August 25, 2013 • 10:59 AM
A year ago, President Barack Obama said that if the Bashar al-Assad regime used chemical weapons in Syria, it would cross a red line that would result in “serious consequences.” Last week, Assad crossed that line again, killing hundreds and debilitating several thousand with a chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Will President Obama impose serious consequences this time? (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: National Security, Adlai Stevenson, al-Qai’da, Amb. Lincoln Bloomfield, Bashar al-Assad, centcom, Chemical warfare, chemical weapons, china, CIA, civil war, Cuban Missile Crisis, Damascus, DIA, Ed Ross, ewross, Free syrian Army, humanitarian disaster, Iraq, national security bureaucracy, OSD, President Barack Obama, red line, Russsia, Samantha Power, SOCOM, State, Syria, Syrian rebels, The National Interest, United Nations, WMD
August 18, 2013 • 11:09 AM
Since the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) overthrew President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, members of Congress and foreign policy experts in and out of government have debated whether or not the U.S. should suspend the $1.3 billion annual Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to Egypt. The Obama administration’s Egypt and Middle East policies are in tatters, but the one thing it has done right is to continue military assistance to the EAF. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: National Security, Terrorism, barack obama, Brookings Institution, china, civil war, coup, democracy, EAF, Ed Ross, Egypt, Egyptian Armed Forces, ewross, FMS, Foreign Military Sales, massacre, Michael O’Hanlon, middle east, Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood, security assistance, suspension, Tiananmen, United States, United States Foreign Military Financing
August 11, 2013 • 11:51 AM
As the U.S. Congress debates a national shield law to protect journalists, central to the debate is who is a journalist? Perhaps no issue better demonstrates how far some people’s interpretation of the Constitution has strayed from our Founding Fathers intent. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Technology, 1787, ABC News, American democracy, Bejnamine Franklin, Bill of Rights, bloggers, Boston News-Letter, Bradley Manning, Congress, Conservatism, Dianne Feinstein, District of Columbia, Ed Ross, ewross, federal government, founding fathers, freedom of the press, journalist, journalist privilege, Jullian Assange, New England Courant, New York Times, Prentice v. McPhilemy, Solence Dogood, U.S. Constitution, Wikileaks
August 4, 2013 • 11:21 AM
Is the Benghazi cover up just about hiding incompetence, dereliction of duty and deceptive presidential politics or are there plausible, more troubling explanations? (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Terrorism, 2012 presidential election, 9/11/2012, al-Qai’da, anti-Muslim video, arms smuggling operation, arms transfers, Benghazi, Capitol Hill, CIA, CNN, Congress, conservative talk radio, cover-up, DoD, Ed Ross, ewross, Fox News, Hiillary Clinton, House Intelligence Committee, Iran Contra, Libya, President Obama, Senate Intelligence Committee, Syria, Syrian rebels, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, Watergate
Mr. President, are you and the people who write your talking points ignorant of the history of Vietnam and those that inspired Ho Chi Minh, or were you just attempting to humor the President of Vietnam last week when you took a break from your perpetual campaign to meet with Truong Tan Sang in the Oval Office? Either way it’s troubling. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: The Presidency, benjamin netanyahu, china, cold war, Declaration of Independence, Ed Ross, ewross, French, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Indochina, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mao Zedong, middle east, Mohamed Morsi, Oval Office, President Harry Truman, President Obama, President Truong Tan Sang, russia, Thomas Jefferson, Truong Tan Sang, United Kingdom, United States, US Constitution, Vietnam, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Vietnam War, Vietnamese, Vladimir Putin, Winston Churchill
Intense media coverage of the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting has drawn attention away from four big issues that continue to plague the Obama administration—Obamacare, Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservative organizations and individuals, and NSA spying on the American people. Nevertheless, the collective time bomb is ticking. The question is will it go off during the 2014 election campaigns if it goes off at all. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Politics, 2010 and 2012 elections, 2014 elections, 501c organizations, 9/11/12 attack, African American president won’t go over well., Benghazi, berserk, bill o'reilly, Cincinnati, congressional testimony, D.C., Democratic incumbents, democrats, Ed Ross, Edward Snowden, ewross, George Zimmerman trial, House Government Affairs Committee, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, IRS general, lame-duck President Obama, mainstream media, National Security Agency, NSA, Obama administration time bomb, obamacare, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, personal attacks, President Obama, President of the United States, republican national committee, tea party, Trayvon Martin shooting, war-on-women, Washington, White House
The Pentagon’s activities to account for over 80,000 Americans missing in action from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War was back in the news last week. This time it was about an internal report by Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) employee Paul Cole. In it, Cole asserts that DoD’s POW/MIA accounting is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from “dysfunctional to total failure.” When I read this, it was déjà vu all over again. (Read the full column at EWRoss.ccom)
