Posts Tagged 'David Petraeus'

Branko Marcetic – The Long, Cruel Career of Rudy Giuliani

Over the course of a four-decade-long career, Rudy Giuliani has gone by many monikers (“Rudy,” “America’s Mayor”) and picked up and dropped even more personas: the hard-charging public prosecutor cracking down on mob bosses, corrupt politicians, and white-collar criminals; the crime-busting mayor for whom no misdeed was too petty to discipline; the Churchillian leader who shored up a nation’s courage in the midst of attack; the well-connected corporate lawyer who greased the wheels for a parade of special interests.

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Eric London – A cabinet of generals: Trump appoints John Kelly to lead Department of Homeland Security

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced yesterday it will nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Kelly is the third ex-general slated for a top cabinet position. His nomination follows those of James Mattis for Secretary of Defense and Michael Flynn for National Security Adviser.

The unprecedented prominence of the military in the incoming cabinet is a sign that the American ruling class is preparing for war abroad and domestic repression at home.

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Paul R. Pillar – Why Gen. Mattis Is No Gen. Marshall

Useful perspective on issues surrounding the nomination of the retired Marine Corps general James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense, including the issue of civilian control of the military, can come from reflecting on the career of the one other general ever to be U.S. Defense Secretary.

Whether the appointment of Mattis turns out to be good or bad will depend as well on other things, but for comparison and context, consider the role and talents of the third Secretary of ...

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TIMOTHY CAMA – Scarborough: Trump considering Exxon CEO for secretary of State

President-elect Donald Trump is considering ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State, according to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.

Scarborough tweeted that while Trump thought his meeting with potential nominee Mitt Romney was “great,” he’s also started considering Tillerson.

 The Trump transition team did not respond to a request for comment. An Exxon spokesman also declined to comment on Scarborough’s report.

Texas native Tillerson has led the United States’s largest oil company since 2006 ...

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Alex Emmons – Could David Petraeus, Rumored Candidate for Secretary of State, Get a Security Clearance?

AFTER MONTHS OF CRITICIZING Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information while serving as secretary of state, Donald Trump is reportedly considering David Petraeus for the same job, even though the four-star general and former CIA director pled guilty to passing classified information to his former lover and biographer.

The Guardian reported on Thursday that Petraeus is in the running for secretary of state in the Trump administration. The anonymously sourced report could not be confirmed, but Petraeus reportedly met with ...

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Zaid Jilani, Alex Emmons, Naomi LaChance – Hillary Clinton’s National Security Advisers Are a “Who’s Who” of the Warfare State

HILLARY CLINTON IS meeting on Friday with a new national security “working group” that is filled with an elite “who’s who” of the military-industrial complex and the security deep state.

The list of key advisers — which includes the general who executed the troop surge in Iraq and a former Bush homeland security chief turned terror profiteer — is a strong indicator that Clinton’s national security policy will not threaten the post-9/11 national-security status quo that ...

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GLENN THRUSH – Five reasons Hillary could be blowing it

Everybody who has ever worked for Hillary Clinton, covered her, supported her with clutched rosary and gnarled innards through the darkest days — or even watched her with educated interest from afar — knew this moment would come.

With two months to go before the presidential election, a major poll released this morning (CNN/ORC) revealed that the “prohibitive favorite” (Clinton) is down by two points nationally to the one of the worst presidential candidates since the advent of the indoor flush ...

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Clinton Email Scandal: Is The State Department Part Of A Hillary Cover-Up?

Corruption: The State Department filed a secret court brief in an effort to hide tens of thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails. What is in those emails that the State Department wants to cover up?

If it’s classified material, there are ways to deal with that. Many of her already released emails had classified information redacted. What’s so special about these emails and the court filing that the State Department wants to keep them hidden? Is this really just an effort by State ...

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Michael Krieger – Swiss Bank Whistleblower Claims Panama Papers Was a CIA Operation

Bradley Birkenfeld is the most significant financial whistleblower of all time, so you might think he’d be cheering on the disclosures in the new Panama Papers leaks. But today, Birkenfeld is raising questions about the source of the information that is shaking political regimes around the world. 

“The CIA I’m sure is behind this, in my opinion,” Birkenfeld said. 

– From the CNBC article: Swiss Banker Whistleblower: CIA Behind Panama Papers

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Joshua Krause – China and Japan Just Dumped Billions of Dollars

Over the past few years the dollar has staged an impressive comeback. Not because there’s anything fundamentally good about this currency’s future prospects, but because for the interim, most of the economies in world aren’t doing so hot. For a lot of investors, it is the lesser of many evils in the short term, so they view the dollar as a temporary safe haven.

However, recent signs suggest that the dollar’s rally may be coming to an end. Among them, is ...

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