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The CIA’s Big Lie for Gina Haspel

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counterpunch, May 2018 | Article

The Central Intelligence Agency is rolling out the “big lie” on Capital Hill in order to gain confirmation for Gina Haspel as its director... Read More »

The Attacks on James Comey

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counterpunch, April 2018 | Article

Now the liberals are attacking James Comey and his important book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership. MSNBC’s Ari Melber and The New York Times’ oped writers, Charles Blow and Frank Bruni, have made outrageous attacks on Comey and his book in the past several weeks... Read More »

Trump’s First Big Test: a Crisis for All of Us

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counterpunch, April 2018 | Article

The current crisis in Syria provides Donald Trump with his first genuine test as president and commander-in-chief. On the basis of his first fifteen months in the White House, there is no reason to believe that he is equipped to manage a complex geopolitical and military situation that involves a failed Arab state as well as the military and political interests of many non-Arab states such as Russia, Iran, Turkey, and Israel in addition to the United States... Read More »

Trump and Bolton Take a Page From Richard Nixon and the Mad Man Theory

by Melvin A. Goodman

Mintpress News, March 2018 | Article

The madman theory of policy is a debatable subject, but the thought of having actual madmen in positions of power is frightening.... Read More »

The Mad Man Theory: Nixon, Trump and Bolton

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counterpunch, March 2018 | Article

Early in Richard Nixon’s presidency, he told his chief of staff Bob Haldeman that his secret strategy for ending the Vietnam War was to threaten the use of nuclear weapons... Read More »

Dianne Feinstein’s about-face on torture

by Melvin A. Goodman

The Washington Post, March 2018 | Article

Letter to the Editor... Read More »

The Great Myth of the So-Called “Adults in the Room”

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counterpunch, March 2018 |

The leading myth of the mainstream media over the past year has been the idea that there were “adults in the room” in the Oval Office of the White House... Read More »

Caveat Emptor: MSNBC and CNN Use CIA Apologists for False Commentary

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counterpunch, March 2018 |

MSNBC prides itself for progressive reporting on national security issues but continues to use apologists for the Central Intelligence Agency in reporting on key intelligence issues... Read More »

How The Iraq War Destabilized The Entire Middle East

by Melvin A. Goodman

The Iranian, March 2018 | Article

As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the unwarranted invasion of Iraq, which we are still paying for in so many ways, it is important to remember the misuse of intelligence that provided a false justification for war... Read More »

The Lesson the Trump Administration has Failed to Learn about Yemen

by Kate Kizer

Just Security, March 2018 | Article

Both the Trump and Obama administrations have advanced two fictions over the last three years to obscure U.S. complicity in Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe. From former Secretary of State John Kerry to his successor, Rex Tillerson, U.S. officials have insisted “this is not our war” and emphasize that a political settlement is the only way to end it... Read More »

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