2/1/10 "Truly a wartime QDR": Focus: China & Iran, U.S. Offense in Persian Gulf

Pepe Escobar

War declared on resistance
The Los Angeles Times has ordered its journalists to stop describing anti-American forces in Iraq as resistance fighters, saying the term romanticises them and evokes World War II-era heroism. An email circulated this week asked staff to instead use the terms insurgents or guerillas.

Since July 26,1947 all unjust, unprovoked U.S. imperialist wars for global domination have officially became 'national defense'
".... the right of our manifest destiny to over spread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federaltive development of self government entrusted to us. It is right such as that of the tree to the space of air and the earth suitable for the full expansion of its principle and destiny of growth."
John L. O'Sullivan,1845, democratic leader and editor

United States military spending is greater that the military budgets of every other nation on the planet combined.

CNAS Releases 2010 QDR and FY 2011 Defense Budget Analysis
The Obama Administration's 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget request sent to Congress today illustrate the challenge of matching vision to reality, according to a new CNAS policy brief released today titled
Vision Meets Reality: 2010 QDR and 2011 Defense Budget.

Excerpts From Pentagon's Plan: 'Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival'
NYT March 8, 1992
Following are excerpts from the Pentagon's Feb. 18 draft of the Defense Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994-1999: This Defense Planning guidance addresses the fundamentally new situation which has been created by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the disintegration of the internal as well as the external empire, and the discrediting of Communism as an ideology with global pretensions and influence. The new international environment has also been shaped by the victory of the United States and its coalition allies over Iraqi aggression -- the first post-cold-war conflict and a defining event in U.S. global leadership. In addition to these two victories, there has been a less visible one, the integration of Germany and Japan into a U.S.-led system of collective security and the creation of a democratic "zone of peace."

China & Russia, the two major, verbotten capitalist rivals threatening US global 'full spectrum dominance'
"Prevent the Reemergence of a New Rival"
New York Times headline, March 8, 1992
Washington, D.C., February 26, 2008 - The United States should use its power to "prevent the reemergence of a new rival" either on former Soviet territory or elsewhere, declared a controversial draft of the Defense Planning Guidance (DPG) prepared by then Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney's Pentagon and leaked to The New York Times in March 1992. Published in declassified form for the first time on the National Security Archive Web site, this draft, along with related working papers, shows how defense officials during the administration of George H. W. Bush, under the direction of Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Resources I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby tried to develop a strategy for maintaining U.S. preponderance in the new post-Cold War, post-Soviet era.
Remarkably, these new releases censor a half dozen large sections of text that The New York Times printed on March 8, 1992, as well as a number of phrases that were officially published by the Pentagon in January 1993. "On close inspection none of those deleted passages actually meet the standards for classification because embarrassment is not a legal basis for secrecy," remarked Tom Blanton, director of the Archive." The language that the Times publicized can be seen side-by-side with the relevant portions of the February 18, 1992 draft (see document 3 below) that was the subject of the leak.

QDR: 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review
China, Iran Focus of U.S. Air-Sea Battle Plan
Bloomberg News
February 1, 2010
This is truly a wartime QDR, Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote in a cover letter for the report....
Two-War Capability. The review deemphasizes but does not abandon the Pentagon doctrine that calls for the military to be able to fight two major wars nearly simultaneously. It acknowledges this mission but says planning should focus more closely on other scenarios, such as irregular warfare including conflicts involving insurgents or drug traffickers and even humanitarian disasters.In the mid- to long-term, U.S. military forces must plan and prepare to prevail in a broad range of operations that may occur in multiple theaters in overlapping time frames, the Defense Department says in the review. This includes maintaining the ability to prevail against two capable nation-state aggressors, it states.

Alluding to China in his cover letter, Gates cites longer- term threats such as the military modernization programs of other countries. U.S. officials have often called on their Chinese counterparts to provide explanations and assurances that their moves are purely defensive. The two countries resumed military talks last June, then China halted visits again over the Defense Department Jan. 29 announcement of a new arms sale to Taiwan.
China is developing and deploying large numbers of advanced missiles, new attack submarines, long-range air defense systems and capabilities to wage electronic warfare and target computer systems, according to the report, which echoes an assessment of China's military power issued almost a year ago. China's refusal to provide adequate assurances of its intentions raises “a number of legitimate questions regarding its long-term intentions the Pentagon says in the review. Citing more complex security conditions in the region, including North Korea and terrorist threats in Southeast Asia, the review calls for a more widely distributed and flexible U.S. presence in Asia that relies more on allies. Partners would include Australia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. [...]

US starts war games in Pacific
01 Feb 2010 10:18:38 GMT
The US launches "Cobra Gold" its largest military exercise in the Pacific in cooperation with Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore with South Korea..to run until February 11...Cobra Gold, one of the various military maneuvers the United States regularly holds overseas, coincides with Washington's clandestine steps to increase the capability of land-based Patriot missiles on the territory of some of its Arab allies in the Persian Gulf region. Military officials speaking to media on condition of anonymity revealed the US Navy is also upgrading the presence of ships capable of intercepting missiles in the Persian Gulf.

