Thursday, January 12, 2017

Spy vs Spy: What Was This Election Really About?

Well, what a show they're putting on for us, eh? The Deep State has come out of the shadows and into the mainstream and splashed onto the headline news. I said right after the election that the secret wars had only just begun and I was half-right; they're not-so-secret.

And I'm actually wondering about what kind of wars they actually are.

If you've been (wisely) avoiding the newsmedia, the CIA's latest apparent ratfucking was leaking a dossier put together as opposition research by one of these so-called private intelligence outfits, which sound more and more like fly-by-night con artists the more we hear about them. The report ran the gamut, and gave the clients some salacious gossip and potentially damaging innuendo, but none of it was properly sourced and the report was filled with errors. 

The dossier made the rounds to the media late in the election cycle but most journalists smelled a turd and passed. The Clinton campaign did as well. But CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who hates Trump even more than your average media maeven, ran with a story claiming intel chiefs briefed Trump and Obama on it and touched on some of the less-sensationalist details.

Social-justice-clickbait-farm Buzzfeed ran the entire report, kicking off the #Pissgate storm on Twitter (based on claims the germophobic Trump hired hookers to do golden showers) and brought the wrath of the rest of the media down on its head, claiming they'd given Trump ample ammo to attack the press for excessive partisanship and "fake news."

Glenn Greenwald wrote sagely on the whole mess, placing the finger of blame squarely on the CIA:

The serious dangers posed by a Trump presidency are numerous and manifest... 
But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive. Empowering the very entities that have produced the most shameful atrocities and systemic deceit over the last six decades is desperation of the worst kind. Demanding that evidence-free, anonymous assertions be instantly venerated as Truth — despite emanating from the very precincts designed to propagandize and lie — is an assault on journalism, democracy, and basic human rationality.

Beyond all that, there is no bigger favor that Trump opponents can do for him than attacking him with such lowly, shabby, obvious shams, recruiting large media outlets to lead the way. When it comes time to expose actual Trump corruption and criminality, who is going to believe the people and institutions who have demonstrated they are willing to endorse any assertions no matter how factually baseless, who deploy any journalistic tactic no matter how unreliable and removed from basic means of ensuring accuracy? 
All of these toxic ingredients were on full display yesterday as the Deep State unleashed its tawdriest and most aggressive assault yet on Trump: vesting credibility in and then causing the public disclosure of a completely unvetted and unverified document, compiled by a paid, anonymous operative while he was working for both GOP and Democratic opponents of Trump...
The former MI6 agent allegedly behind the document has reportedly "now fled his Surrey home and is ‘terrified for his life.'"

Well, maybe.

DNI James Clapper was forced to issue a statement clarifying that the intelligence community did not take the dossier seriously and did not include it in their evaluation:
"The [intelligence community] has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions," Clapper noted
But even so CNN spun that statement as "US spy chief rejects Trump's attack over Russia dossier." 


But CNN may have another very good reason for trying to play the Spy vs Spy game. CNN may get sold-off from TimeWarner to smooth the way for the pending merger with AT&T, which would cripple the struggling cable news network:

Trump said on the campaign trail that he wouldn’t approve the deal.
It was much debated in media circles if the press conference run-in would move the needle on Trump’s stance.
Some pondered whether Time Warner would have to sell off CNN to get the deal approved. 
“If AT&T had to spin off CNN to get the deal approved, I suspect they would be willing to do so,” said analyst Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson. 
“The CNN story puts an exclamation mark on the deal and what’s always been the biggest risk to this deal — political concerns in the White House,” Cowen & Co. analyst Paul Gallant, told The Post.
Former CIA agent Philip Giraldi- no fan of Trump either- looked at the document and had this to say: 
My suspicion would be that the report is a composite of some fact, a lot of speculation, and even some fiction. It is very similar to the types of media-focused disinformation produced by both CIA and KGB in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s, where a little bit of factual information would be used to provide credibility for a lot of speculation and false stories that were intended to sow doubt and confusion. In this case, the original intent might well have been to discredit Trump personally; its release at this time is likely intended to delegitimize his presidency, or to narrow his options on recalibrating with Russia. 
I expect, however, that much of the possibly tall tale being told will unravel as the FBI continues and expands its investigation. Trump has predictably denounced the entire matter as “fake news.” He may be right.
Fake something, at least.

