Posts Tagged ‘Intel’

The Obama Doctrine: How the President’s Drone War is Backfiring

David Rohde. Foreign Policy, March/April 2012.


Obama has embraced the CIA, expanded its powers, and approved more targeted killings than any modern president. Over the last three years, the Obama administration has carried out at least 239 covert drone strikes, more than five times the 44 approved under George W. Bush. And after promising to make counterterrorism operations more transparent and rein in executive power, Obama has arguably done the opposite, maintaining secrecy and expanding presidential authority.

To a far greater extent than the Bush White House, Obama and his top aides relied on the CIA for its analysis of Pakistan, according to current and former senior administration officials. As a result, preserving the agency’s ability to carry out counterterrorism, or “CT,” operations in Pakistan became of paramount importance.

“The most important thing when it came to Pakistan was to be able to carry out drone strikes and nothing else,” said a former official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The so-called strategic focus of the bilateral relationship was there solely to serve the CT approach.”

Additional Source:
New America Foundation: Analysis of U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan, 2004-2012, Updated 13 March 2012.

Historically Unimportant Intelligence Board May Actually Become Important

Spencer Ackerman. The Washington Independent, 29 October 2009.

Welcome to 2025: American Preeminence Is Disappearing Fifteen Years Early

Michael T. Klare. Tom Dispatch, 26 October 2009.


How much longer will Washington feel that Americans can afford to subsidize a global role that includes garrisoning much of the planet and fighting distant wars in the name of global security, when the American economy is losing so much ground to its competitors? This is the dilemma President Obama and his advisers must confront in the altered world of 2025.

article references

The Urgent Need to Demilitarize the National Security State

Melvin A. Goodman, truthout, 20 October 2009.

Five Myths on Afghanistan

Melvin A. Goodman. truthout, 08 October 2009.

2009 National Intelligence Strategy

Rebecca Williams. Budget Insight, 18 September 2009.

Top-line Intel Budget Totals $75 Billion

Stephen Abott. Budget Insight, 16 September 2009.

The National Intelligence Strategy

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, August 2009.