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  • Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick “The Vietnam War” Misses its Target- A Review (Part I)

    10/17/2017 6:52:07 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    Providence Mag ^ | October 17th 2017 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    Watching the Ken Burns-Lynn Novick PBS series on the Vietnam War put me in mind of a memorable essay that Jim Webb—Vietnam war hero, novelist, secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan, and most recently Democratic senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia—penned for the American Enterprise Institute seventeen years ago. In this remarkable piece, he called into question the popular idea of a “Vietnam generation.” Webb noted that those who came of age during that war are more properly regarded not as a generation but as an age group, permanently divided by different reactions to a whole range of counter-cultural...
  • US knew about Indonesia 1960s massacres(barf alert)

    10/17/2017 4:57:19 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th October 2017 | bbc news
    The US knew people were being "delivered for slaughter" during a political purge in Indonesia during the 1960s, declassified documents reveal. At least 500,000 people were killed between 1965 and 1966, after the army and local Muslim militia went on a rampage following an attempted coup. It was one of the worst massacres of the 20th century, but, at the time, Washington remained silent. But these newly released memos reveal they had detailed knowledge of events. The documents show US staff describing them in telegrams as "slaughter" and at times "indiscriminate killings", exposing an intimate knowledge of the Indonesian army's...
  • NATO chief: 'We don't want a new Cold War' with Russia

    10/09/2017 2:55:07 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    Yahoo Fake News and Propaganda ^ | October 9, 2017 | ALISON MUTLER, Associated Presstitute
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — NATO doesn't want a "new Cold War" with Russia despite members' concerns about the Russian military buildup close to NATO's border, the alliance's secretary general said Monday. Jens Stoltenberg was speaking at the end of a four-day NATO parliamentary assembly in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. "We are concerned by .... (Russia's) lack of transparency when it comes to military exercises," he said.
  • Stanislav Petrov, Soviet Officer Who Helped Avert Nuclear War, Is Dead at 77

    09/18/2017 12:03:27 PM PDT · by Borges · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/18/2017 | SEWELL CHAN
    Early on the morning of Sept. 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov helped prevent the outbreak of nuclear war. A 44-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Forces, he was a few hours into his shift as the duty officer at Serpukhov-15, the secret command center outside Moscow where the Soviet military monitored its early-warning satellites over the United States, when alarms went off. Computers warned that five Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles had been launched from an American base. “For 15 seconds, we were in a state of shock,” he later recalled. “We needed to understand, ‘What’s next?’ ” The alarm...
  • Mount Umunhum: Former Mountain-Top Military Base Opens This Week to Public

    09/11/2017 4:24:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | September 11, 2017 | Paul Rogers
    Thirty-seven years after the U.S. Air Force shut down a mountain-top radar station in the hills south of San Jose that scanned the skies for Soviet bombers during the Cold War, the summit of Mount Umunhum is finally opening to the public this week as a new park, with stunning views of San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, a public agency that owns the 3,486-foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains east of Los Gatos, spent $25 million over eight years on the project. Supporters say the new summit, which visitors will...
  • June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99

    07/27/2017 2:59:30 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 70 replies
    Variety ^ | July 26, 2017
    June Foray, the voice of “The Rocky and  Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday. She was 99. Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.” Foray was also the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who...
  • Why Iran Really Bought F-14 Tomcats

    07/25/2017 9:19:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 25, 2017 | Tom Cooper
    More than 40 years after Iran acquired the F-14 Tomcat from the United States, there are still plenty of misconceptions about the deal. Most published accounts offer a simple explanation — that Iran needed F-14s to counter over-flights by Soviet-operated MiG-25R Foxbat reconnaissance aircraft. The truth is a bit more complicated. The Soviet overflights were actually a response to Iran’s own increasing belligerence, which dovetailed with the country’s determined acquisition of better and better U.S.-made warplanes. Bear in mind that after the CIA staged a coup against the Iranian government in 1953, Tehran was a close U.S. ally. In the...
  • NATO Bombed Soviet Submarines With Tiny, Annoying Magnets

    07/10/2017 9:50:33 AM PDT · by Lower Deck · 35 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | 7/9/`7 | Steve Weintz
    At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union had so many hundreds of deadly submarines at sea that Western war planners willing to try almost any possible countermeasure, however goofy sounding. Some seemingly crazy ideas proved actually worthwhile, such as the underwater Sound Surveillance System—a vast chain of seafloor microphones that patiently listened for Soviet subs … and remains in use today. Other less elegant anti-submarine tools survive only as anecdotes. In his book Hunter Killers, naval writer Iain Ballantyne recalls one of the zanier ideas — air-dropped “floppy-magnets” meant to foul up Soviet undersea boats, making them...
  • The secret to Kim’s success? Some experts see Russian echoes in North Korea’s missile advances

    07/08/2017 8:35:32 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | July 8, 2017 | Joby Warrick
    Four months before its July 4 missile test, North Korea offered the world a rare technical preview of its latest missile engine, one said to be capable of lobbing nuclear warheads at U.S. cities. A video on state-run TV depicted a machine with thickets of tubes and vents, and a shape that struck some U.S. experts as familiar — in a distinctly Soviet way. “It shocked me,” said Michael Elleman, one weapons expert who noticed jarring similarities between the engine tested by North Korea in March and one he frequently encountered in Russia at the end of the Cold War....
  • USS Pueblo [crises]