But the question must be asked: who really benefits from this? The people pouncing on the report already hate Trump to the point of utter distraction anyway. If Trump was rattled he didn't seem to be at his press conference and I really don't think he's that good an actor. 
And Trump's supporters see this as just more media monkey-business, more Democrat dirty tricks. 

But what if it's not? What if there's a much deeper game being played on the field? A game we can barely perceive because the moves are so subtle and insidious? What if this is more like Kabuki theater or professional wrestling than civil war?

The hits just keep on coming: in the latest ostensible attempt to delegitimize the election comes the investigation by Obama appointee Michael Horowitz of the FBI's handling of the Clinton email scandal.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced that the investigation would also review FBI Director James Comey’s decision to disclose that the FBI was recommending against prosecuting Clinton for her private e-mail server and then revealing days before the election that more emails had been found on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner.
The inspector general will also also investigate whether an FBI deputy director whose wife received financial support in her state election from a close Clinton ally should have been involved in the election and whether the Department of Justice’s assistant attorney general, who was close to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, should have been recused from matters. 
Additionally, Horowitz will looking “Allegations that Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information” and allegations that the FBI improperly released information that may have interfered in the election. 
But is this just keeping the endless campaign going, the way all of these stories seem to be? Keeping the tension stoked, keeping the partisan fervor fired up?

What is happening while we're distracted by all of this sensationalism and conflict?

I'll tell you one thing;  the strange volte-face from the Trump camp on Russia. All of a sudden the tone and timbre on Putin has changed. I have to say that it always rang a bit false to begin with; businessman Trump may have wanted to ingratiate himself with the Russian strongman, but is there really room for two alpha males on the block?

But a voice in my head keeps telling me, "it was a confidence game all along. These Cold War types don't change their stripes." And sure enough..

James 'Mad Dog' Mattis calls Russia 'adversary,' claims confidence in intelligence community:
WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Donald Trump's pick to lead the Pentagon put Russia at the top of a list of threats to U.S. interests on Thursday and told Congress that America must be ready to confront Moscow where necessary, even as he backed Trump's bid for better relations. 
The remarks by retired Marine General James Mattis were the latest by one of Trump's Cabinet picks that veered away from the president-elect's campaign rhetoric, which included praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin and pledges to improve ties with him. 
"I'm all for engagement but we also have to recognize reality in what Russia is up to," Mattis said, adding there were a "decreasing number of areas" where the United States might cooperate with Moscow. 
Asked about the main threats to U.S. interests, Mattis said: "I would consider the principle threats to start with Russia." 
Mattis said he wanted to meet with the new Trump national security team to "craft a strategy to confront Russia for what it's done," when questioned about the possibility of new U.S. sanctions.
This isn't Maverick Mattis going out on a limb- all of Trump's appointees have been sounding downright bellicose in their appearances before the Senate. And Trump is infamous for his insistence that his people toe the party line or take a walk. 

Just ask Chris Christie.

So clearly the change in tone is coming from the top. Does "Make America Great Again" mean "Make America Reagan Again?" Because I'm sure getting flashbacks here.


We still haven't heard the evidence linking the hacking to Russia and we probably never will. What claims we did hear came from those "private security firms" again, who have absolutely zero financial incentive not to find the culprit you asked them to look for, whether or not it actually exists. 

And now it's looking like Trump won't spill the beans either.

Be logical for a moment here: if anyone even suspected that the Russians were really involved the material would have been pulled off the Web faster than you could say "National Security Act" and no one but a few weirdos would have questioned it.  The Clinton campaign could have made a huge hash of it during the campaign but barely made a peep. And the intelligence agencies' official estimate was based on the Democrats' paid-for intel from private sources to begin with. 

And now the Trump team is suddenly going along with all this nonsense?

So what is really going on here?

Well, I don't know anything special. I'm not read into any meetings or copied on any memos. But let me just supply you with a few dots. You connect them how you see fit...

