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Congress Had The Chance To Put Mike Flynn Through His Paces. They Passed It Up.

The Huffington Post | S.V. Dáte | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump’s controversial pick for national security adviser won’t get the public grilling he might have faced had lawmakers stu...

Diplomats in the Trenches: 'You Can't Learn Diplomacy Through Osmosis'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Michael Hammer was nine years into his Foreign Service career in 1997, when he did advance work on President Bill Clinton's visit to Vancouver, Canada, for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Is the Obama NSC as Realistic About the World as It Is About the Media?

William Bradley | Posted 05.11.2016 | Media
William Bradley

While Rhodes raises largely valuable points about the grave deficiencies of the current news media and long-term foreign policy establishment, what he doesn't address is the lack of preparedness on the part of the administration in dealing with a chaotic world it may be making even more chaotic.

ISIS Crisis After Brussels: Obama's Approach May Yet Help Trump and Hurt Hillary

William Bradley | Posted 03.28.2016 | Media
William Bradley

The reality is that sometimes the trigger does need to be pulled. And pulled fast, too. With ISIS, Obama has been consistently late and light.

Secret Memo Details U.S.’s Broader Strategy To Crack Phones

Bloomberg | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

Silicon Valley celebrated last fall when the White House revealed it would not seek legislation forcing technology makers to install “backdoors” i...

Groups Ask Columbia University To Reveal Funding Behind Exxon-Tied Center on Global Energy Policy

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogFinal exams and winter break loom large for students at Columbia University, but at the upper echelons of the university's...

Obama Delivers Statement On National Security

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Monday is expected to deliver a statement on national security and the fight against the so-called Islamic State. His statem...

Post-Paris Politics: Countering and (Maybe) Defeating ISIS

William Bradley | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

More than a week of cacophonous media and political gabble after the shocking Isis attacks on Paris make it clear that US presidential campaigns are no place to look for answers on this shocking and complex episode of new world chaos.

Washington's Way of Dealing With Hostages: More Bureaucracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Al-Qaeda affiliates around the world, holding westerners hostage and threatening to kill them if their governments don't pay for their release is big business. In fact, kidnapping is a massive windfall for terrorist organizations in general.

Revelation of Special Forces Misuse Points Up the Need for A Hard Assessment of the Long Wars

William Bradley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

It turns out that it's not only drones which are being overused in our still far too secret "long wars" around the globe. A New York Times investigation revealed over the weekend that our most famous special forces unit is being used on an amazingly ad hoc basis, with no oversight to speak of.

Political Slugfest on Suggestion the White House May Take an Iran Deal to the UN

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

Reports emerged in the American media Thursday that President Obama may propose a resolution to the UN Security Council calling for the lifting of international sanctions on Iran, if an agreement is reached by the "P5+1" negotiating team over the country's nuclear program.

Susan Rice Doesn't Deserve to Be Smeared

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The ad that Shmuley Boteach financed in the paper was a deliberate and scathing affront on her dignity. She doesn't deserve that.

Hagel and Beyond: Obama's Pentagon Problem Is More A White House Problem

William Bradley | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

More than a week after his sudden ditching of Defense Secretary and would-be fall guy Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama finally seems to have a nominee for the post which other leading candidates promptly turned down.

Amidst Claims of Intelligence Failure, Has Obama Found the Key to Defeating ISIS? (Or Is That an Illusory Goal?)

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What is the center of gravity for this 21st century hybrid outfit ISIS? Has the administration identified a center of gravity? And if so, is its assessment correct? It's all more than a bit unclear, as you'll see.

An Open Letter to the White House on the Eve of Obama's Prime Time Speech

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As an American citizen who one day hopes to become a public servant and who frequently monitors our nation's foreign policy, I continue to wish you and your colleagues in the State Department, Pentagon, and intelligence community the best of luck. America's security depends on the efforts that you make in the weeks ahead.

Revealed: Heather Zichal Met With Cheniere Executives as Obama Energy Aide Before Board Nomination

Steve Horn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

According to a DeSmogBlog review of White House meeting logs, between 2009 and 2013, the Obama White House held 32 meetings with Cheniere board members and lobbyists.

Will Obama Relent on Syrian Anti-Aircraft Weapons?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ahmed al-Jarba, the president of the Syrian National Coalition, and Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir, the top man of the opposition Supreme Military Council, are currently engaged in the most important foreign delegation of their lives.

Ryan Grim

White House On Offense Against Senate Dems

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Thursday challenged a group of senators to admit they are working to push the country toward war with Iran, upping th...

WH Urges North Korea To Release Detained Americans

Reuters | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The White House urged North Korea on Saturday to release Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean Wa...

Russian Arms, Syria and the Price of Oil

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Clearly there is a correlation between Middle East tensions and high oil prices. Are we seeing a replay of Russian policies that solidified Iranian intransigence on matters nuclear, thereby exacerbating those tensions to bring about significantly higher oil prices?

Hillary, Foreign Policy, and the all-American Superbowl

John Brown | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
John Brown

One false way to convince "people" the world over (including in our very own USA) that you're "doing something" when you actually have nothing to do/decide upon, is to be "on the move," with the complacent media, eager for any story, "reporting" on your "new initiative."

Iran Said To Complete Underground Nuclear Enrichment Plant

The New York Times | DAVID E. SANGER AND WILLIAM J. BROAD | Posted 10.26.2012 | World

Intelligence officials from several countries say Iran in recent weeks has virtually completed an underground nuclear enrichment plant, racing ahead d...

White House Denies U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks Report

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.20.2012 | World

The White House has denied a report of the U.S. and Iran agreeing to one-on-one nuclear talks. On Saturday evening, the New York Times released a p...

Putin Hits the "Re-Reset" Button With Syria

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

All of Putin's bold defiance on behalf of the Assad regime is another wake-up call for this administration that he is determined to "re-reset" U.S.-Russian relations, and face down anyone who stands in the way of Russia reasserting its position in the Middle East.

Andrea Stone

Congress -- Where Committee Power Trumps Bioterror Protection

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly four years after a congressionally mandated commission warned that bioterrorism poses the greatest threat to the nation, the form...