(The following is a new memo form the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). I am proud to be associated with these men and women. I think you will find the information about the shoot down of KAL 007 particularly informative.)
With the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine turning a local civil war into a U.S. confrontation with Russia, U.S. intelligence veterans urge President Obama to release what evidence he has about the tragedy and silence the hyperbole.
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
SUBJECT: Intelligence on Shoot-Down of Malaysian Plane
U.S.–Russian intensions are building in a precarious way over Ukraine, and we are far from certain that your advisers fully appreciate the danger of escalation. The New York Times and other media outlets are treating sensitive issues in dispute as flat-fact, taking their cue from U.S. government sources.
Twelve days after the shoot-down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, your administration still has issued no coordinated intelligence assessment summarizing what evidence exists to determine who was responsible – much less to convincingly support repeated claims that the plane was downed by a Russian-supplied missile in the hands of Ukrainian separatists. Read the rest »
Here is a new definition of Chutzpah:
The situation facing European Jewry is “simply intolerable, unacceptable and inexcusable,” Israeli Jewish Congress president Vladimir Sloutsker told MKs and foreign diplomats at a special session of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee on Monday.
Calling the rise in anti-Semitic incidents accompanying Israel’s invasion of Gaza an “SOS situation,” Sloutsker warned that if left unchecked, such behavior could lead to another European genocide.
Let me see if I have this straight–an Israeli politician is issuing a dire warning about the potential extermination of Jews in Europe while Israel conducts a war of extermination against largely unarmed Palestinians. Yes, that is true “Chutzpah” or, as Michelle Bachman pronounces it, CHOOTZ PAH.
If you are keeping track of the body county, more than 1000 Palestinians are dead, which includes many women and children, while two Israelis have been killed by Hamas rockets. Yep, the Jews are facing a new Holocaust. Read the rest »
NOTE–THE FOLLOWING WAS PENNED BY JOHN FRANK. IT IS SUCH A DANDY PIECE OF WRITING IT MERITS ITS OWN SPACE. ENJOY. THANKS JOHN.
The movie, American Chaos, staring Barry and his girls.
A crisis erupts in a country supported by Russia whose government is corrupt, while running on financial fumes, with a basket case for an economy. The key protest organizers are highly trained and well financed operatives, with the protest receiving crucial support from the local American embassy.
Ultimately, after many months of protest, (with the government security forces and the protesters committing egregious acts), a killing spree is carried out by snipers, who may have been part of the protest. In response, an agreement is reached to resolve the crisis.
The protesters reject the agreement and proceed to overthrow the existing elected President and force the governing party to surrender power to a coalition of opposition parties using paramilitary forces trained in Poland. It is especially helpful that the key paramilitary force has neo-Nazi tendencies, as they take and follow orders rather well.
When the Russians complain, Barry and his girls answer by saying “we won, you lost, take a hike;” and then become outraged when Russia responds by taking back territory from Ukraine that belonged to Russia in the first place and contains a key Russian naval base. Read the rest »
If Russian support to Ukrainian rebels, which enabled the rebels to mistakenly shoot down a Malaysian commercial airliner, makes Russia a sponsor of terrorism, then is the United States a terrorist state? Why? Well, if we are going to apply the same standard to ourselves as we are trying to impose on Russia, we did out do them on the terrorism front. Our navy actually shot down a passenger jet. We could not even pretend it was done by some group of “rebels.” Our own boys and girls did it. Do you remember?
Iran Air Flight 655 was an Iran Air civilian passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai that was shot down by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes on 3 July 1988. The incident took place in Iranian airspace, over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, and on the flight’s usual flight path. The aircraft, an Airbus A300 B2-203, was d Read the rest »
What happened in Ukraine? Not sure, but I lean toward the explanation that Ukrainian rebels thought they were shooting at a Ukrainian military plane and hit, by mistake, a Malaysian commercial airliner. Evidence? The rebels initially made the claim on social media that they had downed a Ukrainian plane.
