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  1. The Consultant

     /  24th February 2019

    It’s amazing that these arseholes are still be lauded as “experts”: Tucker Carlson from Fox News gets stuck in Why Are These Professional War Peddlers Still Around?

    I’d forgotten about Max Boot’s loooooonnnngggg history of advocating warfare. It’s like there’s almost no country in the ME that has not wanted the US to attack:

    [In 2001] Boot called for a series of U.S.-led revolutions around the world, beginning in Afghanistan and moving swiftly to Iraq

    North Korea made Boot’s list as well. Then Boot became more ambitious. Saudi Arabia could use a democracy, he decided.

    Five years later, in a piece for The Wall Street Journal, Boot advocated for the military occupation of Pakistan and Somalia.

    by 2011 Boot had another war in mind. “Qaddafi Must Go,” Boot declared

    By late 2012, he was once again promoting attacks on Syria and Iran, as he had nine years before.

    But he’s been hired by the WaPo because he hates Trump’s guts and can be relied upon to unload regularly on the “foolishness” and “stupidity” of Trump and co. He’s an “expert”.

    The International Institute for Strategic Studies, an influential British think tank, describes Boot as one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict.” None of this, it turns out, means anything.

    All that’s required are the circular recommendations of fellow credential holders. If other Leading Authorities on Armed Conflict induct you into their ranks, you’re in.

    Carlson also picks the date where Boot went broke down with TDS:

    February 13, 2016. There was a GOP primary debate that night in Greenville, South Carolina, so every Republican in Washington was watching. Seemingly out of nowhere, Trump articulated something that no party leader had ever said out loud. “We should never have been in Iraq,” Trump announced, his voice rising. “We have destabilized the Middle East.”

    Many in the crowd booed, but Trump kept going: “They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none. And they knew there were none.”

    Republicans in Washington never recovered. When Trump attacked the Iraq War and questioned the integrity of the people who planned and promoted it, he was attacking them. They hated him for that.

  2. Gezza

     /  24th February 2019

    Currently showing on Al Jazeera tv

    A in-depth look at those bizarre, unbelievable, televised confessions the PRC extracts from those it arrests, often before the victims are even charged. How they are done, sometimes in cages, with scripts these prisoners are forced to read out, and how the Chinese state media is an integral part of their coercion.

    26 Minutes

  3. The Consultant

     /  24th February 2019

    Totalitarian Communism never changes; Moscow Show Trials:

    The defendants of these were Old Bolshevik party leaders and top officials of the Soviet secret police. Most defendants were charged under Article 58 of the RSFSR Penal Code with conspiring with the western powers to assassinate Stalin and other Soviet leaders, dismember the Soviet Union, and restore capitalism.

    On the first day of the trial, Krestinsky caused a sensation when he repudiated his written confession and pleaded not guilty to all the charges. However, he changed his plea the next day after “special measures”, which dislocated his left shoulder among other things.[

    The Chinese seem to be going after low-level ordinary people. Perhaps the ones seen in these televised “confessions” are suffering from a “peculiar duality of mind” leading to “semi-paralysis of the will” and Hegelian “unhappy consciousness”.

    There was also the usual bunch of foreign toadies, just as there is now with China:

    Communist Party leaders in most Western countries denounced criticism of the trials as capitalist attempts to subvert Communism.

    In the United States, left-wing advocates such as Corliss Lamont and Lillian Hellman also denounced criticism of the Moscow trials, signing An Open Letter To American Liberals in support of the trials for the March 1937 issue of Soviet Russia Today.

    Of these, the following is still my favourite anecdote:

    In Britain, the lawyer and Labour MP Denis Nowell Pritt, for example, wrote: “Once again the more faint-hearted socialists are beset with doubts and anxieties, [but] once again we can feel confident that when the smoke has rolled away from the battlefield of controversy it will be realized that the charge was true, the confessions correct and the prosecution fairly conducted”

    socialist thinker Beatrice Webb “was pleased that Stalin had ‘cut out the dead wood'”

    Communist Party leader Harry Pollitt, in the Daily Worker of March 12, 1936, told the world that “the trials in Moscow represent a new triumph in the history of progress”. The article was ironically illustrated by a photograph of Stalin with Yezhov, himself shortly to vanish and his photographs airbrushed from history by NKVD archivists.

  4. phantom snowflake

     /  24th February 2019

    Centrism is Thatcherism with diversity quotas!


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