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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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America’s Russian Problem

Russian-American relations over the past several years have taken on some of the most familiar aspects of the Cold War. The conventional wisdom is extremely one-side, concluding that Russian President Vladimir Putin is entirely responsible for the setback as a result of his actions in Georgia, Crimea, Ukraine and Syria, and that the Russian leadership is not trustworthy on any diplomatic or political level. This is a simplistic view.

The Dark Side of Obama’s Legacy

There is a dark side to President Barack Obama’s legacy on national and international security matters that will enable President-elect Donald Trump to damage America’s political institutions as well as its standing in the global community. President Obama, a Harvard-trained lawyer and an expert in constitutional law, was insufficiently scrupulous in protecting our moral obligations, creating an ironic and unfortunate page in U.S. history. Instead of making the “world safe for democracy,” the clarion call of President Woodrow Wilson one hundred years ago, President Obama contributed to the furtherance of a national security state and a culture of secrecy.

New York Times: The Opinion Pages Room for Debate

When the Relationship Between the President and the C.I.A. Is Politicized, Both Sides Lose
The tension between President-elect Donald J. Trump and the Central Intelligence Agency is without precedent in the agency’s 70-year history. Presidents and the C.I.A. must trust each other if the intelligence community is to provide objective views of global events to enable presidents to make informed decisions.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mel A. Goodman, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft Dec 7, 2016

If November was the “stepping off” point, then December is the “hurtling towards the hard landing” of January’s Trump presidency. Libertarians, and what remains of the Left who took cold comfort in the candidate’s expressed wish to draw in America’s military talons must today be nervously eyeing Mr. T.’s Manhattan aerie as one after another military man is added to his foreign policy cast of hawks; even as the bellicose Commander-in-Chief to be runs roughshod over diplomatic norms and protocol niceties.