The Unz Review • An Alternative Media Selection
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
Show by  
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>
Topics Filter?
2008 Election 2012 Election Afghanistan Africa AIPAC American Media American Military Assassinations China CIA Civil Liberties Conservative Movement David Brooks David Petraeus Deep State Donald Trump Drones Egypt Football Gaza Flotilla Government Secrecy Government Surveillance Hillary Clinton Immigration Iran Iraq Iraq War ISIS Israel Israel Lobby Jane Harman Japan Joe Lieberman Jonathan Pollard Kagans Libya Mitt Romney Muslims Neocons North Korea Osama Bin Laden Pakistan Rand Paul Reprint Republicans Ron Paul Russia Sarah Palin Sibel Edmonds Somalia Syria Terrorism Torture Turkey War On Terror Yellowcake Forgery Yemen 9/11 Academia Al Jazeera American Jews American Pravda Anthrax Arab Spring Arabs Armenians Barack Obama Benghazi Boeing Bush Administration Catholic Church Cell Phones Censorship Charles Krauthammer Charlie Hebdo Chas Freeman China/America Christianity Christmas Chuck Hagel Climate Change Colombia Cover Story Dennis Hastert Dennis Ross Diplomacy Drone War Edward Snowden Erdogan European Right Facebook FBI Federal Reserve Financial Bailout Financial Crisis Food Free Trade Gays/Lesbians Gaza GCHQ George Tenet Georgia Greece Guantanamo Haiti Hamas Hate Crimes Hezbollah Hispanics Imran Awan Intelligence Internet Iran Nuclear Agreement Islam Israel/Palestine Jared Kushner Jim Webb Jimmy Carter John McCain Larry Franklin Lobbying McCain/POW Michael Flynn Michael Jackson Microsoft Middle East Mormons Mossad Movies Muslim Ban Nikki Haley Nobel Prize NSA NSA Surveillance Nuclear War NYPD Obamacare Palestine Palestinians Police State Rahm Emanuel Saudi Arabia Scotland Seymour Hersh Sheldon Adelson Surveillance Sweden Tea Party Thomas Sowell Ukraine United Nations USS Liberty Venezuela Victoria Nuland Vietnam Wikileaks William Kristol
Nothing found
Sources Filter?
The American Conservative American Free Press American Herald Tribune American Renaissance antiwar.com Asia Times Byline ConsortiumNews Counter-Currents Publishing Counterpunch craigmurray.org Culture Wars The Daily Stormer The Daily Telegraph The Free Foundation Gilad Atzmon Global Research The Greanville Post Harpers If Americans Knew The Independent Jonathan Cook The Last American Vagabond LewRockwell The London Spectator Media Monitors Mint Press News MintPress News MondoWeiss Moon of Shanghai The Nation National Justice National Review The New English Review The New York Sun Occidental Dissent The Occidental Observer plato's-guns Ron Paul Institute RT Russia Insider sobran's Sputnik Strategic Culture Foundation Takimag TomDispatch VDare The Washington Times World Socialist Web Site 21 Century Wire Exclusive Al Jazeera Aljazeera America AltRight The American Enterprise The American Spectator The Anti-Neocon Report Army Times Magazine AsianWeek Aym Playing The Blaster Blogspot China Daily Hong Kong China Rising Chronicles Commentary Consortium News consortiumnews.com CraigMurray craigmurray.org.uk david-stockman's-contra-corner DC Dave Dissident Voice The Duran The Economist Foreigner Thoughts The Fresno Bee The Future of Freedom Foundation The Guardian Indymedia Information Clearing House Israel Palestine News Laiton Lehti The London Review of Books MetallicMan Middle East Eye Moderate Rebels muslimpress.com New Eastern Outlook NOI Research Group NYTimes eXaminer opednews.com Paradigm Explorer Playboy Popular Resistance Quartz Radix Journal The Real News Network Richard Hugus RT News The Sacramento Bee Salon South Front Southfront Sputnik News Sun Media TeleSUR TRNN Truth Jihad vineyard-of-saker VoltaireNet The Washington Post Magazine The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs washingtonsblog.com The Weekly Standard
Nothing found
 Most RecentForeign Policy Archive
/
The American Conservative

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • BShow CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
AgreeDisagreeThanksLOLTroll
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Thanks, LOL, or Troll with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used three times during any eight hour period.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
The Orlando shooting was a horrific crime. But larger trends suggest that the threat of mass attacks is receding
The State Department’s 2015 Country Reports on Terrorism came out earlier this month. It will no doubt be overshadowed by events, as it deals with overseas rather than domestic terror and appeared ten days before the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. But it helps to explain the roots of America’s terrorism problem. The document... Read More
A forthcoming report will downplay the bloody consequences
Cities reduced to rubble, schools and hospitals leveled, prisoners tortured and executed, car bombs exploding. Long lines of refugees, their homes in ruins, stumbling along a road to nowhere with their few remaining possessions carried on their backs. Graphic photos and videos from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa continue to show the downside of... Read More
If Hillary wins the White House, expect Victoria Nuland to be at her side
The other day, a question popped up on a Facebook thread I was commenting on: “Where is Victoria Nuland?” The short answer, of course, is that she is still holding down her position as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. But a related question begs for a more expansive response: Where will... Read More
The foreign-policy establishment marks 15 years of failure in the War on Terror