UPDATE 1-US missile test mimicking Iran strike fails
Mon Feb 1, 2010 2:59pm EST
Radar system malfunctioned in test over Pacific

Iran's regional power is an obstacle to USraeli domination - the nuclear issue a pretext
U.S. steps up arms sales to Persian Gulf allies
Joby Warrick, 1/31/10
...In interviews in three Middle Eastern countries, political leaders and analysts said they fear that a nuclear-capable Iran will become the dominant regional power, able to intimidate its neighbors without fear of retaliation. Nearly all the Gulf countries have sizable Shiite Muslim populations with ties to Iran, and some analysts warned that Tehran may try to use these to stir up unrest and possibly even topple pro-Western governments. "Nuclear weapons are probably most useful to Iran as a deterrent against attack by others, but beyond that, it's all about the swagger and mystique rather than the weapons system," said Nabil Fahmy, a former Egyptian ambassador to the United States. "I can't see Iran using such weapons, but they could become much more provocative."...
ICH http://snipurl.com/u8k04

U.S. accelerates missile defenses in Persian Gulf
By Haaretz Service and The Associated Press
The United States is expediting the deployment of missile defenses against Iranian missile attacks in the Persian Gulf, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
U.S. President Barack Obama recently decided to speed up the deployment of defense systems, placing special ships off the Persian Gulf and missile defense systems in Arab states such as Qatar, the U.A.E., Bahrain, and Kuwait. (all emphases added by the digest) In light of destabilized relations with China, the Obama administration is taking practical steps to prepare for the increasingly pressing crisis with Iran...

China suspends military exchanges with US, threatens to impose sanctions on
US arms companies over US decision to sell 6.4 bn weapons to Taiwan.

"China is resolved not to yield or compromise on this issue. China's army will be determined
fighting against any conduct that threatens China's sovereignty, integrity and national security."

Even though General David H. Petraeus has discussed the defense systems several times in recent weeks, the White House is refusing to comment on the rushed deployment of the missile defenses. Meanwhile on Friday, President Barack Obama's national security adviser cited a heightened risk that Iran will respond to growing pressure over its nuclear program by stoking violence against Israel. The adviser, retired Marine Gen. James Jones, said history shows that when regimes are feeling pressure they can lash out through surrogates. He said that in Iran's case that would mean facilitating attacks on Israel through Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. Iran helps arm Hezbollah and Hamas. Jones also alluded to the prospect of additional international sanctions being applied to Iran as one factor in making Iran feel greater pressure. He said another factor is internal pressure - an apparent reference to street protests against the Iranian leadership over the disputed presidential election June 12. ...

Peres to IAEA chief: Nuclear Iran is a threat to the entire world
President Shimon Peres on Saturday warned the new International Atomic Energy Agency director general, Yukia Amano, that a nuclear Iran poses a threat to the entire world.
The meeting between Peres and Amano, which took place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, marks the first time a prominent Israeli official met with the new IAEA chief, who took office last month.... "I hope that under your leadership the agency will work in a serious and steadfast manner against Iran's nuclear armament," said Peres. "You occupy one of the most demanding positions in the world....the AEA must join the world struggle to reduce threats and dangers. This is an organization that is based on trust and Iran does not respect the agency's rules and isn't abiding by its decisions...A nuclear weapon in the hands of a fanatical regime such as the one in Iran poses a threat not only to Israel, but also to the entire world." ...

US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles
...The US is dispatching Patriot defensive missiles to four countries – Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait – and keeping two ships in the Gulf capable of shooting down Iranian missiles. Washington is also helping Saudi Arabia develop a force to protect its oil installations.... The move is a continuation of the military build-up begun under former president George W Bush. In the past two years, Abu Dhabi has bought $17bn (£11bn) worth of weapons from the US, including the Patriot anti-missile batteries and an advanced anti-missile system. UAE recently bought 80 US-made fighter jets. It is also buying fighters from FrancePetraeus said in a speech in Bahrain last year the UAE air force "could take out the entire Iranian air force, I believe". Patriot missiles are designed to intercept enemy missiles before they reach their target. Since production began in 1980, 9,000 missiles have been delivered to countries including Germany, Greece, Taiwan and Japan. During the first Gulf war Patriot success was 70% in Saudi Arabia and 40% in Israel. Since then the US has spent more than $10bn (£6.3bn) improving, among other aspects, the system's radar and computer compatibility for joint forces action. Once in position, the system requires a crew of only three people to operate. Each missile weighs 700kg and has a range of about 100 miles.
The US navy is in the process of upgrading all its Ticonderoga class cruisers and a number of destroyers to carry the Aegis ballistic missile defence system. It uses a surface-to-air missile that is capable of intercepting ballistic missiles above the atmosphere. It has also been tested on failing satellites as they fall to earth. Each missile is over 6m long and costs more than $9m... http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/31/iran-nuclear-us-missiles-gul...

"Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization."
Z. Brzezinski. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, 1997

“In brief, the U.S policy goal must be unapologetically twofold: to perpetuate America’s own dominant position for at least a generation and preferably longer still; and to create a geopolitical framework that can absorb the inevitable shocks and strains of social-political change...”
-Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard

"The financial crisis drives home to other nations that 'without an America that is successful financially, economically and therefore also politically, they're not going to be successful"
Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, now Obama team 'consultant'

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

Kissinger Calls New International System Out Of World Crisis
Global Research, December 21, 2008
Speaking with Charlie Rose January 18, 2005, Kissinger cited the chaos being wrought across the globe by the financial crisis and the spread of terrorism as an opportunity to bolster a new global order. “I think that when the new administration assess the position in which it finds itself it will see a huge crisis and terrible problems, but I can see that it could see a glimmer in which it could construct an international system out of it... converting the whole world to our political philosophy. I don’t think that can be done in one or two terms of an administration. That is an historic process that has its own rhythm...The jihadist crisis is bringing it home to everybody, that international affairs cannot be conducted entirely by drawing borders and defining international politics by who crosses what borders with organized military force....This has now been reinforced by the financial crisis, which totally unexpectedly has spread around the world. It limits the resources that each country has for a foreign policy geared to an assertion of its own pure interests.” ...

