Good evening folks, I want to start by thanking David for putting up a couple of great posts last week. I was down in Gulf Shores, Alabama with my wife and kids. We had a great time despite the weather being too cold to spend more than a few hours at the beach. We did go to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, USS Alabama, and Fort Morgan from the Civil War. We didn’t have reliable wifi at the cabin we rented, and posting was tough. I appreciate everyone’s patience.
I will be back to a full posting schedule in the next day or so, but I saw the following on Instapundit and it made me think:
After the RB-47 incident in which the USSR shot down an unarmed US reconnaissance airplane over international waters, President Eisenhower is said to have ordered the assassination of an equivalent number of Soviet military troops of similar rank to those killed in the RB-47. By “is said to” I mean that this authorization is widely rumored, and I have a number of reasons (none of them official and none of my reasons subject to the official secrets laws) to believe this is true. It was neither officially admitted or denied by Eisenhower, who refused to discuss the matter. He neither asserted nor denied a right to to take this action.
In last night’s open thread, a commenter wonders if Theresa May will do something similar.
Putin likes to rely on “plausible deniability”, but the poison compound was way beyond what non-state actors would possess according to much of what I have read. That last line about Theresa May made me think in a macabre way. If the Brits wanted to off a diplomat or spy in a completely deniable way, all they have to do is have the assassin pull up on a motorbike with a full-face helmet, and hack the target to death with a machete in broad daylight. They would likely be able to evade police because the perps in these incidents are almost never caught.
Putin could scream, but really… the British public faces this scourge all the time. Who is to say if the deceased was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?
As Rahmbo Emmanuel once said, “never let a crisis go to waste”. If the British authorities are unable to control violent crime, why not use it to their advantage in the international intrigue sphere.
Boom. Plausible deniability.