4/1/10 'Long War' Destruction for Domination: Haiti, Afghanistan, 'Homeland', Part 1

Barack Hussein Bush
“One benefit of the Obama Presidency is that it is validating much of George W. Bush’s security agenda and foreign policy merely by dint of autobiographical rebranding [and with] ….artfully repackaged versions of themes President Bush sounded with his freedom agenda. We mean that as a compliment…”
Wall Street Journal, June 5, 2009 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124416109792287285.html

Haiti Frets [SIC] Over Aid and Control of Rebuilding
(There has been a certain amount of grumbling around the United Nations about tight control by the State Department over the donor conference, with a senior European diplomat calling it “The Bill and Hillary Show.”) United Nations diplomats said that in private the Obama administration and Haitian officials were still wrangling over the degree of involvement of Haitian government ministries in the reconstruction. “Préval has been saying, ‘Wait, why should we build this parallel structure here,’ ” said a United Nations diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the discussions. He said that the United States was pushing for the commission as a quicker, faster way to rebuild. The Preval administration has presented a draft law to parliament that would allow him to create such an agency by presidential decree.
Cheryl Mills, chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the point person on Haiti, denied any serious differences, telling a news conference that the government of Haiti was obviously still reeling from the earthquake "In the beginning I think it is a little unrealistic that they will be able to implement things," she said, noting that 28 out of 29 ministries had collapsed. Ultimately, all sides want the commission to succeed, she said. In January, the United States offered to meet the payroll of the Haitian police, but insisted on issuing the checks. After the Haitian government realized that its officers would know they were being paid by the United States, it declined the offer and found the money elsewhere, diplomats said....

Place Haiti under `trusteeship'
...Chapter XII of the United Nations Charter established the International Trusteeship System for the supervision of territories placed under U.N. control by agreement of the territories themselves as well as the states administering them. The idea was not to bring about hostile takeovers of failed states, but rather to provide administrative support for countries emerging from the geopolitical reshuffling after World War II -- until those countries could stand on their own two feet.The Trusteeship System was, by all accounts, successful. And even after the program became obsolete, a form of trusteeship was used in Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, and Cambodia -- places where the collapse of order necessitated help from the international community to perform the basic functions of a government. Haiti -- an independent sovereign nation and a United Nations member -- would not be eligible for trusteeship. But, as in those other cases, the U.N. mission can be broadened to coordinate the various international actors currently working in Haiti....

Reconstruction Will Be the Real Challenge
Eric Farnsworth
January 19, 2010
...Haiti will quite literally need to be rebuilt from the ground up. The United States should take a leading role in the effort, although others including France, Canada, Japan, the EU, and the United Nations among others should work together under a special new UN mandate to restore the nation and put it on a new path to long-term, sustainable development. This is where the true test of US leadership will come. (It is also a test for other hemispheric nations, who claim to want a new partnership with the United States, and the OAS, which seeks a new hemispheric relevance. It is also a validation of the US strategy for restoring democracy to Honduras

A UN Mandate "...to conduct humanitarian and reconstruction efforts without fear of being labeled interventionist or imperialistic, as some have already experienced..."
Rebuilding Haiti
Eric Farnsworth
March 2010
...There is a significant opportunity in the wake of the earthquake to build Haiti into a modern, economically stable, environmentally-sound nation.In the first instance, this requires public leadership that puts the good of the nation first, rather than the parochial good of the connected political class. From the outside, it also requires sensitivity to questions of sovereignty that have left Haiti proud but impoverished.
There’s really only one way to establish such a framework for action: via U.N. mandate. Existing U.N. authorities should be expanded, and Haiti be given special status under international law, a virtual enterprise zone of international governance. Reconstruction requires a unified command with a common vision and mandate, as well as authorities for donor nations to conduct humanitarian and reconstruction efforts without fear of being labeled interventionist or imperialistic, as some have already experienced.
Under such mandate, historically relevant democracies including the United States, France, Canada, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and others will be able to come together with key sectors of Haitian society to build a long-term redevelopment plan for Haiti. Political and economic institutions, physical infrastructure, investment and regulatory matters, the environment and clean energy use, social development, and public health, among other issues, would all be considered.
The obligation for each nation participating in a coalition for Haitian rebirth under U.N. mandate would be a long-term commitment to fund relief and reconstruction efforts at a pre-determined level. It would require open markets for goods produced in Haiti, including sugar and sugar-based ethanol. It would offer incentives for investments in Haiti—for example tax relief much like what was done in the U.S. tax code for many years with Puerto Rico. It would encourage consideration of greater Haitian migration abroad. More broadly, Haiti could be a perfect pilot nation for clean energy and global climate change initiatives, much as were discussed on a hemispheric basis at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad a year ago. Other creative ideas could also be explored.
Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, COA, Washington D.C. Office To speak with this expert, call 212-277-8384 or email communications@as-coa.org.

