Ph.D., Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest.
Unless someone actually succeeds in interviewing Oleg Smolenkov and he decides to tell the complete truth as he sees it, the American public might never know the reality behind the latest spy story.
Certainly, there are many things that President Trump can rightly be criticized for, but it is interesting to note how the media and chattering classes continue to be in the grip of the irrational “Trump derangement syndrome (TDS).”
As America’s Founding Father Benjamin Franklin once reportedly observed, “Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety will wind up with neither.”
There is no benefit for the United States when an American Ambassador excuses the brutality of a foreign government, quite the contrary as it makes Washington an accomplice in what are often undeniably war crimes.
Graham’s proposed treaty might be part of a White House plan to end-run Congress and public opinion by enabling Israel to start the desired war with Iran, whereupon the US would quickly follow in to “defend Israel,” obliged by treaty to do so.
Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack Ыюthey are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually represent.
The Quincy Institute intention to broaden the discussion of the current foreign policy to include opponents and critics of interventionism should be welcomed with some caveats.
Many critics of the Agency have argued that the CIA has forgotten how to spy in an age of drones and electronic surveillance, which may be true. Certainly, the CIA record regarding Iran is nothing to brag about.
The new legislation is an intelligence agency dream, a get out of jail card that has no expiry date. And if one wants to know how dangerous it is, consider for a moment that if it turns out that serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was indeed a C.I.A. covert source, he would be able to walk away free on procedural grounds.
Christian Zionist involvement in American politics on behalf of the Washington’s relationship with Israel does not serve any conceivable US national interests unless one assumes that Israel and the United States are essentially the same polity, which is unsustainable.