to be.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 25, 2016
Insight - Battle for Mosul can shape or break Iraq further -- Samia Nakhoul, Michael Georgy and Stephen Kalin, Reuters
How important is Mosul for Isis? – video explainer -- The Guardian
Why Iraq needs more than a military victory in Mosul -- Salah Nasrawi, Al Jazeera
US Scrambles to Contain Flaring Turkey-Iraq Tensions -- Jamie Dettmer, VOA
Saudi Conflict With Iran Takes Its Biggest Toll in Yemen -- Mohammed Hatem, Bloomberg
Why Sectarian Violence Is Resurging in Pakistan -- Abdul Basit, National Interest
Pakistan Police Academy Attack May Signal New ISIS Alliance -- Sami Yousafzai, Daily Beast
In Pakistan attack, hints of a new ISIS foothold -- Howard LaFranchi, CSM
Rodrigo Duterte's "Iron Clad" Relationship With the U.S.? -- John McBeth, The Strategist
What Is Rodrigo Duterte Trying to Achieve? -- J. Weston Phippen, The Atlantic
China Can Resist a Crash But Can't Prevent One -- Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg
The Myth of Putin -- George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures
Fear, frustration add to tumult of French presidential race -- Konrad Yakabuski, The Globe and Mail
CETA collapse evidence of a larger EU problem -- Bernd Riegert, DW
Canada's Willy Wonka -- Andrew Mitrovica, Al Jazeera
Brazil's President Turns Scandal to His Advantage -- Mac Margolis, Bloomberg
Clinton Should Stop Whining About Russian Hackers -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg