Fired NSC Staffer Had History of Spreading Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theories

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by Eli Clifton Rich Higgins, the former Pentagon official and director for strategic planning at the National Security Council, was fired last month after circulating a memo claiming that enemies of the president were “globalists,” “Islamists,” and “cultural Marxists” working… Continue Reading  

The Reinvention of Al-Qaeda’s Most Dangerous Branch

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by Maximilian Beauchene Five days after Donald Trump took office, he sat down at the White House with Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, James Mattis, Michael Flynn, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., and Mike Pence to be briefed on a possible raid… Continue Reading  

Is Wahhabism to Blame for al-Qaeda and ISIS?

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by Joseph Cozza and Giorgio Cafiero Late last month, Microsoft apologized after online users observed that Bing’s translation of Daesh—what many Arabs call the Islamic State (ISIS or IS)—was “Saudi Arabia.” According to Microsoft’s official apology, Bing relies on a… Continue Reading  

Neocon: Forget about Paying Iran Back

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by Ali Gharib There are so many reasons to be angry at Iran. To take just the latest example, the Revolutionary Guards this week arrested a retired Canadian-American professor visiting Tehran and held her incommunicado at the notorious Evin Prison. The recent… Continue Reading  

Ted Cruz’s Team of Islamophobes

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by Derek Davison Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), one of the three remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, is unveiling his national security team today, and Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake was able to preview some of its members for… Continue Reading