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2008 Election

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The Obama team is taking shape and the new rainbow coalition will include maverick Republicans who see the light. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have already confirmed the same leadership team that lost earlier this month while the Great White Hope of the GOP is in Alaska writing her book, with a little help from her friends... Read More
Having missed the first two presidential debates because they conflicted with "Dancing with the Stars," I was quite excited to note that the third debate posed no programming conundrum and that it would start at nine o'clock, meaning that I would be able to watch the first hour before falling asleep. What I saw was... Read More
I attended a reunion dinner last night with about fifteen former CIA colleagues from the Directorate of Operations. The discussion inevitably turned to politics and it soon became clear that I was the only one present who would not be voting for John McCain. Though feeling somewhat like General Custer at the Little Big Horn,... Read More
Sarah Palin basically adhered to a straight Bush foreign policy, as Joe Biden noted, though there were a couple of exceptions. Her great love for Israel and her willingness to let Tel Aviv attack Iran as if there would be no consequences for the United States is a result of both her Israel-centric view of... Read More
I've been receiving a number of really nasty anonymous e-mails regarding my blog piece last week that suggested the possibility that the Office of Special Plans rather than CIA actually forged the December 2003 letter that linked Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda. The e-mails appeared to come from a common source as they all praised Doug... Read More
Republican candidate-presumptive John McCain is interviewing possible vice presidents this week end. A number of "conservative" Republicans including Romney, Crist, and Jindal will be involved, but the media is generally not reporting that Senator Joe Lieberman is also one of the finalists. I predicted back in February that McCain would opt for his sometime Democrat... Read More
There seems to be a lot of back-and-forthing on the TAC blog site about Barack Obama and, more specifically, whether conservatives and Republicans will vote for him. Forgive me, but it seems to me to be a bit of an egghead exercise speculating on what real Republicans and real conservatives think and what they will... Read More
Philip Giraldi
About Philip Giraldi

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 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.

Personal Classics
Shouldn't they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East?
A Modern Guernica Enabled by Washington
Pressuring Candidates Even Before They Are Nominated
But is it even a friend?
The gagged whistleblower goes on the record.
Today’s CIA serves contractors and bureaucrats—not the nation.