12/7 Brief Survey of U.S casus belli 'wars' part 2

"Libya is too important in the world system to have Western strategic priorities in Libya unfulfilled and U.S. businesses shut out."
Libya Is Too Big to Fail
International intervention is the right move - not just for humanitarian reasons.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/03/18/libya_is_too_big_to_fai...
Jason Pack, Libya researcher at Oxford University's St. Antony's College, worked in both Tripoli and Washington, D.C., on strengthening U.S.-Libya relations.
...Libya is not peripheral to the world system. It is at its very core. Libya possesses 1,800 kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. The country produces 2 percent of the world's oil, with 85 percent of exports going to Europe Since the beginning of the Great Recession and the slump in global demand in 2008, Libya has allocated $200 billion toward new infrastructure spending.
What makes Libya so important? Any real estate agent could tell you: location, location, location. Control of the country has always been a remarkably effective way to project power into Egypt, the Mediterranean, and beyond. Similarly, denying a hostile power (be it the Soviet Union, Muammar al-Gadhafi, or terrorists) the ability to destabilize surrounding countries from Libyan territory has been a consistent thread in U.S. policy since the end of World War II.

Opening Salvo of U.S. 'Middle East and North Africa' Campaign in the 'GWOT'
Libya, a critical move in the U.S. war to 'own' the African continent, led by USAFRICOM, depended on 'soft power' propaganda personalizing Gaddafi as a 'hated', must be punished 'dictator' with monstrous big lies disinforming, degrading and demonizing his leadership, the conditions in Libya and him.
Belied by the fact it took USNATO and their mercenary thugs 8 months and thousands of bombing sorties that killed thousands of Libyans to squash the heroic armed resistance and 'despised dictator'. The US installed TNC declared 'liberation' only after Gaddafi's calculated humiliation, his tortured, sodomized bloody body was dragged alive through the streets of his hometown, murdered and put on public display in a commercial freezer, as a warning to still-fighting resistance warriors and 'free press' media's pornographic 'victory' reports. Fascist state violence mixed with state-sponsored soft power information war (aka 'public diplomacy', 'strategic information') is the 'news', made to appeal to different TV and newspaper 'consumers', including social media under Pentagon 'responsibility' {scroogle and :

MilitaryHOMEFRONT - U.S. Department of Defense "Social Media Hub ... 2011 This Instruction establishes and implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures ... Under Secretary of Defense Memorandum, "Department of Defense Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) ..." apps.mhf.dod.mil/pls/psgprod/f?p=MHF:DETAIL1:0::::SID,CID:20.80.500.387.0.0.0.0.0,20.80.500.387.500.90.30.0.0

Obama Administration Doesn't Plan to End the Iraq Occupation
by Jeremy Scahill, http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008/12/05-1
Announcing his national security team this week, Obama reasserted his position. "I said that I would remove our combat troops from Iraq in 16 months, with the understanding that it might be necessary — likely to be necessary — to maintain a residual force to provide potential training, logistical support, to protect our civilians in Iraq." While some have portrayed this as Obama going back on his campaign pledge, it is not. What is new is that some people seem to just now be waking up to the fact that Obama never had a comprehensive plan to fully end the occupation. Most recently, The New York Times:
"On the campaign trail, Senator Barack Obama offered a pledge that electrified and motivated his liberal base, vowing to 'end the war' in Iraq," wrote reporter Thom Shanker on Thursday. "But as he moves closer to the White House, President-elect Obama is making clearer than ever that tens of thousands of American troops will be left behind in Iraq, even if he can make good on his campaign promise to pull all combat forces out within 16 months."...
Richard Danzig, President Clinton's former Navy Secretary who may soon follow Robert Gates as Obama's Defense Secretary, said during the campaign that the "residual force" could number as many as 55,000 troops. That doesn't include Blackwater and other mercenaries and private forces, which the Obama camp has declared the president-elect "can't rule out [and] won't rule out" using. At present there are more "contractors" in Iraq than soldiers, which is all the more ominous when considering Obama's Iraq plan.
In April, it was revealed that the coordinator of Obama's Iraq working group, Colin Kahl, had authored a paper, titled "Stay on Success: A Policy of Conditional Engagement," which recommended, "the U.S. should aim to transition to a sustainable over-watch posture (of perhaps 60,000-80,000 forces) by the end of 2010 (although the specific timelines should be the byproduct of negotiations and conditions on the ground)." Kahl tried to distance the views expressed in the paper from Obama's official campaign position, but they were and are consistent.
In March, Obama advisor Samantha Power let the cat out of the bag for some people when she described her candidate's 16-month timetable for withdrawing U.S. "combat" forces as a "best case scenario." Power said, "He will, of course, not rely on some plan that he's crafted as a presidential candidate or a U.S. Senator." (After that remark and referring to Sen. Hillary Clinton as a "monster," Power resigned from the campaign. Now that Obama is president-elect, Power's name has once again resurfaced as a member of his transitional team.)
The New York Times also raised the prospect that Obama could play semantics when defining his 16-month withdrawal plan, observing, "Pentagon planners say that it is possible that Mr. Obama's goal could be accomplished at least in part by relabeling some units, so that those currently counted as combat troops could be 're-missioned,' their efforts redefined as training and support for the Iraqis."

