Given the current situation in Egypt, we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s.Pentagon press secretary George Little • Confirming that the White House has once again delayed the delivery of several F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian government following President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster earlier this month. White House officials are emphasizing that the decision to delay delivery of the fighter jets will have no impact on the financial aid previously promised by the United States, with Egypt still set to receive roughly $1.5 billion in the coming weeks. source
200 US troops are headed to Jordan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. Their stated purpose is to help contain violence spilling over from the Syrian conflict, and according to Mohammad al-Momani, Jordan’s Minister of State for Information, they should be arriving “in the next few weeks.” This is a significant announcement, but we’re betting it’ll get buried under all the news today about gun control legislation and the Boston explosion. And that’s a shame. source
Most Americans see the establishment center as an empty, decaying void that commands neither their confidence nor their love. It is the establishment center that has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster — a terrible cancer eating away the soul of the nation. … It was not the American worker who designed the Vietnam war or our military machine. It was the establishment wise men, the academicians of the center.
— George McGovern on war and the politics that produce war, from a campaign speech in April 1972. (via Reason)
Statements like this have earned McGovern huge respect among progressives even to this day.