by William Skink
I am so thankful for the Missoula Current, Martin Kidston’s online “news” start-up, where ex-military and ex-spook lawyers can disseminate anti-Trump propaganda.
I have learned a lot about the movers and shakers in our community and our state, like Julie Sirrs.
Who is Julie Sirrs, you ask?
Well, currently she is a lawyer with Boone Karlberg in Missoula, and a member of Montanans for National Security, but years ago she was allegedly warning Bush Junior about a terrorist named Osama Bin Laden.
Check out this Observer article, titled Ex-Spook Sirrs: Early Osama Call Got Her Ejected, from the distant year 2004:
President George W. Bush has a bold plan: to gradually shift American intelligence operatives-now free from hunting down Saddam Hussein-to Afghanistan to find Osama bin Laden.
To Julie Sirrs, it’s a case of too little, too late. A former military analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency, Ms. Sirrs was the first intelligence officer to report on the significance of Osama bin Laden moving his terrorist operation from the Sudan into Afghanistan. She wasn’t listened to five years ago, and though she’d like to speak before the Congressional 9/11 commission, it is unlikely that she will be listened to now. Her story is a tableau of tangled politics and internal wrangling that got in the way of vital intelligence-gathering leading up to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
When I wrote my little tirade against the two party political system in this country, I used the analogy of mafia families/cartels to illustrate my perception of how these political enterprises operate.
Democrats have enthusiastically embraced “former” spooks and “former” military personal as political candidates, a trend reported on by MSM two years ago:
They put their lives on the line in foreign war zones, conducted secret missions to collect valuable intelligence and made enormous sacrifices for their country — only to see their former colleagues disrespected by President Donald Trump.
Now, driven by the president’s conduct, they’re taking matters into their own hands and gearing up for a different challenge: running for Congress as Democrats.
Fed up with what they see as Trump’s disdain and distrust of the intelligence community — and his refusal to embrace fully the conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election — an unusually large number of former intelligence officers and operatives are campaigning for office as Democrats in this fall’s midterm elections, according to experts.
How did that Russiagate operation go, spook-loving Democrats?
I’ve also written about this trend, specifically identifying Joshua Manning as one of Montana’s dedicated “former” military anti-Trump political insurgents.
We can now add Julie Sirrs and Andrew Person to that list. Here is part of their “Voices” Missoula Current propaganda piece:
When the news broke that the Russian government, through its military intelligence agency, the GRU, paid bounties to Taliban fighters for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan, it wasn’t just another headline for many Montanans – it was personal. That’s because Montanans have among the highest rate of military service and veterans in the nation.
For those of us who were close friends or family with troops killed by Taliban fighters, our response is visceral. We’re angry. We demand action – not words- from our government in response.
As Michael McFaul, a former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, born and raised in Montana, recently wrote: “ While deeply disturbing, this effort by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is not surprising: It follows a clear pattern of ignoring international norms, rules and laws – and daring the United States to do anything about it.” Since 2017, multiple reliable sources, including the U.S. general on the ground in Afghanistan, have reported that Russia has been supporting the Taliban.
This Cold War 2.0 propaganda bullshit COMPLETELY omits the LONG HISTORY of Afghanistan as a geopolitical hot spot. If Sirrs and Person were NOT being emotionally exploitive and intellectually dishonest, they would acknowledge it was THEIR OWN COUNTRY in the 80’s funding the Mujahideen that created the Taliban.
I’ll even quote the evil imperial bastards at the Council on Foreign Relations to back up that statement:
The Taliban was formed in the early 1990s by Afghan mujahideen, or Islamic guerilla fighters, who had resisted the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan (1979–89) with the covert backing of the CIA and its Pakistani counterpart, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI). They were joined by younger Pashtun tribesmen who studied in Pakistani madrassas, or seminaries; taliban is Pashto for “students.” Pashtuns comprise a plurality in Afghanistan and are the predominant ethnic group in much of the country’s south and east. They are also a major ethnic group in Pakistan’s north and west.
Julie Sirrs and Andrew Person are part of a larger intelligence effort to reverse the results of the 2016 election.
While I think Trump is also acting as a duplicitous asset of a different cartel-like criminal faction of our unelected power elite, this effort by Democrats is as Democracy-destroying as anything those bad, bad Republicans have done.
So, which white, male mafia don are you going to vote for, oh ye lovers of the illusion of Democracy?