Ray McGovern

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC. During his career as a CIA analyst, he prepared and briefed the President's Daily Brief and chaired National Intelligence Estimates. He is a member of the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 1:15pm
Barack Obama: No Jack Kennedy
Democratic Sen. Lloyd Bentsen’s “you’re no Jack Kennedy” put-down of Republican Sen. Dan Quayle in the 1988 vice presidential debate springs to mind on a day on which I cannot help but compare the character of President Barack Obama to that of John Kennedy, the first President under whom I served...
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Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 9:00am
As G1+6 Opens in Bavaria, Will 'Junior Members' Act Like Adults?
President Barack Obama arrives in Germany Sunday to meet with the leaders of Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Japan, and Canada for the “G-7 summit” at a resort in Bavaria. This particular genre of summit was formerly known as the “G-8.” But that was before the U.S. succeeded in blaming Russia for...
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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:00am
Resurgence of the ‘Surge’ Myth
As American politicians and editorial writers resume their tough talk about sending more U.S. troops into Iraq, they are resurrecting the “successful surge” myth, the claim that President George W. Bush’s dispatch of 30,000 more soldiers in 2007 somehow “won” the war – a storyline that is beloved...
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Monday, May 25, 2015 - 9:00am
Remember This on Memorial Day: They Didn't Fall, They Were Pushed
How best to show respect for the U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and for their families on Memorial Day? Simple: Avoid euphemisms like “the fallen” and expose the lies about what a great idea it was to start those wars and then to “surge” tens of thousands of more troops into those fools...
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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 4:30pm
William & Mary Honors War Criminal
Nothing better illustrates the extent to which the United States has turned its back on the rule of law than when the likes of Condoleezza Rice are asked to address graduates and receive doctoral degrees honoris causa at university commencements. Ms. Rice – in my view a war criminal – was accorded...
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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 6:30am
The Phony ‘Bad Intel’ Defense on Iraq
Presidential aspirant Jeb Bush this week may have damaged his chances by flubbing the answer to an entirely predictable question about his big brother’s decision to attack Iraq. On Monday, Fox’s Megyn Kelly asked the former Florida governor: “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the...
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Friday, May 8, 2015 - 3:15pm
Obama’s Petulant WWII Snub of Russia
President Barack Obama’s decision to join other Western leaders in snubbing Russia’s weekend celebration of the 70 th anniversary of Victory in Europe looks more like pouting than statesmanship, especially in the context of the U.S. mainstream media’s recent anti-historical effort to downplay...
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Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 1:00pm
The Lasting Pain from Vietnam Silence
Ecclesiastes says there is a time to be silent and a time to speak. The fortieth anniversary of the ugly end of the U.S. adventure in Vietnam is a time to speak – and especially of the squandered opportunities that existed earlier in the war to blow the whistle and stop the killing. While my friend...
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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 2:15pm
The Lasting Pain from Vietnam Silence
Ecclesiastes says there is a time to be silent and a time to speak. The fortieth anniversary of the ugly end of the U.S. adventure in Vietnam is a time to speak – and especially of the squandered opportunities that existed earlier in the war to blow the whistle and stop the killing. While my friend...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:45am
Neocon ‘Chaos Promotion’ in the Mideast
Former Washington insider and four-star General Wesley Clark spilled the beans several years ago on how Paul Wolfowitz and his neoconservative co-conspirators implemented their sweeping plan to destabilize key Middle Eastern countries once it became clear that post-Soviet Russia “won’t stop us.” As...
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