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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
(2 comments) 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.
(1 comments) Saturday, August 24, 2019 Lindsey Graham's Blank Check. Why a Defense Agreement With Israel Would Be a Disaster for Americans
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has been calling for a "defense treaty" with Israel since last April. In his most recent foray, Graham announced late in July that he is seeking bipartisan support for providing "blank check" assurances to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is hoping to be able to push a complete defense treaty through the Senate by next year.
(3 comments) Thursday, August 8, 2019 Feeding the Israel Lobby
Everyone in Washington knows very clearly but will never admit that Israel has seriously corrupted the United States government and its elected officials at all levels. The Israel Lobby in the United States is far more powerful than it was in 1990, so much so that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu actually boasts to his voters that he directs U.S. policy.
(3 comments) Saturday, July 6, 2019 Goodbye Dollar, It Was Nice Knowing You!
The White House has initiated trade disputes, insulted allies and enemies alike, and withdrawn from or refused to ratify multinational treaties and agreements. It has also expanded the reach of its unilaterally imposed rules, forcing other nations to abide by its demands or face economic sanctions. This created a consensus within the international community that Washington is not a reliable partner and cannot be trusted.
(6 comments) Saturday, June 29, 2019 Monsters Walk the Earth. Why These Three Countries Are the Real Troika of Evil
Americans, Saudis and Israelis have become monsters in the eyes of the rest of the world even if in their own minds they are endowed with special privilege due to their being "Exceptional," "Chosen by God" or "Guardians of Mecca and Medina." All three countries share a dishonest sense of entitlement that supports the fiction that their oppressive and often illegal behavior is somehow perfectly legitimate.
Saturday, June 15, 2019 Pence Goes to War: America Will Be Fighting Forever
On May 25th Vice President Mike Pence was the featured speaker at the United States Military Academy commencement. His speech was predictably an encomium celebrating both the diversity and the success of the newly commissioned officers as well as of the system at West Point that had produced them.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Welcome David Schenker
The use of unrelenting pressure to include threats of military intervention rather than negotiation has been noted by many, but the media predictably has failed to discuss the implications of having a team in place making decisions relating to the volatile Middle East and beyond that consists overwhelmingly of Orthodox Jews and Christian Zionists.
(1 comments) Sunday, June 9, 2019 Internet Free Speech All But Dead
President Donald Trump has had a lot to say about fake news and is reported to be supporting limiting protections relating to the Internet. In May, a "net neutrality" bill that would have prevented service providers from manipulating Internet traffic passed in the House of Representatives, but it is reported to be "dead on arrival" in the Senate, so it will never be enacted.
(2 comments) Friday, June 7, 2019 Tulsi Gabbard Pushes No War Agenda -- and the Media Is out to Kill Her Chances
The most interesting candidate is undoubtedly Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is a fourth term Congresswoman from Hawaii, where she was born and raised. She is also the real deal on national security, having been-there and done-it through service as an officer with the Hawaiian National Guard on a combat deployment in Iraq. Though in Congress full time, she still performs her Guard duty.
(4 comments) Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Rumors of War: Washington Is Looking for a Fight
The development of the United States as a hostile and somewhat unpredictable force has not gone unnoticed. Russia has accepted that war is coming no matter what it does in dealing with Trump and is upgrading its forces. By some estimates, its army is better equipped and more combat ready than is that of the United States, which spends nearly 10 times as much on "defense."
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Trump Dances to Israel's Tune
Trump will no doubt expect Bibi to return the favor when he is running for reelection in 2020 by encouraging American Jews who care about Israel to support the Republicans. Trump is focused on his own electability and is absolutely shameless about his betrayal of actual American interests in the Middle East, possibly because he has no inkling of the actual damage that he is doing.
Friday, April 5, 2019 What Monroe Doctrine?
The current situation with Venezuela is similar to that with North Korea in that Washington is operating on the presumption that it has a right to intervene and bring about regime change, using military force if necessary, because of its presumed leadership role in global security, not because Caracas or even Pyongyang necessarily is threatening anyone.
(11 comments) Sunday, March 24, 2019 What Can We Do? They Are Insane!
Pompeo clearly believes that this is all part of some divine plan. Anyone who persists in thinking that nations should pursue policies that are rational and based on genuine interests should be appalled by the Pompeo comments and fearful of what the consequences might be.
Saturday, December 29, 2018 The Mattis Dilemma
Mattis does indeed hold views that were shaped by four decades of experience, but most of it was bad and produced wrong conclusions about America's place in the world. Conveniently forgotten are Mattis comments relating to how to "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." His sobriquet in the Corps was "Mad Dog."
(13 comments) Friday, November 23, 2018 Assange's Persecution Highlights Dangers to the Freedom of Speech and Free Media
Wikileaks has become famous, or perhaps notorious, for its publication of materials that have been leaked to it by government officials and other sources who consider the information to be of value to the public but unlikely to be accepted by the mainstream media, which has become increasingly corporatized and timid.
(2 comments) Monday, October 29, 2018 Two Stories from the Propaganda War
The Maria Butina story reveals how there is a fundamental flaw in the justice system in the United States. When someone is found guilty by the media there is no way to right the wrong when the story shifts and starts to break down. The New York Times or Washington Post is unlikely to leap to the defense of the accused.
(8 comments) Saturday, July 28, 2018 The Madness Gripping Washington
The immediate knee-jerk resort to threats of using overwhelming conventional military power or even nuclear weapons to resolve international disagreements is being played far too often by a president whose understanding of the world clearly has a manic-aggressive quality derived from a life spent selling and buying real estate in New York City.
(1 comments) Sunday, July 15, 2018 Washington's Gunboat Diplomacy
Invading Venezuela would have been a very bad idea, but the untrammeled growth of executive authority in the United States means that if Mr. Trump had pushed a little harder he might have obtained what he wanted. It is a reality that should worry every American.
(2 comments) Thursday, June 28, 2018 The United States Withdraws from the World
The U.S. withdrawal from U.N. agencies is, if anything, a sign of weakness rather than strength. If Washington were indeed confident in its own brand of international leadership it would welcome the opportunity to sit on panels and help shape the views of other countries with which it has a politically neutral or adversarial relationships.