2010 U.S. Plans & Obstacles: Yemen & U.S. War in Arab Peninsula; S.Asia & Latin America War Links; Africa & U.S. Black Nation

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The Nuremberg Tribunal, established after World War II, defined war of aggression:
"To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is noonly an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole".

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda

"...I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture. And I'm gonna make sure that we don't torture."
Barack Obama

Let's Talk About Torture
Nick Pell, www.blacksungazette.com
digest: Pell 'forgets' that state terror, from genocide to torture, is and always has been amerikan capitalist WMD against Black, Brown & Red oppressed nationalities, and political resisters and revolutionaries of all nationalities and prisoners
... torture by the imperialist governments of the world (either under their own name or by proxy) is perhaps the most disturbing turns toward barbarism since that use of atomic weapons against civilians. First, a definition of torture is in order. One of the means by which defenders of the previous and current regime weasel their way out of talking about torture in a frank manner is not having a firm definition of what torture is:
The Geneva Convention1949 definition of torture:
For the purposes of this Convention, torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.

In other words, torture is a punitive, coercive, or interrogative technique where inflicting suffering is the main method of punishment, coercion, or interrogation.
The Cheney / Bush regime became famous for their use of "not" torture, coining the cute phrase "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques." The core of these techniques were taken from the Royal Ulster Constabulary's so-called "five techniques" used against alleged Irish terrorists in the 1970s. In a case before the European Court of Human Rights, Ireland lost to the United Kingdom on the subject of whether or not stress positions, sleep deprivation, or hooding among others were "torture" per se- which in 1978 would be a bit like a woman who was raped while working for Halliburton by other employees losing in a court owned by Halliburton. Of course, the most famous of these techniques is waterboarding, described by Rush Limbaugh as resembling a fraternity prank. While a number of these techniques (including waterboarding) were explicitly prohibited by Barack Obama, that doesn't much matter for a couple reasons.

First, there are more contractors in Afghanistan than there will be actual military personnel even after the escalation of troop levels there. These are people not beholden to Defense Department directives, or other rules except "whatever you can get away with is legal." Private contractors were implicated in the torture scandal at Abu Ghraib which included such harmless fraternity pranks as pissing on detainees, gang rape of a 14 year old girl, and dragging detainees across the floor by a rope attached to their dick.

The other reason Obama's platitudes about ending Bush-era torture don't much matter is because of the practice of rendition...more accurately described as torture by proxy...where the United States under the auspices of the CIA kidnaps someone and has them shipped halfway around the world to a country that tortures with gusto and aplomb. This sometimes includes such ostensible American adversaries as Syria. More frequently the U.S. uses some former Warsaw Pact country desperately in need of brownie points from America or calls on one of their go to guys to vote against resolutions condemning human rights abuses in Israel. Put simply, the U.S. doesn't need to torture. It has plenty of willing accomplices who will do it for them...

No reports of waterboarding yet, but there was a fairly vigorous program of child sexual abuse and other torture in Afghanistan on Big O's watch. Further, his directive does not undermine the legal framework of torture and indefinite groundless detention pioneered by the Bush Administration. Obama's Administration does not merely refuse to prosecute those who tortured under President Bush, they have consistently and vehemently defended Bush-era torturers and their legal accomplices.

Other than things like concern for humanity and the rule of law, why should we care? Well, you'll remember that weapons used in Iraq were later used on protesters here in the United States....[in] creating the perfect storm of social unrest, what do tools do you think the Administration- be it Democrat or Republican- will use for repression. Indeed, chances are great that things like waterboarding will look like a picnic next to what we have coming... Advances in psychological, neurology, and other sciences can be used for good or for ill... living in a world where 1984 style torture...is used on troublemakers at home. http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=61250&s2=20

Readers, consider yourselves informed that Iraqi national resistance has not and will not be defeated
Iraqi Qaeda Group Shifts to Remain a Threat
“Al Qaeda has changed from a broad-based insurgency to a terrorist group trying to target the government,” Gen. Ray Odierno, the commander of American forces in Iraq, said ... In parallel with the attacks, General Jacoby said Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia was also waging a propaganda campaign centered on the narrative that the militants were forcing the United States to leave Iraq and to abandon the Iraqi government... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/world/middleeast/21qaeda.html?hpw

Readers, consider yourselves warned...
Analysis: Hard Reality as US Pushes Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan will not go as far as Washington wants, and there's nothing the U.S. can do about it: That's the sobering reality as the U.S. tries to persuade a hesitant Pakistan to finish off the fight against terrorists....Pakistanis are deeply suspicious of America's power and motives, making it difficult for their leaders to accede to Washington's pressure in public, lest they look like U.S. puppets. U.S. officials say that while Pakistani officials cooperate more in private, there are definite limits....A senior U.S. diplomat hinted at a separate agreement that would allow the U.S. itself to take on some of the hidden war against Pakistan's militants...The diplomat said the stepped-up U.S. action would come with Pakistani support, but would not elaborate on the potential cooperation....Most of the groups aligned against the U.S. are in North Waziristan, a tribal area not pressed hard by Pakistan's army. The only firepower directed at militants there comes from American missile-loaded drones.... Without additional pressure from inside Pakistan, the only other option is for the U.S. to finish the fight against terrorists on its own...

