TAC readers with longish memories might recall George W. Bush’s executive order 13438 issued on July 17th, 2007, which is apparently still in effect though yet to be used, authorizing the President acting through the Treasury Department to seize the property of anyone who "Threatens Stabilization Efforts in Iraq." As the administration’s own Justice Department... Read More
America's clandestine activities in both nations only provoke the conflicts they are meant to prevent. By Philip Giraldi There appear to be some good business opportunities in Yemen, but they may not be what they seem. Yemen is the poorest Arab nation, and one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated annual... Read More
A friend forwarded to me the NYT article about new air travel security measures being imposed on all citizens of fourteen countries that are defined as “state sponsors of terrorism and countries of interest.” He commented that the war against Islam started by George Bush is entering a new phase. Citizens of the 14 countries... Read More
The Washington Post's featured editorial today was "The Trouble With Yemen." One paragraph deserves to be quoted in full, "Yemen's steady slide toward failed-state status in recent years means that it, like nearby Somalia, will probably demand concerted and multifaceted U.S. engagement for years to come. More than Special Forces and missile strikes are needed:... Read More
Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Modern History from the University of London. In addition to TAC, where he has been a contributing editor for nine years, he writes regularly for Antiwar.com. He is currently Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and resides with his wife of 32 years in Virginia horse country close to his daughters and grandchildren.