“Could he have done anything for them [Sinn Fein and the IRA]? Maybe.”

The Daily Telegraph’s report that retired US State Department analyst, Kendall Myers – charged, along his wife Gwendolyn, with conspiracy, being agents of a foreign government [Cuba] and wire fraud – was a rival to Mitchell Reiss’ appointment as Northern Ireland envoy in 2003 raises a number of ‘what if?’ questions about Reiss’ “liberal intervention”. [Cuckoo, cuckoo – Ed] [Adds Toby Harden blogs his report]. From the Telegraph report

Mitchell Reiss, whom President George W. Bush was appointed as envoy to Northern Ireland by in 2003 in preference to Mr Myers, said: “Could he have done anything for them [Sinn Fein and the IRA]? Maybe.” Just as likely, he added, was that Mr Myers wanted promotion to gain access to intelligence that might not have related to Cuba. “The Cubans could then sell it around the world.

“It could have been valuable for a lot of people the Cubans were going business with. It would have had a financial value, there could have been other strategic interests Cuba wanted to pursue and this was the currency involved.” Mr Reiss confirmed that he had been told that Mr Myers had sought the envoy job.

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  • Mark McGregor

    I think I’m missing something here but I’ve just got so used to ignoring all the links I don’t bother clicking on any. Sorry.

  • Pete Baker

    You, in particular, should know better than to ignore all the links, Mark.

    I don’t think there is any element of the story left out of the immediate text of the actual post.

    But if you have a question, just ask.

  • Mark McGregor

    Come off it Pete, there are nine links on that blog – five (well four, one of them is dead) directing back to pieces you’ve previously put on Slugger on the basis that what? Some bracket in a Telegraph report mentions SF or the IRA?

    Seriously. Wah?

  • Pete Baker


    I’ve fixed the final link to the Telegraph report [as labelled]. There was a functional earlier link.

    That report notes that “Mr Reiss confirmed that he had been told that Mr Myers had sought the envoy job.”

    If you have an issue about the content of that report by all means question it.

    But if you have an issue with links in general, as Mack suggested in a previous comments zone, buy a newspaper instead.

  • Mark McGregor

    I’ve no problem with the links. Maybe you’d like to examine or highlight Bew’s opinions of his interaction with Ireland? Or does that not fit your agenda?

  • Pete Baker

    The report which includes Lord Bew’s comments is linked, twice, in the original post, Mark.

    But perhaps there’s yet another distraction you’d like to throw into the discussion?

  • Rory Carr

    Anyway – no need for a trial is there? All that is required is that Pete’s report above be read aloud in court and sentencing can begin. All that is missing is speculation that Myers may have been responsible for sabotaging USS Maine in Havana harbour and is probably single-handedly responsible for the failure of the Bay of Pigs operation.

  • The presumption of innocence is noticeably absent from the post, in fairness. Was it actually written by Pete or was it the prosecutors who penned it? I don’t know Kendall Myers but surely he deserves the benefit of British justice etc, innocent until PROVEN guilty, not merely charged????

  • jeda

    i know kendall myers and he was the go to guy in the state department on ireland and the north in particular – aren’t all you guys posting on this forgetting about certain ira arrests at bogota airport in colombia, one of whom, niall connolly, was the provos’ de facto ambassador in havana, that the IRA operation in Colombia probably used venezuala as a stopping off point and that venezualan leader hugo chavez is a close friend of fidel castro and who has himself given material and other assistance to the FARC guerillas who were dealing with the IRA – all pretty good reasons to have an inside guy – this is all about defyng the US in her backyard so somenone like kendall might well have been useful

  • james

    The stark whataboutery, and fiction in this is a joke, no actual facts or conclusion, well done what a complete waste of time

  • kensei


    But if you have an issue with links in general, as Mack suggested in a previous comments zone, buy a newspaper instead.

    I don’t even a problem with the hyperlink. No links, no web. I have a problem with the abuse of the hyperlink.

    It is embedded enough now that just another part of grammar. And if you staunchly refuse to use full stops, or decide to type in mIXed CaSe aLl tHe TImE, you would get a torrent of criticism.

    Nearly all professional organisations use some form of embedded links. Do you ever the utter mess of links above on the BBC or the Guardian, or the New York Times? No you bloody well don’t. What about heavily tech savvy places, like Wired or Slasdot or the Register – any paragraphs that are 50% links? No, you do not. Big successfulk blogs like the Daily Kos? Still blank. That is because it is really, really bad style, and you are wrong, not the rest of the world.

    Here is the web style guide on links:


    Pertinent point:

    When placing links on the page, put only the most salient links within the body of your text, and group all minor, illustrative, parenthetic, or footnote links at the bottom of the document where they are available but not distracting.

    Believe it or not, a lot of work has went into these types of usability issues. For the love of god please stop.

  • Rory Carr

    Jeda it seems forgot to throw the assassination of President Kennedy and the suspicious death of Marilyn Monroe into his mix. I am sure that “someone like Kendall” (indeed even someone like Jeda) “might well have been useful” in helping secure these deaths (providing always that had had taken time out from their hectic schedule which no doubt included planning the 9/11 attacks and undermining the virtue of American maidens).

    That’s the beauty of conspiracy charges – you can throw in everything, including the kitchen sink, and you don’t have to prove a darn thing. Supposition and innuendo rule, o.k.?

  • All I can say is, any time I read an article citing the hypotheses of Zionist lunatic John Bolton, some woman who said suicides of prisoners in Guantánamo Bay were a form of ‘asymmetrical warfare’, and ‘American intelligence officials’, I presume they’re on to something.