Video: Taliban warns US of defeat in Afghan war
Aljazeera.net 12-18-09
A senior Taliban commander has warned the United States that it will be defeated in Afghanistan, even if it sends an extra 200,000 US troops. Located in the so-called valley of death near the border with Pakistan, Taliban fighters vowed to fight to the very end.

US testing unproven weapons in Afghanistan
December 20, 2009 - The US is developing new, expensive weapons and testing them on the battleground in Afghanistan...

NB: soft imperialist civilian surge to 'aid' military power
American Civilians Train in Midwest ‘Afghan City’
BUTLERVILLE, Ind.— The Army and the Indiana National Guard... trains Americans, part of the most ambitious civilian campaign the United States has mounted in a foreign country in generations — a “civilian surge” intended to improve the lives of Afghans.... the recruits were largely male, many gray-haired. Many are alumni of the United States Agency for International Development [USAID] or the Foreign Service; a few had worked in Afghanistan before. Marshall S. Ferrin, who led the meeting is typical. A soft-spoken 59-year-old, he managed trade development projects for USAID and the Defense Department... Not all the recruits are heading to a battleground. Thomas Nollner, who works for the Treasury Department, will go to Kabul to help the Afghan central bank crack down on money laundering... driven by “the naïve desire to help the world.” ..“We haven’t had anything like this since Vietnam,” said Richard C. Holbrooke, the administration’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=61268

Agent Orange Continues to Poison New Generations in Vietnam
By Martha Ann Overland / Danang
December 20, 2009 -A recent study indicates that even three decades after the war ended, the cancer-causing dioxins are at levels 300 to 400 times higher than what is deemed to be safe... Scientists have been raising the alarm about dioxins since the 1960s. After TCDD, the dioxin in Agent Orange, was found to cause cancer and birth defects, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slapped an emergency ban on the herbicide in 1979. Dow and Monsanto, the chemical's largest manufacturers, eventually shelled out millions in damages to U.S. troops who were exposed to it while it was being used as a wartime defoliant from 1961 to 1971. The U.S. government still spends billions every year on disability payments to those who served in Vietnam — including their children, many of whom are suffering from dioxin-associated cancers and birth defects. In October, the Department of Veterans Affairs added leukemia, Parkinson's and a rare heart disease to the list of health problems associated with Agent Orange. Yet U.S. official policy maintains that there is no conclusive evidence that the defoliant caused any health problems among the millions of exposed Vietnamese or their children... critics believe the U.S. is playing a grim waiting game: waiting for people to die in order to avoid potentially costly lawsuits. http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=61268&s2=21

“Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries.”
Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests”
Henry Kissinger, National Security Study Memo 200, 04//24/74

"I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger " National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones

NB how conveniently & cooperatively "terrorists confirm suspicions" conforming to U.S. global state terror war strategy
Selling Drugs to Fund Terror: Al Qaeda Linked to Cocaine Trafficking
Three men linked to al Qaeda and arrested in Africa by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents following a cocaine sting operation have been extradited to New York and are slated to appear in federal court in Manhattan today, according to federal sources. The arrests confirm the suspicions of the DEA that al Qaeda is providing protection for narcotics traffic and using the proceeds "to facilitate terror operations,"..."What this case demonstrates is that these three associates had very clear connections with AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb)," Russ Benson, the DEA regional director for Europe and Africa said...According to DEA officials, the cocaine sting was orchestrated along a route through West Africa to North Africa that serves as a gateway for transshipment to Europe. The men were arrested after an investigation in which informants and agents posed as Latin American narco-terrorists who shared anti-American interests with the men. "What this case demonstrates is that these three associates had very clear connections with AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb)," Russ Benson, the DEA regional director for Europe and Africa, told The Blotter. The three men allegedly provided protection for the large loads of cocaine that had to be transshipped through the desert to Morocco with Spain as an ultimate destination" Benson said.... The operatives who conducted the sting posed as members of the Colombian revolutionary group FARC.
Earlier this year DEA officials in prepared testimony noted that according to a 2007 U.S. government assessment intelligence officials estimated that between 180 and 240 metric tons of cocaine were transferred through transshipment routes in West Africa for Europe. "The threat of narco-terrorism in Africa is a real concern, including the presence of international terrorist organizations operating or based in Africa, such as the regional threat presented by Al Qaeda in the Lands of the Maghreb (AQIM). In addition, DEA investigations have identified elements of Colombia's Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) as being involved in cocaine trafficking in West Africa."...