NB: the term "insurgency" promotes US 'casus belli' that resistance is not anti-imperialist, but against U.S. installed proxy regimes
‘The Salvador Option’
The Pentagon may put Special-Forces-led assassination or kidnapping teams in Iraq
1/14/05 "A WEB EXCLUSIVE", http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6802629/site/newsweek/
"We have to find a way to take the offensive against insurgents. Right now we are playing defense.And we are losing." Last November’s operation in Fallujah, most analysts agree, succeeded less in breaking "the back" of the insurgency—as Marine Gen. John Sattler optimistically declared at the time—than in spreading it..."

2008 RAND National Security Research Division... Conference on Creative Media Use...to encourage discourse between regional activists and encourage growth, exchanges of content, and collaboration.
www.rand.org/pubs/conf_proceedings/CF242.htm

2007 How to Win the War of Ideas in the Muslim World
* Hady Amr* and **Peter W. Singer** www.acslaw.org/files/Engage-Muslim-World.pdf
...A critical pillar of success in the war on terrorism is restoring the world’s trust in the United States (U.S.) —in other words, winning the “war of ideas.” Fortifying this pillar, particularly in the Muslim world... against those advocating violence directed at the U.S....
Beyond traditional vehicles which target government counterparts and standard news media, U.S. communications strategy should engage in a variety of forums, including universities, the arts, business and professional associations, labor groups, and NGOs. This worked well in the Cold War, when the U.S. [CIA] sponsored the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an international association of artists and thinkers opposed to totalitarianism.
Diverse U.S. agencies should develop a coordinated goal-oriented, two-way communications approach to maximize effectiveness and resources and to speak with a single, credible voice. For example, the United States Agency for International Development [USAID] should coordinate its activities more closely with the Office for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs to better communicate the depth of involvement of U.S. development assistance across the Muslim world.... financial investment in public diplomacy should reflect the very high strategic priority of the war of ideas ... can start by increasing funding for Near East and South Asia programs... also use new technologies and tactics...increasingly embracing the use of Internet platforms like blogs and Facebook....
Presidential support is needed for the rapid recruitment and training of at least 100 fully fluent Arabic speakers—five highly trained individuals in each Arab country—with public diplomacy skills. Respected corps members could also become the top experts or “go-to” people on Arabic-language talk shows and news analyses. Further, it is equally important to train speakers in other languages in strategically important countries like Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey. ...
In no area could the Bush Administration’s foreign policy be described as meek, except in public diplomacy and strategic communications—its efforts to win the war of ideas. The Administration’s combination of an aggressive foreign policy and a feeble effort to maintain our voice and credibility in the world leaves the next president with a historic challenge... and with only a short window of opportunity to “reboot” the relationship...The tools of public diplomacy and strategic communications are the most valuable weapons in America’s arsenal. It is not too late to wield them.
* Foreign policy fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and Director of the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. He is the author of the Brookings analysis paper, tHe need to commUnicAte: How to improve U.S. pUblic diplomAcy witH tHe iSlAmic world (2004) He has served as a presidential appointee to the U.S Department of Defense Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and was Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum on Islamic-Western Relations for their Council of 100 Leaders. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
** Senior fellow and director of the 21stCentury Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He was previously the founding director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. He is the author of corporAte wArriorS: tHe riSe of tHe privAtized militAry indUStry (2003); cHildren At wAr (2005); and wired for wAr (2008).

Egyptian PM Will Receive Some Presidential Powers
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/north/Egyptian-PM-Receives-So...
Egypt's military rulers, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) will maintain control of the army and judiciary as it hands over more power to Ganzouri to give the prime minister more power than his predecessor

What’s Behind the Tumult in Egypt?
by Dr. K R Bolton, February 1, 2011
http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/02/01/whats-behind-the-tumult-i...
The media ridicules allegations that George Soros, currency speculator and patron of world “color revolutions", is a factor in the current turmoil, dismissing such claims as “conspiracy theory.” Yet the same article states that a new monthly opposition magazine Wasla, widely distributed to strategic quarters such as the military and academia with an electronic edition read throughout the Arab world:... Wasla, “The Link”, touted as a first for the Arab world, with plans for articles by bloggers...is published by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information supported by the Soros Open Society Institute [OSI], said ANHRI director Gamal Eid...OSI also funded the primary opposition voice in Tunisia, Radio Kalima...The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights working in tandem with the Open Society Justice Initiative, is an “OSI grantee.” In December 2010, the OSI advised: The Open Society Foundations will consider projects from domestic and international NGO civil society groups active in Egypt. NGO coalitions also encouraged to apply...
Towards the end of the Bush regime the U.S. Defense Department established the Africa Command (AFRICOM), a primary concern of this new US regional command being the establishment of a massive military base in southern Sudan. The Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs: http://www.washington-report.org/component/content/article/363/10285-sud......
ElBaradei is on the Executive Committee of the International Crisis Group think tank promoting the “new world order” behind the facade of the “open society.” ICG was founded in 1994 by Mark Brown, former Vice President of the World Bank. Soros is a committee member, along with such luminaries of peace and goodwill as Samuel Berger, former US National Security Adviser; Wesley Clark, former NATO Commander, Europe; and sundry eminences from business, academe, politics and diplomacy of the type that generally comprise such organizations.
“Senior advisers” of the ICG include the omnipresent Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US National Security Adviser, and founding director of David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission, an individual up to his neck in seemingly every globalist cause and think tank going, and de facto foreign policy adviser for Pres. Obama; and Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, former Secretary General of NATO. Financial backers of the ICG include the Ford Foundation and Open Society Institute....
Maj. Ralph Peters... influential strategist, commentator, formerly with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence; Foreign Area Officer for Eurasia)... writing in Parameters, US Army War College organ, said the de facto role of the American army is to keep the world “open to our cultural assault.”... information being the “most destabilising factor of our time.”...this the “American century” where the USA will become “culturally more lethal….” in the “clash of civilisations”... “Hollywood goes where Harvard never penetrated, and the foreigner, unable to touch the reality of America, is touched by America’s irresponsible fantasies itself...Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg and Madonna” are replacing “traditional intellectual elites.” “Our cultural empire has addicted men and women everywhere - clamouring for more. And they pay for the privilege of their disillusionment.” “If religion is the opium of the people, video is their crack cocaine…There will be no peace…Our military power is culturally based…Our American culture is infectious, a plague of pleasure… Hollywood is preparing the battlefield and burgers precede the bullets..."

