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05 September 2016

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David Habakkuk

All,

The Borg is playing with fire, in more ways than they are capable of realising.

After the Russian special forces officer was reported killed, directing fire on himself, the 'MailOnline', which has churned out an enormous amount of Borgist propaganda, succumbed to its journalistic instincts, and put up some of his 'family snaps' -- including him posing in a kind of cowboy outfit (if I recall right), and wedding photographs, with the wife he left behind, expecting a child.

Now, if you put up those photos, together with those of General Petraeus, and his girlfriend --

Who the hell are people in Britain expected to think is defending them?


Joe100

Col Lang -

Slightly off topic is the following from a Colonal Cassad blog post on Sept 9 Aleppo fighting:

"During the course of the fighting was lit almost all the allies of the SAA and the Russian "entrepreneurs", and Iranian specialists from the IRGC, and "Hezbulla" and "Liwa al-Quds", and "Harakat al-Nogba", in General, from the point of view of the coalition war, all members of the coalition contributed."

It appears that the "Russian entrepreneurs" mentioned are probably the "volunteers" you have been suggesting might already be participating in the fighting in Syria.

In my view, Boris Rohzin (Cassad) has tended to be reliable on such matters.

LondonBob

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Opening an investigation into foreign influence in US politics should be interesting, who knows where that will eventually end up. Nice precedent.

Good to see the Russians are learning, ceasefire when enemy is vanquished.

Serge

Regarding Syria, specifically the recent closing up of the ISIS border, I was wondering what the Turkish policy for foreign fighters going into Syria will be from now on. The most recent official estimates from late July said that 100-150 ISIS foreign fighters were still entering by the week from Turkey, down from much higher numbers that saw triple these figures pre-2015. Where will they be routed to? Are the threefold decreases in foreign fighters entering ISIS,as per official figures, more a reflection of Turkey arresting/deporting more foreign fighters, or of Turkish elements rerouting ISIS-bound fighters to Idlib/Aleppo, and now potentially Jarablus? I find that information regarding non-ISIS foreign fighters is much less accessible/publicized.

ex-PFC Chuck

It appears that our esteemed president had some difficulty deplaning when he arrived in Hangzhou for the G-20 conference.

"Jorge Guajardo, Mexico’s former ambassador to China, said he was convinced Obama’s treatment was part of a calculated snub.

“'These things do not happen by mistake. Not with the Chinese,' Guajardo . . . told the Guardian."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/04/barack-obama-deliberately-snubbed-by-chinese-in-chaotic-arrival-at-g20

Chris Chuba

Col, you are correct to say that the MSM is not part of the Borg because they just mindlessly repeat what is spoon fed to them. I hold them in even greater contempt for pretending to be journalists. Today on CNN, they were reporting that Russian media is reporting that a deal on Syria is possible in a matter of days, however, the Obama administration is skeptical because of trust issues (nothing bad yet). The anchor cuts to their local reporter at the G20 who goes on to say, that the impasse is over the Russian desire to have joint bombing missions while the U.S. is upset because most Russian bombing is against moderate rebels and civilians.

This is an accurate portrayal of the public U.S. position but is a complete and total misrepresentation of the Russian view.
As someone who reads the Russian Insider and Southfront, I know that the number 1 complaint by the Russians, by far, is that the U.S. has not tried or been able to separate U.S. backed rebels (I refuse to call them moderates), from the Al Qaeda linked rebels. So this CNN 'journalist' is pretending to know the Russian position while obviously not making any effort to actually do so.

Lavrov regularly complains about the intermixing of rebel groups and even the Dailybeast makes snarky remarks that the Russians use this as an excuse to bomb moderates. So the Russian claim is well known by anyone who spends any amount of time listening to them.

I just hope that more U.S. citizens go to Russian media and forget CNN, be it rt, Russian Insider, or South Front which has Russian contributors and stops getting the ultra dumbed down and typically inaccurate version of evens in our MSM.

mike

Colonel - Try the Stroganoff Persian style: served with fries instead of noodles, no mushrooms, and less sour cream than the Russian version.

http://www.mypersiankitchen.com/beef-stroganoff-persian-style/

I first tasted it at a local Persian restaurant and go back often for that and for the chicken version. The owner/chef immigrated from a village on the shores of the Caspian.


BraveNewWorld

It will be just another show investigation where Congress members can pretend to be doing some thing useful. Saudi, Qatari, Israel influence will be completely ignored. Surprisingly the Russians will be found guilty of some thing, any thing, whether there is evidence or not. Might as well blame some thing on China as well. No one ever lost votes China bashing. Congress will pass more laws against any thing Russian and great speeches will be made.

Accomplishments? None. Bread and circuses

turcopolier

Mike

My wife puts it over long grain Persian rice. pl

turcopolier

ex-PFC Chuck

The lessons of Havana, Riyadh and Ankara have been absorbed. He should stay home from now on. on

Aka

Probably correct. Otherwise heads will be rolling there.

ex-PFC Chuck

Yup. The down side of him staying home, however, is that he'll have more time to twist Congressional arms to get the Sovereignty Surrender Treaty (otherwise known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership) ratified.

