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Inside the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture: The CIA’s Disgrace

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Dec-12-2014 | Article

The disgraceful and unconscionable role of the CIA in President George W. Bush’s Global War on Terror included the sadistic torture and abuse that predated and exceeded the so-called Torture Memoranda of the Department of Justice; the pathetic mismanagement by CIA directors and deputy directors that actually abetted the sadism; and the pathological lying that has accompanied the CIA’s campaign to marginalize the Senate report and the Senate intelligence committee’s chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein... Read More »

Mr. Obama’s Foreign Policy Faults

by William D. Hartung

Washington Post, Dec-11-2014 | Article

More often than not, military action creates new problems and prolongs existing conflicts. One egregious example of this phenomenon is the George W. Bush administration’s disastrous decision to invade Iraq... Read More »

A Spurious Challenge to the Senate Torture Report: The CIA’s Operation Deception

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Dec-10-2014 | Article

CIA director John Brennan, having failed to block the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse, is now abetting the efforts of former CIA directors and deputy directors to rebut the report’s conclusions that the interrogation techniques amounted to sadism and that senior CIA officials lied to the White House, the Congress, and the Department of Justice about the effectiveness of the enhanced interrogation program... Read More »

The Arrival of Ashton Carter: The Military-Industrial Complex Gets Its Man

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Dec-09-2014 | Article

President Barack Obama has bungled the job of appointments to key national security positions for the past six years, and the nomination of Ashton Carter will allow him to maintain his streak. Carter is the classic example of the defense intellectual who has labored in the halls of academe, and then becoming extremely hawkish as he or she attains status and influence in the halls of the Pentagon... Read More »

Africa Forum on Security Sector Reform

by Nicole Ball

Dec-08-2014 | Speech

The Africa Forum on Security Sector Reform (SSR) was held on 24-26 November 2014 at AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It brought together AU, regional organization and senior government officials, representatives of partner governments and leading experts in the field to discuss the opportunities and challenges of security sector reform as a component of stabilisation and peace-building in Africa... Read More »

Jeb Bush Not Ready to be President

by Frick Curry

Sun Sentinel, Dec-04-2014 | Letter

With his call for strengthening the U.S. embargo of Cuba (Sun Sentinel, Dec. 4) former Gov. Bush shows he would base his foreign policy on wishful thinking by doubling down on a policy that has failed for more than 50 years ... Read More »

The Next Secretary of Defense Needs to Rein In the Pentagon

by William D. Hartung

Roll Call, Dec-04-2014 | Article

Whoever takes up the post, the next secretary of Defense will face the same budgetary challenges that Chuck Hagel did — an overly ambitious agenda that doesn’t match the funds that are likely to be available to the department over the next five to 10 years... Read More »

The War on Drugs is a War on Young People: Mexico’s Youth Under Siege

by Laura Carlsen

CounterPunch, Dec-04-2014 | Article

Since the beginning of the war on drugs, launched by former president Felipe Calderon in December of 2006, an alarming number of young Mexicans have been killed in a context of almost total impunity... Read More »

U.S. Support for Mexico's Drug War Goes Beyond Guns and Money

by Angelika Albaladejo, Mike LaSusa

Truth Out, Dec-01-2014 | Article

In spite of widely acknowledged and rampant corruption in Mexico's security and law enforcement institutions, implicated in the September disappearance of more than 40 college students, the United States continues to supply the country with well over $100 million per year in military and police assistance... Read More »

Rethinking America's Nukes

by William D. Hartung

New York Times, Nov-30-2014 | Letter

If the nuclear enterprise has management problems, by all means fix them. But maintaining an arsenal of thousands of nuclear weapons while building a new generation of nuclear bombers, subs and land-based missiles is unnecessary and not affordable... Read More »

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