Links – May 10, 2019


Trump Administration Inflated Iran Intelligence, U.S. Officials Say Daily Beast

On the road to war with Iran? Sic Semper Tyrannis

Iran’s Master Plan To Beat U.S. Sanctions OilPrice

After 62 days Chelsea Manning was released from a Virginia jail — but her freedom could be short-lived Business Insider

Former Boeing Engineers Say Relentless Cost-Cutting Sacrificed Safety Bloomberg Businessweek

The failures of the 737 Max appear to be the result of an emphasis on speed, cost, and above all shareholder value.

Red Sox Players are Divided Over White House Visit Dave Zirin

Most of the team’s players of color have declined Trump’s invitation. The 20 who are attending are nearly all white.

Bill Gates Actually Made a Good Point About the Socialism Debate in America Gizmodo

Gates pointed out that the current surge in pro-socialist rhetoric in the U.S. isn’t really socialism by any strict definition of the word. The so-called “socialist” policies we’re hearing from politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders are largely just capitalist policies with a strong social safety net. And that’s okay! [says Gates]

“Socialism used to mean that the state controlled the means of production,” Gates said on CNBC. “And a lot of people who are promoting socialism aren’t using that classic definition.”

A frustrated Trump questions his administration’s Venezuela strategy Washington Post

President Trump is questioning his administration’s aggressive strategy in Venezuela following the failure of a U.S.-backed effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, complaining he was misled about how easy it would be to replace the socialist strongman with a young opposition figure, according to administration officials and White House advisers.

The president’s dissatisfaction has crystallized around national security adviser John Bolton and what Trump has groused is an interventionist stance at odds with his view that the United States should stay out of foreign quagmires.

Trump has said in recent days that Bolton wants to get him “into a war” — a comment that he has made in jest in the past but that now betrays his more serious concerns, one senior administration official said. …

Trump has complained over the past week that Bolton and others underestimated Maduro. Trump has said that Maduro is a “tough cookie” and that aides should not have led him to believe that the Venezuelan leader could be ousted last week.

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