Forget Trump: The Military-Industrial Complex is Still Running the Show With Russia

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As the media fulminates, they fail to see how Trump has kept the usual machinery running.

President Donald Trump has strengthened, not weakened, American military and economic opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. That fact has been mostly unreported and it is of the utmost importance. Irrespective of what Trump harrumphs about NATO or Vladimir Putin, the multi-trillion-dollar military-industrial-counterterrorism complex (MICC) rules American-Russian relations as it has for seven decades. And the nightmare of the MICC is not to lose a friend, but to lose an enemy.

Fake news is fixated on personalities. Authentic news understands that nations have no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests. The executive branch in particular has a permanent interest in exaggerating threats to augment its own power and to order up more superfluous military spending. Continue reading

What happened to the other man who took tea with Alexander Litvinenko?

As the evidence against Russian secret agents Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun continues to mount at the Litvinenko inquiry – closing statements are due at the end of the month – the other spook who met the former spy on the day he was poisoned has slipped back into the shadows.

That’s a pity. I would love to know more about Mario Scaramella, the man who claims he warned Alexander Litvinenko that he – and Scaramella – were on a list of people the Kremlin wanted killed. Continue reading