Terrorist groups like the Islamic State have given the intelligence alliance a new raison d’être, but crucial reforms still lay ahead.
The Peña Nieto administration needs to ditch the kingpin strategy and utilize the U.S. in a more instrumental capacity.
Motives for the violent Western intervention in Syria — where since at least early 2012 the CIA has been sending large shipments of weapons to Sunni militants working with al-Qaida front Jabhat al-Nusra — predictably appear rooted in geostrategic, rather than humanitarian, interests. Iran recently secured a $10 billion pipeline deal with Syria and Iraq that the U.S. and its European allies bitterly opposed. The project would bring Iranian hydrocarbons to the Mediterranean as well as Russia, which has sought to expand its influence in the region’s energy development.
Created in 1947 as a Cold War-era espionage agency, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has a long history of secret activities that range from attempted assassinations and regime change in foreign countries to the support of death squads and fascist coups up to the wholesale buying-off of puppet politicians. Top U.S. officials have for … Continue reading Rogue Shadow Paramilitary: The CIA After 9/11