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The Petraeus Legacy Comes Home
Colin Kahl probably didn’t realize he was playing oracle when he looked at the Sunni fighters once on the American’s payroll and how they were being left out to dry in Iraq at the end of the so-called Surge in 2008 and mused, “it doesn’t take 100,000 of these guys to revert to insurgents to... Read More
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Mendacious Media Appearances Attract Ire and Condemnation
“That anyone pays [attention] to neocons after their serial disasters is eloquent testimony to [the] irresponsibility of US foreign policy institutions” --- Stephen Walt, on Twitter, June 17. If Walt is correct, then these foreign policy institutions, as well as the mainstream media, were pretty irresponsible in the days following the domino-like overrun of Iraqi... Read More
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And Who is Doing What to Whom?
There are protesters outside as President James Heller is preparing for meetings inside a London office. He wants a new drone base for U.S. operations, but resistance on the street, and in parliament, is high. “The ugly truth is we’re just doing our work,” says Heller, played by William “what’s in your safe?” Devane, exasperated.... Read More
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Three Men Who May Never Come Home
American politicians have often referred to the United States as “exceptional,” spawning frequent efforts of American-style democracy promotion overseas. Unfortunately, for as good as Washington is at inserting its spies, soldiers and agents of freedom into foreign countries, it is often less effective in bringing them back when they are lost or captured by “the... Read More
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But being "right" never feels good
For whistleblowers who put everything on the line, being “right” can be strange territory. On one hand it is vindicating, to have the world know your claims were real. Nevertheless, when those claims reveal a gross abuse of government, or the neglect and suffering of others, being right means at the very least, most of... Read More
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DEA Agents Fear the Dole
Thanks to an accelerating trend towards ending the prohibition of marijuana in this country, the entire construct of the ‘War on Drugs’ as we know it is about to change and there is no one more frightened of this than the drug war establishment itself. What happens next is a war for war: with billions... Read More
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This month, as the main character in the Showtime series Homeland was willingly captured by Iranian guards as part of an elaborate CIA assassination plot, The Associated Press was reporting that real-life American Robert Levinson, kidnapped in Iran nearly seven years ago, had been working for the Agency at the time of his disappearance. As... Read More
PastClassics
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?
Hundreds of POWs may have been left to die in Vietnam, abandoned by their government—and our media.
Are elite university admissions based on meritocracy and diversity as claimed?
The evidence is clear — but often ignored