Monday, April 30, 2007
While we continuously listen to the lies and propaganda that Bush has had many successes in Iraq and now that his surge is succeeding We already know but are now hearing that many of Bush's declared successes are in fact failures. Low and behold it all boils down to Security fears. What a surprise! What happened to his successful surge?
Isn't that Bush's fault? If he had stayed in Afghanistan as he should have instead of diverting from the war on terror to attack Iraq so he could start implementing his new middle east order, Iraq may still have a Dictator but they would have security, electricity, water, fuel, and a lot more than they have now or will have in the future.
Bush cannot and will not bring stability back to Iraq. Despite the political rhetoric it will get a lot worse and then spread throughout the entire middle east. We will never be able to bring services anywhere close to the level they were at when Saddam was in power. It is laughable to think that anyone thought they would be better post Saddam.
The Congressional investigation into reconstruction in Iraq found that six out of eight projects the Bush administration claimed to be a success were falling apart, throwing doubts over the long-term viability of much of the $30 billion program. I have to tell you, the entire program, the surge, Democracy, everything, was guaranteed lost from the get go. What ever is built will be destroyed.
The report which was published today looked at hospital projects that at last count their was one capable of operating at all and that great success McCain was bragging about, the increasingly secure Baghdad Airport. It does not matter how much money or effort we put into Iraq. Iraqi's as a whole do not want Bush's new Iraqi order they want their own version.
Each sect is only concerned with looking out for their own interest and future and as we are told to ignore everyday because it is not "the reality on the ground" reality is much worse! The inspectors found serious plumbing and electrical failures due to looting, equipment lying idle to me primarily because people are scared to death to venture out into the reality Bush has created for them.
U.S.Report blames Iraqi's for Reconstruction failure
From the Political system to the oil Industry, Hospitals, electricity, plumbing, security, everything, It will not be turned around and will only get a lot worse before it spreads throughout the entire middle east. Bush however will continue to waste American dollars and lives until he finds the excuse to further his new order chaos throughout the middle east.
You really have to ask yourself why? I know many of you feel it is all about the oil and I tend to agree with you but what about the resultant turmoil the natives are in and like it or not we will have to deal with? When are we going to stop playing the fools with Bush?
http://anaverageamericanpatriot.blogspot.comOf course U.S. Wasted Billions of Dollars on Iraqi Reconstruction
Sunday, April 29, 2007
I decided to take a break from my concerns for America and Iraq and focus on Turkey. After reading yesterday of the growing confrontation between Turkey's Governing Islamic party and the secular Turkish military I became very concerned for Turkey's future knowing where it sits in the middle east. http://images.ask.com/...
I was impressed with the fact that the military was willing to go against the wishes of the Islamist Government. I was particularly impressed to see the Turkish people coming out in defense of secularism. I heard estimates of 10s of thousands, 700 thousand and 1 million protestors. One account had Some 700,000 Turks waving the red national flag flooded central Istanbul on Sunday to demand the resignation of the government, saying the Islamic roots of Turkey's leaders threatened to destroy the country's modern foundations.
Knowing that Turkey as we speak is attempting to mediate between two Islamic Nations, Afghanistan and Pakistan It gave me cause for more concern but there is more.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf arrived Sunday in Ankara for a crisis summit mediated by Turkey. The two-day talks aim to ease relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Karzai and Musharraf have accused each other of being responsible for the resurgence of the Taliban. Three way talks will follow Monday. http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/57159.html
Knowing the secular history in Turkey and the Islamist desire to see it ended I have more concern.
In the 1920s, with the Ottoman Empire in ruins, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk imposed Western laws, replaced Arabic script with the Latin alphabet, banned Islamic dress and granted women the right to vote.
The ruling party, however, has supported religious schools and tried to lift the ban on Islamic head scarves in public offices and schools. Secularists are also uncomfortable with the idea of Gul's wife, Hayrunisa, being in the presidential palace because she wears the traditional Muslim head scarf.
''We don't want a covered woman in Ataturk's presidential palace,'' said Ayse Bari, a 67-year-old housewife. ''We want civilized, modern people there.''
With the Religious fervor having been awoken in my mind largley by Bush's attack on Iraq and intrusion into middle east politics wherever he can and the ever growing call for a return to Islamic values in the middle east and in the entire Islamic world I find it spectacular that Turkey believes it can go its own way and be allowed to hopefully become a member of the EU. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki
What do the rest of you think about the future of Turkey and their secularity?
Saturday, April 28, 2007
We learned yesterday amongst other things that ex CIA Chief George Tenet said what many of us knew for years. Al Qaeda is in the United States, former CIA Director George Tenet Says, and he's surprised there have not been more attacks on American soil.
"I do know one thing in my gut," Tenet writes in his upcoming book. "Al Qaeda is here and waiting." Tenet, who served as CIA chief from 1997 to 2004, questioned how Al Qaeda hasn't sent "suicide bombers to cause chaos in a half-dozen American shopping malls on any given day." Much of Tenet's book is very damning to Bush but this statement to me works in his favor. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,...
Then we all of a sudden hear of the capture of an Al Qaeda chief attempting to get into Iraq that may have occurred over 6 months ago.
An Iraqi from al Qaeda's top leadership in South Asia has been captured trying to enter Iraq and turned over to the US military prison at Guantanamo, US officials said today.
Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was described by defense and intelligence officials as an al Qaeda operations chief who oversaw assassination plots against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and commanded al Qaeda paramilitary operations against US forces in Afghanistan.
Al-Hadi sat on al Qaeda's now-defunct Shura leadership council before the September 11 attacks and had most recently operated from bases in Pakistan's tribal regions, according to officials. A US government summary on al-Hadi said the detainee was "known and trusted" by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Other officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he was captured as long ago as last October 1 and spent most of the ensuing months in CIA custody before his transfer this week to the US military prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay in southeastern Cuba. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/...
I find it all very interesting especially in light of the fact that as of late we have been hearing that Osama himself has taken control of events in Afghanistan, Iraq and in many other locales. We know Al Qaeda was just recently disrupted at the last minute or so we are led to believe in what could have been an extremely destabilizing terrorist attack with The arrest of 172 suspected militants in Saudi Arabia. It sounded pretty dire and ominous to me hearing the following.
The Interior Ministry said on Friday it had foiled an al Qaeda-linked plot to attack oil facilities, military bases and public figures, arresting 172 people, including some who it said had trained to use aircraft for suicide attacks.
Most of those arrested were Saudis, and security sources said others were from Yemen, Nigeria and other countries. Police seized weapons, computers and more than 20 million riyals ($5 million) in cash.
It sounded pretty ominous as I said until I heard Thomas Hegghammer, a Norway-based counter-terrorism expert, say the men were arrested over a period of nine months.
He said he didn't see it as one big plot... These guys were picked up over a period of nine months, and I suspect they include many different groups involved in a variety of activities," he said. http://www.localnewsleader.com/elyti...
We also just heard of a failed Al Qaeda attempt on Pakistan‘s interior minister. The suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a political gathering in northwestern town Saturday, killing at least 22 people and wounding 35. This seemed to be in retaliation for an apparent missile strike that killed four people in the border region of North Waziristan, considered a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida militants. The U.S. military and NATO in neighboring Afghanistan denied involvement of course. http://www.localnewsleader.com/elyti...
The attempt in Pakistan at least to me sounds valid and part of an ongoing attempt to disrupt or overthrow the Pakistani Government of Pervez Musharraf but I have to question all the sudden talk of Al Qaeda again at a time where it is politically expedient for Bush the idiot.
