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29 June 2020

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turcopolier

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Feith (the picture) This is the guy who told me in his office in the Pentagon that it was too bad that I was so well connected in the Arab World and spoke Arabic so well because that being the case they would not need my help. I had been invited by the Bush 43 transition team to talk to him.

Antoinetta III

"Construction and major projects" don't sound like things that would put more cops on the street. What could the NYPD be spending half a billion on? Shiny new "state of the art" buildings and facilities? This stuff looks nice and feels good but doesn't do anything to actually deal with criminality. Sounds like stuff that should be cut.

But instead of taking $$$$ out of the police budget, it should be transferred over to hiring more cops.

Antoinetta III

Jack

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-29/india-bans-tiktok-58-mobile-apps-citing-security-concerns

India bans Chinese apps. Will Trump do the same?

The CCP already bans Google, Facebook in China.

There’s a lot of writings on the security threat of TikTok and other Chinese apps. Is our counter-intelligence ok with it or are they too busy chasing phantom Russia Collusion?

walrus

These two paragraphs from the latest NYT article on this non story demonstrate the utter stupidity and dishonesty of their reporters:

“ The crucial information that led the spies and commandos to focus on the bounties included the recovery of a large amount of American cash from a raid on a Taliban outpost that prompted suspicions. Interrogations of captured militants and criminals played a central role in making the intelligence community confident in its assessment that the Russians had offered and paid bounties in 2019, another official has said.

Armed with this information, military and intelligence officials have been reviewing American and other coalition combat casualties over the past 18 months to determine whether any were victims of the plot. Four Americans were killed in combat in early 2020, but the Taliban have not attacked American positions since a February agreement to end the long-running war in Afghanistan.”

Don’t these morons understand that the U.S. dollar is the most used world currency and that it is freely exchangeable for good and services in the markets, legal and illegal, anywhere in the world? What currency would you expect to find? Rupees? Francs? What would the average criminal or Taliban foot soldier know about the origin of such cash? Nothing! Why would Taliban leadership share such information anyway, even if it was true? Doesn’t anyone in the NYT understand that Afghans have made an art form out of extortion for a thousand years or more? That is a far easier and efficient way of making money than killing Americans.

In paragraph two, the NYT now acts as if paragraph one establishes that this is now “a plot”. Where do they get these idiotic journalists?

TV

NYC fully deserves whatever destruction De Blasio drops on them.
Before he was elected, it was obvious that he was a far, far left dimwit (what else would a dimwit identify with?).
So they elected him TWICE.
Life's tough, it's tougher when you're stupid.

Of course, we need an intelligence capability, but we don't need a collection of inept bumblers who missed 9/11, "found" WMD in Iraq, missed the collapse of the USSR, lost Ed Snowden and more recently lost an espionage network in China and many of the computer hacking tools developed by the CIA.
And these are just the f-ups that we KNOW about.

turcopolier

TV

You should read my essay "Artists and Bureaucrats."

J

Doug Feith, ah yes, Bolton's 'chief of staff'. Two NEOCON bone-heads, blind leading the blind.

downtownhaiku

Ray McGovern says:

(As a preparer and briefer of The President’s Daily Brief to Presidents Reagan and HW Bush, I can attest to the fact that — based on what has been revealed so far — the Russian bounty story falls far short of the PDB threshold.)

Former CIA Director William Casey said: “We’ll know when our disinformation program is complete, when everything the American public believes is false.”

Leith

Off topic, but good news if true in Yemen. Houthi Yemeni Army spokesman BG Yahya Saree announced victory in Bayda-Marib axis. They secured a 400 sq km area in northern al-Bayda province and southern Marib province.

Reportedly ~250 Saudi-backed fighters were KIA, WIA or taken as POWs. ~20 vehicles destroyed, many captured.

Looks like bin-Salman's money is going down the drain. Maybe he'll lose his place as crown prince if he doesn't stop the bleeding. Jared Kushner is going to have to start looking for a new horse to back.

turcopolier

Leith

I see that you still live on Long Beach.

james

so pat, what is worse??? feith and the neo con freaks, or an msm beholden to the them?? it seems the msm is run by the same koolaid drinkers, so maybe i am splitting hairs here.... until the usa figures out how to get rid of the whole lot of them, you will continue to read this stupidity on a regular basis in the non free msm - fox, nyt - it really doesn't matter... they all seem to serve the same interests and it definitely isn't the publics interest..

TV

Col:
After reading "Artists and Bureaucrats.", I gotta ask:
What's your opinion of Robert Gates?

KDraper

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/on-white-fragility

I can't say it better

Deap

Do the US bills track back to the pallets of cash Obama sent to Iran?

As a globetrotting tourist, can't believe how many times I was told a country does not take US dollars. Except they all do. Including Cuba, where they knew exactly the right exchange rate. The world is awash with greenbacks.

First trip to Russia (Soviet Union) in the 1970's (height of the Cold War), two Italians in our tour group smuggled in gazillions in black market rubles, but quickly learned there was nothing they could or would want to buy with their wads of rubles, except for champagne and caviar for the tour group at the Intourist Hotel Bar.

