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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 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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Trump signs Caesar Act sanctioning Syrian regime, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 3, 2020
The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act: Why Washington Is Both Corrupt and Ignorant One can only wish that politicians would actually commit themselves to doing good for the American people, but the sad reality is that they spend so much time raising and distributing money that they only respond to constituents with the deepest pockets or those who make the most noise.
From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 13, 2019
Donald Trump and Israel: When Does a 'Passionate Attachment' Threaten National Security? The president is elected to represent the interests of all Americans, not just a wealthy and powerful ethno-religious minority that is able and willing to give him a great deal of money to run his political campaigns.
Mike Pompeo and Benyamin Netanyahu, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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."
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin in meeting with PM Netanyahu, on October 28, 2019., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Trump's letter to Erdogan released, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said unless the U.S. lifts economic sanctions against Tehran, any meeting between the two leaders would just be a photo op., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
Donald Trump says Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats are disloyal -- to Israel., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Lindsey Graham, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Rep Adam Schiff, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Goodbye to the Dollar Bill!, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
From InText
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Pence opens up about his father's military service, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
David Schenker, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Protection concept: pixelated icon on digital background, 3d render, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Tulsi Gabbard, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
US Army Best Warrior Competition, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."
Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Monroe's Presidency, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
PM Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Pompeo, From YouTubeVideos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.

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