One of my ongoing goals is to place contemporary events in historical perspective – and to take the long view, searching for potential patterns of behavior. And for several years my interests have turned towards the intelligence community and national security. So if you were expecting I would stop posting on the subject of Russia and Vladimir Putin’s recent and current activities – nope, not yet.
The good news is that I was able to participate in a two hour discussion of just that last evening so I can simply refer those who are interested to that show, available online, and leave it to the reader’s choice to pursue it or not. If you do and have questions or observations post them here. The show link is:
It was a far ranging discussion of Russian covert political action over the decades, from the KGB to the current FSB – and on into the Russian involvement in “active measures” targeting the United States. Such measures have been continually in play but were reinvigorated beginning in 2008 – with a special focus on the recruitment and use of business “agents of influence” (that covers both knowing and unknowing assets and extends to what the Russians designate as “useful idiots”, their term not mine).
On a personal note, I’m obviously listening to a lot of news these days and have to say I am astounded by the remarks from certain members of Congress – remarks that demonstrate either a tremendous naivete in regard to intelligence practices or a level of hypocrisy that is equally appalling. This evening I even heard a couple of them boldly stating that being concerned, investigating or even giving air time to covering Russian activities targeting American politics and policy was literally unpatriotic. Apparently because it diverts attention from their parties’ and the President’s agendas. Its probably a good thing I was not on camera with them…one of them said it was all simply Eastern Establishment posturing. I’m from Oklahoma, I don’t posture and ….yep, good I wasn’t there.
If you do choose to listen in, well there’s a bit of a teaser at the end, soon to be discussed briefly here and later on an upcoming, separate blog. It has to do with my newest book, coming out in June and going where…well, we’ll get to that.