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Giraldi is the executive director of the Council for the National
Interest and a recognized authority on international security and
counterterrorism issues. He is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist
and military intelligence officer who served eighteen years overseas in
Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Mr.
Giraldi was awarded an MA and PhD from the University of London in
European History and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the
University of Chicago. He speaks Spanish, Italian, German, and Turkish. His columns on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues regularly appear in The American Conservative magazine, Huffington Post, and antiwar.com.
He has written op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain, has
appeared on “Good Morning America,” MSNBC, National Public Radio, and
local affiliates of ABC television. He has been a keynote speaker at the
Petroleum Industry Security Council annual meeting, has spoken twice at
the American Conservative Union’s annual CPAC convention in Washington,
and has addressed several World Affairs Council affiliates. He has been
interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British
Broadcasting Corporation, Britain’s Independent Television Network, FOX
News, Polish National Television, Croatian National Television,
al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya, 60 Minutes, and other international and domestic
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 The information wars (2 comments)
Few would argue that there are legitimate secrets, the flood of information revealed by WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden suggests that in some cases at least classification is used to conceal either illegal activity or actions that might widely be condemned as inappropriate if they had been revealed to the public.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 Israel Is Serious About Spying -- But Not About Peace
Kerry's reluctance to speak the truth unambiguously is not surprising as is the use of anonymous quotes to register displeasure with Israeli behavior. The White House operates under the shadow of powerful international Jewish organizations that appear to regard Israel as something that has to be protected at all costs and by any means no matter how it misbehaves.
Sunday, March 2, 2014 Is AIPAC Doomed?
There will be speeches by Sen John McCain and by Sec of State John Kerry. Attendees will descend en masse on the Capitol Hill offices of Senators and Congressmen, delivering the message that AIPAC is alive and well in spite of some recent very public setbacks. They will demand that the US pressure Iran with new sanctions even as the White House is searching for a way to avoid another catastrophic war in the Middle East.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 Such A Deal (2 comments)
Kerry's objective from the start has been to get the maximum possible for Israel while enticing the Palestinians to accept the barest minimum that will get them to agree to sign on to something. Even if Kerry wanted to be an honest broker he knows he can't go that route because the Israel Lobby is so powerful and pro-Palestinian sentiment means nothing in terms of American elections.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 Some Might Call It Treason (5 comments)
The principal Israeli lobby AIPAC has basically declared war on the White House over the issue and the Senators who are leading the charge are firmly in Israel's pocket. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois is even being briefed by Israeli intelligence, and Israeli cabinet ministers have been observed pleading their case on Capitol Hill to a very receptive audience.
Sunday, December 15, 2013 Why Remain in Afghanistan? (1 comments)
Karzai, who will be leaving office next Spring and is undoubtedly looking forward to a comfortable retirement in Dubai in close proximity to the bank accounts holding all the money he stole, is quite likely relying on a continued US presence no matter what agreement is reached.
Friday, December 6, 2013 Palestinians Lose Again (1 comments)
What does the White House do? It comes down on both sides of every issue whenever it possibly can, criticizing the growth of Israeli settlements while at the same time doing nothing to stop them and doing even less to expedite the development of a viable Palestinian state. This to avoid confronting directly the Israel Lobby, which is unrelenting to have its viewpoint be the only acceptable narrative inside the Beltway.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 The Two Snowdens (36 comments)
Snowden would have gotten absolutely nowhere if he had attempted to "go through channels" in any attempt to resolve the violations of law that he observed and was right to go public, but that is where the acceptance of his actions by me and my former colleagues pretty much ends.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 Riyadh Says Let America Do It
If the Israelis and Saudis were really threatened by Iran, one suspects that their response would be more robust. Meanwhile they will see if they can shame and coerce President Obama into doing what they think is best for them. Hopefully, he will be able to resist the pressure.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Crying Wolf Over Iran (1 comments)
Targeting Iran for special treatment as a rogue nation seems a bit hard to explain beyond the bromides as it has not attacked a neighbor since the 17th century and is itself threatened nearly daily by Washington and Tel Aviv. And even the CIA and Mossad agree that it is not developing a nuclear weapon. Beyond that, Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which grants it the right to enrich uranium.
