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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
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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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) SHARE 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) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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) SHARE 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) SHARE 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) SHARE 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."
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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) SHARE 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.