ITEM: France’s election shows Europe’s line against Russia is fraying

VLADIMIR PUTIN must wonder what he did right. From the refugee crisis to Brexit, Europe’s troubles have allowed the Russian president to portray himself as a bulwark of stability in a region of chaos. America’s election brought an apparent Kremlin sympathiser to the White House. And now France is on the same track. François Fillon’s victory over Alain Juppé in the presidential primary of the centre-right Republican Party leaves an avowed friend of Mr Putin as the favourite to occupy the Élysée after next spring’s election. (Mr Fillon’s most serious rival, the nationalist Marine Le Pen, has a yet more marked Moscow tilt.) 
Historical revisionism is one thing. More worryingly for Germany, France’s partner in the four-party “Normandy format” set up to negotiate with Russia and Ukraine, Mr Fillon wants to scrap the economic sanctions that the European Union imposed on Russia over Crimea and its incursions in eastern Ukraine. Opinions in the EU are divided on Russia, from hawks like the Balts and Poland to doves like Italy and Hungary. 
So far Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, has held the club together, ensuring a regular rollover of the toughest measures. But the consensus is slowly fraying; to lose the French would be a shock.
Isn't that interesting. How about this?

ITEM: China's President Xi Jinping will seek to promote "inclusive globalisation."  

"Economic globalisation is facing resistance," vice foreign minister Li Baodong said at a briefing on Xi's Davos visit. 
Beijing will respond to the international community's concern over globalisation by putting forward China's opinions on how to "steer economic globalisation towards greater inclusiveness", he said. 
This year's forum, from January 17-20, is expected to be dominated by discussion of an outbreak of public hostility towards globalisation and US President-elect Donald Trump, whose tough talk on trade, including promises of tariffs against China and Mexico, helped win him the White House. Trump will be sworn in on Jan. 20. 
Li said criticism of trade protectionism levelled at China, by Trump and others, was unjust. "Trade protectionism will lead to isolation and is in the interest of no one," he said.
Because China was the only country to benefit from Globalization, of course. And is using that windfall to build up its military...

But let's get to the core of the election issue...

ITEM: President Obama is leaving the White House with majority disapproval among members of the military...
Obama's move steep reduction of U.S. forces stationed in Afghanistan after a troop surge, and his withdrawal of forces from Iraq in keeping with a status of forces agreement, doesn't appear to have carried support in the the military. 
The poll said 49 per cent backed President-elect Donald Trump in the campaign, compared to just 29 per cent for Hillary Clinton. 
ITEM: Report shows Marines extremely dislike Hillary Clinton
According to the survey, more than 83% of troops question Mrs. Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness, mainly because of the scandals involving Benghazi and her personal email server. The report also showed that among Marines — only 8.6% said they’d vote for Hillary.Each touted their support among military brass during the campaign.
ITEM: Hillary Clinton Has Few Fans in the Military
Hillary Clinton is still in line to win the Democratic Party's nomination to be the next commander in chief, but few Americans in the military have a good impression of her. 
A new RallyPoint/Rasmussen Reports national survey of active and retired military personnel finds that only 15% have a favorable opinion of Clinton, with just three percent (3%) who view the former secretary of State Very Favorably. 
What about the unreported story of the past eight years; the military's retention problem?
ITEM: By the end of this year, the Air Force is expected to be short about 700 pilots and it still needs 4,000 more maintainers– airmen that repair and work on aircraft.  
Several months ago, the service created a new policy that would give $2,000 bonuses to new airmen who signed up to be maintainers. 
“It’s going to take us years to get out from under this because we are bringing in new people that will just swell the ranks of the more juniors and it will take years to season them,” James said.
What about the porkbarrel weapons programs that greedy politicians love and military brass hate?

ITEM: Failure of new U.S. weapons systems may be more than science fiction

A war between China and America is a favorite subject of armchair military analysts. Why would it happen? How would it play out? Authors have written thousands of pages online and off trying to answer these questions. 
The novel particularly shines when the writers depict the failures of the Pentagon’s newest weapons systems. Over the past decade, U.S. taxpayers have poured trillions of dollars into fancy new weapons, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Littoral Combat Ship, though defense experts warned of their many failings.
And finally, the story that may well have decided this election: 

ITEM: A Department of Defense official said Tuesday that Russia could overrun NATO within 60 hours, but maintained it would be more difficult to do so after 2017.

Michael Carpenter, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, affirmed a February analysis by the RAND Corporation, which determined that it would take Russian troops a maximum of 60 hours to reach the capital cities of Estonia or Latvia.
Why after 2017? Oh....


