By Robert Parry, Dec.13, 2017
46 minutes NOTE: toward the end of the first minute, there is some static — a minor glitch lasting only a few seconds; one can just let the video play on.
Full text of Gilbert Doctorow’s talk at National Press Club, Dec. 7, 2017 on his most recent book: DOES THE UNITED STATES HAVE A FUTURE? — which focuses on U.S.-Russia relation — the dangers and opportunities.
…I would be content if the chances of accidental or intentional war between these two powers were vastly reduced. This is an objective which I believe is attainable fairly quickly.
On December 7, 2017 Ray moderated an event at the NPC in which Gilbert Doctorow addressed the wider, Russia-related issues in his new book, Does America Have a Future? Gil is an American historian of Russia, whose academic and business credentials simply won’t quit — not to mention his accomplishments as an author, notably of Does Russia Have a Future (2015). Gil asked Ray not only to moderate but also to chime in at will. Ray found it difficult to avoid abusing the privilege; it all made for a lively Q&A.
Here is the video; the Q&A, begins at 1:05:10.
Rather than summarize his latest book, Doctorow expanded on its most salient themes, referring the audience to a lengthy review of the book’s contents by Alexander Mercouris in “The Duran.”
The front-burner issues discussed in both collections of Doctorow’s essays, of course, are inextricably linked. His latest work guides us through the tug of war between the U.S. and Russia, highlighting the existential risk of armed confrontation — a risk played down in Western media by blocking out news from original Russian sources. Discussing the real risk of a nuclear exchange, Gil referred to Daniel Ellsberg’s new book The Doomsday Machine, which Ellsberg summarized last week in an excellent interview on “Democracy Now.”
Doctorow, a graduate of Harvard College with a PhD from Columbia, has been “banned in Boston,” so to speak — and in Manhattan, as well. Those who watch his NPC presentation and the relaxed but pointed Q&A will find it easy to understand why.
By New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz, Dec. 8, 2017
Laugh heartily — but not too long. Some of the Russia-gate afficionados nourished by drinking drivel on RSM are likely to forward this report to similarly credulous friends lusting for more evidence of Trump’s “dalliance” with Putin. Borowitz’s finding is, after all, only a tad more fanciful than other such “evidence.” Please; someone remind RSM readers that the posting is satire.
CIA analysis is now bubble wrapped in pliable plastic to fit the narrative of the sitting administration. And so, incoming administrations have to unravel layers of deceit. The back-in-the-day ethos of speaking truth to power is no more. The consequences are, unsurprisingly, awful.
ICH re-runs Lee Camp’s Sept. interview of Ray on Redacted.
December 6 (21 minutes)
Ambassador Craig Murray, December 8, 2017
Former UK Amb. Murray points out that Comedian and Radio host Randy Credico has been subpoenaed to testify to Congress “as the alleged go-between for Roger Stone and Julian Assange, on the brilliant grounds that he knows both of them.” Murray adds:
“I can tell you from certain knowledge this is absolute nonsense. … Where Russia fits into this mad conspiracy theory I have no idea. If I had any belief that it was the genuine intention of [Congress] or Special Counsel inquiries to discover the actual truth, I would be surprised they have never made any contact with me, as opposed to my fleeting houseguests. But, as I am well aware the last thing they want to know is the truth, I am not surprised in the least.”
October 25, 2017, 24 minutes
Greg Palast discusses the 2016 election with “Aggressive Progressive” comedian Jimmy Dore – how Trump’s billionaire buddies helped him steal the White House, and how he conned the mid-West workers while Hillary Clinton could not be persuaded to show up there. Palast and Dore mock the notion that Vladimir Putin played any significant role, despite the McCarthy-ist BS regularly dealt out by Rhodes Scholar Rachel Maddow. Palast has done a post-election edition of “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.”
Lethal Russian battle moose trained to invade Finland
No, the source of this alarming report is not former NATO commander, U.S. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, so susceptible was he to nightmares about Russian-bred Orlov horses carrying Cossack cavalry into Ukraine. Rather, the source is Finnish media, which last spring accepted and reported as fact an old April Fool’s joke about trained Russian military moose going into battle.
hummmm… “accepted as fact”