by Jim Fetzer “I am comfortable that Assad deployed a nerve agent in East Damascus.”—Michael Shrimpton, Veterans Today In my opinion, no serious analyst of affairs in the Middle East takes the claim that the Assad government has used chemical weapons in Syria as accurate and true–which means that at least one of my […]
One of my biggest regrets of last year was my failure to reach out to the aviation community.
– Turkey may steal the factories, ISIS may cut of a few heads but who controls the media?
– “This week, Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel is expected to announce the entire restructure of America’s nuclear weapons force based on two studies.”
– Poor James Foley will not be the last hostage to be murdered. The way I read it, NSA and the DIA boys did their stuff, and Delta Force attacked the location where Jim Foley and other high-value hostages were being held 24 hours before.
– We need to get boots back onto the ground in Iraq, and fast.
– Were the Su-25s trying to shoot down Flight MH17? Analysis of the shootdown still points towards a Chinese HQ-16 having been used, with a specially trained Chinese crew.
At 0130 hours local time last Saturday, March 8th (this is being written on the 15th) a Chinese SSK, believed to be a 636 Kilo class, shot down a Malaysian airliner, Boeing 777-2H6ER, 9M-MRO, Captain Zaharie Shah in command, off the coast of South Vietnam.
On his recent visit to meet with that nice chap William Hague in London the ‘Jerry’ Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier adopted the language and style of his, with respect, rather more intelligent and charming predecessor Joachim von Ribbentrop.
A very happy New Year to all VT staff and readers. I hope you all had lots of mince pies and mulled wine, etc., over Christmas. In the case of our Australian readers, for “mulled wine” read “tinnies of XXXX” of course.
Firstly, I hope everybody had a lovely Christmas. Some of the comments on last week’s article were a bit puzzling, with respect. I can see why some could mistakenly think I am anti-German, but anti-American?
This is kind of eating into the substantive article on the Kennedy assassination, but here goes. Thanks to JS for his/her comments on the DVD. Yes, there are other writers out there who have commented on the DVD. Before he was murdered, one was Christopher Story FRSA.
I hope that you all had a happy and pleasant Thanksgiving, ideally with your families. I am aware, having been invited into an American home for the holiday and shared a Thanksgiving meal with an American family, how symbolic a day it is for Americans.
A couple of weeks back I promised a review of this fine movie, starring Tom Hanks, which I saw last week at our local Odeon, but firstly allow me to deal with some of the comments on last week’s article. I still cannot log on directly, for some odd technical reason, so I stopped posting comments some time ago.
This week’s article is a bit of a round-up – sorry to disappoint those who expect only a single theme for each week!
Well done to JS (was it not?) who referred to these three incidents of sabotage, each carried out of course by the DVD.
Somebody saw that one coming. It is now being said that Kenyan National Intelligence Service officers were telling family members not to go Nairobi’s Westgate Mall on the day of the attack.
No Syria this week! For the tiny number anxiously looking forward to my weekly article and disappointed it didn’t appear yesterday (!) I should explain that I try to write my article on Friday.
– As Gordon knows I am a great believer in professional courtesy. Spying is, or should be, a game for gentlemen.
Congratulations to the Egyptian Military Government on its success in maintaining order in Egypt.
I make no apology for staying with this topic. It’s not just to see what misspelling of ‘Woolwich’ the guys can come up with this time! The rest of the media have almost stopped talking about the attack, for PC reasons.
The shockwaves from this terrorist outrage continue to reverberate around Britain, if not the world. Forget conspiracy theories about it being staged.
This has been a week of personnel change. The DVD asset Boris Berezovsky very sensibly decided to commit suicide (no offense intended), MI5 Chief Sir Jonathan Evans has announced he’s stepping down and David Miliband is quitting Britain.
As I may have observed in a posted comment, before an IT snafu made uploading comments problematic, Hugo Chavez was already dead. Precisely when he did snuff it is a matter for informed speculation within INTELCOM
This week has seen one of the more monumental diplomatic gaffes of recent years. Argentina’s crass Foreign Minister Hector Timerman stated on a visit to London (of all places) that “The Falkland Islanders do not exist.”
A most interesting article in the London Daily Telegraph this week by Alex Spillius.
A good friend in academe has sent me a copy of an excellent article by Professor Joyce Malcolm of the excellent Georgetown University Law School, published in the Wall Street Journal.
Like Oslo, Sandy Hook involved multiple shooters. The mainstream media calls for gun control are a mindless, knee-jerk reaction. S
Firstly may I extend my deepest condolences to the loved ones of the victims, to Governor Malloy and the people of Connecticut, and to the United States generally, over this appalling tragedy. The loss of young life is even more tragic as it was avoidable.
The Arab Spring is over. Perhaps we should now be talking about the Arab Fall, in more senses than one. I do not believe that Hillary Clinton knew about the coup in advance.