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America's "allies" pursue their own agendas
The redacted 28 pages describing the Saudi Arabian role in 9/11 have become somewhat of a political football. At this point, I suspect the Obama Administration is doing a damage assessment on them to determine whether they will in any way hurt Democratic electoral prospects in November. As the missing pages will likely lead to... Read More
The White House is pushing hard to keep a significant number of American soldiers in Afghanistan contrary to President Barack Obama’s earlier pledge to have then all out by the end of 2014. As the United States President has demonstrated himself to be a habitual liar that failure to connect promises made in 2008 with... Read More
Kelley has raised the necessary question of what kind of activity an intelligence agency can engage in before it steps over a line and does far more harm than good, a process sometimes referred to as “blowback.” Her analysis of CIA use of a Pakistani doctor ostensibly involved in an eradication program to collect DNA... Read More
There has been remarkably little US media coverage of the situation in Pakistan, which could, at a stroke, cause Washington’s policy in central Asia to implode. The silence might be because the US media attention span runs to about thirty seconds while the situation in Pakistan is quite complicated. For those who haven’t been following... Read More
The ability of the United States to dictate the actions of foreign governments appears to be unravelling worldwide. The increasingly strange case of US embassy officer Raymond Davis in Pakistan is reportedly about to lead to a virtual suspension of relations between Washington and Islamabad. Davis, an employee of the Consulate in Lahore, shot and... Read More
The story about the departure of the CIA Station Chief from Pakistan is interesting because it reveals that Washington has few friends there, only fair weather accomplices. It is being reported that the Pakistani intelligence service ISI might have leaked the man's name to get even for a court case in New York involving the... Read More
America might be best served if it were to leave both Iraq and Afghanistan today because there might be nothing to gain by staying in either place apart from having a front row seat to watch the unraveling of nuclear armed Pakistan. The Times of India is reporting today about attacks by Islamic extremists on... Read More
The Pakistani media is reporting that US "nation building" in Central Asia is stalling because there are only 18 US State Department officers who are proficient in Pashto, the predominant language in Afghanistan and the tribal regions of Pakistan. This is in spite of eight years of emphasis on building a cadre in that language... Read More
I don't want to promote another website, particularly Huffpost, but this analysis by former CIA Station Chief Graham Fuller is must reading. Link:
Israel and India are reported to be very angry at Obama administration attempts to get them to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation regime. I've been trying to track down the original source of a possibly related story that has been surfacing on some Israeli blogs regarding plans by India and Israel to coordinate attacks on Pakistan... Read More
Am I the only one who has read that Pakistani president Zardari, referred to as "Mr. Ten Per Cent" when his wife Benazir was Prime Minister due to his demand for a cut in all government contracts, is now being referred to as "Mr. Twenty Per Cent?" Or that the only viable part of the... 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.