But that’s not the story that the rabid cold warriors are pushing. They are blaming Russia and Putin. What is truly crazy is that Obama and his team are demanding that the Russians do something. Let me get this straight. We now want Russia to take control and responsibility for eastern Ukraine?
Putin is playing this smartly. He is not going to cave in to the hysterical whining of Barack “The Golfer” Obama. The rebels are cooperating with Malaysia. Read the rest »
The following video tells us quite a few things if it is the genuine article. It does appear to be the real McCoy.
CNN and FOX and others need to stop with the nonsense that the plane’s wreckage is scattered over miles. As you can see on the video, the right engine/fuel tank is on fire and the plane is intact. This means the final moments for those poor passengers was an utter horror. I don’t even want to imagine the screams and panic that filled the plane.
This also tells us something about the BUK warhead used on the missile. The plane may have been acquired with radar but the missile itself appears to have had a heat-seeking capability as well. It it was simply an aerial burst with fragmentation then the plane should have come apart from a catastrophic decompression. That’s not what the video shows. Read the rest »
Yes. A sad, horrific tragic accident. This was not terrorism. It was a big, fucking mistake by Ukrainian rebels, who thought they were shooting at a Ukrainian transport aircraft. This is beyond, “OOPS!” Ultimately, I think the Ukrainians will find a scapegoat and punish him as well as agree to pay families compensation. They will probably insist that Ukrainian authorities played a role in making the rebels believe the plane was a military target.
But, frustrated cold warriors in the United States are doing all in their power to try to whip up a national frenzy among disinterested Americans. I’ve heard John McCain and Ollie North ranting on about the plan of Vladimir Putin to resurrect Tsarist Russia or Stalin’s Soviet Union. It is total horseshit but, they are undeterred. It is Dr. Strangelove for the 21st Century. Read the rest »
If the initial news reports are correct regarding the altitude of the Boeing 777 Air Malaysian jet–flying at 32,000 feet–one thing is certain–it was not shot down with a should fired surface to air missile (i.e., a MANPAD). So, what are the possibilities:
1. Catastrophic mechanical failure.
2. Ground to air missile (GTAM), but from a fixed site. Most GTAM mobile systems (i.e., fired from vehicles) maximum altitude is 30,000 feet.
3. Air-to-air missile from a combat jet.
4. Bomb on board.
5. Hijacking and suicide dive. Read the rest »
Obama, per Obama, is both “Irresponsible and Unpatriotic.”
Tough for me to admit, but Obama is right. Read the rest »
These are dangerous times; made more so because of the weakness and incompetence of Barack Obama. The litany of failure is so vast that even Helen Keller could see it:
The earnest Josh Earnest continues to show himself completely out of his depth on these issues. Josh is a good kid. I know him. There was a time when he respected me and praised me for my principled stand. Of course, that was when I was blasting Bush on Iraq and Valerie Plame. Now? Not so much.
Josh is slowly learning that you can’t defend stupid. Read the rest »
The current dust up with the Palestinians in the Gaza strip is nothing more that theater, helped staged and provoked by Israel. I realize this makes me anti-Semitic, but I really am a friend of Israel. The original genius of Israel was to be a society and government that was 180 degrees opposite from the horror that was Nazi Germany. The Germans rounded the Jews up and forced them into Ghettos. But, as we approach the 70th year anniversary of the end of WW II, we are confronted with images eerily reminiscent of the Nazis, only this time, it is the Israelis rounding up Palestinians and forcing them into ghettos.
A very simple question–how many Israelis have been killed by rockets fired by Hamas in the last two weeks? Answer? NONE. How many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli bombs and rockets in that same period? At least 175.
Hamas is beyond idiotic. They are playing into the hands of the Israelis, who want to split them from the Palestinian authority and force their destruction. Yet, their rocket attacks are a miserable, ineffective failure. Israel would be in a stronger moral position doing nothing and avoiding Palestinian casualties and insisting that the world community condemn the rocket attacks.
But that’s not going to happen. Read the rest »
I attended the 60th birthday party of a old friend last night and had the chance to meet a senior diplomat for a major country that is one of our key allies. I won’t identify the country in order to protect the confidence of this senior diplomat. Like all diplomats, this gentleman was quite circumspect and measured in his conversation. But when the subject of Barack Obama and his incompetence came up, the diplomat said a lot without making a direct comment.
