Saturday, April 03, 2021

Dog and pony shows

Tweet (Tim Xeriland):

"Pete Buttigieg's dog and pony show.

Use an armored Suburban to bring a bike within a short distance of the destination. Unload it and ride in with a security detail in tow, pretending to save energy" 

"The Suez Grounding Was an Accident. The Next Blocked Chokepoint Might Not Be." (Savitz).

"“Wipe out China!” US-funded Uyghur activists train as gun-toting foot soldiers for empire" (Singh).  They have really assimilated to Assholian life!

"The Endless War: Afghanistan Goes On and On" (Giraldi).  The war's purpose is to continue to pressure Pakistan - a Sunni majority state with nukes that makes Israel nervous - and to use heroin profits to fund various CIA projects.

Tweet (Dean O'Brien - BA (Hons)) (also missing that it is stated official Ukrainian government policy to invade Crimea):
"The main news in The Times today is that "Russia is stationing 4,000 troops on the border with Ukraine."  The author does not write about the fact that the Ukrainian Armed Forces has been transferring tanks to the Donbass for a week & shelling its own civilians for 8 years."
"British lawyer Geoffrey Robertson and his fake Magnitsky story" (Komisar).  Definitive history of all things Magnitsky.  It is worrisome that Assange's counsel seem to think airing various lies about Magnitsky is a good idea, though it is not known if Fitzgerald knew anything about this.

"Again, Washington jumps to conclusions over Ukraine-Russia skirmish" (Lieven):
"How often in the past has the United States been seduced into disastrous international actions by local actors who knew the right American buttons to push and the right misinformation to feed to Washington? Iranian monarchists, British intelligence, the United Fruit Company, Vietnamese politicians; Cuban, Iraqi and Libyan exiles, Arab princelings, Afghan warlords, an almost endless succession of Latin American generals and oligarchs — I could go on. "
Yes, yes you could go on.  (((Something))) seems to be missing.  I wish we could be sure of this:
"To repeat the vital point that I made in an article for Responsible Statecraft last month, if Ukraine goes to war with Russia, Ukraine will lose, and the United States and NATO will not fight to save her. The consequences for Washington will be deep humiliation, and Russia will be driven into the arms of China. So the duty of the Biden administration, the CIA, the State Department and the media is clear: find out what is really happening in the Donbas and then use that knowledge to help craft a strategy for preventing a new conflict, not inflaming one."
Tweet (Glenn Greenwald):
"Remember: when reporting on this story was suppressed by Facebook before the election, it was a life-long Democratic operative, @AndymStone, who announced FB's decision. Even more disturbing: FB's head of content election-moderation, Anna Makanju, was a long-time Biden advisor."
"Demented Thinking About Joe Biden" (Rall).  Brendan Fraser is a much greater actor than Streep because he is, in fact, a great actor, and she isn't.  She won all those awards because of Weinstein.  His career was derailed by the usual (((Hollywood))) metoo crowd.  Watch him in 'Trust'.
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