Hillary Clinton and the Weaponization of the State Department

On May 23, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) trade show in Tampa, Florida to share her vision of “smart power” and to explain the State Department’s crucial role in extending the reach and efficacy of America’s growing “international counterterrorism network.” First, there is such a … Continue reading “Hillary Clinton and the Weaponization of the State Department”

Drones and the Dream of a New Genie

The defense industry dreams of genies. That’s because it is really hard to get the genie back into bottle after you let it loose. Really, the only option after releasing a genie is to invent new, expensive ways to combat it. And that’s been the story of America’s persistent gift to posterity – the “nuclear … Continue reading “Drones and the Dream of a New Genie”

Step Right Up and See Boeing’s Amazing Shrinking Tax Rate!

Last year, government contracting behemoth Boeing paid an effective tax rate of -1.4%. Yes, you read that correctly – negative 1.4%. According to a new report from the Center for Effective Government, one of America’s biggest corporations, with profits ranging from $1.6 to $5.9 billion over the last five years, found ways to whittle down … Continue reading “Step Right Up and See Boeing’s Amazing Shrinking Tax Rate!”

America and France Rekindle Their Foreign Affair

It’s official – America has finally forgiven France. This is big news, particularly after such a messy breakup over America’s infatuation with remaking the Middle East. That fixation on Iraq turned into an international affair when France spurned America’s proposition and then-President Jacques Chirac refused to get sucked into a morally and legally sticky ménage … Continue reading “America and France Rekindle Their Foreign Affair”

The al-Qaeda Menace: A Tale of Two Headlines

What exactly is al-Qaeda?Is it a group of committed jihadists previously led by Osama bin Laden? Or it is a “brand?” Is the enemy just the so-called “core” al-Qaeda, or it is now an amorphous conglomerate of affiliates, franchisees and enthusiasts? If “core al-Qaeda” is, as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper just said in … Continue reading “The al-Qaeda Menace: A Tale of Two Headlines”

For America, Denial Is a River in Iraq

Americans don’t know much about geography. In 2006, three years into the bloody War on Iraq, 63% of Americans aged 18-24 couldn’t find the “target-rich” nation on a map. To be fair, only half could find New York State on a map, so it is unsurprising that, in spite of its then-dominance of the news … Continue reading “For America, Denial Is a River in Iraq”