“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
One of life’s unanswered philosophical questions. Last month, a big tree fell in the forest, and nobody heard, nobody listened. It was not widely reported in any of the major news outlets, there was no notable discussion in blogdom … it was a warning destined to go unheeded, to die of neglect.
The ‘tree’ was a white paper issued by the Department of Defense titled Russian Strategic Intentions. It is a 150-page, 25-chapter document that outlines Russia’s aggression, which includes the use of propaganda and disinformation to sway public opinion across Europe, Central Asia, Africa and Latin America, and the U.S. It assesses Russia’s intentions in an attempt to understand what drives its strategy, outlines a range of malign activities attributed to Russia in regions as diverse as Africa…
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