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01 April 2016

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Jack

While it may be true that our youth know nothing, let's not lose sight of the fact that its the Boomers that brought us to the mess we are in.

turcopolier

kharbaugh

What is/was "HQUSASA?" pl

Brunswick

Mathew's show averaged 126,000 viewers in the last quarter of 2015.

More people read Russia Today than watch Chris Mathews.

BrotherJoe

I suspect that Japan already has nuclear weapons of their own making. They may be in a disassembled state so as to allow deniability but be capable of being assembled within hours.

steve

Thank you Colonel. I'm not a fan of Trump, but I've wanted to throw a shoe at the TV everytime this subject comes up--Chuck Todd was just on repeating the same lines.

Lord, how many nuclear weapons do we have presently targeted at Russia? Hey, surprise pundits, Russia is in Europe. And we still have tactical nukes there as far as I know which aren't anticipated to be used in . . . . Ecuador.

Trump is vague on the use of nuclear weapons in the mideast? Isn't strategic ambiguity part of US policy? And, too, let's not forget "bomb, bomb Iran" as well as the thinly veiled threat by Obama/Hillary that "all options are on the table".

I don't necessarily endorse many of Trump's views, but I also don't endorse similar strategic policy by Obama/Hillary and most of their predecessors.

But what I really get steamed about is that there is no critique at all of that similar establishment policy--only misleading criticism of Trump. What manipulative hypocrites the MSM are.

scott s.

I was ordered to the Tomahawk missile program office not long after the INF Treaty required all the GLCMs in Europe to be deactivated/removed. Though this didn't impact what was at sea (and the Mediterranean can be considered "part of Europe").

turcopolier

scottS

The Pershing warheads were removed from the missiles and made into aerial bombs many of which were sent to Europe. pl

Fred

Walter,

Which public is that, the UK public? Would that be the pro-Brexit public or the pro-Europe public?

Fred

Col,

It appears the big (news) bombs always get dropped on a Friday. The latest being the State Department dropping its internal investigation of Hilary's violation of law in handling secret information.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/55cc50a72c9c41f5a2ec815cbf3816ae/state-dept-suspends-review-top-secret-clinton-emails

turcopolier

fred

"The FBI communicated to us that we should follow our standard practice, which is to put our internal review on hold while there is an ongoing law enforcement investigation ," State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters.

"The internal review is on hold, pending completion of the FBI's work," she added." We'll reassess next steps after the FBI's work is complete." Reuters pl

Cold War Zoomie

Scott S mentioned the GLCMs. I was stationed in the UK when they were at Molesworth and Greenham Common. They weren't there for very long.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BGM-109G_Ground_Launched_Cruise_Missile

Procopius

I don't know much about the youth of today, but I'm pretty sure when I graduated from high school I didn't know shit from shinola. I learned more about current affairs after I joined the Air Force, because then it was relevant. In high school you don't get tested on current affairs, so you don't waste valuable homework time keeping up with them.

tag-team

A friend of mine won the first price with his art concept in 1987 suggesting simplified: a Berlin wall of ice, in which case it would melt. The concept was then exhibited in the Check Point Charly Museum.

http://www.mauermuseum.de/

http://www.sustainabilitythomasspiegelhalter.com/publications/

"First Prize Project Berlin Ice Wall Mitigation,” Exhibition Intl Urban Design Competition, Mythos Berlin GmbH, Museum at Checkpoint Charlie Berlin, Germany 1987"

******
Had you written your highly graded psychop plan earlier, I would now of course need to check, if he was a willing tool in your larger designs. And ultimately if that landed him professorships in the US longterm, and not his work.

******
following you into the wide universe of possibilities: In this case sure not one that had to be propagated via psychop.

