SAUDIS SWITCHING SIDES AGAIN? In 1945 US President Roosevelt met with Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, the ruler of the eponymously named Saudi Arabia. Formerly allied with, and dependent on, Britain, this account makes it clear that the meeting was at Abdul Aziz's initiative; he chose to move away from the old world power to the new one. Note the assumption of the author that Roosevelt had the initiative. I don't agree; far from being an illiterate tribesman from the back of beyond, Abdul Aziz was a man of great courage, charisma and intelligence ever prepared to take a risk, as he had in the raid on the Rashidis. I ask viewers who the dominant man in this photo is. Be that as it may, with the meeting in St Petersburg, have we just seen his descendants move, once again, to the ascending power? If not, they're considering it.
PROJECTION. The latest utterance of NATO's GenSek uses the idiotic phrase "hybrid war". What? When we go to war we're supposed to look like this? How childish. And how meretricious: "We're not interested in a fair fight with anyone," Gen Hodges said. "We want to have overmatch in all systems." The GenSek did not, however, speak of Putin's "troll army" or "information weaponisation" as he has done in the past. That may be because, thanks to Edward Snowden, internet trolling, false names and all the rest are actually practised by the UK and others in the West, The amount of psychological projection in all this is immense. The only way to decode these utterances is to understand that when NATO accuses Russia of doing something it's an admission that NATO's actually doing it. For example, when he said NATO would "endorse a defence capacity building package to help Moldova", he meant that Moldova and Transdnestr are to be a new front.