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Containing the National Security State represents more than 100 editorials that assess the militarization of U.S. governance and U.S. foreign policy.

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Robert M. Gates’ “Exercise Of Power”: More Confessions From a Windsock

As with any book by Gates, there needs to be the standard warning of “caveat emptor.” This is particularly true for “Exercise in Power” in view of Rachel Maddow’s obsequious interview of Gates last month in which she described the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency as a “public intellectual.”
Gates’ “Exercise in Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World” requires a two-part review. The first part will be a review of Gates’ record in the government, particularly his politicization of intelligence on the Soviet Union.

Bolton’s Book is Not the “Bomb” as Advertised

John Bolton’s “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” will not tell you anything you already don’t know about Donald Trump and his administration. But you will learn a great deal about John Bolton, and none of it is laudatory or admirable. One thing is clear: Bolton accomplished nothing during his 17 months as the national security adviser, which was fortunate.

Science Denialism

Science denialism” is the worst aspect of the current political climate because it is costing lives…
More than 50 former government scientists and public health officials have called for a science-based approach to the pandemic, criticizing the Trump administration for marginalizing science and expertise. They also expressed concern over Trump’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization, emphasizing that “scientists must be free to coordinate with their peers around the world.”

The Washington Post and Its Cold War Drums

The Washington Post has taken its Cold War campaign against China, Russia, and Iran to a new level. In the Sunday edition of its Outlook section, the Post gave front-page coverage to long articles by former ambassador Michael McFaul and former New York Times’ writer Tim Weiner to trumpet Russia’s “constant aggression” and its “brutal Cold War rules.” Neither writer notes U.S. actions over the past quarter-century that have worsened the international environment and helped to create a revival of the Cold War.