The realities highlighted by the Oscar-nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty," which detailed the operation that ended with the killing of Osama bin Laden, don't begin and end with the debate over what some call "torture" as a means of obtaining intelligence.
WASHINGTON - President Obama's is putting together a new national security team at the Pentagon and the CIA that is said to be designed for an era of downsizing.
Whereas President Barack Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, waged war the old-fashioned way, with troops and tanks, Obama has been busy outsourcing the dirty work of protecting and furthering America's interests to CIA drones, private contractors, local mobs with ties to terrorists, and even the French.
Anyone who has seen the latest James Bond film, "Skyfall," would be hard-pressed to find any traditional espionage tradecraft. More actual spying would have meant less of Daniel Craig running around in a too-tight suit chasing bad guys. When the villain -- in this case a cyberterrorist played masterfully by Javier Bardem -- is able to turn around and say to Bond, "Why are you doing all this running around and wasting your energy?", anyone who knows anything about real spying is tempted to yell at the screen, "Because the script is garbage and there is no espionage written into this movie!" Bond's ineptitude when faced with technology is a brilliant, if unintentional, commentary on society's lack of readiness for spying's shift into that realm.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it is time to talk about Puritans -- but not the crew who fled England for the New World and established the Massachusetts Bay Colony back in the 17th century. No, let's talk about the modern Puritans: we the American people.
One of the great character-study movies of all time is the 1933 film Duck Soup starring the Marx Brothers.
Was David Petraeus as great a general as the write-ups of his downfall routinely claim? This is a provocative question that I will begin to answer with another question: Did America prevail in the Iraq War? I suspect few would say "yes" and believe it, which is no reflection on the valor and sacrifice of the American and allied troops who fought there. On the contrary, it was the vaunted strategy of the two-step Petraeus "surge" that was the blueprint of failure.
Sex remains the surest prop for all that is funny ... and sad. In the first instance, we often call the result ribaldry. In the second instance, it is always called tragedy.
Everyone is preoccupied with the events surrounding the juicy sex scandal involving now-former CIA Director David Petraeus to the point they may not have noticed a pattern -- a shake-down -- that is taking place in our military top brass, much like the one currently happening in Russia under President Vladimir Putin.
The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus over an extramarital affair has raised and will continue to raise a number of questions.
Here is the answer Americans are now supposed to believe: longer than it took for the White House to discover a YouTube video did not inspire the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
Tampa-Socialite-Jill Kelley, who stars as Paris Hilton in this show, should no longer have access to anyone above the grade of E-3 until she is willing to answer a few questions herself. Like this one: Jill, have you ever considered not using email at all? At least not with men?
The senator criticizes a reporter for suggesting the Petraeus scandal is a bigger threat than Benghazi.
French public reaction to American CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus' suicide-bombing of his own career demonstrates a lack of understanding of the perceived offense in favor of a blind defense of libertinism. It was learned last week that Petraeus had an extramarital affair with his biographer, reserve Army officer Paula Broadwell (who, like Petraeus, is married with children).