General McChrystal’s Curious Reversal

Gen­er­al Stan­ley McChrys­tal is a genius. Dur­ing the ear­ly 2000s, while run­ning the Joint Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Com­mand in Iraq and else­where, McChrys­tal inno­vat­ed a unique way of piec­ing togeth­er author­i­ties from across the inter­a­gency to give his kill squads an aston­ish­ing lev­el of respon­sive­ness, analy­sis, and lethal­i­ty — oper­at­ing almost entire­ly covert­ly and clan­des­tine­ly. Yet…

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For PBS: Dim prospects for drone accountability

Last week, John O. Bren­nan, Pres­i­dent Obama’s nom­i­nee for direc­tor of the CIA, faced some tough ques­tions from the Sen­ate Select Com­mit­tee on Intel­li­gence. Arguably one of the most inter­est­ing was posed by Com­mit­tee Chair­woman Sen. Diane Fein­stein (D‑CA), who sug­gest­ed dur­ing her open­ing com­ments that it might be time for the drones pro­gram to become declas­si­fied.…

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What Does Declining Support for Drone Strikes Mean for the Future of CT?

Yes­ter­day a new poll came out that showed strong pub­lic sup­port for drone strikes against sus­pect­ed ter­ror­ists. The sur­vey also found sup­port for killing U.S. cit­i­zens sus­pect­ed of being ter­ror­ists abroad. Though the num­bers are a bit eye-pop­ping — 48% of Democ­rats favor sum­ma­ry exe­cu­tions for Amer­i­cans sus­pect­ed of ter­ror­ism? — they have changed sub­stan­tial­ly…

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A lazy, ridiculous slur

Wash­ing­ton Free Bea­con writer Adam Kre­do thinks I’m some­how con­nect­ed to Chuck Hagel and Chevron and Kaza­khstan and… oh well, just read it. When Kazakhstan’s riot police slaugh­tered dozens of strik­ing oil field work­ers last year, Atlantic Coun­cil affil­i­ate Joshua Foust rushed to dis­cred­it the reports. Foust, a mem­ber of the Atlantic Council’s Young Atlanti­cist…

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Keeping Drones in Context

David Rem­nick, edi­tor of the New York­er, thinks drones are just like nuclear weapons. “We are in the same posi­tion now, with drones, that we were with nuclear weapons in 1945,” said David Rem­nick, edi­tor of The New York­er. “For the moment, we are the only ones with this tech­nol­o­gy that is going to change…

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Quoted by David Rohde

I was quot­ed by Reuters cor­re­spon­dent David Rohde in his opin­ion piece Sun­day about drones and John O. Bren­nan. In truth, the admin­is­tra­tion insis­tence on keep­ing the drone pro­gram secret fuels pub­lic sus­pi­cion. Declar­ing a pro­gram “covert” when it is report­ed on by the glob­al media on a dai­ly basis is increas­ing­ly absurd. As Joshua…

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Interviewed by The National

I was inter­viewed by Taimur Khan, a reporter for the UAE-based The Nation­al news­pa­per, on Thurs­day. The report revealed that “fifty-four coun­tries were com­plic­it in the pro­gramme, or more than a quar­ter of all gov­ern­ments on the plan­et”, said Joshua Foust, a coun­tert­er­ror­ism expert at the Amer­i­can Secu­ri­ty Project think tank in Wash­ing­ton. “What the…

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Interviewed by The Examiner

I spoke with The Exam­in­er’s Bri­an Hugh­es on Wednes­day to talk about the OLC white paper and the prospects for John O. Bren­nan’s nom­i­na­tion. “There’s been more noise from sen­a­tors express­ing increased dis­com­fort [with the drone pro­gram],” said Joshua Foust, a fel­low at the Amer­i­can Secu­ri­ty Project. “For Bren­nan, there’s going to be more oppo­si­tion…

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