Is coincident US handling of Toyota problems and attacks on Japan a coincidence?
Protest: Some 6,000 people gathered at a rally in Tokyo calling for the withdrawal of U.S. Marine base stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa
47,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Japan, more than half on the southern island of Okinawa.
Residents have complained for years about noise, pollution and crime... Japan and the U.S. signed a pact in 2006
for realignment of American troops in Japan and Okinawa Marine base to be moved to a less populated area.
But the new Tokyo government is re-examining the deal, caught between public opposition to American troops
and its crucial military alliance with Washington.... a steady stream of U.S. officials have petitioned Tokyo
to maintain American troop levels in Japan, with U.S. Ambassador John Roos Friday calling them
'front-line forces' in case of emergencies or security threats.
rge http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1247281/Thousands-prot...

US: Military Bases Worldwide
Global Research: More than 1000 US Bases and/or Military Installations The main sources of information on these military installations, Chalmers Johnson, the NATO Watch Committee, the International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases. Hugh d’Andrade and Bob Wing’s 2002 Map 1 entitled “U.S. Military Troops and Bases around the World, The Cost of ‘Permanent War’”, confirms the presence of US military personnel in 156 countries [8 years ago]

737 military bases worldwide in addition to the bases located in US territory [and secret bases]
The historian Chalmer Johnson (*The Last Days of the American Republic*, 2007), a CIA consultant between 1967 and 1973, recently stressed these figures do not include the 106 American garrisons installed since May 2005 in Iraq and Afghanistan, nor the ones built in Israel, in Qatar, in Central Asia, in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, nor the enormous base of Camp Bondsteel, built in 1999 in Kosovo by a subsidiary of Halliburton company, nor of course the multiple NSA installations (like the Echelon net) devoted to the illegal espionage and ‘hearing’ of personal communications throughout the world (CYBERCOM). The American administration also announced its intent to open new bases in Africa [AFRICOM]. These military installations depend on a chain of command divided into 5 spatial units and 4 special units (Unified
Combattant Commands).... World Association of International Studies (WAIS) cgi.stanford.edu/group/wais/cgi-bin/?p=11513

“I’m here to tell you, without equivocation, Israel’s security and peace in the Middle East are inseparable”
National Security Advisor James Jones, 10/27/09

"The terms 'democracy’ or 'democratic’ are totally absent from the Declaration of Independence. This is not an accident. The intention of Zionism was not to bring democracy, needless to say. It was solely motivated by the creation in Eretz-Isrel of a Jewish state belonging to all the Jewish people and to the Jewish people alone. This is why any Jew of the Diaspora has the ri ght to immigrate to Israel and to become a citizen of Israel."...
Ariel Sharon, May 28, 1993 edition of Yedioth Ahronoth

"Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with... the largest annual recipient of direct U.S. economic and military assistance since 1976 and the largest total recipient since World War ll. Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, roughly one-fifth of America’s entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year...."
from Israel is NOT and Never was a Democracy Eileen Fleming http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=62695&s2=29

state terrorist partners in crimes against humanity for zionist imperialist world domination
U.S. President Obama salutes Israel's 61st independence day.
Since coming into power last month, Netanyahu and his right-leaning coalition have avoided recognizing the Palestinians' right to an independent state as his predecessor Ehud Olmert did...
Netanyahu is set to visit Washington early next month. Clinton said she was not going to prejudge the Israeli position until there had been face-to-face talks with him....Clinton said the State Department would carefully track assistance and additional steps being taken to ensure that no U.S. taxpayer money goes to Hamas. "No aid will flow to Hamas or any entity controlled by Hamas," she added... Clinton reiterated that the Obama administration expected any new government that included Hamas to meet three international conditions - to recognize Israel, renounce violence and sign on to previous Palestinian peace accords. But Clinton hinted that some flexibility might be needed, pointing to U.S. funding for Lebanon, whose government includes the militant group Hezbollah. "We are doing that because we think, on balance, it is in the interest of the United States," she said.

"Our Race is the Master Race. We are divine Gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves."
Menachem Begin -- Israeli Prime Minister 1977-1983

Obama: I condemn bulldozer attack, will always back Israel's war on terror:
"I strongly condemn this attack and will always support Israel in confronting terrorism and pursuing lasting peace and security," Obama told a news conference in Amman, Jordan, before a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

under u.s. major media propaganda radarfor obvious reasons....
Lieberman named to U.S.-Israeli gov't post
JERUSALEM, May 10 (UPI) -- Right-wing Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will be in charge of the country's strategic dialogue with the United States, the Cabinet said Sunday.
.The appointment means Lieberman will become Israel's point person on the 10-year-old strategic dialogue effort, which serves as a multi-agency, high-level framework for discussions of U.S.-Israeli strategic concerns, The Jerusalem Post reported....

