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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
(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.
SHARE Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Pompeo Gives Away the Palestinian West Bank
The Israelis could continue their creeping annexation of the West Bank for 10 more years or so while also deliberately driving the remaining Arabs out. They will be empowered to do so by the United States, which will never develop either the integrity or the courage to push back against "America's closest ally and best friend in the entire world."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 3, 2019 The White House Plan to Strangle Iran
Make no mistake, the United States is conducting an economic war against Iran that is undeniably aimed at making the Iranian people so miserable that they will rise up in revolt. And the punishment being meted out will hurt the poorest and weakest most of all while also hardening support for the regime rather than weakening it.
SHARE Wednesday, October 30, 2019 An Imperfect Bit of Statecraft
Along the way, President Trump was not exactly acting with a free hand. He has been beleaguered by a Deep State conspiracy against him that began even before he was nominated, though he didn't have to help his enemies by shooting himself in the head at every opportunity through tweets and demeaning language.
SHARE Thursday, October 10, 2019 Sanctioning Away Free Speech: Americans Meet With Iranians at Their Peril
The United States was a country that prior to the "Global war on terror" was generally liked and respected, but today it is widely regarded as the most dangerous threat to peace in the world. This shift in perception is due to the actual wars that the US has started as well as the sanctions regime which has as its objective regime change of governments that it disapproves of.
SHARE Thursday, October 3, 2019 The Ukraine Impeachment Fiasco: Both Republicans and Democrats Being Manipulated by the Deep State
The real question will be how the impeachment product is sold and how the public will regard the activity. The emerging narrative will determine how Senators vote and also on the 2020 election. And it has to be noted, of course, that no matter what happens, Joe Biden and son will come out smelling bad, two more entitled wealthy men exploiting public office to become even richer even if they did not actually break any laws.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 30, 2019 Lying for Israel: Why Nearly Everyone in Washington Does It
Trump has further exercised his claim to the Jewish vote by accepting the sobriquet "King of Israel" bestowed by a demented talk radio host. As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has already asserted that Trump's election victory was the result of divine intervention to "save Israel from Iran," the kingship is presumably an inevitable progression. One can only imagine what will come next.