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 – This is another barn burner by Gordon, a peek behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. This may be the first time that the warrantless surveillance zones around NY and DC have been discussed.
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.
Gordon Duff – We will now tell that story. Putting highly classified and actionable intelligence “out there” is high risk for a variety of reasons.
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 – 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.
Turkey is now sworn to come in for the kill and aid Syria by knocking out ISIS, even if it means Turkey must fight its own military, which makes up the bulwark of ISIS forces in this region, and Turkey will supply both sides in the fighting simultaneously. Comedy?
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 – Henry Kamens takes us back to the South China Sea which has been out of the news lately. I had missed that the US had pulled out, for the time being anyway. I don’t think Trump had anything to do with it, as these ship rotations usually are planned well in advance
Jim W. Dean – It was time for Gordon to do one of his retrospective dot connectors. It is not that we are running out of current news, but because after years of covering a story, its beginning, middle and ending can get blurred.
Jim W. Dean – Oh my, no more lurking in the closet for the top down one world government crowd. When do we all get our free Koolaid so we can be ready for our big space ship ride.
Gordon Duff – Americans move from home to school and back home again and to shared apartments, dilapidated homes in crime ridden neighborhoods, while employers, all well organized and coordinated, spiral wages to nothing.
Jim W. Dean – From a long-term Intel perspective, we knew that an economically successful China would eventually be tagged as a “threat”, and the US dogs of war would eventually be sent to do some 21st century gun-boat diplomacy.
Jim W. Dean – This is another classic Gordon, with more than a dose of anger, as he asks the tough questions of the Afghanistan and Iraq war vets why, when they came home, no one told about what was really going on inside those wars.
F. William Engdahl – A strategic pivot is taking place to build a war coalition for US control of the oil and gas of the Middle East. It is not about “peace” in cooperation with Russia in Syria, because Washington must break the Eurasian triangle or face superpower twilight. That is what the entire Kissinger-Trump project is about.
Gordon Duff – America is a land of immigrants; even the “Indians” came here over a land bridge, or so we are told, and built communities 10,000 years ago, 4000 years before Earth was created, according to Trump.
Jim W. Dean – Trump is playing the spoiler by demanding that EU members fund their own defense costs so they are more likely to feel the political pain of their own voters over bellicose war rhetoric over the make-believe Russian bear aggression plans.
Jim W. Dean – The Ship of State is adrift, with the new Trump administration attacking the media and the Intel agencies, when he might already have sown the seeds of a new Watergate-type investigation.
Jim W. Dean – It’s been hectic first month for the new administration with cracks beginning to show in the overly confident new White house group that is heavy in political operatives but grossly short in the experience and skills for running a large and complex government.
Jim W. Dean – Trump Tweeting has pushed Mosul virtually out of the news, along with many other things, like Libya, Africa, refugee camps in the EU, MH-17, and all the other unfinished pieces of business.
Jim W. Dean – To no one’s surprise, the new Trump administration has been conducting a carefully choreographed roll out of “The World that Donald made”, but they haveunfortunately bitten off more than they can chew.
Jim W. Dean – VT has not covered Indonesia much, and Jakarta…never. So when I spotted this excellent article by Mr. Vltchek on NEO, it was time to jump in. The story of a new governor turning a corruption-ridden city around in two years seemed hard to believe.
Jim W. Dean – This is another classic Gordon retrospective on our current administration’s earthquake rumblings that signal someone wants to change the American landscape in a major way that the voters will regret.
Jim W. Dean – This is a classic Gordon retrospective piece featuring the phenomenon of the Women’s March, which the world had never seen stimulated by the inauguration of a new American president before.
Jim W. Dean – The US Intelligence and defense communities are greatly concerned over things like Trump using his young 35 year old son-in-law and one of his sons, totally inexperienced in geopolitical affairs, for engaging in backdoor Trump family private diplomacy.
Jim W. Dean -VT has nibbled on this controversy over the years, our biggest contribution being that one of the reasons that Africa was kept in a permanent state of chaos was that it was sitting on an ocean oil.
Jim W. Dean – VT has been a harsh critic of American media, or what is left of it anyway, for its having abandoned what the Founding Fathers tasked it with doing, keeping the public informed on what government was really doing.
Jim W. Dean – I was always amazed that the Democratic Left never really challenged Obama on his permanent war policy, or even the continued drone strike program which had grown into a Frankenstein.
Jim W. Dean – Has a neo-Genghis Khan and army descended upon Washington? If so, we will not have to wait long to get confirmation. Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress will now have blank check power to rule America, something we have historically preferred to avoid with either party.