Jim Marshall, a former Blue Dog Democratic House member from Georgia, was picked to become the President and CEO of the US Institute of Peace. I suppose it could be worse; it’s not a lobbying job, really, and hey, conflict management and resolution is a nice gig.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 14, 2012 7:00 pm|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 4, 2012 2:05 pm|
A military intervention short of a regime overthrow would not actually divert the path of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, if they actually seek one. In fact, while currently it’s ambiguous whether or not Iran will ever want a nuclear weapon – the Supreme Leader claims there are Islamic prescriptions against it, and the consensus of the US intelligence community is that Iran has no active nuclear weapons program – striking at the country militarily will almost certainly push them in that direction. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just take a look at this quote from former Bush-era CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden…
|By: David Dayen Friday August 24, 2012 10:28 am|
Diplomatic talks between Iran and Western powers have basically ended. The sanctions are in place and they continue to constrict the Iranian economy. Neoconservatives who view every potential international crisis as an opportunity for more bomb-dropping will certainly put together the stalled talks and this report as a signal that Israel must strike and that the US must back them. We’re closing in on some very dangerous territory.
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 2, 2012 10:12 am|
Kofi Annan has stepped down as the international crisis mediator for the UN on Syria, in an acknowledgement that without unity on the Security Council, nothing will be done at an international level.
|By: David Dayen Friday July 27, 2012 12:19 pm|
The Senate easily advanced a motion to proceed on their version of a cybersecurity bill yesterday, by an 84-11 vote. Clearly this bill, a separate version of which has already passed the House, has a broad degree of support. As if on cue yesterday, the head of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander, warned about increasing cyberattacks on the US, which this bill would purport to stop.
|By: David Dayen Monday July 23, 2012 12:40 pm|
As Americans mourn the tragic shooting that left 12 dead in Colorado, consider that nearly ten times as many Iraqis died, in a country 1/10th the size, in a wave of attacks from presumably Sunni insurgents today.
|By: David Dayen Monday July 9, 2012 2:30 pm|
As a reminder that the United States is still at war, 6 US soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. As a reminder that the United States is still at war in countries you don’t even know about, there’s this from the Washington Post about US soldier found dead after a vehicle crash in Mali.
|By: David Dayen Saturday June 16, 2012 10:15 am|
In a report required by the War Powers Resolution, President Obama for the first time acknowledged that the US has taken “direct action” in Somalia and Yemen to attack remnants of Al Qaeda, spreading the battlefield authorized by the AUMF passed shortly after the September 11 attacks in 2001.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 12, 2012 7:15 am|
The Justice Department has appointed two prosecutors to investigate recent leaks over the Predator drone program, the foiled Underpants Bomb II attack and cyberwarfare against Iran. I wonder how the prosecutors will go about arresting the leak sources, including the PR agents for the President’s “tough on national security” re-election campaign.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 5, 2012 5:18 pm|
A widely noticed article yesterday suggested that some Republicans would be willing to look at revenue-raising closures of tax loopholes to avoid the automatic cuts to defense programs, the so-called “trigger.” That followed an Administration decision that any automatic cuts would include funding for the war in Afghanistan.