Writer’s Lounge – Ambassador Taylor, President Zelenskyy, Taco Bell And “Chalupa”

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  Impeachment Inquiry features faulty GOP counter narratives   Everyone that is paying attention, is following the open hearings at the Capitol, where committee witnesses are being interviewed by Democrats and Republicans. As such, we won’t get too far into that, other than sharing just a few observations. The main argument GOP House members seem to be advancing – and this will be consistent going forward, is that the testimony of Ambassador Taylor and  Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, is “hearsay” and that as such,…

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Writer’s Lounge: Fiona Hill, Rudy Giuliani, Gordon Sondland, Donald Trump, ERA

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  If Jim Jordan is leading the team, you might want to bet against that team.   In perusing the transcript of the Fiona Hill deposition before the joint House Impeachment Inquiry committee, presided over by Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), I happened across this gem, which gives us a bit of a preview how ineffective House Oversight Committee member Jim Jordan (R-OH) is going to prove to be when he is moved over to the House Intelligence Committee as replacement for Devin Nunes (R-CA), who has become a self caricature. …

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Writer’s Lounge 10-31-19, Lt. Col. Vindman, Kseniya Kirillova, Jack Dorsey

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  by Richard Cameron   Thursday Evening Greetings. Are you going to go tricking or treating or planning on a little of both?   What do you know?  What do we know?  What do you want to know?   Well, we can only tell you what we know and since the beginning of the week, it’s a lot. That’s partially because, the hearings on Capitol Hill on the Impeachment inquiry were the building of a foundation, a rock solid one, for the next phase of construction on a body of…

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Republicans Target Iraq War Veteran Alexander Vindman For Character Assassination

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  by Richard Cameron   For a party that paid so much lip service to caring about the military, veterans and “patriotism”, the GOP sure doesn’t walk the walk. If a dispute involving the rule of law, comes down to an allegiance with men that honorably served their country in combat and leadership roles as versus a coward who evaded military service 5 times and the only thing tough on him is his mouth – they choose the mouth that roared. Today, another distinguished veteran is being targeted by the…

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Writer’s Lounge 10-23-19, “Joker”, William Taylor, Mick Mulvaney, Lindsey Graham

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  Thanks for visiting us here once again, in the lounge. Oddly enough, we do get a lot of work done here and much of it involves thinking. And on the subject of thinking, we just published a long form essay on the intense film from writer, director and producer, Todd Phillips – “Joker”. It is a film that makes a lot of people uncomfortable because it provokes thought and provoking thought in American society can often breed resentment. We do a fair piece of that at National Compass. The…

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Countering Russia’s ‘Ideologies For Export’ Propaganda And Disinformation War

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by Kseniya Kirillova    Ideologies For Export Western countries have been battling Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns for years. As Russian “information operations” spread around the world, more and more initiatives are being created to expose the lies and distortions emanating from the Kremlin: projects to expose fake news, analytical centers that review and monitor disinformation campaigns, and many private initiatives to observe Russian media. However, experts increasingly acknowledge that despite all these efforts, Kremlin propaganda remains a very effective tool of information warfare – much more effective than its…

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Former E.U. Ambassador Sondland’s Testimony – More Fuel To Trump Fire

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  by Richard Cameron   Ambassador Sondland’s Testimony   Up to this point, the individuals that have been subpoenaed to testify before the various committees, (House Oversight, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs), conducting the House Impeachment Inquiry, with regard to the question of Donald Trump’s manipulation of foreign policy on Ukraine – have been career agency officials from the State Department and other cabinet posts. They, including, former Ambassador and Special Envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and National Security Council top Russian advisor, Fiona Hill, were all…

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Writer’s Lounge Edition One: 10-16-2019, Syria, Melania, Whistleblowers

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  Welcome to “Writer’s Lounge”   – a new, regular feature from National Compass, which we will be publishing tri-weekly to start off with. It will be a joint effort from the writing team, to briefly cover news items that are in currency within the 48 to 72 hour news cycle, in short form. But that’s not all. . . We’ll also share with you random impressions of things we’ve seen and heard in every category of societal endeavor, activity and cultural phenomena. Most will take the form of two…

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Kurds, Assyrians Face Genocide In Wake Of Trump’s Pull Back

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Lynda Bryant Work Hillary Clinton has her Benghazi (2012); Donald Trump has his Syrian Kurds betrayal. In both cases, people – Kurds and Assyrians died or will die unnecessarily due to irresponsible decisions.   Late Oct. 5, the White House abruptly announced it was pulling troops away from the Northern Syrian border and that Turkey planned to launch an offensive — a major shift in U.S. policy that followed a phone call between President Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.     It quickly became clear that Trump gave the Erdogan…

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America’s Betrayal Of The Kurds Will Cost Trump The White House

by Tony Wyman On Saturday, south of the town of Tel Abyad, a city once held by ISIS terrorists until Kurd fighters of the YPG and Free Syrian Army liberated it in June 2015, militiamen loyal to Turkey’s strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, dragged Hevrin Kalaf, the Secretary-General of the Future Syria Party, a pro-Kurdish political force founded in 2018 with American support, from her car and executed her, along with her driver, leaving her body to rot on the side of the road. “Here lies the body of pigs,” said…

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