Author Archives: mwehle

Representative Democracy in Action

The BBC: A Western diplomat said his team had decided there were three groups of people President Trump listens to. There is his inner circle of White House advisers containing people like Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law; the former investment … Continue reading

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Lace curtain Nixon

“Of course I preferred JFK to Nixon, but I was not bowled over,” said Harrison Salisbury, who had headed The New York Times‘s Moscow bureau. “I am afraid I took to calling Jack ‘a lace curtain Nixon.’ It was not unfair. … Continue reading

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God’s Blessings

He would become the first person ever to launch a Hellfire missile from a Predator in flight, a privilege Hawes felt blessed by God to have been granted. —Richard Whittle, Predator, (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2014), 186.

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Some of Media’s fallout at the CIA

Henceforth, Colby wrote in a memorandum after that meeting, the label “international terrorist” would replace “political dissident” as the target of the CIA’s illegal domestic operations. As part of this image transformation, Helms did what Hoover had done many times—and … Continue reading

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Kandahar to Guantánamo

Even those with ironclad proof that they were not al-Qaeda or Taliban were swept up, including a Syrian named Abdul Rahim al-Janko, who had been arrested by al-Qaeda on suspicion of being a Western spy and tortured into giving a … Continue reading

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The Church of Teleology

I’ve been thinking about an encounter I had at the gym on Thursday. In the sauna a young man in his mid-20s or so politely asked me as well as the middle-aged man next to me what we did for … Continue reading

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Our Illegitimate Electoral System

Russ Feingold’s Op-ed in the Guardian: Tuesday’s events stem directly from our own illegitimate electoral system, which produced Trump the president. They are the result of voter suppression, dark money in politics, and the esoteric electoral college – all of … Continue reading

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Brown & Root’s Tiger Cages

A consortium of four U.S. construction firms—including Brown & Root, later a part of Halliburton and now KBR—eventually received a contract from the U.S. Navy, paid for through the U.S. Food for Peace Program, to build new cells for Con Son. … Continue reading

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What if you knew her, and found her dead on the ground? How can you run when you know?

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Captured Vietnamese Males

Lengthy conversations with several Vietnam vets and an ex-drone sensor operator’s mention of the Winter Soldier Investigation last week prompted me to pick up Nick Turse’s Kill Anything That Moves today. It’s been decades since I’ve read much on Vietnam, but … Continue reading

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