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Community Forum: Haviland Smith, Probe Russian embassy calls

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Haviland Smith



Editor’s note: This commentary is by Haviland Smith, of Williston, a retired CIA station chief whose focus was the Soviet Union. He was also the CIA’s first chief of counterterrorism.

Thanks to the infighting between the Trump administration and the congressional Democrats, it is now patently clear to anyone who cares to know that the U.S. government has phone taps on the Russian Embassy in Washington. That was probably an unnecessary revelation, but it will have few negative ramifications for the United States.

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Community Forum: Haviland Smith, Nature of terrorism is evolving

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Haviland Smith



America’s success in domestic counterterrorism depends on two critical elements: the extent to which the American people descend into “terrorist paranoia” and the extent to which we alienate our Muslim citizens and residents.

Fifty years ago, terrorism was seen primarily in dissident national groups working against the nations in which they lived.

Today the world of terrorism has changed. The primary authors of 21st-century terrorism are found in radical Islam.

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Guest editorial: Trump falls for Putin's goals

Posted on February 13, 2017 |
By Haviland Smith



Vladimir Putin is a Russian who understands Russian history. He is swayed only by his pragmatism and has a very precise picture of what he wants for Russia in the world today.

President Donald Trump has a sparse record on the policy level and can only be measured by his statements since the beginning of the primary campaign.

Keep in mind that Russia is still very much our enemy. The fascinating thing is that Putin’s stated goals seem to be almost completely in harmony with those of Trump. Precisely what are those goals?

NATO

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Community Forum: Two-state solution best for Israel

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Haviland Smith



This week’s writer is Haviland Smith, a retired CIA station chief living in Vermont.

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Guest editorial: Why your vote counts – a lot

Posted on October 31, 2016 |
By Haviland Smith



Those of us who are not highly partisan voters are faced this year with a choice between two unusually unattractive candidates. Some of us will take a deep breath, suck it up and vote for the one we believe to be less unattractive. Others say they simply will not vote at all. 

The polls would seem to show that many of those who have made the decision not to vote are younger people who facing their first or second elections. 

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Guest editorial: Is the U.S. ripe for revolution?

Posted on October 17, 2016 |
By Haviland Smith



It’s difficult to look at our ongoing national political contest and not think that our system is in the unprecedented process of being turned upside down.

One of our major parties has been taken over by a leader and a very large group of dissidents who are pushing it in directions never before seen.

Racism, misogyny, sexism, immigration, civil rights and the endorsement of violence, are only among the most prominent areas that have seen changes in attitude during this election cycle.

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Community Forum: Time to revisit Middle East policy

Posted on July 7, 2016 |
By Haviland Smith



If you believe that the Orlando attack was the last one we will experience, you are horribly wrong.

As a result of the nature and magnitude of that attack, we are faced here in America with a complicated choice. That attack and the subsequent endless media evaluations of what “really happened” and what it “really means” will simply hasten the inevitable compulsion that our government will feel to take charge of the situation, driven as it is by public opinion. How it reacts will color the future of this country for decades to come.

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Guest editorial: A choice of liberty or security?

Posted on June 24, 2016 |
By Haviland Smith



If you believe that the Orlando attack was the last one we will experience, you are horribly wrong.

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Guest editorial: America attacking Assad is a crazy, no-win scenario

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Haviland Smith



Fifty-one State Department officials have just signed an internal memo protesting U.S. policy in Syria, calling for targeted U.S. military strikes against the regime of Bashar al Assad and urging regime change as the only way to defeat ISIS.

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Community forum: Examining divide within Islam

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Haviland Smith



How many readers remember the old saw that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”? And isn’t that the truth! Well, a senior United States government official has recently reported that Iran is the greatest supporter of terrorism in the world.

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