Friends, I’m privileged today to have Melvin Goodman on World Focus. Mel began his career in intelligence with the US Army, where he worked as a cryptographer. He went on to teach at the National War College as a professor of international security and is currently adjunct professor at John Hopkins University and senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. Mel has just written an important book about people who are not afraid to talk. Welcome, Melvin Goodman.
Mel: Thank you Blase, good to be with you.
Blase: How did you decide to write this recent book?
Mel: Well, it was an easy decision to make. I was with the CIA for 15 years. It was extremely challenging and important, and a lot of good work was done. Then in 1981, a very conservative president, Ronald Reagan, picked a very conservative ideologue by the name of William Casey to be the CIA director. His job was to politicize the intelligence. Ronald Reagan wanted to increase defense spending to unprecedented levels in peacetime, and he needed a threat to justify that increase. That threat, of course, was the Soviet Union. (Read More)