The Good and Bad of the Flynn Pardon

Lt General Michael Flynn was pardoned, and justice was served – good. See:

Flynn now on the loose with like-thinking retired generals – not good. See

Are saner generals now in charge? We may be about to see. Meanwhile, most Americans have no clue as to whom to believe.

CROSSTALK: The Unaccountable Deep State

Moderator: Peter Lavelle, Nov. 25, 2020

James Jatras, Oliver Boyd Barrett, and Ray McGovern took part in a free-wheeling discussion focusing on the disreputable Establishment media, the dregs of Russia-gate, and the residual sediment of hate toward Russia — including the kind of racism that is handmaiden to fascism. U.S. foreign policy was freely discussed, including please-don’t-go-there secrets like the one explaining Washington’s tar-baby-type involvement in places like Syria. (26 minutes)

Recent Comments on National Security State Maneuvering

By Ray McGovern

Interviewed on “The Critical Hour” over recent days, I offered some comments on the back-stabbing during the interregnum in Washington, with key officials being “terminated” and other heads — like that of CIA Director Gina Haspel — on the block. 

Each of the three segments run about 14 minutes

November 12, 2020
November 13, 2020
November 18, 2020

Ex-CIA Director John Brennan: Biting Fingernails for Next 70 Days — or Maybe Less

By Ray McGovern

Siamese twins John Brennan/David Ignatius teamed up yesterday to show, clearly if unwittingly, why the former CIA director is biting his nails to the bone.  Would Trump release sensitive information exposing what actually happened with Russia-gate?  Oops.

Remember: NSA intercepts EVERYTHING electronic; so all Trump has to do is to have the new Acting Secretary of Defense ORDER the NSA director to release materials spelling out chapter and verse on the R-gate cabal headed by Brennan, Comey, and Clapper.

Don’t be misled; virtually all of it can be released with ZERO danger to intelligence “sources and methods”.  But release won’t happen, of course, if Trump confines himself to whining to Fox News — or if he simply “authorizes” release of that key information (he’s already done that — to no effect).

What Brennan fears is that Trump might wake up one day to find that someone has written on his mirror, “Hey, I thought YOU were the president.”  At that point there would be an outside chance he might act like one.

The Establishment media could be expected to mount a Herculean effort to suppress the (highly embarrassing for virtually everyone, including the media) truth about Russia-gate.  They certainly did an amazingly effective job suppressing “Hunter-gate”. The media might even succeed this time around.  But, at least, the documentary evidence would be out there for those who “can handle the truth” — and for courageous historians.  (By the way, there is no suggestion here that such release could or should have any effect the final tabulation of votes.)

True, it would add to the number of enemies already out for Trump’s scalp, and that could increase his legal jeopardy when he has finally gone home, or found refuge in Israel.  But finally ordering the release of such documents, sanitized in those few cases in which that might be necessary, could be the only way to enable those Russia-gate-aficionados-of-open-mind to be informed, in a convincing way, about what actually happened during that dark chapter of our recent history — and perhaps even start to believe in the National Security (aka Deep) State.

November 11, 2020; 14 Minutes

US-Russia Relations: Not All Gloom on Zoom

First-Off-the-Blocks Post-Election Prognosis
By Ray McGovern

On Thursday, just as it started to become clear that Biden was likely to win, longtime specialists on Russia discussed what to expect in ties between Washington and Moscow under a Biden administration. (Streamed live, Nov. 5)


Gilbert Doctorow: Russia expert, foreign policy analyst, Brussels
Matthew Ehret: Professor in Montreal; also American University in Moscow
Jim Jatras: Former U.S. diplomat and Senate GOP foreign policy adviser
Peter Kuznick: Professor, American University, Washington, DC
Suzanne Massie: Historian of Russia; adviser to President Reagan
Ray McGovern: former Chief, Soviet Foreign Policy Branch, CIA
Pavel: former interpreter for Michael Gorbachev
Herbert Reginbogin: Professor, Catholic University of America, also American U. in Moscow
Tatjana Zdanoka: Member, European Parliament from Latvia

This Zoom session was part of the “Save the Planet” project, led and moderated by Edward Lozansky, President, American University in Moscow and also Professor, Moscow State and National Research Nuclear Universities

Each of the participants had been asked to speak for 10-12 minutes; a Q & A followed for 17 minutes starting at min. 1:31:55.

Peter Kuzick’s remarks (min. 41:45 to 51:20) were among the most insightful and succinct; Ray’s were more discursive (min. 8:10 to 21:05).