Jim W. Dean – Erdogan is going to try to play the victim in all this, but he is a dead man walking for turning Turkey into a jihadi express for setting up a constant flow of new jihadis going into Syria to murder them.
Jim W. Dean – Iran is slowly building up its English news coverage to challenge the monopoly of platforms like the BBC and Voice of American, which are partially or fully under the influence of their Intel communities.
Like it or not, Obama is being followed by what appears to be a “bookend” to his presidency, another “man of change” who has his own “Yes I can” agenda.
Jim W. Dean – The past week has been full of mixed signals as some of the Trump administration people have been at odds on some of his previous foreign policy statements. During his hearing, General Mattis even named Russia as the number one threat to the US.
Jim W. Dean – The Trump news of asking all ambassadors to turn in their resignations only lasted a day in the news. So we are happy to see NEO’s Phil Butler follow up with his tongue in cheek wish list of those we hope will be standing in an unemployment line in February.
Jim W. Dean – If we can have arms control reductions and treaties, we can have the same for state sponsored terrorism, regime change and election rigging, if we want to.
Jim W. Dean – If he wants the US to be respected, then Trump has to pony up to the table, stop being President Tweet, and begin acting presidential rather than like a reality TV host. Many might disagree, but I still think there is a big difference.
Jim W. Dean – Why the Turkish Air force, on which a fortune has been spent, cannot provide air support for an attack on a modestly sized city with no real air defense, does not look well for the key NATO country.
Jim W. Dean – I love the White Helmets as they are a slam dunk example of industrialized Fake News, and where we see the age old scam of the perpetrators presenting themselves as the victims, borrowed from the Israeli Lobby.
Jim W. Dean – Oh my, the brass has finally heeded VT’s calls, especially to the retired ones, to step up to the plate on some of the major issues of our day, because those on active duty usually cannot.
Jim W. Dean – Trump is slowly moving over from Tweets to having his key staff doing what they are supposed to, roll out the President’s evolving positions to warm the media up. Conway was chosen to remind us that changes are on the way on the Russian front.
Jim W. Dean – The worm has begun to turn in Mosul. The Iraqi army has changed its tactics, leading attacks with its special forces rather than the armor brigades tried first.
Jim W. Dean – Assad has thrown out a major curve ball in stating that he will only be negotiating “everything” with opposition parties which have a grass roots basis among the Syrian people which excludes all the foreign backed terrorists.
Jim W. Dean – It’s going to be one hell of a ride with Trump, as it was with Obama, and Bush (43). Hopefully the real 9-11 perps walking around free will not feel the need to make another demonstration.
Jim W. Dean – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is continuing its successful formula of pushing the jihadis out of threatening range of Damascus. This current group along the Wadi Barata river made a bad move when it poisoned the Damascus water supply
Jim W. Dean – VT has been watching the shifting Turkish foreign policy claims with a skeptical eye based on Erdogan’s history. As we have often said, “watch what he does, not so much what he says”.
Jim W. Dean – John McAfee is certainly having a good time. The election is over, and he is still getting lots of air time for his debunking of the claimed Democratic party hack.
Jim W. Dean – Hanoi John McCain continues to be the embarrassment he has long been, with no “coming to Jesus” moment anywhere on the horizon. If ever there was a threat to US national security it rests between this man’s two ears.
Jim W. Dean – This is cute. Turkey has a huge Air Force and yet it seems it can’t supply air operation to cover it ground operation against al-Bab, with maybe even less than a brigade of IS jihadis there?
Jim W. Dean – The Israeli army might have gotten a face saving manslaughter conviction, but one which will not last long as the Likuds will amnesty this “execution hero” when things cool down.
Jim W. Dean – As Obama heads toward the door, the crimes of his administration against Syria, and especially Aleppo, are going to be thrown at him like rotten eggs and tomatoes.
Jim W. Dean – I continue to be validated in my lonely position that the state-sponsored terrorism engine is the real engine that has brought the scourge to its current level. We can compare and contrast the “terrorism light” that we experienced for several decades with today’s on steroids terror.
Jim W. Dean – Iran was taking a victory lap on its support for Syria today. Almost never mentioned is that it has had 1000 die there, a Persian twist on an old America war saying, “Better to fight them over there”.
Jim W. Dean – My, my… Bibi has blinked here, for sure. Has he gotten word that the goal of the Paris conference is to pass a Palestinian Statehood resolution recognizing the West Bank?
Jim W. Dean – Finally we see an important scientific trade group standing up and doing what they are supposed to do, take some leadership in complex controversial issues where the public has been neutralized
Jim W. Dean – The classic reason for using a high level intermediary like Kissinger is so both parties can protect themselves from leaks and usual multiple Intel agencies’ snooping that could preempt the timing of policy announcement changes.
Jim W. Dean – I suspect more big terror attacks as an intimidation tactic of what could continue to happen if certain parties see the Syrian situation go against their desired outcome. They will not take it lying down.
Jim W. Dean – Perhaps it is a good time, before the man who claims “there are going to be a lot of changes” assumes office, for the UNSC to “pre-Trump” Trump by making Palestine a Recognized State.
Jim W. Dean – VT’s roving correspondent Alla Pierce has a challenging piece for us today, but a needed one, on the expansionist policies of the new conservative Polish government that has chosen the age-old path of regional aggression.
Jim W. Dean – This Russian hacking story is turning into a Three Stoogies movie rerun. Experienced Intel people, even those who are not intimate code people know that setting up blinds, dead ends and pasties as diversions for hacks is a operational staple.