Drug money saved banks in global crisis: UN advisor

Trail of Afghanistan's drug money exposed
By Julien Mercille
As United States President Barack Obama and his advisors debated future troop levels for Afghanistan - which resulted in the decision to send an additional 30,000 troops - a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) muddied the water on one of the most important issues in the debate - the effects of Afghanistan's drug production.
The report, entitled "Addiction, Crime, and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium," gives the false impression that the Taliban are the main culprits behind Afghanistan's skyrocketing drug production. It also implies that drugs are the main reason why the Taliban are gaining in strength, absolving the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).. making the Taliban-drugs connection front-page news.. The agency seems to be acting as an enabler of US/NATO in Afghanistan.... the roots of Afghanistan's upsurge in drug production since 2001 are directly related to US policies and the government that was installed in the wake of the invasion...In fact, buried deep in the report, its authors admit that reducing drug production would have only "minimal impact on the insurgency's strategic threat".... Of the $65 billion turnover of the global market for opiates, only 5-10% ($3-5 billion) is estimated to be laundered by informal banking systems. The rest is laundered through legal trade activities and the banking system. This is an important claim that points to the enormous amounts of drug money swallowed by the world financial system, including Western banks. The report says that over the last seven years (2002-2008), the transnational trade in Afghan opiates resulted in worldwide sales of $400-$500 billion (retail value). Only 5-10% of this is estimated to be laundered by informal banking systems (such as hawala). The remainder is laundered through the legal economy, importantly, through Western banks.

U.S Kill 63 Civilians, 28 Children in Yemen Air Strikes
Yemen's Houthi fighters say scores of civilians, including many children, have been killed in US air-raids in the southeast of the war-stricken Arab country. The Shia fighters on Friday reported the deaths of 63 people, including some 28 children, in the southeastern province of Abyan.

"...attacks represent a major escalation of the Obama administration's campaign against al Qaeda."...
Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Suspected "Terrorists" in Yemen: US Attack Kills 120
On orders from President Barack Obama, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles early Thursday against two suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, administration officials told ABC News...
One was a suspected al Qaeda training camp north of the capitol, Sanaa, and the second target was a location where officials said "an imminent attack against a U.S. asset was being planned." The Yemen attacks represent a major escalation of the Obama administration's campaign against al Qaeda.

Up to 56,000 more contractors likely for Afghanistan according to a Congressional Research Service study.. bringing the number of contractors in the country to between 130,000 - 160,000.

Breaking up is (not) hard to do
By Pepe Escobar
... [In] a 1997 Brookings Institution publication Geoffrey Kemp and Robert Harkavy, "Strategic Geography and the Changing Middle East" identify an "energy strategic ellipse" with a key node in the Caspian and another in the Persian Gulf, concentrating over 70% of global oil reserves and over 40% of natural gas reserves. The study stressed that the resources in these zones of "low demographic pressure" would be "threatened" by the pressure of billions living in the poor regions of South Asia. Thus the control of the Muslim Central Asian "stans" as well as Afghanistan would be essential as a wall against both China and India.... The last thing full spectrum dominance wants is to have the AfPak theater subjected to more influence from Russia, China and Iran. There could not be a more graphic illustration of empire of chaos logic in action than the AfPak theater...
Think-tankers in their comfy leather chairs entertain the dream of the Pakistani state unraveling for good ...So what's in it for the US in terms of balkanization of AfPak? Quite some juicy prospects - chief of all neutralizing the also relentless Chinese drive for direct land access, from Xinjiang and across Pakistan, to the Arabian Sea (via the port of Gwadar, in Balochistan province). Washington's rationale for occupying Afghanistan ---- never spelled out behind the cover story of "fighting Islamic extremism" ---- is pure Pentagon full spectrum dominance: to better spy on both China and Russia with forward outposts of the empire of bases; to engage in Pipelineistan, via the Trans-Afghan (TAPI) pipeline, if it ever gets built; and to have a controlling hand in the Afghan narco-trade via assorted warlords. Cheap heroin is literally flooding Russia, Iran and Eastern Europe. Not by accident, Moscow regards opium/heroin as the key issue to be tackled in Afghanistan, not Islamic fundamentalism.
As for those think-tankers, they do remain incorrigible. Last week at a Rand-sponsored Afghanistan bash in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, former president Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the man who gave the Soviets their Vietnam in Afghanistan, announced that he had advised the George W Bush administration to invade Afghanistan in 2001; but he also told then Pentagon supremo, Donald Rumsfeld, that the Pentagon should not stay on "as an alien force"... exactly what the Pentagon is right now. And yet, Zbigniew believes the US should not leave Afghanistan; it should "use all our leverage" to force NATO to fulfill the mission - whatever that is... Zbigniew couldn't help revealing what the heart of the "mission" really is: Pipelineistan... to build TAPI by any means necessary...what's really at stake for Washington is how to orchestrate a progressive encirclement of Russia, China and Iran...the name of the game is not really AfPak - even with all the breaking up and balkanization it may entail. It's the New Great Game for control of Eurasia.

