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Burns/Novick's Vietnam War: Former CIA guy all concerned for "human beings"

So here we are in Episode 10, the North Vietnamese Army and National Liberation Front have taken over much of the country, and they're about to enter and liberate Sài Gòn. At the US Embassy (and all the CIA "safe spots") things are falling apart. It's chaos.

All the Vietnamese that have been loyally working for their US Imperial masters are, not surprisingly, desperate to get out, and expecting the Americans to take them. And, suddenly, here's Frank Snepp, talking to us. Interestingly, he's identified as "CIA," which was largely not true of the other CIA nobs Burns/Novick had talking to us.

US State Dept WaPo on Viet Nam, 1965 (and now?)

(As the Democrat wing of the anti-Trump "movement" careens around, blathering on about Russian aggression in US elections, brandishing a "report" agreed to by all 17 "intelligence" agencies of the US Government, a "report" which even those agencies that "agreed" to it won't endorse as factual, I came across this article from the old IF Stone Weekly from 50+years ago. It's instructive to read now because it perhaps demonstrates why USG leaders no longer supply any evidence for their accusations against official enemies.

IF Stone: Nixon and the Arms Race

(This is a reprint from legendary journalist I.F. Stone's five-volume magnum opus, A Nonconformist History of our Times. I'm republishing it here because it exposes one of the major differences between the US's military procurement "system," and those of their "enemies," for example, Russia. The US system is there to make profits for the already-wealthy, while the, for example, Russians design and procure things they actually need.

Reading "western" media on Syria

OMG! Those damned Russians! One week they're interfering with the US presidential election, the next they're bombing hospitals and schools in Syria. Woe is us!

How are we to understand such perfidy?! Herein a few pointers.

Trump vs Clinton: What's important? (Besides everything)

Here's a moral compass-testing exercise.

Here are some questions abouth the Clinton vs Trump election. Please rank the following in terms of their importance (nb. Almost all of them are really, really important):

Lies, lies, more lies...Milošević exonerated

This is an absolute stunner. Slobodan Milošević has been completely exonerated of being the “mastermind” behind the war crimes in Bosnia. Here's where to find it.

In March this year, the "International Tribunal ... issued its judgement in the case of Radovan Karadžić, the head of the Republika Srpska (RS).

Does this video explain the refugee crisis "perfectly"? Not even close.

According to truthdig.com (a web-site of which I'm a big fan), this video explains the Syrian refugee crisis "perfectly."

This is perfection? Don't think so.

August Massacre at Douma, Syria: More "Rebel" BS?

By now, the "rebels" in Syria, and their enablers, such as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (sic) and Human Rights Watch (NATO, inc) have established for themselves such a record of lies and BS that I simply don't believe anything they say. The massacre at al-Houla; the "chemical attack" in East Ghouta, Damascus; the massacre at Deraa; and many others...

More on the Kurdis: The NDP Rides the Bandwagon

No sooner did I publish my weblog piece on the deaths of the three Kurdish refugees in the waters off Turkey, I received in my e-mail inbox a missive from my MP, the New Democratic Party's Craig Scott (Broadview-Danforth).

As predicted, MP Scott has nothing to say about all the other refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean, many of whom Canada is directly responsible for. (See Libya.)

I replied.

Alan, Ghalib, and Rehanna Kurdi, and the Cynicism of the West

The mainstream media in the "West" have their R2P knickers in a twist. All of a sudden, the refugee crisis in Europe must be solved.

But why just Syrian refugees?

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