Saturday, October 19, 2013 Fixing Congress Means Fixing the Government (4 comments)
It is an ultimate irony that institutions like the Post Office that actually provide a necessary service for most Americans are starved for funds while the National Security Agency seems to have plenty of cash to build and operate its vast new spy center in Utah. A spy center that will collect information on the American people. The priorities of government are skewed and it is not just in congress.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 A Syrian Solution? (25 comments)
Nearly everyone would be able to find a comfort zone if the Syrian civil war were to end, so there is strong motivation to take whatever steps are necessary to accomplish just that. And it would be a political victory for nearly everyone involved, with the US and its allies claiming that they had stopped the bloodshed while blocking the extremists from forming a government.
Friday, October 4, 2013 Coming to Terms With Iran (1 comments)
Washington should be racing to talk to Iran to find an exit from the longest running unnecessarily sustained neither-war-nor-peace conflict since the cold war. An unnecessary armed conflict with Iran, which might easily be avoided, could well be the final blow that will sink the American ship of state.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 Throw the Bums Out (1 comments)
So the game goes on, with no one winning but the thuglike and expansionistic Israeli settlers. And if you wonder why Washington persists in engaging in self-destructive behavior, just go ask Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. They will wave a paper in your face and on it will be the latest directives from AIPAC.
Thursday, August 1, 2013 Spinning Yarns in the Mainstream Media (1 comments)
If you want your neocon news straight from the source, the Washington Post is the way to go. It will explain to you why we should be prepared to intervene militarily worldwide and why some bureaucrat reading your mail or reviewing your phone calls is not a bad thing as all that stuff will make you a lot safer.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 The Lobby Never Sleeps (1 comments)
When it comes to actual war and peace, those of us who have been preoccupied by the crises in Egypt and Syria would be well served by taking another look at what Israel has been up to. Settlements are expanding and still more Arabs are being dispossessed, making peace all but impossible.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Edward Snowden Is No Traitor (1 comments)
The White House's colossal data-mining operation has now been exposed by Edward Snowden, and the American people have discovered that they have been scrutinized by Washington far beyond any level that they would have imagined possible. Many foreign nations have also now realized that the scope of U.S. spying exceeds any reasonable standard of behavior.
Friday, July 12, 2013 The Meaninglessness of Elections (13 comments)
Here in the United States, we have congressional elections every two years but the dominant parties that alternate in power have rigged and gerrymandered the process in such a way that only candidates acceptable to the corporate/military/political status quo can rise to the surface.
Saturday, July 6, 2013 Independence Day Blues
Overall, it has become somewhat shameful to be an American. But possibly far worse than the way the rest of the world perceives us is the damage that we have done to ourselves. Consider for a moment what the past 12 years have meant in terms of what the United States government can now do to any American citizen.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 Don't Forget Syria (6 comments)
Syria in danger of ceasing to exist as a nation-state. Its collapse could inspire a new global jihad and provoke violence throughout the Middle East, while its chemical weapons could easily fall into dangerous hands. Israel is already threatening to intervene, which could produce a major regional conflict.
Friday, May 31, 2013 John McCain: War Hero or Something Less? (7 comments)
It is perhaps not too late to take another look at McCain and the post-Vietnam POW issue while many veterans of that conflict are still alive. It might also help to discredit the Senate's leading warmonger. Either way, it would be a reckoning that is long since overdue.
Saturday, April 27, 2013 What Has Bibi Been Doing? (1 comments)
The new Israeli government will not be interested in compromise on any front, though it is somewhat divided on when and how to attack Iran (or how to get the United States to do the job for it). It will exhibit much of the racist extremism that has characterized Israeli politics of late.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 Failed by the Fourth Estate (3 comments)
Today's corporate media continue to work towards their apparent goal to provide less and less information and more and more opinion. Recent coverage of the President's visit to the Middle East invariably referred to the militarily occupied West Bank as "disputed," a usage that has also become common over at the State Department and which obscures the injustice being committed against the Palestinians.
Saturday, March 23, 2013 Sitzkrieg on the Potomac
Both Democrats and Republicans, presenting different faces of the war party, seem unconcerned about the gradual destruction of our nation's liberties, wrapped up as they are in obtaining temporary advantage in a struggle that has everything to do with obtaining more power and little to do with the wellbeing of the United States.
