Melvin A. Goodman


Melvin Goodman, former senior Soviet analyst at the CIA, discusses Zbigniew Brzezinski’s boast that he instigated the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Jimmy Carter’s poor decision-making skills, the U.S. habit of devoting massive resources to non-strategic battlegrounds, blowback from the post-9/11 “Axis of Evil” speech and how Gen. McChrystal is overstepping his role by giving unvetted policy speeches.

MP3 here. (30:40)

Melvin A. Goodman is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. His most recent book is Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA. From 1966 to 1990, he was senior Soviet analyst at the CIA and the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

5 thoughts on “Melvin A. Goodman”

  1. I can understand why Goodman didn't mention any of the following. He seems to believe some of U.S. propaganda on the GWOT. However, why didn't Scott ask any of the following to Goodman?
    * The TAPI pipeline.
    * How Obama is trying to protect the TAPI pipeline.
    * The Taliban wanting too much for oil transit fees pre-9/11.
    * The Bush regime planning to oust the Taliban before 9/11.
    Goodman kept going on about Afghanistan without even mentioning it's strategic importance for transporting oil against Russian interests.

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