Summary: As Trump prepares to wreck the deal with Iran, let's remember our first engagement with Iran -- when we helped overthrow their democracy. We have forgotten about this; they have not. Remembering is the first step to learning. Excerpt from "A Prize from Fairyland" By Andrew Bacevich. London Review of Books, 2 November 2017. Review … Continue reading Vital but lost history: how we overthrew Iran’s democracy
Summary: The bottom line about RussiaGate is that something is happening in Washington, but none of the explanations make sense. Read the stories carefully, since most are deceptive. We have to watch and wait to learn the truth. "To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge." -- From Benjamin Disraeli's novel Sybil, … Continue reading The bottom line about RussiaGate: no explanation makes sense
Summary: Democrats are excited about Friday's bombshell WaPo story about Russia's interference in the 2016. Too excited to question its oddities, or see how it shows that Trump (although a clown as President) is right about leaks. Perhaps eventually we will learn what is happening -- and why. WaPo: "Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia … Continue reading The WaPo strikes another blow for the Deep State against Russia
Summary: The information superhighway gives us the illusion of knowledge about our world. Yet the past 50 years teaches us that we know so little and that so much remains hidden for so long. Previous posts provide examples from the post-WWII era. Today we look at a telling vignette from our post-9/11 era, a story … Continue reading What overthrew the Taliban: Special Forces’ guns or CIA’s cash?
Summary: Our national security agencies have put us on course for a dark future, albeit one that greatly benefits them. We feel exceptional in our ability to kill people in far-away lands, yet fear the inevitable reprisals on the "Homeland". Like similarly mad events a century ago in Europe, afterwards nobody will recall why we … Continue reading We’re goading our enemies to attack America. Eventually we’ll succeed, and they will.