Benghazi, Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy: America’s Broken System


by James A. Russell All states seeking to craft coherent and sensible foreign policies must draw upon their own domestic political systems to air debates, consider options, and choose the policies that best suit the country’s interests and objectives. When… Continue Reading  

U.S. Intelligence Sees Cyber Threats Eclipsing Terrorism


by Jim Lobe via IPS News Cyber threats appear to have largely replaced terrorism as posing the greatest risks to U.S. national security, which also confronts major longer-term challenges from the effects of natural resource shortages and climate change, according… Continue Reading  

Ball of Confusion

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by James A. Russell It’s been a bad week for the United States. If ever the world wanted another example of America’s dysfunction and decline, this would be the time to see how the “Ball of Confusion” just rolled right… Continue Reading  

“Homeland Security”


The Trillion-Dollar Concept That No One Can Define  by Mattea Kramer and Chris Hellman via Tom Dispatch Imagine a labyrinthine government department so bloated that few have any clear idea of just what its countless pieces do.  Imagine that tens of billions of… Continue Reading  



by Marsha B. Cohen The hearings to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense seem to have been obsessively focused on Israel, and on the threat Iran poses to Israel, with little interest on the part of most senators on… Continue Reading