Ten Reasons Airstrikes in Iraq are a Terrible Idea

By: Monday June 23, 2014 7:50 am

Here are some of the many reasons airstrikes (or any other form of U.S. military action) in Iraq are just a terrible idea.

Technology and the End of Privacy

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 8:31 am

The self-created end of privacy in the United States was brought about as much by technology as desire. Those who claim there is little new here — the government read the mail of and wiretapped the calls and conversations of Americans under COINTELPROfrom 1956 to at least 1971 – do not understand the impact of [...]

State Dept. Has Lowest Ranking in Government for FOIA Request Replies

By: Tuesday May 13, 2014 10:37 am

One of the better ideas of modern government in America was the creation in 1966, and amendment in 1974, of the Freedom of Information Act. The concept behind it dates right back to the Founding– people in a democracy must know what their government is doing in their names. Such an informed citizenry (in Jefferson’s [...]

State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 11:00 am

The United States State Department has released its annual report on global terrorism where it highlights “serious threat” posed to the US by the growth in affiliates of Al Qaeda while also acknowledging that the “international community has severely degraded Al Qaeda’s core leadership.” As it describes, “Leadership losses in Pakistan, coupled with weak governance [...]

War Toys for Kids: Back to the Future in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 8:29 am

The things people do for money. At least I hope it is for money because if anyone stills believes this stuff they are in sad, sad shape. Drops in the Ocean Lt. Commander Jennifer Cragg at “NATO” headquarters in Afghanistan brings us (only on the “NATO” website of course; even the lamest of the main [...]

On the Death of Anne Smedinghoff, Three U.S. Soldiers and an Interpreter

By: Friday April 25, 2014 9:08 am

The Chicago Tribune gained access to the 2013 U.S. Army report on the death of State Department Foreign Service Officer Anne Smedinghoff in Afghanistan. She was only 25 years old. She was one of three American civilians, three soldiers and a local interpreter killed in what was once the deadliest day of last year for [...]

American Held Incommunicado in Yemen for 39 Days, Legal Team Still Doesn’t Know Why

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 6:01 pm

During most of the month of March, the legal team for a United States citizen, who faces murder charges and is awaiting trial in Yemen, disappeared. They had no idea where he was being imprisoned. However, a spokesperson for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, DC, denies that he was ever “disappeared.” But the US Embassy [...]

USAID’s Response to AP’s Story on ‘Cuban Twitter’: What Isn’t Denied & What’s Striking About It

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 4:04 pm

It is “important that the good work” of the US Agency for International Development “not be falsely characterized,” the agency wrote in a blog post responding to the Associated Press’ story on “Cuban Twitter.” The response outlined eight “inaccuracies” and eight “facts” to show key flaws in the story. The only problem is the rebuttal [...]

Did State Department Fail American Peace Activist When She Was Detained at Cairo Airport?

By: Monday March 10, 2014 10:58 am

An American peace activist and co-founder of the group CODEPINK was planning to go to Gaza as part of a delegation on women. However, she flew to Cairo. She was detained in the airport, held for hours and then, before Egyptian security officers tried to deport her, she was roughed up and had her arm [...]

The Tao of Political Ambassadors

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 9:43 am

Political Patronage Isn’t the (Only) Problem with American Diplomacy The United States is the only first world nation that allots ambassador jobs as political patronage. You don’t have to know anything, or have any specific background or training, to be the president’s personal representative abroad and conduct foreign policy on behalf of the World’s Most [...]

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