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Philip 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 broadcasters.


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Protesting AIPAC and Israeli Treatment of the Palestinians, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 2, 2021
What to Do About Israel? Here are some suggestions Critics of U.S. policy with and about Israel like myself have been relatively successful in describing the considerable downside in the bilateral status quo. We have demonstrated that the lopsided relationship supports absolutely no U.S. interest.
Domestic Terrorism, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 3, 2021
A Domestic Terrorism Law? War on Dissent Will Proceed Full Speed Ahead President Joe Biden has already made it clear that legislation that will be used to combat what he refers to as "domestic terrorism" will be a top priority.
Yawning Monkey -- nobody listening, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 16, 2021
No One Is Listening: A Country Divided Against Itself The U.S. may morph into two nations with the increasingly impoverished helot "deplorables" under the heel of the empowered social justice warriors.
Julian Assange, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 29, 2020
A Pardoning Time of Year If Donald Trump seriously seeks to strike a blow against his enemies, he should pardon Assange and Snowden on that basis alone. Let us hope that President Trump has both the wisdom and fortitude to take that step in his last days in office.
John Bolton speaking at the Mojahedin e Khalq event., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 5, 2020
A Killing in Iran: Who Gains From Yet Another Assassination? It is not often that one can agree with the pronouncements made by former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan, but his tweeted comment on the killing of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh suggesting that the incident ""was a criminal act & highly reckless.
Cyclone-class patrol ships in the Persian Gulf, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 19, 2020
War à la Mode: Will a Vindictive Trump Start a War With Iran or Will He Bring the Troops Home? My greatest concern is that I fear that Trump is going to attack Iran, either through some kind of false flag contrivance or through direct aggression.
PNAC logo., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 12, 2020
Neocons Poised to Join New Government Foreign policy hawks expected to have senior positions in the Biden Administration include Antony Blinken, Nicholas Burns, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, Samantha Power and, most important of all the hawkish Michele Flournoy, who has been cited as a possible secretary of defense. And don't count Hillary Clinton out.
DDCIA-Gina-Haspel, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 23, 2020
Iran Seeks to Confuse the United States? On Wednesday Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, held a news conference at which he laid out details of the most recent dastardly plot against American democracy. He described how Iran and Russia both obtained American voter registration data, apparently through publicly accessible databases and through purchases of email lists.
President Trump Meets with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 2, 2020
American Troops to Leave Germany: Is It Goodbye or Just Auf Wiedersehen? The continued presence of tens of thousands of American military personnel in Europe seventy-five years after the end of the Second World War is rarely questioned either by politicians or the mainstream media.
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 28, 2020
Victoria Nuland Alert Confronting Russia as some kind of ideological enemy is a never-ending process that leaves both sides poorer and less free.
The Room Where It Happened, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 25, 2020
Trump Unloads on Bolton After Bolton Unloads on Trump John Bolton's new memoir "The Room Where It Happened," which came out two days ago in spite of White House attempts to block it, is the standard kiss and tell that senior American politicians and officials tend to write to make money for their retirement.
.Bring Our Troops Home!., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 18, 2020
America's Recessional: Time to Bring the Troops Home It is past time for Donald Trump to make a bold move. End the foreign wars, shut down the overseas bases and bring the soldiers home. Spend tax dollars to improve the lives of Americans, not to fight wars for Saudis and Israelis.
DONALD TRUMP NUCLEAR WAR APOCALYPSE, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 29, 2020
Trump the Peace Candidate? This President Abhors International Treaties The Donald Trump White House is currently considering detonating a nuclear weapon. It would be the first "test" of a nuke since 1992 and is clearly intended to send a message that those weapons sitting around in storage will be available for use.
House approves measure to limit President Trump's war powers against Iran; veto expected., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 14, 2020
Toothless Congress Fails to Limit Presidential War Powers The American people are stuck with a president who believes that he has the authority to use military force as he sees fit. When things are going badly domestically, as with the coronavirus, a war can serve as a great distraction and a demonstration of strong leadership. Let us hope that no one puts that idea into Donald Trump's head.
Trump supports Israel, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Virginia Goes Zionist Politicians, bureaucrats and media talking heads have long turned a blind eye to legislation and policies that benefit the state of Israel to the detriments of United States' interests. The U.S. Treasury is plausibly describable as a gift that never stops giving to the people and governments of Jewish state.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 6, 2020
Who Made Coronavirus? Was It the U.S., Israel or China Itself? If it is correct that the virus had either been developed or even produced to be weaponized, it would further suggest that its escape from the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab and into the animal and human population could have been accidental.
Ambassador Jeffrey Comments on Iraq, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Explaining Syria Ambassador James Jeffrey maintains that "Russia needs to change its policies." That is not correct. It is the United States that must change its policies by getting out of Syria and Iraq while also stopping the deference to feckless "allies" Israel and Saudi Arabia that has produced a debilitating cold war against both Iran and Russia.
Trump says Putin .competitor., From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 7, 2020
Why Both Republicans and Democrats Want Russia to Become the Enemy of Choice Donald Trump's erratic rule has certainly dismayed many of his former supporters, but the Democratic Party is offering nothing but another helping of George W. Bush/Barack Obama-establishment war against the world. But the argument that it is essential to do so because of Russia lurking is complete nonsense.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Killing Free Speech in America Free speech is free speech, no matter how loathsome or misguided. Government officials should be allowed to express private opinions outside the parameters of their public responsibilities, just as students at a university should be able to invite speakers to controversial conferences or seminars without requiring those invited to sign a paper pledging that they will not criticize a certain country.
Secretary Mike Pompeo, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 23, 2020
A New Definition of Warfare The one area where Trump and his team of narcissistic sociopaths have been most active has been in the imposition of sanctions with lethal intent.

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