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Lloyd Austin’s Pentagon Clears Austin of Wrongdoing Over Secret ‘Hospitalgate’ Incident

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating Lloyd Austin’s Pentagon today cleared Austin of wrongdoing during the Defense Secretary’s five-day disappearance in early January, when he was hospitalized for complications following a medical procedure. A Pentagon statement to that effect was accompanied by a memo that contains only an illegible signature with no …

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Did Putin Fly a Russian Tu-160M Blackjack Bomber?

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin flew in the cockpit of a Tu-160M bomber. And, Moscow adds, it has proof! A video that we captured from Russian state media seems to show Putin airborne and in the left seat of the plane’s cockpit. Is this …

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Tucker Carlson Talks to Vladimir Putin: Things to Consider While Watching the Interview

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating What should we make of Tucker Carlson’s sit-down with Vladimir Putin? Western reactions are all over the map, with some praising and others damning both Carlson and Putin. Pro-Russian writers in the overseas “samizdat” offered biting commentary. “This whole interview was just pure Putin — …

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Russian Combat Vid: Real, or Dezinformatsiya? You Be the Judge

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating Pro-Moscow channels on Telegram are circulating a video purporting to show Russian forces kicking battlefield butt in Ukraine. But is it truth, or disinformation? I saved the vid and passed the YouTube gatekeepers allow me to post it myself on our fledgling channel. I put …

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The Pentagon Misses the Mark When Explaining the Strike Against Houthi Targets

American citizens deserve to know the full details when our armed forces are sent into action. It would be nice to get those details from our own Department of Defense. COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating Outdated, misleading photos and a low p.r. footprint: such is the Pentagon’s messaging about Thursday …

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Lloyd Austin’s ‘Hospitalgate’: Who Will Take the Fall Over Pentagon Chief’s Secret Absence?

“Austin created a crisis where none existed,” one official said. “This threw the White House and the Pentagon into chaos, and it was completely unnecessary. He needs to turn in his resignation.” COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating Official Washington, D.C. is making bets on who will take the fall over Defense …

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Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin Was MIA for 5 Days; How Come No One Noticed?

When the Secretary of Defense was off work and in an intensive care unit over the course of four days, no one at the Pentagon nor in Washington even knew he was gone. COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating The U.S. security world is rightly astounded and outraged that Defense Secretary …

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Is Putin Dead? Moscow Says ‘Nyet’; But If Swan Lake is Broadcast on Russian TV, All Bets Are Off

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating Is Vladimir Putin dead? Should we believe the “insider” who announced on Telegram that the Russian president died again, and that a fresh coup is underway in Moscow? Or should we trust the extraordinary denial from Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that the report is an …

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Reflections on the Death of Derek Wilford, Who Commanded British Paratroopers on Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland

Wilford was sent by his superiors into a complex and profoundly violent situation because they believed he was right for the job. His Majesty’s Armed Forces should acknowledge as much about one of their own. COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating Quietly over the weekend, a locally infamous British Army officer …

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Why is Gaza Running Out of Everything But Weapons? Questions for Hamas, and a Plea for Journalists

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating Hamas has much to explain regarding its recent actions in Israel, and the press needs to hold the group accountable. Both truth and morality demand it. But when covering the current situation in Israel, many of my journalist colleagues accept as fact what Hamas writes in …

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