To Kill a Diplomat: The Modern Mechanics of a Tragedy
By Ivaylo Iaydjiev
September 16, 2012
It is hard to imagine a more senseless loss of life. On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed in Benghazi, the no-fly haven and birthplace of the Libyan revolution. In a country, where people proudly waved American flags next to the new Libyan ones.
Cybersecurity should be more active, official says
The federal government has taken a “failed approach” to cybersecurity, with efforts that focus on reducing vulnerabilities rather than actively deterring attackers, according to one of the FBI’s top former cyber officials.
How Would America Quit Intervening Abroad If It Wanted To?
Sep 14 2012
Contrasting the foreign policy outlooks of President Obama and Mitt Romney, Noah Millman notes that both men take it for granted that the U.S. will play an active role in the Middle East. "Neither candidate stands for a policy of strategic withdrawal, of reducing American exposure to conflict in the Middle East or elsewhere, and there is no major figure in either party - including Ron Paul - who has even articulated what such a policy would look like, and how such a transition would be managed," he writes, adding that "Paul takes a principled non-interventionist stance, which is not at all the same thing as explaining how we get from the foreign policy we have to the foreign policy he would prefer in the safest, least-costly fashion to ourselves and our allies."
Morning Bell: New Wave of Attacks on U.S. Embassies
September 13, 2012
Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen today and set fire to a building. Like the mob in Egypt on Tuesday, they tore down the American flag. Reports are also circulating of a separate protest in Tehran today with about 500 Iranians chanting “Death to America.” Meanwhile, a onetime mentor of Osama bin Laden called on his followers to replicate what happened in Libya and Egypt.