The Evening CSIS: Bombing ISIS, Pompeo Slams WikiLeaks, Royal Albert Hall and More
April 13, 2017
It's Thursday, April 13.
Bombing ISIS in Afghanistan
U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped a 22,000-pound bomb on ISIS in eastern Afghanistan today. It is the first time the bomb, called a GBU-43, has ever been used in combat as the Washington Post’s Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Erin Cunningham report.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman’s recent report: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen: Is Decisive Force an Option?
An airstrike that was meant to target ISIS in Syria instead killed 18 Syrian Democratic Forces personnel because it was "misdirected," U.S. Central Command said today, as NPR’s Bill Chappell reports.
Pompeo Slams Wikileaks at CSIS
In his first public speech as CIA Director Mike Pompeo slammed WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in a speech today at CSIS, as CNN's Jake Tapper and Pamela Brown report.
Fox News reports that Pompeo called the group a "non-state hostile intelligence service" that is often abetted by "state actors like Russia."
And as Joe Uchill of the Hill reports, WikiLeaks responded.
Dive Deeper: Read the full transcript of Pompeo’s remarks and responses to questions today at CSIS.
Japan could be at risk from North Korean missiles carrying sarin nerve gas, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, raising the prospect of a similar scenario to the recent attack in Syria that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to respond with a military strike, as the Wall Street Journal’s Alastair Gale reports.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s latest prediction “Uptick in Likelihood of North Korean WMD Activity” which indicates there is a 58% likelihood of North Korean weapons of mass destruction (WMD) activity taking place in the next 14 days. In the next 30 days, there is an 84% chance for North Korean WMD activity.
In That Number
The size of the shockwave generated by the GBU-43 MOAB dropped in Afghanistan today. Source: CSIS's Mark Cancian via WIRED's Emily Dreyfuss.
“The military campaign should send a signal not only to Assad that victory isn’t possible, but also to his supporters that the United States will act to further its interests.”
—CSIS’s Jon B. Alterman authored a new commentary today, “Bombs, Bullets, and Leverage.”
The CSIS International Security Program recently released Defense Acquisition Trends, 2016, a report examining trends in what the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is buying, how DoD is buying it, and from whom DoD is buying. This screenshot comes from a CSIS original video that captures the report’s key findings and debuted at the report launch last Wednesday.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.)
Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo spoke at CSIS today. These were the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took office at CIA.
“UN Reform under the Trump Administration: The Way Ahead,” by former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd.
This Town Tomorrow
Join Johns Hopkins SAIS at 9:00 a.m. for “The Political Economy of Gender and Women's Empowerment in Africa,” featuring a discussion with award-winning novelist Chimamanda Adichie.
And join AEI at 12:00 p.m. for “Fragmented Democracy and Social Media" featuring Cass Sunstein.
In January, CSIS hosted “Afghanistan Reconstruction: Enduring Challenges for the New Administration and Congress,” featuring a discussion with Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko.
This week’s Smart Women, Smart Power podcast talks with Lisa Sawyer Samp, senior fellow of the CSIS International Security Program and coauthor of Recalibrating U.S. Strategy Toward Russia on Russia’s strategic motivations, objectives and tools, and strategy recommendations for the US in dealing with the Kremlin’s more belligerent security posture. You can listen on iTunes or SoundCloud.
I’ve been getting notes from all over the world about Led Zeppelin—from Italy, South Africa, and Japan just to name a few places. I’m not surprised, but it does make me smile because for so many years, visual footage of Zeppelin was rare.
When I was growing up, the only film I’d ever seen of Zeppelin was from their concert movie “The Song Remains the Same,” first released in 1976. I devoured it. And until the turn of the 21st century, “Song Remains the Same” was the only official live visual document of Led Zep that was available.
To complicate matters, members of the band themselves thought the live footage captured in “Song Remains the Same” proved subpar—that the shows filmed at Madison Square Garden in 1973 were shot at the end of the tour and a bit lacking in energy. So all we had to go on visually was something they thought wasn’t close to their best performance.
Of course, most people didn’t know the difference and didn’t really understand what an energetic Zeppelin show would look like. For most of us, “Song Remains the Same” was incredible, incomparable even. But that all changed in 2003, when this film of a 1970 performance captured at London’s Royal Albert Hall became available. Suddenly, those of us who had never been to a Zeppelin show in-person were treated to an astonishingly powerful, supercharged rock performance the likes of which we had never seen.