Pakistan


UPDATE (MARCH 6) WITH LINKS TO SENATOR RAND PAUL FILIBUSTER; REPRISE: Secret Laws, the John Brennan vote, and the rule of law


The vote on John Brennan’s confirmation to be CIA Director: Opinion and Commentary


What difference does it make if John Brennan is confirmed?


Imagine: The Collapse of International Order, Syria, and Berlin in 1945


Drone Killings, the Constitution, International Law, and the John Brennan File


European court of human rights condemns Macedonia for “extraordinary rendition” to cooperating CIA officials, in Khaled el-Masri case


REPRISE: The U.N. Charter, International Law, and Legal Justifications for Military Intervention in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #90 (December 12, 2012)


Lies, Spies and Politics: The Incredible Evolution of the Benghazi “Talking Points” Narrative–Part I

DRAFT–developing Intelligence agencies use deception as a standard operating procedure. CIA operations are by nature secret, and intelligence agencies go to great lenghts to keep…


Mitt Romney delivers important speech on foreign policy

Governor Mitt Romney has delivered an important speech on his vision of U.S. foreign policy. Pundits and Obama supporters have already criticized and rebutted the…


No time for cowboys: U.S. preparation for reprisals against Libyan targets

News report WASHINGTON — The United States is laying the groundwork for operations to kill or capture militants implicated in the deadly attack on a…


Muslim rage and the West: The expression of regret for the protected speech of others

“Muslim Rage”, Riots, and Criminal Attacks in Response to the Film Entitled “The Innocence of Muslims” The publication on the Internet of a  “trailer” for…


President Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood express condolences for American losses in Benghazi, offer reassurances concerning defense of U.S. embassy in Cairo; Vienna Conventions require effective defense in all cases

In response to what was reported as a less than robust defense of the U.S. embassay in Cairo by Egyptian security forces on Wednesday, September…


Obama, the Warrior, accepts the Democratic nomination

The Observer is still processing information from the Republican national convention, last week, and the Democratic national convention, which concluded yesterday, Thursday, September 6. The…


Will the raging fire in Syria reach the cedars of Lebanon?—Obama’s Debacle in Syira — Update #77 (August 24)

If you’ve ever attended a conference at the Commodore Hotel or walked near the American University in West Beirut, or had a drink at a…


Security Council adopts Resolution 2059 extending mandate of UNSMIS for 30 days (with text); fighting and risks intensify—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #67 (July 20)

The U.N. Security Council adopted a draft resolution sponsored by the United Kingdom, France, and Germany on Friday morning, July 20, 2012, extending the term…


Draft Security Council Resolution S/2012/538 vetoed by Russia and China (text of resolution and video link)—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #66 (July 19)

Draft Resolution S/2012/538 on Syria, sponsored by France, Germany, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States, was put to a vote this morning in…


Islamabad, Kabul, Moscow, Damascus and Washington: The cumulative impact of “rookie” errors—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #52 (June 16)

The lack of strategic thinking and stumbling execution of Obama’s foreign policy “juggernaut”–“the gang who couldn’t shoot strait” has led to a complicated, deteriorating and…


Obama, the presidential elections, Syria and Iran—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #51 (June 12)

More Opinion on Obama, drones, the elections, Syria and Iran (1) Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Syrian intervention is justifiable, and just,” The Washington Post, June 8, 2012….