What do I mean?
I asked him, “Can you name one country in the world that has a better, stronger relationship with the United States today as compared to 2008?” I wish I could have snapped a picture of the smile that suddenly flashed across his face. His eyes lit up and he chided me, “You know, given my position at the Embassy, I dare not answer that question for fear that I could provoke an international incident.”
He was laughing but he also was quite serious. Read the rest »
Dick and Liz. Especially Dick. STFU. Yes, Shut the Fuck Up! You have done enough damage to America. You have lost your right to express any opinion on Iraq after your multiple predictions and warnings were proved by subsequent events to be delusional, at best, and complete fabrications, at worst.
You lied in 2002 about non-existent weapons of mass destruction, especially nukes. You insisted, wrongly, that Saddam was bankrolling and protecting Al Qaeda. He was not. You insisted the Iraq insurgency was in the last throes. It persisted. And you promised that America would be welcomed by Iraq as liberators. We were not. And now, in 2014, you are doubling down on your damnable lies. Your latest whining in the Weekly Standard would, if we still lived in the 18th Century, get you a well earned tar and feathering. Yep, we should poor boiling oil over your wretched carcass and adorn it with feathers, preferably from a Loon. For that’s what you are.
Obama. He’s got 99 problems. As Jay Z rapped:
99 Problems but a bitch ain’t one
If you having girl problems I feel bad for you son
I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one
Let’s hope he is gay. At least then there is no chance of Michelle going Medieval on his ass for Bill Clinton-style philandering.
But, speaking of problems, the immigration issue sure appears to be pissing off black Americans. Here’s a lady in Houston:
How’s that for angry? Read the rest »
If you have to get up every morning and look at this puss in the mirror, you’d be angry too.
She’s probably upset that she’ll never get the chance to have an abortion. Why? Read the rest »
The fish stinks from the head and so it is with the feckless Obama Administration. The meme, the legacy for this inexperienced, inept Senator from Illinois is becoming set–he is incompetent and inept. Playing pool and swilling beer while tens of thousands of Central Americans flood our southern border is the least of his problems. News out of Germany today–the CIA’s top guy in Berlin has been booted because the US got caught spying on our German friends.
The German government has ordered the expulsion of a CIA official in Berlin in response to two cases of alleged spying by the US.
The official is said to have acted as a CIA contact at the US embassy, reports say, in a scandal that has infuriated German politicians.
A German intelligence official was arrested last week on suspicion of spying. Read the rest »
Stop the primal scream. I am not denying nor dismissing as nothing the fact that Hamas is firing a flood of rockets into Israel. But I do want to encourage you to go read an important article by Max Blumenthal at the Electronic Intifada. The facts on the ground in Israel are different from what the media is portraying:
1. The two Palestinians who kidnapped the three Jewish teenagers and killed them were not key Hamas operatives but were known early on to Israeli authorities.
2. Israeli authorities knew early on the boys were dead but withheld that info in order to use it as part of an international political information operation.
Let’s be clear–the kidnapping of the Jewish teenagers was an awful crime. Unfortunately, it appears it is just a sideshow to a broader political campaign. Read the rest »
We have reached a point in our society where the intelligence and law enforcement communities have grown too big and have too much authority. Our very liberty and freedom, as citizens, is at risk. With each passing day we hear of new instances of overreach by police of some sort who, in the name of “protecting” us, end up killing an innocent bystander, causing mayhem or trampling on the rights of a person to the assumption of innocent until proven guilty.
In the spotlight this week is a now retired CIA officer, Jeffery Scudder. The Washington Post’s Greg Miller got the story:
His CIA career included assignments in Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq, but the most perilous posting for Jeffrey Scudder turned out to be a two-year stint in a sleepy office that looks after the agency’s historical files.
It was there that Scudder discovered a stack of articles, hundreds of histories of long-dormant conflicts and operations that he concluded were still being stored in secret years after they should have been shared with the public. Read the rest »