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Top 4 Ways Bush Even More Outrageously Dissed the Intelligence Community
Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency counter-terrorist center and FBI National Security Branch, has been on CNN maintaining that there was a big difference between how the intelligence agencies were treated by the Bush administration and how the PEOTUS is treating...
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If You Thought 2016 Was Bad in the Middle East - Brace Yourself for 2017
It is difficult to be optimistic about the Middle East in 2017. With the bloodshed in Aleppo, Mosul, Yemen and elsewhere in the region, the anger, hatred and sectarian divides have only grown deeper. Indeed, while some point to Tehran celebrating its victory in Aleppo, success on the battlefield is...
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NYT on Iraq and Russia: Newspaper of Record or Journalistic Home to Intelligence Sources and Warmakers
On May 17 of this year, PBS Frontline broadcast a program titled, “The Secret History of Isis,” which it described as “the inside story of the radicals who became the leaders of ISIS.” As a companion piece, Frontline also posted an interview with former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell about...
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Thanks to Congress, Trump Will Have Nearly Unlimited Power to Wage War
The failure of U.S. Congress to pass a formal authorization for the war against the Islamic State (ISIS) means incoming President Donald Trump —whose brash and impulsive approach to foreign policy has raised alarms —will have effectively unlimited war powers, Politico reported Thursday. In the...
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Why I Answered the Call for Veterans to Go to Standing Rock
I lay among friends, huddled and cold in our sleeping bags. We listened to the lashing wind and the drums and prayer chants coming from the sacred fire, and we reflected on why we, four Iraq War veterans, were here. Police floodlights shone from the drill site of the Dakota Access Pipeline,...
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Christmas in Karbala
KARBALA Iraq -- It is Christmas day, and I am in Karbala with dear friends. We awoke to a second day of rain, and pictures of flooding, especially in Baghdad, are being shown on TV. Yesterday, on Christmas-eve, several tents caught fire in a camp for the internally displaced near Mosel. As I write...
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Signs of Hope in Desperate Times
NAJAF, Iraq—A week has passed since my arrival in Iraq. Once again we come desiring to strengthen the bonds of human friendship, bonds which threaten to break as the opportunities to visit each other become less and less possible. A few days prior to my departure, I attended a Veterans for Peace...
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IS’s New Tactic: Attacks to Discourage the West from Welcoming Refugees
On Monday evening, an unknown driver ploughed a truck into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing at least 12 people. Hours later, the German police arrested a suspect at the defunct Tempelhof airport, which now houses Berlin’s biggest refugee accommodation centre. "IS aims to provoke EU...
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Saddam Hussein Was Not 'Worth Removing From Power': Ex-CIA Agent
A former CIA analyst who personally interrogated Saddam Hussein said the U.S. "got it so wrong" on the invasion of Iraq and should have left the now-deceased leader in power. In an excerpt from a memoir about his time with the agency, Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein ,...
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The Six Most Common Middle East Conspiracy Theories
I speak about the Middle East to people of various political persuasions around the US, from leftist college students to conservatives on AM radio talk shows. Most Americans are wary of further US military intervention in the region and ask intelligent questions about this very complicated topic...
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