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.

Iran Hawks Take the White House

Inspired by fringe theories about Islamic civilization, Michael Flynn is leading Trump down a dangerous path.

Blocking Terrorists. Or Not.

Trump’s order is a mess, but until a broken immigration system is fixed, he’s more right than wrong.

The Nihilist Intelligence Officer

CIA employees are not staging a coup against Donald Trump.

How a Former CIA Officer Reads the Trump Dossier

Fact, fiction, or speculation?

No Smoking Gun on Russia Hack

Language used in the intelligence community’s latest report suggests that they may not possess indisputable evidence.

Will Trump Transform the CIA?

What to expect from his new director

Christmas Crackers, Moscow-Style

If something went wrong, Putin must have done it.

Don’t Fear the Terror in Turkey

Relations between Ankara and Moscow will likely continue to improve, despite the assassination of a Russian diplomat.

Did Russia Elect Trump?

Foreign espionage is routine. Careless use of unsecure email shouldn’t be.

The Fake News Fake Story

Blame the media, not Moscow.

Trump Needs Good Advice

It’s time for new voices to have their say in the White House.

Turkey and the Next War

It has become a destabilizing force in the Near East.

Africa’s Migration Problem

So-called “humanitarian” EU policies are exacerbating migration problems in Africa.

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.

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