washington times = sun myong moon = korean CIA

Trump, aides send mixed messages on Russian jabs
Carlo Muñoz, Washington Times, Feb 16 2017

Top members of Pres Trump’s national security team, with an assist from Trump himself, broadcast mixed messages over the prospect of future defense cooperation with Russia on Thursday, in the face of a string of military provocations from Moscow in recent days. CJCoS Dunford said Thursday that Pentagon boxtops were prepared to reopen lines of communication with Moscow after meeting with his Russian counterpart in Azerbaijan, while “Mad Dog’ Mattis and Rex Tillerson took a more skeptical stance, and Trump said he wasn’t about to tell anyone what he may or may not do. Lt-Gen Frank McKenzie, JCoS director of strategic plans and policy, said in a Pentagon statement:

Even at the height of the Cold War, we had a capability to talk to the Russians. It is always useful to talk mil-to-mil. It avoids miscalculation; it promotes transparency when we have forces operating in close proximity to each other, as we do in Syria.

Gen McKenzie made it clear that such engagement did not equate to cooperation between the two world powers on the battlefields of Syria against Daesh, a possibility Trump discusses on the campaign trail and as president-elect. But a read-out of the meeting by the Russian defense ministry stated:

The two leaders exchanged views on the security situation in Europe, the MENA and other key global regions.

The Baku summit between Dunford and Russian Army Gen V Makarov on Thursday was the first such pow-wow (sic – RB) since the Pentagon cut military ties with Russia over the secession of Crimea in 2014. But on the same day in Brussels, ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis was sounding a more confrontational tone, telling NATO boxtops there was very little doubt that Russia’s intelligence agencies deliberately interfered in the Pindosi presidential elections. ‘Mad Dog’ told reporters during a presser at NATO HQ:

I would just say there’s very little doubt that they have either interfered or they have attempted to interfere in a number of elections in the democracies. We remain open to opportunities to restore a cooperative relationship with Moscow, but not to surrender the values of this alliance nor let Russia, through its actions, speak louder than anyone in the democracies.

“Mad Dog’ spoke at Wednesday’s session of the meeting of the need to engage with Russia “from a position of strength.” Russian DM Shoigu said early Thursday:

Pindostan’s efforts to restore military relations “from a position of strength” are fruitless. We expect that the Pentagon’s position will be clarified today in Baku.

‘Mad Dog’ on Thursday brusquely dismissed Shoigu’s statement, saying:

I have no need to respond to the Russian statement at all. NATO has always stood for military strength in protection of the democracies and the freedoms we intend to pass on to our children.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, a defiant Trump denounced recent Russian military challenges, including the buzzing of Pindo warships, the deployment of a new cruise missile that may violate arms agreements, and the presence of a Russian intelligence ship on a leisurely cruise just outside Pindo territorial waters in the Atlantic. Trump, who faced numerous questions on his campaign’s possible links to Moscow in the 2016 race, denounced the Russian moves as “not good” but refused to detail whether and how he would retaliate, saying sarcastically:

I know politically it’s probably not good for me! The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles offshore right out of the water! Everyone in this country is going to say “Ooh! That’s great!” But if we could get along with Russia, that’s a positive thing. Hopefully I won’t have to do anything.

NATO Sec-Gen Stoltenberg told reporters Wednesday:

Compliance with arms control agreements is of great importance, and especially when it comes to treaties covering nuclear weapons/ Any noncompliance of Russia with the INF Treaty would be a serious concern for the alliance.

makes flynn look like snow white

Walnuts McCain Falls for Absurd Russian Phone Prank
The_Real_Fly, Zero Hedge, Feb 17 2017

How fucking stupid are our leaders? Fucking John McCain fell for this ridiculous prank by a group of famous Russian phone-fags. McCain said, to whom he thought was the Prime Minister of the Ukraine:

I cannot predict what this President will do.