About 1.2 million Palestinians living inside Israel are descendants of 160,000 Palestinians who remained on their land after the creation of Israel in 1948.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Israeli bills targeting Arab minority prompt debate
By Richard Boudreaux, LATimes
JERUSALEM — The ultranationalist party led by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has unveiled two bills targeting Israel's Arab minority, one that would outlaw the Arabs' traditional day of mourning over the birth of the Jewish state and another that would require an oat

Agents of Imperial Terror: Aggression and the Goldstone Report
By Jennifer Loewenstein - Madison, WI Jan. 25, 2010
Operation Cast Lead, code name for the US-backed Israeli military offensive against the people of Gaza from December 27th, 2008 to January 18th, 2009, killed over 1,400 people, 85% of them civilians and nearly 400 of them children; it wounded over 5300 people; it devastated the agricultural, industrial and environmental infrastructures of the Gaza Strip, and further gutted the Gazan social and politic al foundations of what should have been by now one area of a vibrant and viable modern Palestinian state. Instead Gaza, like the other sections of this hacked up land, lies drained of its lifeblood like a severed limb. Its past recalls shockingly brutal years of occupation, torture, degradation and mutilation by an aggressor granted immunity from the principles of world order. But Israel’s exemption from the primary tenets of international law flows straight out of the self-exemption from those same laws that its imperial overlord, the United States, has insisted upon for itself in global affairs...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=62581

eroding the bogus basis for u.s. proxy 'israeli state' , the occupation of Palestine and genocide to destroy the Palestinian Nation
The Invention of the Jewish People
by Israeli professor Shlomo Sand

"A strong America is a strong Israel"

Netanyahu reaffirms Israel claim to parts of West Bank
By Jeffrey Heller, Reuters
January 24, 2010 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Sunday that Israel would keep parts of the West Bank forever, planting trees in a settlement bloc to reaffirm a land claim long rooted in Israeli government policy. "Our message is clear: We are planting here, we will stay here, we will build here, this place will be an inseparable part of the State of Israel for eternity," Netanyahu said in the Gush Etzion enclave. Speaking aft er meeting U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East envoy in Jerusalem, Netanyahu vowed Israel would also keep its two biggest West Bank settlements, Maale Adumim and Ariel... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=62522

Ex-IDF, Mossad officials praise Obama
05 Oct 2008 A Jewish group in the United States recruited a number of retired IDF and high-ranking Mossad officials to appear in a video supporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying he would be a better partner for Israel in the White House. In the video, released by the pro-Obama Jewish Council for Education & Research, Brig.-Gen (Ret.) Shlomo Brom, former IDF commander of strategic planning, said that the Bush administration caused major damage to Israel's interests.

Anti-Zionist Auschwitz survivor: 'Israel acts like Nazis':
Dr Hajo Meyer, 86, a member of International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, author of three books on Judaism, the Holocaust and Zionism, survived 10 months in the Nazi death camp, Meyer, one of the last remaining Auschwitz survivors launched a blistering campaign against on Israel over its occupation of Palestine as he began his 10-day lecture tour of the UK and Ireland.

"Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law. Our enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity, which menaces their traditions (whatever they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep pace. … They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our historic mission." Michael Ledeen, strategist & author of "The War Against the Terror Masters"

U.S. govt./elections wiil never 'legitimize' its occupation & domination so tries blaming 'Saddam Bathists' & 'al qaeda' for the national resistance it cannot defeat
...There are widespread fears, in the wake of the bloody attacks to hit Baghdad in the second half of 2009, that political violence will rise in the weeks leading up to the March vote.The election is seen as a crucial step towards consolidating Iraq's democracy [e.g. U.S. rule]...a bitter row broke out in recent weeks after hundreds of candidates were banned from taking part in the election because of their alleged links with Saddam's regime. The dispute has alarmed Washington and the United Nations. US Vice President Joe Biden flew in to Baghdad on a 24-hour visit at the weekend after which he said he was confident Iraq's leaders would find a "just" solution.
Monday's bombings will add to Washington's concerns, although Biden said the United States supported the exclusion of candidates linked to Saddam's outlawed Baath party as well as his military and intelligence services... Biden said..."Iraqis under their leaders understand that if the people see the process as fair and transparent it will enhance the credibility of the election."

IRAQ: Most NGOs Losing Face
Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
Welcomed at first after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, most NGOs have run into scepticism and mistrust. Few remain to help. Hundreds of local and foreign NGOs became active in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, after decades of restrictions under the regime of former dictator Saddam Hussein. "The former Iraqi regime did not trust NGOs, and always thought them to be spies," Muath A'raji of the National Societal Organisation, a human rights NGO based in Bag hdad told IPS. "Iraqis used to think the regime was wrong, but now they have changed their minds because of the many false foreign NGOs that look more like contracting companies than humanitarian and human rights organisations.".... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45920

Car bomb strikes Baghdad police forensics office
A car bomb exploded outside a Baghdad forensics lab and major crime unit that played roles in the prosecution of the Saddam Hussein loyalist known as Chemical Ali, who was executed hours before a deadly series of blasts in the Iraqi capital on Monday. Today's suicide blast killed 18 people and injured 82... mainly police, many believed to have worked on terrorism investigations and prosecutions, including those of former Saddam henchmen. It happened in the Karrada district, close to the site of Monday's three explosions killing 42 people. Today's blast means a security dragnet in central Baghdad has now been breached four times in less than six months by terrorists with the ability to co-ordinate sophisticated and devastating blasts. Iraq insists disenfranchised members of Saddam's Ba'ath party [ed: today he omitted 'al qaeda'... trying to disrupt elections Clinton said yesterday] are the driving force behind the resurgent threat.

