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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
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.