Clearing House for Arab Intelligence
Suffering from a chronic shortage of Arabic-speakers, the Pentagon is depending on private sub-contractors to analyze information gleaned in the Middle East. [...]
The US Army is the world’s most powerful conventional force and had extensive military means at its disposal, from M1 Abrams tanks to Apache helicopters and Gray Eagle reconnaissance drones, as well as a million soldiers.
The American administration and the Syrian government have been relying in recent weeks on back-door diplomacy deployed by powerful political and financial networks to help them negotiate an agreement on Iraq that bypasses the crisis over the assassination of former [. [...]