Ok I admit I didn't see this coming: Russia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated in a surprise announcement on Thursday. The announcement comes as US President Donald Trump’s administration is agonizing over whether to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that would constitute recognizing west … Continue reading Russia Trump’s Trump in Jerusalem
Prof. Stephen Cohen is one of the preeminent Russian scholars in the world. He is a frequent guest in the John Batchelor Show, most recently last Tuesday, when he discussed Dissent and the New Cold War. I invite you to listen to that podcast (which I can not embed in this version of WordPress), where he … Continue reading Stephen Cohen on the Vast Russian Conspiracy: “The premise . . . is that the American people are zombies”
Are Russian hackers an actual threat to democracy? Or are US intelligence agencies with “deep state” factions opposed to the government the bigger threat? And what do the Vault 7 revelations along with others coming out since the change of administration tell us about the Democrats’ constant finger pointing and fear mongering? When the Intelligence … Continue reading Are Russian Hackers an Actual Threat to Democracy?
Bob Woodward: Hunt's come in from the cold. Supposedly he's got a lawyer with $25,000 in a brown paper bag. Deep Throat: Follow the money. Bob Woodward: What do you mean? Where? Deep Throat: Oh, I can't tell you that. All the President's Men 1976 Old friend Tom Bowler from Libertarian leanings who was once … Continue reading The Common Thread of the Left in the Trump Years: Keeping their Customer Satisfied
President Obama's dreadful policies toward Russia allowed Vladimir Putin to regard the United States as an impotent power. The misguided approach started at the beginning of Obama's regime. For example, he surreptitiously sent a letter to the Russians just after taking office, offering to cancel plans to install a missile defense site in Poland and … Continue reading To Russia With Love: Obama and the Ruskies
Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has a flare for the dramatic. She's risen on the Democratic power charts by calling out Republicans every chance she gets. It's no surprise that she would call out Attorney General Jeff Sessions after it was revealed he met with the Russian Ambassador during campaign season last year. That's a … Continue reading Senator McCaskill attacks Sessions over Russian meeting by lying about her own Russian meetings
by baldilocks Was Bush right? It depends, of course, on what the topic is. Zero Hedge points to Statista and YouGov polls containing the following information: Americans have consistently identified ISIS as the biggest threat to their nation across multiple polls. Traditional foes, such as the countries making up George W. Bush's infamous "Axis Of Evil", have … Continue reading Who are Our Real Enemies?
Prime Minister Jim Hacker: I could tell that you were warning me that St, Georges Island might need our support. Luke: Oh yes... Well no actually, [in panic] only in one paragraph on page 107 [of 138]. Prime Minister Jim Hacker: It was enough, I could take the hint. Yes Prime Minister: A victory for Democracy … Continue reading Obama’s Flexibility on Russia ends
Today, a truce has been brokered in Syria that will hopefully turn the corner on the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history. With the country torn to pieces, refugees have been flooding into Europe and some parts of the Middle East, creating a dangerous situation for the entire region. America, under the leadership of President Obama, … Continue reading Obama created the Syrian disaster, so it’s fitting he’s not there to end it
by baldilocks On Twitter, many people call on others to “do something” about the destruction and mass killing of civilians in Aleppo, Syria. By “doing something,” they mean something other than posting about it on Social Media. Likely, these are the same people that bashed our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, short of taking … Continue reading Aleppo and Human Nature
By John Ruberry Saturday night news broke--that has not yet been confirmed--that President-elect Donald Trump has chosen ExxonMobil chairman Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state. Predictably, the mainstream media is pouncing on this selection, zeroing in on his ties to Russia that go back to the Boris Yeltsin era. Russia of course is a major … Continue reading Why not Rex Tillerson?
baldilocks I’m “reading” Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Jerusalem—actually listening to the audiobook version from the Los Angeles Public Library. It’s a lot easier to get other things done this way, though it is sometimes necessary to scroll back when my attention wavers. With these big, sprawling histories, it’s easy to lose track of who the author … Continue reading Modern Times
By John Ruberry A couple of headlines caught my attention this afternoon. Here's one: "WikiLeaks Releases More Purported Emails, Bringing Total To More Than 11,000," comes from NPR. Wow. This federally funded news outlet I guess "forgot" that the victim of the hack, Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, admitted that his private emails were … Continue reading Media bias: Yes, WikiLeaks really did hack Podesta’s emails
What Donald Trump said about women is indefensible. What Hillary Clinton has done is even more indefensible. Take her time, for example, as secretary of state. Clinton had one major accomplishment during her tenure: she traveled a lot. As Foreign Affairs put it when Clinton stepped down in 2013, "She leaves office without a signature … Continue reading To Russia Without Love
By John Ruberry This morning Hillary Clinton suffered what is being called a medical episode in lower Manhattan where she may have fainted, but she certainly had to be helped into a van by campaign aides as her knees wobbled, as you'll see in a video. She's was in New York to attend a Ground Zero … Continue reading The last time America elected a sick person as president was in 1944