US resumes formal Muslim Brotherhood contacts
30/06/11 REUTERS http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=227247
The US has decided to resume formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a senior US official said, in a step that reflects the Islamist group's growing political weight but that is almost certain to upset Israel and its US backers."The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing, it reflects Islamist group's growing influence" said the senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency."... US dealings with the Brotherhood have evolved over time and officials have found ways to keep lines open under the cover of one diplomatic fig leaf or another.

Surmounting Sectarianism in the Middle East
from As’ad al-Azzouni's interview 11/11/07 with Jordanian Marxist writer and activist Hisham Bustani
http://www.ikhwanweb.com/print.php?id=14532
Political Islam is not targeted by the United States -- what is targeted is resistance under any label. In South America and South East Asia, the resistance takes a left form (FARC, the Filipino and Nepalese Communist parties), so the U.S. attacks them. In the Arab region, the resistance takes an Islamist form, so the U.S. attacks them as well. The common factor is resistance to Washington's hegemony and agenda for control, not Islam.
The U.S. finds no objections dealing with moderate Islam...the Islamists of Turkey maintain their strategic alliance with "Israel" ... I presume the Americans favor delivering the Arab region to moderate Islamists for a variety of reasons. Such Islamists represent a force with popular and social extensions; they speak to people in a language the masses understand and they can offer operative social/economic/political structures, contrary to the Arab regimes... That is why the Arab regimes use oppression to preserve their authority and U.S. interests in the region...oppression that can, under certain circumstances, cause explosive situations or generate uncontrollable phenomena. Therefore, from this perspective, currying favor with "moderate" Islamists may be seen by the imperialism to be a more viable and longer-lasting alternative.
Islamists must open up internally to other non-religious forces, Marxist and nationalist, and espouse a civil, secular liberation program; they must learn from the experiences in Lebanon and Iraq, where the religious and sectarian element was the basis of the hegemony game and the foundation of fragmentation setting people against each other instead of being united against their common enemy....

"...terrorism’ is a floating signifier attached at will to Western enemies... The vagueness and inconsistency of its definition is key to its political usefulness... for those rejecting U.S. domination and fighting to free themselves from U.S.-Israel occupation."
Eqbal Ahmad, Pakistani scholar

"A dirty little secret from 5,000 years of history: Ethnic cleansing works"
Blood borders: How a better Middle East would look
http://live.armedforcesjournal.com/2006/06/1833899
August 2006 Armed Forces Journal: Prominent U.S. war strategist Col. Ralph Peters' analysis and map shows M.O. for creating ethnic and religious tensions for 'civil wars' to redraw global boundaries mainly imposed post WW1

Bombing Towards A Sectarian War?
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2011/12/bombing-towards-a-sectarian-war.htm...
...After the attack mourners chanted anti-US and anti-Pakistan slogans....Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed in a statement to the media strongly condemned the bombing of Shiites in Kabul and Mazar calling them an act of the "invading enemy"... designed to foment insecurity to extend the foreign presence... the bombing of the al-Askari mosque in Samara, Iraq, in 2006... ignited a brutal sectarian war the officials blamed Al-Qaeda in Iraq...
As always the question that needs to be asked is: "Cui bono?"...

Gates: No evidence ties al Qaida to bombing of Shiite shrine
6/29/07 http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/17530.html
Bush said the bombing "had all the hallmarks of al Qaida," while U.S. military officials in Baghdad say they have "indications" al Qaida was responsible.
Friday, Gates said the June 13 attack on the al Askariya mosque in Samarra was one reason why U.S. forces are targeting the group. "I believe it is al Qaida that has done the most in terms of trying to stoke sectarian violence, from the bombing of the Samarra mosque a year ago February to the second bombing of the mosque just a couple of weeks ago, to try and provoke exactly the kind of reaction that happened after February of last year," Gates said. "So I think that at least in terms of the combat operations that we're conducting now, the principal enemy that they are facing is in fact al Qaida."
But when a McClatchy reporter asked him about the assertion, Gates said that he knew of no hard evidence linking al Qaida in Iraq to the explosion.

