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Experts' Letter on Defense Spending

by Carl Conetta, Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy

Nov-18-2010 | Letter

Joint declaration by 48 top scholars and practitioners of national security policy: “We can achieve safe savings in defense if we are willing to rethink how we produce military power and how, why, and where we put it to use... Read More »

These Myopic Cuts Will Only Lead to a Global Depression

by Harry Blaney

Financial Times , Jul-12-2010 | Letter

Sir, Martin Wolf’s lucid and compelling article, “Three years on, fault lines threaten the world economy” (July 14) was right on about the precarious elements in our ... Read More »

Lifting the Restrictions on U.S. Travel to Cuba

by Wayne Smith

NY Times, Jul-12-2010 | Letter

In his July 9 letter, James C. Cason, a former chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana, insists that allowing Americans to travel freely to Cuba will not in any way encourage greater openness on the island... Read More »

To Stop a Terrorist: No Lack of Ideas

by Melvin A. Goodman

New york Times , Jan-05-2010 | Letter

You correctly demand a ''clearheaded, nonpoliticized assessment of what went wrong'' in the Christmas Day terrorism plot and ''nonhysterical remedies'' to prevent... Read More »

Obama's Choices in the Afghan War


New York Times , Oct-30-2009 | Letter

The issue is not whether President Obama is stubborn enough to stick to an earlier ill-advised judgment that the United States... Read More »

Intelligence Vets Back Torture Probe

by Melvin A. Goodman, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

War is a Crime, Sep-27-2009 | Letter

We write you, Mr. President, as former intelligence professionals to voice strong support for Attorney General Eric Holder’s authorization of a wider... Read More »

'Unanswerable' Questions on Torture Are Actually Answerable

by Melvin A. Goodman

The Washington Post, Sep-06-2009 | Letter

Richard Cohen argued that "no one can possibly believe that America is now safer because of the new restrictions on enhanced interrogation and the subsequent appointment ... Read More »

Where Our Defense Money Goes

by Bill Goodfellow, Bob Edgar

Boston Globe, Aug-05-2009 | Letter

BY THREATENING to veto the defense appropriations bill if it included money for more F-22 stealth fighter planes, President Obama signaled that he was going to put an end to the way business has been done in Washington. We applaud the president’s announcement, but so far it is more symbolic than real... Read More »

Secrets and the C.I.A.

by Melvin A. Goodman

New York Times, Aug-04-2009 | Letter

To the Editor: Re “Obama Administration Weighs In on State Secrets, Raising Concern on the Left,” by Adam Liptak (Sidebar column, Aug. 4): My 24 years as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (1966-90) taught me that national security is only the ostensible reason for using the state secrets privilege in cases before the court ... Read More »

Britain's Retreat Will Put the World At Greater Risk

by Harry Blaney

The Financial Times, May-26-2009 | Letter

Sir, James Blitz’s article (“Testing waters ahead”, May 21), which focuses on Britain’s military choices, also raises the question of rethinking of “Britain’s global role”. ... Read More »

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