Saturday, January 21, 2017

Foreign Policy

TGIF: What’s a Secular Heretic to Do?

Secular and religion-based political systems can bear an uncanny resemblance. Observing their respective dogmas, catechisms, and sacraments, we might even wonder, with William Cavanaugh, whether the divide is as sharp as we commonly think....

The CIA Has Always Been Incompetent

One of the nicer side effects of the 2016 election has been the trashing of the reputations of US intelligence agencies, specifically the FBI and the CIA. During the election, of course, it became...

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

As the hysteria about Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election grows, a key mystery is why U.S. intelligence would rely on “circumstantial evidence” when it has the capability for hard evidence, say U.S....

The CIA’s Absence of Conviction

I have watched incredulous as the CIA’s blatant lie has grown and grown as a media story – blatant because the CIA has made no attempt whatsoever to substantiate it. There is no Russian...

Trump’s Team Should Ditch the ‘Clash of Civilizations’

If there is one common thread that connects President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign-policy appointments, it is the belief that the United States is engaged in a civilizational war against “radical Islamic terrorism.” Indeed, while Trump...

America’s Failed War On Drugs In Afghanistan

According to a recently released report by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), opium production in Afghanistan has risen by 43% in the last...

Unpacking the New CIA Leak: Don’t Ignore the Aluminum Tube Footnote

This post will unpack the leak from the CIA published in the WaPo tonight. Before I start with the substance of the story, consider this background. First, if Trump comes into office on the current trajectory,...

Another Entangling Alliance

This is part three of our series on the Yemen conflict. If you haven’t read earlier articles, please click HERE for Part I and HERE for Part II.  The United States Post 9-11 Involvement in...

Obama’s Legacy: Murder.gov

In the waning days of his second term, a president’s thoughts turn to his legacy. His focus the last few weeks and months often tells us a great deal about how he wants to...

US strikes on Syrian troops: Report data contradicts ‘mistake’ claims

Moscow and Damascus cited the attacks as the reason for declaring an end to the ceasefire in Syria The summary report on an investigation into US and allied air strikes on Syrian government troops has...