As the Arab Spring Gives Way to the Sunni Summer

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 8:31 am

The AP has a interesting–and interestingly timed–story on the help we’re giving Saudi Arabia to build a “facilities security force” to protect, among other things, its oil fields and planned civilian nuclear sites. The story is based, in part, on this WikiLeaks cable. Note the date of the cable: October 29, 2008, less than a [...]

One Way to Make Sending Frank Wisner to “Negotiate” with Mubarak Look Smart

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 1:07 pm

CNN is reporting that Curt Weldon, the ethically and legally challenged former Congressman with ties to Manucher Ghorbanifar, has gone to Libya to try to negotiate with Muammar Qaddafi. In a NYT op-ed, Weldon makes the case for why he’s the guy to persuade Qaddafi to step aside. Seven years later I am back in [...]

Nouri al-Maliki’s Retirement Fund?

By: Monday February 21, 2011 5:09 am

All this talk about Hosni Mubarak’s looted billions must really piss off our other client rulers, the ones who have not yet set aside such rich stashes for their retirement. But someone in Iraq has already made the move, disappearing $40 billion from Iraq’s development fund. Around $40 billion are “missing” from a post-Gulf War [...]

Mubarak’s Loot: $38 Million Found! Still Hidden? $69,962 Million

By: Saturday February 19, 2011 12:02 pm

The New York Times heralds that, Swiss Locate Funds Linked to Mubarak But what the story really reports is that the Swiss have located just “several dozen million Swiss francs,” which works out to less than $38 million of the up to $70 billion Hosni Mubarak reportedly looted from Egypt. The real headline of the story [...]

Senior Officials Wave Their SIGINT Around

By: Monday February 14, 2011 8:01 am

You’ve probably already read this story detailing how Hosni Mubarak used his 18 day delay in resigning to rob the Egyptian people. While the whole thing is worth a read, I wanted to point out how a senior Western intelligence official makes a point of revealing that we’ve been aware of conversations among Mubarak’s thieving [...]

Dear Egypt: We Love You for Your Freedom

By: Friday February 11, 2011 8:28 am

Remember when that ignorant fool opined, “They hate us for our freedoms”? As one American still ashamed by that comment, let me thank Egypt for such an amazing display of what freedom is about. Congratulations! May it inspire those of us watching from America to reclaim our own democracy.

Our Industrial Policy Needs to Do More than Arm Dictators

By: Monday January 31, 2011 6:48 am

Spencer has a useful catalog of all the war toys Egypt buys with our military aid. Whatever Egypt’s military does next, chances are they’ll do it with American weapons.Al-Jazeera showed M1A1 Abrams tanks carrying Egyptian soldiers through Cairo in what its correspondents called “a show of force.” Those iconic American tanks have been co-produced in [...]

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