D.N.R.I.P. Ahmad Chalabi, 1944-2015


It’s difficult not to regard Ahmad Chalabi as an unprincipled, unscrupulous opportunist who would stop at nothing to rid his former country of Saddam Hussein. It is not entirely his fault that the United States involved itself in a second land war in Iraq. But he was indisputably the source of much of the excuse…

CIA Sweeping the Facts Under the Rug - Photo credit AP

The Coverup


Thou hast committed fornication… But that was in another country and, besides, The wench is dead. – Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta The CIA Accountability Board has cleared the CIA of the wrongdoing that CIA Director John Brennan has admitted the CIA committed and that the CIA General Inspector found had occurred.. You may need…

Kim Jong-un inspects the command of a Korean People’s Army unit in an undated photo released Jan. 12, 2014. Photo by KNS/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea’s Crimes: Now We Impose Sanctions?


North Korea probably hacked Sony. And made stupid threats. And for that, the U.S. imposed has sanctions – to the extent that’s even possible in the case of North Korea. But this is the country that has killed hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of its own citizens by starvation, prison camps and apparent sadism. The…

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D, California)

2014 in Review: WC’s Person of the Year


In a real and important sense, picking one, single person of the year is hopelessly unfair and simplistic. This year’s honoree could not have succeeded without a skilled, diligent and relentless staff, who worked for years under very difficult conditions, as difficult as the CIA could make them. But we need heroes, too. We need…

Gas victims, Halabja, Iran, March 16, 1988

A Given Definition of “Exceptional”: Chemical Warfare


WC read the recent, excellent New York Times feature on the experience of U.S. soldiers in Iraq who encountered the moldering remainders of Saddam Hussein’s chemical warfare munitions. And it set WC to wondering: large-scale manufacture of chemical weapons involves very difficult chemical syntheses. Likely beyond the capabilities of Iraq and Iran, although WC’s readers will recall…