Blasts target hotels, kill 37 in Iraq, 'Chemical Ali' executed
...The attacks were another blow to an Iraqi government already struggling to answer for security lapses that have allowed bombers to carry out massive attacks in the heart of the Iraqi capital since August, raising serious questions about the country's stability ahead of the March 7 parliamentary elections.
The blasts were launched over a span of 15 minutes, shortly before Iraq announced it had hanged Saddam Hussein's notorious henchman "Chemical Ali" and gave rise to speculation about possible links to the attacks.The first explosion struck near the Sheraton Hotel, along the Abu Nawas esplanade across the Tigris River from the Green Zone. The force of the blast toppled a row of 10-foot, 7-ton concrete blast walls protecting the site, tore cars apart and damaged a number of other buildings.Twisted metal and shards of glass littered the lawns and courtyards of the popular fish restaurants along the river.Two other blasts followed minutes later, striking near the Babylon Hotel and Hamra Hotel, popular with Western journalists, NGOs and foreign security contractors. Militants in business suits walking alongside a suicide car bomb opened fire on a private security checkpoint at the Hamra, police and guards said. The hotel and the compound in which it is located is home to the Baghdad offices of several Western news organizations, including The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, NBC and The Los Angeles Times. No Westerners were reported killed or seriously injured in any of Monday's three attacks... Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has consistently painted the bombings ...as being the work of Baathists working with al-Qaida in Iraq. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the latest bombings "represent an extension" of the activities of insurgents linked to Saddam's regime....but he stopped short of declaring the blast as possible revenge for the execution of Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali.".... Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attacks, saying they were an attempt to disrupt the March 7 elections. "We unfortunately believe there will be continued efforts by the terrorists, by al-Qaida in particular, to try to upend the commitment of the Iraqi people to a democratic future,"...

US Army War College: No Proof Saddam Gassed the Kurds
from US Army War College report that no evidence exists to support US claims that Iraq used gas on the Kurds.

A War Crime or an Act of War?
It was no surprise that President Bush, lacking smoking-gun evidence of Iraq's weapons programs, used his State of the Union address to re-emphasize the moral case for an invasion: "The dictator who is assembling the world's most dangerous weapons has already used them on whole villages, leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind or disfigured. The accusation that Iraq has used chemical weapons against its citizens is a familiar part of the debate. The piece of hard evidence most frequently brought up concerns the gassing of Iraqi Kurds at the town of Halabja in March 1988, near the end of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. President Bush himself has cited Iraq's "gassing its own people," specifically at Halabja, as a reason to topple Saddam Hussein. But the truth is, all we know for certain is that Kurds were bombarded with poison gas that day at Halabja. We cannot say with any certainty that Iraqi chemical weapons killed the Kurds. This is not the only distortion in the Halabja story...

"An American-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the replacement of the radical Baathist dictatorship with a new government more closely aligned with the United States would put America more wholly in charge of the region than any power since the Ottomans, or maybe even the Romans."
David Frum, George W Bush speechwriter

"For bureaucratic reasons we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on.":
Paul Wolfowitz, USA Deputy Defence Secretary, interview, July 2003 issue of Vanity Fair

Taliban term reintegration plan a ‘trick’
"They think the Mujahideen of (Afghanistan) will be enticed by money or by positions of power ... such thoughts are baseless and futile and have no truth" ...
the statement on its website and also e-mailed to the media on Wednesday also reiterated the Taliban's long-standing position that the only way to end the conflict, now in its ninth year, was for foreign troops to leave the country. Meanwhile, Holbrooke said the US would support a plan to reintegrate Taliban fighters set to be announced by Afghan President Hamid Karzai at an international conference in London.Holbrooke said Karzai will outline the plan on Thursday to convince the low- and mid- level Taliban fighters who don't back al-Qaida to give up their fight against the US and Nato forces... the decision will help Karzai's government to rebuild the country's fragile economy which has now received debt relief worth a total of $11 billion, according to Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal. http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=62671&s2=29

Afghan resistance statement
Mc Crystal Felt the Need for Peace Instead of War.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
January 28, 2010
The top commander of American forces in Afghanistan, Mc Crystal, in an interview with The Financial Times, has said: " We fought along war in Afghanistan. Now there is need for peace and for efforts to establish peace." His remarks come amidst reports it is impossible for his invading forces and other coalition troops in Afghanistan to turn the Jihadic resistance. In fact, the Americans tried every mean and tool to wipe out the Jihadic resistance but the graph of the resistance of the Afghans has been ascending and opposition to the presence of the invaders intensifying.
The legitimate Jihadic resistance of the Afghans not only faced the enemy with defeat in the military field but faced them with a psychological defeat as well. All their decisions and planning indicate a clue of their psychological disease. One of their ridiculous decision and proposition is that the Jihadic leadership and chiefs of the strongholds of Jihad can have a political asylum abroad. Similarly, to distract the attention of the people from the complete defeat, they offered government slots to Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate or that they would pave the way for their comfortable life abroad. Could one believe that they are doing this out of sympathy with the Afghans and for prosperous life for them?

In the last eight years, the Americans have proved and showed their sympathy with the Afghans in the brutal Bagram jail and other jails. They have burnt up thousands of children, women and miserable old men in the flames of phosphorus bombs. They let loose dogs to bite people. They turned Afghanistan into ruins based on their faith of unbelief and for the prolongation of the reign of their stooge administration. They announced millions of dollars as award for capturing the leaders of Jihad. When all their brutal experiments gave rise to the intensification of the country-wide Jihadic resistance by the Afghan Mujahid people, now they speak of providing conditions of comfortable life (to the leaders of Jihad.

