The CIA-SSCI Feud and US Capacity for Self-Reflection in the “War on Terror”

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by Derek Davison The CIA and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) have been embroiled for several weeks in a dispute over the declassification of a sweeping Senate report, the product of an investigation into the George W. Bush-era CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation” program. The SSCI’s… Continue Reading  

Foreign Policy Elite Fret over Washington Shutdown

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News Three days into the partial shutdown of the federal government, foreign policy mavens are voicing growing concern about the closure’s impact on U.S. credibility overseas. “This sends a message to allies that they’re somewhat… Continue Reading  

A World in Which No One Is Listening to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

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by Dilip Hiro via Tom Dispatch What if the sole superpower on the planet makes its will known — repeatedly — and finds that no one is listening?  Barely a decade ago, that would have seemed like a conundrum from… Continue Reading  

Thinking Regionally on Syria

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by Robert E. Hunter Following the US-Russian agreement, the Syrian government’s chemical weapons must now be destroyed. To do this without putting UN employees at impossible risk, the Syrian civil war must also stop. To do that requires a plan… Continue Reading  

OFAC’s Summer of Surprises

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via LobeLog by Samuel Cutler The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is primarily known for its role as the agency charged with enforcing Iran sanctions. This summer, however, the agency came out with a series of actions… Continue Reading