The Sentence They Don’t Tell You About

The Sentence They Don’t Tell You About

Eight years ago I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program. I knew there’d be trouble, but I never could’ve predicted the years-long ordeal that followed. My revelations led to a four-year-long FBI investigation and five felony charges — against me, not the...
What Drove Michael Hastings to His Death?

What Drove Michael Hastings to His Death?

With the media world still reeling from the death of journalist Michael Hastings, there has been a growing fervor to conspiracy theories surrounding the unusual circumstances of his death. The speculation began after a longtime friend—Staff Sergeant Joseph...
After Iraq, Climbing Out of the Moral Abyss

After Iraq, Climbing Out of the Moral Abyss

The only message our children will take away from the war in Iraq is that if you repeat a boldfaced lie enough, it will someday become accepted truth. And as a corollary, saving face is much more important than admitting a mistake, no matter how destructive the...
The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small)

The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small)

History, it is said, arrives first as tragedy, then as farce. First as Karl Marx, then as the Marx Brothers. In the case of twenty-first century America, history arrived first as George W. Bush (and Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith...
Please Don’t Shoot the Messengers

Please Don’t Shoot the Messengers

Whistleblowers Suffer woe To tell us what We need to know. When you picture classified documents, don’t visions of spy lists, nuclear ignition formulas, cross-sections of bomber wings, or diagrams of missile trajectories come to mind? Well, those documents...

Petraeus Biographer Strokes More Than Just His Ego

While interviewing General David Petraeus’s co-biographer Paula Broadwell, John Stewart asked her what it was like to be “embedded with a person at this level.” Little did he know how embedded she was. Of course, Petraeus resigned after his brief...
Gen. Petraeus Makes McChrystal Look Like a Pacifist

Gen. Petraeus Makes McChrystal Look Like a Pacifist

(Pictured: Generals McChrystal and Petraeus.) A woman named Paula Broadwell, whose book about Gen. David Petraeus will be published shortly, touched some tender nerves with a couple of posts at Thomas Ricks’s Best Defense at Foreign Policy. Michael Cohen at...
Could Gandhi Have Halted Night Raids?

Could Gandhi Have Halted Night Raids?

U.S. Special Operations forces night raids may be scaring the wits out of Afghans, but they’re not the only ones freaked out. General David Petraeus professed to experience “astonishment and disappointment” when Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently...
A Confirmation for Petraeus Is a Confirmation of the Surge Narrative

A Confirmation for Petraeus Is a Confirmation of the Surge Narrative

Two nominees walk into the capital for their confirmation hearings on Tuesday morning. One is a war hero. The other, a lawyer. They meet under the great rotunda to give each other a little pep talk before what promises to be a long day. “I’m sick and tired...

Petraeus Harbinger of Peace, Not Another Surge?

Firing Gen. McChrystal and replacing him with Gen. Petraeus raises many questions. For example, some say that when he accepted the post as top commander in Afghanistan, it was made clear to Gen. Petraeus that he’d come away with no great success like he...