The invaders think that the committed Mujahideen of Afghanistan are like their mercenary soldiers who lost their lives in mountains and deserts of Afghanistan for obtainment of a few dollars... The fundamental solution of the tragedy of Afghanistan lies in withdrawal of the invading forces from Afghanistan. They should ponder over ways to save thousands from the strong resistance of the Mujahid people of Afghanistan rather than consider suggestions of asylum-seeking for the leaders of Jihad or participation in the puppet government. The invading foreigners should pull out of the occupied Afghanistan immediately ... http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=62673&s2=29

wherever U.S. beckons
Israeli drones take over Afghan skies
22 January, 2010 02:50:00
While Israeli soldiers can't fight in the war in Afghanistan, Israeli drones can. Starting next week, five NATO member countries will be operating unmanned aerial vehicles produced in the Jewish state in anti-Taliban operations in the Central Asian country...the German military will arrive to take delivery of an undisclosed number of Heron UAVs, made by Israel Aerospace Industries. Germany is the fifth country to operate Israel Aerospace Industries UAVs in Afghanistan. In December, the Royal Australian Air Force took delivery of several Heron systems, joining Spain, France and Canada that already operate the platform.
Israel is a recognized world leader in the development of UAVs. In November, the Brazilian government announced that it was prepared to sign a $350 million deal to purchase Heron UAVs to patrol its cities and borders, and to provide security for the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Later this year, Israel Aerospace Industries will hold demonstrations of the Heron for Panamanian security forces in conjunction with the US military's Southern Command. The demonstration in Panama will focus on counter-drug operations, as well as border security.
Last May, the Heron underwent a month-long evaluation by the Southern Command and the Salvadoran military to judge its suitability for counter-drug missions in Latin America and the Pacific. It was the first time that the drone, designed for intelligence gathering and surveillance, was used in such operations.

U.S. Names Bagram Prisoners, Withholds Details
By William Fisher
After years of stonewalling, the U.S. Defence Department released the names of people imprisoned at the notorious Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan... in response to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the list contains the names of 645 prisoners detained at Bagram as of September 2009...[B]ut blacked out other vital information requested including prisoners' citizenship, length of detention, country where captured, and circumstances of capture...The conditions of confinement at Bagram are reportedly primitive, with allegations of mistreatment and abuse continuing to surface...in 2002, two Afghan prisoners at Bagram were fatally beaten by U.S. troops...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=62418

"Af-Pak" resistance to u.s. led war gaining ground
US unmanned drone aircraft was brought down Sunday evening in Waziristan region, said reports.
Five US soldiers killed in bombings in the past 24 hours in Afghanistan, Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Sunday.
A Norwegian soldier was killed and two others were injured Monday in occupied northern Afghanistan, the Norwegian defence forces reported.
British occupation force soldier killed yesterday by blast on patrol in Afghanistan:

BlackWater, DynCorp operating in Pakistan, admits Gates
Online-International News Network
January 21, 2010 - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has admitted that US security companies Black Water and DynCorp are operating in Pakistan in private capacities: but will comply with the Pakistani law if its parliament bars foreign security companies in the country. Pakistani leaders before this had rejected several times the reports saying that Black Water is operating in Pakistan and Rehman Malik had even said that: "I would r esign if presence of Black Water in Pakistani areas was proved"...

"We will welcome the Americans to Iraq. Unfortunately, we ran out of candy so we will have to substitute bullets."
Tariq Aziz

FBI's instant diagnosis: Not terrorism...when u.s. does it
Potential False Flag Attack To Be Blamed On Muslims Foiled
Jan 28, 2010
Navy vet caught with grenade launcher, maps of military base and Arab headdress
A possible false flag terror attack to be blamed on Muslims has been foiled after a Navy vet was busted with a grenade launcher, assault rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, as well as Arab headdress, in New Jersey yesterday. Initial media reports speculated that the man was planning a terrorist attack on a U.S. military base in the area.
“Lloyd Woodson, 43, whose last known address was Reston, Va., today faces multiple offenses, including second-degree unlawful weapons possession and fourth-degree possession of prohibited weapons, Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest said,” reports the New Jersey Star Ledger.“Branchburg police confronted Woodson at 3:55 a.m. at the Quick Chek convenience store on Route 28 after receiving a call reporting a suspicious person. Branchburg Patrolman Steven Cronce noticed a large bulge beneath the green, military-style jacket that Woodson was wearing, which was later determined to be the assault rifle with a defaced serial number, Forrest said.”After searching his hotel room, police found a grenade launcher, hundreds .50-caliber and .308-caliber rounds, a police scanner, as well as “Middle Eastern red and white traditional headdress”.“The man may have had plans to attack a U.S. military base,” reported Fox New Jersey, adding that the amount of weapons he had led police to suspect he was a terrorist...
The FBI were remarkably swift in distancing the man from any link with terrorists, despite the fact that his deadly arsenal was accompanied by maps of a military facility. “The FBI said a man charged with multiple weapons offenses after a cache of weapons and maps of a military facility were found in his New Jersey motel room has no known terrorism link,” reported the Associated Press this morning....

"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy"
Henry Kissinger

"I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank. "
Candidate Barack Obama, 7/27/07 27

Iraqis Slaughtered in U.S. Invasion and occupation of Iraq 1,366,350

Obama to indefinitely imprison Guantanamo detainees without charges
Glenn Greenwald
January 22, 2010...In his May "civil liberties" speech cynically delivered at the National Archives in front of the U.S. Constitution, Obama announced he would seek from Congress a law authorizing and governing the President's power to imprison detainees indefinitely and without charges. But in September, the administration announced he changed his mind: rather than seek a law authorizing these detentions, he would instead simply claim Congress already "implicitly" authorized these powers when it enacted the 2001 AUMF against Al Qaeda..."adopting one of the arguments advanced by the Bush administration in years of debates about detention policies."... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=62450

