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Plot to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador or Murder-for-Hire Sting….

Plot to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador or Murder-for-Hire Sting….

It’s called a ‘murder-for-hire’ sting, a standard law enforcement ploy designed to help the criminal find the very worst in his nature and act on it. But sting operations come with their own risks as well as rewards—and attorneys know that ‘entrapment’ can be a strong defense. . . Informants are like sharks, scouring the underworld for opportunities and targets the feds can use as springboards to career-making cases. It’s the informant’s job to find two sticks (agent and opportunity), to rub them together vigorously, and to blow gently on the sparks of criminal enterprise. Think about this as well....the 'downpayment' for the 'hit,' the100k wired to the US undercover bank account is enough to trigger a case for conspiracy, but it still doesn't prove that the Iranian government was driving the bus. To do that, US authorities must establish a link between the owner of the account in the UAE -- or the owner/s of an account held by an international financial institution with correspondent branches/banks around the world -- and the government of Iran. This is a critical point--one that could defuse the Obama Administration's claim that 'senior officials at the highest levels of the Iranian government' were tied to the assassination plot and challenge the call of senior US officials for alterations to current foreign policy, in the US and abroad, toward Iran. If US authorities cannot prove that this was something more than a plot formulated by a small group of non-state actors, the President, the Secretary of State, DEA and the FBI have some explaining to do. . .

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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming American Foreign Policy

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming American Foreign Policy

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Melson Out, Holder Digs In: 1700+ Violations of the Arms Export Control Act?

Melson Out, Holder Digs In: 1700+ Violations of the Arms Export Control Act?

Ok. Now we're into it. Administration top dogs have thrown ATF Director Ken Melson and US Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke under the truck.In firefighting, they call it a 'controlled burn,' torching a perimeter of just enough man-made flame to meet and beat the advance of a wildfire impervious to less-drastic solutions. Good luck, gentlemen. The House Oversight Committee's investigation into the DOJ/ATF gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious is roaring through the halls of Congress, and despite DOJ's efforts to spin the story every which way but up, Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) are on a trail insiders whisper may lead investigators all the way to the top.

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Congress takes aim at Holder, ATF, Mexico

Congress takes aim at Holder, ATF, Mexico

The House Oversight Committee calls ATF's Fast and Furious a 'failed and reckless operation,' but was it? If you look at it from Calderon's perspective, or from the perspective of administration officials--including Obama, Holder, and senior ATF executives--who favor stronger gun legislation, Fast and Furious was a huge success....

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The Surge Recedes

The Surge Recedes

President Obama’s announcement of far larger and more accelerated withdrawals of U.S. forces from Afghanistan than many had expected affects Indian security interests and the U.S.-India relationship in significant ways.

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ATF’s Fast & Furious- Obama’s ‘Weaponsgate’?

ATF’s Fast & Furious- Obama’s ‘Weaponsgate’?

...evidence that the US did in fact sign such an agreement with Mexico, authorizing ATF, in cooperation with Mexican authorities, to implement the gun-walking 'sting' that provided Mexican gunman with killing tools used to fire on and murder US agents would corroborate the intent and involvement, at the highest levels, of ATF officials, of the Attorney General (either Holder or his representatives would have had to sign off on the operation), and of the President of the United States—who, as Holder's supervisor, must be held accountable for the decisions and actions of his subordinates. It would be difficult, as well, to believe that Eric Holder would have undertaken such a risky endeavor, such a politically sensitive gamble, without a discussion having occurred between Holder and Obama before the implementation of the ATF operation. The stakes, in terms of US-Mexico relations, would have just been too high.

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Road to Deauville G-8: What's on the agenda?

Road to Deauville G-8: What's on the agenda?

THE ROAD TO DEAUVILLE, FRANCE 2011 G-8 SUMMIT: President Barack Obama arrives in Europe today beginning a six-day trip that seeks more resources to promote and support the pro-democracy movements in the Middle East's Arab Spring, a trip to Ireland, an address before the British Parliament to "re-set' US-European relations, and a G-* Summit in Deaville, Fr to discuss integrating Suub-Saharran Africa into the Global economic framework.

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US gets bin Laden:China gets US stealth technology

US gets bin Laden:China gets US stealth technology

Did the US get away clean? Almost. As close to it, maybe, as Fate allows. For the past few days, another story, a sidebar to the bigger report, has been gaining steam: one of the Stealth Blackhawks used to invade the bin Laden compound crashed as a result of a 'hard landing.' An accident. No matter. It turns out that the Stealth Helicopters used to transport the Navy SEALs are "never-before-seen," state-of-the-art military technology, composed of carbon fibers that resist standard detection by the enemy. Cutting edge, top-secret, and not available to the world.

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Killing bin Laden: how much did it cost?

Killing bin Laden: how much did it cost?

But let's talk about bin Laden. The first notion we can discard is that the US pulled this feat off alone--that our intelligence and military capabilities allowed a convoy of Blackhawk helicopters carrying teams of Navy Seals, along with gunships (loaded with 100+ Army Rangers or Marines) flying defense above the Blackhawks, to penetrate, probably from Afghanistan, 100 miles or more into Pakistan's airspace to one of the country's most heavily guarded locations (Pakistan's 'West Point') without detection by Pakistan's intelligence/ military forces or without encountering Pakistani fighter jets.

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On the death of Osama and a future with Pakistan

On the death of Osama and a future with Pakistan

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Notes on the State of the Union

Notes on the State of the Union

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The President and Human Rights

The President and Human Rights

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India Shining Once More

India Shining Once More

India's reputation has quickly rebounded from the Commonwealth Games fiasco.

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The Diwali Summit

The Diwali Summit

President Obama's state visit to India succeeded in closing the sentiment-substance gap that had come to define bilateral affairs during his administration. But as the trip's warm afterglow begins to fade in the months ahead, Americans are bound to question whether India is living up to its side of the grand bargain that first George W. Bush and now Mr. Obama have laid out.

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India and the U.S. Elections

India and the U.S. Elections

Yesterday's results in the U.S. midterm elections have several implications relevant to India and bilateral relations.

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