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Obama’s foreign policy incompetence, and what to do about it

For background, see the following articles: Victor Davis Hanson, “Is Obama Still President? National Review Online, October 29, 2013 (3:00 AM). David Ignatius, “Pitfalls of…



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

Recent Commentary and Opinion “It is not going too far to say that American foreign policy has become completely subservient to tactical domestic political considerations.”…


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

There is nothing inevitable about international order. The lessons of two world wars which informed the creation of the United Nations in 1945, and the…


Key CIA official involved in Bush torture program criticizes “Zero Dark Thirty” for inaccurate depiction of “enhanced interrogation techniques”

Developing story You can’t make this stuff up. Jose Rodriguez, a former CIA official deeply involved in the Bush torture program, published an opinion piece…


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

News to Note See Nicholas Kulish, “Court Finds Rights Violation in C.I.A. Rendition Case,” New York Times, December 13, 2012. Amrit Singh, “European court of…


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…


The punishment of presumed innocents: From the Vatican, and Afghanistan, cautionary tales for our times

Excerpt Pope Benedict’s former butler, on trial for stealing papal documents, told a Vatican court on Tuesday that during the first weeks of his detention…


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…


REPRISE: Responding to Atrocities in Syria: It’s Not Just About Al-Assad, It’s About Us—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #86 (September 18)

Responding to Atrocities in Syria: It’s Not Just About Al-Assad, It’s About Us Originally published March 6, 2012 I heard a boy in Syria on…



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…