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21 September 2017


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Patrick, have you listened to Russian historian and professor emeritus Stephen Cohen’s weekly radio interview for this week. If not, you might be interested (each part is 20 minutes):

"Tales of the New Cold War: The Silence of the Doves." PART 1 of 2.”

"Tales of the New Cold War: The Silence of the Doves.” PART 2 of 2.”


Mr. Armstrong,

I would like to express my appreciation for your summary. After Trump's weird and contradictory display at the UN (that seemed to presage a new world war)...what you are describing provides relief.

I am especially hopeful about the Saudi & Turkey news, because that could mean a faster resolution in Syria.


Russian surveillance contractors


Jakob Trägårdh

Well, since Russia and Iran saved Erdogans life, he is now taking Turkey out of NATO.


MRW, Stephen's look back and into past and present looks about right. Meets me somewhat. Along the line: what traces does the new cold war leave on the average American citizen? I did admittedly wonder, what traces does the GWOT leave on the average American. Or obviously, over here.

Some things I didn't know, admittedly. They are interesting. Imagine? Did the US public know about encounters between Soviet and American representatives? encounters during the first cold war?


This looks very serious: "Syria - Russia Accusing U.S. Of Attacks, Abduction Attempts, Team-play With Al-Qaeda"
"The U.S. wants to keep Syrian government forces away from the oil fields north of the Euphrates. It has plans to build and control a Kurdish proto-state in north-east Syria and control over the eastern Deir Ezzor oil would give such a state the necessary economic base. But the U.S. has too few proxy forces available to actually take the oil area away from the Islamic State. Only the Syrian army has enough resources in the area. The U.S. is now cheating, attacking Syrian-Russian forces, and rushing to get an advantage. With the al-Qaeda diversion attack in north-west Syria defeated and more reserves available the Syrian alliance should think about a fast air-assault on the oil fields. As soon as the oil wells are under Syrian government control and the ISIS presence eliminated the U.S. has no more excuse to continue the current deadly game."
Smells of WWIII


Patrick Armstrong -

Thanks for the link to the photos at RussianDefence.com. That Russian breakfast at: https://twitter.com/Russian_Defence/status/910611524183617541 looks pretty good to me. We used to eat a similar buckwheat porridge when I was a boy in Maine. But we had it with raw milk and a dash of maple syrup instead of gravy.

Anna -

Not to worry about ww3 starting in Syria. Russia knows full well that the US had nothing to do with the attack, that in spite of their propaganda claim. So they won't start the war. And why should we?

If a WW does come to happen it will be started on the Korean Peninsula. Not far at all from Russian Vladivostok.

Babak Makkinejad

I have expressed my opinion on this forum a number of years ago as to how the current global situation resembles the world before 1914.
If I be correct, then Near East would be the analogue of the Balkans - where WWI beganNote that US already went on nuclear alert in 1973, in support of that religious undertaking called Israel.

Christian Chuba

Great SITREP as usual Patrick. The NYT story on the cleared Russian athletes is journalistic malpractice. Rebecca Ruiz broke the original story so she has an investment in the Russia is guilty narrative. The part I find galling about it is that her latest story is using tactics that are meant to confuse the issue rather than clarify, that's why I call it malpractice. If someone thinks Russia is guilty and makes a case for it, I would not make that accusation.

For example, she constantly conflates the issue of the conspiracy with the guilt of the athletes, she remarks that Rodchenkov didn't testify and that's one of the reasons why the athletes were exonerated. She gets around to mentioning that he only knows about the general system of cheating and not about the individual athletes but intermixes the issues in a confusing manner to create this cloud.

Another tactic, when one doesn't have evidence, is to speak in a tone of 'the evidence is overwhelming' as if to belittle skeptics (dust thou art). She says that Russia destroyed evidence but doesn't say what evidence, you know, Russian stuff. Doesn't the Olympic committee keep the samples? I don't know, this was not clarified.

I tried following some of the links in the article to see if I could find those emails in that database that proves that there was a conspiracy but found it hard to use and gave up. Hey wait a minute, why not quote from some of the emails rather than just say that they are incriminating, why make the reader search the database. Answer: providing a link gives it authority knowing that most will just be impressed that some evidence exists without chasing it down.

Journalism is dead in the U.S.

"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media" - Noam Chomsky

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