Summary: As the hysteria builds about Russia's "hacking" the presidential election by revealing hidden truths, the factual basis of the story continues to erode. The episode displays the symbiotic farce of American politics and journalism, and their decay. Here's another summary of the story, and the overwhelming rebuttal evidence. “Mr. President, if that’s what you … Continue reading Exposing the farcical claims about Russian hacking of the election
Summary: Stories about conspiracies involving Trump and Putin have increasingly dominated the news since the election. Only slowly has rebuttal evidence and analysis accumulated (see the list at the end of this post). Yet the debunkings have had little effect. The stories are too politically useful to both Left and Right, Journalists (haters of Trump) … Continue reading Debunking the stories about a Trump-Putin conspiracy
Summary: One of the "an echo not a choice" aspects of the election was the war on Russia. Clinton's team was well-stocked with cheerleaders for restarting the cold war. Trump won, so we have an administration stocked with cheerleaders for restarting the cold war. McMaster as National Security Advisor completed the roster. Here Chuck Spinney describes … Continue reading Chuck Spinney warns that we’re sleepwalking into a new arms race
Summary: Stories about the Trump-Russia scandal continue to roil the media. It might dominate the vital start of the Trump administration. Even if it does not, these events are rich with lessons about hidden aspects of America's politics. Here is an expert's analysis, a follow-up to Here are the facts so far about the Trump-Russia file. … Continue reading Deciphering the scandalous rumors about Trump in Russia
Summary: Martin van Creveld is one of the top experts on modern war. That means non-trinitarian war, more commonly known as fourth generation war (4GW). Today he gives a typically brilliant briefing on the war in Syria, more similar to the Thirty Years War than anything in recent history. While a tiny and poor nation. … Continue reading Martin van Creveld warns us about Syria
Summary: The Trump-Russia story creates a situation without parallel since Watergate (Iran-Contra was a sideshow). The news gives us the usual confusing mish-mash. Here is an outline of the story, with links and pointers to the best analysis I have seen so far. Read, decide for yourself -- and watch this story evolve. See the follow-up: Deciphering … Continue reading Here are the facts so far about the Trump-Russia file.
Summary: Here Stratfor examines the arms race, one aspect of the propaganda campaign seeking to start a new cold war with Russia. Spoiler: it's bogus, like the rest of the campaign. An Arms Race Russia Will Not Run Stratfor, 30 December 2016. Summary In the 25 years since the Soviet Union fell, Russia has punctuated … Continue reading Stratfor explains why Russia won’t join our arms race