NB: "al-qaeda" ploy is critical
Yemen: Pentagon’s War On The Arabian Peninsula
Rick Rozoff
Yemen will become a battleground for a proxy war between the United States and Saudi Arabia – whose state-to-state relations are among the strongest and most durable of the entire post-World War II era – on one hand and Iran on the other. Yemenis are the latest to learn the [U.S.] law of the jungle. Along with Iraq and Afghanistan which counterinsurgency specialist Stanley McChrystal used to perfect his techniques, Yemen is joining the ranks of other nations where the Pentagon is engaged in that variety of warfare, fraught with civilian massacres and other forms of so-called collateral damage: Colombia, Mali, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia and Uganda....Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported on discussions with U.S. military officials “Fearful that Yemen is in danger of becoming a failed state, America has now sent a small number of special forces teams to improve training of Yemen’s army in reaction to the threat.”...an unnamed Pentagon official was quoted as saying “Yemen is becoming a reserve base for al-Qaeda’s activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” [3]
The conjuring up of the al-Qaeda bogey is a decoy....U.S.-backed counterinsurgency war in Yemen will have nothing to do with combating alleged al-Qaeda threats, but will in fact be an integral part of the strategy to expand the Afghan war into yet wider concentric circles taking in South and Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Persian Gulf, Southeast Asia and the Gulf of Aden, the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula... al-Qaeda/bin Laden canard is used to justify expanding U.S. military involvement on the Arabian Peninsula....
It is perhaps impossible to determine the exact moment at which a U.S.-supported self-professed holy warrior – trained to perpetrate acts of urban terrorism and to shoot down civilian airliners – ceases to be a freedom fighter and becomes a terrorist. But a safe assumption is that it occurs when he is no longer of use to Washington. A terrorist who serves American interests is a freedom fighter; a freedom fighter who doesn’t is a terrorist... [for ex.: Nelson Mandela and Yasser Arafat were at the top of the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist groups....] Currently the U.S. is arming Somalia and Djibouti for war against independent Eritrea. The Pentagon's first permanent military base in Africa in Djibouti stations 2,000 troops and from where it conducts drone surveillance over Somalia. And Yemen....

"... qualitative escalations of counterinsurgency wars in Afghanistan and Colombia are integrally related and both part of far broader regional strategies..."
South Asia, Latin America: Pentagon’s 21st Century Counterinsurgency Wars

The qualitative escalations of counterinsurgency wars in Afghanistan and Colombia are, first of all, integrally related and, second, both part of far broader regional strategies. The current Obama administration has continued and accelerated the expansion of the Afghan war into neighboring Pakistan, with almost six times the population of its neighbor and nuclear weapons; and its enhanced role in Colombia, a nation that launched a military assault into Ecuador in March of last year and has been installing bases and deploying troops on its border with Venezuela, can also drag the entire Andean region into the vortex of armed confrontation and eventual war. Two recent appointments have signalled that cross-border counterinsurgency wars in Asia and South America will be the dubious “peace dividend” following withdrawal of troops – far slower and less extensive than promised – from Iraq...

The expansion of the Afghan War into Pakistan began in earnest in the last months of 2008 with drone missile attacks and helicopter raids in the nation. It has intensified appreciably under the current U.S. administration....no longer even the pretense of a distinction between war in Afghanistan and war in Pakistan. It and its NATO allies are waging a cross-border war in South Asia....
McChrystal’s counterinsurgency strategy resembles that of the Pentagon in 1970 when it expanded the Vietnam War into Cambodia, but Pakistan is far larger and more dangerous in relation to Afghanistan than Cambodia was to Vietnam.

McChrystal’s Commanders: Robert Gates and James Stavidis – Colombian Counterinsurgency to Be Replicated in Afghanistan
McChrystal... must report to two superiors: the first is U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, former CIA director who in his earlier positions with the Agency help create the current Afghan tragedy by supplying arms and training to the Pakistan-based mujahedin from 1979 to 1989 under the largest covert undertaking in the CIA’s history, Operation Cyclone.
The second recently appointed top NATO military commander, James Stavridis was head of the Pentagon’s Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) from October of 2006 until being sworn in as NATO Supreme Allied Commander on July 2, the same day the American offensive began in Afghanistan. As SOUTHCOM chief Stavridis was in charge of U.S. military operations in the Caribbean and Central and South America. Those included the ongoing counterinsurgency war in Colombia.In an interview with an American newspaper in June he said, inter alia: “The operations I’ve been most focused on in South America has been the insurgency in Colombia. My experience there will translate well to my role as the NATO commander in Afghanistan…"
A New York Times profile of Stavridis June 29th “For a Post in Europe, a Renaissance Admiral” – included these excerpts:“In [his new] NATO position, he will be a partner with Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who recently became the new commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, where he must carry out a new strategy that is the premier national security initiative of the Obama administration. “Reflecting on his tour as the top officer at Southern Command, Admiral Stavridis said he was proud of the counterinsurgency and counternarcotics assistance to Colombia….” [17] His predecessor as NATO Supreme Allied Commander and head of the Pentagon’s European Command (EUCOM) – the two posts go together – was the aforementioned General Craddock who was also transferred to the two commands from that of SOUTHCOM and overseeing Plan Colombia, nominally a drug eradication and interdiction but in fact a counterinsurgency operation.

