Henry Kissinger’s dark secret: Why the warmonger’s even worse than we thought Heinz Alfred Kissinger, the man better known as Henry who served as perhaps the chief architect of U.S. foreign policy from 1969 to 1977, is 91 years old. And although he is still fêted by some of the more obnoxious members of D.C.’s ruling elite, he is also widely acknowledged to be a man with enough skeletons in his closet to rival the Catacombs of Paris. Because he’s in his tenth decade of life and well removed of any real governmental power, one could argue that the best move at this point would be to leave Kissinger alone, let time and mortality to do their work and have history be the ultimate judge. That’s what the very serious people, Kissinger included, would want us to do. But I won’t. The War Nerd: Today is the 200th anniversary of the wimpy so-called burning of Washington By Gary Brecher On August 24, 2014 Editor’s note: This is a slightly edited version of an article first published by NSFWCORP (now part of Pando) as part of The War Nerd’s Guide to the War of 1812. Today is the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House in 1814. People talk about how the British troops “burned Washington” after the Battle of Bladensburg left D. C. wide open, but really, Americans have no idea how easy we got off. The British took it very, very easy on us, just like they did in the Revolutionary War.
A Time of Unprecedented Instability? The following is an edited exchange of emails between Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the United States, and David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the FP Group, the publisher of Foreign Policy magazine and ForeignPolicy.com. The first of the emails came after Oren asked Rothkopf how he felt about a trip to Israel he made in late 2013, the first time he had visited the country. Longtime friends, Oren and Rothkopf were roommates and classmates at Columbia University in New York City. The question, while simple enough, ignited a discourse on the United States, Israel, American Jews, Israeli Jews, and the state of the relationship as seen from two different perspectives -- that of two men who started out with similar backgrounds and views and who, over time, reached some strikingly different conclusions on one subject important to them both. Michael, You asked me a pretty simple, straightforward question in your email that has beencareening around my brain like a stray pinball.
Anders Breivik's Closing Statement, Final Day (June 22, 2012) Front page of a Danish newspaper 5,107 words Translated and annotated by Andrew Hamilton Translator’s Note: The terrorism trial of Norwegian revolutionary nationalist Anders Behring Breivik, 33, began in Oslo District Court in Norway on April 16, 2012, and concluded on June 22, 2012, a month earlier than planned. Declassified Documents Show Henry Kissinger's Major Role in the 1974 Initiative That Created the Nuclear Suppliers Group Kissinger Favored Efforts to Curb Nuclear Proliferation in Concert with Other Powers, But Did Not Want U.S. to "Go Charging Around the World, Like Don Quixote" State Department Advisers Warned That New Nuclear-armed Nations or "Even Subnational Groups" Could "Threaten the United States with Nuclear Violence," Which Would Require "Extensive and Costly Restructuring" of the U.S. Defense Posture
Searching for a hitman in the Deep Web With the arrest of alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht in San Francisco last week, there's been a renewed spotlight on the shadowy network of the Deep Web, the sites accessible only through the encrypted Tor network. Granted the cover of anonymity, users there engage in activities ranging from expressing political dissent to selling massive amounts of marijuana. While most of the attention has been paid to the trafficking of illegal narcotics, even a quick tour through the Deep Web shows the prevalence of another type of clandestine service: contract killers. These sites, with URLs consisting of random sequences of alphanumeric characters, can't be viewed with traditional Web browsers. A Tor browser, which routes users' information through a system of nodes around the world rendering people using the service effectively anonymous, is required to obtain access. "I do not know anything about you, you do not know anything about me.
Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East Glenn Greenwald described Laura Poitras as “Keyser Soze,” someone “at once completely invisible and yet ubiquitous,” while James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, branded her and Greenwald “accomplices” to espionage at a Senate hearing in January. She’s been on the Department of Homeland Security’s watch list since 2006, and is regularly harassed and interrogated by border agents. Now we’re huddled together in the back of a coffee shop in Tribeca. I had chosen a seat by the window, but Poitras vetoed the location. Despite her apparent sense of paranoia, she’s placed her CryptoPhone out on the table and is showing me the ins and outs. “It was purchased by First Look, so I don’t know the cost of it,” says Poitras.
Exclusive: Yale tells students to keep Kissinger talk secret Yale graduate students were urged to respect the “confidentiality” of an upcoming lecture by controversial Ford/ Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, according to an email sent by an administrator and forwarded to Salon. “Dr. Kissinger’s visit to campus will not be publicized, so we appreciate your confidentiality with respect to this exciting opportunity,” states an all-bold paragraph sent by Larisa Satara, the associate director of Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, to a private listserv for Yale history graduate students.
California Bill Seeks Phone Crypto Backdoor A week after a New York legislator introduced a bill that would require smartphone vendors to be able to decrypt users’ phones on demand from law enforcement, a California bill with the same intent has been introduced in that state’s assembly. On Wednesday, California Assemblyman Jim Cooper submitted a bill that has remarkably similar language to the New York measure and would require that device manufacturers and operating system vendors such as Apple, Samsung, and Google be able to decrypt users’ devices. The law would apply to phones sold in California beginning Jan. 1, 2017. “This bill would require a smartphone that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2017, and sold in California, to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or operating system vendor,” the bill says.
Can the US tone down to ASEAN’s tune? Author: Andrew Chubb, UWA This month’s Sino–Vietnamese confrontation in the South China Sea, which began when China unilaterally sent a large oil drilling platform to disputed waters 220 kilometres from the Vietnamese coast, raises the question of how to deter unilateral provocations in maritime East Asia. The US response was swift and public. The State Department promptly released a statement calling the action ‘provocative’. Speaking in Singapore, Secretary of State John Kerry called it an ‘aggressive’ act and last week Vice President Joe Biden labelled it ‘dangerous’. ASEAN, meanwhile, half of whose member states have maritime claims overlapping with China’s in the South China Sea, issued what some considered a timid expression of ‘serious concerns’.
The Ivy League’s favorite war criminal: Why the atrocities of Henry Kissinger should be mandatory reading Ex-government officials have always occupied a particular sweet spot for members the Ivy League. Regardless of what one did while in power, regardless of how disreputable or immoral or even criminal one’s actions, the elite academy has been all too willing to embrace even the most dubious of former officials. So it was that last Friday night, Henry Kissinger spoke at Yale — to which he has donated an archive of personal documents, where he occasionally participates in a course with Cold War historian John Lewis Gaddis, and where he give an invite-only talk just a year ago. Last week’s “conversation” was moderated by Harvard Professor Niall Ferguson, who is also Henry Kissinger’s official biographer. At least members of the Yale community would be allowed to ask questions of Mr.
Not man enough? Buy a gun Semi-automatic rifles like this one are being marketed as a pathway to manliness. A Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle was used in last week's school massacreBushmaster markets those rifles as being a way to prove one's manhood, says Paul WaldmanToo many men seek to find their identity in instruments of destruction, Waldman saysGun ownership is declining, yet gun sales are at record highs -- suggesting stockpiling, he says Editor's note: Paul Waldman is a contributing editor at The American Prospect and the author of "Being Right Is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success." Follow him on his blog and on Twitter.
Richard N. Haass: Obama’s Unclear Foreign Policy Path President Barack Obama has laid out a vision for U.S. foreign policy calling for the need to avoid both unnecessary military entanglements and isolationism. CFR President Richard N. Haass said the speech at West Point on May 28 appeared too focused on what the president opposed and less on what he favored.