Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy

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By Nick Turse I ran into David Petraeus the other night. Or rather, I ran after him. It’s been more than a year since I first tried to connect with the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director — and no… Continue Reading  

The Pentagon’s Real $trategy

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by Andrew Cockburn These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every sort. Senator John McCain thunders that “this president has no strategy to successfully… Continue Reading  

Applying Lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis to Iran

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In his debunking of the myths surrounding the Cuban missile crisis, Slate journalist Fred Kaplan derives lessons that can be applied to the ongoing dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. His second and third points, in particular, stand out (emphasis mine): Second,… Continue Reading  

Neocon Blog Rips Obama NSA Choice as inept on Iran

On neocon pundit David Frum‘s FrumForum blog, John Guardiano lambasts Tom Donilon, President  Obama’s choice to succeed Gen. Jim Jones as National Security Adviser, as “the wrong man for the job.” Guardiano, a contributor to neoconservative blogs and former Marine, … Continue Reading