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Mad Dog Mattis and Trump’s “Seven Days in May”

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, December 2016 |

President-elect Donald Trump probably never read Fletcher Knebel and Charles Bailey’s “Seven Days in May” in 1962 and never saw John Frankenheimer’s film version in 1964, which dealt with the threat of a military coup due to opposition to a nuclear disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union during the Cold War... Read More »

Trump’s Campaign of Militarization

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, November 2016 |

President-elect Donald Trump’s authoritarian style and personality, which attracted an overwhelmingly authoritarian following, is manifesting itself in the selection of his national security team... Read More »

Worrying About Trump’s Reactionaries

by Melvin A. Goodman

Consortium News, November 2016 |

President Barack Obama’s failure to limit the CIA’s paramilitary role and to seek accountability for the conduct of torture and abuse will allow President-elect Trump to get the CIA more heavily involved in paramilitary activities, which have damaged the reputation of the United States and the CIA in the past... Read More »

Trump’s Inner Circle: Here Come the Troglodytes

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, November 2016 |

Although President Obama had some success in bringing sunlight into the darkened corridors of the national security state, president-elect Trump’s appointment of these individuals suggests that the secret state will once again expand. A greater era of secrecy will be harmful to the interests of American citizens and even to our democracy... Read More »

NATO Über Alles: Obama was in Warsaw, When He was Needed in Dallas

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counterpunch, July 2016 |

There are many worrisome aspects of President Obama’s legacy in international security, including the generally mediocre appointments in the field of national security; the failure to appreciate the humanitarian crisis in Syria; the “pivot” to China that communicated a policy of “containment” to Beijing; the inability to close Guantanamo; the deportation of more immigrants than any other American president; the pursuit of America’s longest war in Afghanistan for another eight years; the expansion of military aid to Israel; the weakening of the role of the Inspector General in the field of national security, the misuse of the Espionage Act of 1917, and now the policy of militarism that he pursued last week in Warsaw at the NATO summit... Read More »

Hillary Clinton’s Wanton Disregard for US Laws and National Security

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counterpunch, July 2016 |

There is a new poster child for the U.S. government’s double standard in dealing with violations of public policy and public trust—former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who will receive no punishment for her wanton disregard of U.S. laws and national security. Clinton merely received a blistering rebuke from FBI director James Comey, who charged her with “extremely careless” behavior in using multiple private email servers to send and received classified information as well as using her personal cellphone in dealing with sensitive materials while traveling outside the United States... Read More »

GOP Candidates Trump, Cruz Follow ISIS Script By Stoking Hate and Fear Against Muslims

by Melvin A. Goodman

Between the Lines, March 2016 | Interview

Interview with Mel Goodman, former CIA analyst and senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, conducted by Scott Harris, executive producer of Between The Lines... Read More »

More Lies From Spies: the Tall Tales of Robert Gates

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, February 2016 | Article

Former CIA director and secretary of defense Robert M. Gates, who served both Bush administrations as well as the Obama administration, has produced his third self-aggrandizing memoir. His most recent effort, “A Passion for Leadership,” is in the form of lessons learned, but there is no acknowledgement of any flaw or stumble, let alone mistake. In view of Gates’ emphasis on “integrity,” it’s useful to review his CIA career, particularly his relationship with CIA director William Casey... Read More »

Mel Goodman on Robert White (and More)

by Melvin A. Goodman

Tell Somebody, January 2016 | Interview

Melvin A. Goodman was a guest on the January 7, 2016 edition of Tell Somebody: A weekly public affairs program on KKFI-FM 90.1, Kansas City community radio. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy where he was a colleague of the late Robert White, former US ambassador to El Salvador, and was a CIA analyst and colleague of Ray McGovern. He is the author of National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, and of the forthcoming book The Path to Dissent: A Whistleblower at the CIA... Read More »

The “War Scare” in the Kremlin, Revisited: Is History Repeating Itself?

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, October 2015 | Article

History seems to be repeating itself. Washington and Moscow are once again exchanging ugly broadsides over the confrontations in Ukraine and Syria. The Russian-American arms control and disarmament dialogue has been pushed to the background, and the possibilities of superpower conflict into the foreground. ... Read More »

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