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  • It's time to take a second look at JFK

    11/25/2017 10:56:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/25/2017 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    We remember the 54th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination this week.  There is something about President Kennedy's legacy, as Alan Brinkley wrote a few years ago: President Kennedy spent less than three years in the White House. His first year was a disaster, as he himself acknowledged. The Bay of Pigs invasion of Communist Cuba was only the first in a series of failed efforts to undo Fidel Castro’s regime. His 1961 summit meeting in Vienna with the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was a humiliating experience. Most of his legislative proposals died on Capitol Hill. Yet he was also responsible...
  • JFK Files: US Contemplated Fake Soviet Attack To Provoke War

    11/23/2017 4:24:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/17 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The U.S. government considered manufacturing or obtaining Soviet aircraft in order to launch an attack on American or friendly bases that could then provide an excuse for war, according to newly released documents.The documents are part of an October release of thousands of formerly classified files related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It describes a March 22, 1962 meeting that discussed the question raised by the attorney general on the possibility of U.S. manufacture or acquisition of Soviet aircraft.The meeting was held by the Special Group (Augmented), whichaccording to an encyclopedia on the Central Intelligence Agency, included Attorney...
  • Secret Army Program Sprayed Radioactive Chemicals Over US Cities During Cold War

    11/22/2017 11:36:20 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 57 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 11-02-2017 | Tim Brown
    Nope, it's not another "conspiracy theory." It's a conspiracy fact that was carried out by the US Army. Army records reveal that the US government conducted secret testing of zinc cadmium sulfide that included radioactive materials on vulnerable and poor populations byspraying, injecting and feeding hazardous chemicals to Americans during the Cold War. Author and professor Dr.Lisa Martino-Taylorbrought some of these revelations to light in her book,Behind the Fog: How the US Cold War Radiological Weapons Program Exposed Innocent Americans.The book is said to be a comprehensive examination of the United States' Cold War radiological weapons program. The book examines...
  • History's Losers: intimate stories from survivors of the Soviet empire

    11/15/2017 11:01:55 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 29 replies
    New Statesman ^ | Catherine Merridale
    Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2015, is not so much an oral history as a lament. The work is multi-vocal, like a chorus, pierced in places by the solo of an anguished voice. Readers are swept on by a cadence that can ebb and swell with tidal force. The tone induces something close to a trance, demanding a complete surrender to its message of despair. This is no dry account of politics, no tasteful essay on the ending of the Soviet dream. Like any true lament, it comes from a primeval...
  • We let Lenin rise, millions died. Now its Islamism

    11/12/2017 3:39:21 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 29 replies
    Sunday Times ^ | 12th October 2017 | Niall Ferguson
    Last week marked the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. On the night of November 7, 1917, the Winter Palace in Petrograd was occupied by the Bolsheviks. Seventy-two years later, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was opened. In the intervening period, according to the estimates in The Black Book of Communism, the grand total of victims of communism was between 85m and 100m. Mao Tse-tung alone accounted for tens of millions: 2m between 1949 and 1951, another 3m in the course of the 1950s, a staggering 45m in the man-made famine known as the Great Leap Forward,...
  • Cold War 1956 Hungarian protest turns violent

    10/23/2017 12:56:11 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 4 replies
    History.com ^ | October 23, 2009 | History.com Staff
    Thousands of Hungarians erupt in protest against the Soviet presence in their nation and are met with armed resistance. Organized demonstrations by Hungarian citizens had been ongoing since June 1956, when signs of political reform in Poland raised the possibility for such changes taking place in their own nation. On October 23, however, the protests erupted into violence as students, workers, and even some soldiers demanded more democracy and freedom from what they viewed as an oppressive Soviet presence in Hungary. Hungarian leader Erno Gero, an avowed Stalinist, only succeeded in inflaming the crowds with praise for the Soviet Unions...
  • U.S. Ready To Put 'Nuclear Bombers On 24-hour Alert' For First Time Since Cold War

    10/23/2017 5:15:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/23/17 | Abigail Miller
    US Air Force is prepping nuclear-armed bombers to be on 24-hour alertArmed B-52s will be parked at Barksdale Air Force for the first time since 1991Weapons will be ready to take off at a moment's notice if they get the command The United States Air Force will put its ageing fleet of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert for the first time since the end of the Cold War, according to its chief of staff. Amid rising tensions with North Korea and a resurgent Putin-led Russia, General David Goldfein told Defense One that the strategic bomber force will be...
  • 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 WebbVietnam war hero, novelist, secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan, and most recently Democratic senator from the Commonwealth of Virginiapenned 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, Whats 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 Shows 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 Shows 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 Irans own increasing belligerence, which dovetailed with the countrys 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 Systema 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 Kims success? Some experts see Russian echoes in North Koreas 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 Lenins 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. Lenins 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.....