All of this does tell me that after all of Bush's more than 6 years of successes that No one of consequence has been captured and with seemingly millions of volunteers to fill the ranks this entire mess continuously appears to be kept alive just to be used against the American public. What do you think?
Friday, April 27, 2007
Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Focus on Bush, Tenet speaks against Bush, It will have Zero Effect as usual!
The Senate's passing of the bill came as a US army officer warned the US faced the prospect of defeat in Iraq. In an article published last night in the Armed Forces Journal, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Yingling blamed American generals for failing to prepare their forces for an insurgency and misleading Congress about the situation on the ground. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...
Defeat was guaranteed the day Bush ignored all advice to the contrary and attacked Iraq to get into the middle east to implement what he thought would be his new middle east order. Nothing I can see is going to stop Bush, period! As he ignored the Joint Chiefs and everyone else Bush will ignore a lowly knowledgeable Lieutenant-Colonel.
Last night The first Demoratic Presidential debate highlighted to me Senator Edwards whose leadership against poverty and responsible Health Care reform I admire, respect, and hope to see matched by others. However, of course the focus of the debate was President Bush and his lying in order to get into Iraq and what is to us, his mismanagement of it. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/...
You know as well as I do that Bush could care less what Democratic Presidential hopefuls say and will merely brush it off as political gamemanship.I am though disturbed that it took ex CIA chief George Tenet so long to come out against Bush and his runup to get into Iraq. He said There was never a serious debate that he knew of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat and he chided Dick Cheney for twisting his words "a slam Dunk" and the facts about Iraq. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/...
We knew that too from the start that is why I was offended when Bush gave Tenet his Presidential reward knowing it was a reward for keeping quiet. I have to wonder why George chose this time to speak the truth and ignore his little atta Boy!
Listening to the Democratic Presidential hopefuls and George Tenet you would think it would shake the core of Bush and his misguided goals in Iraq and the middle east. Forget it! He will ignore this as he has ignored everything else! That said the White House is firing back at Tenet as you would expect. http://www.foxnews.com/...
Bush lied to get into Iraq and the middle east and you can see nothing is going to get him out of there until he attacks Iran and fully prosecutes what he wrongly thinks will be his new middle east order. He must stay the course in Iraq's civil war that he created and ignore Tenet, The Joint Chiefs, all dissenting officers and politicians, the American people, everyone, and stay his miscourse until he finds the excuse to further his goals in the whole of the middle east. We seem powerless to stop Bush but we all cannot stop trying.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Russia's offer to house missile defense refused, they counter with treaty suspension cocerning NATO!
A while back as tensions between Bush and Russia were heating up over Bush's insistence on putting the Missile Defense Systems at Russia's door I thought it interesting that Russia countered saying it should be part of the proposed U.S. antimissile shield, put on the spot I thought what can Bush say now?
In light of all the past stories I have done in relation to this proposed missile shield and the fact that Britain wants it there and the U.S. is proposing to set it up all around the world I looked at it myself as a threat to Russia as they also did or do. That is why I find it quite intriguing that Russia also says it wants to be included. Russia then said it should be part of the proposed U.S. antimissile shield because it's close to rogue states that might fire rockets, said Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the lower house of parliament's foreign affairs committee.
His qualification was that even if one were to imagine hypothetically that North Korean missiles might one day be fired at targets in Europe, one doesn't have to be an expert in geography to realize that the greater part of their trajectory would be over Russia. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/4/8/10547/10194
I thought this was a brilliant move on Russia's part that of course was turned down by Bush. Makes you think that intimidating or targeting Russia's missiles is one of the intentions of these missile defense systems. Today Russia countered when President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would suspend its compliance with a treaty on conventional arms in Europe that was forged at the end of the Cold War.
Instead, Putin said, the Kremlin would use future compliance with the treaty as a bargaining point in the dispute with United States over its proposals to install missile defenses in Europe. Can you blame them?
Putin's announcement, made in his annual address to Parliament, underscored the Kremlin's anger at Washington for proposing a new missile-defense system, which the Bush administration insists is meant to counter potential threats from North Korea and Iran. But Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brusquely dismissed Russian protests, saying the missile-defense system the United States plans to install in Poland and the Czech Republic would pose no danger to the security of Russia. http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/26/europe/russia.php
The Bush misadministration's audacity is really troubling as it seems purposely designed to further tensions that justifiably have the rest of NATO very concerned.
NATO expressed grave concern at Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to freeze Moscow's commitments under a European arms control pact on Thursday.
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed Putin's announcement suspending Russia's implementation of the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) pact to NATO ministers at a meeting in Oslo.
That message was met by concern, grave concern, disappointment and regret," de Hoop Scheffer told a news conference. "The allies are of the opinion that the CFE is one of the cornerstones of European security," he added.
Minutes later, Lavrov defended the Russian move at a separate news conference. "I think that we cannot be unconcerned by the fact that NATO military infrastructure is creeping up to our borders," he said. http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L26496332.htm
I couldn't profess to know if the CFE was a cornerstone of European security or not but Russia is prepared to make it one to everyones demise. The only result of these rising tensions and the purposeful politics of confrontation practiced by Bush is to bring us closer to WW3 and Bush's goal of what he thinks will be his version of new world order. These are my thoughts on the worsening situation, what are yours?
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Oh when will we ever Learn? Oh when will we ever Learn? Cho, defending Gonzales, Bush's Iraq plan, too much has transpired. There is no time for a vacation today! where is the truth? where have all the Flowers gone?
I am afraid I am ranting but this crap just gets worse. I am back from vacation! While on vacation I did find the time to write about Virginia Tech. As usual it was necessary because the obvious and the real issues were never mentioned and as of yet I have not heard them.
First I have to tell you, I was away from the news and accidently turned on Limbaugh who was blaming rich Republican hating Democrats for Cho’s actions. I wrote about the following but have heard it nowhere else.
Cho being a minority fit none of the norms for your typical mass murderer. He was a nut case and it was known. Knowing the Patriot Act gives the right to go after anyone thought of as a threat and Cho was, you have to wonder why was nothing done?. His instructor even threatened to quit if he was not removed plus the cops and the entire campus knew about him.
However, that alone is not the issue! You have to wonder who gave Cho the training to handle the weapons the way he did? I know the CIA recruits heavily at that school and those weapons were recently purchased and the serial numbers filed. Who was being covered if the purchases were above board with knowing he was going to kill himself.
Still bigger questions! I found it hard to believe that more than 2 hours transpired between the first 2 killings and the majority of them on the other side of the campus. Then it gets worse when you find out the CIA was right on hand and State, local, and campus police were ordered to stand down.
Meanwhile a killing of 2 turned into an opportunity to get televised, turned into a killing of 32, and Bush had another platform to highlight dangers to Americans which he did and you can bet it will be used to step on individual rights even more and it will be used to give him even more control over us.
I could care less what those on the left or the right say about this or anything else as you know. I only care about the truth and the facts. Again as usual we are not hearing them but are only hearing the asinine rhetoric spewed by special interests.
If helping America and doing the right thing for average Americans was the real issue and goal this childish nonsense we hear constantly would not be happening but it is and on both sides.
It is funny but "lie frequently and lie loud" was a Rove’s taught trait in his 3D Politics(decietful, deceptive, divisive, politics) that I always said the Democrats have to learn in order to compete with todays Republicans. I am hearing from some Republican friends that they say Dems are guilty of this. Well all I can say is they have learned well but I am afraid not well enough. They are still being downplayed by the masters of this childish game and to the demise of all of us.