Why millions more impoverished Haitian survivors --- obstacles to US 'new nation' vision' --- will die directly or as result of disease from torrents of rain-driven sewage as U.S., holding at least $6 billion in donations, 'urgently' calls for medical and shelter aid -- and Red Cross holds est. $600 million donations for 'long term reconstruction'

In all, countries, development banks and nongovernmental groups pledged nearly $10 billion for Haiti in years to come.

"Government-estimated death tolls from the quake - which rose without explanation ahead of the conference - range from 217,000 to 300,000 people. Most of the estimated 1.3 million people left homeless are still on broken streets, hillsides and riverbeds...
Private investment key to Haiti's future
"We're going to have to create a financial system," Clinton told the conference.
The effort to attract private is being led by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti...At the core of the quake-ravaged country's request for help is the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, whose board will coordinate and pay out the aid money. It is a key step to allaying donor concerns over Haiti's history of official corruption and political unrest who want assurances that the money will go where it is intended. Bill Clinton will co-chair the committee with Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. But it is a source of consternation among some Haitian lawmakers who want Preval's administration to publish a report on how aid money was spent in the initial aftermath of the disaster.. As co-chair of the committee that will oversee the $5.3 billion in near-term international aid pledged Wednesday, his role in Haiti will only grow.

" For the U.S. government, which spent billions of dollars on nation-building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Haiti presents a new and complex test... The Obama administration insists its plan will help the Haitian government with its own priorities -- not impose a U.S. vision."
In aid plan for Haiti, U.S. to rebuild from government outward
... Foreign donors have tried to lift Haiti from poverty before, with paltry results. Even before the earthquake, which shattered the economy, about three-quarters of the people in the Maryland-sized island country lived on less than $2 a day. Haiti has remained in poverty partly because of a history of brutal rulers, foreign intervention and natural disasters. Equally important, the country's economic and political elite have monopolized the resources of the government. "It becomes a large cookie jar for people to benefit themselves. It doesn't have this real sense of delivering public services," said Terry F. Buss, author of "Haiti in the Balance," a book about the failure of foreign assistance.
After large sums of aid money disappeared [along with millions of Haitians under U.S. henchman] under dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier in the 1980s, foreign countries [led by USAID proxies] shifted their assistance to nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs. That approach has backfired, development experts say. Haiti has become known as the "Republic of NGOs," with an atrophied central government and up to 10,000 private groups doling out medicine, food and services. U.S. aid has gone to large contractors that manage budgets bigger than those of Haitian ministries -- but they have produced "mixed results," according to a summary of the U.S. policy review that was obtained by The Washington Post.

In an interview, Cheryl Mills, Clinton's chief of staff. who led the review, said past U.S. assistance to Haiti was dispersed over too many areas to have impact and that no strategy was in place for transition to Haitian control. In contrast, the new U.S. plan focuses on four areas: health; agriculture; governance and security; and infrastructure, with a particular emphasis on energy. In each one, "we anticipate making investments that would strengthen the ministries," Mills said. The plan includes several measures to keep aid from being wasted. It requests $1.5 million for an inspector general. And the U.S. government would funnel some of the money through the proposed Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, made up of Haitian authorities and representatives of donor countries and international institutions. Its projects would be overseen by an international accounting firm. U.S. funds would be used to train and pay Haitian officials. "We are completely focused on how to build the capacity of the Haitian government effectively," said Mills, "That is something everyone has recognized as being one of the failures of aid in the past."

