Q&D off the BackChannels reader on Facebook. 


From the looks of it: Islamic State.


Trump’s governments — none of them — have held together for long.  This latest with Mattis, a popular general, only serves to further undermine the public’s confidence in the Administration.


Screen capture, liveuamap, December 21, 2018.

Crimea, Ukraine has become the front line of a deeply sabotaged NATO although it’s Ukraine that’s seeking accession.

Go figure.

Have a brief look at the political shape NATO’s in: France — rolling with the “Yellow Vest” Active Measures (most likely — time to man up, Macron); Germany — leveraged by energy dependence on Russia; Hungary — Putin bromancer Orban’s new feudal estate; Turkey — more sultanate than NATO state.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46657470 – “Gavin Williamson: UK ship in Ukraine ‘sends message to Russia’.”  BBC, December 22, 2018 (latest update)

https://www.unian.info/war/10385583-ukraine-says-three-sabotage-groups-of-russian-military-intelligence-arrested-in-donbas.html – 12/20/2018 –>

Ukraine’s SBU Security Service has reported on the arrest of three sabotage groups deployed by Russia’s military intelligence in eastern Ukraine. The SBU press service says the agency will provide details of the operation at a special briefing to be scheduled for the coming days. It is noted that the raid was carried out by Ukraine’s counterintelligence forces.

Editor’s tired . . . knows others read the news too . . . may turn to fiction . . . may also note that the loud and narcissistic Trump now appears the mirror opposite of “Jimmuh”: he’s been playing the tough guy — know the mob and the kind of company he has kept, admires dictators, takes no shit, etc. — but he’s pulling America’s troop presence out of Syria, leaving that space to America’s sworn enemies, while in Ukraine — no popular data (have a Google yourself) while Russia pushes “a big amount of military equipment to the North Crimea — and Ukrainian counterintelligence hunts down and arrests Russia Spetsnaz or similar from the sound of it.