Essentially, he’s talking foreign policy with them about wanting harsher sanctions on Russia, while those fuckheads are ringing bells in the background. Kuznetsov said:

We have pranked McCain, Lindsey Graham and the Republican Majority leader in Congress Mitch McConnell on the issue of anti-Russian sanctions. However, we can not tell the details yet.

HE IS TALKING ABOUT OUR FOREIGN POLICY REGARDING RUSSIA WITH CLOWNS! I did not believe this until it was verified by Sputnik!

amy goodman & glenn greenwald thursday

The bad faith in Glenn’s defense of the leakers lies in his sudden refusal to recognise the difference between realtime operational secrecy, and mere political secrecy. Wikileaks has always respected the former, while attempting to destroy the latter. But these conversations are realtime operational secrets – RB






i agree with this message

atzmon on the ‘lipstadt as heroine’ movie

Exactly who is it that is in ‘Denial’? A somewhat biased film review
Gilad Atzmon, Feb 16 2017

In her book Denying the Holocaust (1993), Deborah Lipstadt confessed that it was David Irving’s considerable reputation as an historian that made him “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial.” She wrote:

Familiar with historical evidence,he bends it until it conforms with his ideological leanings and political agenda.

Irving responded by claiming that Lipstadt’s words were libellous and filed a legal case against her and her publisher Penguin Books. Was Irving brave or naïve in putting the Holocaust on trial? Probably both. Back in 1996, was Irving a hero or just grossly miscalculating in believing he stood a chance in taking on the Holocaust, still the most popular Jewish religion? Again, probably both. The other day, I watched Mick Jackson’s ‘Denial’. The film tells the story of Irving’s 2000 defeat in court, a disaster he voluntarily brought upon himself and indeed, Irving has clearly made some mistakes in his life. Yet, in 2017 it is impossible to deny that, back in 2000, Irving was well ahead of most of us. Watching the film in the aftermath of Brexit, the Trump victory and the surge of Right-Wing consciousness in the West in general, it is clear that Irving, undoubtedly one of the greatest living biographer of Hitler, understood human nature better than the British judge, Lipstadt’s legal team, the BBC and probably the rest of us altogether. Back in 2000, the Holocaust narrative was as solid as a rock. The Jews were perceived as the ultimate victims and their plight at the time of WW2 was unquestionable.  No one dared ask how is it is possible that, three years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the newly-born Jewish state ethnically cleansed Palestine of its indigenous population? At the time of the trial, no one dared ask why is the Jewish past just a chain of holocausts, that is, no one except David Irving (and a few others). At the time of the trial, I read an interview with David Irving that opened my eyes to the idea that history is a revisionist adventure, an attempt to narrate the past as we move along. I realised then that the past is subject to changes. It morphs along with humanity. In that interview, Irving was quoted as‘ blaming the victims.’ He said:

If I were a Jew, I would ask myself why it always happens to us?

At the time, I was a still Jew but I took up Irving’s challenge. I looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw so I decided to leave the tribe and I stopped being a Jew. But Irving is no longer a lone voice. Two weeks ago, on Holocaust Memorial Day, it was actually the Pindosi president himself who managed to universalise the Holocaust by omitting to mention the Jews or their Shoah. As we Westerns obliterate country after country with our immoral interventionism, the Holocaust is no longer a Jews-only domain and all the time more and more people grasp that it is actually Israel and its affiliated Jewish lobbies that are pushing us into more and more unnecessary global conflicts. ‘Denial’ was made to sustain a ‘progressive’ vision of the past. In this progressive but misguided universe, people ‘move forward’ but their past remains fixed, often sacred and always untouched. Nationalists, on the other hand, often see the past as a dynamic, vibrant reality. For them, nostalgia, is the way forward. But some Jews are tormented by this nostalgia. They want their own past to be compartmentalized and sealed, otherwise, they are fearful that some people may decide to examine Jewish history in the light of Israeli crimes. In the film, Irving is an old style British gent who sticks to his guns and refuses to change his narrative just to fit in with any notions of correctness. Irving states what he believes in and stands firmly behind it. For Irving, one of the most damaging pieces of evidence presented to the court was a little ditty he wrote to his daughter when she was just a few months old, and conceived by the court as the ultimate in crude misanthropy.

