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Melvin A. Goodman is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA. He is a professor of international security studies and chairman of the international relations department at the National War College. Goodman worked at the CIA from 1966 to 1990 and was division chief and senior analyst at the agency's Office of Soviet Affairs from 1976 to 1986.
(3 comments) Saturday, April 14, 2018 Trump's First Big Test: a Crisis for All of Us
President Trump has displayed that he has virtually no capability to assess his adversaries at home or abroad. His grandiosity and his indifference to the concerns of others are obstacles to effective decision making. The Syrian crisis is already testing the mettle of his entire national security team. There is genuine reason for concern.
(1 comments) Tuesday, March 27, 2018 The Mad Man Theory: Nixon, Trump and Bolton
Over the past year, there has been accumulating evidence that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as the commander in chief. He is an extreme and unbridled hedonist who has no interest in the consequences of his actions. His personal life style, his personnel policies, his Twitter rants, and his political actions point to self-absorption that overrides any such concerns.
(1 comments) Tuesday, May 30, 2017 The Washington Post's Renewed Attack on Whistlblowers
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. On the other hand, its editorial writers maintain an ugly campaign against U.S. officials who have kept the Post and the NYTimes
Saturday, February 4, 2017 Return of the Torturers: Back to the Crime Scenes of the Past
The Trump administration has signaled that it is willing to return to the heinous crimes of the past two decades, including torture and abuse, secret prisons, and extraordinary renditions. The appointment of Gina Haspel as the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency clearly indicates that the use of torture, including the use of waterboarding, which has been endorsed by the President.
(2 comments) Thursday, January 5, 2017 The Dark Side of Obama's Legacy
President Obama campaigned on the basis of transparency and openness, but ignored accountability for the CIA's transgressions and fundamentally weakened the role of oversight throughout the national security community. The fact that Trump remains hostile to intelligence briefings creates a horrifying scenario for furthering the dark side of the Obama legacy.
(2 comments) Friday, March 14, 2014 Time for CIA's Brennan to Go
More than five years into his presidency, Barack Obama has yet to undertake a major reform of U.S. intelligence, even letting CIA Director John Brennan, who was implicated in Bush-Cheney abuses, block reports on those offenses. That must change, says ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman.
(1 comments) Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Bob Gates's Mean, Misguided Memoir
Like many Washington memoirs, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s Duty seeks to settle scores and spin a legacy. But Gates also penned a book filled with contradictions and showing little regard for the U.S. principle of civilian control over the military, says ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 Robert Gates's Narcissistic "Duty"
The Inside-the-Beltway acclaim bestowed on Robert Gates is perhaps the clearest evidence of the failure of Washington’s media/political elite to recognize reality and impose accountability on incompetent or corrupt government officials, a point addressed by ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman.
(3 comments) Saturday, August 10, 2013 A Cold War Bias Toward Russia
The most significant damage to the Russian-American relationship occurred during the administration of George W. Bush, whose international policies created the worst of all strategic worlds. In December 2001, President Bush announced U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which had been the cornerstone of strategic deterrence and the arms control regime for 30 years.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 US Finds Influence Hard to Buy
For decades the U.S. government has ladled billions upon billions in military assistance to countries that either don't need it or use it to suppress popular uprisings. But all that money has bought very little in terms of genuine influence with the recipients.
(1 comments) Wednesday, June 19, 2013 The Need for National Security Leaks
The attack line against whistleblowers Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden -- that they should have gone through "proper channels" -- ignores that those oversight channels have been badly corrupted over the past several decades. That has left Americans dependent on out-of-channel leaks.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 The Real Benghazi Scandal
The Republican fixation on Benghazi "talking points" has obscured the bigger scandal of last September's fatal attacks, the CIA's use of the consulate as an operational base without sufficient insufficient security. That failure underscores a series of other unexamined intelligence failures.
Saturday, February 9, 2013 Brennan's Bumbling Case for Terror War
There was nothing in Thursday's hearings that suggested the Senate Intelligence Committee is devoted to genuine oversight or that Brennan has a genuine understanding of checks and balances. In fact, in one of the most disturbing remarks of the day, Brennan closed out the session by actually asking the committee to be an "advocate" for the CIA.
(10 comments) Wednesday, December 21, 2011 The Bush/Obama War Against Truth
The harsh treatment of alleged leaker Bradley Manning is part of a broader campaign to silence government whistleblowers, a pattern that began with Vice President Dick Cheney's outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame but has expanded under President Obama.
(6 comments) Saturday, September 11, 2010 The Self-Inflicted Wounds of 9/11
Although al-Qaeda is no longer a sophisticated terrorist organization capable of launching large-scale operations and is merely one of many jihadist groups based in Pakistan, the United States has thrown itself into the briar patch called Afghanistan.
(2 comments) Wednesday, July 7, 2010 What Eisenhower Could Teach Obama
Fifty years ago, Eisenhower told senior advisers,,"God help this country when someone sits in this chair who doesn't know the military as well as I do." Several months later, he issued his famous warning about the military-industrial complex. Now the U.S. finds itself in a cul-de-sac, with no way out of increased military deployments and expenditures, and no evidence that Obama has a firm hand on the national security tiller.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 The Military-Industrial Complex's Win
Over the past three decades, despite the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the end of the Cold War, U.S. presidents have done next to nothing to challenge or limit the national security complex, which continues to drain the federal treasury and block any potential political threat to the military-industrial status quo.
(1 comments) Monday, July 5, 2010 What Eisenhower Could Teach Obama
Fifty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower told his senior advisers in the Oval Office of the White House, "God help this country when someone sits in this chair who doesn't know the military as well as I do." Several months later, he issued his famous warning about the military-industrial complex.
Monday, June 28, 2010 The Pentagon's Threat to the Republic
Unfortunately, our most recent presidents in the wake of the end of the Cold War have not been willing to limit the influence of the military and have placed too much power in the hands of the Pentagon. President Obama must take note.