How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “a Very Dangerous Place”

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by Emile Nakhleh The Middle East, like the rest of the world, is a “very dangerous place!” according to President Trump. The Saudis, with America’s tacit help, made it so. President Trump’s bizarre and strange recent statement giving Saudi Crown… Continue Reading  

Trump’s War with the Intelligence Community Is Not About Peace

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by Charles Davis When the most powerful and belligerent man in the world began casually exploring the idea of invading Venezuela—this, after Caracas’s state-owned oil company gave $500,000 to the U.S. president’s inauguration party—it was an establishment general, H.R. McMaster,… Continue Reading  

Exploring the Shadows of America’s Security State

President George W Bush visits CIA Headquarters, March 20, 2001.

by Alfred W. McCoy [This piece has been adapted and expanded from the introduction to Alfred W. McCoy’s new book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power.] In the wake of the… Continue Reading  

The Collective “Wisdom” of the U.S. Intelligence Community

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by Tom Engelhardt They call themselves the U.S. “Intelligence Community,” or the IC. If you include the office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which in 2005 began as a crew of 12 people, including its director, and by… Continue Reading  

Educating Trump with Intelligence: Questions are as Important as Answers

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by Paul R. Pillar “I don’t have to be told—you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.” That’s how President-elect… Continue Reading