I am a Baby Aryan,
Not Jewish or Sectarian.
I have no plans to marry an
Ape or Rastafarian.

On the day of the verdict, Irving visited the BBC Newsnight studio to be grilled by Jeremy Paxman, who read the little ditty to Irving.

“What’s racist about that?” Irving wondered. “You’re not being serious,” was Paxman’s reply. Paxman, one of Britain’s best TV journalists, was, like the rest of us, trained to react to soundbites. “Aryan is a racial categorisation,” he insisted. Back in 2000, Paxman probably failed to see that if Jews are entitled to identify politically as a race, as a biology or as set of cultural symptoms, then Whites, Muslims and everyone else must surely be entitled to do the same. Back in 2000, Irving understood this potential Identitarian shift. Sixteen years later, Donald Trump and Nigel Farage translated this Identitarian shift into a victory. The Clintons, the Soroses and the Deborah Lipstadts of this world are still struggling to make sense of it. ‘Denial’ is actually a film about righteousness, exceptionalism and victimhood. It is about the condition of being consumed by self-love, that blind belief that justice is always on your side, that you are the eternal victim and the other, namely the ‘Goy’, is always the murderous aggressor. But this type of ‘denial’ can be dealt with easily and here is just one example: The Jewish press in Britain complains constantly that anti-Semitism is soaring. The more funds the British government dedicates to fighting anti-Semitism, the more anti-Semitic incidents are recorded. I guess the time is ripe for Jews to listen to David Irving and ask themselves why. If Jews want anti-Semitism to come to an end once and for all, all they need to do is to self-reflect. However, my personal experience suggests that once you do that, you may stop being a Jew. It is worth mentioning that, since the 2000 trial, Irving is on record on numerous occasions as revising his views on the Holocaust and on the destruction of European Jews. Certainly, as he moves along, David Irving at least is able to revise the past.

russian graffitist says trump is a fag

This is ‘Trump pidor,” just like when (imho) Soros was paying people to say “Putin pidor.”

marine will win anyhow (but now the ZOG will say russia helped)

CIA espionage orders for the last French presidential election
Wikileaks, Feb 16 2017

Download the 7pp pdf here – RB

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All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election. The revelations are contained within three CIA tasking orders published today by WikiLeaks as context for its forth coming CIA Vault 7 series. Named specifically as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current Pres Hollande, then-Pres Sarkozy, Marine Le Pen, and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan. The CIA assessed that Sarkozy’s party (the UMP) was not assured re-election. Specific tasking concerning his party included obtaining their “Strategic Election Plans,” schisms or alliances developing in the UMP elite, private UMP reactions to Sarkozy’s campaign strategies, discussions within the UMP on any “perceived vulnerabilities to maintaining power” after the election, efforts to change the party’s ideological mission and discussions about Sarkozy’s support for the UMP and “the value he places on the continuation of the party’s dominance.” Specific instructions tasked CIA officers to discover Sarkozy’s private deliberations “on the other candidates,” as well as how he interacted with his advisors. Sarkozy’s earlier self-identification as “Le Pindo” did not protect him from Pindo espionage in the 2012 election or during his presidency. Significantly, two CIA opposition espionage tasks, “What policies do they promote to help boost France’s economic growth prospects?” and “What are their opinions on the German model of export-led growth?” resonate with a Pindo economic espionage order from the same year. That order requires obtaining details of every prospective French export contract or deal valued at $200m or more. The opposition espionage order also places weight on obtaining the candidates’ attitudes to the EU’s economic crisis, centering around their position on the Greek debt crisis, the role of France and Germany in the management of the Greek debt crisis, the vulnerability of French government and French banks to a Greek default and “specific proposals and recommendations” to deal with “the euro-zone crisis.” The CIA espionage orders published today are classified and restricted to Pindo eyes only (“NOFORN”) due to “Friends-on-Friends sensitivities.” The orders state that the collected information is to “support” the activities of the CIA, the DIA and the State Dept’s Intelligence and Research Branch (IRB). The CIA operation ran for ten months from Nov 21 2011 to Sep 29 2012, crossing the Apr-May 2012 French presidential election and several months into the formation of the new government.

