Welcome to the Politicus Pulse. Here are the links of the day.
Blowback in Somalia (The Nation)
How US proxy wars helped create a militant Islamist threat.
Creating the Intelligence Bureaucracy (Truthout)
Ten Years Later: Surveillance in the “Homeland” is a collaborative project with Truthout and ACLU Massachusetts. This is the first entry in a month-long series.
Exclusive: Inside the Koch Brothers’ Secret Seminar (Mother Jones)
A close-up view of the oil billionaires’ dark-money fundraiser and 2012 strategy session.
Report: Robert Gates Said Israel Is An Ungrateful Ally That Was Failing To Take Steps For Peace (ThinkProgress)
In a column for Bloomberg that was published Monday night, author Jeffrey Goldberg reports that a well-placed source informed him of a meeting with the National Security Council Principals Committee (NSC/PC) that took place earlier this year where former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates lamented that Israel was failing to take steps towards peace and was ungrateful for all of the support the United States provided it.
Report: The American Middle Class Was Built By Unions And It Will Decline Without Them (ThinkProgress)
In the prosperous 1950′s, nearly one in three Americans was in a union. Today, it is closer to one in ten. This has had a deterimental effect on the American middle class.
Levi Stubbs’ Tears – Billy Bragg