SOUTHCOM’s Targets: FARC, Venezuela and Iran
Stavridis’ replacement as SOUTHCOM chief is General Douglas Fraser, who in late June, not wasting any time is identifying future casus belli, said that “Iran’s growing influence in Latin America is a ‘potential risk’ to the region” and “I’m concern with the military build-up in Venezuela because I don’t understand the threat that they see.” [18]Fraser was also paraphrased as saying “Southern Command would continue to help [Colombia] combat leftist guerillas like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – the FARC” and was quoted as stating that “The FARC is not defeated and we need to continue that effort…..” [19]
Shortly afterward Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez responded that the “government is strengthening its military because the United States is a threat to Caracas.”Chavez recommended someone give Fraser a mirror over which was inscribed “Look, general, you’re the threat!” [20] A month later, after the story broke about Washington taking over five more military bases in neighboring Colombia, Chavez renewed his concerns and said that Colombia is acting as a base for “those who constantly attack us and to those who are getting ready new attacks against us.” [21]..
U.S.-Trained Colombian Counterinsurgency Commandos on Way To Afghanistan – Colombia: Pentagon’s Proxy Used Against ALBA
CBS news on July 28 ran a feature on General Stavridis’ two wars coming together, revealing that the U.S. was sending Green Beret-trained Colombia commandos to Afghanistan and quoted an unnamed Pentagon official as saying “The more Afghanistan can look like Colombia, the better.” The story also stated that “For Colombia, it’s a way to give something back to the U.S., and the American Green Berets who’ve spent the last decade training them. “The relationship took years to build with the Green Berets working to turn Colombia’s best soldiers into an organized special operations force. They helped train a police Special Operations unit known as the ‘Jungle Commandos.’ The Commandos hit targets deep in the jungle….“With the help of America’s best warriors, the Colombian Special Forces have become some of the finest soldiers in the world.” [23]...
The above account could definitively lay to rest American government and media attempts to present the war in Colombia as either a campaign against drugs or an anti-terrorist operation. A Chilean defense official in mid-June partially described the extent of the Pentagon’s penetration of Colombia, one which in the decade beginning in 1998 has seen U.S. military assistance rise from $50 million to $5 billion annually:“What Colombia has is even more dangerous than any F-16 or aircraft carrier. It has access to United States satellite technology that allows it to monitor and supervise operations anywhere in real time. No other country in the region can do that.” [24]...

In addition to bordering and threatening Ecuador and Venezuela, Colombia also abuts Panama, its former possession, and as such Central America.... Bolivian President Evo Morales said.. “the Honduras military coup was a warning from Washington to stop the growth of governments opposed to US imperialism.” [31] The same dispatch quotes Morales as saying, “This threat doesn’t scare us; on the contrary, with more force, we will be stronger...This coup is a threat against the continued growth of ALBA.” [33] ..“I have first-hand information that the empire, through the U.S. Southern Command, made the coup d’etat in Honduras.” [34]
The Southern Command whose head is now NATO’s top military commander in charge of the Alliance’s expanding war in South Asia....
Russian analyst Nil Nikandrov wrote that throughout 2008 John Negroponte, U.S. ambassador to Hondurans from 1981-1985 and a key architect of the Reagan administration’s contra wars and military buildup in Central America, “was building in Central America an intelligence and diplomacy network charged with the mission of regaining the positions lost by the US as well as of neutralizing left regimes and ALBA integration initiative. “At present the US ambassadors to Latin American countries – Hugo Llorens to Honduras, Robert I. Blau [Deputy Chief] to El Salvador, Stephen G. McFarland to Guatemala, and Robert J. Callahan to Nicaragua – are Negroponte’s people. All of them have practical experience in destabilizing and subverting political regimes unfriendly to the US, launching propaganda campaigns, and creating fifth columns in the form of various NGOs.” [36]
If the attempt in the Honduras to effect “regime change” other than through the recently fashionable mode of “color revolutions” should give rise to a conflict between the Micheletti junta and its Central American neighbors – or with the ALBA bloc – the U.S. would prefer to have a military client regime do its dirty work for it. Mexico currently has its own problems to contend with and so Colombia would be the chief candidate for the job.
Coups and counterinsurgencies engineered and supported by Washington are no longer relics of the past century. Coups of the Georgian variety and its offshoots or of the Honduran model and Vietnam-style counterinsurgency wars have been reactivated as foreign policy options of choice. What is new is the degree of international coordination now practiced by the U.S. and its allies.

Colombia to build new military base on Venezuelan border
December 19, 2009
Colombia announced it will build a new military base near its border with Venezuela, in a move likely to further strain its tense ties with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Defense Minister Gabriel Silva said Friday the base, located on the Guajira peninsula near the city of Nazaret, would have up to 1,000 troops. Two air battalions would also be activated at other border areas...Army Commander General Oscar Gonzalez meanwhile announced Saturday that six air battalions were being activated, including two on the border with Venezuela. Tensions between Venezuela and Colombia have been spurred by a US deal with Bogota allowing US forces to run anti-drug operations from Colombian bases.Venezuela suspended diplomatic relations with Colombia on July 28 in response to the US-Colombian military base deal.The agreement, signed on October 30, involves seven Colombian bases and sparked consternation throughout the region, particularly irking Caracas. Venezuela shares a 2,000-kilometer (1,250-mile) border with Colombia and has denounced the deal, saying it poses a military threat to the sovereignty of Latin American countries. http://snipurl.com/tsiny

Chavez: US spy plane violated Venezuela's airspace
12.20.09 Israel News
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez claims an unmanned US spy plane recently violated the South American country's airspace and he's ordered his military to shoot down such aircraft if it happens again. Chavez claims the aircraft overflew a Venezuelan military base in the western state of Zulia after it took off from neighboring Colombia. (AP) http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3822791,00.html

President Hugo Chavez to army: Shoot American ‘spy’ planes
A.P. December 21, 2009

NB: "U.S. EFFORT TO REIGNITE PEACE PROCESS" demonstrating U.S. / Obama's 'firm opposition' to its fascist partner -proxy's Palestinian occupation, terror, settlement building -- and fascist military juggernauts:

Obama Approves $2.775 Billion In Israel Security Aid [ed: aka Palestinian Genocide]
The approved budget also comprises, for the first time, $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority, including $100 million for the training of Palestinian security forces by American general Keith Dayton. The aid will be handed over to the Palestinians under the condition that American taxpayers' money will only be transferred to a Palestinian government whose members accept the conditions of the international Quartet – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. The conditions include recognizing Israel, renouncing violence and accepting past agreements signed with the Jewish state. For the first time, the American foreign aid budget law includes a clause forbidding American export and import banks to use the aid funds for providing guarantees, insurance or credit to companies sullying refined oil to Iran....
Despite the serious financial crisis, the U.S. did not raise the possibility of reducing the aid or canceling it at any stage. Israel is bound by the agreement to use 75% of the security aid in dollars – in other words, to produce military devices in the US in order to help create workplaces there. In addition to the regular annual security aid, President Obama and the American Congress approve special additions to the Israeli defense industries for the development of technologies, particularly in the missile defense field. The US has helped and continues to help Israel with the production line of the Arrow 2 missile defense project, jointly developed by the Boeing company and the Israel Aerospace Industries. For the past two years, the US has been funding the development of the Arrow 3 multilevel defense system against Iranian ballistic missile. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3821976,00.html

Clinton, Abbas discuss peace process
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. According to the the Palestinian news agency report, the two discussed "the latest developments in the Middle East and the effort to reignite the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which is stuck because of Israel's obstinateness."http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3822807,00.html

“Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries.”
Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests”
Henry Kissinger, National Security Study Memo 200, 04//24/74

‘Israel Poisons Palestinian Soil, Newborns’
Fareed Mahdy
December 19, 2009 - "The 2006 and 2009 Israeli bombings on Gaza left a high concentration of toxic metals in soil, which can cause tumours, fertility problems, and serious effects on newborns, like deformities and genetic pathologies." These are some of the key findings of a recent study by New Weapons Research Committee (NWRC), an Italy-based group of academics, physicians and researchers specialised in elaborating risk assessment surveys on the effects of the newest "non-conventional weapons and their mid-term effects on residents of areas afflicted by conflicts". The metals found are mainly tungsten, mercury, molybdenum, cadmium and cobalt...

CIA working with Palestinian security agents
US agency co-operating with Palestinian counterparts who allegedly torture Hamas supporters in West Bank
December 18, 2009 -
The relationship between the CIA and two Palestinian agencies involved – Preventive Security Organisation (PSO) and General Intelligence Service (GI) – is said by some western diplomats and other officials in the region to be so close that the American agency appears to be supervising the Palestinians. One senior western official said: "The [Central Intelligence] Agency consider them their property, those two Palestinian services." A diplomatic source added that US influence over the agencies was so great they could be considered "an advanced arm of the war on terror"... mistreatment has been so severe that at least three detainees have died in custody this year... CIA spokesman, Paul Gimigliano... said "The CIA … only supports, and is interested in, lawful methods that produce sound intelligence." www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/17/cia-palestinian-security-agent

Over 1,300,000 Iraqis Slaughtered in U.S. Invasion and Occupation

Iraq masses troops on Iran border amid oil well row
Iraq is not going to be pushed around by Iran, the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq said... U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Chris Hill told reporters ,"It does speak to the overall view here that they are not going to be pushed around by Iran.".. the top American military official said the oil well takeover appeared to be the latest example of Iran flexing its influence over Iraq and other Mideast nations. However, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen called it an issue for the Iraqi government to settle, and said there were no plans by the United States to intervene. ..."I continue to worry about the influence of Iran," Mullen, in Iraq for a two-day visit with U.S. and Iraqi authorities, said at a news conference in Baghdad U.S. officials said they approved of Iraq's speedy defense of its sovereignty amid ongoing concerns over Iran's influence on its Middle East neighbor....
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Rahmin Mehmanparast denied Tehran had seized the oil well and sought to reduce tensions between the neighbors, accusing foreign media of spreading false news to disrupt good relations between Tehran and Baghdad...
Army Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, told reporters Iranian forces had withdrawn from the oil well as of Saturday morning....Odierno also said Iran continues to fund and train fighters in Iraq, as well as send weapons and equipment over the border - although less frequently now than in the past. Analysts said it was too early to say whether the incident would mushroom into greater tension but said it could raise concerns with oil companies looking to invest in Iraq. Oil prices rose slightly after news of the incident

Iran rejects Iraqi incursion claim
"The claim that Iran has occupied an Iraqi oil well is strongly rejected," Alaeddin Borujerdi, head of parliament's national security and foreign policy commission, told IRNA. The issue is "being examined through diplomatic channels," he said, blaming "foreign media for such propaganda."
But Muhammad al-Hajj Hamud, Iraq's deputy foreign minister, rejected Iranian claims on the well ...adding that Iraq had dug the well in 1974.
The Iraqi official said the incident comes a month before a joint commission starts work on demarcating the two countries' land and sea border along the Shatt al-Arab waterway in the south. Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters in Baghdad as far as Washington was concerned "it's a sovereignty issue", adding that there were five other fields under dispute.And in southern Iraq, a US military spokesman US Colonel Peter Newell told AFP that the incident at Well 4 was the latest in a series of such activity along the frontier. "The oilfield is in disputed territory in between Iranian and Iraqi border forts at Contingency Operating Base Adder, just outside the city of Nasiriyah about 500 metres from an Iranian border fort and about one kilometre from an Iraqi border fort" http://english.aljazeera.net//news/middleeast/2009/12/200912191250981957...