The truth about Guantánamo
From a cover-up over prisoners' deaths to the torture of Shaker Aamer, the real story of Guantánamo beginning to emerge
Moazzam Begg
January 22, 2010 - ... The latest revelations in the US magazine Harper's suggests a major cover-up occurred after the 2006 deaths of three Guantánamo prisoners: Manei al-Otaibi and Yasser al-Zahrani from Saudi Arabia and Ali al-Salami from Yemen. Four Camp Delta Military Intelligence guards, including a decorated sergeant, have furnished an account dramatically at odds with the official US version of what happened on the night of the deaths....at the time how none of the former prisoners believed the official US version and, after I spoke to the families of the deceased, they too remained convinced that their loved ones had either been killed accidentally or – more likely – murdered. Last week Johina Aamer delivered a letter to Gordon Brown, asking him to press the US government for the release of her father, Shaker Aamer, who has been held in Guantánamo for more than eight years without charge. Shaker is regarded as one of the most influential prisoners in Guantánamo because of his vociferous and passionate advocacy for prisoners' rights. As a result of this he has spent many years in isolation, on hunger strike and been forcibly fed liquid food through tubes in his nostrils... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=62453

When Scholars Join the Slaughter
Dahr Jamail
January 26, 2010
A core tenant of the Obama administration's plans for "victory" in Iraq and Afghanistan is an increased reliance on counterinsurgency.
As previously reported on this web site, the US military has sent shock troops - anthropologists, sociologists and social psychologists - with their own troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan, who also donned helmets and flak jackets. By the end of 2007, American scholars in these fields were embedding with the military in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of a Pentagon program called Human Terrain System (HTS), which evolved shortly thereafter into a $40 million program that embedded four or five person groups of scholars in the aforementioned fields in all 26 US combat brigades that were busily occupying Iraq and Afghanistan. The program is currently comprised of approximately 400 employees, and is actively seeking new recruits... Stacey Fritz...a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks: "I think the most important thing for the public to understand is the bigger picture...Counterinsurgency wars have always been fought on two fronts - one against the insurgents and the other, a propaganda war against a less than supportive public at home. This kind of tactic particularly appeals to liberals who are opposed to the war and grasp at any information that lets them feel better about it. It's very seductive - I think the worse people feel the more desperate they are to just believe that something like HTS is making a bloody illegal occupation better."
HTS continues unabated in Afghanistan, and is going to be expanded in the future in Africa, both where, the future of the program rests... David Price, author of "Anthropological Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War" and a contributor to the "Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual,"...told Truthout... "The military seems increasingly interested in adapting some sort of Human Terrain like program for use in AFRICOM, and given AFRICOM's merging of military personnel and projects with counterinsurgent tactics and goals, it stands to reason that as AFRICOM takes on an increasing role in exploiting civil unrest in Africa as a way to leverage an increasing American military presence in resource rich Africa, something like HTS will be a part of these plans"... http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=62620&s2=28

War College warns military must prepare "in extremis" for "civil violence inside U.S." IMF warns of economic riots
A new report by the U.S. Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks. “Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” said the War College report. The study says economic collapse, terrorism and loss of legal order are among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the U.S. U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., both said U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson brought up a worst-case scenario as he pushed for the Wall Street bailout in September. Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO, said that might even require a declaration of martial law....

“Our colleagues hold that the president can order the military to seize from his home and indefinitely detain anyone in this country — including an American citizen — even though he has never affiliated with an enemy nation, fought alongside any nation’s armed forces, or borne arms against the United States anywhere in the world,”
Judge Diana Gribbon Motz for the Fourth Circuit Court

CIA Assassination Squads Target US Citizens
U.S. Citizen in CIA's Cross Hairs
By Greg Miller, http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-cia-awlaki31-2010jan3...

To imprison citizens indefinitely without charges or trial is not some abstract 'radicalism', it is fascism ....
[ The Fourth Circuit's 5-4 ruling July 15 is a major] step in the creeping extremism of the last seven years -- like torture and warrantless eavesdropping, this power (allowing the President to imprison U.S. citizens in military brigs with no charges) is one that was until quite recently inconceivable, but is now a defining part of how our Government operates....the President has the power to arrest U.S. citizens and legal residents inside the U.S., and imprison them indefinitely in a military prison, without charging them with any crime, based on his assertion... the President can order anyone in the U.S. imprisoned in a military brig as an "enemy combatant" -- even if they have never fought on a battlefield or with a foreign power against the U.S. Rather, mere accusations by the President of "terrorism" are sufficient to justify the indefinite incarceration of such an individual as an "enemy combatant," who is then denied basic Constitutional guarantees. To say that such individuals can be held "for the duration of relevant hostilities" means, of course, that such individuals can be imprisoned... for decades[...] http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/07/16/al_marri/index.html

The U.S. has less than 5 percent of the world's population but almost a quarter of its prisoners.

N.Y. federal prosecutors pursue foreign cases aggressively
Federal prosecutors in New York are ratcheting up an aggressive strategy to pursue terrorists, drug traffickers and corrupt public officials who operate on foreign soil. The expansion of traditional crime-fighting boundaries [ed: not to mention un-american notions such as 'national sovereignty'], which has its roots in an approach begun by the office in the 1990s, has been controversial among experts, with some questioning whether the effort is the best use of the U.S. government's limited resources. But advocates say that using the long arm of American law to apprehend international figures whose crimes involve the United States might be the only way to attack an increasingly sophisticated global criminal threat... In the past three years alone, federal prosecutors from New York's Southern District have traveled to more than 40 countries, including Afghanistan, Egypt, Poland and Venezuela, a spokeswoman said... Officials said the office's approach requires careful choreography with other agencies and dignitaries. Edward O'Callaghan, a former co-leader of the terrorism and national security unit at the U.S. attorney's office, said prosecutors developed relationships with FBI and CIA operatives who investigate complex cases. Delegations of foreign officials often visit the prosecutors in New York. During his first week in office, Bharara met with justice ministers from Ghana. A few months later, that relationship paid dividends when authorities in the United States were seeking the quick transfer of three African narco-terrorism suspects. The suspects arrived only days after being captured in a Drug Enforcement Administration sting operation....