It’s been almost a decade and a half since 9/11, but the foreign-policy establishment still cannot admit that continuous American intervention in the Middle East has been a failure. I recently attended a conference entitled “Hindsight: Reflections on 15 Years of the War on Terror.” With a wide range of highly respectable speakers, I naively... Read More
Intelligence agencies have struggled to be worthy of their name
A little more than one year ago Director John Brennan announced a shake-up at CIA that would, inter alia, enhance the eroded capabilities of the Clandestine Service. An earlier move to appoint paramilitary officer Gregory Vogel as deputy director for the agency’s spies signaled to the bureaucracy that shooting and droning had replaced espionage as... Read More
Federal agencies relentlessly pursue suspected whistleblowers, while self-serving politicians escape punishment
Starting with Hammurabi, rulers have frequently appreciated that their subjects would be more acquiescent to being governed if they had at least a minimal appreciation that they were being treated fairly. That understanding has led to the development of law codes along the lines of the Roman Republic’s laws of the Twelve Tables, which were... Read More
The revelation that an Israeli firm cracked the iPhone raises questions about state-corporate espionage
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) court battle with Apple over the security system in place on iPhones appears to be over. But some experts in the communications security community are expressing concern because of the Bureau’s unwillingness to reveal what exactly occurred to end the standoff. According to government sources speaking both on and... Read More
Trump seems unwilling to embrace Neoconservative hawkishness. Will Republicans return to noninterventionism?
The rise of Donald Trump has led to predictions that the neoconservative dominance of Republican foreign policy is about to end, whether or not Trump wins. The Donald has challenged the perpetual military interventionism aspect of neocon-think without doing any damage to his campaign and, in the process, he has certainly noticed who the most... Read More
Michael Hayden makes headlines condemning practices he readily enabled
Michael Hayden is the only official to have served as head of both the National Security Agency and CIA. Once retired from public service, the chief spy for much of the George W. Bush era has always had a difficult time staying out of the headlines. At the NSA, the former Air Force general oversaw... Read More
It is widely understood that a number of federal government agencies monitor and even seek to infiltrate jihadist websites. But a program initiated in 2009 to debate the visitors to extremist Islamic sites has yet to find a comfortable organizational niche. The so-called “counterpropaganda” effort against the terrorist Internet is run out of the White... Read More
Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan relies on sketchily attributed terrorism to consolidate power and disrupt Syria
The recent carnage in Ankara comes at a good time for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has been demanding that the United States and other NATO allies support him in his war against the Kurds of Syria, who are, incidentally, regarded as allies by Washington in the war against ISIS. The Turks have been... Read More
Letting the government bypass iPhone security measures won't stop terrorists—or make you safer
The question of how to balance government surveillance with individual privacy is really quite simple. On one side the government believes that the investigation of someone who is either planning or has actually carried out a crime should be without any conditions, that all evidence potentially relating to the event should be accessible to law... Read More
The White House emphasis on humanitarianism may be turning some military leaders against Obama
Earlier this year, Seymour Hersh, America’s leading investigative journalist, published an intriguing article on U.S. policy towards the growing conflict in Syria and Iraq. “Military to Military,” which appeared in the London Review of Books, maintains that the Pentagon’s intelligence analysts have, since 2013, been advising against the White House policy of removing Syrian President... Read More
The U.S. needs intelligence officers committed to long assignments, not ticket-punching careerists
In his final State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama noted in passing that the United States spends as much on defense as the next eight countries combined. He might have added that the proportions are similar for the Foreign Service and the intelligence community, which cost $50 billion and an estimated $80 billion... Read More
Long after the nuclear agreement was settled, opponents are undermining an already fragile peace
Since July the Israel Lobby and other opponents of the understanding reached by the White House and other parties to limit the Iranian nuclear program have been warning that any celebration would be premature, as the agreement is far from a done deal. President Obama survived initial attempts to create legislative hurdles hindering implementation of... Read More
One does not need to love Vladimir Putin to appreciate that Washington shares interests with Moscow
With relations between Washington and Moscow at a low ebb, can simply talking to Russians provide hope that there might still be room for cooperation? I recently returned from spending a few days in Moscow, speaking at a conferencehosted by RT International, Russia’s global television news service. One of the few major countries I have... Read More
Should NSA listen in when a foreign government seeks to shape America's foreign policy?