US General: UAE's air force could take out Iran's:
Speaking at a conference in Bahrain organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the American general said, "The Emirati Air Force itself could take out the entire Iranian Air Force, I believe, given that it's got... around 70 Block 60 F-16 fighters, which are better than US F-16 fighters." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3821879,00.html


Cleric’s Funeral Becomes Protest of Iran Leaders
Mourners for a founding father of Iran’s Islamic revolution flooded the holy city of Qum...
Ayatollah Montazeri’s defense of Iran’s opposition helped to unite its religious and secular wings, some analysts say. And he may turn out to be more influential in death than he was in life.
“His death has become a pretext for the movement to expand,” said Fatimeh Haghighhatjoo, a former member of Iran’s Parliament who is now a visiting scholar at Boston University....

"The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead revolutionaries." J. Edgar Hoover,FBI Chief, re:COINTELPRO against the Black Panther Party


Black Africa and the U.S. Black Movement
Exhibit 10 of U.S. Supreme Court Case No.00-9587
Presidential Review Memorandum NSCM/46

The President has directed that a comprehensive review be made of current developments in Black Africa from the point of view of their possible impacts on the black movement in the United States. The review should consider:
1. Long-term tendencies of social and political developments and the degree to which they are consistent with or contradict the U.S. interests.
2. Proposals for durable contacts between radical African leaders and leftist leaders of the U.S. black community.
3. Appropriate steps to be taken inside and outside the country in order to inhibit any pressure by radical African leaders and organizations on the U.S. black community for the latter to exert influence on the policy of the Administration toward Africa.
The President has directed that the NSC Interdepartmental Group for Africa perform this review. The review should be forwarded to the NSC Political Analysis Committee by April 20.
Zbigniew Brezinski

Objective of our policy toward Black Africa is to prevent social upheavals which could radically change the political situation throughout the area. The success or failure of our policy in the region depends on the solution of international and internal issues whose importance to the United States is on the increase.

A multiplicity of interests influences the U.S. attitude toward black Africa. The most important of these interests can be summarized as follows:
If black African states assume attitudes hostile to the U.S. national interest, our policy toward the white regimes; which is a key element in our relations with the black states, may be subjected by the latter to great pressure for fundamental change. Thus the West may face a real danger of being deprived of access to the enormous raw material resources of southern Africa which are vital for our defense needs as well as losing control over the Cape sea routes by which approximately 65% of Middle Eastern oil is supplied to Western Europe.

Moreover, such a development may bring about internal political difficulties by intensifying the activity of the black movement in the United States itself.

It should also be borne in mind that black Africa is an integral part of a continent where tribal and regional discord, economic backwardness, inadequate infrastructures, drought, and famine, are constant features of the scene. In conjunction with the artificial borders imposed by the former colonial powers, guerilla warfare in Rhodesia and widespread indignation against apartheid in South Africa, the above factors provide the communist states with ample opportunities for furthering their aims. This must necessarily redound to the detriment of U.S. political interests.

Black Africa is increasingly becoming an outlet for U.S. exports and investment. The mineral resources of the area continue to be of great value for the normal functioning of industry in the United States and allied countries. In 1977, U.S. direct investment in black Africa totaled about $1.8 billion and exports $2.2 billion. New prospect of substantial profits would continue to develop in the countries concerned.

Apart from the above-mentioned factors adverse to U.S. strategic interests, the nationalist liberation movement in black Africa can act as a catalyst with far reaching effects on the American black community by stimulating its organizational consolidation and by inducing radical actions. Such a result would be likely as Zaire went the way of Angola and Mozambique.
An occurrence of the events of 1967-68 would do grievous harm to U.S. prestige, especially in view of the concern of the present Administration with human rights issues. Moreover, the Administration would have to take specific steps to stabilize the situation. Such steps might be misunderstood both inside and outside the United States.
In order to prevent such a trend and protect U.S. national security interests, it would appear essential to elaborate and carry out effective countermeasures.

1. Possibility of Joint Action By U.S. Black and African Nationalist Movement.
In elaborating U.S. policy toward black Africa, due weight must be given to the fact that there are 25 millions American blacks whose roots are African and who consciously or subconsciously sympathies with African nationalism. The living conditions of the black population should also be taken into account. Immense advances in the field are accompanied by a long-lasting high rate of unemployment, especially among the youth and by poverty and dissatisfaction with government social welfare standards.
These factors taken together may provide a basis for joint actions of a concrete nature by the African nationalist movement and the U.S. black community. Basically, actions would take the form of demonstrations and public protests, but the likelihood of violence cannot be excluded. There would also be attempts to coordinate their political activity both locally and in international organizations.
Inside the United States these actions could include protest demonstrations against our policy toward South Africa accompanied by demand for boycotting corporations and banks which maintain links with that country; attempts to establish a permanent black lobby in Congress including activist leftist radical groups and black legislators; the reemergence of Pan-African ideals; resumption of protest marches recalling the days of Martin Luther King; renewal of the extremist idea national idea of establishing an "African Republic" on American soil. Finally, leftist radical elements of the black community could resume extremist actions in the style of the defunct Black Panther Party.
Internationally, damage could be done to the United States by coordinated activity of African states designed to condemn U.S. policy toward South Africa, and initiate discussions on the U.S. racial issue at the United Nations where the African representation constitutes a powerful bloc with about one third of all the votes.

