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The Myth of American Exceptionalism

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, July 2017 |

Like too many nations, the United States likes to think of itself as a chosen nation and a chosen people... Read More »

Is the CIA Reformable?

by Melvin A. Goodman

Truth Out, July 2017 |

In this excerpt, , former CIA intelligence analyst Melvin A. Goodman ponders the meanings of the words whistleblower, dissident and contrarian, how they apply to himself and others, and whether the CIA can ever be repaired or rebuilt... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: How Clinton, Bush and Obama joined to alienate Russia

by Melvin A. Goodman

The Washington Post, July 2017 | Letter

In her July 2 op-ed, “Blind on Russia,” Anne Applebaum continued the mythology that “nobody paid much attention as Russia . . . turned into something quite different” from a “Western-oriented, liberalizing state.”... Read More »

Reality of North Korean Missiles vs. the Mythology of Missile Defense

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, June 2017 |

Last month, the mainstream media endorsed the Pentagon’s description of a collision between an American interceptor rocket and a mock intercontinental ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean as the “first successful test of whether it could shoot down a North Korean warhead racing toward the United States.” Nonsense!... Read More »

The Six Day War and Israeli Lies: What I Saw at the CIA

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, June 2017 |

On too many occasions in U.S. history, the use of force has been justified with either corrupt intelligence or just plain lies. Such was the case in the Mexican-American War; the Spanish-American War; the Vietnam War; and the 2003 Iraq War... Read More »

The Washington Post’s Renewed Attack on Whistlblowers

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, May 2017 |

The Washington Post’s schizoid approach toward whistleblowers continues unabated. On the one hand, its news staff has effectively used authoritative leaks to expose the bizarre and possibly illegal contacts between senior members of the Trump administration and high-level Russian officials... Read More »

The Wrong Way to Share Intelligence

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, May 2017 |

There is nothing unusual about sharing intelligence, even sensitive intelligence. The United States does regular intelligence sharing with the English-speaking countries, and the United States and UK are particularly generous in the process of sharing... Read More »

Ending the Cold War: What Shevardnadze Did

by Melvin A. Goodman

The New York Review of Books, April 2017 |

Archie Brown’s review of Robert Service’s excellent The End of the Cold War, 1985–1991 [NYR, March 23] falsely diminishes Eduard Shevardnadze’s contribution to improved Soviet–American relations and the cold war’s sudden end... Read More »

The Disappearance of Bipartisanship on the Intelligence Committees

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, March 2017 |

There is a political myth in Washington that the Senate and House intelligence committees, unlike other congressional committees, have been bipartisan and fair minded in their handling of political matters. Now that the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has gone rogue by providing sensitive exculpatory intelligence documents to the President of the United States, the subject of a committee investigation, we are told that the intelligence committee can no longer be considered bipartisan. Well, we learned 25 years ago that the congressional intelligence committees were as politicized as any committee on the Hill... Read More »

“Wag the Dog,” Revisited

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, February 2017 |

Twenty years ago, Hollywood produced a black comedy, “Wag the Dog,” that involved a sex scandal in the White House less than two weeks before the election. A spin doctor is brought in to distract the public from the scandal by constructing a diversionary war with Albania. When the CIA learns of the plot, it sends an agent to confront the spin doctor, who convinces the agency that revealing the deception would be against the best interests of the United States... Read More »

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