Wikileaks Exposes CIA Involvement In French 2012 Presidential Election
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Feb 17 2017

In a move that is sure to unleash a fresh firestorm of accusations that Russia is interfering in the upcoming French elections, Wikileaks has has released three classified CIA “tasking orders” revealing details of a seven-month long spying campaign and involvement by the agency ahead of the 2012 French presidential election. The CIA assessed that President Nicholas Sarkozy’s UMP party was not assured re-election and ordered officers to find out Sarkozy’s private deliberations “on the other candidates” as well as how he interacted with his advisors, according to the documents. The agency also reportedly outlined orders specific to the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement), including obtaining the party’s “Strategic Election Plans” and gleaning private thoughts within the party on Sarkozy’s campaign strategies. The espionage order for “Non-Ruling Political Parties and Candidates Strategic Election Plans” which targeted Hollande, Le Pen and other opposition figures requires obtaining the opposition parties’ strategies for the election, information on internal party dynamics and rising leaders, efforts to influence and implement political decisions, support from local government officials, government elites or business elites, views of Pindostan, efforts to reach out to other countries, including Germany, Britain, Libya, Israel, Palestine, Syria & Cote d’Ivoire, as well as information about party and candidate funding. It also places weight on obtaining the candidates’ attitudes to the E.U’s economic crisis, centering around their position on the Greek debt crisis; the role of France and Germany in the management of the Greek debt crisis; the vulnerability of French government and French banks to a Greek default; and “specific proposals and recommendations” to deal with “the euro-zone crisis”.

fuck this, it’s crazy ;=)

Nikki Haley contradicts Trump’s position on Israel
Julian Borger, Graun, Feb 16 2017

The Pindo ambassador to the UN has insisted that Faschingstein “absolutely” supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict, 24 hours after Donald Trump dropped Pindo commitment to the policy. The conflicting messages coming out of the new Pindo administration reflected policy chaos in a week when the national security adviser was forced to resign over his contacts with Russia, and factions inside the White House continue to vie for dominance. In Bonn, French FM Ayrault emerged from his first meeting with Sec State Tillerson to describe the Trump administration’s Middle East policy as “confused and worrying.” Speaking alongside PM Netanyahu, Ayrault pointed to Trump’s remarks in a joint appearance with Netanyahu, in which he explicitly abandoned the two decades-long Pindo commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as part of a final peace deal. Trump said:

I’m looking at two-state and one-state (outcomes), and I like the one that both parties like, I’m very happy with the one that both parties like, I can live with either one.

After his meeting with Tillerson at the sidelines of a G20 meeting, Ayrault told reporters (my rewrite – RB):

I wanted to remind Tillerson after the meeting between Trump and Netanyahu that in France’s view, there are no other options other than the perspective of a two-state solution, and that the other option which Trump raised was not realistic, fair or balanced. I found that Tillerson provided a bit more precision, even though I found that on the Israeli-Palestinian dossier, things were was very confused and worrying.

He also noted differences over the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, with the Trump administration wanting to review it “from scratch.” But meanwhile, Pindosi ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was adamant that Pindo policy on Isro-Pal issues had not changed. She told reporters at UN HQ in NYC:

First of all, the two-state solution is what we support! Anybody that wants to say that Pindostan does not support the two-state solution: that would be an error!

Referring to Trump’s comments, she said:

We absolutely support the two-state solution, but we are thinking out of the box as well.

