Camp is typically hilarious; yet what he says is highly instructive. Read and see how low NPR has fallen.
What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Russian Hacking
By Jackson Lears, London Review of Books
Jackson Lears is a Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University
By David Stockman, December 19, 2017
There was a sinister plot to meddle in the 2016 election, after all. But it was not orchestrated from the Kremlin; it was an entirely homegrown affair conducted from the inner sanctums – the White House, DOJ, the Hoover Building and Langley – of the Imperial City. Likewise, the perpetrators didn’t speak Russian or write in the Cyrillic script. In fact, they were lifetime beltway insiders occupying the highest positions of power in the US government.
So the real meaning of the Strzok/Gates text messages is straightforward. There was a conspiracy to prevent Trump’s election, and then after the shocking results of November 8, this campaign morphed into an intensified effort to discredit the winner.
By Gilbert Doctorow, December 18, 2017
MUST READING: Way back when Ray studied Logic, there was this idea that if your major premise was faulty, the conclusion would be not worth what Aristotle called a “rat’s patootie.” [free translation from the Greek]
Immediately after Nikki Haley’s latest screed against Iran — standing Thursday before “Iranian” missile parts she said were from firings by the rebel Iran-supported Houthis in Yemen into Saudi Arabia — RT International asked Ray to comment. Having more than one flashback impression he had seen this picture before, Ray decided to take this opportunity to lend some perspective, and reasoned that he could think through what to say as he fought evening rush-hour traffic into DC. In two hours he was in studio for this 6:00 PM live segment on RT News.
A day later, choosing excerpts from Ray’s remarks, RT editors posted the following summary, adding some related reporting:
‘Netanyahu is calling shots as US beats drums of war vs Iran’ – CIA veteran
15 Dec, 2017
“I think that Netanyahu is calling the shots. Look, Jerusalem has just been recognized as the capital of Israel, Nikki Haley is getting on this bandwagon. She sees this as being very propitious for her, politically,” McGovern said.
Saudi Arabia blames Iran for missile launched from Yemen, warns it could be considered ‘act of war’
The supposed proof provided by Haley of Iran’s alleged violation of the UN resolutions pales when compared to the scope of violations committed by US-backed Saudi Arabia, Iran’s archrival, McGovern said.
Houthis threaten to sink Saudi battleships & oil tankers unless Yemen blockade is lifted
While Haley said that the segments of a rocket she presented at a press conference on Thursday were “undeniable” evidence of Iran’s funneling weapons to Houthi rebels in violation of the UN-imposed embargo, the UN itself has so far been unable to confirm the link between Iran and the missiles.
[Nikki Haley Tries a Colin Powell on us.]
By Paul R. Pillar, December. 16, 2017
[no one knows better, from painful personal experience, about this kind of CONSEQUENTIAL fraud]
Bowing to Israeli-Saudi desires, the Trump administration is abusing the U.S. intelligence process to whip up a war fever against Iran, much like George W. Bush did on Iraq, reports ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
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.