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1/27/8 Politics, Crimes, Lies & Sex: Global Glimpses

Wolfowitz picked for arms control panel
The AP
WASHINGTON -- The State Department will name former World Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz to head a high-level advisory panel on arms control and disarmament...The move by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice marks a return to government for Wolfowitz, a conservative with close ties to the White House. Wolfowitz was replaced as World Bank chief in June after a stormy-two-year tenure.

"to prevent the use of WMD"...
Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike by the West a Key Option, NATO Told
By Ian Traynor
senior military officers and strategists. Calling for root-and-branch reform of NATO and a new pact drawing the US, NATO and the European Union together in a "grand strategy" to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands insist that a "first strike" nuclear option remains an "indispensable instrument"...The five commanders argue that the west’s values and way of life are under threat, but the west is struggling to summon the will to defend them.

US, not Taliban, threat to Pak nukes:
Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud has said that his radical organisation does not pose a threat to Islamabad's nuclear arsenal, pointedly describing the United States as the real danger to the atomic warheads in the Islamic nation.

President Bush bemoaned the latest assassination of a Lebanese official and told Syria and Iran to stop meddling in its neighbor's affairs.

Bush, other officials issued hundreds of false statements before Iraq invasion

1/23/8 Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike by the West a Key Option UN transformation proposed to create "new world order" "Israe

"to prevent the use of WMD"...
Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike by the West a Key Option, NATO Told
By Ian Traynor
The Guardian
"The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction." The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the “imminent” spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new NATO by five of the west’s most senior military officers and strategists. Calling for root-and-branch reform of NATO and a new pact drawing the US, NATO and the European Union together in a "grand strategy" to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands insist that a "first strike" nuclear option remains an "indispensable instrument"...The five commanders argue that the west’s values and way of life are under threat, but the west is struggling to summon the will to defend them. The key threats are:
· Political fanaticism and religious fundamentalism.
· The “dark side” of globalisation, meaning international terrorism, organised crime and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
· Climate change and energy security, entailing a contest for resources and potential “environmental” migration on a mass scale.
· The weakening of the nation state as well as of organisations such as the UN, Nato and the EU. [...]

"U.S. Missile System Could Re-Start Cold War, or Worse"
Interview with Philip Coyle, Centre for Defence Information

1/21/8 Up Close and Personal

“We have about 60 per cent of the world's wealth but only 6.3 per cent of its population,” he said. Our real task in the coming period (willbe) to maintain this position of disparity... We will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming...The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.... The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”
1948, George Kennan, director of planning US State Department

There Is No “War on Terror”
By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson
... In short, the war on terror is an intellectual and propaganda cover, analogous—and in many ways a successor—to the departed “Cold War,” which in its time also served as a cover for imperial expansion. Guatemala, Vietnam, Chile, Indonesia, Zaire (and many others) were regularly subverted or attacked on the ground of an alleged Soviet menace that had to be combated... With that cover gone, pursuing terrorists is proving to be an admirable substitute, as once again a gullible [digest: complicit] media will accept that any targeted rebels are actual or potential terrorists and may even have links to Al Qaeda. The FARC rebels in Colombia are terrorists, but the government-supported rightwing paramilitaries who kill many more civilians than FARC are not and are the beneficiaries of U.S. “counter-terrorism” aid. Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, on the other hand, which does not kill civilians, is accused of lack of cooperation in the U.S. “counter-terrorism” program, and is alleged to have “links” to U.S. targets such as Iran and Cuba, which allegedly support terrorists.[25] Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, and other torture-prone states are “with us” in the war on terror; states like Venezuela, Iran and Cuba are not with us and are easily situated as terrorist or “linked” to terrorist states.

1/17 to give up illusions about current state of affairs, give up state of affairs that needs illusions...


Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
...Mr. Bush said his goal "is not the conquest of Iraq, it is the liberation of Kuwait." But he also said, "We are determined to knock out Saddam Hussein's nuclear bomb potential. We will also destroy his chemical weapons facilities." ...

