She never wanted to be famous. In fact, her life was to be one in shadows, a double life of secrets and yes, intrigue. The stuff of spy novels. So it makes sense that she's written one of her own entitled Blowback. After all, what's an outed spy to do?
U.S. policy in Egypt has been a disaster. Now the short-lived democratic revolution has been replaced by military rule with a meaningless civilian veneer. Washington should cut off foreign aid and disengage.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's foreign policy and military stance is taking us in entirely the wrong direction. We need saving from a Romney-led repeat of George W. Bush's disastrous military forays into a Middle East.
The current expansion of U.S. special forces to conduct covert and proxy warfare sacrifices U.S. long term interests in peace, stability and the rule of law for short-term political gain, just as when U.S. "advisers" were sent to Vietnam.
David Ignatius' latest novel, Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage, has recently appeared in paperback and should be required reading for wannabe strategists who want a glimpse of how messy and convulsive the future is probably going to be.
There can sometimes be a case for military intervention or use of drones. But the high costs of these tactics must be recognized and weighed. To reduce terrorism, Washington should do less, not more, abroad.
The unexpected swiftness with which an unpopular regime was swept aside in Kyrgyzstan is a good reminder of the inevitable breaking point produced by a US foreign policy that is only semantically dedicated to human rights.