Author Archives: Philip Giraldi

About Philip Giraldi

Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Modern History from the University of London. In addition to TAC, where he has been a contributing editor for nine years, he writes regularly for He is currently Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and resides with his wife of 32 years in Virginia horse country close to his daughters and grandchildren. He has begun talking far too much to his English bulldog Dudley of late, thinks of himself as a gourmet cook, and will not drink Chardonnay under any circumstances. He does not tweet, and avoids all social media.

A World Gone Mad

Voters should wake up to the issue of war versus peace.

Is Nuclear War Becoming Thinkable?

Both the U.S. and Russia are prepared to go there under certain circumstances.

Is Terrorism Effective?

It doesn’t usually achieve its objectives—and the perpetrators know it.

Why Erdogan Snubbed Biden

Washington must accept that the Turkish leader is only loyal to his domestic supporters.

Trump, Russia, and the Washington Post: Reader Beware

There’s more hype than evidence in the paper’s claims that Moscow orchestrates politics in Europe and America.

The Rest of the 9/11 Report

The Saudi Arabia link isn’t the smoking gun some were hoping for.

Why the CIA Should Brief Trump

There is a long tradition of trusting candidates with classified information.

The Terror of the Status Quo

Trump and Clinton promise to defeat terrorism. But it’s very difficult to stop a motivated mass murderer.

A Very Predictable Coup?

Opponents of Turkey’s strongman have only solidified his position.

Russian Harassment and Other Fables

Moscow is no longer the capital of an evil empire. Why is Washington stuck in a Cold War mindset?

Hillary Clinton, Vindicated?

She showed little respect for the law—and probably compromised classified information.

What Trump Gets Right on Immigration

A blanket ban on Muslims goes too far, but pausing travel from some countries is a sensible idea.

Where Free Speech Dies

Europe invented the public square. Now it’s closing it down.

The Decline of Terror in the West?

The Orlando shooting was a horrific crime. But larger trends suggest that the threat of mass attacks is receding.

Obama Legitimizes the Drone Wars

A forthcoming report will downplay the bloody consequences.

Clinton’s Hawk-in-Waiting

If Hillary wins the White House, expect Victoria Nuland to be at her side.

Washington’s Terrorism as Usual

The foreign-policy establishment marks 15 years of failure in the War on Terror.

CIA Gets Back to Spying

Intelligence agencies have struggled to be worthy of their name.

Why Secrecy Rules Apply to Everyone

Federal agencies relentlessly pursue suspected whistleblowers, while self-serving politicians escape punishment.

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