Reading Time: 6 minutes President Obama’s nominee for the next CIA director has a long and foggy relationship with the truth. He’s presided over a number of matters that just don’t add up, but that scored political points—perfect topics for Senate confirmation hearings. A really brave senator would be rubbing his or her hands together in anticipation.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The Navy SEAL raid that rescued an American woman in Somalia is heartening. But who is really being rescued in these very occasional high-profile media events?
Reading Time: 25 minutes Was The New Yorker’s gripping moment-by-moment account of the Abbottabad operation that killed Osama bin Laden great journalism—or the ultimate spin job?
Reading Time: 2 minutes An official story is forming about the secret program that the C.I.A. hid from Congress: the agency planned to organize assassination squads to target Al Qaeda terrorists around the world, according to a lead article in today’s New York Times. Although this account has gained widespread acceptance, there’s reason to be skeptical. As I noted Read More