I have a lot of catching up to do but listening to the Chief Child put down the Dems Iraq policy and saying it will lead to future danger to Americans and a loss in Iraq, both of which that idiot guaranteed from day one and it will not be avoided, then hearing Gonzales say 76 times that he could not remember and Bush saying he was more confident that ever in him, you have to wonder.
Even the most jaded must realize Bush is not on the level and the whole misadministration is up to no good. I mean come on! Evaluate everything with an unbiased mind only seeking the truth and you will see from beginning to end we are all living a lie! Oh when will we ever learn? And do something about it!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Bush is working towards that Declaration of Martial Law, Just watch him and put nothing past him, this Cho incident was too convenient for Bush and he is using it! I was very upset!
I just stopped at the store and I stayed in the car and of course being away from the radio, computer, and TV, I wanted to catch up on the news. What a mistake! I happened onto Rush Limbaugh blaming the VT mass murders on the Democrats.
He said we make everybody hate the rich Democrats and that was behind Cho's hate for the wealthy. Republicans do not need any help making us and the world hate them. As I routinely say of Bush, they do that all by themselves and need no help. I watched the videos Cho made between killing the first 2 people and then 2 hours later killing the other 30. I can't figure out who was behind this guys training but he had some somewhere. You don't just buy a couple handguns and turn into an expert madman. He definitely had some training.
Anyway I do believe this will be used against us. This very well could be the beginning of of his efforts of a declaration of martial law. Bush will declare martial law and cancel elections if he thinks that is the only way to keep this new order prosecuting .
I have discussed it very often at Kos and people seem to think it could never happen in the U.S. Bush will use this to further tighten his grip on the peoples freedom. Yesterday it was a bit hard to believe that there was a real bomb threat. Who the heck would do that at a time like this.
Oddly I never heard another thing about it . Have you? I do not know what is going to happen when all is said and done in the U.S. or in the Middle East and around the world but Bush will not relinquish his power willingly nor will he leave the middle east without attacking Iran and furthering his new middle east and world order
. This is all getting very scary and ominous. You cannot put anything beyond the realm of possibility with Bush. He will stoop as low as he has to keep prosecuting his new order. Whoever is pushing the buttons behind this idiot I hope to God people wake up to the fact that he will do anything and you cannot trust anything he says or does. It will get worse here and around the world. A lot worse!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Knowing for a fact the abusive rights this misadministration was given with the patriot Act and the fact that one professor threatened to quit if Cho was not removed from her class and students and instructors have warned about him for years, to me you have to come to the logical conclusion that what happened at Virginia Tech was allowed to happen as a way of inciting more fear into American citizens so Bush could clamp down even further on our rights.
Look, today they have the right to open your mail if they think you are a threat, monitor your computer, listen in on your phone, heck they could have gone right into his room, confiscated his computer, or gone after him if they thought he was a threat. They knew he was a threat. They knew he was a nut case. I am still waiting to hear how 2 hours after he killed the 2 students he showed up on the other side of the campus myself. We are all curious but Just think about this and then put this in context!
1. Mass murderers are overwhelmingly male Caucasians.
2. They often come from extremely dysfunctional homes where you find:domestic violence, incest etc...
3. There is usually a clearly defined motive such as revenge or lust.
4. The crime is usually perpetrated with a machine gun or a rifle, not a handgun. None of these characteristics are present in this case. They "say" they found a letter where he spoke of his "anger" against rich kids but this letter could easily have been planted. There was no anger when he killed all those people. In fact, one of the students who escaped reports that Cho Seung-Hui would say: "Hello, how are you?" and then start shooting with no emotion or anger in his face at all!
This is how his roommates describe him:
"His roommates in Harper Hall said that Cho's behavior around them was unusual - but not alarming. When the shootings occurred, said Karan Grewal, 21, a senior from Falls Church, Va., "No way did I think it would be him." "He didn't seem like a guy who could even hold up a gun," Grewal said."He seemed like a shy foreign exchange student." Cho worked on "normal school projects" and downloaded music and music videos of all sorts on his computer, said Aust, his roommate."
This proves he was not "obsessed" with guns or violent video games like the kids in Columbine. He didn't really have a girlfriend that recently broke up with him or anything like that. Neighbors report the family as being friendly with a successful dry cleaning business.
There is absolutely nothing there that would explain what happened although I am sure hundreds of stories will come out saying he was "disturbed", "obsessed" etc.... but as we know, the mainstream media is not a reliable source of information. Another important thing to consider is: "How and where did he learn how to shoot?" He didn't come from a background where his family had weapons, or went hunting. He didn't play violent video games and even if he did, this doesn't train you how to shoot. It's not easy to kill someone with a handgun, especially when they are running and fighting for their lives.
Another VERY interesting question is: "Why would this kid file the serial numbers off the Glock 19 he purchased last month if he was going to commit a mass murder-suicide unless someone else wanted their identity hidden? You file the serial numbers off a weapon when you don't want the weapon to be traced to you or the person you bought it from but then, why would you keep the receipt for the purchase in your backpack?!? It makes no sense.
Now, let me explain other circumstances which I found extremely unusual: 1. Many of the Va. Tech students end up working for the CIA, NSA and other government agencies because of the school's focus on Geospacial Information Technology. This is from the Va. Tech web site:
"The (Va. Tech) Center for Geospatial Information Technology conducts geospatially-related research for federal and state agencies and private business and provides expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) applications to the university community. The Virginia Tech researchers are expert on extracting, analyzing, and visualizing information from data provided by such geospatial technologies as GIS, GPS and remote sensing.
The article proves the CIA was actively recruiting students on campus.
I saw CIA agents on the scene right after the shooting which means they were involved with the "investigation".
The reason the local police and University management took 2 hours to inform the students was because they were following a "bad lead". Who gave them the bad lead?
When the president of Va. Tech made his first statement to the press he appeared cool as a cucumber and the very first thing he said was "I am in direct contact with president Bush".
Think about it, if you were the president of a University that didn't advise it's students there was a shooter on campus and because of this decision 30 students were killed..... don't you think you'd be scared to death of the consequences? Well, the president of Va. Tech didn't look the least bit worried. In fact, he spoke in the most nonchalant way as if he didn't have a care in the world.
Now, if the CIA was actively recruiting students within the campus it was because they had permission from the president of the university which means he had some kind of "deal" or "arrangement" with them. Under normal conditions you cannot believe what we are told as "official" information.
Knowing what I just pointed out you certainly have to question what really happened at V.T. why, and who was behind it. There is just too many questions and anomalies here and none of them traditional. There is more here than meets the eye. Think about it and please let me know what you think!
Friday, April 13, 2007
However it is mind boggling to me that with all I have to think about, my thoughts are overwhelmingly of the ever rapidly changing climate. Having been an environmentalist all my life and knowing that the climate and the rapidity to which we must move is even more so than al Gore or concerned scientists realize.
It is normal here in New England or in the mid west to have winter weather in April but watching this occur it seems daily and to have it sustained is not normal. We have just had opening season games canceled and relocated to States where the games could be held.
Hurricanes and Tornadoes aside we seem to be experiencing record crop losses from California to Florida. Here in Western Massachusetts we just had another snowfall, again not unusual but the rapidity is not normal. Monday is the Boston Marathon and amazingly they are talking maybe having to cancel it due to an upcoming 4 day Noreaster. This is all not normal.
It does point me to this! I am sick of biased Right wingers who say look at this abnormally cold weather and you want to cry about Global warming and Climate change? They point to this month as possibly the coldest on record. Then you have those of us that know Al Gore is right and point at last year as being the warmest on record as proof that it is changing.
