John Bolton’s March to War

As Bolton marches to war with Iran, remember the intelligence lessons of Iraq

By Peter Eisner

Peter Eisner, former deputy foreign editor of The Washington Post, is co-author with Michael D’Antonio of “The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.


(CNN) Faced as we are with the possibility that the United States might be drawn into an unprovoked war with Iran, Americans should examine the past behavior of national security adviser John Robert Bolton, the would-be architect of such a war.


      Bolton is not only a longtime proponent of regime change in Iran, he was also a key player prior to the 2003 Iraq War in the production of trumped-up charges that Saddam Hussein was preparing to produce nuclear weapons.
       Even 16 years after the start of the war, some manage to preserve the false narrative that the CIA was the source of bad intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
       In fact, as my colleague Knut Royce and I found in our book, “The Italian Letter,” the CIA and other US intelligence analysts had cast doubt on the notion promoted by Bolton, then Vice President Dick Cheney and others in the administration that Iraq had sought to buy yellowcake uranium from the African nation of Niger — an assertion made in intelligence provided to the US that was later found to have been falsified.
      Nevertheless, with the connivance of Cheney and Bolton, President George W. Bush and his administration frightened Americans about the dangers of a mushroom cloud if no action was taken.  READ MORE

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The myth of presidential innocence

      As it has become clear in the last two weeks, there is no resolution yet to the Trump conspiracy and obstruction story. The full version will emerge. As Nixon’s 1972 campaign slogan used to go: “now more than ever.”
      The assumption that Mr. Barr was acting as an honest broker has been shot through not only by the New York Times story today — which it has been suggested has Justice Department officials themselves as sources — and the matching Washington Post story — which may be more from leakers within the Mueller camp itself.
      Consider what this means — Mueller prosecutors are leaking for the first time in almost two years. Why would that be? What would the purpose be?
     Obviously, this is a challenge to Barr, and more leaks will come if he does not change. We will see the report, one way or another.
     Many people assumed that Barr would not want to tarnish his own reputation so late in his career and life. But such is the corrupting value of rubbing shoulders with the twisted, deluded and increasingly solitary personage inhabiting the halls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he who paces sleepless, in search of new targets, frightened and aware that he is losing his mind.
      And perhaps his presidency.

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The problem: look into his eyes

By Peter Eisner

A dictator in an orange jumpsuit once confided in me with one of the aphorisms he understood about power and politics: “You have to create a problem in order to solve it.”

The political theorImage result for trump public domainist was Manuel Antonio Noriega, the deposed Panamanian general serving a 30-year federal prison term in Florida at the time on conspiracy charges.

Donald Trump, that most inept would-be strongman, might understand the phrase though not its origin. Fabrication and conspiracy are hallmarks of Trump’s leadership.

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump said in his inaugural speech in 2017. “Weird shit,” former president George W. Bush was heard to remark on the dais.

The excrement and lies were followed by a storm of the same consistency.

Two years later, spouting offal at a rate of seven to a dozen lies per day, Trump appears in his first Oval Office speech to the nation. In a prime-time talk, he will look into the camera, look at each of us, stripped of his fawning MAGA people, isolated from the throngs. How convincing will be his lies?

Will he convince us that the poor people marching toward the southern border in search of freedom are a menace, amounting to a national emergency?

Will he look into the television lens, knowing that each of us can see every glint and tick of his mien, and declare that the Democrats and Barack Obama are responsible for the overflowing detention camps close to the border, responsible for wrenching migrating children from their mothers and fathers, responsible for death?

Will he claim that he has the power to order the U.S. military to build a wall that a majority of Americans know is unneeded?

This is the first time that the 45th President of the United States dares to sit at the Resolute Desk and speak to each of us from the Oval Office.

A national emergency is a step toward the Noriega route – a strongman approaches dictatorial powers. So far, Trump has been stymied by a significant impediment: The U.S. Constitution. May it always reign.

Look deeply into Trump’s eyes, America, and ask if you believe him. Can this man fix the problem he has created?

