Monthly Archives: March 2016

Syria/Iraq Sitrep – 23 March 2016

""The Syrian army regained control of the historic town of Tadmur (Palmyra) with small weapons," a Syrian brigadier-general told Sputnik. Thus, he emphasized that the town was taken without air assistance."  Sputnik Read more: *********  As ISIS has itself pressured on several front … Continue reading

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A studied insult in Cuba …

I am generally in favor of the policy of an opening to Cuba, but … For those of you who are not acquainted with the universally accepted standards of diplomatic and government to government courtesy, a visiting official should be met … Continue reading

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The Pander Bears

"Any presidential candidate speaking to AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, during an election year is going to bow to the hawkish elements of the Israel lobby. Hillary Clinton’s keynote speech at AIPAC’s annual meeting Monday, however, was more … Continue reading

Posted in As The Borg Turns, Current Affairs, Israel, Politics | 85 Comments

THE BELGIAN SYNDROME: From Rear Base to Front-Line State for European Jihadis

By Patrick BAHZAD Early this morning, Brussels was rocked by a string of explosions which hit both the main airport terminal and the city's subway network, close to the headquarters of the EU. Based on what is known so far … Continue reading

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“The Big Short” by Richard Sale

My wife and watched the film, “The Big Short” recently. I did not think the screen play too incoherent, too hasty, and too hurried nor did it make clear where the subprime mortgage scandal began. I am now reading, The … Continue reading

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Open Thread – 21 march 2016


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Aleppo – A tale of two cities.

"… a city of sharply contrasting halves, and one side clearly appears to have the upper hand. In a park on the government-held side, families picnic while children line up to buy balloons and popcorn. A few miles away, on … Continue reading

Posted in As The Borg Turns, Current Affairs, Media, Middle East, Policy, Syria | 19 Comments

The NY Times published this ad?

"Today the New York Times printed a full-page ad telling Hillary Clinton she has to reject her adviser Sidney Blumenthal and his allegedly anti-semitic son Max, because of Max Blumenthal’s tremendous book on Israel’s militant rightwing political culture, Goliath. The … Continue reading

Posted in As The Borg Turns, Media | 40 Comments

Hillary vs. NSA?

  " … if the DoJ declines to prosecute after the Bureau recommends doing so, a leak-fest of a kind not seen in Washington, D.C., since Watergate should be anticipated. The FBI would be angry that its exhaustive investigation was … Continue reading

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The Cruz Team: Abrams, Gaffney, Boykin and Ledeen

"Cruz has given audiences a preview of just how extreme his administration would be.  When speaking to an Iowa audience before the caucus, he got turned to the topic of military action against ISIS.  “I don’t know if sand can … Continue reading

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