Lemur

Speaking of Bear Hustling, I'm pretty sure an escalation in Ukraine will be the October Surprise. The propagandized accounts that will appear in US media will be used as ammunition against Trump, or a guarantee he's locked into a confrontation with Russia if he does win.

Chris Chuba

IF there is an agreement to a new ceasefire in Syria.

I bet that the Russians will be smart enough to have terms like, 'the moderate rebels have to be in the corridor established by the Turkish military'. This way it will give the Syrian army free reign to take Aleppo and even Idlib. To some extent, this sorting is taking place now. While the Turkish zone can serve some mischief in the long term, I can definitely see the Russians proposing this as the area designated for the so called moderate rebels.

It is hard for me to picture the U.S. State Dept. agreeing to terms that would allow Assad's forces to take Aleppo after months of caterwauling and propaganda but if the Russians agree to anything else, they are being hopelessly naive.

ISL

Dear Colonel,

Respectfully I propose MSM are Borg drones, collective members, but not contributing to its consciousness. They cannot compute that resistance (to the latest Borg meme) might note be futile.

I sometime suspect that top members of our imperial city believe they can order the sun to rise at the same time every day (create their own reality). I worry about how reality will assert itself as it always does in the long run.

Did the President really back down from the challenge by the Philippine president?

Balint Somkuti

In my slightly paranoid view the very fact that Col. Lang jokes with Stroganoff and art as a sign of being "russophil" brings up sinister memories and feelings. What the commies could not even try to silence even at the peak of their power was the famous public humor of the lower classes of (Buda)Pest ('pesti humor').

I used to think that I have a good imagination and I am prepared for everything, yet the very facts that an ex-KGB officer can credibly act as the saviour of our culture, and the 'home of the brave and the land of the free' is on the verge of becoming a dictatorship and a new Soviet Union continously keeps me wondering.

b

"the recent closing up of the ISIS border"

What are you smoking?

Nothing closed at all.

The Turkish-ISIS border moved south a few miles in a common understanding between those two parties.

Benefits:
1. The U.S. attempt to block the border between Turkey and ISIS with the help of a Kurdish east-west corridor stopped. The border can be kept open indefinitely.
2. No more journalists and Turkish prosecutors sniffing around the passport control and custom offices.
3. Imports to/export from IS now possible without anyone able to prove that such happen.
4. Ability for IS fighters to switch into "moderate rebels" and vice versa under Turkish MIT control.

Stop swallowing the Turkish propaganda and look at a map!

turcopolier

b

Yes. IMO the action in the Turkish run sector east of Aleppo is a separate subject from that of the rest of the country where a different arrangement with the Russians is emerging. I'll post on this tody to expand. pl

turcopolier

Balint Somkuti

You are a good judge of gallows humor. Clapper is IMO a good example of the dead souls that Gogol wrote of. His conduct in personally bullying intelligence analysts at CENTCOM to obtain the Borg's desired result speaks volumes. For Clapper to be in charge of this witch hunt is an ominous thing. I have long been struck by the virtue of the motto of the von Senger family, "Neither Fear nor Hope." I fear for others who have been so foolish as to appear on Russian media. pl

Chris Chuba

In short, it's as if CNN is getting the Russian position from our State Dept. rather than actually listening to the Russians themselves. This is highly unprofessional.

This does not require a huge investment in a foreign policy press corp. I understand the official Russian position better than they do just by casual reading of easily available Russian websites in English.

Balint Somkuti

Sir,

as the saying goes around here "there are those leaders whose sight is not obfuscated by anything including, knowledge, manners, even humanity."

LeaNder

I was vaguely thinking of a novel/thriller I read once, with the hackers the serious evil threat out there more recently. Maybe one, maybe even a network, I don't really recall. It was a bad read.

In the post 9/11 universe I once stumbled in my admittedly undisciplined reading on the web into the "cyberwar" both official and unofficial, admittedly following someone's lead, finally into a maybe financially interested circles in the open source intelligence field and it's main author's mental state of mind. ...

But yes, I am aware that the Russians are supposedly sponsoring the European right over here too for longer now.

*****
Beyond that, it's interesting you pointed out the comments of the Mail. ;)

take care

Matthew

Col: I thought the Russians were already isolated because of Crimea. See https://sputniknews.com/world/20160906/1045016148/assad-russia-syria-us.html?utm_source=short_direct&utm_medium=short_url&utm_content=cewp&utm_campaign=URL_shortening

turcopolier

Matthew

IMO the supposed isolation of the Russians does not seem to impress them very much. It is an inconvenience that drives them toward the East/ pl

LeaNder

b, not sure if I wrapped my head completely around your points.

May I ask some type of nitwit question anyway?

How is 4 related to the first three items? Not sure how it is related, but yes, strictly they may not have enough forces to control borders.

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