U.S. Kills Worshippers During Prayer
6/29/07 Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI)
American occupation forces shelled Ahmad al-Moukhtar Mosque in Doura, south of Baghdad on Friday, 29 June 2007 by military helicopters during the worshippers going out from the Friday prayer. The bombardment led the killing of four civilians and wounding others. Near to al-Tawheed Mosque in al-Doura also attacked by these terrorist forces which killed two citizens, wounded four others while they were performing the Friday Prayer....

Suicide Bomber Attacks Shi'ite Shrine in Kabul
12/5/11 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Suicide-Bomber-Attacks-Shiite-S...
The attacks come a day after world leaders gathered in the German city of Bonn to discuss Afghanistan's future as international combat troops prepare to leave the country. President Karzai told the conference that after the withdrawal of NATO troops from his country in 2014, Afghanistan will still need international help for at least another decade. Pakistan, considered vital to any prospect of stability in Afghanistan, boycotted the one-day meeting in response to a cross-border attack by NATO late last month that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers...The Taliban released a statement Tuesday saying it did not do the "cruel and indiscriminate", attacks, calling them and blaming them on the "invading enemy."

encouraging 'allies' to help fund US permanent occupation of Afghanistan and broader US agenda
Clinton Warns of Bio-Weapons Threat, Terrorism
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Clinton-Warns-of-Bio-Weapons-Thr...
During Geneva speech, US secretary of state warns al-Qaida was seeking to conduct biological attacks in Afghanistan

u.s. proxy 'pleads' for permanent domination u.s. war was designed to win
Afghan Leaders Say They’ll Need Political and Mi;itary Aid for at Least Another Decade
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/world/asia/suicide-bombers-attack-shii...
Bombers struck Shiite religious observances on Tuesday, in the first such sectarian attacks since the fall of the Taliban.
Tuesday’s bombings aroused fears that extremists were trying to provoke a reaction like the one after the 2006 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, Iraq, which ignited two years of tit-for-tat sectarian violence. That attack was carried out by militants aligned with Al Qaeda...

"Which Path to Persia? the most important policy options available to the US in crafting a new strategy toward Iran."
www.brookings.edu/press/Books/2009/whichpathtopersia.aspx

Obama would consider missile strikes on Iran:
9/25/04 articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-09-25/news/0409250111_1_nuclear-weapons-iran-missile-strikes
U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama suggested US one day might have to launch surgical missile strikes into Iran and Pakistan to keep extremists from getting control of nuclear bombs.

Secret Meeting. War on Syria: Head of Syrian National Council meets leader of NATO sponsored "Free Syrian Army"
By Ipek Yezdani
Hurriyet Daily News - 2011-11-29
http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=27967
Speaking to the Daily News Oct. 9 Free Syrian Army Head Coronel Riad Al-Asaad called on the international community and the United Nations to provide armed help to Syria’s opposition movement to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power.
The head of Syrian National Council secretly met the leader of the so-called Free Syrian Army in Hatay to promise support in the fight against Damascus A delegation headed by the president of the Syrian National Council (SNC) conducted a secret meeting with the highest ranking Syrian army defector and leader of the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army Nov. 28 in Turkey, according to reports. The SNC was formed in Istanbul in September to work for the removal of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad...Ghalioun, based in France, has led the organization since. Al-Asaad has been staying at a refugee camp in Hatay after escaping from his post in the Syrian Air Force in July. During the meeting in the southern province of Hatay on the Syrian border, SNC leader Burhan Galioun promised Free Syrian Army head Col. Riad al-Asaad his council would support the fighting force formed by army defectors in Syria, a SNC member told the Hürriyet Daily News on condition of anonymity. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said they knew about the meeting but did not have any details. Other high-ranking members of the SNC, including Ahmed Ramadan and Sweden-based Abdulbaset Seida, also attended according to reports.

SNC serves U.S. capitalist regional & global restructuring agenda
Burhan Ghalioun, leader of the Syrian National Council (SNC) spoke with The Wall Street Journal Wednesday at his home in south Paris
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203833104577071960384240668.html
(Below, an edited transcript. Additional remarks expanding on Mr. Ghalioun's answers have been added since this transcript was first published.)

Syria Would Cut Iran Military Tie
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020439770457707085012486195...
PARIS—A Syrian government run by the country's main opposition group would cut Damascus's military relationship to Iran and end arms supplies to Middle East militant groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, the SNC leader said, raising the prospect of a dramatic realignment of powers at the region's core.

Syrian National Council Ghalioun warns Iran, against protecting President Bashar Assad, says Hezbollah let down Syrian opposition
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2011/Dec-07/156199-ghalioun...
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
The Wall Street Journal published an interview with Ghalioun last week in which he said “our relations with Iran will be revisited as [will those of] any of the countries in the region, based on the exchange of economic and diplomatic interests, in the context of improving stability in the region and not that of a special relationship. There will be no special relationship with Iran.”

Syria assassination plot 
Documents show White House and No 10 conspired over oil-fuelled invasion plan 
http://en.rian.ru/ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4839.htm
The "preferred plan"adds: "Once a political decision is reached to proceed with internal disturbances in Syria, CIA is prepared, and SIS [MI6] will attempt, to mount minor sabotage and coup de main incidents within Syria working through contacts...

