Militarism

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes about current Pentagon spending levels in the latest PeaceSigns. The budget agreement reached in December keeps some of the automatic “sequestration” cuts in place for the Pentagon but softens the blow by spreading them out over more years. Compared to drawdowns after previous wars, Pentagon spending will still remain at historically…

Read more Approaching spiritual death

Yesterday 24 church leaders, including Ron Byler, executive director of MCC U.S. and Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, sent a letter to President Obama on the crisis in Syria. The letter urges the U.S. government to “refrain from the provision of military assistance to forces involved in the conflict in Syria….Rather, the…

Read more MCC joins churches’ call to President Obama on Syria

Sending a significant signal on the defense appropriations bill yesterday, the House voted to cut $3.5 billion from the Pentagon’s “overseas contingency operations” account. These funds, while ostensibly for the war in Afghanistan, had been transferred from the Pentagon’s base budget due to constraints as a result of the Budget Control Act. The vote was…

Read more House approves cut to Pentagon funding

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes about military spending in the discretionary budget for the latest Third Way Cafe. When President Obama released his budget for Fiscal Year 2014 a few weeks ago, he requested $527 billion for the Pentagon and another $88 billion in war spending. While a slight decrease from last year’s request, the request…

Read more Too much of the pie

Yesterday the MCC Washington Office joined a dozen other faith-based organizations in a letter to President Obama. The letter begins: As people and communities of faith, we are moved to express our great concern about the use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, known commonly as drones, for targeted killings of alleged members of Al Qaeda,…

Read more MCC Washington joins letter to President opposing lethal use of drones

A global arms trade treaty was overwhelmingly approved in the UN General Assembly yesterday, April 2. The United States voted in favor of the treaty. Formal approval by the United States of the treaty will require the president’s signature and ratification by the U.S. Senate. Read an earlier blog entry about the treaty.