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Tom Donilon: The Last Best Hope to Help Obama Make Vital Strategic Leaps

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

After the announcement that Tom Donilon would succeed General Jim Jones as President Obama's National Security Adviser, Donilon went from being the busiest man in the White House to the even-busier busiest man. This is good, and bad, news.

Obama: 'We Need To Make Clear To People That The Cancer Is In Pakistan'

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama dispatched his national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta to Pakistan for a series o...

I Respect Tom Brokaw and Al Huang, but I Can't Afford to Eat With Them

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

October in California is fundraising time and if you are on any Republican Party's mailing list you'll be receiving pleas for contributions from two p...

Repackaging Assassination

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Feffer

To: Leon Panetta, Langley HQ From: Operative 650, Sana'a office Re: Memo XE1850 Leon: Greetings from Yemen. It's been a year since I corresponded di...

Only Obama Can Manage the Iran Situation

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Coleen Rowley

There may be an impending foreign policy catastrophe with Iran, on which President Obama is not getting good advice from his closed circle of advisers.

Obama's Next Gulf Crisis

Daniel Silva | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Silva

During this summer of fouled marshlands, the issue of Iran has receded quietly into the shadows. Obama might soon find himself longing for the days when his biggest problem was plugging a "damn hole" on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Up All Night With Obama's National Security Team

The Washington Post | Laura Blumenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With two wars, multiple crises abroad and growing terrorism activity at home, these national security officials do not sleep in peace. For them, the n...

"Less Than Fifty" Al-Qaeda Left in Afghanistan: Wishing for the Simple Certainty of George W. Bush

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Greener

Is there a rational person who can argue the necessity to have a military advantage on the ground of 100,000 to 50? Can someone tell me why we haven't brought our troops home in victory?

Leon Panetta: There May Be Less Than 50 Al Qaeda Fighters In Afghanistan

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Sunday there may be fewer than 50 al-Qaida fighters in Afghanistan, with "no question" that most of th...

One Year After Cairo Speech: The U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in Egypt one year ago was ground-breaking and transformational. While its impact was an...

The CIA Back on Top? Panetta's Opportunity for Real Reform

Joseph W. Augustyn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph W. Augustyn

The resignation of Admiral Dennis Blair as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was a surprise to no one in the intelligence business. In fact, many wonder how and why Blair lasted as long as he did.

Senators Push Leon Panetta Over James Clapper For White House Intelligence Job

Foreign Policy | Josh Rogin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In this era of hyper partisanship in Congress, there's one thing leading Democrats and Republicans can agree on: They want Leon Panetta, not James Cla...

Admiral Blair Walks the Plank

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Dennis Blair's resignation exposes the sad truth that President Obama doesn't have it in him to take charge, to crack heads, to fight for something because it is necessary.

Predator Drone Strikes: Secret Rules, Hidden Costs

Washington Post | Peter Finn and Joby Warrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The plan was a standard one in the CIA's war against extremists in Pakistan: The agency was using a Predator drone to monitor a residential compound; ...

CIA Director: Iraq Threat Level A 'Shadow Of Its Former Self'

Oklahoma Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Considering the enormity of threats to American lives from around the world, the CIA must exist in a constant state of adaptation in order to effectiv...

Top Spies Terror Warning: Shades of Bush

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Stein

Which is it now -- imminent terrorist threat, or no threat? Certain or uncertain? Only last month U.S. intelligence officials were saying the Nigeria...

CIA Director Leon Panetta Defends Agency After Afghanistan Bomb Attack

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The horrible news Dec. 30 that a suicide bomber had taken seven American lives in Afghanistan may have been for some a stark reminder that we are at w...

Nancy Pelosi Claim That CIA Lied Validated By House Intelligence Committee

The Hill | Jared Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats on the Intelligence Committee have concluded that the CIA did not fully inform Congress about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques d...

CIA Wins Epic Turf Battle With Intelligence Czar

newsweek.com | Mark Hosenball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The CIA has decisively won a long-running turf fight with the director of national intelligence, the CIA's ostensible boss, over who will be the top U...

Glock Around The Clock... Twitter, Guns and Gambling Tarnish US Image

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

With NBA commissioner David Stern suspending Gilbert Arenas, the media has forgotten that this party got started thanks to Twitter.

Veterans, Clean Energy, and Common Sense

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

There's a growing consensus that one of the best things we can do to enhance our national security is to get off fossil fuels and transition to clean, home-grown energy.

Blair vs. Panetta: White House Tries To Settle Feud Between Top Intelligence Officials

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House this month issued a classified order to resolve mounting frictions between the nation's intelligence director and the CIA over issues ...

This Week In Magazines: Obama The "Self-Entangling Giant"

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

No matter how much he might disdain the W. presidency, especially when it came to misuse of executive branch power, Barack Obama may be a "self-entangling giant" who is going down the same perilous path.

CQ Columnist: Obama Should Ditch Intelligence Advisory Board

CQ Politics | Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nine months into his administration, President Obama has yet to fill any of the 16 seats on the White House Intelligence Advisory Board -- as far as I...

Leon Panetta: Karzai Apparent Afghan Election Winner

VOA News | Gary Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Official preliminary final totals in Afghanistan's recent presidential election have incumbent president Hamid Karzai the winner, but the election was...