1957 US and UK Planned to Overthrow Syrian Regime and Assassinate Leaders
9/27/03 The Guardian by Ben Fenton  -- Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secret "regime change" in another Arab country they accused of spreading terror and threatening the west's oil supplies, by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures. Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria's pro-western neighbours, and then to "eliminate" the most influential triumvirate in Damascus....Driving the call for action was the CIA's Middle East chief Kermit Roosevelt, grandson of former president Theodore Roosevelt.
Part of the "preferred plan" reads: "In order to facilitate the action of liberative forces, reduce the capabilities of the Syrian regime to organise and direct its military actions, to hold losses and destruction to a minimum, and to bring about desired results in the shortest possible time, a special effort should be made to eliminate certain key individuals. Their removal should be accomplished early in the course of the uprising and intervention and in the light of circumstances existing at the time." 
"Once a political decision is reached to proceed with internal disturbances in Syria, CIA is prepared, and SIS [MI6] will attempt, to mount minor sabotage and coup de main incidents within Syria, working through contacts with individuals. The two services should consult, as appropriate, to avoid any overlapping or interference with each other's activities... Incidents should not be concentrated in Damascus; the operation should not be overdone; and to the extent possible care should be taken to avoid causing key leaders of the Syrian regime to take additional personal protection measures." 
The report said that once the necessary degree of fear had been created, frontier incidents and border clashes would be staged to provide a pretext for Iraqi and Jordanian military intervention. Syria had to be "made to appear as the sponsor of plots, sabotage and violence directed against neighbouring governments," the report says. "CIA and SIS should use their capabilities in both the psychological and action fields to augment tension." That meant operations in Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, taking the form of "sabotage, national conspiracies and various strong-arm activities" blamed on Damascus. 
The plan called for funding of a "Free Syria Committee", and the arming of "political factions with paramilitary or other actionist capabilities" within Syria. The CIA and MI6 would instigate internal uprisings, for instance by the Druze in the south, help to free political prisoners held in the Mezze prison, and stir up the Muslim Brotherhood in Damascus... The plan was not used because Syria's Arab neighbours could not be persuaded to take action and an attack from Turkey alone was thought to be unacceptable....

US man for Egyptian presidency 'sees the light'?
New IAEA Report on Iran: Initial Response to Explosive Reactions...of the Press
Nima Shirazi
The leaking of the newest IAEA report on the Iranian nuclear program has predictably sent the media into a fear-mongering frenzy.(...)
September 17, 2009, IAEA chief Mohammad ElBaradei published this press release : "With respect to a recent media report, the IAEA reiterates that it has no concrete proof that there is or has been a nuclear weapon programme in Iran. At the Board of Governors´ meeting 9 September 2009, Director General Mohamed ElBaradei warned that continuing allegations that the IAEA was withholding information on Iran are politically motivated and totally baseless."...

October 2009, the IAEA "admitted some of the material in the now-infamous 'secret annex' about Iran's nuclear program exists, but it wasn't verifiable enough to release. the classified information...was collected as part of the IAEA's annual volume on Iran but never made the final cut due to the fact that IAEA authorities decided they weren't confident in the authenticity of the information contained in the extra document, and couldn't verify what that research had found." according to Josh Rogin
Shortly thereafter, ElBaradei explained "The IAEA is not making any judgment at all whether Iran even had weaponisation studies before because there is a major question of authenticity of the documents." ,

Suspicions Persist about Iranian 'Laptop of Death'
Jasmin Ramsey, November 11th, 2011
http://www.lobelog.com/suspicions-persist-about-iranian-laptop-of-death/
The Christian Science Monitor’s Scott Peterson reports on continued suspicions raised about the authenticity of the information presented in the so-called Iranian “laptop of death”–2005 information which the latest IAEA report is repeating.
Not only is the information that’s being publicized about Iran’s alleged nuclear activities “not new “, it’s also based/builds on information experts doubted in the first place.. the former IAEA inspector who also served as IAEA department director, remains unconvinced. “The first is the issue of forgeries. There is nothing to tell that those documents are real...there was possibly stuff in there that was genuine, [though] kind of junk...And a few rather high-quality things...not related to anything else in the package... on a different topic, and you wondered, was this salted in there for someone to find?”
It would not be the first time that data was planted. He recalls 1993 and 1994 the IAEA received “very complex forgeries” on Iraq that slowed down nuclear investigations there by a couple of years.“Those documents had markings on them, and were designed to resemble Iraqi documents, but when we dug into them they were clearly forgeries. They were designed by a couple of member states in that region and provided to the Agency maliciously to slow things down.”