I know I say this frequently in many instances but I am sick of this back and forth childish banter from the Right just to get away with facing reality. As we hear of a worsening return of the Dust Bowl, warming climates across the board, and that states like Arizona and Nevada will experience severe water shortages as well as normally warm States like them and Florida getting unbearably warmer, I say stop the games and look at the big picture.
The climate like the stock market is not going to change in one direction or the other consistently over night. It is going to be a gradual increase and decrease until the direction becomes obvious. At that point it is too late. The stock market is in the end going to go down and the and the climate will in the end get warmer in our life time.
As I leave tonight ahead of the expected mid April Noreaster I am starting to feel like Sarah Connor on terminator. Remember as she was heading into the desert near the end of the movie she was looking at the ominous sky and wondering what she was going to see and what the future would bring?
I am starting to have those emotions. As I prepare to head down the East Coast to see my sons I am wondering what these States are going to be like in the future? Am I doing my son a favor by leaving him in Florida?
Anyway I will be flying home from Charleston to Boston on the 24th and I am looking forward to once again interact with you all. I have to laugh some of you might look forward to this break but not me. My opinion may not always be popular but is heart felt, unbiased, and honest as I see it. Until the 25th Regards!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
145,000 soldiers Extended in Iraq! As the world expects Bush to attack soon, what's this mean for Iran?
The stress on the Army has been compounded by the surge of additional forces President Bush announced in January, a surge Iraq commander David Petraeus wants to extend. Senior officials tell ABC News there is now consensus at the Pentagon and the White House that Petraeus is right. The surge needs to be extended, until at least the end of the year.
Defense officials say extending the surge is simply impossible to do without extending the tours of those troops already there, or dramatically cutting the time soldiers spend back home. The Army is proposing an across-the-board extension in part because it is considered to be fairer than imposing piecemeal extensions on individual units. It will also erase uncertainty: Soldiers will know ahead of time how long they'll be in Iraq. http://abcnews.go.com/...
First I have to ask what happened to we will know if it will succeed or not in 6 months? Also I have not heard from my son yet. Can someone tell me how this extension will affect Air Force EOD assigned to the Army and has already been extended in his tour to Afghanistan once?
Anyway 2 months after the crackdown in Baghdad we seem to have accomplished nothing at all beyond spreading the violence throughout the countryside. There are more civilians being killed and American troops. There were 10 killed when a car bomb blew up on a bridge.
To me this issue is that after all this time in Iraq we cannot even secure the Green Zone and that area has multiple blockades and 6 checkpoints to clear. I heard an MP say Baghdad was more secure because armed men were no longer riding around brandishing weapons. I don't consider this success. All you have to do to kill is become a bodyguard as in this case. As we have said since the beginning, this is not going to work regardless and all hell will eventually break out around the world once we are out of Iraq.
Regardless of what we are being told about extending 145,000 to 160,000 troops in Iraq being to maintain troop strength knowing that events with Iran are continuing to build and Bush will soon find his excuse to stress the military even further and attack Iran as he wants to.
With all the forces in the Gulf the only way I can wildly imagine this as being success for Bush is if those troops and their equipment have been extended for 3 months to have them around when he does come up with the excuse to attack Iran. You really have to wonder? Because this just smacks of another lie and facade. What do you think?
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
First, The struggle to entice Army soldiers and Marines to stay in the military, after four years of war in Iraq, has ballooned into a $1 billion campaign, with bonuses soaring nearly six fold since 2003. The size and number of bonuses have grown as officials scramble to meet the steady demand for troops on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan and reverse sporadic shortfalls in the number of National Guard and Reserve soldiers willing to sign on for multiple tours.
Besides underscoring the extraordinary steps the Pentagon must take to maintain fighting forces, the rise in costs for reenlistment incentives is putting strains on the defense budget, already strapped by the massive costs of waging war and equipping and caring for a modern military.
The bonuses can range from a few thousand dollars to as much as $150,000 for very senior special forces soldiers who reenlist for six years. All told, the Army and Marines spent $1.03 billion for reenlistment payments last year, compared with $174 million in 2003, the year the war in Iraq began.
The AP compiled those and the following figures for this story. I do agree with Col. Mike Jones, who oversees retention issues for the National Guard that fighting and wining a war is expensive. But I hate to say it because a couple of my sons are in this but they are not going to win this as they describe "win." They are wasting our money!
The higher Bonuses as you know are coming as Bush's needless war drags on and I know my own son who is or was a lifer expressed last week that many soldiers are leaving the military under pressure from families who fear the rising death toll and are weary of the lengthy and repeated overseas deployments.
Incentives have skyrocketed in The Guard and Reserves alone from about $27 million in 2003 to more than $335 million in 2006. While the Army paid $600 million last year alone. http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/11/mil...
My son for one is becoming weary after multiple deployments all over the world and needs a break. But he will not get it I am afraid. Last week he expressed after being extended once already in Afghanistan that he would be delayed a little longer because something "big" was coming down.
His wife too is weary. She would like Jim home for the birth of their next Daughter and he would like to enjoy his children but the kid feels trapped now as he watches the military being misused and abused and wonders what is next. I am right now listening to Gates saying the Military isn't broken or recruitment goals would not continue to be met.
I wholeheartedly disagree. It is broken and will get worse. These huge bonuses are too tempting for many troops to overlook. Jim thought of getting out after losing many friends but having another child makes the $45,000 Bonus he will receive for Reenlisting as ranking EOD make him hesitate at getting out.
It is unconscionable to me for Defense Secretary Gates or anyone else to say our voluntary fighting force is working or that our troops knew they would be extended over and over or would be returning multiple times in Bush's failed war in Iraq.. However they are Patriotic and love their Country but I really have to wonder how voluntary they are right now?
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
For the second time in the campaign, Democratic presidential hopefuls are giving Fox News Channel the brush-off by declining invitations to participate in debates cosponsored by the cable news channel.
Fulfilling a role he played last month, John Edward's was the first candidate to say no thanks to the debate — which is scheduled for September and cosponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton followed suit on Monday, leaving the future of the event up in the air.
Edward's received a great deal of applause from Democratic activists when he was the first to back out of a debate last month that was to be CO-hosted by Fox and the Nevada Democratic Party. That entire event ended up canceled after Democrats took umbrage at comments made by Fox News head Roger Ailes about Barrack Abeam — but it appears the underlying dynamic is much larger than that.
As Edward's' deputy campaign manager Jonathan Prince explained in a statement about the Fox-CBC event: "There's just no reason for Democrats to give Fox a platform to advance the right-wing agenda while pretending to be objective." That's a theme being sounded by Democratic Bloggers and activists online, many of whom have been calling for candidates to boycott these Fox News events.
We all can agree I think that Fox would be setting and advancing the right wing agenda and as they routinely do they do a lousy job of lying about it. There's just no reason for Democrats to give Fox a platform to advance the right-wing agenda and it doesn't take a left wing Blogger to come to that opinion. Anyone with an unbiased equal minded opinion can come to the logical opinion that Fox News is not friendly to Democrats regardless of what they say.
I think turning down Fox to televise debates is a win win for Democrats. It tells people on both sides where they stand and they are no longer going to be played by Republicans. My question is this! I know the underhanded Republicans are forcing Democrats to have to do this in the name of putting a stop to the childish Partisan politics practiced by the right.
But what kind of precedence is this setting? It should be good but will this lead to a wider political divide? I agree with boycotting Fox but where is this headed?
Myself, I don't know, I think we have already seen those signs! Bush already has additional air support set up in Central Asia. Also there is more air and naval power than you realize, ready for this. I have posted on all of this numerous times.
