The USS Cole after the October 12, 2000 attack.
Had President Obama been aware of what the CIA did to the government of New Zealand in 2006 he might have been even more angry at his national security team. John Brennan, his counterterrorism advisor, conducted an investigation that failed to connect some old CIA dots that would have gone a long way in explaining why the CIA does not like to share information, even with the President of the United States.
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President Barack Obama meets with his national security team in the Situation Room of the White House. Photo: US Government.
Politicians have long made promises that if taxpayers spend enough money, they can be protected from evil forces. The Maginot Line was supposed to protect France from a German invasion. The Germans defeated it easily because it was poorly conceived and largely built as a boon to French contractors. America’s Strategic Defense Initiative, the hugely expensive — $50 billion and counting — and failed “Star Wars” missile defense system envisioned by President Reagan, has so far only protected the bottom line of defense contractors.
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Photo: United States Marine Corps.
A recent NEWSWEEK cover story – HOW WE (COULD HAVE) WON IN VIETNAM, by Evan Thomas and John Barry (November 16, 2009)
– has responded to the ever-louder jungle drums of the recovering Right and pulled the stake and raised up for more recent generations the vampire logic behind the argument that “..the United States could have won in Vietnam – if only the U.S. Congress hadn’t cut off military aid to South Vietnam.” It quotes Dwight Eisenhower as maintaining that “if you fight you must fight to win.” It discovers several stages during that time of debilitating national anguish when “..the military was finally having success with a new counterinsurgency strategy” and urges our ground commanders in Afghanistan to continue with tactics that replicate “..what the Phoenix Program was designed to do 40 years ago in Vietnam: target and assassinate Viet Cong leaders.” The implication is that Vietnam was a rushed, incidental involvement for the United States, which we abandoned too quickly.
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A spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Washington is an ex-USA Today reporter who resigned under pressure amid accusations of plagiarism, DCBureau has learned. The reporter, Tom Squitieri, once covered the Iraqi Kurds, who now pay him $8,000 a month as a registered agent of the KRG.
Tom Squitieri, the reporter-turned-KRG flack, giving the commencement address at Indiana University in Pennsylvania, 2003 Photo: TomSquitieri.com
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