Mel Goodman is the national security columnist for counterpunch.org.
- The Pentagon and the Washington Post: Cold War Brothers-in-Arms
- No End to the Washington Post’s War on Whistleblowers
- It is Time For General Mark Milley to Step Aside
- The New York Times Nominates Bob Gates to Save the Biden Administration
- Colin Powell: Willful Victim of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Deceit
- CIA Creates a Mission Center to Counter China
- The Mounting Confusion of President Biden’s National Security Policy
- Dangerous “War Scares” Of 1974, 1983, And 2021: What Needs To Be Done?
- The Dangerous Exaggeration of the Threat
- Is It Biden’s Turn to be Boxed In?
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The Pentagon and the Washington Post: Cold War Brothers-in-Arms
Caveat Emptor. There is no better way to exaggerate perceptions of the threat than to rely on the worst-case assumptions of the Department of Defense. Since the creation of the department in the National Security Act of 1947 we have been inundated with the Pentagon’s distortions: the non-existent “bomber gap” in the 1950s; the “missile gap” in the 1960s; and the so-called “intentions gap” of the 1980s, which argued that the Soviet Union believed that it could fight and even win a nuclear war.
No End to the Washington Post’s War on Whistleblowers
Investigative reporters of the Washington Post often have their exposes because of whistleblowers. Watergate and Deep Throat is the enduring example. In his excellent new book, “Midnight in Washington,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) documents the necessity of whistleblowers to the Congress, particularly the congressional intelligence committees. As Schiff states, without whistleblowers the congress “would be almost completely reliant on the intelligence agencies to self report any problems.”