Philip Giraldi

Ph.D., Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest.

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September 19, 2019
Spy vs Spy vs Spy: The Mysterious Mr. Smolenkov

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.

September 12, 2019
Trump the Russian Puppet. A Story That Just Will Not Die

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).”

September 5, 2019
Now It’s Official: US Visa Can Be Denied If You (Or Even Your Friends) Are Critical of American Policies

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.”

August 29, 2019
Lying for Israel: Why Nearly Everyone in Washington Does It

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.

August 22, 2019
Lindsey Graham’s Blank Check. Why a Defense Agreement With Israel Would Be a Disaster for Americans

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.

August 15, 2019
Punishing the World With Sanctions

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.

August 8, 2019
Quincy Who? Another New Think Tank Tests the Waters

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.

August 1, 2019
The Spy Game: It Ain’t What It Used to Be

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.

July 25, 2019
No Accountability in Washington. The CIA Wants to Hide All Its Employees

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.

July 18, 2019
Pandering to Christian Zionism: Trump Outreach on Display in Washington

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.