U.S. arms sales ‘busier than ever,’ oversight of military ‘a joke’

It is no secret that the United States spends lavishly on its military, far more than any other country in the world. The reason U.S. politicians often give for this is that America faces unparalleled threats, largely from rogue non-state terrorist groups waging unconventional, asymmetric warfare against it. Yet while such groups, almost by definition, … Continue reading U.S. arms sales ‘busier than ever,’ oversight of military ‘a joke’

Dysfunctional U.S.-Saudi relationship on display as bill allowing 9/11 lawsuits passes unanimously

Two days before the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 the House of Representatives has followed the Senate's lead in unanimously passing a bill to allow 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia. The bill's only major remaining hurdle to overcome is a potential veto from President Obama. Although the notorious … Continue reading Dysfunctional U.S.-Saudi relationship on display as bill allowing 9/11 lawsuits passes unanimously

A billion more in arms for Saudi intervention in Yemen civil war

Less than a month after the release of the infamous "28 pages" of a congressional 9/11 investigation that had been withheld for over a decade, which dealt with alleged ties between the government of Saudi Arabia and some of the hijackers, the Pentagon and State Department announced a new arms sale totaling more than $1 … Continue reading A billion more in arms for Saudi intervention in Yemen civil war