shut up and put 'your' people on the frontlines or be a dead puppet
In Afghanistan, Obama Presses Karzai to Fight Corruption
KABUL — President Obama pressed Afghan President Hamid Karzai to take serious steps against corruption and drug trafficking on Sunday, in an unannounced trip—his first as commander in chief—to the site of the war he inherited and has stamped as his own.... The trip highlighted how far the administration believes that the Afghan government has to go to make good on promises that Mr. Karzai has made to the international community on governance and even reintegration with certain reconcilable members of the Taliban insurgency... Gen. James L. Jones, the national security adviser, told reporters on Air Force One enroute to Afghanistan that the administration wanted Mr. Karzai to “understand that in his second term, there are certain things that have not been paid attention to, almost since day one.” General Jones said that the Afghan president “needs to be seized with how important” the issue of corruption, in particular, is for American officials.... Besides General Jones, Mr. Obama was accompanied by Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, and a number of other officials from the White House and the Defense Department.... Saying “the American people are encouraged by the progress that has been made,” Mr. Obama, standing next to Mr. Karzai at the heavily fortified presidential palace, added pointedly work remains to be done on the governance issues that have vexed American officials over the past year. “We also want to continue to make progress on the civilian process,” Mr. Obama said. He mentioned several areas, including anti-corruption and the rule of law.“the American people are encouraged by the progress that has been made” ...
Mr. Obama met with some of the tens of thousands of American troops who have been sent to Afghanistan since he took office. His visit with the troops is particularly significant because it comes at the same time as military reports that the number of American troops killed in Afghanistan has roughly doubled in the first three months of 2010, compared to the same period last year. The number of soldiers wounded in combat has also spiked dramatically. Military officials have warned that casualties are likely to continue to rise sharply as the Pentagon completes the deployment of 30,000 additional soldiers, under the strategy that Mr. Obama announced in November....

Nato commanders to put Afghan troops in front line for new southern push
March 29, 2010
Nato commanders are to change their tactics in the battle for Kandahar, putting Afghan forces at the forefront of the operation to drive the Taleban from their spiritual heartland. Operation Omid — the Pashto word for hope — is the next stage of a year-long campaign to retake southern Afghanistan. It will target the southern city and surrounding areas with a “gradual squeeze” different from Operation Moshtarak, the airborne assault on the Marjah district of Helmand province last month.
A key aspect will be putting large numbers of new Afghan troops into chains of “firebases” — offering artillery support to infantry — to be built on the approaches to the city, according to Western and Afghan officials. A political drive will parallel the military operation to try to heal tribal fissures that the Taleban have exploited.
The Kandahar mission will be followed by operations to stabilise the provinces of Zabul and Ghazni. Khalid Pashtun, an MP for Kandahar, said that 24 firebases will be built in the district of Zarai. They will be used to control the movement of insurgents and weapons as part of Nato commander General Stanley McChrystal’s plan to secure the population from Taleban influence...
Since 2006 Nato forces have tried, with limited success, to stabilise the districts. The attempt to rebuild a political consensus will be as critical as the success of the military effort. Western officials admit that Ahmad Wali Karzai, President Karzai’s brother, who is the dominant force in the province, is a divisive figure.... Michael Semple, a fellow at the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy, said: “The grievances relate to the abuse of power by Ahmad Wali Karzai. But \[he\] is still running the show. Compared to Marjah this is the big one and it is going to be highly contested.” Telephone calls to Mr Wali Karzai, who denies claims of his involvement in the drugs trade, were not returned yesterday.

Despite Doubt, Karzai Brother Retains Power
Dexter Filkins
Senior American officials spent months weighing the allegations against Ahmed Wali Karzai: that he pays off Taliban insurgents, that he launders money, that he seizes land, that he reaps enormous profits by facilitating the shipment of opium through the area. And the officials concluded that the evidence, some compelling, some circumstantial, was not clear enough to persuade the president to move his brother out of town, two NATO officials said...“I absolutely think he can help us with reintegration,” the NATO officer said, referring to the American-backed program to coax fighters away from the insurgency. The tug of war over President Karzai’s brother offers a vivid example of President Obama’s constraints in prosecuting the war here: While he and other American officials publicly goad Mr. Karzai into cleaning up his government, widely regarded as one of the most corrupt in the world, they appear to have quite limited power in doing much about it. Any decision about Ahmed Wali Karzai is complicated by his relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency, which maintains a large presence in Kandahar. Current and former American officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, say the agency has paid Ahmed Wali Karzai regularly for many years for performing a variety of services... The decision to leave Mr. Karzai in place comes as American commanders are preparing a huge military operation in and around the city of Kandahar, the Taliban’s spiritual home. The operation is seen as the fulcrum of the entire Afghan campaign, whose aim is to break the Taliban’s hold across its heartland of Kandahar and Helmand Provinces.At the heart of Kandahar sits Ahmed Wali Karzai, who has been a prominent public figure in southern Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001... There is little doubt here that few important matters are settled without him...
American officials say he has provided extensive help in battling the insurgency. He helps the C.I.A. operate a paramilitary group, the Kandahar Strike Force, which is used for raids against suspected insurgents. Ahmed Wali Karzai is also paid for allowing the C.I.A. and American Special Operations troops to rent a large compound outside the city, several American officials said.
According to Western diplomats in Kabul, he cut deals with insurgent groups to refrain from attacking polling stations, and then helped orchestrate a large-scale campaign of forging ballots on his brother’s behalf... Ahmed Wali Karzai denied carrying out electoral fraud... he also appears to be overseeing several armed groups in the Kandahar area. The gunmen exist outside the government, often posted at checkpoints and in escort convoys. They can be seen roaming the streets of Kandahar — usually toting guns...many led by former commanders in the war against the Soviet Union. “They are all Ahmed Wali’s commanders,” said an Afghan official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. In a recent interview, Hanif Atmar, the Afghan interior minister, said that gunmen for as many as 18 “unlicensed private security companies” were roaming the streets of Kandahar, and that Ahmed Wali was helping to bring them under control. “He has helped us bring these companies together,” Mr. Atmar said. .. He is also one of the area’s biggest entrepreneurs, with business and real estate ventures across southern Afghanistan....the senior NATO official said. “He can create jobs.”

