TONIGHT! The High Price of Nuclear Weapons -- and the Myth of the "Fiscal Cliff"
The Myth of the "Fiscal Cliff"
Pentagon Spending and the the Fight for a Fair Budget Deal
Monday, November 19, 2012, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Pundits and policy makers are abuzz with talk about the dangers posed by automatic budget cuts that could kick in on January 2nd if Congress fails to come up with a so-called "grand bargain" on reducing the budget deficit.
In one area at least -- the possibility of real cuts in Pentagon spending -- these fears are unfounded. We can afford to cut the Pentagon budget by far more than the amounts that would be required if automatic cuts kick in without in any way undermining U.S. security.
Join author and analyst William Hartung and Massachusetts Peace Action for a discussion of how and where to cut the Pentagon's bloated budget.
Buffet lunch will be served - $5 donation requested. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-354-2169
Bombs versus Budgets: The High Price of Nuclear Weapons
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 7:00 pm
First Unitarian Society in Newton • 1326 Washington St • West Newton
- The US has 5,000 nuclear weapons, deployed & in reserve
- $185 billion in the budget for new weapons manufacturing
- Mayors for Peace from 140 countries say NO
William Hartung, Director, Arms & Security Project, Center for International Policy.
Hartung is the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex (Nation Books, 2011) and the co-editor, with Miriam Pemberton, of Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Press, 2008). His previous books include And Weapons for All (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations.
From July 2007 through March 2011, Mr. Hartung was the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. Prior to that, he served as the director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute. He also worked as a speechwriter and policy analyst for New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams.
Bill Hartung’s articles on security issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and the World Policy Journal. He has been a featured expert on national security issues on CBS 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, the Lehrer Newshour, CNN, Fox News, and scores of local, regional, and international radio outlets. He blogs for the Huffington Post and TPM Café.
Third of 3 Forums on Cutting the Military Budget
The Forums are open to the public at no charge. Parking is available across the street and on side streets, except against the bank rear wall.
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Sponsors: Fund Our Communities Not War - a program of the First Unitarian Society in Newton
Cosponsors: Massachusetts Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee, Newton Dialogues on Peace & War, Occpy Newton, Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment, Veterans for Peace Chapter 9, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom - Boston Chapter
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