Melvin A. Goodman is a former CIA senior analyst and the author of the forthcoming “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism” (City Lights Publishers, January 2013).
Articles by this author
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Flaw in ‘Cornering’ Russia
Twenty years ago, the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union marked a virtual end to the long-standing military and ideological threat that Moscow represented to the United States.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Blowback and the Cycle of Violence
The United States and the Central Intelligence Agency have never acknowledged the potential for “blowback,” or negative fallout, from their military and covert actions. The Watergate burglary by the veterans of the Bay of Pigs was an obvious example of blowback. CIA’s support for the anti-Soviet mujahideen in the 1980s proved particularly damaging, because the mujahideen