  1. Chris,

    Compounding the failure of the F-35 and the Littoral Combat Ship is the worrying trend by the military for retiring older but effective combat ordinance. I'm thinking specifically of the A-10 Thunderbolt, known to most as the Warthog, that Vietnam-era flying tank that has performed brilliantly yet is threatened with being mothballed. Those who say, "Well, we'll still have them, we can pull them out of storage when we need them" do not take into account the vast knowledge base, from experienced pilots to ground crews and mechanics trained in its maintenance, that would have to be recreated, a process that might take years.

    Were the Soviets - er, sorry, I meant the Russians - to suddenly go loopy and surge west, they would do so with a horde of those wonderful battle tanks they're so good at building. Our first line of defense against them? Why, the A-10, of course. Whoops! Guess we're out of luck.

    The A-10 is not a cheap plane. It takes lots of money to keep them in readiness. This is what baffles me most - there's money to be made by someone, yet we're throwing them away. Guess the F-35 is a larger cash cow, or perhaps a shinier toy.

    1. Speak of the Devil - I post this, then discover that Business Insider posted a report _yesterday_ that the A10 is to be upgraded and kept on the front line against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. Lovely side effect is that the upgraded Warthogs will be ready for redeployment to Europe. Guess it's a money-maker after all. Of course, there are still other ordinance issues, but if I start listing them they might all come back online, and there goes the budget!

    2. The funny thing is Europe would be way better off under Putin running things than the current crop of EU leadership that has brought on nothing but ruination. Is getting to the point that a lot of Europeans might be out in the streets waving flags of welcome to their liberator. Now that would make a fun novel and nicely ironically humorous one at that.

    3. You clearly do not live in Europe.

    4. If I was seeking to see America decline militarily and well economically to boot, if I was a jihadist or Marxist, I would be as pleased as punch with the F-35 disaster. To be fair to Trump, he couldn't stop this fiasco if he wanted to. The vested interests are way bigger than any one president, as Chris himself has alluded to before. Obama didn't even care about the F-35 fiasco, doesn't fit into his concerns and obsessions.

  2. "Why after 2017..." Wikipedia's entry for the Knights Templar gives the date 1119 as the date that this Catholic military order became active. In Levenda's "Sinister Forces" he writes that the date was 1118. Either way, the 900th birthday party is most likely happening during Trump's presidency.

  3. Chris-

    I think you're very perceptive here. For the last few years I've been getting the sense that the military is very concerned about its ability to wage a large scale war with the Russians or China.

    Ever since Vietnam, the real innovation has largely been amongst the Special Operations Forces, who among the best in the world. And their great for a vague "War on Terrorism" against stateless actors, but not so much against Russian armored divisions.

    Consequently, conventional forces were largely ignored outside of pork barrel projects that are largely inferior to their counterparts of 30-40 years ago. Meanwhile, China and Russia have continued to build up and modernize their conventional forces.

    I think the "protectionist" pose of Trump is largely driven by military concerns as well. In the event of a world war, it could potentially be a major liability to the military if it most depend upon half a dozen different countries to produce tanks.

    On the whole, I think the "thawing" of relations with Russia is a feign to give the Pentagon time to rebuild and retool. Some factory jobs will even return to the nation, at least those vital to defense anyway.

    I do think the Trump's people may ultimately be more concerned with China than Russia, however. Obama talked about the pivot to China, but it was largely talk. I fear Trump will be willing to go much further.


  4. Let's keep in mind that Clapper suggested that the Russians might even plant Child Porn on the Computers of US citizens.

    Seems like they are setting up excuses for the Satanic Pedophile Ring in D. C.

    Trump needs to distance himself and his administration from Russia to reduce the effectiveness of this tactic.

    Also I'm sure that the Russians, the Chinese, the Israelis, and the British all hacked the DNC and the RNC on general intelligence gathering missions.

  5. Oh My God. Secret Sun has gone from one of my favorite blogs. An oasis on the internet. A place of truly fresh ideas to this.... I don't even know what to call this. Chris please don't go down the same crazy Zero Hedge, Putin funded disinfo pure smug bullshit rabbit hole as Gordon White (another favorite thinker on the internet). You gave me the freshest perspective on what has become one of my favorite films - Michael Clayton. Not to mention the AstroGnostic series. Let alone that I will never look at the X-files the same way again. Chris Knowles please please please pull out of this conspirosphere nosedive. Please please please pretty please.

