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The United States Of America: Victims Of Its Own Disinformation

“Blowback” is a term that originated in the Central Intelligence Agency to explain the unintended consequences and unwanted side-effects of its covert operations.  The classic example of “blowback” was the covert military support for the Mujahideen against the Soviets in the 1980s that led to the strengthening of fundamentalist Islamic groups that fought the United States and allowed the Taliban to take back control of Afghanistan. 

Bedfellows Still: Robert Gates and the Washington Post

Former secretary of defense Robert Gates has unveiled his predictable answer to Russia’s war in Ukraine, calling for greater U.S. military power against both Russia and China.  As CIA’s director of intelligence in the 1980s, Gates was wrong about every aspect of Soviet power and made sure that his agency would be wrong as well.

Nikita Khrushchev and Vlad the Invader: Perils and Defeats of Overreach

If Putin doesn’t reverse course in Ukraine, it will not be possible to resolve these significant geopolitical problems. Like its predecessors, the Biden administration wrongfully assumes that Russia is part of European culture and thinking, and ignores the deep currents in Russian history that separate Russia from Europe.

State Department Gratuitously Invokes Monroe Doctrine Against Russia

I’ve never been sure about the lessons of history, but since we only have the history of the past to go on, it may be a good time to reprise U.S. historical responses to foreign intervention in the Western Hemisphere.