Remember, the French have the Carrier Charles DeGaulle right at the mouth of the gulf and the U.S. has another carrier in the South China Sea that can instantly be sent into action in one capacity or the other. Here is the most recent story on what Russia says about Bush's impending attack on Iran.
Many of you agree with this but here are researched facts and the links follow. Please take the time to look at them when you have the chance. Tell me what you think about this. the war in the ME is about controlling the oil supply so they can fabricate a false Peak Oil scenario.
When the price of oil skyrockets and there is no other viable Cost-effective alternative for mass energy production, nuclear energy will be sold to the public as "the green solution." That is a hell of a Green solution in the long run! However The people will be in such a dire economic situation they will not offer much resistance.
Then the NWO people (who are basically Americans or western Europeans) will be in full control of the only source of energy through their "Global Nuclear Energy Partnership" that requires participatingNations to receive and send their fuel to the US, Uk, France etc. Because of 911, and through their control of the International Atomic agency, they "must" prevent "rogue" nations from enriching their ownUranium. And who is a "rogue" nation? Any nation that refuses to give up control of their nuclear energy program by sending and receiving their fuel which would make them completely dependent on one of the G5countries (mainly the US, Uk and France) for their energy needs.
Oil can be found deep within the earth's mantle as a renewable resource but only the US, Uk, France and Russia have the technology to extract it. Russia was going along with their plan to cut off the oil supply and shift towards nuclear until the US decided to place it's missile shield in Poland. At that point they realized the western countries were planning to cut them out of the deal. This is why the US didn't accept when Russia offered to take in Iran's spent fuel as a way of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons from the Highly enriched uranium.
This explains the alliance between Russia, China and the ME Nations and they much to what the mindless Bush thinks, will unite against us. Remember too that France is outside the Gulf and you can be sure they will act and now you know why! Attacking Iran will only be the beginning of an out of control worsening situation around the world.
These Links are in order as to what is really happening in the middle east, why, and the reason the sides will develop as they will! I decided to put together several links for you to read. If you can, put them all up in separate tabs and read straight through all of them. At the end, you should be able to see the REAL reason behind thewar in the Middle East and why global warming is being blamed on carbon emissions.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Way back it seems in another life time Bush declared Iraq's elections that were held under lockdown a success. We said to wait until the normal high security got back to its normal high and we would see just how bad things were going to get. As you know, every time the chief idiot declares a victory for the Iraqi people they fall even deeper into the hell on earth he created for them.
Anyway, I did a post then saying Iraqi's will be united but against us. Once they get rid of us they can turn on themselve's as they want. This has finally been declared as the goal. Now the renegade cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is urging the Iraqi army and police to stop cooperating with the United States, and telling his own guerrilla fighters to concentrate on pushing American forces out of the country.
Those calls came in a statement, stamped with al-Sadr's official seal, that was distributed in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Sunday -- a day before a large demonstration there, called for by al-Sadr, to mark Monday's fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.``You, the Iraqi army and police forces, don't walk alongside the occupiers, because they are your archenemy,'' the statement said.
In the statement, al-Sadr -- who commands an enormous following among Iraq's majority Shiites and has close allies in the Shiite-dominated government -- also encouraged his followers to attack only American forces, not fellow Iraqis.``God has ordered you to be patient in front of your enemy, and unify your efforts against them - not against the sons of Iraq,'' the statement said, in an apparent reference to clashes between al-Sadr's Mahdi Army fighters and Iraqi troops in Diwaniyah, south of Baghdad. ``You have to protect and build Iraq.'' http://www.knx1070.com/...
With U.S. estimates of 5 to 7 thousand and independent estimates of 10's of thousands of Iraqi's shouting anti American rhetoric taking to the streets on the 4th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad calling for our immediate departure, you really have to wonder about the success of Bush's asinine surge.
10 more Americans were killed over the weekend raising the number of Americans killed to 3,280. Iraqi's are being asked to unite against us and they are. Bush's supposed goal of uniting Iraqi's seems to be a success brought to fruition by his surge.
If as we said, uniting Iraqi's was the goal then that appears to be accomplished at least until we are gone. Then they can unite against each other led by Iran and Saudi Arabia as was only one of the original scenarios Bush ignored so he could attack Iraq with the goal of destabilizing the middle east and going after Iran to complete his plan for the middle east.
They will be free to fight it out for dominance and Bush will have kept troops and equipment on line so he could use them against Iran as was only one of his original goals and he will have fully engaged his efforts at a new middle east order.
Then the chaos will really start!
Sunday, April 08, 2007
In light of all the past stories I have done in relation to this proposed missile shield and the fact that Britain wants it there and the U.S. is proposing to set it up all around the world I looked at it myself as a threat to Russia as they also did or do. That is why I find it quite intrigueing that Russia also says it wants to be included. Does this ever raise a lot of questions and put the U.S. on the spot. Wow, put up or shut up!
Russia now says it should be part of the proposed U.S. anti-missile shield because it's close to rogue states that might fire rockets, said Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the lower house of parliament's foreign affairs committee.
``Even if one were to imagine hypothetically that North Korean missiles might one day be fired at targets in Europe, one doesn't have to be an expert in geography to realize that the greater part of their trajectory would be over Russia,''
Kosachev wrote in the International Herald Tribune today.
``Does anyone suppose that Russians want nuclear warheads flying over their heads -- particularly carried by missiles of dubious quality?'' he asked. Kosachev called for the creation of a Eurasian missile defense system based on Russian territory.
The U.S. is negotiating to deploy interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic, both former Soviet allies, to guard against long-range missile attacks from countries such as Iran. Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry Obering, who heads the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, said March 1 he would like to have an additional radar station in the Caucasus, part of the Soviet Union until 1991. http://www.bloomberg.com/...
It is telling to me that while Bush says these systems are not a threat to Russia he wants to cmplete the circle around them by putting these systems in Ukraine and Georgia. Since in Putin's own words the missile shield would ``completely neutralize'' the deterrent threat posed by Russia's own nuclear missiles. ``There will be no more balance of power.
Russia has a land border with North Korea and a sea border with Iran. So it stands to reason if fencing in Russia was not the real intention then Russia should be included in this proposed missile shield.
I agree with Russia that Any attempt to build a security system without Russia will not be effective, comprehensive, or successfull. What is your take on this development?
Saturday, April 07, 2007
We discussed the apocolyptic climate situation yesterday. During the course of discussion I learned an awful lot that really makes sense now that I see the dire predictions and how they will affect the worlds poor, ours included. political semantics aside just look at this and what I learned from you yesterday.
The world faces increased hunger and water shortages in the poorest countries, massive floods and avalanches in Asia, and species extinction unless nations adapt to climate change and halt its progress, according to a report approved Friday by an international conference on global warming.
I hate to say it but I do not see a 100% turn around changing anything in time but we still must do it.!
The poorest of the poor in the world -- and this includes poor people in prosperous societies -- are going to be the worst hit," Pachauri said. "People who are poor are least able to adapt to climate change.The report said up to 30 percent of species face an increased risk of vanishing if global temperatures rise 3.6 degrees above the average in the 1980s and 1990s.
Areas in drought will become even more dry, adding to the risks of hunger and disease, it said. The world will face heightened threats of flooding, severe storms and the erosion of coastlines.This is a glimpse into an apocalyptic future the Greenpeace environmental group said of the final report.
Man's livable habitat will shrink starkly, said Stephen Schneider, a Stanford scientist who was one of the authors. "Don't be poor in a hot country, don't live in hurricane alley, watch out about being on the coasts or in the Arctic, and it's a bad idea to be on high mountains with glaciers melting."