"the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society, and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an overriding law. It is unfit to rule because it is incompetent to assure an existence to its slave within his slavery ... What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers...."
Marx and Engels: The Communist Manifesto, 1848

"We cannot kill or capture our way to victory..."
Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, a coalition of businesses, non-governmental organizations and community leaders that support international affairs programs:... "We cannot kill or capture our way to victory,"... military operations to support measures that promote economic and political growth...must be coordinated with the U.N., NATO...United States Agency for International Development...the U.S. may not be toppling a regime and rebuilding a nation, but there will be a need to help countries that are struggling with insurgents, failed governments or natural disasters. The most persistent threats, he said, will come from failing states that can't meet the basic needs of their people. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/wire/sns-ap-gates,0,171... http://tinyurl.com/5akkrw

Cultural domination has been an underappreciated facet of American global power.... As the imitation of American ways gradually pervades the world, it creates a more congenial setting for the exercise of the indirect and seemingly consensual American hegemony. And as in the case of the domestic American system, that hegemony involves a complex structure of interlocking institutions and procedures, designed to generate consensus and obscure asymmetries in power and influence.
Zbigniew Brzezinski

'Disneyland In Iraq': Multi-Million Dollar Entertainment Park Coming To Baghdad
Mr Werner, chairman of C3, a Los Angeles-based holding company for private equity firms, is pouring millions of dollars into developing The Baghdad Zoo and Entertainment Experience, a massive American-style amusement park that will feature a skateboard park, rides, a concert theatre and a museum. It is being designed by the same firm that developed Disneyland....An "Iraq government" spokesman is equally excited about the entertainment park (from Times Online)... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=43346

“...the civilized nations have driven themselves into the position of barbarians..."
“Monopoly, oligarchy, the striving for domination and not for freedom, the exploitation of an increasing number of small and weak nations by a handful of the richest or most powerful nations – all these have given rise to those distinctive characteristics of imperialism which compel us to define it as parasitic or decaying capitalism. … It would be a mistake to believe that this tendency to decay precludes the rapid growth of capitalism. It does not. In the epoch of imperialism, certain branches of industry, certain strata of bourgeoisie and certain countries betray… now one and now another of these tendencies. On the whole, capitalism is growing far more rapidly than before: but this growth is not only becoming more and more uneven in general, its unevenness also manifests itself, in particular, in the decay of the countries which are richest in capital..The export of capital, one of the most essential economic bases of imperialism, still more completely isolates the coupon-clipping
rentiers from production and sets the seal of parasitism on the whole country that lives by exploiting the labour of overseas countries and colonies...."
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, VI Lenin, 1916

Iraq, Afghanistan wars top $1 trillion: Obama is expected to request another $33 billion to fund more U.S. troops this year.

U.S. taxpayers have paid over 1 trillion Iraq and Afghanistan wars since 2001 and Obama is expected to request another $33 billion for more this year.

The Senate agreed to raise the legal limit on government borrowing to $14.3 trillion, a historic high to permit Treasury Department to cover the nation's bills through early next year.

President Obama will call for a three-year freeze in spending on many domestic programs... including air traffic control, farm subsidies, education, nutrition and national parks.... an initiative intended to signal hi seriousness about cutting the budget deficit, administration officials said ... But it would exempt security-related budgets for the Pentagon, foreign aid, the Veterans Administration and homeland security, as well as the entitlement programs ... Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security....The initiative holds political risks as well as potential benefits. Because Mr. Obama plans to exempt military spending while leaving many popular domestic programs vulnerable, http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na

Finance capital rules - its executor's phony 'fights' -- popularized by capitalist media -- are cover-ups for strategic class interests
Big Banks Already Figured Out The Loophole In Obama’s New Rules
...“This thing is about showing the public that Obama is standing up to Wall Street. So the rhetoric is heated. But the implementation will require far less change than people think right now,” a person familiar with the thinking at the upper echelons of one of our largest banks said ...sources at three banks tell us that they are already finding ways to own, investment in and sponsor hedge funds and private equity funds. Even prop trading seems safe....A person familiar with the operations of one big Wall Street bank said it expects that new regulation will affect less than 1% of its overall business.The key phrase is “operations unrelated to serving customers.” The banks plan to claim that much of the business in which it engages is related in one way or another to serving customers. Even proprietary trading, for instance, can become related to customer service if it is done through internal hedge funds in which some outside clients are permitted to invest.
One insider at a bank pointed to JP Morgan Chase’s ownership of the hedge fund Highbridge Capital. It is thought that under a strict “no hedge funds” rule, Highbridge would have to be sold off. But under the rule proposed by the Obama administration, Highbridge can be retained by JP Morgan because outside clients are permitted to invest in it.A still more devious way is to have a banks own employees be the customers who are invested in the internal hedge funds. That way trading operations can remain closed to outsiders while the regulatory requirement of relating the trading to customer service is met. Goldman Sachs is rumored to be considering this approach. (Goldman isn't commenting on the regs right now.)...