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‘The Longest War’ by Peter L. Bergen - Review. By now there are already dozens of books — a few of them, groundbreaking works of reportage — about and 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Bush and Obama administrations’ management of national security. What makes “The Longest War,” a new book by Peter L. Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst, particularly useful is that it provides a succinct and compelling overview of these huge, complex subjects, drawing upon other journalists’ pioneering work as well as the author’s own expertise in terrorism and interviews with a broad spectrum of figures including leading counterterrorism officials, members of the Taliban, failed suicide bombers, family and friends of Osama bin Laden and top American military officers.

For readers interested in a highly informed, wide-angled, single-volume briefing on the war on terror so far, “The Longest War” is clearly that essential book. Mr. Photo Although some of Mr. On the matter of the dangers posed by Pakistan, Mr. In these pages Mr. Mr. Mr. Rand Paul just gave one of the most important foreign policy speeches in decades. Sen. Rand Paul just gave one of the most important speeches on foreign policy since George W. Bush declared war on Iraq. But instead of declaring war on another country, Paul declared war on his own party.

Or, at least, its entire approach to foreign policy. In his address last night at the Center for the National Interest — a think tank founded by Richard Nixon — Paul gave, for the first time, a comprehensive picture of how he thinks about foreign policy. Paul is signaling that, when he runs for president in 2016, he isn't going to move toward the Republican foreign policy consensus; he's going to run at it, with a battering ram. Paul tacks to Obama's right — but not the way you think In the speech, Paul outlined four basic principles for conducting foreign policy. First, "war is necessary when America is attacked or threatened, when vital American interests are attacked and threatened, and when we have exhausted all other measures short of war. " Paul's real enemy. Shaaaaaaaade. Obama’s No Stupid Stuff Doctrine. Even the most forgiving judge of Barack Obama, one willing to overlook his preference for chipping onto the sunlit greens of Martha’s Vineyard rather than brooding in the fluorescent glare of the Situation Room, must admit that the President has sometimes been a thick-tongued steward of his own foreign policy.

How did the author of “A More Perfect Union” become the author of “The world has always been messy”? Obama, who prides himself on late-night preparation, unshakable rationality, and a writerly ear, is compiling an anthology of botched pronouncements that have, at best, muddied his intentions. August, 2012: “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.” September, 2013: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.” August, 2014: “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. Putin is not crazy. Frustrating, unpredictable. Not crazy. President Obama has called Vladimir Putin “the bored kid in the back of the classroom,” putting on an unsmiling, tough-guy “shtick.”

Hillary Clinton just compared the Russian president to Hitler. The State Department says Putin’s reasoning on Ukraine amounts to “two plus two equals five.” Republican House Speaker Boehner branded him a “thug.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly said he is “in another world.” And George W. Bush complained that debating policy with him was “like arguing with an eighth grader with his facts wrong” and called him “cold-blooded” to his face.

Putin’s decision to respond to the ouster of a pro-Moscow government in Ukraine by deploying troops across Crimea and threatening to send them into eastern Ukraine has inflamed already painful relations with the United States. He isn’t – at least not according to senior Obama aides, career military and intelligence officials, and Rep. But “some people keep describing him as a master chess player. And he’s worried. 9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask. The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren't exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you.

What's happening in Syria is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow even for those of us glued to it. Here, then, are the most basic answers to your most basic questions. First, a disclaimer: Syria and its history are really complicated; this is not an exhaustive or definitive account of that entire story, just some background, written so that anyone can understand it.

Read award-winning novelist Teju Cole's funny and insightful parody of this article, "9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask. Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War. U.S. disrupts al-Qaeda’s online magazine. It is unclear how the hacking occurred, although U.S. intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency and the CIA, have invested heavily in cyber-capabilities in recent years. Security officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the recent operation was only the latest U.S. attempt to disrupt al-Qaeda’s online propaganda.

“You can make it hard for them to distribute it, or you can mess with the content. And you can mess with the content in a way that is obvious or in ways that are not obvious,” said one intelligence official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive internal debates. Officials at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the government’s 16 intelligence agencies, declined to comment, as did the White House and the Pentagon.

The hacked version of Inspire magazine appeared May 14, said Evan Kohlmann, an analyst who tracks jihadist Web sites. Does disruption work? Obama Narrows Scope of Counterterrorism Fight. President Barack Obama said Thursday the U.S. war against terror must seek new tactics and far-reaching revisions in the legal and moral framework that has guided policies since 2001. While the U.S. must continue efforts to dismantle terrorist organizations and protect Americans against attack, "This war, like all wars, must end," the president said at the National Defense University.

"That's what history advises. That's what our democracy demands. " Mr. The president both defended the administration's reliance on airstrikes by unmanned drones and argued for new restrictions on their use. Mr. The 2001 law authorized war against terror groups and nations that harbor them. Republicans cast doubt on any repeal. National security experts said many questions remained about U.S. counterterrorism policy, including drone strikes.

"I think this should be the beginning of discussion rather than the end," said Jonah Blank, an analyst at the Rand Corp., a think tank that does work for the government. Hendrik Hertzberg: Our Data-Surveillance State. In Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi masterpiece “Minority Report,” set in the year 2054 and released nine months after the attacks of September 11, 2001, homicide-squad detectives no longer spend their time tracking down people who have committed murder.

Instead, they go after people who are about to commit murder, swooping down to stop them in the nick of time. Spielberg’s police officers don’t fight crime, they fight “Pre-Crime.” They don’t catch killers, they catch pre-killers. The enormous anti-terror establishment that the United States has created in the years since 9/11 has a similar purpose. Or so it appears, judging from the contrast between the total unexpectedness of the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 15th, and the stunning speed with which the alleged (and there’s no reason to doubt the accuracy of the allegation) perpetrators were identified. It also represents a lot of potential for abuse. Dexter Filkins: What Should Obama Do About Syria? Just after midnight on April 25th, a Syrian medical technician who calls himself Majid Daraya was sitting at home, in the city of Daraya, five miles from the outskirts of Damascus, when he heard an explosion.