Adding to the confusion, Trump used his meeting with Netanyahu to urge him publicly to restrain Israeli settlement building on the West Bank, but his nominee for the Pindo ambassadorship, his former bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman, has been a long-term supporter of expanded settlements and even annexation of the West Bank (hence the one-state solution! – RB). On the other hand, at his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, Friedman distanced himself from many of his past policy positions and comments on the Middle East, including his rejection of a two-state solution, saying:

If Israelis and Palestinians are able to achieve a two-state solution, I would be delighted. There’s no appetite among Palestinians for a one-state solution. But I no longer support the annexation of the West Bank.

He repeatedly apologised for past verbal attacks on the ‘Kapos’ of north America and the branding of Obama and the State Dept as anti-Semitic, saying:

There is no excuse for my offensive comments. I deeply regret them. They don’t reflect my character.

Republicans on the committee indicated they were likely to support Friedman’s nomination, all but assuring his eventual confirmation. But the committee chairman, Bob Corker asked him:

Why do you want this job so much, if it means that you have to recant every single strongly-held belief you’ve ever had?

Friedman replied:

This is something I want to do, because I think I can do it well, and (the mantra! – RB) “There is nothing more important to me than strengthening the bond between USrael.”

‘mad dog’ is trying valiantly to draw NATO’s focus of aggression away from russia

Pindostan & NATO to Accelerate Counter-ISIS Fight, Mad Dog Says
Lisa Ferdinando, DoD News, Feb 16 2017

FASCHINGSTEIN — Pincostan and its NATO vassals intend to intensify efforts to defeat Daesh said ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis today in Brussels. At the opening of a counter-Daesh ministerial meeting at NATO HQ, Mattis said that the 28-member bloc is “united in this fight to defeat Daesh.” He said the goal of the meeting is to “orchestrate the international pressure on our terrorist enemy and enhance the current counter-Daesh fight.” He called for a sustained effort, saying:

This is not something that will be over with quickly, but we certainly intend to accelerate this fight, one of the reasons we’re here today is to lay this out to you.

Sec-Gen Stoltenberg commended the efforts of the alliance members, saying Daesh and terrorism are among the most pressing challenges NATO faces. He said:

This coalition has an unwavering commitment to see this fight to its conclusion. It is reinforced through the contributions by each of the nations. Defeating Daesh is a global generational challenge that requires a global generational response.

Mattis Not Ready to Recommend Ground Combat Troops
Richard Sisk, Military.com, Feb 16 2017

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis said Thursday he wants to consult with the vassals before considering putting Pindo grunts into Syria and Iraq, supposedly to fight Daesh. Mattis did not rule out the possibility, but he said at a news conference after a defense ministers’ meeting at NATO HQ in Brussels:

I first want to talk to the vassals, then we’ll decide where we’re going. Without input from them. I’m not comfortable answering on my own at this point. Consultations with the vassals are likely to begin this weekend following a security conference in Germany on Friday. I’m going to fly from here into the Middle East. Once we know what we have in a mutual appreciation of the situation, then we’ll go forward.

This possible option that could be included in the plan to defeat Daesh that Trump directed Mattis to draw up within 30 days, in his executive order signed Jan 27. Trump has speculated on the possibility of having the Pindosi and Russian militaries coordinate efforts against ISIS in Syria. Mattis said Thursday that Russia would have to “prove itself first” before joint military action could be feasible, avvording to the WaPo. Mattis told ‘defense’ reporters traveling with him:

We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level, but our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground or a way forward so that Russia, living up to its commitment, can return to a partnership of sorts here with NATO.

CJCoS Dunford was in Azerbaijan on Thursday to meet Russia’s Gen Valery Gerasimov, the first sych meeting since 2014. CNN cited a defense official as saying:

It’s possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time.

Currently, there are about 5,000 Pindo grunts in Iraq, mostly in a train, advise and assist role for local forces, and about 500 in Syria, mostly SOF who are also in a train, advise and assist role. The prospect of sending more Pindo grunts into Syria raises the question of what their mission would be in Syria. A possible mission for additional Pindo grunts would be to police so-called “safe zones.” Trump has said previously that he would “absolutely do safe zones in Syria” as president, but Assad has rejected the idea.

