Mad Dog Shows His Bite on Face the Nation

When President-elect Donald Trump sent his talent scouts to the attack-dog kennel run by defense industry giant General Dynamics, in order to recruit former Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to be secretary of defense, cries of apprehension were drowned out by smug one-percent reassurances. Those who “know what’s best for the country” insisted: “NOT … Continue reading “Mad Dog Shows His Bite on Face the Nation”

Europe May Finally Rethink NATO Costs

President Donald Trump’s politically incorrect behavior at the gathering of NATO leaders in Brussels on Thursday could, in its own circuitous way, spotlight an existential threat to the alliance. Yes, that threat is Russia, but not in the customary sense in which Westerners have been taught to fear the Russian bear. It is a Russia … Continue reading “Europe May Finally Rethink NATO Costs”

The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate

Although many details are still hazy because of secrecy – and further befogged by politics – it appears House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was informed last week about invasive electronic surveillance of senior U.S. government officials and, in turn, passed that information onto President Trump. This news presents Trump with an unwelcome but unavoidable … Continue reading “The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate”

Another Hatchet Job on Snowden

In depicting National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden as a Russian spy, author Edward Jay Epstein acknowledges his debt to the CIA’s famously paranoid counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, who specialized in counterintuitive thinking that surely smeared more honest CIA officers than it snared actual spies. At a recent book signing at the Hoover Institute … Continue reading “Another Hatchet Job on Snowden”

German Intel Clears Russia on Interference

After a multi-month, politically charged investigation, German intelligence agencies could find no good evidence of Moscow-directed cyber-attacks or a disinformation campaign aimed at subverting the democratic process in Germany. Undaunted, Chancellor Angela Merkel has commissioned a new investigation. Last year, Berlin’s two main intelligence agencies, the BND and BfV (counterparts of the CIA and FBI) … Continue reading “German Intel Clears Russia on Interference”

Obama Admits Gap in Russian ‘Hack’ Case

Oops. Did President Barack Obama acknowledge that the extraordinary propaganda campaign to blame Russia for helping Donald Trump become president has a very big hole in it, i.e., that the US intelligence community has no idea how the Democratic emails reached WikiLeaks? For weeks, eloquent obfuscation – expressed with “high confidence” – has been the … Continue reading “Obama Admits Gap in Russian ‘Hack’ Case”

Obama’s Deadly Afghan Acquiescence

Occasionally a New York Times writer like Mark Landler will be permitted to step up to the plate and write a sensible article about President “No Guts Obama” and how he caved in to folks whom he lacked the political courage to cross. Landler’s Jan. 1 article shows, among other things, how Obama’s bowing to … Continue reading “Obama’s Deadly Afghan Acquiescence”

The Syrian-Sarin ‘False Flag’ Lesson

A review of events leading to the very edge of full-blown U.S. shock-and-awe on Syria three years ago provides a case study with important lessons for new policymakers as they begin to arrive in Washington. It is high time to expose the whys and wherefores of the almost-successful attempt to mousetrap President Barack Obama into … Continue reading “The Syrian-Sarin ‘False Flag’ Lesson”