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He Came, He Saw, She Died

December 28, 2016 12:21 am
I tend to agree with you on Iran. I don't think an all-out attack is in the cards, given the consequences, particularly to Israel. It's not clear to me that Russia or China would get involved, but the threat of retaliation against Israel is enough to make it very unlikely. I could see stepped up covert action against Iran, however, which would be regrettable in itself.
December 29, 2016 7:36 pm
Thanks, I think I completely missed that pronouncement from China. I thought of the S-300's, sure, but that alone could still be a case of: we're giving you the tools to defend yourself, but you need to be the ones to do the fighting. Interesting point about what the MSM filters out in terms of concrete strategic facts. It seems to me only the craziest of Zionists would want to suppress that sort of information (unless the point is not to make a strike on Iran possible, but just to crank up the tension short of an actual war on Iran).
December 27, 2016 3:06 pm
I don't know, Taxi. Re your Trump predictions: I voted for the motherfucker and you didn't (and probably couldn't have brought yourself to do it), but you seem to be more optimistic about how his foreign policy is going to play out than I am. I don't see how he isn't going to be bad for the Palestinians one way or another. At best, he might move things closer to a final resolution simply by letting Israel bring them to more of a boil; but that's a hell of a thing to wish for (and to wish on the ones who are going to suffer the most). I am still hopeful that the regional Yinonization will stop under Trump.
December 29, 2016 6:10 pm
Iran is a step away from Russia and China is a short leap, therefore, any attack on Iran by the USA would be considered a belligerent creep towards their borders – hotly unacceptable to either Russia or China.
Taxi, this makes sense, but I don't remember seeing any statements out of Russia regarding responding to an attack on Iran as strong as the statements it has made re: Syria. Have there been any statements of that sort that at least imply a defensive alliance? Also, I get the strong impression China doesn't want to get into any military confrontations. Russia has been the one making military responses to US provocations. China sits that out. Maybe you are right that Iran would be a different matter.
December 27, 2016 4:26 pm
I think he is Trump-first ahead of being America-first. If it turns out he thinks it's Trump to put Israel ahead of America, why wouldn't he do that? I don't think he has much of a political ideology. Anyway, we'll see. FWIW, some interesting marshalling of the evidence and speculation here, but it's quite lengthy and I definitely don't agree with all of it: Some bits are already out of date, especially w/r/t Trump's cabinet. Not familiar with the author. Not sure I should trust a Rockafeller, but still an interesting marshalling of the evidence.
December 27, 2016 2:52 am
Carla Ortiz (not familiar with her) discussing her experience on the ground in Aleppo, on CNN. Doesn't she know she can't say those things?!
December 30, 2016 12:58 am
I've wondered for a long time if you are a Sagittarius, incidentally. You sure sound like one sometimes. Not that I put much stock in astrology, but I wish it would stop being right.

Election Impressions

December 13, 2016 11:25 pm
This is kind of obvious, but one thing that strikes about the fake news hysteria is that in the past couple years a lot of the alternative media I've been taking in has been focused specifically on taking apart the official account presented in the MSM. Alternative media often plays the role of a foil to the MSM. Moon of Alabama, various Twitter feeds (Partisan Girl's, for example), often quite good "fringe conspiracy sites" like Memory Hole Blog or Crimes of Empire, and so on, all have presented damning evidence and analysis contradicting the narratives pushed by the MSM. A notable example in the last year has been the extensive unmasking of the White Helmets. In the mid-90s, it might have taken a decade or so to find out about some propaganda op from years before, if I was lucky enough to read the right issue of Covert Action Quarterly. Now, there will often be multiple critiques debunking a mainstream account, within 24 hours, if not within an hour. When the Odessa Massacre occurred in the Ukraine a couple years back, mainstream accounts could be compared with extensive raw footage which was available right away. (Indeed, I think some of it was actually live-streamed.)
December 15, 2016 4:51 pm
Glad to be useful. (Lord knows I could do more of that.) I have not been a fan of Jill Stein's recount efforts, for reasons we've already discussed a little, but that doesn't mean I don't think there are plenty of problems with our voting systems.
Team Hillary, which was supportive of Jill Stein's recount efforts, should be careful what they wish for.  New data from Michigan's State Elections Director Chris Thomas, reveals that voting machines in 37% of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they had of actual voters showing up at the polls.  The scale of the "voting irregularities" has prompted an automatic vote audit by the Michigan Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson.
That's pretty blatant.  
December 17, 2016 5:25 pm
I am finding this unfortunately pretty convincing (Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich):
December 16, 2016 7:26 pm In other news, the takfiri pyschos just used a 7-year old girl as a suicide bomber. Gruesome photos. Is there any limit to their evil?
December 16, 2016 7:27 pm
John Kirby looking ridiculous again: * In other news, the takfiri pyschos just used a 7-year old girl as a suicide bomber. Gruesome photos. Is there any limit to their evil?
December 13, 2016 11:47 pm
Speaking of which, Moon of Alabama has a good post today: What will it take for the MSM to report on Syria honestly and accurately? Whatever it is, we haven't see it yet.
December 18, 2016 1:10 am
Code Pink vs. Alison Weir:
December 12, 2016 7:08 pm
I'm having trouble getting a handle on this legislation. Could it really be as bad as it sounds? I don't see how it could survive a first amendment challenge.