Why Samantha Power Should Never Hold Govt Office Again

Samantha Power: I called Hillary Clinton a monster, but I didn't mean it
Ireland’s favorite American diplomat has a disastrous warmongering track record and ‘should never hold office again’

Thanks to RS for the tip. This piece, in the Dandelion Salad blog, takes Power to pieces. Even so, Joe Biden has made her head of USAID, a body which overtly performs many of the covert functions once undertaken by the CIA.

Home-Made Weapons Of The Troubles

Thanks to MV for the tip, all the way from Serbia:

Dr Fauci Reconsidered

Fauci on What Working for Trump Was Really Like - The New York Times
Did America’s favourite doctor mislead the public and massage the Covid facts to bolster his standing?

You can read the piece here. Thanks to CM for the tip.

US Media’s Cringiest Biden Moments

Thanks to RS for the tip:

Greenslime Makes Private Eye

Thanks to PM for the tip:

British Army’s ‘Non-Existent Intelligence’ in 1972 May Explain Use Of Low Level Sources

By Ed Moloney and James Kinchin White

One of the genuinely puzzling aspects about the IRA’s claim that Divis Flats widow and mother-of-ten, Jean McConville was an informer for the British Army is what use she could be, other than perhaps identifying some local IRA members or republican sympathisers.

Wouldn’t the Army’s time have been better spent trying to turn IRA members and by that route seriously infiltrate and damage their enemy rather than endanger the life of widowed mother who was in important ways an outsider in Divis?

Well, one answer to that conundrum can be found in a British Army document, recently unearthed by James Kinchin White, outlining reasons to launch what would become known as Operation Motorman, the military occupation of Republican areas in Derry and West Belfast.

Marked ‘Top Secret’ – and limited to those with Top Secret clearance, hence the tag ‘Perimeter’ – the document argues that the mood in Catholic areas in the wake of the disastrous bombings of Bloody Friday, on July 21st, was sufficiently critical or cool towards the IRA that there would be little resistance if the British Army occupied so-called no go areas in Derry and West Belfast.

The plan was approved at the highest political and military levels and just ten days after Bloody Friday – on July 31st – the British Army, employing heavy armour, duly occupied previously strong IRA redoubts in both cities, setting up forts from which to launch military operations against the Provisionals.

But the real significance of the document is that it reveals that a dearth of intelligence on the IRA was a major, if not the major reason for launching Motorman.

Describing military operations in the wake of Bloody Friday, the document paints a picture of a British Army that had virtually no contemporary intelligence on the IRA:

The Army’s search operations (in the wake of Bloody Friday) have been based on old or almost non-existent intelligence. Their success has been exaggerated for political or PR reasons. Such yields as have been obtained were principally due to chance. Continuation at the present level cannot be expected to produce any better results and is likely in fact to produce diminishing returns. The degree of antagonism these operations are likely to arouse will probably increase as the memory of July 21st fades and the Army’s searches are seen to be random and resulting in searches of houses and arrests of individuals with no direct connection with the hard-line Provisional IRA.

So, was it in such circumstances that the British Army, desperate for any intelligence on the IRA, turned to a widow and mother-of-ten for help?

The American Dream (Updated)

Hat tip to RS:

Put Names And Histories To These Three Gents And Win A Prize

So, who are they, what is their story, and what are their qualifications for running a security firm in Northern Ireland. First correct answer gets a lifetime subscription to thebrokenelbow.com:

The Real Meaning Of The Capitol Siege

As usual Ian Welsh has one of the more interesting takes on recent events in Washington:

When Boris Johnson Chaired A Debate Between Sean O’Callaghan And Ronan Bennett On The Role Of Gerry Adams In The IRA

This one is a classic. In October 2000, British prime minister-in-waiting Boris Johnson presided over an October 2000 debate, convened by The Spectator magazine, between playwright and SF apologist Ronan Bennett and IRA informer Sean O’Callaghan on the role of Gerry Adams in the IRA. (Click on excerpts and they will enlarge)