Filed under: Military, 591 U.S. POWs from Hanoi, china, Chuck Norris, Clinton administration, cold war, Colonel-General Dmitri Volkogonov, déjà vu, Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense POW/MIA Office, Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense or POW/MIA affairs, DIA, dilemma, DoD, DPMO, Ed Ross, employee, ewross, F-86D Saber Jet, FSB, JCRC, Joint Casualty Resolution Center, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Joint Task Force Full Accounting, JPAC, JTFFA, KGB, Korean War, Lt Gen James Clapper, Lt. Michael Scott Speicher, missing in action, National Alliance of Families for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen, National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, North Vietnamese, office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Paul Cole, Pentagon, POW/MIA, POW/MIA family members, President Boris Yeltsen, President George H.W. Bush, prisoners of war, Rambo, Reagan administration, Senate Select Committee on POWs and MIAs, Senator Bob Smith, Senator John Kerry, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, soviet union, Sylvester Stallone, that didn’t prevent accusations of a cover up, top secret, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Malcolm Toon, U.S.-Russia Joint Commission, USRJC, Vietnam War, world war II
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) began as poorly crafted legislation that became a train wreck then turned into a national disaster that will take many years to recover from. Here’s what we should have done and still can do. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Healthcare, automobile insurance, democrats, Department of Defense, Ed Ross, ewross, F-22, healthcare, healthcare exchanges, Healthcare reform, House, legislation, national disaster, obamacare, pre-existing conditions, President Obama, republicans, Senate, Senate Finance Committee, train wreck, Virginia class submarine, White House
George Zimmerman was carrying a permitted concealed Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol when he shot and killed Trayvon Marty. What’s happened to him, however, demonstrates the risks people take when they chose to legally carry a firearm. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Uncategorized, 9/11, concealed-carry, cop, Ed Ross, ewross, Firearm, Florida, George Zimmerman, kill, law enforcement, Military, police, self-defense, shoot, Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman trial
Vince Flynn was a novelist. He Wrote fiction about a CIA assassin named Mitch Rapp. Many great novelists have come and gone; among those writing today, Flynn was one of the best. Novel readers all have their favorite writer. Vince Flynn was mine. If you are a fan of Flynn’s Mitch Rapp books you know what I am talking about.
I worked in the clandestine intelligence world for seven years during my U.S. Army career. I had the honor and the privilege of working with many of America’s finest intelligence operatives. Flynn had a way of capturing their qualities and synthesizing them into his characters.
What also endeared Flynn to his fans is the way he interacted with them. He published there letters and their pictures of where they were when they read one of his books. He invited them to help him build a list of all the characters that he had referred to in his books. He cared about his fans.
I only hope that Flynn’s books make it to the big screen with the right script, actors and director.
RIP Vince and thanks for everything.
You can read my column about Mitch Rapp (here).
Filed under: Books, Book, Central Intelligence Agency, Flynn, Mitch Rapp, United States, Vince Flynn, Writing
For those who oppose President Barack Obama, it’s easy to make him the force behind what’s transforming America. I suspect, however, that history will view him as a bit player. What historians more likely will highlight is the evolving role of government surveillance. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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When I was an analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency in the early 1980s we used to say that if grains of sand on a beach were bits of intelligence information Moscow would send a large bulldozer onto the beach and scoop up as much as it could. Beijing, on the other hand, would send a million Chinese and each person would put a handful of sand in their pocket. The Chinese, for all their progress, haven’t changed; that’s how they hack into U.S. networks and steal U.S. military and trade secrets. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: China-Taiwan, advanced U.S. weapons systems compromised by Chinese hackers, anti-intrusion software, atomic bomb secrets, B-29 bomber, Beijing, Chairman Mike Rogers, china, Chinese cyber-attacks, CISPA, civilian networks, cold war, command and control, communications system, companies in America, confidential, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, cyber-espionage, cyber-Pearl Harbor, cyber-security experts, Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Science Board, design and manufacturing technology, Ed Ross, Elizabethan England, ewross, Gen. Keith Alexander, GRU, helicopters, House Intelligence Committee, human spies, information. Software is the heart and soul of the U.S. technological advantage. Every advanced weapon, KGB, letters of marque, MAD, missiles, Moscow, mutually assured destruction, naval ships, nuclear tipped ballistic missiles, Patriot missiles, placement and access, Russians, software, software source code, Soviet fighter aircraft, soviet union, stealth fighter jets, Stuxnet virus, U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. intellectual property, U.S. military, U.S. military and trade secrets, U.S. national security, U.S. networks, U.S. technological advantage, U.S. unclassified military and diplomatic networks
President Obama’s fundamental disregard for the nature of Islamic terrorism, no doubt, has Islamist-jihadists around the world cheering. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Terrorism, 9/11, Afghanistan, al-Qai’da, American citizens, Arabian Peninsula, armed drones, as Qaeda, barack obama, businessmen, caliphate, chaos in the Islamic world, Christian martyrs, Christianity, CIA, communists, counterterrorism, declare victory and go home, democracy, deter and combat terrorism, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Ed Ross, Egypt, enemy, enemy combatants, European countries, ewross, fascists, gangsters, Guantanamo, Horn of Africa, Imperial Japanese armed forces, individual freedom, intelligence, Iraq, Islamic terrorism, Islamic-jihadists, israel, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, law enforcement, Mafia, martyrs, middle east, Military, military vs. criminal justice counterterrorism strategies, Miranda warnings, Muslim Brotherhood, National Defense University, nazi, Pakistan-Afghanistan border, patriots, President Obama, Quran, Roman Empire, Romans, secular Muslims, Sharia law, Sunni and Shia Muslims, terrorists’ handbook, true believers, United States, Vietnam War, water-boarded, will of Allah, world war II