Mattis: ‘Very little doubt’ Russia has interfered in elections
Nikita Vladimirov, The Hill, Feb 15 2017

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis on Thursday said while answering questions at NATO HQ in Brussels:

There is very little doubt that they have either interfered or attempted to interfere in a number of elections in democracies. I have no need to respond to the Russian statement at all. NATO has always stood for military strength and protection of democracies and the freedoms we intend to pass on to our children.

He said Russia needs to “live by international law” and “prove itself” when it comes to its international commitments. He also reiterated that Washington is fully committed to backing NATO members under Article Five’s principle of collective defense, saying:

The commitment to Article Five remains rock solid.

But on Tuesday, Mattis had threatened to “moderate” Pindo support for NATO if its vassals didn’t increase their contributions, telling the press after his speech:

The message that I brought here about everyone carrying their fair share of burden, of sacrifice, to maintain the best defense in the world, was very well received. It was not contentious.

Trump’s calls for a closer relationship with Russia and criticism of NATO during the campaign and since Election Day have created concerns among NATO vassals about Pindostan’s commitment to the treaty.

for stenographers, anonymous sources as a norm are probably fine & dandy

NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea
AFP, Feb 16 2017

BRUSSELS – NATO will step up naval war games and surveillance in the Black Sea, it said Thursday. Sec-Gen Stoltenberg said the decision taken by ‘defence’ ministers in Brussels was not designed to be a provocation. He told a press conference:

We agreed on an increased NATO naval presence in the Black Sea for enhanced training, exercises and situational awareness. We will have an increased presence in the Black Sea, but it will be measured, it will be defensive and it will in no way be provoking any conflict or escalating tensions. It is one element in a broader adaptation of NATO defence and deterrence to a more demanding and challenging security environment, including the Black Sea region.

Russia swiftly condemned the move. Russia’s ambassador to NATO Alexander Grushko told Russian news agencies:

It’s another step towards increasing tension in the regions that touch on Russia’s vital interests. Of course all the necessary measures will be taken to ensure Russia’s security interests in this region.

A NATO boxtop told AFP on condition of anonymity:

The decision was taken to counter Russia’s military build-up in the Black Sea and bolster the alliance’s south-east flank after it sent troop reinforcements to the Baltic States and Poland in the north-east. The goal is to bolster intelligence-gathering, of Russian ground-to-air missiles in the region, for example.

Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Georgia share the Black Sea coastline.

Note this from June of last year:

Bulgaria says will not join any NATO Black Sea fleet
Reuters, Jun 16 2017

SOFIA – Bulgaria’s prime minister said Thursday he would not join a proposed NATO fleet meant to counter Russian forces in the Black Sea as he did not want a war there, a day after Moscow warned against any build-up. Boiko Borisov said he did not want to see frigates sailing past the tourist resorts, at a joint press conference with Pres Plevneliev, who described Bulgaria as a peaceful country. Turkey and Romania, the two other NATO members along the Black Sea coast, have called for the NATO fleet and more alliance troops. Borisov said:

I always say that I want the Black Sea to see sailboats, yachts, large boats with tourists and not become an arena of military action. I do not need a war in the Black Sea. Let’s stop with the speculations that fleets will be set up against anyone. Bulgaria is a peaceful country and its foreign policy is not aimed at anyone.

A senior Russian diplomat on Wednesday warned NATO not to build up its naval forces in the Black Sea, saying such a move would undermine regional security. The issue of the fleet is expected to be raised again at NATO’s Warsaw Summit in July. Bulgaria has expressed readiness to take part in a multinational NATO land brigade based in Romania, saying it could deploy up to 400 people for training and joint exercises. Under the Montreux Convention, countries which don’t have a Black Sea coastline cannot keep their warships there for more than 21 days.