Monthly Archives: November 2015

Ex-US Intelligence Chief on Islamic State’s Rise: ‘We Were Too Dumb’

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/former-us-intelligence-chief-discusses-development-of-is-a-1065131.html Thinking of Michael Hastings writing about Flynn in The Operators. Wonder how exactly Hastings died.

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Blair and Bush went to war in Iraq despite South Africa’s WMD assurances

God, Spies and Lies, by South African journalist John Matisonn, describes how then president Thabo Mbeki tried in vain to convince both Blair and President George W Bush that toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003 would be a terrible mistake. Mbeki’s … Continue reading

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Act of Rhetoric

The near-simultaneous attacks in Paris that killed at least 128 people were an “act of war” organised by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, French President Francois Hollande says. I’m weighing the truth value of that proposition this morning. An act of … Continue reading

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“Das schien damals möglich”

Hubert Menzel, OKW, explaining the thinking behind Unternehmen Barbarossa. I am ruminating on this this evening.

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