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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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Israeli State Terrorism Over the Years

The mainstream media have fully documented terrorism by Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and other groups against Israeli civilians that reached its most horrific and sadistic level in the massacre of October 7th.  The media typically define terrorism as any act of violence against civilians in support of an ideology, which certainly describes Hamas’ terrorism.  But…

The Strategic Nightmare That Follows the “Forever War”

One of these days, the “forever war” between Russia and Ukraine will be over, and the serious challenge of dealing with the strategic triangularity of the United States, Russia, and China will begin.  The Biden administration has complicated this task by pursuing a strategy of “dual containment,” believing that the United States can “contain” both…

When Difi Took on the CIA Over Torture

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.  So, even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.” Senator Charles Schumer’s reaction to then president Donald Trump’s criticism of the CIA, January 2017. This chilling remark from…

We Must Reduce the American Role in the Middle East

The U.S. preoccupation with the Middle East over the past six decades has been a costly endeavor with little benefit.  The traditional twin pillars of U.S. policy in the region have been relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia.  Relations with Israel have been complicated due to domestic pressures on U.S. administrations that prevent a forthright…