Category: Insight magazine

A hanging offense

[Formerly at http://jmw.typepad.com/j_michael_wallers_blog/2007/02/a_hanging_offen.html] More controversy erupted this week about the non-quote that’s not from President Abraham Lincoln. It’s based on a story I wrote for Insight magazine in December, 2003, in which I quoted from President Lincoln’s July, 1863 letter that the Union League distributed as a pamphlet later that year. In the letter, President Lincoln referred to the treasonous acts of...

PDFs of Insight articles, 1997-2004

Attached are PDFs of some of my articles from Insight magazine, 1997-2004. The Insight website was taken down when the magazine closed, so online copies are hard to find. IM Russian nuclear1999.04.15 IM Wahhabi 2002 IM China Aug2002 IM Apoc Aug2002 IM America at war Sep2002 IM Kabbani Oct2002 IM Bush doctrine Oct2002 IM Saffuri response Oct 2002 IM Econ...

China waging political warfare against its neighbors

by J Michael Waller, adapted from article in Insight magazine, May 26, 2003 Might the People’s Republic of China (PRC) be waging covert political operations to weaken Asian and Pacific governments’ support for their security relationships with the United States? U.S. intelligence officials tell me they have detected no Soviet-style “active-measures” campaign. However, Chinese tradecraft depends more on financial co-option of business and...

How terrorists use ‘civil liberties’ arguments to undermine the war effort

by J. Michael Waller Insight, March 4, 2003 Terrorists and their supporters are doing their best to weave themselves into the political fabric of American society, say specialists in homeland security. They are operating front groups and charities to finance their operations, and they are running influence operations to weaken federal antiterrorism laws under the guise of protecting civil liberties. The...

Economic warfare: An under-used tool of statecraft

by J Michael Waller, Insight, October 29, 2002 Al-Qaeda recently announced economic warfare against the United States and other Western countries. U.S. intelligence expects years of attacks on the economic infrastructure of the civilized world. For its part, the United States has an arsenal of economic weapons for this war, but critics fear it may have forgotten how to use...

Hyde urges Bush to oust Venezuela’s Chavez

by J Michael Waller, Insight magazine, October 29, 2002 Warning of the formation of a potential “Axis of Evil” in the Americas, an influential lawmaker has called on President George W. Bush to support the ouster of left-wing Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. Just days before Brazilians elected radical populist Lula da Silva as their president on Oct. 27, House International Relations...

The Bush Doctrine: New national security strategy abandons moral relativism

by J Michael Waller, Insight magazine, October 15-18, 2002 Here at last is a new White House document that doesn’t mince words: friends and enemies; good and evil; right and wrong. It’s all inThe National Security Strategy of the United States of America — the essence of what is becoming the Bush Doctrine — and it’s turning the establishment diplomatic and international-security communities...

A resounding voice in traditional Islam: Sheik Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

by J Michael Waller Insight magazine, October 1-14, 2002 Where were all the Muslim and Arab pressure groups several years ago when the first warnings were raised about Osama bin Laden and terrorist-support networks in the United States? Pretty quiet, by most accounts. One of the few Muslim leaders in this country to warn publicly and repeatedly about the internal...

20 reasons to overthrow Saddam Hussein

by J Michael Waller Insight magazine, September 9, 2002 President George W. Bush intends to finish off Saddam Hussein once and for all. A spectrum of options is at his disposal, from covert operations against the Iraqi leader to a range of military actions that include outright invasion in partnership with Iraqi resistance. Leaving Saddam Hussein in power, Bush told reporters...

‘Civil rights’ lawyer Lynne Stewart arrested for aiding terrorism

by J Michael Waller Insight magazine, 15 April 2002 At the ancient Egyptian temple city of Luxor six men clad in police uniforms flagged down two busloads of Japanese and European tourists, seized them and drove the buses across the dunes toward the Valley of the Queens. The men raked the buses with gunfire, then hacked and stabbed the terrified passengers...