Franklin Spinney

Franklin “Chuck” Spinney is a former military analyst for the Pentagon and a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, published by AK Press. He be reached at

What Happened at the NATO Summit in Vilnius and Who Benefits?

How the Narcotic of Defense Spending Undermines a Sensible Grand Strategy

The Man Who “Committed Truth”: Remembering Ernie Fitzgerald

Is Hillary Clinton In a Triangular Pickle? Draft Republican Platform Effectively Calls for Annexation of the Area C of the West Bank

Pentagon Gong Show

The Palestinian Question: Why the Two-State Solution is Kaput

Refugee Flows: a Grand Strategic Weapon of Mass Destruction

One Presidential Debate You Won’t Hear: Why It is Time to Adopt a Sensible Grand Strategy

The Folly of Machine Warfare

More Blowback in the Offing

Perpetual War, Perpetual Bombing, Perpetual Losing

Ukraine: Manna From Heaven for the Green Line and Beyond Crowd

The Deadly Mix of Hysteria and Defense Budget Politics

The Best Government Money Can Buy

Mental Masturbation is Alive and Well in Versailles on the Potomac

Defense Spending: Putting Toys Before Boys

Mother Nature Intensifies the Gaza Siege

The Syrian Guns of August

Should the Air Force Retire the A-10?

The United States of Confusion and Disorder

Putin Lectures Obama

Syria in the Crosshairs

Signature Targeting Comes Home to Roost

The Human Equivalent of the $640 Toilet Seat

Droning Into a War on Tribal Islam

The Madness of King George Revisited

Neo-Imperialism and the Arrogance of Ignorance

Panetta’s Phony Doomsday Scenario

Letter From an Afghan Patriot

The Next Secretary of Defense

The Enduring Nature of Budget Combat in Versailles on the Potomac

America’s Defense Dependency

National Insecurity Questions That Won’t Be Asked in the Presidential Debates

What is the Difference Between Benjamin Netanyahu & Colin Powell?

Who Will Create More Jobs: Romney or Obama?

How Drones Destroy Their Own OODA Loops

Get Ready for the Slaughter

The Central Role of Faux Republicans in the Anatomy of Decline

Hardware Over People at the Pentagon (Again)

The Afghan Disaster

Lying for the Cause?

Climate Science Goes Megalomaniacal

The On-Going Scandal of the F-35

Why the US & Israel May Agree to Bombing Iran

The China “Threat” Rises Again

AF-PAK Sitrep

It’s Budgetary War, Bloody and Terrible

Americans Have the Clock, But the Taliban Have the Time

We’re Here Because We’re Here Because We’re Here …

We’re Here Because We’re Here Because We’re Here …