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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
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 3, 2013 How Government Grows
Americans have witnessed in the short space of 11 years a government that has metastasized built around a fiction that the American people are somehow under serious threat from foreign enemies. Government never admits failure and its response to shortcomings is to throw more resources at the problem in an attempt to either make it go away or delay the day of reckoning.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 23, 2012 The Torture Chronicle
The bipartisan willingness to avoid confrontation over possible war crimes makes the recently completed 6,000 page long Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture an extraordinary document. Though it is still classified and might well never see the light of day even in any sanitized or bowdlerized form, its principal conclusions have been leaking out in the media over the past two weeks.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 15, 2012 Why Remember Iraq?
If the United States cannot learn from the experience of Iraq it is doomed to repeatedly fail in similar endeavors until the last soldier comes home in a body bag and the last dollar is spent, leaving behind an empty treasury and an impoverished American people.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 25, 2012 Blaming the Muslims
We are the ones who have created the enemy and we are the ones who should have the sense to realize that it is our policies and actions that have poisoned relationships all around the world, and not just in Islamic countries. Will Mitt Romney or Barack Obama someday express that reality? Somehow I don't think so.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 18, 2012 Obama's Report Card
The terrifying prospect of a Mitt Romney foreign policy has somehow obscured just how badly President Barack Obama has performed. Obama's grades are somewhat disappointing: a B, a C, a D, and four F's. He will likely have trouble getting into a good college, and I recommend that he instead learn a useful skill such as basket weaving or pottery design.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 4, 2012 Why I Dislike Israel
The Israeli government is a rogue regime by most international standards, engaging as it does in torture, arbitrary imprisonment, and continued occupation of territories seized by its military. Worse still, it has successfully manipulated my country, the United States, and has done terrible damage both to our political system and to the American people, a crime that I just cannot forgive, condone, or explain away.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 3, 2012 Tightening the Noose on Iran
Lest there be any confusion, the new bill -- coming on top of previous legislation and executive orders, not to mention the covert Stuxnet and Flame computer viruses -- sets the stage for war against Iran, a country that has not attacked the United States nor threatened to do so unless it is attacked first. If this seems reminiscent of the lead-up to war against Iraq in 2003, it should.
SHARE Thursday, July 26, 2012 Four More Years of Warrantless Surveillance
The NSA, like an enormous vacuum cleaner, is monitoring nearly all electronic and voice communications in real time and storing the information that is not used immediately. The volume collected cannot even be calculated. The Act is now up for re-approval by the Senate, and President Barack Obama, who ran for office promising greater transparency and accountability in government, strongly supports the extension.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Killing by PowerPoint
Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it is ringing for all of us. In the past 11 years we have fallen into an abyss. That the president of the United States meets weekly to draw up a list of people to be killed without producing an immediate demand for impeachment from Congress, the media, and the public boggles the mind. What kind of monsters have we become and how much worse can it get?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 2, 2012 Israel Uber Alles
The Israel firsters in Congress are both shameless and relentless. We Americans who do not share their views should mark them out and hope for the day when they will be voted out of office and eventually prosecuted as the useful idiots and betrayers of our constitution that they most surely are.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 19, 2012 House Passes Stealth Legislation
HR 4133 basically provides Israel with a blank check drawn on the US taxpayer to maintain its "qualitative military edge" over all of its neighbors combined. It requires the White House to prepare an annual report on how that superiority is being maintained. It passed on May 9 by a vote of 411-2 on a "suspension of the rules," which is intended for non-controversial legislation requiring little debate and a quick vote.