The Cost of American Militarism
"The Real Benghazi Scandal"
-Melvin Goodman, Huffington Post
"When congressional Republicans complete manipulating the Benghazi tragedy, it will be time for the virtually silent Senate intelligence committee to take up three major issues that have been largely ignored. The committee must investigate the fact that the U.S. presence in Benghazi was an intelligence platform and only nominally a consulate . . . "
May 15, 2013
Mel Goodman discusses National Insecurity on San Francisco's KALW
-Max Jacobs, KALW
In 2011, the US defense budget was the highest it has been since World War II, higher than during the peak of the Korean War and Vietnam War -- in constant dollars. Goodman argues that in spite of this monumental spending, we are not safer as a country, and we suffer economically for it. So what would it take to re-calibrate our military spending and put the focus back on priorities at home?
Apr 30, 2013
"Mel Goodman's 2nd interview on KSFR's 'The Journey Home'"
-Diego Mulligan, KSFR's "Journey Home"
With push coming to shove in the defense budget, Goodman takes a critical look at the weapons systems and the Pentagon policies that consume so much of our tax dollars; and the history of how we came to be the most militarized nation on Earth.
Apr 9, 2013
Firedoglake Book Salon with Mel Goodman
-Steve Horn, Firedoglake
The FDL Book Salon invited Mel Goodman to discuss his new book National Insecurity. Goodman took part in a 2 hour on-line salon, discussing why he wrote the book, and his career in the CIA, and answered many other questions submitted from participants around the world.
Mar 30, 2013
DCist previews Mel Goodman's new book and event at Busboys and Poets
-Nicole Dubowitz, DCist
What exactly is national security? If it entails the safety and well-being of Americans and American land, could national security mean a protected environment with clean water and air? Could it mean that sick people can afford timely treatment? Or that personal income will be protected from unfair taxation or pressures that facilitate irresponsible spending? These concepts may not be considered "national security" in the usual sense, but as Melvin Goodman writes in National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, those issues currently present more imminent threats than any from overseas. Yet, he says, they sit on the back burner as defense spending has gone up and the economy has suffered.
Mar 20, 2013
"Mel Goodman interviewed on The Gary Null Show"
-Gary Null, The Gary Null Show
A conversation on our political disconnect with the Pentagon and the resulting crisis in national security with $3 trillion to private contractors, with ex-CIA analyst Professor Melvin Goodman.
Feb 25, 2013
"Mel Goodman interviewed on Background Briefing with Ian Masters"
-Ian Masters, Background Briefing, KFPA Berkeley
A look into the extraordinary rise of defense spending during the last decade, increases not seen since the Korean War, and whether this can be slowed or reversed. Mel Goodman discusses whether the Republicans have changed their minds on defense cuts and if cuts could be targeted against useless weapons systems like the most expensive defense contract in history, the F-35 aircraft that is now grounded.
Feb 25, 2013
"Brennan's Bumbling Case for Terror War"
-Mel Goodman, Consortium News.com
CIA Director-designate John Brennan stumbled through less-than-challenging questions at his Senate confirmation hearing, struggling to square the circle of his past ties to abuses in the "war on terror" with his future promises to be a force for openness and reform, as ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman notes.
Feb 9, 2013
"He Was The Agency": Ex-CIA Analyst Questions Brennan Claim He Couldn't Stop Waterboarding, Torture
CIA nominee John Brennan was repeatedly questioned about torture at his CIA confirmation hearing, including the use of waterboarding and enhanced interrogation techniques. He refused to say waterboarding was a form of torture, but said he has come to oppose the technique. Under George W. Bush, Brennan served as deputy executive director of the CIA and director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center. "Remember, he was the cheerleader for some of these onerous policies, particularly renditions and extraordinary renditions. So, for John Brennan today to say he read the Senate committee intelligence report on torture and he learned things he never knew before and that he was shocked with what he learned, this is a case of incredible willful ignorance," says Melvin Goodman, former CIA and State Department analyst.
Feb 8, 2013
Pt 2 of 2, "The Iraq War Ten Years Later: Blurring the Blame for the Iraq War"
-Mel Goodman, Consortium News.com
The myth that bad intelligence led to the Iraq War won't die, but the evidence is clear that President George W. Bush decided to invade after 9/11, though Iraq had nothing to do with the attack, and intel was assembled to sell the invasion to a scared U.S. public, as ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman explains.
