US politics

In a major blow to Obama, Democrats lose Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat

20 January 2010 7:18

In a stunning result, the Republicans last night won Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat in a special election in Massachusetts.…

Losing in Massachusetts

19 January 2010 18:09

It is a sign of the problems that Obama is having that on the eve of the anniversary of his…

Where’s the accountability?

8 January 2010 13:56

The verdict is in and just about every part of the US intelligence community failed to perform. The Solomonic decision…

Overcoming America’s intelligence woes

4 January 2010 16:24

The failed terrorist attack on a North West Airlines plane last month has reignited the debate about just what can…

Fact of the day

1 January 2010 19:53

the National Security Agency alone now gathers four times more data each day than is contained in the Library of…

The failures of American intelligence

31 December 2009 10:15

The terrorist attacks on 9/11 succeeded because US intelligence failed to bring the various pieces of information together to prevent…

2010: my predictions and yours

30 December 2009 14:15

It’s that time of year – TV and radio are packed with special editions of Dr Who, news reviews and…

What will 2010 mean for Iran?

28 December 2009 17:38

If you’re looking ahead to 2010, it’s a safe bet that Iran is going to be an even bigger issue…

At last

25 November 2009 19:09

President Obama will announce his new Afghan policy on Tuesday night at 8pm eastern time, the early hours of Wednesday…

The case for 40,000

23 November 2009 18:42

As President Obama continues to consider his options on Afghanistan, The New York Times has a good primer on what…

Brown misjudges the Afghanistan waiting game

17 November 2009 14:37

There’s something futile about Gordon Brown’s and, now, David Miliband’s speeches on Afghanistan.  After all, the world is still waiting…

Raving lunatic hails Major Hasan a ‘hero’

9 November 2009 15:18

It’s worth noting this find that Harry’s Place has made. Anwar al Awlaki describes Major Hasan’s atrocity as ‘the right…

Motives for murder

6 November 2009 17:42

Now that the facts are becoming clearer, it seems that Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s horrific act was religiously motivated. His…

Leaked minutes reveal a party short on ideas and low on confidence

5 November 2009 16:19

It’s worth flagging up the minutes of a regional Labour Party meeting, dated 2 November, that have been leaked to…

The end of special relationships

2 November 2009 15:01

Today, two of my colleagues, former senior MoD official Nick Witney and US analyst Jeremy Shapiro, issued a hard-hitting report…

Once again, Britain stands alone

29 October 2009 13:16

It’s fortunate that pluck and stoicism are fundamental British characteristics and that we are at our best when backs are…

The West’s intelligence deficit on Iran

27 October 2009 16:46

At the headquarters of the Defense Intelligence Agency outside of Washington DC, there are no cardboard mockups of Iran’s nuclear…

Karzai the Envoy Slayer

25 October 2009 18:05

I have just returned from DC, where the talk of the town, or at least of the foreign policy community,…

Evidence relating to the incarceration of Binyam Mohamed will be published

16 October 2009 17:09

The High Court has ruled that a summary of US intelligence, relating to Binyam Mohamed’s allegations that he was tortured,…

Russia pockets Obama’s concession and moves on

14 October 2009 19:34

The strategic logic behind President Obama’s decision to alter US plans for a missile defence shield based in Eastern Europe…

Why are the Pakistani Taliban being given another opening?

11 October 2009 14:07

There is a depressingly predictable story in The New York Times today about reconstruction in the Swat Valley. Here’s the…

A prize that will cost Obama

9 October 2009 16:33

New Majority points out another reason why Obama should have politely told the Nobel Peace prize committee that he would…

Peace in our time

9 October 2009 13:37

When I first saw the headline Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize, I thought I must have read it wrong. After…

Iran’s threshold power

27 September 2009 15:53

The discovery that Iran’s regime has, yet again, deceived the international community and secretly built an additional nuclear facility has…

From the ridiculous to the damaging

24 September 2009 9:02

The ‘Appeal to Conscience’ World Statesman of the Year ought to be treated with more respect, otherwise the award becomes…