Jim Marshall, Iraq War Hawk, Takes Over US Institute of Peace

By: Friday September 14, 2012 1:41 pm

This isn’t all that important, but what the heck, it’s Friday afternoon, and I think this little story is indicative of the funhouse mirror that is Washington, DC. Jim Marshall, a former Blue Dog Democratic House member from Georgia, was picked to become the President and CEO of the US Institute of Peace. I suppose [...]

Former Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden Explains Folly of an Attack on Iran

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 10:19 am

The Democratic platform on Iran has a mix of pleas for a diplomatic solution combined with the ever-present threats and vows of military force if required. It acknowledges straight-out that “Iran has yet to build a nuclear weapon” but adds that the country has “failed to meet its obligations under the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty). [...]

Rand Paul Will Tell RNC Convention to “Audit the Pentagon”

By: Monday August 27, 2012 7:35 am

Here’s the revised schedule for the Republican National Convention. Nobody who was previously on the schedule got bumped, though a few may have to truncate their speeches. So Mike Huckabee will still get an opportunity to speak, and Rick Santorum, and the collection of “people of color in the Republican Party we see once every [...]

Forthcoming IAEA Report Will Announce Continued Uranium Enrichment by Iran

By: Friday August 24, 2012 10:15 am

Looks like we’re scheduled to endure another round of hype about Iran’s nuclear program. David Sanger writes in today’s New York Times about an imminent IAEA report. International nuclear inspectors will soon report that Iran has installed hundreds of new centrifuges in recent months and may also be speeding up production of nuclear fuel while [...]

Annan Quits as Syria Mediator, as US Authorizes Covert Support

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 9:35 am

Kofi Annan has stepped down as the international crisis mediator for the UN on Syria, in an acknowledgement that without unity on the Security Council, nothing will be done at an international level. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is stepping down as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the 17-month-old Syria conflict at the end of [...]

Cybersecurity Bill on Fast Track in Senate, With Amendments Upcoming

By: Friday July 27, 2012 11:37 am

The Senate easily advanced a motion to proceed on their version of a cybersecurity bill yesterday, by an 84-11 vote. Clearly this bill, a separate version of which has already passed the House, has a broad degree of support. As if on cue yesterday, the head of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander, warned about [...]

Iraq Violence Claims Nearly 100 Lives as Insurgency Pulls Off Multiple Attacks

By: Monday July 23, 2012 10:54 am

As Americans mourn the tragic shooting that left 12 dead in Colorado, consider that nearly ten times as many Iraqis died, in a country 1/10th the size, in a wave of attacks from presumably Sunni insurgents today. In a coordinated display intended to show they remain a viable force, Iraqi insurgents launched at least 37 [...]

Military Crash in Mali Reveals Special Operations Work

By: Monday July 9, 2012 9:35 am

As a reminder that the United States is still at war, 6 US soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. As a reminder that the United States is still at war in countries you don’t even know about, there’s this from the Washington Post: In pre-dawn darkness, a ¬≠Toyota Land Cruiser skidded [...]

Administration Acknowledges “Direct Action” in Somalia and Yemen

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 8:28 am

In a report required by the War Powers Resolution, President Obama for the first time acknowledged that the US has taken “direct action” in Somalia and Yemen to attack remnants of Al Qaeda, spreading the battlefield authorized by the AUMF passed shortly after the September 11 attacks in 2001. In the letter, the President updates [...]

National Security Leaks Symptom of Larger Problem of Covert Warmaking

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 6:25 am

I recall someone telling me at Netroots Nation that the Justice Department had appointed two prosecutors to investigate recent leaks over the Predator drone program, the foiled Underpants Bomb II attack and cyberwarfare against Iran. I wondered how the prosecutors would go about arresting the PR agent for the President’s “tough on national security” re-election [...]

Defense Trigger Cuts Would Also Hit War in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 8:17 am

A widely noticed article yesterday suggested that some Republicans would be willing to look at revenue-raising closures of tax loopholes to avoid the automatic cuts to defense programs, the so-called “trigger.” All of this caterwaul over returning military spending to 2007 levels, especially when ending no-bid contracts could pretty simply counteract the procurement cuts completely, [...]

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