Jason Vest

Jason Vest is a Senior Correspondent for The American Prospect and a
contributor to the Boston Phoenix and The Nation, specializing in intelligence
national security affairs. He also holds an Ochberg Fellowship with the
University of Washington's Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Recognized by
American Journalism Review in 2002 as an "Unsung Hero of Washington
Vest has previously done staff stints at the Washington Post, US News & World
and Village Voice. He covered the Eritrea-Ethiopia border war
(1999-2000), as a correspondent for The Scotsman, and was awarded a 1999 Fund
Investigative Journalism grant to examine both the war and media coverage.

Originally a reporter for alternative weeklies in Indiana, Vest has also
written for The Atlantic Monthly, Columbia Journalism Review, Mother Jones,
AlterNet and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, among others. His
work for
the Prospect in 2004 has been supported by grant awards from the Foundation
for Constitutional Goverment and the Ettinger Foundation. His book on national
security during the current Bush Administration will be published by Wiley &
Sons in 2005.

Recent Articles

Our Man in Little Havana:

It was the summer of 1985 and John Lantigua, then The Washington Post's Nicaragua stringer, discovered he had a new nickname, at least among American right-wingers: "Johnny Sandinista."

For many senior politicos in the Reagan Administration, Nicaragua was a black and white issue. If you weren't pro-Contra and anti-Sandinista, you were a dupe of two malevolent forces: What one senior official euphemistically called "the source" of evil in this hemisphere -- Cuba -- and the power behind Cuba that then Director of Central Intelligence William J. Casey held was the center of all world terrorism and subversion: the Soviet Union.

The Dubious Genius of Andrew Marshall

Early next month, HREF="http://www.prospect.org/print/V12/4/vest-j.html">Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's Adviser on
Net Assessment will produce a report that will be the working blueprint
for the Pentagon's future. Given that the Adviser -- Andrew Marshall --
is a futurist fascinated with the most advanced technologies, observers
expect the report to be chock full of recommendations emphasizing an
expansive embrace of "information age" technologies, and a shift away
from more conventional procurements.

Kill this Idea

No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or
conspire to engage in, political assassination.

--Executive Order 11905, signed by President Gerald Ford (February 18, 1976)

No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government
shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination.

--Executive Order 12333, signed by President Ronald Reagan (December 4, 1981)

Darth Rumsfeld

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Humble Pie

If we are an arrogant nation, they will resent us. If we're a humble nation, but strong, they'll welcome us.

--George W. Bush, encapsulating his diplomatic philosophy, October 11, 2000

Bush's America is certainly not more "humble," as the president promised. On the contrary, he has managed to give himself an image as an international "troublemaker" whose main accomplishment has been to launch a wave of uneasiness, perplexity and irritation among allies and adversaries alike.

--Portuguese columnist Teresa de Sousa in Lisbon's Publico, May 2001