Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous ‘Peking’ Policy

Quick. Somebody tell Mike Pompeo. The secretary of state is not supposed to play the role of court jester – the laughing stock to the world. There was no sign that any of those listening to his “major China policy statement” last Thursday at the Nixon Library turned to their neighbor and said, “He’s kidding, … Continue reading “Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous ‘Peking’ Policy”

Powell and Iraq: The Uses and Abuses of National Intelligence Estimates

The New York Times Magazine on Friday posted “Colin Powell Still Wants Answers,” a long article by Robert Draper to appear in Sunday’s edition. The article is based on Draper’s upcoming book, To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq. Google Books calls it “the definitive, revelatory reckoning with arguably the … Continue reading “Powell and Iraq: The Uses and Abuses of National Intelligence Estimates”

New York Times Deploys Heavy Gun to Back ‘Intel’ on Russian Bounties

The New York Times is pulling out all the stops in promoting its dubious story on Russia offering bounty for dead U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Wednesday’s installment, a “news analysis” by Times veteran writers David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, treats the allegations that Russia paid Taliban or Taliban-related terrorists to kill US troops as … Continue readingNew York Times Deploys Heavy Gun to Back ‘Intel’ on Russian Bounties”

How an Internet ‘Persona’ Helped Birth Russiagate

Four years ago today, on June 15, 2016, a shadowy Internet persona calling itself “Guccifer 2.0” appeared out of nowhere to claim credit for hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee on behalf of WikiLeaks and implicate Russia by dropping “telltale” but synthetically produced Russian “breadcrumbs” in his metadata. Thanks largely to the corporate media, … Continue reading “How an Internet ‘Persona’ Helped Birth Russiagate”

US-Russia Ties, from Heyday to MayDay

Russian hopes dashed: Whatever hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin may have had for a more workable relationship with the Trump administration have been “trumpled,” so to speak. This came through loudly and clearly in acerbic remarks by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in an interview Friday with The National Interest. Ryabkov lamented the sad … Continue reading “US-Russia Ties, from Heyday to MayDay”

Turn Out the Lights, Russiagate Is Over

Seldom mentioned among the motives behind the persistent drumming on alleged Russian interference was an overarching need to help the Security State hide their tracks. The need for a scapegoat to blame for Hillary Clinton’s snatching defeat out of the jaws victory also played a role; as did the need for the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex (MICIMATT) … Continue reading “Turn Out the Lights, Russiagate Is Over”

Twin Pillars of Russiagate Crumble

House Intelligence Committee documents released Thursday reveal that the committee was told two and half years ago that the FBI had no concrete evidence that Russia hacked Democratic National Committee computers to filch the DNC emails published by WikiLeaks in July 2016. The until-now-buried, closed-door testimony came on Dec. 5, 2017 from Shawn Henry, a … Continue reading “Twin Pillars of Russiagate Crumble”

Once We Were Allies; Then Came MICIMATT

Announcing Germany’s surrender and the end of war in Europe 75 years ago on May 8, 1945, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was quick to acknowledge the vital role played by the Soviet Union in the Allied victory over Germany: “Today, perhaps, we shall think mostly of ourselves. Tomorrow we shall pay a particular tribute … Continue reading “Once We Were Allies; Then Came MICIMATT”

What if Ignored Covid-19 Warnings Had Been Leaked to WikiLeaks?

The British court system continues to mock the Magna Carta. Bowing vassal-like to U.S. pressure it persists with Star Chamber proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange until he is either extradited to the US or winds up dead. The judicial pantomime under way in London, under the guise of an extradition hearing, would make the … Continue reading “What if Ignored Covid-19 Warnings Had Been Leaked to WikiLeaks?”

Queen’s Counsel Charges vs. Assange ‘Significantly Overwrought’

We are about to see how malleable the British Court system is to diktat from Washington. Will the British embrace the flimsiest of circumstantial “evidence” from U.S. security services that have axes to grind? Will British officials turn their back on 800 years of progress on the human rights wrested from King John at Runnymede? … Continue reading “Queen’s Counsel Charges vs. Assange ‘Significantly Overwrought’”