Sorry for the light posting. Too tired to spend much time writing now. Also too tired for first-person pronoun. But here are a few items you may want to note...
This blog recently sped past a milestone: Cannonfire
began on March 7, 2004. Yes, I've been annoying people online for a full decade. Here's a snippet from that very first post:
No Democrat with W's sorry record could carry such high poll numbers. A misbegotten war, a history of deception, high unemployment, ghastly deficits, scandal, restrictions on our liberties, verbal goofs galore, a widespread suspicion that the Quayle of this administration sits at the top of the ticket -- and yet this president still has plenty of fans. Just what does Bush have to DO to make himself more widely disliked?
Ten years ago, a political writer might fairly have expected all readers to understand a reference to Dan Quayle. Now, many twenty-somethings may not be able to place the name. I feel ancient.
So much for the rear-view mirror. Let's look at the landscape around us right now...
A Christie-gate connection?
In previous posts, we've discussed Christie crony David Samson, tapped to head the Port Authority. Well...
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan on Friday subpoenaed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for records related to potential conflicts of interest involving its chairman, David Samson, a prominent New Jersey lawyer and close political ally of Gov. Chris Christie, according to people briefed on the matter.
On Monday, the subpoena was withdrawn, apparently to clear the way for the investigation to be pursued by federal prosecutors in New Jersey, who had already been reviewing the politically charged closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September, according to two of those briefed on the matter.
It was not immediately clear why federal prosecutors in Manhattan, in the office of Preet Bharara, the United States attorney there, had issued the subpoena when their federal counterparts in New Jersey were conducting the bridge inquiry and the related investigation.
Indeed, people briefed on the matter suggested that any federal investigation that grew out of the subpoena would likely play out in New Jersey, under the supervision of United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman, as opposed to being handled by prosecutors in Manhattan.
Neither of the federal prosecutor’s offices would comment on the subpoena issued on Friday. But an examination of possible conflicts of interest involving Mr. Samson would appear to represent a significant widening of the scandal.
If you will recall, Samson received heavy mention as well in the Hoboken-gate stories. (And lots of other stuff
Fishman has a promising record. He went after Tony Mack, the Mayor of Trenton, who apparently abused his position in furtherance of various land deals. That sounds a lot like what allegedly went down in Hoboken.
Will the Samson probe touch Christie? Maybe. But the governor knows how to hide his tracks.
The Mystery Snipers.
Our friend Dojo Rat
has delved further into this conundrum, drawing on the work done last week by William Engdahl of Global Research
Let's start with Engldahl...
According to veteran US intelligence sources, the snipers came from an ultra-right-wing military organization known as Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO).
The leader of UNA-UNSO, Andriy Shkil, ten years ago became an adviser to Julia Tymoshenko. UNA-UNSO, during the US-instigated 2003-2004 “Orange Revolution”, backed pro-NATO candidate Viktor Yushchenko against his pro-Russian opponent, Yanukovich. UNA-UNSO members provided security for the supporters of Yushchenko and Julia Tymoshenko on Independence Square in Kiev in 2003-4.
UNA-UNSO is also reported to have close ties to the German National Democratic Party (NDP). 
Ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 the crack-para-military UNA-UNSO members have been behind every revolt against Russian influence. The one connecting thread in their violent campaigns is always anti-Russia. The organization, according to veteran US intelligence sources, is part of a secret NATO “GLADIO” organization, and not a Ukraine nationalist group as portrayed in western media.
These people are the dangerous mercenaries used all over the world to fight NATO’s dirty war, and to frame Russia because this group pretends to be Russian special forces. THESE ARE THE BAD GUYS, forget about the window dressing nationalists, these are the men behind the sniper rifles,” these sources insist. 
If true that UNA-UNSO is not “Ukrainian” opposition, but rather a highly secret NATO force using Ukraine as base, it would suggest that the EU peace compromise with the moderates was likely sabotaged by the one major player excluded from the Kiev 21 February diplomatic talks—Victoria Nuland’s State Department. Both Nuland and right-wing Republican US Senator John McCain have had contact with the leader of the Ukrainian opposition Svoboda Party, whose leader is openly anti-semitic and defends the deeds of a World War II Ukrainian SS-Galicia Division head. The party was registered in 1995, initially calling itself the “Social National Party of Ukraine” and using a swastika style logo. Svoboda is the electoral front for neo-nazi organizations in Ukraine such as UNA-UNSO.
One further indication that Nuland’s hand is shaping latest Ukraine events is the fact that the new Ukrainian Parliament is expected to nominate Nuland’s choice, Arseny Yatsenyuk, from Tymoshenko’s party, to be interim head of the new Cabinet.
Okay, that's a pretty long and intricate quote, and some of you may be feeling dizzy by now.
I'll bottom-line it: Engdahl thinks that the Mystery Snipers were far right extremists secretly toiling on behalf of a neocon faction within the American establishment. There's a lot of precedent for this sort of skullduggery.
For what it is worth (many readers will say "Not much" while a few will have a very different opinion), Putin blames the west
for instigating regime change in Ukraine.
Notice that Putin repeatedly asks why the West created the crisis in Ukraine. He makes the important point that in post-Soviet countries, legality and democracy are fragile. Democracy and legality are not furthered by overthrowing democracy before it has taken roots and placing in office an unelected government by force and illegality. It is impossible to argue with this point. Why, indeed, did the West murder democracy and constitutional order in Ukraine?
This goes much too far. Russia itself (the classic example of a great people perpetually living under bad government) is hardly a model democracy. The same could be said of Ukraine under Yanukovich.
Hell, the same could be said of the United States. Case in point...
The Deep State and Wall Street.
The always-interesting Professor Peter Dale Scott has made some interesting observations
about the links between the banksters and Spookworld. The bottom line:
A former Turkish president and prime minister once commented that the Turkish deep state was the real state, and the public state was only a “spare state,” not the real one.109 A better understanding of the American deep state is necessary, if we are to prevent it from assuming permanently the same role.
Indeed. And this brings us, once again, to the current Ukrainian problem.
If Engdahl is right -- if American covert operators recruited local fascist thugs to do the dirty deeds that brought about a coup -- then who, ultimately, engineered this action?
Some of you will shout: "Obama! He did it. It's obvious." Well, it's not so obvious to me. If you read enough books about spies, two facts become crystal clear: American spooks don't always operate at a president's behest, and they have been known to network in ways outside the control of official agencies such as the CIA. (Think: Iran-contra. Think: Those bizarre, ad-hoc intelligence groups of the Dubya years, which operated well outside of -- and in opposition to -- the Agency.)
I think the President is being forced to react to a series of events which the neocons have engineered. The deep state has given the world a stew-pot full of chaos and topped it with a thick layer of cheesy propaganda. Now the leader of the "spare state" must restore order without pissing off a Washington establishment which has warmed to the idea of a new Cold War.
If you want to put a name and a face to that Deep State, I suppose Victoria Nuland will do. I'm not saying that she
was the one who recruited the riflemen of UNA-UNSO to do a little "target practice" -- but she definitely represents a certain point of view.