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A BETTER CIA BOOK THAN GEORGE ďSLAM DUNKĒ TENETíS Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Thursday, 10 May 2007

It had been a while since I'd roused my old friend James Jesus Angleton, the late chief of CIA counterintelligence, and it was clearly time to do that, what with two recent books out about the CIA.

The one by George Tenet is all over the media, but the one by Tennent "Pete" Bagley, one of Angleton's colleagues, has been hardly mentioned.

Bagley's book, Spy Wars, contains lots of new information - much of it based on conversations with former (?) KGB officers and some stuff from Soviet archives - and a very important reflection on how CIA judgments are reached. Who better to navigate these still-churning waters than JJA himself?

So I revved up my old ouija board, and after several failed efforts I got him loud and clear.
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UPDATE ON RUSSIAíS RED CAPITALISM Print E-mail
Written by Dagny D'Anconia   
Friday, 11 May 2007

Remember back in the 80's when the Japanese corporate leaders were looking at business as a kind of strategic economic warfare?  Many Americans were worried that the Japanese were going to buy up all the American assets until they had control of America.

Vladimir Putin's Russia has taken that economic warfare mindset much further.

We discussed the Russian business role in the Iran and Iraq situation last March in Russia's Anti-Capitalism Business Model.  In the past few weeks, Putin has continued in this direction and has resurrected many features of the bad old days.

For openers, earlier this week Putin rescued the Hammer and Sickle insignia and made it the official Russian Army Flag.

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THE CHALLENGE OF A PATRIOTIC AMERICAN Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 11 May 2007

As you may have noticed, I believe it is important for people to love their country, in the same way that I think it is important for people to love their family. Some countries - and some families - can make this very difficult.

In America, however, loving your country should be a very easy thing to do.

Yet with the help of decades of enemy propaganda and cynical philosophies, many of our citizens have come to reject the exceptionalism of America.

We can bemoan the fact that the left still has power in this country, and that it is now wielding it with gusto in largely unwitting support of our Islamofascist enemies.

But To The Point is not a forum for dwelling on problems, we are concerned here with solutions. How can we strengthen the patriotism of our citizens? How can we weaken the effect of the anti-American left? How can we as a people regain that sense of pride and love of our country that we should all be enjoying easily and joyfully?

Here are a few thoughts:

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INCREASING YOUR VOCABULARY Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 11 May 2007

Mensa, the outfit of folks with a high IQ, recently held a contest for the best new words.  Here are the top ten:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

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ACHIEVING A TRULY PRO-AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 04 May 2007

[This is an address I am delivering at the Conservative Leadership Summit conference here in Washington tomorrow, Saturday May 5.]

I am not going to begin this discussion with a litany of examples of how we don't have a pro-American foreign policy, but rather an anti-American foreign policy, examples that would go back for so many decades.

We're not going to waste our time demonstrating the obvious and focus on the past.  We'll focus on the future instead and how we can affect it for the betterment of our country.

But I will tell you just one story.
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CHINESE WISHES Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 03 May 2007

You'd think the Chicoms would pay attention to their culture's repository of proverbial wisdom.  Specifically to the ancient Chinese proverb:  Be careful what you wish for - because you just might get it.

More than anything else in the world, the Chicoms wanted to host the Olympic Games in their capital of Beijing.  It was to be their great coming-out party to the world, the ultimate showcase of Chicom success on the global stage, proof of their moral acceptance as members of the entire international community.

So they are getting what they wished for.  But now it's looking like their dreams of prestige and glory may become a nightmare.  It's not just that the Beijing Olympics of 2008 has started being compared to Hitler's Berlin Olympics of 1936. 

It's that the candidate best able to skillfully exploit Chicom vulnerabilities during next summer may be the one who gets elected president next November.
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THE ANTI-WHOREHOUSE T-SHIRT Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 03 May 2007

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Want to send a powerful - yet discrete - message to Islamofascists?  Or a message of encouragement to moderate Moslems who oppose them?  Wear our Anti-Islamofascist T-Shirt.  Although we don't label it as such - it's officially called The Anti-Whorehouse T-Shirt.

The greatest insanity of Radical Islam is its adherents blowing themselves up to slaughter "infidels" as a ticket to Moslem heaven, where they believe, six dozen eternally virginal whores await to satisfy their every desire.

Yet you'll note that our t-shirt says nothing - nothing - about Islam or Moslems.  Who could object to its message?  Someone who thinks heaven is a whorehouse?  Someone who condemns it as "anti-Islam"?  But how can it be anti-Islam when there's no mention of Islam at all?

So here it is.  There's an order link in the right side bar.  Order one today and wear it proudly - get one for your friends.  The belief that heaven is a whorehouse for murderers is what sustains Islamofascism.  Do your part in denouncing this evil conviction.
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THE NEXT NUTSHELL? Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 04 May 2007

I am so appreciative of the warm response to Sarkozy and History.  These "nutshell histories," as TTPers have dubbed them, are such a hit that I have a request.  I'd really like to hear from you as to what country or period of history should be the next nutshell.

TTPer "Leebailey," for example, in our User Forum recently made an astute observation on the consequences of the fall of the Ottoman Empire on the entire Middle East. 

Given that the Ottoman remnant of Turkey is so prominent in the news right now - a predominantly Moslem country engaged in a huge tug-of-war between secularists and Islamists - wouldn't that be a good candidate?

But the world is so large, so much of import is going on within it, and history so long, that there is a plethora of such good candidates.  So I'd like to know what you guys n' gals consider your favorites.