We discussed yesterday the fact that a worsened return to the Dust bowl in America is forecast. We already are experiencing more severe storms with human and economic loss, and cultural and social disruptions.We are also already experiencing more hurricanes, floods, droughts, heat waves and wildfires. Knowing this is already happening it makes sense now what I learned from some of you yesterday but in a minute please!
We also learned and this only makes sense, that Africa will be hardest hit. By 2020, up to 250 million people are likely to be exposed to water shortages. In some countries, food production could fall by half, it said.
Knowing the cries around the world already to increase aid and help to the starving people of Africa this is telling and Dire news indeed. We also that Parts of Asia are threatened with massive flooding and avalanches from melting Himalayan glaciers. Europe and Australia's will be greatly affected from even moderate increases in sea temperatures. http://www.cnn.com/...
That does make me remember that when I was in College a Woman who was a survivalist wanted me to go with her to Nova Scotia because it was believed even then that, that woulld be one of the only areas spared. Now that brings me to what some people brought to my attention and to put 2 and 2 together.
I have heard here half jokingly that Bush had purchased 3,000 acres in Paraguay and after he screwed up America he was going to flee to Paraguay. Then someone educated me as to what sits under Bush's little Paraguayan Paridise. the Guarani Aquifer!
After learning this I found out The Guaraní Aquifer System (SAG) is one of the world´s most important fresh groundwater reservoirs, due to its extension (1,200,000 km2) and its volume (40,000 km3). The SAG is shared by four countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay (South America), which use this resource for various purposes with different exploitation levels. http://gsa.confex.com/...
After I found this all out I was told that Ted Turner recently bought 37.000 hectares (1 Hectare = 2.471 Acres)from Argentina and they have sold a ton of their land to the rich who were buying up land in water. Hearing the news from the report and that it would affect the poor and our water and food supplies the most it all dawned on me.
The rich are destroying the world for their profit and while the rest of us are doomed to try and survive in the mess they created for their financial gain they will flee to relatively safe areas with protected underground water sources and they will be protected to start over again. I find it very disturbing! Please think about this and let me know what you think.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Amidst Reports of new U.S. Dust Bowl and rapidly warming Lake Superior, Bush needs more time to think?
As the world scientists and Governments wrestle with the new report on global warming that they all agree is happening and natural or not is being increased by man and something must be done about it, I can't believe it is all boiling down to semantics only so Governments can continue to destroy the environment.
An authoritative international global warming conference, way past the deadline for finishing its report, lapsed into an unprecedented showdown between scientists and diplomats over authors' concerns that governments were watering down their warnings. Last-minute negotiations over language continued behind closed doors Friday, less than one hour before a scheduled release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in Brussels.
A dispute between the scientific authors and the diplomatic editors of the report erupted over the sixth paragraph in the 21-page summary that sets out how much confidence the scientists have in their findings about the effects global warming is already having.
The sentence originally said scientists had "very high confidence" -- which means more than 90 percent chance of accuracy -- in the statement that many natural systems around the globe "are being affected by regional climate changes, particularly temperature increases."
After days of intensive negotiations over this section, delegates from China and Saudi Arabia on Friday insisted that the confidence level be reduced to "high" -- which means more than 80 percent accuracy. http://www.cnn.com/...
While the world is wrestling over the semantics of whether or not they are very highly confident or only highly confident Richard Seager of Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory is even more confident that we will soon be in trouble in the Southwest. Changing climate will mean increasing drought in the southwestern United States, where water already is in short supply, according to a new study.
"The bottom line message for the average person and also for the states and federal government is that they'd better start planning for a southwest region in which the water resources are increasingly stretched," said Richard Seager of Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Seager is lead author of the study published online Thursday by the journal Science.
The consensus of the 19 computer models of the climate, using data dating back to 1860 and projecting into the future was that climate in the southwestern United States and parts of northern Mexico began a transition to drier conditions late in the 20th century and is continuing the trend in this century, as climate change alters the movement of storms and moisture in the atmosphere. http://www.cnn.com/...
Almost 150 years of Data and Bush needs more time? If threats of a drought and a return to a dust bowl because of rising temperatures aren't enough think about this!
Lake Superior has been warming even faster than the climate around it since the late 1970s because of reduced ice cover, according to a study by professors at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Summer surface temperatures on the famously cold lake have increased about 4.5 degrees since 1979, compared with about a 2.7-degree increase in the region's annual average air temperature, the researchers found. The lake's "summer season" is now beginning about two weeks earlier than it did 27 years ago.
"It's a remarkably rapid rate of change," Jay Austin, an assistant professor with the university's Large Lakes Observatory and Department of Physics, told the Star Tribune newspaper. Austin co-authored the study with geology professor Steve Colman.
The study is based on data collected by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buoys on the lake and on 102 years' worth of daily temperature readings at a hydroelectric plant near Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. http://www.cnn.com/...
Another 102 years worth of data gathering and that is not enough for Bush? Over 250 years of combined information in the United States alone and Bush needs more studies and time. We know what he is waiting for but how can he continue to get away with this lunacy? Not only with climate change but in everything he does? When is he going to be held accountable?
Al Gore has been a great advocate for Global warming and the environment. However, he too is being too generous as to how much time we have to act. If we acted instantly I do not believe we can turn things around and we are only preparing to make it even worse with another threatening war before us.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
This is an Email I was sent this morning. It struck a nerve because I have been trying to tell people this for years and many criticized me. After reading this I would like to know what you think now that you know more about the purposeful ignorance of Bush and his drive for new societal and world order,you will see an even more likely scenario following this. I understand that the following story was an April Fools joke but I firmly expect Bush to attemt this or the scenario that follows this. Doug Mills/The New York Times
JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina. April 1 — Vice President Cheney delivered a speech early Sunday morning before a formation of soldiers at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The speech was not publicized and the prepared remarks were intended to boost troop morale. The comments were fairly unremarkable except for one short comment near the end of the speech in which Mr. Cheney suggested that the Bush Administration may seek to challenge the 22nd amendment in the 2008 presidential election in an effort to ensure that the war in Iraq is successful.
Mr. Cheney again cited the war in Iraq as a key component in the effort to combat terrorism, saying "The war in Iraq is such a crucial part of the greater war on terror that we currently have our legal advisors looking into the possibility that the 22nd Amendment may not apply in 2008." Because the speech was not publicized and was held on a secure military base, very few journalists were present, and none were able to ask questions about what the Vice President's comments might mean. Repeated efforts to contact the Vice President's Office to clarify the comment were unsuccessful.
The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution prohibits U.S. Presidents from running for a third term, stating " No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice...". The 22nd Amendment was passed in 1951 after President Franklin Roosevelt broke a tradition that dated back to George Washington, in which Presidents voluntarily refused to run for a third term. Political pundits and Constitutional experts are split on what the Vice President's comments could mean. Some see the comments as an effort to extend the Administration's "war powers" due to the fact that the country is at war. They argue that there is a tenuous case to be made that the 22nd Amendment doesn't apply during war time since the Congress waited until after WW II to introduce such an Amendment. Others say that the mere fact that the country had just ended the war in 1951, when the Amendment was passed, suggests that the Congress would have put such an exception into the language of the Amendment if they had intended it not apply during times of war.
