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12/26 Kenya: Expanded US Africa Juggernaut: 'Smart Power' Hard & Soft Shoot 'Em Up

"The Tide of War Is Receding"
6/22/11 Obama

DEFENSE, DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT, the 3Ds of U.S. SMART POWER
US to send troops to Kenya for ‘training’ troops
12/25/12 http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/280012.html
The U.S. Army will start training Kenyan troops as part of a major expansion of US military capabilities in Africa. AP reports Pentagon said 1,200 troops from the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade, known as the Dagger Brigade, will be deployed to as many as 35 African countries in the next two months. The Washington Times reported Dec. 23 the move would be an effort to respond quickly to sudden challenges in hot spots such as Libya. U.S.AFRICOM recently set up a rapid-response force capable of direct military intervention...AFRICOM Gen Carter Ham revealed the establishment of the “Commander’s in-Extremis Force” during a talk at a university in Washington D.C. this month....using September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as a pretext...U.S. ambassador Col. James Learmont said a key requirement is readiness for every conceivable situation, such as the consulate attack in Benghazi....

context: US terror war for global supremacy:

US unveils new drive for Africa
6/15/12 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-unveils-new-drive-for-africa.aspx
...The renewed focus on Africa comes as China increasingly funnels investment toward the continent, seeking to bolster its diplomatic footprint partly as a way of slaking its growing economy’s thirst for new energy sources. China is bringing “incredibly needed” capital to African economies, and could play a role in bringing lasting peace to Sudan, the official said. Bilateral trade between China and Africa reached over $120 billion in 2011, from less than $20 billion a decade earlier.

Kenya Denies Hosting US Spy Plane Operations
6/15/12

12/19/12 Some "Soul Searching" on 'gun Violence'

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, producing dictatorship without tears... producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it...distracted from desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods..."
Aldous Huxley

The Newtown Aftermath ... gun control and better mental health care.
12/19/12 NYT

Obama calls for "soul searching" on gun violence after shooting
8/6/12 http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/06/13141505-alleged-gunman-in-wi...
Police identified the Wisconsin gunman as Wade Michael Page U.S. Army veteran who may have ties to white supremacist groups

In1996, on the 60 Minutes TV show, Leslie Stahl asked Madeleine Albright, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. “We have heard a half million Iraqi children have died... more children than died in Hiroshima...is the price worth it?” Albright said “ this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think is worth it.”

Deaths In Other Nations Since WW II Due To US Interventions
4/24/07 By James A. Lucas, http://www.countercurrents.org/lucas240407.htm

12/21 Wanna-be Soldier School-Shooters: "The Exceptional Character of US Armed Forces"

Obama asks "are we doing enough to keep our children safe?"
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/1217/Sandy-Hook-shoo...?
Obama said in the coming weeks, he would use "whatever power this office holds" to engage with law enforcement, mental health professionals, parents and educators in an effort to prevent more tragedies like Newtown." Can say that we're truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?

Lanza wanted to join the Marines
12/20/12 http://www.chron.com/newtownshooting/article/Lanza-wanted-to-join-the-Ma...
NEWTOWN, Conn. — Adam Lanza aspired to be a Marine, one of "the few, the proud." Failing that, he planned to join another branch of the military...he told his mother Nancy Lanza, his biggest cheerleader, and what she relayed to one of her closest friends, Ellen Adriani of Sandy Hook. At first, Nancy Lanza supported her youngest son's dream... that the military would give him purpose, a career path and structure to his life. But the more she thought about it, the more she saw a downside. "It became overwhelmingly clear to her that it [military service] wasn't right for him," Adriani said. "She squashed" the notion of Adam joining the Marines or any branch of the armed services by reminding him "that he didn't like to be touched," said Adriani, and that if he were injured "doctors and medics would have to handle him to treat him."...The Adam Lanza who went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last Friday was outfitted for war... body armor, black clothing, a Bushmaster rifle... a 9mm Glock originally used by the Austrian military -- and hundreds of rounds of ammunition...

