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A Beginner’s Guide to ‘The Blob’–and the American Way of War

A Beginner’s Guide to ‘The Blob’–and the American Way of War

Why has American been at war for the entire 21st century? What accounts for the reality of “endless wars,” a phrase that even President Biden used to justify U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan? One obvious answer is that the Washington foreign policymaking class–a community now known as “the Blob” to critics–favors military interventions and rejects non-military...

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Washington Post Calls for an Investigation of COVID’s Origins

Washington Post Calls for an Investigation of COVID’s Origins

Last August, the Office of Director of National National Intelligence published an unclassified paper on the origins of COVID-19 saying the U.S. intelligence community broadly agreed the virus was not a biological weapons but was more divided on the question of whether the virus was genetically engineered. Given those rather equivocal findings, the editors of...

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Former Trump NSC Adviser Flynn Was Secretly Paid $200,000 in Middle East Nuclear Scheme

Former Trump NSC Adviser Flynn Was Secretly Paid $200,000 in Middle East Nuclear Scheme

Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the shortest-lived national security adviser in U.S. history (24 days), concealed payments from a U.S company seeking to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East. It was known Trump took money. Now SpyTalk (paywall) reports that he took $200,000 more. In June 2017, SpyTalk, then...

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The CIA Debated Kidnapping or Killing Julian Assange

The CIA Debated Kidnapping or Killing Julian Assange

This more than solid scoop comes from the very reliable  Zach Dorfman, Sean D. Naylor and Michael Isikoff at Yahoo News. While Assange had been on the radar of U.S. intelligence agencies for years, these plans for an all-out war against him were sparked by WikiLeaks’ ongoing publication of extraordinarily sensitive CIA hacking tools, known collectively as “Vault...

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