Procopius

I thought the 155mm was a standard part of Divisional Artillery support. Not sure if it was Brigade Artillery, too, or not. After WWI fortifications were not used so much, so we didn't need the bigger artillery pieces. The Germans bypassed the Maginot Line, instead of pounding the forts to pieces like they did in Belgium in WWI. I also have a vague memory that at one point we had standard artillery pieces in 175mm and 240mm, but those would probably have been abandoned as missiles became more accurate.

turcopolier

Procopius

"standard artillery pieces in 175mm and 240mm" Both were present in Corps level support batteries in VN, usually with two of each inside a defended bermed up perimeter alongside an airfield for re-supply. the battery defense included 4o mm "dusters," quad .50 cal M-2 on mobile mounts and 20 mm Gatling guns. pl

Charles Cameron

It's April Fool's Day -- so might I ask, is it true the Pershing IIs were dipped in pig's blood, as per the fictitious Pershing Doctrine recently circulated by Donald Trump?

Bill Herschel

It's a full court press. Which actually reminds me of the 60's Celtics, very good memories. Edward Bernays is beaming in Hell.

different clue

Brunswick,

My knowledge is years out of date. I remember reading/hearing some years ago that Matthews's audience was a few couple million people or so. If it is down to 126,000 average viewers per episode; secure office-holders or psychologically-secure fame non-seekers could already boycott that show with no harm done to themselves.

Maybe people haven't yet realized just how unnecessary Matthews has become to show up on to get crucial exposure.

Anonymous

"Stationed" is a strange term to describe someone who kept riding around with a forged licence on a Bandit.

Pajarito

W48 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W48) 155 mm nuclear warhead was available 1962 into the 1990s. Small yield, expensive.

turcopolier

Pajarito

This wiki link has been posted three times now. pl

LondonBob

Well it is a fascinating real life experiment in the effectiveness, or not, of a sustained propaganda campaign.

Does the growth of alternative media negate the influence of the MSM?
How grounded in reality must a meme be?
Is distrust and dislike of the MSM such that it has the opposite effect?
What are the implications if it fails?
Is it subject to diminishing marginal returns, potentially negative after sufficient time?

So far it is failing, and I suspect having an opposite impact for some? Although whilst I believe it has failed in their attempt to stop Trump being nominated enough damage has been done to seriously impede his Presidential bid. That said Trump is unique in his already high profile, ability to manipulate the media, use of new media, as well as being innately gifted in the art of persuasion/salesmanship that I don't think many could replicate what he has done.

LondonBob

It is instructive to look at the successful run by long time pro Palestinian activist Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party here in Britain. He received the full barrage of media attacks, just like Trump, as well as well funded opponents, however he won nonetheless. Indeed he won so big with 60% of the vote that there was no need for a second or third round of voting as usually happens. The margin of victory was important because since his election he has faced repeated attempts to destabilise his leadership by his own MPs as well as a continuing barrage by the media. The plus side for Trump is I believe he is a stronger character and more natural leader than Corbyn.

Of course Corbyn also received the trick use of nuclear weapons question. His answer was he couldn't conceive of ever using nuclear weapons and was duly pilloried for it. Like being asked whether people should pay their taxes to the Romans in 30AD Palestine, it is difficult to on the spot come up with a render unto Caesar and render unto God answer that satisfies all parties.

alba etie

Matthew
Plus how much advertising dollars would be lost if ratings dropped ?

aleksandar

I didn't know either so I have to search.

The United States Army Security Agency (ASA) was the United States Army's signal intelligence branch. The Latin motto of the Army Security Agency was Semper Vigilis (Vigilant Always), which echoes Thomas Jefferson's declaration that "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."[2] The Agency existed between 1945 and 1976 and was the successor to Army signal intelligence operations dating back to World War I. ASA was under the operational control of the Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA), located at Fort Meade, Maryland; but had its own tactical commander at Headquarters, ASA, Arlington Hall Station, VA. Besides intelligence gathering, it had responsibility for the security of Army communications and for electronic countermeasures operations. In 1977, the ASA was merged with the US Army's Military Intelligence component to create the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).

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