    Guantánamo Bay is part of Cuba, by the way. I guess it could be possible that the whole point of Myers’s interventions in Northern Ireland was to arrange for a suitable place for Cuba to set up their own offshore prison camp: Magilligan, maybe.

  • Cahal

    I tend to skip past the blogs which have an obscure heading in quotation marks. A sure sign that it is a Baker special. No offense like. This one sucked me in because I was wondering why there were more than 10 comments. Mostly slagging I see.

    One or two links is more than sufficient. Three is a stretch for most people. IMO.

  • Dec

    “Could he have done anything for them [Sinn Fein and the IRA]? Maybe.”

    Given that Pal Bew, who actually spent time with Myers, pretty much poo-poos this proposition it’s somewhat predictable that you chose to hide this rebuttal in your usual slew of hyperlinks. As Mark notes, on this occasion at least, Bew’s views don’t suit the agenda at hand. Then again, as you always maintain, maybe I (and everyone else who disagrees with you) is simply incorrect.

  • bootman

    I don’t get it

  • RepublicanStones

    Whats the story…the link which links to another link which is apparently the paul Bew link ends up being some showbiz news website???!!!!

  • Ulsters my homeland

    ‘Lord Bew, who has advised Ulster Unionists, said he hoped that Mr Myers had never used his Irish portfolio to aid the IRA. “He possibly had the Cuba thing in one corner of his mind and the Irish part of his job in another.

    “I would like to believe that his cover for his spying for Cuba was to do the rest of his job straight up. I didn’t think he was bad on Northern Ireland – but now I wonder.” ‘

  • Mick Fealty

    Boys, boys, boys… See Mack (again), if you don’t like hyperlinks: buy a feckin newspaper!

    I’ll open a thread on hyperlinks: yes or no? But if this distraction meme appears in another one of Pete’s posts, I’m cutting it!

    Now, what was the post about?

  • Rory Carr

    “Now, what was the post about? ”

    You said it, Mick. A question indeed often asked about some of Pete’s items as many of the above replies illustrate.

    I don’t mind it myself as I find that wading through the fat, so to speak, to get to the meat of his posts a bit of a welcome diversion after completing the Telegraph cryptic crossword and, if I find it too tedious, like the crossword one some days, I simply abandon it.

  • Dec

    Boys, boys, boys… See Mack (again), if you don’t like hyperlinks: buy a feckin newspaper!

    I suppose newspapers occasionally listen to their readership’s views. And they have sub-editors.

  • kensei


    Boys, boys, boys… See Mack (again), if you don’t like hyperlinks: buy a feckin newspaper!

    I assume Mack is a – spit – developer. And I’m not about to be lectured on technology by a bloody political commentator, thankyouverymuch. A hell of a lot of work has been done on web readability and usability. If you are not familar with any of it, don’t comment.

    I don’t make this shit up. Tell you what Mick, submit your next article to the Gaurdian or Telegraph with 5 times more commas than is the normal usage, and see what the subs do to it.

    Now, what was the post about?

    Oh how we repeatedly ask this question.

  • Dave

    Mick, alternatively, you could recognise that the usual suspects appear on Pete’s threads repeating the same whinges. It is clear that Pete has no intention of changing his style despite their repeated demands (when it is his content that they actually object to), so their campaign is nothing more than low-grade bullying (but with absolutely no effect) and an attempt to sabotage his threads. Why don’t you issue a few warnings and then issue a few bans when the same obsessive-compulsives just can’t control their petty animosity and inevitably ignore them? You know it makes sense. 😉

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  • circles

    Yeah Mick – ban those who criticise having to wade through an unreadable, and barely comprehensible post – especially ecause I think most people are moved to criticise as they actually would like to dscuss the topic. Thats a great idea Dave……(rolls eyes)

    Except that if you happen to be on an extremely slow internet connection as I am, and wait 5 minutes for a page to open that turns out to be Pete referencing Pete about a post of Pete’s then its neither funny nor interesting. Frustrating is what it is.

    By the way – my “indeed” was to Kensei.

  • granma.cu – Reflections of Fidel: Ridiculous response to a defeat

    I for one can confirm that, as a matter of principle, we have never tortured anyone nor have we paid anyone to obtain any type of information. Those who, in one way or another, have helped to protect the lives of Cuban citizens against terrorist plots and conspiracies to assassinate their leaders, out of the many perpetrated by several US administrations, did so as the moral imperative of their own consciousness and, in my opinion, deserve all the honors in the world.

    What is curious is the fact that this news has come to light 24 hours after the defeat suffered by U.S. diplomacy at the OAS General Assembly.

    It is really strange that if those people were under control, given that FBI agents deceived them by passing themselves off as Cuban spies, why weren’t they arrested before and why have they done so at this particular time?

    Now will begin the game of supposed justice against two people who have been morally shredded beforehand by accusations that will predetermine the conduct of the jury which will have to decide whether they are guilty or innocent. They will definitely not receive the kind treatment dispensed to the terrorists recruited by the government of that country to destroy the Cubana airliner with all those aboard and to commit horrific crimes against our people, and who, moreover, violated U.S. laws by committing many despicable acts of terrorism in their own country.

  • Mick Fealty


    You misread me. I said I would take the posts off. I did not mention a ban.

    Anyhow, my argument is up on Slugger now. But please guys, in future, stick to politics rather than literary criticism.

    Let those who can understand the posts to get on and rip them to pieces if they feel so inclined!

  • Brian MacAodh

    One can start all kinds of “what if” threads if one wanted to. Totally worthless for the most part.