Antony Blinken and a Gun at Your Head
by Ted Snider When Joe Biden selected Antony Blinken to be his Secretary of State, Stephen Zunes, professor of politics at the University of San Francisco, worried that the selection represented, not a correction, but a continuation of past interventionism and incompetence. As evidence, Zunes cites Blinken’s integral and irresponsible role in clearing the way for the…
WYPR: Midday Today Show Interview
Today on Midday, it’s Midday on Foreign Affairs.
We begin with a perspective on what was achieved during last week’s summit in Geneva between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
You are invited to a Zoom Book Party
We are inviting you to join us for an exciting and interesting evening zoom party with Mel to discuss his book and answer any questions you may have. As many of you know, Mel Goodman has a new, recently published book out entitled Containing the National Security State. Find out all the details …
The Politicization of Intelligence Work, Biden, Trump’s Carnage, and More with Mel Goodman
We delve into Goodman’s history in intelligence work and his views on what has gone wrong with how the National Security State has operated in the past few decades. We also discuss the dumbing down of America, U.S.-China relations, Michael Scheuer of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit, the idea of the “deep state”, defense spending, the civil-military gap, and much, much more.
Recent News and Latest Book
Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a well deserved reputation for conspiracy thinking. Presumably he will assume that the U.S. intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the former director of National Intelligence, conducted a campaign to force his removal from the Trump administration. Ironically, the Kremlin, which has lived historically in a world of conspiracy thinking, will view the ouster of Flynn as part of a campaign by the U.S. establishment to prevent any improvement in Russian-American relations.
Trump vs. the CIA
The unanimous rejection of the Trump administration’s efforts to reinstate the ban on travel from seven Muslim countries will lead to the first test between this White House and the intelligence community, particularly the CIA. The three-judge panel indicated that the travel ban did not bolster national security in the United States and that there was “no evidence” that anyone from the seven countries had committed terrorism in the United States.