‘The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way? ‘
This information obtained from what source? Always the first question when reading Mr. Lake’s essays.
‘The State Department, which ultimately makes that decision, has favored such certification. On Wednesday an interagency meeting of senior officials failed to reach consensus, delaying the decision until Obama takes it up with the National Security Council, The State Department, which ultimately makes that decision, has favored such certification. On Wednesday an interagency meeting of senior officials failed to reach consensus, delaying the decision until Obama takes it up with the National Security Council, according to U.S. officials involved in the dispute.’
What is the source of this interagency meeting? Our answer: ‘according to U.S. officials involved in the dispute.’
Mr. Lake then shifts his argument to the opinions of ‘Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, and the Republican chairman of that panel’s subcommittee that oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Rep. Mike Rogers from Alabama,’ opponents of ‘Open Skies’ .
Enter the State Department:
‘The State Department on the other hand has argued the United States should live up to the treaty’s obligations and approve the new Russian aircraft.’
Enter letter to Weekly Standard:
‘A letter first published by the Weekly Standard on April 13 from two Republican and two Democratic members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said the Russian Federation had just completed construction of aircraft that will “support digital photograph equipment, sideways-looking synthetic aperture radar, and infrared equipment.” ‘
Enter the usual Lake anonymous quote:
‘A U.S. official familiar with the dispute and sympathetic to the concerns of the military and intelligence community told The Daily Beast…’
Enter Edward Snowden:
‘In Moscow on Thursday there was the most bizarre spectacle. Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor now wanted in U.S. court to face Espionage Act charges, asked Russia’s president whether his government collected as much Internet data as his old government did.’
For those interested Mr. Snowden’s reply to his question to Putin:http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/18/vladimir-putin-surveillance-us-leaders-snowden
For this episode of Mr. Lake’s miniseries The Cold War Redux, the State Department takes the role of appeaser in chief. Mr. Lake is nothing if not predictable.