Mullen in Afghan war zone as US gears up for Kandahar
Azeri Press Agency March 31, 2010
Baku: Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in the battle zone a day after President Barack Obama left Afghanistan ...The top US military commander visited Marjah, the frontline of US-led operations against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan...where six weeks later troops are still coming under fire and being targeted by bomb attacks despite efforts to restore Afghan government control....a battle for Kandahar is already ramping up.... boosted troop numbers to 126,000, with the number set to peak at 150,000 by August as the fight expands into neighbouring Kandahar province... Military and political efforts against the Taliban around Kandahar... have "been long under way," a senior NATO officer in Kabul confirmed...

Afghan resistance statement
Does America Want Peace in Afghanistan?
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
March 30, 2010 - Does America want peace in Afghanistan? the following data can help us reach a rational conclusion: At the beginning of 2009, American had 30,000 troops in Afghanistan which they increased to 68,000 soldiers until the end of the year....110 percent boost of military man power. December 2009, US president Obama announced 30,000 more troops for Afghanistan, showing further 30% increase. In January this year in London Conference on Afghanistan, US supported Hamid Karzai program of reintegration and reconciliation with Taliban i.e. the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Two weeks later, on 13 February, Pentagon launched a massive military operations against Marjah township in Nad Ali district, Helmand province, violating their own commitment to work for peace in the country. Now the offensive to Kandahar. So far, America has built 700 bases in the country, the major being in Kandahar and Bagram. They allocate hundreds of millions of dollars each year for construction of more bases in Afghanistan. In view of these facts, no one can say America wants peace in Afghanistan. They have hidden and long-term colonialist objectives, not only in Afghanistan but in the whole region... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=64658

Puppet govt. does its bidding...or else
Afghan censors to target Taliban's website because it published an article by an Afghan researcher about depleted uranium
March 23, 2010 Shocking images of deformed babies born in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion have been displayed on the Taliban's website to support accusations that the American army has illegally used depleted uranium weapons in the country - which US authorities have denied... now Afghan authorities say they plan to censor the Taliban website, which they claim "promotes terrorism and glorifies violence". Actually the Taliban's website republished an essay written in 2006 by Afghan researcher, Prof. Mohammad Daud Miraki, PhD, Director of Afghan DU & Recovery Fund... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=64441 from Aljazeera.net

Gitmo on steroids
Obama's Bagram Fly-In: What He Didn't Visit
Harry Shearer
Bagram was the part of the base he (apparently) didn't visit: the secret prison we've been running there for years. It's Gitmo on steroids. Try here, here, here, here, here, here and here for the info on that "other" Bagram....

Prisoner Abuse Continues at Bagram Prison in Afghanistan
US President Barack Obama has spoken out against CIA prisoner abuse and wants to close Guantanamo. But he tolerates the existence of Bagram military prison in Afghanistan, where more than 600 people are being held without charge. The facility makes Guantanamo look like a "nice hotel," says military prosecutor Stuart Couch

Tighter Rules Fail to Stem Deaths of Innocent Afghans at Checkpoints
Obama's Af-Pak front commander, General Stanley "Black Ops" McChrystal: "We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat" during a recent videoconference to answer questions from troops in the field about civilian casualties. Though fewer in number than deaths from airstrikes and Special Forces operations, such shootings have not dropped off, despite new rules from General McChrystal seeking to reduce the killing of innocents. The persistence of deadly convoy and checkpoint shootings has led to growing resentment among Afghans fearful of Western troops and angry at what they see as the impunity with which the troops operate — a friction that has turned villages firmly against the occupation.... Failure to reduce checkpoint and convoy shootings, known in the military as “escalation of force” episodes, has emerged as a major frustration for military commanders who believe that civilian casualties deeply undermine the American and NATO campaign in Afghanistan.
NATO Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall: Many Bagram Air Base military prison detainees joined the insurgency after the shootings of people they knew. "There are stories after stories about how these people are turned into insurgents," Sergeant Major Hall told troops during the videoconference....[U.S. military statistics]... do not include shooting deaths caused by convoys guarded by private security contractors.... "The people are tired of all these cruel actions by the foreigners, we can’t suffer it anymore," said Naqibullah Samim, a village elder from Hodkail..."The people do not have any other choice, they will rise against the government and fight them and the foreigners..."...