Others say that the Bush Administration will argue that the 2000 race was not actually decided by an election and that the Bush administration has technically only been "elected" once since the Supreme Court's Decision in Bush v. Gore effectively nullified the popular vote. Anonymous sources inside the White House have corrborated that this may indeed be the Administration's plan. Arguing that it was not actually elected would be a very interesting approach for the administration to say the least, but most experts agree that it is certainly possible given the Bush administration's history of creative interpretation of the law with regard to such cases as: the assertion that The Geneva Conventions do not apply to U.S. detainees captured on the battlefield, suggestions that the legal definition of "torture" only includes activities that cause death or organ failure, the argument that U.S. Citizens do not have a right to "due process" if declared "enemy combatants", which was recently rejected by the Supreme Court, Attorney General Albert Gonzales's testimony before Congress that the Constitution doesn't guarantee U.S. Citizens a right to Habeas Corpus, The Administration's claim that the FISA law does not apply to their warrantless wire taps of Americans.
Critics of the Administration argue that these cases are all the proof needed to believe that The Bush Administration would try to argue that its own victory in 2000 demonstrates that it could run for a third term in 2008.
I hate to say it but you may know I have been saying this for years now. He is not going to let go of his power. He and his handlers will do anything to stay in power so they can prosecute their new order. That report didn't say a couple of very important things.
First the 22nd Amendment came to be because the Republicans did not want another Roosevelt to happen. Now that it is in their favor they want to rescind it. I spoke about that in 2005 and people thought I was nuts and got mad at me.
The other very real scenario and most likely and I have mentioned it many times in the past is that after he attacks Iran, so he can continue the mess of a new order he has created he will declare martial order and cancel elections. I am concerned with every passing day that this last scenario will happen. Bush and those behind him will not give up their abusive power. As one of my friends just said to me last night, Welcome to Bush's new society, Police State USA.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The President of Iran was clearly relishing his role as beneficent liberator of the 15 British Marines and sailors detained by Iran for nearly two weeks. At a press conference today, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the release a "gift to the British people" on the occasion of Easter as well as a commemoration of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. The smiling President then met with the British detainees, nodding his head munificently as they lined up to offer thanks for their release. "It is for Islam," he reminded one. Ahmadinejad said it was not being done because of the conciliatory letter sent by Britain but rather it was being done as a gift to the British people. I mean come on get real
The office of the presidency in Iran does not really have a say in matters of foreign policy. Indeed, British analysts were quick to credit another political personage for the resolution of the drama. John Williams, the former Director of News of Britain's Foreign Office, asserts that Dr. Ali Larijani, the secretary general of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, was more important in calling the shots. "It seems that around the weekend, Dr. Larijani decided to settle this and took control," says Williams. "He has proved himself a significant power broker, a man who, if he feels it is in Iran's best interests, will do business with the international community." Other observers warn against giving Larijani too much credit. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, they say, may have decided that Iran had squeezed as much advantage out of the situation as possible and simply got Larijani to do the legwork to end the crisis and I agree with the latter.
Observers in Britain don't doubt that the release of the detainees was in Iran's best interest. "If the saga had dragged on, it would have led to an escalation of international opinion against Iran. Sir Christopher Meyer, Britain's former ambassador to the U.S., describes the decision as "a shrewd move. The detainees were a wasting asset." The sudden announcement also reinforced a sense that Iran, and not Britain, was dictating the pace. I agree with that too of course.
However As the crisis dragged on, government sources acknowledged that Iran's intransigence was exposing Britain's comparative impotence. It had failed to secure a strong denunciation of Iran's actions from the U.N. Security Council; its European allies were balancing support for Britain against their business interests; and although Prime Minister Tony Blair warned a failure to reach a quick resolution would lead to a "new phase" in response to the detentions, nobody detected in his words the martial sounds of rattling sabers. "There's no mood here for military adventures in Iran or elsewhere," says Malik a Muslim member of parliament. "Iraq wasn't what we thought it would be. There's a somber mood in this country." http://www.time.com/...
I just heard on the news that a crisis has been avoided. I hate to inform Iran and Britain but it has only been avoided by the 15 captives and their families. It has only been stayed for a little longer for Iran. As some of you know, I did a post yesterday about the Carriers on station in the Gulf.
Knowing the Nimitz is on its way to the Gulf and The United States already has two aircraft carriers and their battle Groups in the neighborhood, the Eisenhower and the Stennis to which the French recently added one of their own, the Charles DeGaulle right outside the Gulf.
With four aircraft-carrier battle groups, several hundred carrier-based strike fighters, and 20 strategic bombers just minutes or hours from Iran, the United States will have assembled everything it needs to cripple the regime and wipe out the most important elements of its nuclear program. Iran needs to know that this is the only alternative to complying with the Security Council resolutions.
Remember who the Decider is, it is not Ahmadinejad and it is not Blair. the Brits are now out of danger and Bush still has those 5 captured Iranian's. I also want to know what ever happened to the missing Iranian spy, does anyone know? Anyway to me all of this plays into the hand of the warmonger Bush. There is no way at this too convenient time that there will soon be 4 carriers and their Battle Groups at the Gulf that Bush does not plan on using them against Iran. He will not let this opportunity go regardless of what Iran or Britain thinks!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Like you I have been following with nervous interest events in the Gulf. I started putting a lot together last night after finding out the Nimitz was on its way to the Gulf supposedly to relieve the Eisenhower but?
Think about this and tell me what you think. With all that is happening this is too tempting for Bush to let this opportunity go! After reading the following article a lot now makes sense but Iran better tread softer. Put this all together and you will agree. First Iran's capture of the 15 Brit's is being called cunning and a smokescreen. So far it has worked but they better pay attention to what is unfolding around them.
Britain and the U.S. also have a smokescreen going at the same time. I heard last night that the Iranian taken captive in Iraq was released. I now understand there are negotiations under way to have the 5 Revolutionary guards that were captured in Iraq, freed.
Reading the article at the link really makes me realize how tenuous the situation is for both sides and how much is at stake.
I was going to give my view of all the events unfolding and what they mean. The situation is far more critical and jigsawed than I could do justice to by reciting it so I am going to let you read it yourself. http://www.cbsnews.com/...
Knowing the Nimitz is on its way to the Gulf and The United States already has two aircraft carriers in the neighborhood — the Nimitz — to which the French recently added one of their own. The USS Nimitz battle group sets sail for the Gulf from San Diego next week; and the USS Ronald Reagan is in the South China Sea and can be added to the strike force at a moments notice.
The opening move of the endgame will be signaled when the Pentagon announces the forward deployment of about 20 strategic bombers — B-1s, B-2s, and B-52s — to Diego Garcia just a few hundred miles south of the Persian Gulf. My bet is that this will happen when Iran expels the IAEA inspectors if that happens.
With four aircraft-carrier battle groups, several hundred carrier-based strike fighters, and 20 strategic bombers just minutes or hours from Iran, the United States will have assembled everything it needs to cripple the regime and wipe out the most important elements of its nuclear program.
Iran needs to know that this is the only alternative to complying with the Security Council resolutions. Otherwise, in a few years, Iran could be holding all of us hostage. This is a very high stakes game being played out here and there is yet another little element that was just announced.
The Army announced Monday that it will send the headquarters brigade of the 4th Infantry Division back to Iraq in August, nine months after the Fort Hood, Texas, brigade returned from its last yearlong deployment.
The 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, from Fort Drum, NY, which completed its last Iraq deployment in August, will return to Iraq in June after just 10 1/2 months at home, Army officials said. These brigades will be part of the 7,000 troops going to Iraq in coming months to bolster the U.S. presence to 20 brigades, the Pentagon reported. A brigade consists of about 3,000 troops.