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and Gen. Colin L. Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon Wednesday night that those targets had been among those assigned to the first wave of American F-117 Stealth fighter-bombers, F-15 fighter-bombers, British Tornado attack planes and Saudi and Kuwaiti F-15's that raided Iraqi military targets about 3 A.M. local time Thursday (7 P. M. Wednesday Eastern Standard time.) Administration officials also said United States navy ships in the waters off the Arabian Peninsula had fired ground-hugging cruise missiles at targets that had been programmed into their guidance systems for months. The officials said the ships fired a total of 50 Tomahawk missiles in an assault on Iraqi command and communications centers.

Seeking to Avoid Civilians
Mr. Cheney said the initial targets were spread throughout Iraq Kuwait and were chosen to "do everything possible to avoid injury to civilians."...

[Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,168,058]
U.S. Boosts Use of Airstrikes In Iraq, WP, 1/17/8 The U.S. military conducted more than five times as many airstrikes in Iraq last year as it did in 2006,

Mr. Cheney said that the war was just beginning and that "it is likely to run for a long period of time."...

1/13 The Ravaging of Africa; Kenya & Rwanda; Roots of U.S.-Israel Alliance; Pakistan & the "Global War on Terrorism"; Strait

All resistance to u.s./israeli state terror is declared "terrorism": branded al-qaeda, insurgents, Taliban, Hamas, etc.

"U.S. warplanes hammered suspected Sunni militant hide-outs on the southern outskirts of Baghdad on Thursday as part of a wide-ranging military assault on Al Qaeda in Iraq around the country... American aircraft dropped 49,000 pounds of bombs on the lush farm region of Arab Jabour, said military spokeswoman Maj. Alayne Conway, who called it "one of the largest airstrikes since the onset of the war." (emphasis added)
LA. Times 1/11/08

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 12 January 2008.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

1/10/8 U.S. Recession & Reality

Digest note:
A few 'economic news' report links below admit that the 'recession is here', but they are misleadingly framed by the official line that the u.s. 'housing slump'/real estate bubble bursting' is the cause -- not the result -- of what is actually a systemic structural & conjunctural crisis of capital.

This is the driving force behind the desperate u.s. global agenda [aka GWOT]. Why? Only control of Arab energy/oil resources will give u.s. ruling class the leverage necessary for expanded and secured global domination. As Henry Kissinger is reputed to have said, and as 'everyone' knows, “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”

Historically, U.S. capital crises have been temporarily 'fixed' by imperialist world wars to eliminate major rivals and expand the global basis for maximizing the accumulation of capital. From its inception, american "manifest destiny" has been the same killer game.

No exception this time around -- except probably the stakes are higher: without this 'fix,' U.S. world supremacy faces extinction at the hands of two counter-forces: the increasing resistance of millions worldwide [aka "terrorists", "al qaeda"] and rapidly growing capitalist rivals China & Russia, with the anti-hegemonic blocs they are forging against U.S. unilateral power. Following the news links are some revealing documents that put current events into their long-simmering geostrategic political context. [more info and docs at]

Note: glossing some very serious signs since finance capital rules

Citigroup could axe 32,000 workers to stem losses

1/7/8 Special Forces on Every Continent in Terror War with Bipartisan Support

The fake 'war on terror' is not conventional imperialist war, whatever the number, it is an imperialist war of a new type: global state terrorism based on the most extreme, most extensive, intensive juggernaut of disinformation, psywarfare, genocide and destruction of nations in modern history ... a fascist and futile attempt for a final solution, to rule the world...U.S."manifest destiny"

The Fourth World War
For two years, the U.S. has pursued the culprits behind the 9/11 atrocities with a vengeance that has shocked and awed ally and enemy alike. But even the devastating attacks on the Afghan and Iraqi regimes don't illustrate the true scope of the campaign, DOUG SAUNDERS reports. While everyone was preoccupied with the fireworks, Washington has quietly deployed thousands of agents in a secretive struggle that may last a lifetime
by Doug Saunders
Globe & Mail/Canada

..."Counterterrorism is now 90 per cent law enforcement and intelligence," said Jonathan Stevenson, a senior strategist with the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. "Since Sept. 11, the only overt military actions have been the Predator [missile] strike in Yemen, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq -- and I don't think there will be many more. I think there's a much higher priority placed on law enforcement and intelligence now. It's not a traditional war."...

