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Lessons we didn’t learn from what we were forbidden to say

J Michael Waller / American Greatness / September 10, 2021. America has not learned the lessons of 9/11. The lessons were lost as they were being learned.  Foreign pressure on political leaders in Washington, intellectual laziness or dishonesty in the intelligence community, and political correctness-turned-wokeness made it so. American society repeated those unlearned lessons as

‘Strategic confusion’ in Afghanistan: Special Inspector General says ‘every agency experienced annual lobotomies’ for 20 years

J Michael Waller / American Greatness / August 19, 2021. A new inspector general report eviscerates the entire 20-year U.S.-led reconstruction effort in Afghanistan, revealing a constant interagency rotation of “annual lobotomies,” ensuring that the same mistakes were repeated again and again.  The August 2021 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report shows failure

Propaganda analysis: Official translation of Xi Jinping’s speech toned down extremism against West

J Michael Waller / Center for Security Policy / August 10, 2021. Analyzing official translations of Chinese regime leader speeches, and comparing them with the original in Mandarin, offer insights into Beijing’s plans and intentions. Analysis of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s landmark centennial speech last month underscores that the regime is preparing the country

Zampolits of wokeness

J Michael Waller / American Greatness / June 29, 2021. Wokeness might do to the American military what no foreign enemy ever could: Fracture the world’s greatest armed forces from within, through divisive political indoctrination and controls. Wokeness—extreme ideological intolerance of opposing views and the imposition of life-destroying punishments for the insufficiently woke—is organized fratricide. 

A woke CIA is a broke CIA

J Michael Waller / Center for Security Policy / June 11, 2021. Bugs and bunnies. That’s what House Intelligence Committee Republican members used to call the CIA’s global warming “analysis” almost two decades ago. So today’s wokeness at the CIA, while shocking, isn’t surprising. It’s the logical product of a continuum that’s been gurgling through

As crises worsen in Ukraine and Taiwan, China seeks to divide NATO

J Michael Waller / Center for Security Policy / April 12, 2021 – With Russia preparing to attack Ukraine again and China becoming more aggressive about conquering Taiwan, Chinese Communist Party strategists are openly discussing how to divide the NATO alliance. Key takeaways China seeks to co-opt NATO through strategic cooperation. China seeks to divide

Fighting the progs: Waller and a colleague explain why, as college students, they joined up with the Nicaraguan Contras

After more than 35 years, the Center for Security Policy‘s J. Michael Waller spoke publicly about why he joined up with the Nicaraguan Contras in 1984. The Center for Security Policy’s Senior Analyst for Strategy and Michael Johns were college students at the time, editors of their respective newspapers at the George Washington University and

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