The Army tries to allow troops to remain home for at least 12 months between deployments "to properly organize, retrain and re-equip forces, as well as allow soldiers and their families well-deserved rest," the Department of the Army said Monday. Only one other large unit, the 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Benning, Ga., which deployed to Iraq this year after only 10 1/2 months at home, has spent less than one year between deployments since the war began. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/04/03/MNGFEP0B7T1.DTL
I know shortening these troops time off and deploying them early will be called necessary and of course part of the surge. Most people here realize now what the surge in Iraq is for. With all that is happening right now in the Persian Gulf and the obvious surge of Naval forces around Iran this high stakes game of chicken appears to be coming to a head and quick.
Can anyone tell me how long it takes a carrier to get to the Persian Gulf? As you may agee these smokescreens will soon show what they have been hiding and no one will like it. Please tell me what you think!
Monday, April 02, 2007
I for one haven't heard a change of stance have any of you? Anyway that only helps Iran in dealing with the Brits but as far as Iranian citizens and the rest of the middle east proves, those captured Brit's legal or not have already served their purpose as proven by the Government sanctioned protests at the Brit Embassy in Iran and recent announcements by Saudi Prince Bandar. those supposed confessions by the marines real or coerced as the Brit's insist does not matter. The Iranian's and countries in the middle easr believe it and that's all that matters.
Anyway This mornings event was a missing American in Iran. It is too coincidental to have nothing to do with recent events as we are being told in light of the timing and that the man was ex FBI supposedly
on private business. http://www.cnn.com/...
That said, this morning I was sent additionally interesting articles about Russia and the middle east. I do remember about a week ago receiving an article that Russia thought the U.S. attack on Iran could come on the 8th of April (Easter Sunday). Now this one saying it could happen on the 6th of April.
The United States will be ready to launch a missile attack on Iran's nuclear facilities as soon as early this month, perhaps "from 4 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 6," according to reports in the Russian media on Saturday.
According to Russian intelligence sources, the reports said, the US has devised a plan to attack several targets in Iran, and an assault could be carried out by launching missiles from fighter jets and warships stationed in the Persian Gulf.
Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted a security official as saying, "Russian intelligence has information that the US Armed Forces stationed in the Persian Gulf have nearly completed preparations for a missile strike against Iranian territory." Coupled with other information I received this morning that the 2 Brits killed in the supposed arctic Sub accident. A Moscow newspaper reports that The British Department of Defense admitted that two sailors killed and one seriously wounded in the atomic submarine Tireless were taking part in secret maneuvers under Arctic waters, the newspaper Military Industry Herald reported here.
If that accident had not happened, public opinion would have never known that the British and US navies were carrying out military maneuvers under the polar caps, added the publication. Like in the tensest times of the Cold War, troops from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are trying to take control of the Arctic route, said the newspaper. Just what does this mean? http://www.plenglish.com/...
Anyway to me this all points to the fact that what we already know and that is that a war with Iran will happen we just cannot pin down the day and we will not be able to. Plus I am hearing the rumor that the Head of military intelligence says Iran, Syria and Hizbullah are preparing for possible confrontation with US this summer. http://www.ynetnews.com/...
With Russia openly throwing out attack dates amongst others and all else that is happening at the same time, this attack will happen due to multiple provocation's but you can bet If someone has hit the date Bush will change it. He merely has to make his move before Congress can get in his way and he will.
I remember over a year ago doing a story saying that Iran was ready to act and had thousands of sleepers in the U.S. and around the world prepared to activate and attack sensitive areas and hit the U.S. in many spots with prepared suicide bombers. Whether or not that is true who knows. To me the thing that really kills me is that Bush can care less and will attack period. He will only use any activity by Iran in his favor to further his plans for war and new order to say see I told you, even though in large part it is all instigated by him.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
The Taunts of a Coward by: Joe Leonardi
I am listening to the once conservative, talk show host, turned Presidential spokesperson Rush Limbaugh (Wednesday 3/28/07). In the first hour of today's show he is dutifully attacking Senator Charles Hagel. He didn't spend a lot of time on him, but in the few minutes he did — he gave away his duplicity. His tirade against Senator Hagel, centered on claims that the Senator must have forgotten September 11th. And therein, my friends, lies the rub. Rush is bringing out the tried and true, implying and insinuating a connection between Iraq and the terror attacks on our country. He invoked 9/11 at least ten times. During this tirade he kept reiterating that we are at war against "Muslims", I guess someone on his staff finally penetrated his purported drugged induced deafness;
because after about the third time he corrected it to "Militant Muslims."
It has been said before, however, obviously it bears repeating. Saddam didn't have anything to do with September 11th. There was no connection, 9/11 was not used in our testimony to the U.N., there was no Saddam-Al Qaeda collaboration. Our attack was a predetermined design by Neo-Cons from the think tank, The Project for a New American Century. Out of power after Bush 41, this group attempted to convince President Clinton to attack Saddam. After President George W. Bush assumed the Presidency many from this think tank moved into his administration. Most notable, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. Paul O’Neil, former Treasury Secretary, outlines many of the behind the scenes goings on in his book; The Price of Loyalty:.... O’Neil’s book wasn’t what convinced me that this misguided war was a predetermined, done deal looking for justification. The convincing factor was the Nightline episode interviewing members of the PNAC think tank. The information about the plan to oust Saddam came straight from the horses’ mouths. See my column, "Warning Conservative Republicans."
Mr. Limbaugh went on to claim that anyone against the war is linguini spined. I get such a kick out of El Rushbo when he goes on this particular condemnation. There is nothing better than a coward calling people out. Rush avoided the war of his generation, Vietnam, due to an inactive pilonidal cyst. I remember when someone first told me this, I fell on the floor laughing. You see, I too have an inactive pilonidal cyst. I learned about it during my admission physical into the United States Navy. I was concerned it was going to disqualify me and I asked the doctor about it. His words, which stuck in my head, are what made me laugh so hard when I heard about Rush. The Doc said, ‘no, it’s nothing, but if your family had pull, this would have gotten you out of the draft during ‘nam.’ Rush you linguine spined, miserable, wussy coward. You continue to deride true heroes that served in the war your influential Daddy kept you out of. Please, just shut up!
Few true conservatives have inwardly been supportive of this administration. All the gains made in the forty years it took us to finally get a conservative in office have been destroyed in the last six years. We finally have a reasonable, conservative voice in Chuck Hagel. And if you listen to the Senator, the bulk of his criticism has been on the mishandling of the war. The kicker is he has been correct — while those in the administration have been wrong. In June of 2005 Vice President Cheney said "that the insurgency is in its last throes" and predicted that the fighting will end before the Bush administration leaves office. However, Senator Hagel said in August of 2005 that "the United States is getting more bogged down in Iraq." Well, a year and half later who’s right?
Mr. Hagel went against his party in this vote. I believe he took such bold action to send a message to not only the administration, but to the American people, that we must start being realistic about getting out of Iraq. Senator Hagel will be mercilessly torn apart by White House hatchetmen Limbaugh and Hannity, but it doesn’t matter, because the time for rhetoric is over. It is urgent now that austere people take action and start looking for serious solutions.
Any one of us could have said this. We all see this two faced purposefully untruthful behavior not only from Rush, Hannity, Bush, Rove, Cheney, and Gonzales, but from every single NeoCon involved with this misadministration! You may have gathered this by now but what I find exceptional about reading Joe's incite is that he is a true Conservative and voicing his observations from that viewpoint.
He truly cares about America and honesty not following the mis course set by Rove and Bush. I have made it a point to visit Joe's site daily so I can see what he has to say. It is a pleasure to see that there are some Republicans out there that really do care about our America. I know I have gone out on a limb here but if anyone is interested in what he has to say, Joe's address is http://www.joeleonardi.wordpress.com I am encouraged though that there is hope for the future of our two Party system and our beautiful America!