A menace to U.S. economic interests, though not a critical one, could be posed by a boycott by Black African states against American companies which maintain contact with South Africa and Rhodesia. If the idea of economic assistance to black Americans shared by some African regimes could be realized by their placing orders in the United States mainly with companies owned by blacks, they could gain a limited influence on the U.S. black community.

In the above context, we must envisage the possibility, however remote, that black Americans interested in African affairs may refocus their attention on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Taking into account; the African descent of American blacks it is reasonable to anticipate that their sympathies would lie with the Arabs who are closer to them in spirit and in some case related to them by blood. Black involvement in lobbying to support the Arabs may lead to serious dissention between American black and Jews. The likelihood of extremist actions by either side is negligible, but the discord may bring about tension in the internal political climate of the United States.

3. Political options
In the context of long-term strategy, the United States can not afford a radical change in the fundamentals of its African policy, which is designed for maximum protection of national security. In the present case, emphasis is laid on the importance of Black Africa for U.S. political, economic and military interests.

In weighing the range of U.S. interests in Black Africa, basic recommendations arranged without intent to imply priority are:
1. Specific steps should be taken with the help of appropriate government agencies to inhibit coordinated activity of the Black Movement in the United States.
2. Special clandestine operations should be launched by the CIA to generate mistrust and hostility in American and world opinion against joint activity of the two forces, and to cause division among Black African radical national groups and their leaders.
3. U.S. embassies to Black African countries specially interested in southern Africa must be highly circumspect in view of the activity of certain political circles and influential individuals opposing the objectives and methods of U.S. policy toward South Africa. It must be kept in mind that the failure of U.S. strategy in South Africa would adversely affect American standing throughout the world. In addition, this would mean a significant diminution of U.S. influence in Africa and the emergence of new difficulties in our internal situation due to worsening economic prospects.
4. The FBI should mount surveillance operations against Black African representatives and collect sensitive information on those, especially at the U.N., who oppose U.S. policy toward South Africa. The information should include facts on their links with the leaders of the Black movement in the United States, thus making possible at least partial neutralization of the adverse effects of their activity.

In connection with our African policy, it is highly important to evaluate correctly the present state of the Black movement in the Untied States and basing ourselves on all available information, to try to devise a course for its future development. Such an approach is strongly suggested by our perception of the fact that American Blacks form a single ethnic group potentially capable of causing extreme instability in our strategy toward South Africa. This may lead to critical differences between the United States and Black Africa in particular. It would also encourage the Soviet Union to step up its interference in the region. Finally, it would pose a serious threat to the delicate structure of race relations within the United States. All the above considerations give rise to concern for the future security of the United States.
Since the mid-1960s, when legislation on the human rights was passed and Martin Luther King murdered, federal and local measures to improve black welfare have been taken, as a result of which the U.S. black movement has undergone considerable changes.
The principle [ed: positive for u.s.] changes are as follows:
*Social and economic issues have supplanted political aims as the main preoccupations of the movement. and actions formerly planned on a nationwide scale are now being organized locally.
*Fragmentation and a lack of organizational unity within the movement.
*Sharp social stratification of the Black population and lack of policy options which could reunite them.
*Want of a national leader of standing comparable to Martin Luther King [ed: NOT another Malcolm X revolutionary!]

The concern for the future security of the United States makes necessary the range of policy options. Arranged without intent imply priority they are:
(a) to enlarge programs, within the framework of the present budget, for the improvement of the social and economic welfare of American Blacks in order to ensure continuing development of present trends in the Black movement;
(b) to elaborate and bring into effect a special program designed to perpetuate division in the Black movement and neutralize the most active groups of leftist radical organizations representing different social strata of the Black community: to encourage division in Black circles;
(c) to preserve the present climate which inhibits the emergence from within the Black leadership of a person capable of exerting nationwide appeal;
(d) to work out and realize preventive operations in order to impede durable ties between U.S Black organizations and radical groups in African states;
(e) to support actions designed to sharpen social stratification in the Black community which would lead to the widening and perpetuation of the gap between successful educated Blacks and the poor, giving rise to growing antagonism between different Black groups and a weakening of the movement as a whole.
(f) to facilitate the greatest possible expansion of Black business by granting government contracts and loans with favorable terms to Black businessmen;
(g) to take every possible means through the AFL-CIO leaders to counteract the increasing influence of Black labor organizations which function in all major unions and in particular, the National Coalition of Black Trade Union and its leadership including the creation of real preference for adverse and hostile reaction among White trade unionists to demands for improvement of social and economic welfare of the Blacks;
(h) to support the nomination at federal and local levels of loyal Black public figures to elective offices, to government agencies and the Court.