Jundullah terrorist group...is directly funded by US in its 'war on terror'.
Preparing the Battlefield: The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.
by Seymour M. Hersh, http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/07/080707fa_fact_hersh
... Washington greatly favors the establishment of a 'Greater Baluchistan' which would integrate the Baluch areas of Pakistan with those of Iran. Military expert Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters suggests that Pakistan should be broken up, leading to the formation of a separate country: 'Greater Baluchistan' or 'Free Baluchistan' (June 2006, Armed Forces Journal). As a result it would incorporate the Baluch provinces of Pakistan and Iran into a single political entity to be tailored to suit Washington interests. So it seems the US has two main motives if this demand is answered. First, it can fulfill its dream of establishing Greater Baluchistan, consolidate presence in this separatist part of Pakistan and secondly, will be in position to carry out its sabotaging activities in Iran.
Earlier in 2007, the Blotter on ABCNews.com revealed US backing of the Jundallah Iranian group the U.S. has declared terrorist, responsible for a number of gruesome assassinations of Iranian civilians on the Iran-Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The group spares no efforts in sowing the seed of terror in the southern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan...In July 2010 it mounted a pair of suicide attacks on a major Shi'ite mosque in the city of Zahedan, the capital of Iran's Sistan-Balochistan Province, killing dozens of worshippers and wounding over 100 people. US officials deny 'direct funding' of the terrorist group, but acknowledge they are in contact with the leader on a regular basis...Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) implicitly supports the group and reportedly shelters some of its high-profile members in coordination with the CIA. Jundullah 'terrorist group'...is directly funded by the US government in its so-called 'war on terror'.

New Obama 'finding'
U.S. Proxy War with Iran
By Philip Giraldi 12/1/11 http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/proxy-war-with-iran/
Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer, executive director of Council for the National Interest.
A “finding” is top-level approval for secret operations considered to be particularly politically sensitive.After the alleged Iranian government plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington, the White House issued a finding to the intelligence community authorizing stepped-up covert action against Iran.
An earlier Bush administration finding already permitted use of intelligence assets to disrupt Iranian Revolutionary Guard activity in border zones— the areas adjacent to Pakistan inhabited by ethnic Baluchis, the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, and the ethnically Arab province of Khuzistan, which borders southeastern Iraq. Activity in the Kurdish region was partially run by Israelis due to sensitivities dealing with the Turks. That effort was abandoned altogether in 2009, when the Obama administration decided to increase intelligence and military cooperation with Ankara against the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK). Attacks in Baluchistan and the Arab region over the past seven years, which have killed a large number of Revolutionary Guards and even more civilians, were part of the program authorized under the earlier finding.
The new [Obama] finding extends those initiatives and adds involvement with the Azeris, who inhabit northwestern Iran and share a common border, language, and culture with their fellow tribesmen in Azerbaijan. Twenty million ethnic Azeris in Iran comprise nearly 25 percent of the population. When combined with the 2 percent who are Baluchis, 7 percent Kurds, and 3 percent Arabs, Iran has a significant ethnic problem along its borders. This is precisely what the covert action finding will seek to exploit by encouraging ethnic fragmentation and supplying dissidents with communications equipment, training, and weapons. Not at all coincidentally, the foreign minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, visited Brussels in October to discuss issues of common concern with NATO. He met with U.S. officials and received private intelligence briefings on the “Iranian threat.”... there is little evidence that many Azeris would take up arms against Tehran to advance their cause....
The U.S. and Israel are cooperating on development of a new version of the Stuxnet virus which crippled the Iranian nuclear program computers in 2010.

18 Oct 2011 Duqu, like Stuxnet, masks itself as legitimate code using a driver file signed with a valid digital certificate. The certificate belongs to a company based in Taipei, Taiwan which Symantec declined to identify. F-Secure security firm based in Finland identified the Taiwanese company as C-Media Electronics Inc. www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/10/son-of-stuxnet-in-the-wild/

Clinton urges China to put pressure on Iran
11/11/2011 http://www.france24.com/en/print/5266288

"China should not shrink before a possible showdown with the West"
China Not Obliged To Besiege Iran
Editorial : China's Global Times
12/3/11 http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/686912/China-not-obliged-to-b...
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29879.htm
Western countries demand China follow their lead and slap sanctions on Iran. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China should not comply with the request. Instead it should join hands with Russia to help calm the situation.The US Senate approved tougher economic sanctions against Iran on Thursday, vowing to penalize any financial institutions that do business with Iran's central bank. Consequently, other countries such as China, Japan and India are prohibited to conduct oil trade with Iran. Under such an arrogant bill, it is hard to imagine how the US would borrow money from the central banks of its creditors to make up its bleak budget in the future..... China has no obligation to mess up the situation especially as the EU and the US try to take the opportunity to overthrow Iran for their own interests....China should not shrink before a possible showdown with the West... China will adopt concrete measures to show its determination to take its own path...The West suffers from an economic recession, but its efforts to overthrow non-Western governments for politics and military interests culminate. China, as well as its mammoth neighbor Russia, should keep on high alert and adopt countermeasures if necessary.

Report: U.S. Intelligence Operatives Neutralised in Lebanon, Iran
11/22/11 http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/253662/20111122/report-u-s-intelligence-o...
U.S. intelligence officials confirmed this week that underground operatives supplying information from Hezbollah and Iran have been busted earlier this year. In an ABC News report Monday, U.S. authorities admitted the crushing setbacks suffered by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Beirut and Tehran over the past six months, where dozens of CIA paid informers have been rounded up by counter-intelligence agents.
In May, Iran announced the capture of at least 30 informants accused of spying for both the United States and Israel. Hezbollah... tagged by America as a terror network mostly operating in Beirut, Lebanon, revealed the arrest of several individuals it claimed worked for the CIA in June.
Months after the reported espionage breakthroughs trumpeted by both Iran and Hezbollah, sources quoted by ABC News supported the claims, with details of the spy networks' operation even outlined during a news story carried by the Islamic Republic's official news agency....

