Category: Neta Crawford

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, […]

U.S., NATO allies plan to give corruption-plagued Afghanistan $15B without reform benchmarks

Washington Times Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences Afghanistan is primed to receive roughly $15 billion from the U.S. and its NATO allies through 2020 despite an extensive track record of fraud, waste and abuse… Expert quote: “We don’t have the money for this.” View full article

The U.S. will seek billions more to support Afghan military efforts

Washington Post Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences America’s longest war is about to include more cash for Afghanistan’s army and police force — without any new conditions to try to make sure it doesn’t get gobbled up before making it to the battlefield… Expert quote: “It’s clear you cannot kill your way out […]

Is the Islamic State a government or a criminal gang? The answer will determine how we fight.

Washington Post By Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences When French Prime Minister François Hollande described the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris as an “act of war,” he set the stage for an immediate retaliation. In their understandable fear and anger, like many Americans immediately after 9/11, the French have hardly paused to ask […]