National Security Brief: August 25, 2011

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, writing in his soon to be released memoirs, says he urged President George W. Bush to bomb a suspected Syrian nuclear site in 2007 but Bush chose to pursue diplomatic pressure, still stinging over “the bad intelligence we had received about Iraq’s stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.”

The transitional government of Libya, now in control of much of the country, put a $1.3 million bounty on the head of deposed dictator Col. Muammar Qaddafi.

Syrians gathered in Turkey to form a unified opposition council said they needed two more weeks to consult with internal activists before deciding on the composition of the body.

A truce by Gaza militants to stop cross-border rocket fire into Israel is unraveling on Thursday after 24 hours of Israeli air strikes left six Gazans dead and injured.


Andrew Bacevich writes that instead of implementing a Pentagon study urging benefit reductions to those who served, the “all-volunteer” force should be reconsidered.

Nevada Democratic congressional candidate Kate Marshall’s staff accidentally sent out a press release detailing why it would be “useful” for the candidate to “express support for Israel” and observed that a statement on Israel would be timely due to Glenn Beck’s “Rally to Restore Courage” event in Jerusalem.