Iran 'arrests 12 CIA agents'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/24/iran-claims-arrests-of-cia-a...
photo: Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant would be a potential target for US agents. Photograph: Reuters
...Parviz Sorouri, a member of the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy..."The main mission of this act of espionage was related to Iran's progress in the fields of nuclear technology and also military and security activities... US and Zionist regime espionage apparatuses were trying to damage Iran both from inside and outside with a heavy blow, using regional intelligence services. Fortunately, with swift reaction by the Iranian intelligence department, the actions failed to bear fruit."
Sorouri's comments follow reports that Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia had identified alleged CIA informants. The leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah's claims in June. that they had uncovered at least two CIA informants within its ranks were met with scepticism at the time. But former US officials told Reuters this week those arrested were working for the CIA....
Iranian officials also accused the US of committing acts of terrorism in the Islamic republic.. saying it had evidence showing the US had been behind "terror" operations in Iran, including the assassination of its nuclear scientists. "We have 100 unbeatable documents on the US role in directing terror and terrorists in Iran and the region," the Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed. "By releasing these documents, we will dishonour the US who claim to be the advocates of human rights and campaign against terrorism among the world public opinion." Iran said it had sent the documents to the UN...

Could 'Iran's assassination plot' be an opportunity for Saudi Arabia?
If true, the Saudis have been gifted a golden opportunity
PJ Crowley, former WH spokesman
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/oct/12/iranian-a...
The US case accuses the Quds Force of being behind the plot: such an act would have required a direct order from Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The alleged plot involving Iranian agents planning to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US in Washington, DC, bomb the Israeli and Saudi Embassies, potentially killing scores of Americans, is on the face of it so fantastic that it begs a disclaimer. There may be more to this, or less to this, than meets the eye...a plot to kill Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States. But why? A rogue plot? Perhaps, but if successful, it would be a strike at a near enemy – and one of that enemy's best friends. The Saudis (the near enemy) and Iranians are locked in a pitched contest for geopolitical primacy in the Gulf. Saudi concern about the rise of Iran and its nuclear program matches that of Israel.
Broader changes in the neighborhood have heightened the regional stakes... The emergence of a Sunni-led government in Syria would be the most significant development in this time of remarkable Arab transitions.

The shadow war in Syria
12/2/11 By Pepe Escobar , http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/ML02Ak01.html
Target Syria - the strategic prize that outstrips Libya. The stage is set. The stakes couldn't be higher. Libya 2.0 equals Syria? It's more like Libya 2.0 remix. With the same R2P (''responsibility to protect'') rationale - starring civilians bombed into ''democracy''. But with no UN Security Council resolution (Russia and China will veto it). Instead, Turkey shines, fanning the flames of civil war... Since mid-November Turkish media has been ablaze detailing plans for a no-fly zone in northern Syria and the aforementioned buffer zone stretching as far as Aleppo. The motive? Ask ''prophet'' Hillary Clinton - to foment civil war... US Secretary of State Hillary ''we came, we saw, he died'' Clinton set the scene on Indonesian TV a few weeks ago, when she prophesied there would be ''a civil war'' in Syria, with a well financed and ''well-armed opposition'' crammed with army deserters.
Now it's up to NATOGCC to make it happen. NATOGCC is of course the now fully accomplished symbiosis between selected North Atlantic Treaty Organization members such as Britain and France and selected petromonarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council, aka the Gulf Counter-revolution Club, such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). So feel free to bask in the glow of yet another mercenary paradise...
The Libyans formerly known as rebels, with explicit consent from Transitional National Council (TNC) chairman Mustafa Abdul NATO, aka Jalil, have already shipped to Syria - via Turkey - 600 highly motivated troops fresh from toppling the Gaddafi regime, to fight alongside the Free Syria Army (FSA). This followed a secret meeting in Istanbul between the TNC and the Syrian ''rebels'', rebranded as Syrian National Council... when the Assad regime insists the current Syrian tragedy is to a great extent incited by well-paid and well-armed elements - not to mention mercenaries - at the service of foreign powers, it is essentially correct...

US funding Syrian opposition groups since at least 2005
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/us-secretly-backed-syrian-opposition...
In an April AFP report Michael Posner, assistant US Secretary of State for Human Rights and Labor, stated the "US government has budgeted $50 million in the last two years to develop new technologies to help activists protect themselves from arrest and prosecution by authoritarian governments... organized training sessions for 5,000 activists in different parts of the world. A session in the Middle East about six weeks ago gathered activists from Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon who returned to their countries with the aim of training colleagues there... and there's a ripple effect." That ripple effect of course is the "Arab Spring," and in Syria's case, for the 'unrest' threatening to unhinge the nation and invite foreign intervention .

Osama, Death Squads and the Biggest Lie Ever Told
Joe Quinn, http://signs-of-the-times.org/signs/editorials/signs20060704_OsamaDeathS...
... "Osama", "al-Qaeda", "al-Qaeda in Iraq", "al-Zarqawi" "al-Zawahiri" are, or were, all part of a US government psychological operation that pitched them as the likely suspects to take the blame for the US and Israeli government Middle Eastern predations, not to mention the imposition of a police state in the US and Britain....It has already been exposed that the killings and bombings are the work of "death squads" working out of the Iraqi interior ministry, entirely controlled by the CIA... in every war waged by the US against a foreign nation, a counter-insurgency operation has immediately been implemented... because when a country is invaded, resistance in some form arises to defend the country... very difficult for an invading army to defeat given the extensive support and collaboration they enjoy from the general population...so an invading army finds itself at war with the population of the country they are invading... Strategies developed over the years to deal with such situations known as "counter-insurgency" include attempts to identify divisions within the society, usually religious, political or ethnic, however insignificant, and attempt to provoke these divisions...