General Tommy Franks, head of the U.S. Central Command, was in Addis Ababa this summer to announce that Africa's east coast had become a region of great strategic importance. "We are in the midst of World War Four," he told his audience, before imploring them to arrest local Islamist leaders in exchange for $100-million in aid, "with an insidious web of international terrorists."...

1/1/8 U.S. Supremacy vs. Changing Balance of World Power in 2008

Digest note:
The article below, "balance of world power changing rapidly" reveals the urgency driving the rulers of U.S. capital in crisis to expand and secure u.s. domination before it's too late. This desperate juggernaut, billed as a 'war on terror', is boomeranging, exacerbating the very contradictions underlying u.s. capital's strategic weakness that the imperialist world war was designed to relieve. 2008 will bring this world-destroyer closer to extinction as millions more, subjected to its unspeakable murderous misery, rise up. Will you be part of that solution?

Balance of world power is changing rapidly
The Statesman - Kolkata,India
Many wished and believed a decade after the Cold War ended that the future world would be a multipolar one. But at the same time, they also believed that as the overwhelming superpower, US hegemony would persist for at least another 50 years or even longer.
But recent years have shown that this is not the case.
Affected by economic globalisation and the pursuit of profit maximisation, and pushed particularly by “borderless information” and “hi-tech’s invisible hand”, the progress of world multipolarity has not been slow, but has accelerated in recent years.
Changes in the international balance of power have taken place faster than some American “futurists” had expected. Who would have ever imagined that China and India could develop at such surprising speed? Who would have thought that China’s (official) foreign exchange reserve could jump to be the world’s No. 1? Who would have thought that Russia would regain its great power status so rapidly?
After the quick rise of “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), 2007 has witnessed the emergence of “VISTA” (Viet Nam, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, and Argentina).

12/29/07 Bhutto Bump-Off: Cui Bono?


Context: Carter democrat Brzezinski's geostrategic analysis & agenda is still the basic bipartisan strategic blueprint --disagreements are tactical
1997 A Geostrategy For Eurasia, by Zbigniew Brzezinski Foreign Affairs,76:5, September/October 1997 Council on Foreign Relations Inc.
1997 THE GRAND CHESSBOARD: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives by Zbigniew Brzezinski


U.S. Fears Greater Turmoil in the Region
President Bush held an emergency meeting of his top foreign policy aides yesterday to discuss the deepening crisis in Pakistan, as administration officials and others explored whether Thursday's assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto marks the beginning of a new Islamic extremist...could affect war in Afghanistan...

U.S. Special Forces to Head to Pakistan
William M. Arkin

12/25/07 Holydays of Tribulation, Terror ...and Resistance

Al Jazeera obtained video footage that appears to show that Iraq's resistance movements are very much in operation, despite the US administration's claims. part 1

Iraqi fighters
Iraq correspondent Hoda Abdel Hamid,
The fighters are adapting to the changing nature of the battlefield [Al Jazeera]
Video: Iraq's resistance fighters. part 2
Weapons - 24 Dec 07
Foreign forces in Iraq are hoping that a much heralded drop in violence in Iraq will continue into the new year. However, in exclusive images obtained by Al Jazeera, it seems fighters from the Islamic Front for Resistance in Iraq (Jami) are merely biding their time and training hard with an array of new weapons in order to drive foreign forces out as soon as possible.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid reports.
Deep in the groves north of Baghdad, a group of fighters are shown on camera participating in an afternoon workshop on the making and use of weapons.
It includes a step-by-step lesson on how to turn an old tank shell into a roadside bomb. It took only 20 minutes to put together a device powerful enough to blow up an armoured vehicle. Two will destroy a tank, the instructors say.Countless videos of these devices' devastating effects are shown on military websites.Roadside bombs are lethal devices that cause the bulk of US soldier casualties to this day.

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