A man who was light years brighter than Noriega, Trump and most of us, Einstein by name, knew the answer to such a question.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

Look into Trump’s eyes and you will know – “the solution lies elsewhere, once you are gone.”

Peter Eisner, journalist and author, co-wrote with Michael D’Antonio the book, The Shadow President, The Truth About Mike Pence.

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How are these men related?

Read on….My story in Newsweek.

As Newsday’s Latin America correspondent, I reported from Panama before, during and after the 1989 Panama invasion. The United States spent hundreds of millions of dollars to attack a country that offered little resistance.

I found the U.S. charges against Noriega to be very thin.

George H.W. Bush had decided to invade Panama and the system had to endorse what he had wrought.



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Do Not Investigate this Story (White House tells us there’s nothing here)

By Peter Eisner

A little triangulation:

There is an interesting link between the new Trump commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, a Russian billionaire and the sale of a Palm Beach mansion by Donald Trump.
  • Wilbur Ross was vice chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, often cited as a depository for Russian money laundering.
  • Bank of Cyprus’s largest shareholder was a Russian billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev. In 2008, Rybolovlev bought a mansion — once the largest private house in the United States — from a gentleman named Donald Trump for $95 million. (Trump’s profit more than $50 million).
  • White House now blocks information about the bank, Trump and Russia.


 We are told that there is nothing to investigate. Forget about it.

But just in case, here are three stories to tell the tale:

Wilbur Ross arrives for a meeting with Trump at the White House in Washington DC on 23 February 2017.
Wilbur Ross arrives for a meeting with Trump at the White House in Washington on 23 February 2017.

The Miami Herald

Photographed in 2005, Donald Trump stands in front of 515 N. County Rd., the estate he bought at auction for about $41 million, renovated and then sold in 2008 at a recorded $95 million.

Business Insider

The Bank Of Cyprus’ Biggest Shareholder Is A Russian Oligarch With An Insane Real Estate Portfolio

mansion trump Dimitry Rybolovlev

Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev is the largest shareholder in the Bank of Cyprus, with a 9.9% stake in the company.


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Dangers to Come

What would happen now, if a terrorist event or confrontation draws the United States into conflict, and Americans naturally seek to rally around the flag, or react fearfully to what has taken place?

The course has been drawn — dissenters will be blamed, the “so-called judges” and courts, “illegals,” anyone who has spoken against the president of the United States are to blame.

Either by design — it would not be the president’s; it might be the last lips close to his ear — or by accident, this republic will face a challenge it has never seen.

The prospects are raised in Paul Krugman’s column in the New York Times. He writes what is obvious–this president will use any calamity as an excuse to grab unprecedented imperial power:

“What we see here is the most powerful man in the world blatantly telegraphing his intention to use national misfortune to grab even more power. And the question becomes, who will stop him?”

Who then will stop him? Congress, Republicans who worry only about their power, who?

The answer is a challenge to complacency and to patriots of any stripe. After 9/11, twisted minds used public fear and manipulated a falsehood: that Iraq was the threat. A trillion dollars or more later, a million lives later, here we are, says Krugman. It depends….

“..on whether enough Americans are willing to take a public stand. We can’t handle another post-9/11-style suspension of doubt about the man in charge; if that happens, America as we know it will soon be gone.”

The danger is with us.

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Immigration: how we got here

By Peter Eisner

Seems like a fine day to point out how I, along with millions, am an American by the choice and search of my ancestors for freedom. My paternal grandfather, Louis Eisner, came to this country one hundred eleven years ago, fleeing Jewish persecution in Russian-controlled Poland. He did not undergo extreme vetting — which might have determined that he had at one point attended a few Bolshevik organizational meetings.

Ten years later, in 1916, he became an American citizen and pledged loyalty to the United States, and renounced allegiance to the Russian leader of the moment, Czar Nicholas II. It was a year before the Russian revolution.

Here’s to American freedom and democracy!


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