    1. There is no Putin funded rabbit hole, at least not as far as this blog is concerned.
      Chris does amazing work here and, although not primarily a political blog, makes some vital points about hidden connections in the world of geopolitics.
      I truly appreciate Chris' work and want him to go as far down whatever rabbit hole he feels like going as long as he keeps reporting to us what he finds.

    2. What would you have Chris do? This "this" that you don't even know what to call, is the defining issue right now and will define our future. I would feel less about him if he didn't weigh in. Added to that, he has more insightful ideas than anyone I've read regarding "this". I suspect, like you, I've given up on pretty much all of the other blogs. It really has been a massive disappointment. But see, I think Chris actually gives a shit. I"m pretty certain that he's not doing this for money or fame. That is a rare thing indeed, and needs praising.

      Let him go where he will. He has my blessing. I sense a very honorable man who loves his children. Why is that a nosedive?

  6. As I've said before, this election was a proxy war between the CIA and the FBI. The FBI won the election and the CIA is now trying to recover lost ground, and then some.
    Of course, we all know what happened to JFK.

  7. You want to know what this really is all about?

    Look up something called the heartland theory.

    Strategic importance of Eastern Europe[edit]
    Later, in 1919, Mackinder summarised his theory as:

    "Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland;
    who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island;
    who rules the World-Island commands the world."
    (Mackinder, Democratic Ideals and Reality, p. 150)
    Any power which controlled the World-Island would control well over 50% of the world's resources. The Heartland's size and central position made it the key to controlling the World-Island.

    People keep talking about the cold war,no.

    You have to go back further into history to know what is happening

  8. Oh, and another thing, americas monopoly on power is ending.
    We are entering a multi polar world.
    The world is going to be turned into a grand chess board, the players will be america, china, india, and russia, maybe western europe, if they can keep their shit together.

    We are living in the end times of americas empire, we are living in the last times of peace.

    1. Whoever you are Kim? I agree with you. I wrote this last night, trying to think this through.

      General Mattis is a student of history. At the turn of the Century, the Ottoman Empire negotiated a deal with Germany, in which the Germans could build a railway to Iraq for the oil. Not long after, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, and WW1. The British could not allow that. Trying to circumvent the British rule of the seas, the Germans had attempted to go by land, to the Middle East. It was about the oil. It was also about MacKinder's thinking. Both Russia and Germany, had to remain weak, for the Empire, to flourish. He was the first geopolitical theorist. At the same time, Britain, also formed the Muslim Brotherhood. Yes, that same Muslim Brotherhood Obama and Clinton tried to put in power in the Middle East.

      Today, enter, Russia and China. Russia for now has effectively neutralized the plan to move the oil by pipeline through Syria by our "allies". Both Qatar, and Saudi Arabia financed the terrorists, as well as the opposition to Assad. They had planned to build these pipelines to Europe. If Putin controls these pipelines as well as the pipelines from Russia, to Europe, he effectively controls Europe. Although I don't think he controls Tsiblisi. It is also no surprise, that Erdogan of Turkey had desires to reestablish the Ottoman Empire. This situation with Turkey, is at best, unpredictable. Currently, he is working with Russia/Iran. Don't forget, Iran and Iraq also are large producers of oil. It was the British and Roosevelt who put the Wahhabi Saudis, in control of Saudi Arabia. Yes, those same Wahhabi's who export terrorism today.

      China now has an almost an open region from Iran to the coast of Syria, to rebuild the Ancient Silk Road,as a modern Silk Road. Oddly enough, China, much like the Ottomans, has been busily circumventing US dominance of the seas, by doing what Germany tried to do at the turn of the last century. They are putting in place massive ports, and railways across land. Given China's already existing deals with Russia, regarding oil, it stands to reason, that Putin and China, both would benefit from moving the oil East to China, thereby, choking Europe off, should they so desire. Meanwhile China is covering their western flank by moving to block access to the South China Sea, should they so desire. So it does not surprise me at all that Trump spoke to the leader of Taiwan, nor that he invited Dueterte, of the Phillipines to the White House. Dueterte had recently visited China. For China to be contained, it is necessary to build an alliance of nations surrounding China. Such as Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, India, and others.