The Wall Street Journal story revealing that the Barack Obama administration used the National Security Agency (NSA) to listen to phone calls made by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his aides is being spun in a number of different directions depending on one’s political proclivities. Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News that he... Read More
Nearly everyone claims to want to do something about ISIS, but nothing ever happens. In reality, the only powers directly affected by ISIS that are willing to fight are Iran and Syria, with a little help from Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Pessimistic intelligence assessments prepared for the Pentagon warn that there are multiple agendas being pursued by... Read More
Can the U.S. resist the siren call of easy satellite intercepts as it tries to rebuilt its human intelligence against ISIS?
After his confirmation hearing in 2013, CIA Director John Brennan and other senior managers explained that the Agency would be seeking to enhance its ability to spy using human agents. It was an admission that to a large extent the United States intelligence community had forgotten how to engage in what was once a core... Read More
The scale of damage done by the convicted spy to U.S. security should not be discounted upon his release
Jonathan Pollard, the former United States navy intelligence analyst who pleaded guilty to spying for Israel, was released from prison on parole on November 20thupon completion of a 30-year prison term. Pollard, perhaps uniquely among convicted felons, left the federal penitentiary in North Carolina and traveled to New York City where an apartment in Manhattan... Read More
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may want to derail the an alliance against ISIS—and thus weaken the Assad regime
The shooting down of a Russian fighter plane by a Turkish F-16 is an extremely disturbing turn of events. Turkey claims that the SU-24 aircraft had violated its airspace and had not responded to repeated warnings before the armed response took place. The Russians for their part claim that they were operating in Syrian airspace... Read More
Heavy-handed tactics don't stop terrorism. Good policing and public trials do
The horrific terrorist attacks in Paris last week quickly produced demands for stronger steps to be taken against Europe’s own domestic Islamic militants. At least some of the terrorists were indeed French citizens and the massacre of 129 innocent civilians will undoubtedly also generate new calls in the U.S. Congress to do something about the... Read More
The reckless use of a charity to sneak spy equipment into North Korea will endanger Christians across the world
Was a Christian non-governmental organization funded by the Pentagon used to smuggle spy equipment into North Korea? Investigative journalist Matthew Cole of the The Intercept has done yeoman’s work in ferreting out the details of what must surely be one of the most ill-conceived military intelligence operations of all time, and that is saying quite... Read More
Endorsing a program of targeted killing opens the door for perilous reciprocation
The media are reporting a rare “success” in Washington’s ongoing war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. According to confidential, anonymous government sources, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) has been engaged in a secret program to assassinate designated “high-value targets,” which means terrorist leaders and other prominent figures, particularly those engaged in propaganda... Read More
Alleged misconduct by the House speaker was well known to the FBI—and to Turkey and Israel
As former House Speaker Dennis Hastert prepares to plead guilty in accordance with a deal he has made with federal prosecutors, most media will focus on the crimes the FBI mentioned in his indictment. Since Hastert was charged in May, the public has been shocked to learn that the former high-school wrestling coach allegedly spent... Read More
The Hay Initiative encourages GOP candidates to sing from Mitt's old hymnal
Since 9/11, numerous groups have launched aiming to make the neoconservative, interventionist approach the only acceptable foreign policy for candidates on the Right. The newest member of this club, the formerly little known John Hay Initiative, just had something of a coming out party in Washington, holding two high-profile events with GOP rising stars in... Read More
An all-star cast teams up to spin their enhanced interrogation regime
Back in the days when I was a spy there were certain things that one just did not dwell upon. Everyone who worked in the field knew that there were episodes that it would be best not to recall, either because they were embarrassing, possibly unsavory, or even, more rarely, wildly successful though at a... Read More
Will the U.S. accept responsibility for the humanitarian consequences of Washington-manufactured wars?
