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.
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 colleagues here at Veterans Today is not a serious analyst of Middle East affairs.
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.
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.”
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.
Not much to be thankful for in the Middle East, sadly. Like turkeys voting for Christmas the Israeli Government have let southern Israel in for further rocket bombardment from Gaza Strip, a lot less fun place than the Vegas Strip.
Apparently the Department of Justice were surprised when British Home Secretary Theresa May very properly refused to extradite the computer hacker Gary McKinnon. I don’t know why. The decision was clearly correct and Blind Freddy could see it coming.
A significant event occurred this week in Britain. There were significant events elsewhere of course, including in Danville Kentucky, where Vice-President Biden cheered up the troops at the cost of alienating independents with his rudeness and smirking.
It’s good to see the US media asking questions the tremulous British media dare not ask. Why did HRH Prince Harry’s police protection officers permit those photographs to be taken and who is covering their backs?
For once I am in complete agreement with Piers Morgan. Straussy, Giles Clarke and Hugh Morris at ECB and the selectors have bungled this badly. Clarke and Morris need to resign for the sake of English cricket and Strauss should step down as captain.