There's a lot to choose from.  I am really intrigued by what your choices might be.  Let me know.  Thanks...
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IS PBS ON THE SIDE OF RADICAL ISLAM? Print E-mail
Written by Frank Gaffney   
Friday, 04 May 2007

Since September 11, 2001, many of us have wondered: Where are the moderate Moslems? If they are out there, why are we not hearing more, and getting more help, from them in the fight against our common foe -- the totalitarian Islamists?

My effort to answer this question took the form of a 52-minute documentary I helped produce for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's "America at a Crossroads" series.

The film, entitled Islam vs. Islamists, features compelling stories of anti-Islamist Moslems who have had the courage to stand up to co-religionists who are using faith to accomplish political ends.

Yet PBS has decided to refuse to air the film.  It's a frighening possibility that our taxpayer funded television network is on the side of Radical Islam.
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TENETíS TANTRUM Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Thursday, 03 May 2007

In December 2001, I participated in discussions between two Pentagon officials and Iranians who claimed knowledge of Iranian-sponsored efforts to kill Americans in Afghanistan.

We met in Rome, Italy over several days. The discussions were approved by Stephen Hadley, the deputy national-security adviser, and the two Defense department officials' travel was approved by their superiors. The American ambassador in Rome was fully informed in advance, and fully briefed afterwards.

The conversations produced detailed information about the identities, locations, and plans of Iranian-trained terrorists in Afghanistan. This was passed on to the proper authorities at the DoD, and I was later told by military officers that the information likely saved American lives.

Now comes the former DCI (director of central intelligence), George Tenet, with several pages about the meeting in his new book.   His every word, it seems, is meant to justify the chilidish tantrum he had over the meeting.
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TENETíS WHINE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 02 May 2007

Washington memoirs tend to be self serving, but ex-CIA Director George Tenet's At the Center of the Storm is remarkable even for the genre.    Michael Scheuer, the first head of the CIA's bin Laden unit, said the book "seems designed to rehabilitate Tenet in his first home, the Democratic Party." 

Mr. Tenet's reputation is in need of rehabilitation because it was he who assured President Bush the case against Saddam on weapons of mass destruction was a "slam dunk."  And there was that 9/11 thing the CIA missed on his watch.

None of this was his fault, Mr. Tenet assures us.  It was the neocons who screwed up Iraq.  Intelligence collection and analysis about 9/11 would have been better if President Clinton hadn't slashed his budget. 

Book stores should serve cheese with this whine.
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A HIDDEN COLLEGE TREASURE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 02 May 2007

The experience FBI Director Robert Mueller had two weeks ago when he tried to give a speech at Harvard seems typical of many colleges campuses these days.

"Mueller, who was set to speak before a full crowd managed by tight security detail, had just begun his prepared remarks when the first protestor interrupted with screams," reported the Harvard Crimson.

Yet recently I went to a college campus to hear a controversial speaker on a hot button topic in a lecture hall packed with students. The speaker (my friend Ralph Peters) had no security, and needed none.

No attempt was made to disrupt his remarks.  The questions the students asked were polite, respectful, and intelligent, indicating both a familiarity with the topic and a desire to learn more about it.

Obviously, I wasn't at Harvard - or, say, at Columbia, where the administration let off with wrist slaps students who physically assaulted a speaker last semester.
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THE TRAUMATIC TRANCE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 04 May 2007

It is very important to your everyday happiness to hold what you see on TV and other media in perspective.

Television is experience in a box. There are wonderful things about it. You can learn about nature on Animal Planet; cooking on The Cooking Channel; History on the History Channel; the merits of Socialism on PBS from Bill Moyers.

And if you watch the news, you can become traumatized and anxious far beyond anything you would normally experience in your day to day life.  So it's important to understand this: when you are watching TV you are in a hypnotic trance.

Such a trance can seriously distort one's sense of reality.  I'm going to throw some cold water on the hypnotic parade of bad TV news.  Let's start with a few you might have missed from the events of just yesterday (Thursday, 5/3):
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HOW TO START EACH WEEK WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 04 May 2007


1. Next Monday morning, open a new file in your computer.  

2. Name it "Hillary Rodham Clinton"       

3....
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SARKOZY AND HISTORY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

France has been at many turning points in its history.  There have been times before when its future seemed doomed.  I have many friends here in DC who have taken a close and knowledgeable look at the present condition of France and see no hope.  Not even if Nicolas Sarkozy is elected president on May 6.

Me, I'm with Yogi Berra - it's never over until it's over.  I have high hopes for M. Sarko.

Let's see how he might measure up along with that handful of great men who have repeatedly rescued France from the ash heap of history over the last 15 centuries.

Our story begins with Julius Caesar, who brought the land of the Gauls (a confederation of Celtic tribes) into the Roman Empire with his defeat of their chieftain, Vercingetorix, in 52 BC.  But by the 300's of our era, Roman rule had weakened, and Gaul was overrun by a Germanic people from across the Rhine River called the Franks.

The Franks were a welter of pagan tribes who fought each other as well as rival tribes like the Visigoths.  Then came a king who united them all in a common Frank, or French, identity, Clovis (466-511).  He did this not only militarily, but more important, culturally, by marrying a Burgundian princess, Clothilde.

This marriage created France, for she was a Roman Catholic, and Clovis abandoned his paganism and converted for her.  Clovis created France as a Christian nation, setting the entire continent of Europe on a Christian future.
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