So even though they got a great blackmarket rate on the rubles somewhere in Italy, they were essentially worthless in Russia herself. Only US dollars could purchase decent souvenirs in their infamous Soviet "dollar stores".

So that is what I did on the front lines of the Cold War. Champagne (sekt) and caviar days. And fending off the hustlers who wanted to buy our nice western watches. Would they have paid us in rubles or dollars? The other thing I learned, unless it is fresh, it ain't caviar. Goodness sakes, the real stuff was good.

PB

....from the NYPD’s construction and major projects budget to help fund building improvements at youth centers...

So, midnight basketball will fix everything again?

turcopolier

TV

Bureaucratic politician.

turcopolier

james

It does not seem to me that the corporate owners of the MSM are neocons.. They cooperated with the philosopher kings and their "gentlemen" in various causes in the ME because what the neocons wanted was what Israel wanted and they are Zionists. In other matters they seem to me, to be standard variety lefties. I think it likely that there will be a general collapse of society, some form of civil war and then Bonaparte will appear.

Barbara Ann

On the subject of Zionism and corporate media owners:-

"Progressive Democrats have put forward a strongly worded letter against Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank, calling for using a "combination of pressure and incentives" to prevent it, including imposing conditions on American military aid to Israel.

The letter, led by prominent left-wing House member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was met with immediate rejection by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday, setting the stage for a confrontation between progressive Democrats and pro-Israel groups in Washington."

Might this be a wildcard for Trump? The Zionist lobby must be petrified of the Squad gaining more power over FP. The progressive Jewish-American organization IfNotNow supported the letter and made reference to Eliot Engel's recent loss of NY-16, despite huge financial support from the Lobby. I also note that the UK branch of BLM has voiced its support for the Palestinians.

A lot of entrenched interests are not going to want to see the Democrats sweep the board in November with the progressive wing so conspicuously on the rise.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/four-us-congresswomen-vow-condition-aid-israel-over-annexation-letter

BillWade

Deap, the world is no longer awash with dollars, they are getting harder to come by for the average citizen, they are being hoarded - rumors abound about the Euro going 100% digital with major tax increases as well. This bodes well for the US stock markets.

Leith

Too many tourists in Long Beach, Colonel. I'm about five miles outside the city limits, where I can see deer and river otters from my back porch. Come on out sometime. I'll grill up a salmon that will make your toes curl. But I'm only here part of the year. SWMBO and I spend the winters in AZ.

Eric Newhill

Barbara Ann,
Current events in the US have help confirm my belief that the Zionist lobby is not as strong as some people say it is. I recognize has some influence on MENA policy, but it cannot be driving overall events because, as you say, the left is hostile to Israel. Why is the lobby not buying off the key politicians and media? As I suspected, they don't have that much of a lock on things.

Jack

BillWade,

Periodically you will see comments here on SST by folks who will claim the demise of USD. I always retort, replace with what? Euro, Yen, Yuan, some mythical new digital currency?

The question is always, what’s the preferred currency for a cab driver in Buenos Aires?

Now of course the Fed and the Ph.Ds that run it are trying to destroy the dollar. They claim all kinds of new theories like “portfolio balance channel” or the necessity to have “accommodative monetary policies” as rationale for their money printing. But when you look beyond their sophistry and at how their own pocket books are lined, then what you’ll see is regulatory capture. Where did Greenspan, Bernanke, Powell, Rubin, Summers, Geithner, Paulson, Mnuchin make their big bucks? Whose back do they have?

The Fed is the single most important cause of the wealth inequality and the rising stress in our society. The revolt of the Deplorables in the last election, the BLM mobs are all signs of the growing stress. While the political leadership, and the financial elite want to divide & distract and it is working extremely well as seen in the comments here, the reality is that this systemic societal stress is some 50-60 years in the making. When looking at the data one can see a major inflection point in the 70s.

Images of protestors outside Jeff Bezos’ DC home with a mock guillotine is ominous. One of these days a leader will show up and point their finger at the political, financial and governmental elites who have sold the working and middle class down the river and the Fed will be one important institution that will be on the chopping block. We cannot sustain the growing wealth inequality,

Barbara Ann

Eric

You could be right. Demographics is definitely against it; every poll I see shows support for Israel diminished among the youth - Jewish-Americans included. If so, it is another of the great shifting tectonic plates indicative of the coming collapse of long cherished norms. I am not surprised that Col. Lang now assesses the likelihood of boogaloo as "likely".

Fred

Barbara Ann,

The MSM are now multinational firms with ancillary media outlets. These companies have decided that thier main revenue streams are dependant upon the asia-pacific region and communist China in particular. They don't give a damn about the American people and care about the US only in so far as they can control or influence public policy regarding their access to markets for corporate funding and legal structures to limit thier liability. Palestinian rights? Nobody gives a damn about them, it is simply and emotional issue to agitate thier base. The left's concern with the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet are a prime example. Where's that lefty concern been this past decade?

james

@ pat... thanks... that is a fairly radical outcome to it all if you are correct..

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