What Everyone Got Wrong About "Trump-Russia", Ukraine's Future, The Chinese "Threat", Public Trust/US Decline, Balkan Experiences, How To Torture Glenn Greenwald
John put in an enormous amount of effort with this interview, which shows quite a lot of respect. I ask that you respect him too, and keep the punches on topic and not hit below the belt.
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More interviews to come. I hope you enjoyed this one.
Location redacted? Clearly the new bus terminal in Split built - over the budget, long overdue, and shoddy - from EU funds.
Interview your fan Lara Logan next.
Garbage interview with a moron. I thought I'd already unsubscrbed from this blog. Makes sense that this guy was on the US intel payroll, given how incompetent US intel is.
< Russian intelligence had a hand in the notorious Steele Dossier, which was denounced by real experts (such as me) on Russian spy games as obvious disinformation, designed to remind Trump that Moscow possessed kompromat on him. >
Absurd bullshit. Russia expelled UK spy Chris Steele, who was subsequently fired by MI6 for being so bad at his job -- over a decade before his made-up report. He had zero access to anyone in Russia.
Schindler is surely full of himself, and pontificates like he knows stuff. Strikes me as a bit too full of himself.
This line destroys any credibility he might have had as both a historian and an expert in intelligence: "Donald Trump is no Armand Hammer. The latter was a legitimately successful businessman with powerful political connections."
Armand Hammer's "legitimate business" was crumbs brushed off the plate of Bolsheviks during and just after the Russian Revolution. Armand's daddy, Julius Hammer, was a Russian-Jewish leader of American Socialist/Communists in the early 1900s. He was tied tightly to the Bolsheviks, including likely funding Trotsky's stay in the US in 1917. He was repaid by the Bolsheviks with massive concessions--mining, manufacturing, and his big money-maker, a monopoly on pencil-making. Julius went to Sing-Sing in the early 1920s, for killing a Russian diplomat's wife during an illegal abortion (he was a doctor, so was Armand). Armand picked up the family's account with the Bolsheviks and the Cheka, moved his family to Moscow, and lived in luxury. Other crumbs that he lapped up as they fell from the Bolsheviks' plate--the czar's Faberge egg collection, and much, much more.
In other words, the Hammers were "legitimate businessmen" like Epstein was a "legitimate financial advisor."
Nothing legitimate about any of the Hammers.
A thoughtful interview, and the seriousness of the content is related with an enjoyable style. I have lately been reading Wolcott Gibbs' 1936 parody of Time Magazine's inverted narrative structure, and here I find a bit of a Gonzo journalism flavor that is perfect for this interview. It also helps sweep the reader into unfamiliar territory in a highly readable manner. Bravo!
Interesting stuff. I can’t imagine what you’re getting at with that below the belt reference, Niccolo...
It seems a bit contradictory to say that Russia horribly miscalculated and the war is stalemated, but then that they can turn Ukraine into a depopulated, pro-Russian husk. Seems like the Russians may have stumbled into a successful, if horrible, strategy. (This Thirty Years War analogy has been made by David P. Goldman, who would also be a great interview.)
I’ve also started to wonder about the US Idiocracy problem. Are Millennials and Zoomers really up to running a global empire? I can barely get them to do anything at work. I think Generation X (mine) is the last competent generation. All the boomers looking to retire and flood the country with personal care workers and Uber drivers won’t help, either.
Who is this pussy😂😂
What a fag.
I've always felt that George Soros was Armand Hammer's replacement.
He didn't come across as kooky as he did in classic russiagate Louise Mensch olden times at least, downright based in his ability to perceive some of reality, though mightily stuck in reiterating his internet beef errors of the past. Respek for mentioning D'Annunzio and writing book on Isonzo battle (I will buy this despite amazog telling me it is a book for those from ages 7 to 17), but you could at LEAST have found a way of working Hillary Wang in here.
I learned a lot here, so well done!
Seems like that copypasta went over everyone’s head
Fantastic! Excellent interview with some really interesting and wide-ranging stuff- thank you.
One quibble is that he may understand intelligence and government better than business. Wanting to open a business in Russia (as Trump did) is not the same as wanting to be an agent of the Kremlin. I have worked with people doing business in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, etc who of course need to schmooze the right people and say the right things but don’t have a bone in their bodies with allegiance to these regimes. They just want to be able to run their business. Of course, that doesn’t meant that Trump wasn’t a Kremlin stooge- I don’t know the man or the circumstances. Just that wanting to open your business in one of these places doesn’t necessarily make one a stooge.
The Biden situation is completely different. Joe and Hunter have no business operation they were trying to start. They were simply selling influence for cash. Would have loved to hear some of his views on Biden and China.
Med Gold would be interested in the fact that Italians have a word for "Behindology."
Really great interview, this is why I give you my hard stolen cash. Keep it up!