"The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media"
former CIA Director William Colby in Bernstein's 10/77 Rolling stone article

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years...It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated now and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto determination practiced in past centuries”
David Rockefeller. Bilderberg meeting, Germany, June 1991

In Iraq a Private Realm Of Intelligence Extends U.S. Government's Reach
By Steve Fainaru and Alec Klein, Washington Post Foreign Service
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/30/AR200706...

U.S. Considers Dividing Iraq Into Three Separate States After Saddam Is Gone
FORECASTS & TRENDS, Oct 1, 2002 http://www.profutures.comarticle.php/91/%20
Stratfor.com reports that one of the leading long-term strategies being considered by US war planners is to divide Iraq into three separate regions. Under this plan Iraq would cease to exist.

The Case for 'Soft Partition' in Iraq
Saban Center Analysis, June 2007
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
http://www.brookings.edu/printme.wbs?page=/fp/saban/analysis/june2007ira...

Rumsfeld on "Creative Chaos"
Felicity Arbuthnot
6/27/07 http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=34036&s2=28
It is just sixteen months since an Iraqi friend said of the demolition of the golden-domed Al Askari Shrine in Samarra: "We can cry no more. There are no tears left." The Shrine was the resting place of the tenth and eleventh Imams, Ali al-Hadi and his son Hasan al-Askari. The twelfth Imam Muhammed al-Mahdi, is believed by Shias to have been born in Samarra and will return to save the world. A saviour was never more needed. The Shrine was destroyed after the US troops took control of the city. Samarra, which, in the ninth century, was the Abbasid capital, was not alone a place of pilgrimage for the Shrine, but a legend in Arab history, revered for the artistic, literary and scientific splendours it brought the world, at the dawn of a millennium. Now, the slender, superb, hundred foot high minarets, which flanked the Shrine in their rich, gold and turquoise beauty have also been demolished...
The destruction of the minarets seems to bear an uncanny resemblance to events of the Shrine on 22nd February last year. The building had been sealed off and US and Iraqi troops were there from dawn. Residents assumed dignitaries were to visit. Then the explosions felled the great gold topped Mosque, visible, glinting in golden splendour, under the sun, to travelers throughout history from thirty kilometres away, who, one might speculate, had whispered as they pointed, in reverence, as the drivers always did with me: "Samarra ..."...
Donald Rumsfeld is quoted as saying "creative chaos" was a valid strategy in Iraq....Last year a savvy Baghdadi friend said of Samarra's tragedy: "The Americans keep us in a constant state of chaos, they call it 'positive instability'. Within twenty four hours of the second attack on Samarra's Shrine, thirteen Sunni mosques had been attacked from northern Mosul to southern Basra. ...Iraq's religious leaders were united in scepticism: Shaykh Al Khalisi told Shi'ia followers it was "a plan by the occupation to stir up sectarian strife". Saleh al-Haidiri, Head of the Shi'ite Endownment in Iraq said it was: "A criminal act creating sectarian strife." Sheikh Jawad al-Khaliss: "This is part of a vicious scheme to drag Iraqi people into sectarian strife", and the Association of Muslim scholars also blaming the occupation forces and their loyalists....

7/15/07 Maliki Says His Forces Are Able to Secure Iraq
Prime Minister al-Maliki declared Saturday Iraqi forces could secure the country on their own "any time" American troops decided to withdraw.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/world/middleeast/15iraq.html?th&emc=th

Iraqi Shia and Sunnis have lived in harmony for centuries.
Iraq never had a history of sectarian conflicts. U.S. provided a perfect road map for starting one
by Erik Leaver and Raed Jarrar, Asia Times, http://www.twf.org/News/Y2006/0810-Sectarian.html
As each day is greeted with news of Iraq's daily death toll, the media debates whether Iraq is embroiled in an all-out civil war....Foreign politicians have a history of misguided analysis about the potential for civil war in Iraq. In 1920, British Prime Minister David Lloyd George warned of civil war if the British army withdrew from Iraq. The exact same thing is heard today in the United States...the same Iraqis George wanted to protect from each other [sic] instead united in a revolution against the British occupation forces. With rising opposition within the Shi'ite ranks against the occupation, the United States could see a similar revolt in the coming months. Iraqi Shia and Sunnis have lived in harmony for centuries.

"A dirty little secret from 5,000 years of history: Ethnic cleansing works"
Ralph Peters, "Blood borders: How a better Middle East would look" Armed Forces Journal, August 2006
http://live.armedforcesjournal.com/2006/06/1833899
Col. Ralph Peters analysis with a map, a prominent imperialist strategist that shows the method to the madness -- creating ethnic tension and civil war to redraw boundaries. Most of the existing borders were imposed by Britain and France after World War I - and conveniently, for the US and Europe...

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