12/12/12 "WMD" threat fails, US discovers "Syria Scud missiles fired at insurgents"

related:
12/6/12 Sudden, Desperate US Pretext to Escalate War on Syria, http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/412
8/2/12 Syria: Stage Set for 'End of Diplomacy' and R2P Military Invasion http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/402

In 1919 before US-led imperialist world wars divided it, Syria included today's Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the areas that became 'israel' and what is now the southern Hatay province of Turkey on the Mediterranean

US NATO Turns Interceptor Missile Radar Toward Syria
10/12/12 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2012/10/nato-turns-radars-towar...
By Okan Muderrisoglu Translated by Timur Goksel Edited by RR
The missile shield project Turkey joined in 2011 was set up with American technical and military assistance...With the integrated radar missile shield system at Kurecik, Syria’s missile air-defense and offensive capacities are under NATO surveillance.. controlled from the NATO air base at Geilenkirchen, Germany, commanded from the NATO air base at Ramstein, Germany. A Turkish general and his team work in the German command center...Posted by Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO website http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com

" the Obama admin. has yet to comment publicly on the missile attacks but a senior admin.official alluded to the development in a reporter briefing Tuesday"
WMD 'reports' didn't fly so US declares, anonymously as usual, a new pretext for its "insurgency" thugs to destroy another legitimate govt. guilty of defending the sovereign nation blocking its regional & global domination agenda.
USNATO has deployed Patriot missiles on Syria-Turkey border

12/6/12 US Sudden,Desperate Escalation of War on Syria

THE SUDDEN, LATEST U.S PRETEXT, SYRIAN 'WMD' SIGNALS ESCALATION IN PREPARATIONS FOR HARD-WAR ON IRAN
U.S ENGINEERED MILITARY ATTACKS WOULD THREATEN REGIONAL, POTENTIALLY GLOBAL ALL-OUT WAR

US weighing military options if Syria uses WMD
12/3/12 Associated Press WASHINGTON http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=166382361
The United States and its allies are weighing military options to secure Syria's chemical and biological weapons, after U.S. intelligence reports show the Syrian regime may be readying those weapons and may be desperate enough to use them
NB: possible psywar, unconfirmed report by Debka by major israeli intel/propaganda site
USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier arrives off Syrian shore
12/5/12 DEBKAfile Special Report http://www.debka.com/article/22586/USS-Eisenhower-aircraft-carrier-arriv...
The USS Eisenhower Strike Group transited the Suez Canal from the Persian Gulf Saturday, Dec. 1, sailing up to the Syrian coast Tuesday in a heavy storm, with 8 fighter bomber squadrons of Air Wing Seven on its decks and 8,000 sailors, airmen and Marines.The USS Eisenhower group joins the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group which carries 2,500 Marines.  
Facing Syria now are 10,000 US fighting men, 70 fighter-bombers and at least 17 warships, including the three Iwo Jima amphibious craft, a guided missile cruiser and 10 destroyers and frigates. Four of these vessels are armed with Aegis missile interceptors.This mighty US armada brings immense pressure to bear on the beleaguered Assad regime after it survied an almost two-year buffeting by an armed uprising. Its presence indicates that the United States now stands ready for direct military intervention in the Syrian conflict ...

Pressure Builds on Syrian Opposition Coalition; Fears of Chemical Weapons Rise
12/6/12 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/middleeast/clinton-expresses-sup...

11/27/12 Behind the fiery massacre in Bangladesh

Thousands of factories comprise the garment industry, mainly indirectly owned and or managed by US and European corporations
'emergency exits' were barred shut from the outside, NOT missing, as in other slave-labor industry operations:
At least 112 killed as fire races through garment factory outside of Bangladesh’s capital
AP http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/official-100-bodies-rec...
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Fire raced through a garment factory that supplies major retailers in the West, killing at least 112 people, many of whom were trapped by the flames because the eight-story building lacked emergency exits...other people were injured after they jumped eight stories from the building to escape, died at hospitals. Local media reported at least 124 people killed. Many were burned beyond recognition...relatives of the workers frantically looked for their loved ones...Army soldiers and border guards were sent to help police keep order as thousands of onlookers and anxious relatives of the factory workers gathered...
The blaze...at a factory operated by Tazreen Fashions Ltd., a subsidiary of the Tuba Group, makes products for Wal-Mart and other companies in the U.S. and Europe... Tazreen was given a “high risk” safety rating after a May 16, 2011 audit by a Wal-Mart “ethical sourcing” assessor according to a document posted on the Tuba Group website...Neither Tazreen’s owner nor Tuba Group officials could be reached for comment. The Tuba Group is a major Bangladeshi garment exporter whose website says clients also include Carrefour and IKEA.
Bangladesh has some 4,000 garment factories, many without proper safety measures. The country annually earns over $20 billion from garment exports, mainly to the U.S. and Europe.