He ran outside, and, on the southern horizon, he saw a blue haze. “I’ve never seen a blue explosion before,” he remembers thinking. Seconds later came another blast, and another blue haze. Majid, who used a pseudonym to protect his identity, told me that his city had become a violent and unpredictable place; for five months, it had been the scene of heavy combat between forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the rebels who have been fighting for more than two years to drive him from power.

Within a few minutes, Majid said, his eyes began to burn, and he felt sick to his stomach. He decided to walk to the local hospital, where, as an anesthesia specialist, he spent most of his daytime hours. Clinton had begun his first term determined to cash in on “the peace dividend.” Rand Paul Ending Filibuster After Holder Letter -- Daily Intelligencer. The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About. CIA director nominee John Brennan meets with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in January.

(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) The focus on American citizens overshadows a far more common, and less understood, type of strike: those that do not target American citizens, Al Qaeda leaders, or, in fact, any other specific individual. In these attacks, known as “signature strikes [5],” drone operators fire on people whose identities they do not know based on evidence of suspicious behavior or other “signatures.” According to anonymously sourced media reports, such attacks on unidentified targets account for many, or even [6] most [7], drone strikes. Despite that, the administration has never publicly spoken about signature strikes. What is the legal justification for signature strikes? The administration has rebuffed repeated [8] requests from Congress to provide answers – even in secret. The legislators sent a second letter [10] in December. Sen. Sen. Game of drones - Listening Post. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, have crept into modern warfare as quietly as the airborne killing machines themselves and, on the whole, media reporting on them has been just as subdued.

Last week, the veil of silence was finally lifted when two of the most important and influential newspapers in the United States – the New York Times and the Washington Post – ran stories on a secret airbase in Saudi Arabia from which the US military has operated its 'drone war' campaign over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen for the past two years. However, as the story broke, it also came to light that reporters at both newspapers had known about the base long before the story went to print.

They had agreed to conceal newsworthy information at the request of the US intelligence establishment, on the basis that reporting the truth would have harmed American national security interests. The Washington Post is also the focus of our feature story this week. U.S. said to be target of massive cyber-espionage campaign. The report, which represents the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community, describes a wide range of sectors that have been the focus of hacking over the past five years, including energy, finance, information technology, aerospace and automotives, according to the individuals familiar with the report, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the classified document.

The assessment does not quantify the financial impact of the espionage, but outside experts have estimated it in the tens of billions of dollars. Cyber-espionage, which was once viewed as a concern mainly by U.S. intelligence and the military, is increasingly seen as a direct threat to the nation’s economic interests. In a sign of such concerns, the Obama administration is seeking ways to counter the online theft of trade secrets, according to officials. China has staunchly rejected such allegations, saying the Beijing government neither condones nor carries out computer hacking. A range of sectors. U.S. Confronts Cyber-Cold War With China.

The Future Issue - An FP Special Report. Meet ‘Comment Crew,’ China’s Military Hackers -- Daily Intelligencer. When the New York Times reported last month that hackers had infiltrated its computer systems, it was pretty sure they were with the Chinese military, but beyond that it didn't really identify them. That changed on Monday night, when the Times ran a massive report tracing the hackers to a building outside Shanghai, which houses Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army.

That unit is thought to house the hacking outfit known in computer security circles as "Comment Crew" or "Shanghai Group," thought to be responsible for much of China's alleged cyber-attacks since 2006. The Times based its story largely on a 60-page study from Mandiant, the security firm it hired to fight off the the attacks that followed its expose on the family wealth of outgoing Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

The Chinese government maintains that it does not engage in hacking, which is illegal, and said China itself was a victim of hackers. Fuzzing to find a zero day. At just 5 ounces and 4 1/2 inches long, the iPhone is an elegant computing powerhouse. Its microscopic transistors and millions of lines of code enable owners to make calls, send e-mail, take photos, listen to music, play games and conduct business, almost simultaneously. Nearly 200 million iPhones have been sold around the world. The idea of a former cyberwarrior using his talents to hack a wildly popular consumer device might seem like a lark. But his campaign, aimed at winning a little-known hacker contest last year, points to a paradox of our digital age.

The same code that unleashed a communications revolution has also created profound vulnerabilities for societies that depend on code for national security and economic survival. Miller’s iPhone offensive showed how anything connected to networks these days can be a target. He began by connecting his computer to another laptop holding the same software used by the iPhone. The door was open, and Miller was about to walk through. Domestic Propaganda and the News Media: 'Mission Accomplished' Olbermann's New Anti-War Signoff Mocks "Mission Accomplished" Eight Years Ago, Bush Declared 'Mission Accomplished' in Iraq - National. Today marks the eighth anniversary of Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech about the Iraq War, when American casualties stood at 139 killed and 542 wounded. Eight years, over 4,000 U.S. fatalities, and hundreds of thousands Iraqi fatalities later, the war carries on. In 2008, U.S.

President George W. Bush said he regretted some of his more blunt statements on his so-called war on terrorism wished he had not spoken in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner only a month after U.S. troops in Iraq were deployed, according to CNN. But George W. Bush was not alone. Chris Matthews on MSNBC called Bush a "hero" and boomed, "He won the war. In fact, the image of President George W. He flashed that famous all-American grin as he swaggered around the deck of the aircraft carrier in his olive flight suit, ejection harness between his legs, helmet tucked under his arm, awestruck crew crowding around. Occasionally the coverage differed -- with regard to which movie star Bush resembled.

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