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Jim W. Dean - The fairy tale of Emmanuel Macron emerging as an "organic candidate", new party and all, out of the blue, always struck me as the Deep State crowd testing if P.T. Barnum's old maxim, "There's a sucker born every minute" was still in play. It is.
Jim W. Dean - Mr. Sheikh has an excellent review of the Trump post-missile strike on Syria, in terms of what it revealed about future US policy, or maybe I should say, the lack of one.
Jim W. Dean - As I have always said, and been ignored, killing the Jihadis on the battlefield is a short-term accomplishment, when they can be easily replaced by those waiting in the bullpen training camps.
Jim W. Dean - The pot is beginning to simmer between China and South Korea, with public animosity against the Korean deployment of the THAAD anti-missile deployment topping the list.
Jim W. Dean - This is another classic dot connecting piece by Gordon. He has the ability to do material like this due to his photographic memory, with total recall and anything he has ever read or heard.
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.
Henry Kamens - As one Syrian expert living in the US shared with me, ‘I know this doctor [Sahloul] personally. He is a Muslim Brotherhood member and is sympathetic to the sectarian rebel groups inside Syria, they shouldn’t even be called rebels because what they really are, are terrorists.
Jim W. Dean - We are seeing a consistent flow of good material on the sleeping giant geopolitical topic of our time, the fraud of America's political and military establishments presenting themselves as the defenders of freedom and democracy when their record is exactly the opposite.
Jim W Dean - America’s record as a defender of freedom and democracy has been destroyed by its own hand, and most publicly so. Americans have been lied to for so long that we suffer from a numbness that renders us unable to effectively resist on the scale needed to save ourselves.
Jim W. Dean - Henry Kamens gives us an interesting analysis on the ever-changing Mr. Erdogan, who has a lot of irons in the fire. Iran and Russia are on the spot with their errant tripartite partner.
Jim W. Dean - As he often does, Seth Ferris absorbs an event for a while before writing about it, avoiding the rush to claim the "who dun it" prize on day one, a national pastime for Internet Dick Tracys.
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 - 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.
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