Category: Neta Crawford

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s inflated claim on costs of war

Associated Press Neta Crawford President Donald Trump is bemoaning the loss of trillions of dollars “stupidly” spent by the U.S. in the Middle East – money he said could have been used to rebuild American roads and bridges… Expert quote: “As of September, U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria – plus additional spending […]

Congress’ true fiscal conservatives would cut military spending

Houston Chronicle Neta Crawford When it comes to politics, I’m a fiscal conservative… Expert quote: “…this $5 trillion price tag actually skews conservative, as it does not include huge categories of costs such as state and local expenditures, many non-federal forms of veteran’s care, and costs externalized to families.” View full article

Nation That Says It Can’t Afford Medicare for All Has Spent $5.6 Trillion on War Since 9/11

Common Dreams Neta Crawford A new analysis offers a damning assessment of the United States’ so-called global war on terror, and it includes a “staggering” estimated price tag for wars waged since 9/11—over $5.6 trillion… Expert quote: It gives a fuller picture by including “war-related spending by the State Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs, […]

Trump’s Address to Congress Neta Crawford, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump stuck closely to his prepared remarks, but ran afoul of the facts in some cases…” Expert Quote: “Trump may be referring to a long-term estimate by a Boston University political science professor, Neta Crawford.” […]

Trump Promises Military Build-Up, Bemoans Trillions Spent On War

Talking Points Memo Neta Crawford, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “During remarks to the nation’s governors, President Donald Trump promised substantial increases in military and national security spending while simultaneously bemoaning trillions of dollars in military spending in the Middle East, which he said had gotten the United States “less than nowhere…” […]

White House releases drone policy playbook: A model for the world?

Christian Science Monitor Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences For the first time, the United States released its “playbook” for using drones to kill terrorists abroad… Expert quote: “In a way it doesn’t make much difference that they might lay out their internal criteria for targeted killing. It’s the fact that they’re targeted killing […]

Are We Safer? Measuring The Costs Of America’s Unending Wars

WBUR “Cognoscenti” By Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences In the immediate aftermath of the hijacking of four aircraft and the attacks on New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, which killed nearly 3,000 people and injured twice that many, the Bush administration warned that the U.S. should prepare for a war of uncertain duration, […]