In the case of the globetrotting American diplomat Richard Holbrooke, there is only one degree of separation between him and almost every significant figure in American foreign policy in living memory. His surrogate father in high school was Dean Rusk, JFK’s Secretary of State. He played tennis with General Maxwell Taylor, JFK’s top military adviser, as well with Bobby Kennedy. He had lunch with George Kennan, perhaps the most towering figure of postwar American foreign policy, the day his second son was born. He himself wrote one of the Pentagon Papers--yes, those Pentagon papers--commissioned by Robert McNamara. And years later, he ghostwrote the memoirs of Clark Clifford, counselor to presidents from Harry Truman to Lyndon Johnson. Holbrooke was even a member of Averell Harriman’s Vietnam peace delegation in Paris as a young Foreign Service officer. That friendship lasted decades and evolved into a special relationship with Pamela Harriman, through whom he … [Read more...] about The In-Your-Face Diplomat
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Imagine a loved one brutally murdered in a foreign country -- allegedly by another American. Correspondent Peter Van Sant and his team have investigated the disturbing 1988 murder of Carolyn Abel, an American teacher in South Korea, and the loophole in U.S. laws at the time that mean the suspected killer may never face trial. A MYSTERY BEGINS For writer and author Nancy Bercaw, flying to South Korea last winter reopened a painful chapter in her life: one of murder, loss and fear. Nancy Bercaw: Not only were we devastated about the loss of Carolyn … We of course wondered, "Who's next?" Peter Van Sant: Back in Seoul. Where should be our first stop? Nancy Bercaw: Well, I think we should go to the school, to ELS, where we all taught. ELS is the English Language School, where Bercaw met fellow teacher Carolyn Abel back in 1988. Nancy Bercaw: This is the school. …And the world was never the same for any of us who were in that building together on December 20th. The events … [Read more...] about Is justice out of reach for an American teacher murdered in South Korea?
Alex Lockie, provided by Published 2:22 pm PST, Friday, January 25, 2019 Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images Of 9 nations that control the world's 14,200 some odd nuclear weapons, Russia's bombs could most easily end all life on earth. But a nuclear arsenal can't just be judged on how deadly it is. Nuclear nations must be judged on their execution of nuclear projects, their safety and responsibility in nuclear enterprises, whether or not they accomplish their nuclear missions, and the cohesiveness of their nuclear doctrine in addition to just making things go "boom." Business Insider spoke to a nuclear weapons expert and concluded that China has the world's best nuclear arsenal, though not nearly the biggest or most ready to fight. Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed long-held rumors in the US intelligence community in a speech on March 1, 2018, by announcing Russia had built an underwater nuclear device capable of killing millions … [Read more...] about We ranked the world’s nuclear arsenals — here’s why China’s came out on top
Jack Dorsey is talking. He is talking to the Huffington Post’s Ashley Feinberg. He is talking to The Ringer’s Bill Simmons. He is talking to Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt. He is talking to Sam Harris, although that podcast hasn’t come out yet. He is talking in the way Jack Dorsey always talks, which is: calmly, patiently, thoughtfully, earnestly. He can anticipate every question, because he has read his Twitter replies, and he knows what is on your mind. He will not shy away from discussing Nazis, or harassment, or filter bubbles, or smartphone addiction. Name a problem that you have encountered on Twitter, or an unintended consequence of Twitter that you worry about, and Dorsey will cop to it. He is talking, but one reason that he is talking to let you know that he is listening, too. He has been listening for a long time. In September, Mark Zuckerberg was talking. The New Yorker was profiling him, and at the time I expressed frustration at interviews about tech … [Read more...] about Twitter’s CEO keeps substituting talking for doing
CBS NEWS - WASHINGTON BUREAU INTELLIGENCE MATTERS - MICHAEL VICKERS INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL VICKERS CORRESPONDENT: MICHAEL MORELL PRODUCER: OLIVIA GAZIS MICHAEL MORELL: Mike, thanks for joining us today. It is great to have you on the show. MICHAEL VICKERS: It's a pleasure. Congratulations on the podcast. MICHAEL MORELL: Thank you so much. I should start by telling people, acknowledging to people that you and I are close friends-- which grew out of us spending so much time together in the Situation Room, and grew out of you and I really seeing eye to eye on the importance of putting intense pressure on terrorist organizations that were trying to kill Americans. MICHAEL VICKERS: Absolutely. MICHAEL MORELL: So people need to know that you and I are friends here. Let me start by asking a question that I think many of our listeners will have: what is defense intelligence? And how does that differ from national level intelligence or strategic intelligence? MICHAEL VICKERS: So many of the … [Read more...] about Transcript: Michael Vickers talks with Michael Morell on “Intelligence Matters” podcast