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Showing posts with label Yemen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yemen. Show all posts

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Jeremy Scahill's War

Jeremy Scahill's "Dirty Wars: The World is A Battlefield," a deep-dive account of U.S. counterterrorism tactics, has become an improbable 642-page best-seller. Next Friday, June 7, a full-length documentary film version of the book starring the author opens in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC.

SpyTalk caught up to Scahill a week ahead of the opening, with seven questions about his critical take on US drone strikes and kill/capture missions by special operations troops. Read the interview here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Romney's 3 am Phone Call

Arguably the most memorable political ad during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign for the White House was the “3 AM phone call.” 

“It’s 3 am and your children are safe and asleep.  But there’s a phone in the White House and it’s ringing. Something's happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call. Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders. Knows the military. Someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world ... Who do you want answering the phone?”

If the last 36 hours are any guide, you don’t want Mitt Romney answering that phone. In fact, you don’t want him anywhere near the White House situation room, ever.

You do want Barack Obama picking up that phone. For if Obama’s surprising performance over the past three-plus years as commander in chief is any guide, he’s calm, cool, collected--and effective--in a crisis, no matter what you think of his domestic policies or drone strikes.

Romney, in contrast, is an excitable lad. He’s exactly what you don’t want in a commander-in-chief, which is to say, he’s impetuous, not to mention shallow.