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Aug.26 2019, file photo, from the left, Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a work session during the G7 summit at Casino in Biarritz, southwestern France.

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

Why American Strategy Fails

In January, either a second Trump administration or a Biden administration will face the most difficult foreign policy test the United States has experienced since the early years of the Cold War. This test stems not just from specific challenges but also from a growing imbalance among four classic variables of grand strategy: ends, ways, means, and the security landscape. Left unrecognized and unaddressed, gaps between U.S. ambitions and the U.S. ability to fulfill them will generate increasingly unacceptable strategic risks.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Friday, March 20, 2020, in Washington.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Friday, March 20, 2020, in Washington. 

Analysis & Opinions - The Cipher Brief

What the IC Can Learn From Dr. Anthony Fauci

| Mar. 23, 2020

 If intelligence officers wanted one person to model themselves after, from the perspective of the Intelligence Community’s commitment to objectivity, they could find no one better than Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

A man watches a TV screen showing a local news program reporting on North Korea's missiles at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Donald Trump’s threat to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea might have been written by Pyongyang’s propaganda mavens, so perfectly does it fit the North’s cherished claim that it is a victim of American aggression (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man).

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

North Korea May Already Be Able to Launch A Nuclear Attack On the U.S.

| Sep. 06, 2017

It is conventional wisdom that North Korea is not yet able to put a U.S. city at risk of nuclear attack. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the country’s No. 2 military officer, captured this view in a statement last week to Bloomberg News. Selva said: “It is clear North Korea has the capability to build a missile that can range the distance to the United States, but North Korea has yet to demonstrate it has the requisite technology and capability to actually target and strike the United States with a nuclear weapon.” Many other U.S. officials, as well as outside experts, have made similar comments.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters in Phoenix, Arizona on March 21, 2016

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Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

I Ran the C.I.A. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton.

| August 5, 2016

I am neither a registered Democrat nor a registered Republican. In my 40 years of voting, I have pulled the lever for candidates of both parties. As a government official, I have always been silent about my preference for president.

No longer. On Nov. 8, I will vote for Hillary Clinton. Between now and then, I will do everything I can to ensure that she is elected as our 45th president.

President Barack Obama takes part in a conference call in the Situation Room of the White House January 8, 2011

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Analysis & Opinions

U.S. Should Adopt Interest-based Approach to National Security

| August 4, 2016

Our next president, like Barack Obama, will face a multitude of national security challenges, ranging from violent extremists, ambitious China, belligerent Russia, impetuous North Korea, treacherous Iran and heartbreaking human catastrophes.

Analysis & Opinions - Time

Former CIA Director: ISIS Will Strike America

| November 16, 2015

The nature and significance of the threat flows from the fact that ISIS is—all at the same time—a terrorist group, a state, and a revolutionary political movement. We have not faced an adversary like it before.

I was an intelligence officer for 33 years. When intelligence officers write or brief, they start with the bottom line. Here it is: ISIS poses a major threat to the US and to US interests abroad and that threat is growing every day.

Debunking the Benghazi Myths

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Analysis & Opinions - Politico

Debunking the Benghazi Myths

| May 25, 2015

"Like clockwork, every several weeks, someone discovers a new document that, to their minds, “proves” that what the administration and the intelligence community have been saying about Benghazi is a bunch of lies. But time and again these documents don’t add up. They don’t show what the pundits think they show—and the Benghazi broadsides miss their mark anew."