The Security Hole in the White House


by Paul R. Pillar As anyone who has not been in a sensory deprivation tank for the past two years knows, quite a big deal was made of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary… Continue Reading  

The Rule of Law in Jeopardy

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by Paul R. Pillar After more than a year of excesses by a president whom not only centrists and progressives but also a thinking conservative such as George Will can aptly assess to be the worst U.S. president ever, outrage… Continue Reading  

The Complicated War in Yemen


by Paul R. Pillar No matter how much some analysts in the United States see the conflict in Yemen as a Manichean contest between good guys and bad guys, the complexities of the war keep intruding. Long overlooked has been… Continue Reading  

The Damaging Decline of HPSCI


by Paul R. Pillar The most frequent and regular interaction that I, as a then-serving intelligence officer, had with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI—referred to orally as “hip-see”) was in the 1980s. Part of my duties involved… Continue Reading  

Lessons from the Tet Offensive, 50 Years Later


by Paul R. Pillar Fifty years ago this Tuesday, communist forces launched the assaults across South Vietnam known as the Tet Offensive. The offensive marked an inflection point in the Vietnam War. President Lyndon Johnson denied a request the following… Continue Reading