New Thinking on Cutting the Deficit

We could cut $1 trillion over the next decade in the defense budget, without compromising national security. It’s time to trim the fat on this sacred cow.

Congressional Briefing: A Unified Security Budget for the United States

Key members of the administration’s National Security team—Deputy Secretary Lynn and Secretary Clinton among them—and key congressional leaders have expressed support for a National Security Budget that would allow the overall balance of resources devoted to military forces, homeland security and non-military international affairs to be considered as an integrated whole.

Obama Must Pick Gurneys Over Guns

Two expensive problems. Lots of debt. Will the administration make the right choice when it comes to health care or war?

Conference: Who Decides About War?

“Who Decides About War” will be a national conference confronting essential questions raised by the U.S. invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. These questions are timely, as the political process that brought the United States into those wars is widely recognized today as having been flawed at best, dishonest at worst.

This engaging event will bring together activists and academics, public officials and veterans, lawyers and military families to accomplish two goals. First, to educate ourselves and each other about the issues involved, the state of the law, and alternatives. Second, to develop a statement of common principles leading to a more democratic, comprehensive, and durable national defense policy — one that will honor the Constitution and help keep the United States from entering into unnecessary wars.

Panelists will include:

Keynote Speaker Morton Halperin, Senior Advisor, Open Society Institute
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
Leah Bolger, National VP, Veterans for Peace
Elaine Brower, Military Families Speak Out
Prof. Marjorie Cohn, President, National Lawyers Guild
Sen. Richard Madaleno, State Senator, Montgomery County, Maryland
Geoff Millard, Chair, Iraq Vets Against the War
John Nichols, Esq., The Nation magazine
Benson Scotch, Senior Legal Counsel, Bring the Guard Home! It’s the Law.
David Swanson, Founder, AfterDowningStreet

The conference will go from October 2-3, 2009. More information and registration on the event can be found on its website.