Jim W. Dean – Who knows what happened.? Did ISIS park a truck bomb out in front, knowing that it would be seen and bombed and all those combined explosives blow this building to smithereens?
Jim W. Dean – The shadow-boxing on testing and deployment of allowed weapons systems has been with us for a long time. All kinds of games are being played to block those.
Jim W. Dean – This is one of the best quotes I have ever seen on war. “Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” – Ernest Hemingway
Jim W. Dean – Uri brings us one of his classic critiques of Israeli internal politics, where chaos theory is practiced on the body politic, in addition to enemies of the state, who are defined as anyone “they” don’t control.
Jim W. Dean – I did not expect the assassination of Denis Voronenkov to last long in the news. The former Russian MP had a truckload of controversial baggage following him around that finally caught up with him.
Jim W. Dean – This is quite an unusual blow to Ukraine, as we are told this was Russian sabotage, of course; but incompetence on safety measures certainly is always on the table in Ukraine.
Jim W. Dean – The update on this story is the admission by the House investigation committee that there was some inadvertent collection of material on the Trump campaign, picked up via surveillance of foreign entities being monitored.
Jim W. Dean – The catch phrase here is the weasel term that Christopher Ford used, “until otherwise decided”. But this gives us time to challenge the strategy of the military build up to add to America’s huge forward deployment.
Jim W. Dean – This silliness of Trump’s claim about how anyone could think the Iran deal was a good deal is his flipping the bird at the whole world. It was a huge achievement, but because it was Obama’s achievement.
Jim W. Dean – The most immoral people in Israel, among Jews in total really, are now the Likud party, and more specifically the blood thirsty advocates of mass murder in their ranks.
Jim W. Dean – Eastern Europe is hard for Westerners to stay abreast of and impossible for those in the US, as it might as well be on Mars in terms of our following its politics.
Jim W. Dean – Syria had to have fired its S-200s at the Israeli planes coming in on afterburner to fire their own missiles and then scoot, for the S-200s to have time to reach them before getting inside Syria
Jim W. Dean – I got angry all over again going through this to do the magazine layout, when I thought of the financial and time resources put into this UN report, and what all it left out.
Jim W. Dean – We are a suspicious bunch here at VT, about things we don’t know, and why, and about things we thought we knew, as we have swallowed, like others, more than a few over our many years and try to become wiser in the process,
Jim W. Dean – We are posting this not to be ghouls, but in solidarity with what the Syrian people have to see. It is easier for us as we did not know them, and they are not our people, but we do share their pain
Jim W. Dean – Our Syrian Justice Ministry contacts called this morning to let us know that Minister Najm Hamad al-Ahmad was not among the victims of today’s bombing.
Jim W. Dean – My, my… it’s a good day for Europol. It seems unusual for a big arms gang to have a huge stash like this in one place.
Jim W. Dean – Phil Butler has a dark view piece today on the future of the EU. While we can easily see the EU flag with tears and tatters in it, we can assume that there will be a transformation versus its disappearance.
Jim W. Dean – We admire Uri because he has always been in the minority in wanting to do whatever is necessary, in terms of tradeoffs to get a final peace in Palestine, and he has never quit.
Jim W. Dean – I hope this is the last time the Iraqis claim to have the last road out of Mosul cut off.
Jim W. Dean – It’s always a pleasure to catch a Debate Show with a nice meaty topic, and Saudi Arabia and its support for Wahhabi terrorism was a gem. Michael Lane is always up to speed.
Jim W. Dean – McCain throws down the gauntlet to Trump and his brilliant White House team to put up or shut up on their charge that the Obama administration legally or illegally wiretapped Trump and his campaign.
Jim W. Dean – The Russians once again give a very high priority to getting the best bang for their ruble on defense spending with this new air squadron masking system.
Jim W. Dean – Putin and Erdogan do their dirty dance in Moscow, trumpeting their cooperation on Syria, despite Erdogan having already violated the Tripartite’s published pledge to respect Syria’s sovereign integrity.
Jim W. Dean – The Syrian ceasefire and the intra-Jihadi fighting in Idlib have given the SAA time to clear some if its flank pressure, but Deir-Ezzor is at the end of the line, due to the logistics problems.
Jim W. Dean – The CIA has come out early saying they will push for full prosecution of the material the Wikileaks has put out is confirmed to be true. That was quite cagey language, and maybe a slip up on the CIA’s part.
Jim W. Dean – The Theater of the absurd returned to Washington last weekend, or perhaps it never left. The FBI’s James Comey went to the Capitol Thursday to brief the top Senate and House Intel Committee Congressmen in a secure basement facility.
Jim W. Dean – This is quite a move by Turkey, which must have a lot of spare cash around to build a city for 80,000 so fast to move Syrian refugees back to. To announce something like this without consulting the host country – many would consider this a violation.
Jim W. Dean – As VT readers know we have been on pins and needles hoping that the Turks would not be so stupid to think they were going to fight their way through to Manbij, driving the Kurds out, when their main forces were fully engaged in trying to encircle Raqqa north of the Euphrates.
Jim W. Dean – This does not come as a surprise, since “certain parties” did not get their attack on Iran, and their bogus claims of an Iran nuclear weapons program were shot down in flames; the lawyers figured that at least they could get a load of bucks to the 9-11 victims.