On April 29th, 2008 I had a Saul on the Road to Damascus moment. I had flipped open the Washington Post and there, on the front page, was a color photo of a two year old Iraqi boy named Ali Hussein being pulled from the rubble of a house that had been destroyed by American... Read More
America's reluctant ally finally offers token assistance against ISIS only as cover for a campaign against the Kurds
The United States’s engagement in the Middle East since 2001 would be a comedy of errors but for the fact that it is not funny. It all began with the exploitation of a befuddled President George W. Bush by a group of neoconservative advisers who had long planned to invade Iraq and oust its President... Read More
NSA spying often occurs because the resources are in place, and have to be used for something
The drama of Edward Snowden’s exposure of wide-ranging National Security Agency (NSA) domestic spying has somewhat overshadowed the steady flow of somewhat lesser revelations derived from the massive cache of documents known as Wikileaks. The most recent news reports based on five Wikileaks documents, plus a list of targeted telephone numbers, detail how Washington spied... Read More
Government-friendly inexpert witnesses help grease the wheels for an unaccountable war on terror.
The counter-terrorism industry in the United States is largely invisible, but its cost is not, amounting to tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars annually, depending on what one includes in the reckoning. And the actual level of threat is certainly debatable. Anyone who looks at terrorism arrests and convictions in the United State... Read More
Once-defeated domestic anti-terrorism legislation is being quietly revived in Congress this week
Back in October 2007, the House of Representatives passed The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act by an overwhelming 405 to 6 vote. The bill would have created and empowered a Congressional commission to hold hearings nationwide, conduct investigations, and propose new legislation to deal with the threat posed by various groups designated as... Read More
Though the global body count is obscured, America's destabilizing actions may have claimed more lives than nonstate...
Last week’s two mass murders carried out by militants allegedly associated with the Islamic State (IS) took place shortly after the release of the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism 2014. Country Reports is 389 pages long, broken down by country and region. It also includes statistical charts, a focus on state sponsors, and... Read More
White House claims of de-escalation are merely misdirection
Spying has sometimes been described as the realm of smoke and mirrors, but the expression might equally be applied to politics in Washington. President Obama appeared to be aligning himself with the critics of the growing militarization of police forces in the United States when he spoke in Camden, New Jersey on May 18. He... Read More
The BDS movement is now drawing official opposition from Tel Aviv and its American allies
Back in the 1980s I had a friend who was, like me, a CIA Case Officer. He came from a German-Jewish family that had immigrated to the United States in 1933 and, though non-practicing in religion, he was a devoted reader of Commentary. At that time Commentary was the house organ for what we now... Read More
Seymour Hersh's sources tell a more believable story than the self-serving official White House narrative
Some might argue that knowing exactly how Osama bin Laden was killed really doesn’t matter. Some might even argue that he is still alive, which, if nothing else, would demonstrate the persistence of urban legends relating to conspiracies allegedly involving the U.S. government. JFK’s assassination has the grassy knoll and second gunman, plus Mafia, CIA,... Read More
The United States's targeted killing program has neither the controls nor the justifications the president promises
Ironically, for a president who once ran for office promising “transparency” in government, the dreaded associated “a” word, “accountability,” has been somewhat difficult to discern. Even if government actions were transparent, which they are not, the ability of senior bureaucrats and politicians to make multiple bad decisions goes unchallenged when there is no accountability .... Read More
This administration has stretched the questionable legal provision beyond the breaking point, dismissing private suits
It has been observed that the Barack Obama administration has employed the state secrets privilege more than all preceding presidential administrations combined. There is a certain irony inherent in that fact as Obama ran for office in 2008 specifically committing himself to creating a more open and transparent government. The contemporary version of the state... Read More
The warmongering right has carefully built a network of credentialing institutions that secure it outsized influence
