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‘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

Waller addresses Harvard panel on denial & deception in arms control

Denial and deception are part and parcel of nuclear arms control processes and negotiations, the Center’s J. Michael Waller said on a Harvard panel January 14. Denial and deception, or D&D, is a Western term to describe concealment (denial) and the spectrum of efforts to mislead other about capabilities, strategies, and intentions (deception). Waller addressed

Keep squeezing the Chinese regime

by J Michael Waller / Center for Security Policy / April 17, 2020 – Monitoring Chinese regime propaganda about the Wuhan Virus pandemic allows insights into the Communist Party leadership and can reveal vulnerabilities to guide American strategists. That’s why we continue our extensive daily pandemic propaganda timeline. Some of the most important conclusions to draw

How to place Putin exactly where we want him

J Michael Waller / Center for Security Policy / March 9, 2020 For all the vitriol and finger-pointing about Russia’s Vladimir Putin manipulating our political system, not a single policymaker or pundit has proposed a coherent strategy to turn the tables against him. “Putin, sadly, has got all of our political class, every single one

Trump’s soft rhetoric toward Russia masks assertiveness against Putin

by J Michael Waller / Center for Security Policy / February 22, 2020. President Trump has reversed his predecessor’s weakness toward Russia and developed an impressive track record against the Putin regime’s aggressive behavior. Putin’s ability to project power is small and his economy is small, but the Russian leader has presided over a massive

Two-part Russian political warfare interview with Glenn Beck

My most enjoyable discussion of today’s Russian subversion political warfare was not with a group of scholars, but with Glenn Beck of TheBlaze TV. Beck showed an extraordinary and deep grasp of the subject matter – more than any other American interviewer I’ve met. And certainly more than most Washington-based Russia “scholars.” How many have

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