      My assumption is that both Marine Generals, Mattis, and Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would view Russia and China, as threats to our way of life. And if Putin is just a Soviet operative in Nationalistic clothes, countries, such as Romania and Poland, have plenty of reasons to be very nervous given the heavy booted rule of the Soviet Union in their countries. Russia has to reexamine their own treatment of the populations of these countries, before ever thinking of any type of global rule or governance.

      This is not to say that our current crop of leaders, have much credibility either.

      All in all however. It is about the resources. Always has been. Always will be.

  9. This feels like another build up for a distraction and misdirection coming to hide yet another piece of the ongoing shell game from the Globalists. Milking this perception of a Russian threat to reverberate through the West with a dotted line over to the Chinese military build up just feels like it did back in the early 80's when as an Army ROTC cadet in college, our primary focus in all of my military science course studies and field training exercises was exclusively to optimize against the Soviet Threat rolling over the boarder of our NATO allies. It didn't feel ideological to me at that time anymore than it does now. It is manipulative but for what purpose, only those that can truly see the hidden hand can know for sure.

  10. You forgot one of the best parts! The dossier was invented on 4chan's /pol/ and forwarded to Rick Wilson, who apparently thought he'd struck gold (heh heh) and passed it on to the CIA. The original is full of chanspeak about tendies and waifus. It's literally impossible to fall for, but apparently, somebody thought it was good enough to excise bits and run with them. /pol/ is congratulating itself on tripping the CIA and making them eat dirt in front of the whole playground right now. Hard to fathom how anybody could have been so stupid in the first place, it's almost enough to make a man suspicious ya'know?

  11. I tuned out the media-filtered Russian narrative a long time ago. Confrontation is inevitable at this point, regardless of who the American Figurehead happens to be. Mother Russia is essential to keeping Uncle Moloch's furnace stoked.

    She is the world's largest natural gas reserve, Europe's primary supplier. The second-largest coal reserve and, again, Europe's primary supplier. The world's largest timber reserve, the greatest unbroken tract of coniferous forest on Earth, spanning 11 time-zones. Three-quarters of the Russian landmass is still unsettled. She has roughly 40% of the world's gold, supplies 20% of all diamonds and gemstones, and is one of the top 5 industrial metal exporters. She is the world's leading producer of oil. There are 90 billion barrels off the Arctic coast, most of which is Siberian.

    Now: Obama just banned drilling in Alaskan waters. Putin responded by increasing drilling off Siberia (in addition to Arctic combat training). I'll go out on a limb and predict that Uncle Moloch doesn’t really care about preserving fragile ecosystems and in fact never intended to extract 20% of his energy from "renewable" sources by 2020 and will instead keep chugging coal and petroleum because, you know, cars and phones are awesome. So if Uncle Moloch doesn't want to drill at home, he'll have to drill abroad (sorry). And wouldn't ya know it, they're having a heat wave at the North Pole. How convenient.

    Putin is a bur in the neo-liberal boot and won’t be tolerated for very much longer. On one hand, the Russians could overrun NATO in 3 days, yes, but on the other hand, they only have 30 foreign bases, while the US has 800. A ground war would devastate them, but then, Putin has an 83% approval rating, indicating his people would likely be willing to martyr themselves at this point in time. So long as the Syrian pipelines are stalled by war, Putin literally heats, cools, and powers European civilization. And he's got a notoriously sore loser in check-mate.

    I fear the Doomsday Clock is running about two minutes too late...

  12. Its not just domestic concerns regarding Russia, there's this to consider--"U.S. Intelligence Officials Reportedly Warn Israeli Counterparts Against Sharing Info With Trump Administration":

    And on that note, Israel just bombed a Syrian military airport in Damascus today:

    Mind you the Israelis have bombed Syria before without retaliation, but the stakes are most assuredly higher now. ISIS/Al-Nusra are getting their asses kicked. Pipeline deals are being threatened. Trump gets sworn in within a week. Timing, as they say, is everything.

  13. For more on the pipeline deal I was referring to:

    Note the names of some of those involved!

    1. Things are starting to escalate rather quickly. The US has begun deploying more troops to Poland. See this:

      Make America Reagan again indeed. Pass the member berries...

  14. Hey Chris love your blog

    What happened to your 8 series part on the Templar? I cant find it anymore.