Having experienced several more weeks of mainstream media jingoism about the “Iranian threat,” culminating in the outrageous Joshua Muravchik op-edadvocating war with Iran as the “best option” for dealing with that country, one has to ask why it is that a gaggle of self-proclaimed “experts” has been able to capture the foreign-policy narrative so completely,... Read More
States craft terror definitions and designations to absolve themselves and satisfy their constituencies
The Washington Post reports that “terrorism trend lines are ‘worse than at any other point in history.’” But what is terrorism? It has frequently been pointed out that “terrorism” is a tactic, not an actual physical adversary, but it is less often noted that a simple definition of what constitutes terrorism is hardly universally accepted,... Read More
With Republicans now ruling Congress, any momentum for surveillance state reform has been lost
Recent reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) appears to have installed a worm in computer hard drives that enables it to surreptitiously collect information, compartmentalize and conceal it, and later enable access without being detected have failed to produce much of a reaction in the media and from the public. This is possibly due... Read More
The drive to "do something" pushes the NSC and FBI to take extreme responses to Charlie Hebdo
It was said of the French Revolution that it ended up devouring its own children. Something similar is occurring within the United States national-security establishment, as extreme responses surface in the wake of the Charlie Hebdomassacre in Paris. In the National Security Council (NSC) there has been serious consideration of “temporarily” eliminating visa waivers for... Read More
Convicted under the kangaroo court conditions of the Espionage Act, Jeffrey Sterling never had a chance
The Obama administration is gloating over the recent conviction of Jeffrey Sterling in an Alexandria, Va. federal court for allegedly leaking details of a secret government program called Operation Merlin that was intended to damage Iran’s nuclear program. Attorney General Eric Holder described the verdict as “…a just and appropriate outcome. The defendant’s unauthorized disclosures... Read More
In monitoring the activities of foreign organizations, the DOJ often gives powerful political lobbies a pass
In high school civics classes, Americans are brought up to believe that in their nation a rule of law prevails. Justice is depicted as blind and the rules apply to everyone. All Americans will receive the same fair hearing in court or at the hands of the government. Of course the reality is that experience... Read More
Edward Snowden's actions brought him accusations of treason, and a life of exile
As has been well documented, there are a lot of folks out there who do not like Edward Snowden very much, some of whom are prepared to do something about him up to and including his summary execution. It would be simplistic to suggest that everyone so inclined is motivated by selfish interests such as... Read More
Working closely together encourages tunnel vision and groupthink.
Director of Central Intelligence John Brennan has convened a panel to consider Agency reorganization. The central issue is whether CIA analysts should be more operationally integrated with Clandestine Service officers, but reform might also include creating new staffs operating independently of the geographical divisions that have traditionally run the spies. China, might, for example, become... Read More
The Senate's investigation may only be the tip of the iceberg
The meticulously documented 528-page Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s secret rendition, detention, and interrogation program is remarkable for its candor. In blunt language it describes the horrors of the black site secret prisons and the efforts that were made to get terrorist suspects to talk. It effectively makes two overriding points, first that... Read More
Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest
Back in the good old days of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) would do whatever it could to discredit the Soviet Union. We used to place articles in friendly newspapers exposing Soviet human rights violations, arrange for Russian front companies to buy technology that had been tampered with so that it would... Read More
Every year, congressional delegations and government officials rack up millions of dollars worth of publicly funded...
Running an empire is not cheap. The revelation that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has run up $4.7 million in travel expenses, over 930,000 miles, and a total of 373 days on the road in his five years in office should not surprise anyone, until one realizes that the numbers conceal as much as they reveal.... Read More
Incoming intel committee chair Richard Burr will end any hope of holding out of control spy agencies accountable
The wheels up party is a venerable CIA tradition, normally celebrated at overseas stations when a particularly incompetent Chief of Station or a hostile ambassador was in the process of permanently leaving post. The drinking would begin at a time estimated to coincide with the moment when the dearly departed’s aircraft lifted off from the... Read More