Theoretically Pakistan is poised to respond to Indian military retaliation for a terrorist strike with tactical nukes. It’s debatable how much nuclear weapons add to national security. But what’s undeniable is that they add layer upon layer of complexity, sprinkled with convoluted and even counterintuitive thinking (such as how missile defense systems are seen as […]
by Kevin Rogers In George Lucas’s Star Wars universe, droids are robots with tasks including translation, computing and repair work. The series’ most famous droids, C-3PO and R2-D2, take on these benign jobs. But not all droids are created equal. The malevolent Galactic Empire uses droids designed for torture and surveillance in the original trilogy. […]
Just like it did in Afghanistan and Iraq, the CIA and U.S. military act on bad intel when designating targets for drone attacks. As when the United States greased the skids for war with Iraq, it’s ratcheting up tensions with Iran by disseminating misinformation about nuclear weapons. The United States has also failed to learn […]
The term “double tapping” fails to do justice to a military tactic that’s arguably sociopathic. Remember the “dead bastards” — as in “look at those” — video, which was the first of the Bradley Manning stash released by WikiLeaks? It depicted an April 2010 Apache helicopter strike that killed a dozen Iraqi civilians, including two […]
Killing someone because they looked like they were “up to no good” doesn’t really pass legal muster. Under the Obama administration, the CIA drone program uses what they call signature strikes, as you’ve no doubt heard. Usually, the term “signature” has a positive connotation, as in a characteristic that distinguishes one from others. But, to […]
Oblivious to his status as the greatest nuclear thief in history, A.Q. Khan has started his own political party in Pakistan. There’s only person who’s less worthy of being referred to by cool initials than A.Q. Khan. That’s Khalid Sheik Mohammed: KSM sounds way too familiar, creepy, even in its coziness. Before interviewing him for […]
Pakistan is apprehensive that dams India is building will threaten the flow of the Indus through Pakistan.
The C.I.A. may have obtained information on a key terrorist’s whereabouts from the I.S.I.’s interrogation of Syed Saleem Shahzad.
Though he reported al Qaeda and the Taliban’s innermost machinations, Syed Saleem Shahzad was most likely killed by his own country.
by Gareth Porter In his press conference with President Karzai last week, President Obama suggested publicly for the first time that he will not negotiate with the Taliban until the U.S. military has demonstrated “effectiveness in breaking their momentum.” Obama seemed to be embracing the shibboleth that you don’t negotiate with an adversary until you […]