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Innocents Abroad: Some History Would've Helped

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Fat and skinny had a race, all around the Middle East; each fell down, lost still more face; and neither won the race.

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The twin travels around the Middle East of Secretary of State Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton would be high comedy, were killing and destruction some kind of game. They are on tour to 'splain to U.S. vassal states what their boss really meant about withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria. (Psst. In case you haven't heard, Trump didn't really mean what he said.)

See, for example this sad report in Tuesday's Washington Post.

As they hustle from capital to capital, here are two takeaways:

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1 President Donald Trump is not his own man (as if confirmation of that piece of reality were needed at this point); and

2 You can get all A's at the U.S. Military Academy (as Pompeo did), learn little to no history, become a know-nothing politician, and flunk life ruining a lot of other lives in the process. And you can major in political science at Yale and graduate summa cum laude (as Bolton did), and the realities you learn about the Middle East boil down the "obvious" need for the U.S. to dominate the area and "walk in lockstep" with Israel.

(Those are the words President Obama used as 100 million viewers watched him being interviewed immediately before the Super Bowl in 2012.) The Yale Law School alumnus spoke with ironic candor -- ironic in the sense that his use of "lockstep" betokens a remarkable insensitivity to the history of blacks on chain gangs in the South.

("Lockstep?" What does Webster's say of "lockstep?")

noun:

1 a mode of marching in step by a body of men going one after another as closely as possible;

2 a standard method or procedure that is mindlessly adhered to

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adjective:

in perfect, rigid, often mindless conformity or unison.)

Former Secretary of State John Kerry also majored in political science at Yale, four years before Bolton. It became gradually clear that, like Obama and Bolton, Kerry too thought the U.S. could "align" the various forces in the Middle East because ... well, it was a mixture of hubris and ignorance. Let Kerry's own words provide the evidence. Here's how he explained it all to a conference run by the Atlantic magazine:

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I'd vote Ray for president in a heartbeat. I see his name, I read the article. On this topic, however, I'd not use the oxymoron, "political science." Study real history, absolutely, but politics cannot be seriously called science. Disclosure: I say the same about "economic science." In both cases, I'd switch the term "science" with "insanity."

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I saw Ray McGovern with David Ray Griffin at a 9/11 Truth seminar about 10 years ago.

He's a very impressive speaker and pulls no punches.


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How about this oxymoron 'Political Science MBA'?

Wait. That's moronic enough, but lacks oxy.

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How about this "oxymoron" : "CIA analyst for 27 years" ... "on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)" ?

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On the surface, 'tis so. But read a few of Ray's articles for a different perspective.

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What I see in his articles is bitterness and one-sided accusations, no objective analysis.

Could a man be just angry?

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I think it's clear that a person could be just angry, we see it all the time. However if you haven't seen objective analysis, you've missed some of his major pieces. He is so deeply into the technological end of computers and networking and spying that I don't know anyone that surpasses him, except maybe Snowden and Assange. Search for Ray McGovern and Russia gate analysis and I'm sure you'll find more about what I'm talking about. His technical ability goes into the stratosphere and he's got a wonderful sense of humor and puts his life on the line when he gets tossed out of hearings.

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Search for: Ray McGovern: Russia-gate Evidence, Please. Just saw it on information clearing house.

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For some reason you accept the paradox that "they" are so powerful (as he says) and he "puts his life on the line" so often and yet he is happy and healthy.

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Take profit out of war, and maybe there'd be no more wars.

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I think you can leave out the MAYBE.

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"Don't Major In Political Science"

Really? Now you tell me--exactly three decades late, this year.

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