Robert Parry–R.I.P.

My closing thought for today……

Another story that I missed because of my hospital stay was the death of journalist Robert Parry…..

Robert Parry, a longtime investigative journalist who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1985 for his Associated Press exclusives about the CIA’s production of an assassination manual for Nicaraguan rebels, has died. He was 68.

Parry died Saturday in hospice care after a series of strokes brought on by undiagnosed pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Diane Duston.

Parry joined the AP in 1974 and went on to work in the Washington bureau, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal as it rocked the Reagan administration. His work on the scandal also brought a George Polk Award in 1984.

After leaving the AP in 1987, Parry worked for Newsweek until 1990 and then became an investigative reporter for the PBS series “Frontline.”

In 1995, frustrated with what he saw as dwindling venues for serious investigative reporting, Parry founded the Consortium for Independent Journalism. Its website, Consortiumnews.com, sought to provide a home for such reporting in the early days of the internet, though it struggled financially and relied on contributions.

Parry was born on June 24, 1949, in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Colby College with a degree in English in 1971. He worked in Massachusetts journalism before joining the AP.

Survivors include his wife, a former Associated Press newswoman; sons Sam Parry and Jeff Parry of Arlington and Nat Parry of Copenhagen, Denmark; daughter Elizabeth Parry of Alexandria, Virginia; and six grandchildren.

(Santa Maria Times)

WE at IST offer his family our heart felt condolences and may he rest in peace.  His voice will be missed.

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Oh Trey We Gonna Miss Ya

You remember Trey right?  He was the leader of the 2nd Benghazi investigation…..if that don’t ring a bell then how about that Congressperson with the wild hair, anything?

Any way he made an unusual confession……

Republicans are having a hard time letting go of their smears of the FBI, but House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) gave away the whole game on Sunday.

Republicans have spent months trying to smear the FBI’s investigation of Russian collusion over a series of text messages between a pair of agents, an effort that reached its absurd peak this week when a sitting GOP senator claimed he had evidence of a “secret society” within the FBI, only to be exposed as a laughingstock.

“Don’t republicans hurt their credibility on real issues of bias when they make such a big deal about secret societies and palace coups?” Wallace asked.

“Yes,” Gowdy replied, adding “Republicans are the best I’ve ever seen at taking good facts and overstating them, and therefore changing the narrative.”

Who knew that a politician would lie or make-up facts?

Apparently even a good Tea Party GOPer has a problem with what is happening in DC these days…..Gowdy is taking a powder…..

South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy says he will not run for re-election and will “instead be returning to the judicial system,” the AP reports. Gowdy is chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and previously chaired a highly partisan panel investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. He is a former federal prosecutor. In a statement, he said “whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system.”

The Benghazi panel revealed the existence of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server and controversies involving it proved to be damaging to her failed 2016 presidential campaign. Gowdy was elected in the 2010 tea party wave that returned control of the House to Republicans.

How fascinating…the Tea Party helped create the tension and the broken system in DC and yet one of their own cannot stomach what is happening to this country……

Should tell most people everything they need to know about the DC of a Pres. Trump.

Syria Returns To The Front Page

Does anyone remember Syria?

I ask because we have troops fighting and dying in the country and there is NO interest by the media to cover.  Our troops deserve better.

But in case the reader has forgotten the armed conflict let me give them a reference for the education…..there is a beginning……

As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, more than 465,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, more than a million injured and over 12 million Syrians – half the country’s prewar population – have been displaced from their homes.

In 2011, what became known as the Arab Spring revolts toppled Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/syria-civil-war-explained-160505084119966.html

Now that article can bring the reader up to speed…..

Now that ISIS is on the run (so to speak) I ask the question along with others….why are we still there?

Congress refused to authorize American intervention in Syria in 2013. Still, we sent in Special Forces. Congress later authorized a smaller intervention against ISIS. The caliphate was smashed, after President Trump changed the rules of engagement, and the president claimed credit. Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, had crushed most of the rebel forces. All done, U.S. troops can come home, having not been authorized to carry out any other missions by the people through their representatives. Right?

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455770/syria-war-us-involvement-not-necessary

Assad, Russia, Turkey and the US all have had a hand in the total destruction of Syria all in the name of fighting terrorism…..

The Donald Trump administration is planning to install a 30,000 strong armed “security force” in northern Syria along the borders with Turkey and Iraq. This presumably will tie together and support the remaining rag-tags of allegedly pro-democracy rebels and will fit in with existing and proposed U.S. bases. The maneuver is part of a broader plan to restructure Syria to suit the usual crop of neocon geniuses in Washington that have slithered their way back into the White House and National Security Council, to include renewed demands that the country’s President Bashar al-Assad “must go,” reiterated by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last Wednesday. He said “But let us be clear: The United States will maintain a military presence in Syria, focused on ensuring ISIS cannot re-emerge.” Tillerson also claimed that remaining in Syria would prevent Iran from “reinforcing” its position inside Syria and would enable the eventual ouster of al-Assad, but he has also denied that Washington was creating a border force at all, yet another indication of the dysfunction in the White House.

http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/destroying-syria/

Making the world a safer place….one war at a time.

TET: Who Won?

I’m back!

Did I miss something…..I thought their was a SOTU but watching the news I saw nothing about it other than a comment by the prez on the way out……so what did I miss?

I survived the hospital and surgery….I be home now…..I regret that I was not able to post my article on the 50th anniversary of the TET offensive….31Jan68….I am a day late but according to my father that is where I have always been and a dollar short….

Here we go….was the operation (TET not mine) a dismal failure?

Shortly before 3 a.m. on January 31, 1968, a squad of Vietcong guerrillas blasted a hole in the outer wall of the U.S. Embassy compound in Saigon, gunned down two American military policemen who tried to stop them, and laid siege to the lightly defended headquarters building where the flag of the United States was officially planted in South Vietnam.

As part of a nationwide wave of surprise attacks by the Communists during the Lunar New Year—the Tet holiday—the resulting six-hour battle was militarily inconsequential. In fact, in strictly military terms, the two-month struggle known as the Tet Offensive was a disaster for the attackers. It ended with the expulsion of the North Vietnamese Army and the southern-based insurgent troops, known in the West as Vietcong, from each place they invaded.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tet-who-won-99179501/

Personal opinion…..it was a failure but it did show that the US was not ready for forward thinking opponents….it took Giap another five years to win a victory but TET was a rallying call to his troops and in the end he got his desire….Vietnam as one country.
I apologize for being late with this post…..I was  bit pre-occupied.