Thursday, January 10, 2013 Are Israel and the U.S. Becoming Fascist States? (8 comments)
To what extent are both Israel and the United States trending towards a fascist model? In some areas the affinity is clear. Both Israel and the United States claim victimhood from terrorism and have used that as an excuse to maintain aggressive foreign policies that emphasize the use of force as a first option. So, the answer to whether Israel and the U.S. are developing into fascist-style states is a qualified yes.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 How Government Grows (5 comments)
Americans have witnessed in the short space of 11 years a government that has metastasized built around a fiction that the American people are somehow under serious threat from foreign enemies. Government never admits failure and its response to shortcomings is to throw more resources at the problem in an attempt to either make it go away or delay the day of reckoning.
Sunday, December 23, 2012 The Torture Chronicle (2 comments)
The bipartisan willingness to avoid confrontation over possible war crimes makes the recently completed 6,000 page long Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture an extraordinary document. Though it is still classified and might well never see the light of day even in any sanitized or bowdlerized form, its principal conclusions have been leaking out in the media over the past two weeks.
Saturday, December 15, 2012 Why Remember Iraq? (11 comments)
If the United States cannot learn from the experience of Iraq it is doomed to repeatedly fail in similar endeavors until the last soldier comes home in a body bag and the last dollar is spent, leaving behind an empty treasury and an impoverished American people.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Blaming the Muslims (3 comments)
We are the ones who have created the enemy and we are the ones who should have the sense to realize that it is our policies and actions that have poisoned relationships all around the world, and not just in Islamic countries. Will Mitt Romney or Barack Obama someday express that reality? Somehow I don't think so.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Obama's Report Card (3 comments)
The terrifying prospect of a Mitt Romney foreign policy has somehow obscured just how badly President Barack Obama has performed. Obama's grades are somewhat disappointing: a B, a C, a D, and four F's. He will likely have trouble getting into a good college, and I recommend that he instead learn a useful skill such as basket weaving or pottery design.
Thursday, October 4, 2012 Why I Dislike Israel (14 comments)
The Israeli government is a rogue regime by most international standards, engaging as it does in torture, arbitrary imprisonment, and continued occupation of territories seized by its military. Worse still, it has successfully manipulated my country, the United States, and has done terrible damage both to our political system and to the American people, a crime that I just cannot forgive, condone, or explain away.
Friday, August 3, 2012 Tightening the Noose on Iran (3 comments)
Lest there be any confusion, the new bill -- coming on top of previous legislation and executive orders, not to mention the covert Stuxnet and Flame computer viruses -- sets the stage for war against Iran, a country that has not attacked the United States nor threatened to do so unless it is attacked first. If this seems reminiscent of the lead-up to war against Iraq in 2003, it should.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 Four More Years of Warrantless Surveillance
The NSA, like an enormous vacuum cleaner, is monitoring nearly all electronic and voice communications in real time and storing the information that is not used immediately. The volume collected cannot even be calculated. The Act is now up for re-approval by the Senate, and President Barack Obama, who ran for office promising greater transparency and accountability in government, strongly supports the extension.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Killing by PowerPoint (2 comments)
Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it is ringing for all of us. In the past 11 years we have fallen into an abyss. That the president of the United States meets weekly to draw up a list of people to be killed without producing an immediate demand for impeachment from Congress, the media, and the public boggles the mind. What kind of monsters have we become and how much worse can it get?
Saturday, June 2, 2012 Israel Uber Alles (1 comments)
The Israel firsters in Congress are both shameless and relentless. We Americans who do not share their views should mark them out and hope for the day when they will be voted out of office and eventually prosecuted as the useful idiots and betrayers of our constitution that they most surely are.
Saturday, May 19, 2012 House Passes Stealth Legislation (2 comments)
HR 4133 basically provides Israel with a blank check drawn on the US taxpayer to maintain its "qualitative military edge" over all of its neighbors combined. It requires the White House to prepare an annual report on how that superiority is being maintained. It passed on May 9 by a vote of 411-2 on a "suspension of the rules," which is intended for non-controversial legislation requiring little debate and a quick vote.