11/17/12 War on Gaza: US Target Iran

Peres: Israel Needs US for Existence
10/22/10 By Press TV
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26661.htm
Israeli President Shimon Peres has acknowledged Israel's existence depends on its friendship with the United States."We cannot exist alone. For our existence we need the friendship of the United States of America. It doesn't sound easy, but this is the truth," he said in a speech to Jewish leaders, broadcast by Israel Army Radio, urging Israelis to try to meet US demands in order to be assured of their existence

geopolitical context: all roads lead to Iran for US hegemony
US priorities in Syria, and the broader Mideast
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks under threat from Hamas. Can Syria help?
9/16/10 Correspondent, CSMonitor http://axcessnews.com/index.php/articles/show/id/20874
Beirut, Lebanon - With Gaza rocket fire and Israeli air strikes providing a potent reminder of Hamas's potential to destabilize Israeli-Palestinian peace talks US envoy George Mitchell arrived in Syria today looking to secure broader regional support. The US believes that hopes of an eventual Israeli-Syrian peace track are dependent on the continuation of the Palestinian track.

11/5 Africa in the Crosshairs, part 2

AFRICOM'S Next Front : Lagos Dissents Under IMF Hegemony Nigeria:
1/5/12 http://engforum.pravda.ru/index.php?/topic/244745-the-imf-and-us-african...
The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, on a recent trip to West Africa, met with Nigerian President, Goodluck Johnathan in December 2011 and the governments of Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana and Chad to drive home new IMF Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) directives.
[How IMF-World Bank and Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) Destroy Africa ]

10/31 US Again Expands African Operations, Again OKs Child Soldiers in its Target Regions

"The Tide of War Is Receding"
Obama , June 22, 2011

Obama’s Shadow Wars
2/27/12 http://www.foreignpolicy.com/war_issue
War, as Clausewitz so memorably put it, is the continuation of politics by other means. Strikingly, the United States under its Nobel Peace Prize-winning president has been pursuing war itself by other means over the last few years, a campaign that has blurred the lines of legality and lethality, technology and weaponry, as it spread from Afghanistan across an ever-widening swath of the planet. Which is why we’ve devoted our third annual War Issue, to the question of Barack Obama's Secret Wars. From drones that rain death down on Pakistan’s tribal areas to the collateral damage of “war on terror”...we may look back on the Obama years as a definitive chapter in the spread of this new way of war...

"When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed - that's slavery, It is barbaric, it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world. Now, as a nation, we've long rejected such cruelty"
Obama at Clinton Global Initiative.http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/25/remarks-president-clinton-global-initiative

Presidential Memorandum--Child Soldiers Prevention Act
Presidential Determination No. 2011-4 to Section 404(c) of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/25/presidential-memor...

10/23/12 Election DEADLINE: "disposition matrix" stage in state terror war

Digest: first, an edited, highlighted, version of the new Washington Post Exclusive that reveals how the failed US GWOT necessitates dropping the "friendly fascism" routine.
Following this is one short collection of documents illustrating historical continuity US imperialism's 'manifest destiny' agenda
Finally another collection on the US 'information war', merging soft & hard power, upon which this geostrategic agenda now depends.

Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/plan-for-hunting-t...

Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.”
The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations. U.S. officials said the database is designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the “disposition” of suspects beyond the reach of American drones...
Privately officials acknowledge the development of the matrix is part of a series of moves to embed counterterrorism tools into U.S. policy for the long haul.

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