    07/06/2017 8:02:14 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 32 replies
    wikipedia ^ | wikipedia
    USS Pueblo (AGER-2) is a Banner-class environmental research ship, attached to Navy intelligence as a spy ship, which was attacked and captured by North Korean forces on 23 January 1968, in what is known today as the "Pueblo incident" or alternatively, as the "Pueblo crisis". The seizure of the U.S. Navy ship and its 83 crew members, one of whom was killed in the attack, came less than a week after President Lyndon B. Johnson's State of the Union address to the United States Congress, just a week before the start of the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam during the...
  • Yuri Drozdov: The man who turned Soviet spies into Americans

    06/24/2017 1:12:48 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/23/2017 | Kevin Ponniah
    Yuri Drozdov once said it could take up to seven years to train an "illegal", the Soviet spies planted abroad under false or assumed identities, sometimes for decades. As former chief of the KGB intelligence agency's Directorate S, which managed the illegals programme, Drozdov knew more than most about what it took to prepare someone for the task. He had to train Soviet agents to talk, think and act, even subconsciously, like the regular American, Brit, German or Frenchman they would become from the moment they touched down on foreign soil. ---SNIP--- Yuri Drozdov, then a young KGB agent based...
  • Present Danger Is Not Different

    06/21/2017 5:14:38 AM PDT · by se99tp · 7 replies
    Shelves of libraries are filled up with numerous analyses, reviews and criticism of the Soviet communism. Authors define subversive policies of Lenin’s State as the only threat to peace and prosperity of the West. What is difficult to understand is that almost all of Western analysts missed the factor that made the Cold War unique among struggles: it focused on the war of ideas. Lenin’s ideology offered radically different political philosophy. The conflict between two concepts of human nature was the essence of Cold War.
  • Trump hails former German Chancellor Kohl as friend, ally, EU advocate

    06/17/2017 12:28:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Y Net News ^ | June 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl died Friday at age 87. His legacy includes reuniting Germany after the Cold War and helping to create the continent's common currency, the euro. US President Donald Trump says Kohl was a "friend and ally" to the United States as he led Germany through 16 pivotal years.....
  • Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl dead at 87

    06/16/2017 8:48:58 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 16 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 16 June 2017 | foreign staff
    Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl has died
  • When the Berlin Wall Began to Crack

    06/16/2017 8:09:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2017 | Suzanne Fields
    BERLIN -- Thirty years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan stood at a lectern in what was then West Berlin, framed by the Brandenburg Gate behind him. Through a thick sheet of bulletproof glass, he gazed at the ugly concrete symbol of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and uttered the most famous words of his presidency to Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet empire. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," he said. This was no mere rhetorical flourish. He was passionately and morally offended by the "evil empire." The Wall Museum in Berlin celebrates the occasion with a...
  • Snowden is turning into a liability for Putin

    09/19/2016 10:02:04 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 23 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Sep 19, 2016 | by Leonid Bershidsky
    BERLIN – Edward Snowden is increasingly unhappy with the situation in Russia, where he has lived for more than three years. President Vladimir Putin once welcomed the National Security Agency contractor for his propaganda value, but he may be wondering if it’s all been worth it. Snowden arrived in Moscow in June 2013. That was almost a year before the Crimea annexation, and Russia could still try to sell itself to radical leftists who admired Snowden as the lesser evil, compared with the Big Brother United States. Putin talked a lot about Snowden, showing obvious delight for thumbing his nose...
  • ANALYSIS: Swedish air force returns to Cold War footing

    05/24/2017 6:45:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | 24 MAY, 2017 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Sweden is changing. After a lengthy period of shrinking investment in its armed forces and a tactical shift from national defence to developing expeditionary capabilities, Stockholm's focus has reverted to protecting its population against invasion. The potential threat from Russia is evident in the roughly 400 quick reaction alert (QRA) sorties flown by the Swedish air force's Saab Gripens in each of the last three years. Moscow's fighters and bombers are routinely seen in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, and future additions to that nation's capabilities – such as the Sukhoi T-50 fighter and S-400 long-range surface-to-air-missile system –...
  • A Rare Look at the Archives of the German Secret Police

    05/21/2017 4:28:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Wired ^ | 5/11 | Charley Locke
    LIVING IN EAST Germany during the Cold War meant being watched. By your government. By your neighbors. And even, at times, by your own family. The East German secret police, one of the most intrusive and oppressive spying operations ever assembled, collected millions of files on people it suspected of being enemies of the state. The German Democratic Republic dissolved in 1990 with the fall of communism, but the documents assembled by the Ministry for State Security, or Stasi, remain. This massive archive includes 69 miles of shelved documents, 1.8 million images, and 30,300 video and audio recordings housed in...
  • Bulgarian Capital Unveils Statue of Ronald Reagan to Honor his Victory Over Communism

    05/19/2017 9:48:47 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    yaf.org ^ | May 10, 2017 | Spencer Brown
    A marble nine-foot monument of President Ronald Reagan is set to be unveiled May 10 in Bulgaria’s capital city of Sofia. The monument, which transpired with key input and advice from Young America’s Foundation and the Reagan Ranch, was erected in order to honor President Reagan’s critical contribution to the country’s liberation from communism. The ceremony honoring Ronald Reagan will take place at the entrance to Sofia’s famed South Park, one of the largest green spaces in the city. -snip “Ronald Reagan was not only committed to ensuring freedom in the US, but also to advancing freedom across the globe....
  • Democrats Love Affair With Communism

    05/13/2017 7:38:55 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/13/17 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Young Leftists see themselves so diversely open-minded, yet their brains had fallen out a long time ago A bill narrowly passed the house in California, repealing part of the law enacted during the Cold War era in our country’s history when communists were really active and infiltrating our government, attempting to overthrow it. The bill proposed to eliminate the section which allowed the firing of public employees if they were members of the Communist Party. The bill now goes to the Senate and its author, Democrat Assemblyman Rob Bonta, hopes that it will pass.