Feb 7, 2012
Interview on KPFA Berkeley's "Up Front"
-Up Front, KPFA Berkeley
Discussing the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA, what questions the Senate Intelligence Committee should ask him during his confirmation hearings, and what kind of leadership Goodman thinks the CIA needs. Interview begins around 9 minute mark.
Feb 7, 2013
Interview on KPFK, Los Angeles
-Ian Masters, Background Briefing, KPFK
Mel Goodman discusses his new book National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism.
Feb 7, 2013
Pt 1 of 2, "The Iraq War Ten Years Later: How the Iraq War was Sold"
-Mel Goodman, Consortium News.com
As George Bush and his national security team marched the U.S. off to war in Iraq, they were aided by key news outlets, especially the neocon-dominated Washington Post. Now a decade later, the Post still won't take a hard, honest look at what was done, writes ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman.
Feb 5, 2013
"Goodman Marano Spaulding Surreal News 391"
-The Surreal News Show, WSLR Florida
Mel Goodman discusses his new book, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, and the nomination of Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense. Interview begins at 17 minute mark.
Feb 1, 2013
"Interview with Peter B. Collins"
-Peter B. Collins, The Peter Collins Show
Mel Goodman discusses his new book, offers an historical analysis of Obama's first term, presents a critique of the film "Zero Dark 30," considers Chuck Hagel's nomination as Secretary of Defense, and offers ways to cut military spending.
Jan 29, 2013
"The Force: How Much Military is Enough"
-Jill Lepore, The New Yorker
"'We have hundreds of military bases all over the world,' Melvin A. Goodman observes in National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism (City Lights). 'Few countries have any.' Goodman, a former Army cryptographer and a longtime C.I.A. analyst who taught at the National War College for eighteen years, is one of a growing number of critics of U.S. military spending, policy, and culture who are veterans of earlier wars."
Jan 28, 2013
"Book Discussion on National Insecurity"
-CSPAN Book TV
Melvin Goodman talked about his book, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, in which he argues that our current level of spending on defense is excessive and is making us less secure. Goodman spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco in January 2013.
Jan 22, 2013
"Mel Goodman on KPFA: Letters and Politics"
-KPFA: Letters and Politics
Mel Goodman, a former CIA agent who rallied support against John Brennan for his previous nomination to head the CIA, discusses his new nomination on KPFA, Berkeley (begins @ 28 min.)
Jan 7, 2013
"Restore Reliability and Accountability"
-Melvin Goodman, The New York Times, Room for Debate
Mel Goodman weighs in on the future of the CIA's leadership: "A respected civilian leader could correct flawed analytical and operational processes and name an inspector general who is a junkyard dog."
Dec 3, 2012
"The CIA director's flaws"
-Melvin Goodman, The Washington Post, Opinion page
"Mel Goodman responds to the editorial 'David Petraeus' Affair Has Damaged the Nation' by explaining that in choosing national security advisers, Obama has 'ignored the need for an independent civilian voice to counter the influence and worst-case analysis of military intelligence.'"
Nov 23, 2012
"The Why Behind the Benghazi Attack"
-Melvin Goodman, Counterpunch
Goodman gives the back story on the Benghazi attack explaining it was not the political cover-up that the Right has pushed, but rather how the U.S. consulate had grown into a CIA base, making it an inviting target for militants. The primary security failure was in not anticipating the danger.
Nov 6, 2012
"Romney's Shape-Shifting Foreign Policy"
-Melvin Goodman, Truthout
Mitt Romney's three debate performances in October 2012 have exposed his political cynicism, with the Republican candidate abandoning long-term positions in order to adopt more moderate ideas for the run-up to the election.
Oct 24, 2012
"Time for major cuts in defense spending"
-Melvin Goodman, The Baltimore Sun
In this op-ed for The Baltimore Sun, Mel Goodman, a former CIA-analyst and author of the forthcoming National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, explains why now is the time for cuts in defense spending.
Sep 30, 2012
"9/11 Could have been prevented"
-Melvin Goodman, YouTube
Mel Goodman speaks before the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire on how 9/11 could have been prevented.
Apr 14, 2012