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Fire the Liar: Obama Urged to Fire DNI Clapper

Friday, 13 December 2013, 11:32 am | Ray McGovern

Last March – before Edward Snowden revealed the NSA’s sweeping collection of phone and other data – Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said no such operation existed. Now, a group of ex-national security officials urge President ... More >>

Ray McGovern on Activism and the Military Industrial Complex

Tuesday, 25 October 2011, 3:26 pm | Ray McGovern

The past 50 years have shown that President Eisenhower was spot on, as we would say today, about the Military Industrial Complex and what to expect if Americans were not vigilant, which, of course, we have not been — until maybe now. More >>

Ray McGovern: "Swear Him In"

Friday, 14 September 2007, 7:50 pm | Ray McGovern

That's all I said in the unusual silence on Monday afternoon as first aid was being administered to Gen. David Petraeus's microphone before he spoke before the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees. More >>

Are Petraeus and Westmoreland Birds of a Feather?

Sunday, 9 September 2007, 8:56 pm | Ray McGovern

The killing in Hawijah, Iraq, of 18-year-old Cpl. Jeremy Shank of Jackson, Missouri, (population 12,000) merited an article in the Southeast Missourian. Corporal Shank was killed on September 6, 2006, and I was in that part of Missouri when his body ... More >>

Do We Have The Courage To Stop War With Iran?

Monday, 3 September 2007, 10:59 am | Ray McGovern

Why do I feel like the proverbial skunk at a Labor Day picnic? Sorry; but I thought you might want to know that this time next year there will probably be more skunks than we can handle. I fear our country is likely to be at war with Iran—and with ... More >>

Bush League War Drums Beating Louder on Iran

Monday, 27 August 2007, 11:01 am | Ray McGovern

It is as though I'm back as an analyst at the CIA, trying to estimate the chances of an attack on Iran. The putative attacker, though, happens to be our own president. More >>

Ray McGovern: July 14, 2003: Ill-Starred Day

Monday, 16 July 2007, 10:16 pm | Ray McGovern

For those tracking the long train of abuses and usurpations of a modern-day George who would be King and his eminence grise behind the throne, July 14 has a resonance far beyond the fireworks of Bastille Day. Four loosely related events on that same ... More >>

Ray McGovern: From Whales Learn This Lesson

Thursday, 31 May 2007, 10:34 am | Ray McGovern

I know not everyone believes in God. But I do; and I’m really struck by the ways she chooses to penetrate our thick skulls. So often we just don’t get it. To help us understand, allegory or parable is chosen—and sometimes leviathans. More >>

Ray McGovern: Four-letter Word for Tenet - Liar

Thursday, 24 May 2007, 12:11 am | Ray McGovern

Mercifully, the flurry of media coverage of former CIA director George Tenet hawking his memoir, “At the Center of the Storm,” has abated. Buffeted by those on both right and left who see through his lame attempt at self-justification, Tenet probably ... More >>

Is Cheney Right? Will Dems Cave on Iraq Funding?

Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 12:24 am | Ray McGovern

The rhetoric over recent days and this morning makes it clear that Vice President Dick Cheney is still in charge of Iraq policy. He seems supremely confident that the Democrats can be intimidated into giving the White House the only thing it really ... More >>

Gonzales for White House Czar on Iraq, Afghanistan

Friday, 13 April 2007, 11:18 am | Ray McGovern

Wanted: A czar to take charge of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan! Yesterday’s press report of the White House vacancy announcement was hard to believe until the administration confirmed that the search is on, and that the catalyst is the departure ... More >>

Why Cheney Lost It When Joe Wilson Spoke Out

Thursday, 8 March 2007, 3:29 pm | Ray McGovern

Testimony at the Libby trial showed a vice president obsessed with retaliating against former ambassador Joseph Wilson for writing, in the New York Times op-ed section on July 6, 2003, that intelligence had been "twisted" to justify attacking Iraq. ... More >>

Ray McGovern: Taps for the Constitution

Monday, 11 December 2006, 3:23 pm | Ray McGovern

At Tuesday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of Robert Gates to be secretary of defense, I felt as though I were paying last respects to the Constitution of the United States. But there was none of the praise customarily ... More >>

Ray McGovern: Iraq Study Group "Bipartisan?"

Wednesday, 15 November 2006, 7:46 pm | Ray McGovern

President George W. Bush conferred yesterday with members of the James Baker-led Iraq Study Group against a background of chaos in Baghdad, a quisling government demonstrably incapable of stemming the violence, and an Iraqi resistance emboldened ... More >>

Open Letter to Carl Levin: No Free Pass to Gates

Monday, 13 November 2006, 12:36 am | Ray McGovern

Dear Senator Levin: The humiliation you felt was palpable when, as the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, you were unceremoniously diddled by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputies Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, chief architects ... More >>

Bush: A "Plenty Tough" Torturer's Apprentice

Monday, 11 September 2006, 12:25 am | Ray McGovern

Addressing the use of torture Wednesday, President George W. Bush played to the baser instincts of Americans as he strained to turn his violation of national and international law into Exhibit A on how "tough" he is on terrorists. His tour de ... More >>

Ray McGovern: Hoekstra's Hoax

Monday, 28 August 2006, 11:34 am | Ray McGovern

Talk about chutzpah! I was suffering a bit from outrage fatigue yesterday but was shaken out of it as soon as I downloaded an unusually slick paper, "Recognizing Iran as a Strategic Threat: An Intelligence Challenge for the United States," released ... More >>

Ray McGovern: Checking A Would-Be King

Sunday, 20 August 2006, 9:27 pm | Ray McGovern

Who can forget the chutzpah of President George W. Bush as he bragged to Bob Woodward, "I'm commander in chief.... That's the interesting thing about being president ... I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation." More >>

McGovern: The Plural of "Fiasco" Requires No "E"

Wednesday, 2 August 2006, 6:04 pm | Ray McGovern

But the world desperately needs an "E" for EXIT from the march of folly tow ard a wider Middle East war that is increasingly likely to result from plural US foreign policy fiascos - in Iraq, Israel and Lebanon, for starters; in Syria and Iran for ... More >>

Ray McGovern: The Courage to Face the Consequences

Tuesday, 13 June 2006, 1:25 pm | Ray McGovern

Hope is here. The cold light of truth is piercing the cloud of lies conjured by Donald Rumsfeld and others about the war in Iraq - even in the defense secretary's own bailiwick. More >>





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