Nato ‘covered up’ botched night raid in Afghanistan that killed five
A night raid carried out by US and Afghan gunmen led to the deaths of two pregnant women, a teenage girl and two local officials in an atrocity which Nato then tried to cover up, survivors have told The Times. In a statement after the raid titled “Joint force operating in Gardez makes gruesome discovery”, Nato claimed that the force had found the women’s bodies “tied up, gagged and killed” in a room. In its initial statement it also said: "Several insurgents engaged the joint force in a fire fight and were killed." A Times investigation suggests that Nato’s claims are either wilfully false or, at best, misleading. More than a dozen survivors, officials, police chiefs and a religious leader interviewed at and around the scene of the attack maintain that the perpetrators were US and Afghan gunmen. The identity and status of the soldiers is unknown.... Local US forces denied any involvement... The raid came more than a fortnight after the commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan issued new guidelines designed to limit the use of night raids. Special forces and Western intelligence agencies that run covert operations in Afghanistan have been criticised for night raids based on dubious or false intelligence leading to civilian casualties...
Rear Admiral Greg Smith, NATO’s director of communications in Kabul said that both the men who were killed were armed and showing “hostile intent” but admitted “they were not the targets of this particular raid”.“I don’t know if they fired any rounds,” he said. “If you have got an individual stepping out of a compound, and if your assault force is there, that is often the trigger to neutralise the individual. You don’t have to be fired upon to fire back.” He admitted the original statement had been “poorly worded” [but] denied that there had been any attempt at a cover-up. NATO went so far as to attempt to damage Starkey’s credibility by telling other Kabul-based journalists that they had proof he’d misquoted ISAF Rear Adm. Greg Smith in an interview. When Starkey demanded a copy of the recording, NATO initially ignored him and eventually admitted that no recording existed...
The family were offered, through local elders, American compensation — $2,000 (£1,300) for each of the victims. “There’s no value on human life,” Bibi Sabsparie said. “They killed our family, then they came and brought us money.
.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7060395.ece http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7061709.e...
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7063184.e... http://www.jeromestarkey.com/page/2

US turns a 'terrorist' to its last-hope 'rebel'
U.S. Plans to Check Insurgency Could Require Negotiations With Veteran Commander
Afghan Rebel Positioned for Key Role
Any deal with Hekmatyar, designated a global terrorist by the United States in 2003, would be a gamble.... As U.S. and NATO officials revamp their strategy in Afghanistan, a renegade Afghan commander could prove central to U.S. plans to rein in the insurgency through negotiations.
Top U.S. military officials have indicated in recent weeks a willingness to cut deals with rebel commanders like Hekmatyar to take insurgents off the battlefield. Mirroring tactics employed in Iraq, promises of money and greater political influence would play a key role in a U.S. strategy aimed at turning more pragmatic, moderate insurgents against hardened, ideologically driven elements within al-Qaeda and the Taliban.... "He'll be a wild card in this. But ultimately he's all about power," said Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA's al-Qaeda division and an expert on Islamist insurgent movements.... as a fighter in the 1980s during the decade-long Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. His political savvy and military skills earned him millions of dollars in financing and arms from a host of backers that included bin Laden, the CIA, and the Saudi and Pakistani intelligence agencies.The CIA largely dropped support for Hekmatyar following the Soviet withdrawal, and he was a central figure in Afghanistan's bloody civil war during the early 1990s. Campaigning to create a theocratic state, Hekmatyar eventually lost out in a power play with rival commanders. Exiled to Iran after the Taliban seized Kabul in 1996, he fell deeper into disfavor with Washington after declaring his opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001... the CIA tried but failed to kill Hekmatyar in 2002 by launching a missile attack on his convoy as it traveled through his stronghold in the eastern province of Konar.

Defense says NY synagogue-bomb plot was feds' idea
They have pleaded not guilty and face up to life in prison if convicted.... A federal informant chose the targets, offered payment, provided maps and bought the only real weapon involved, a handgun, The FBI was in on the plot....defense lawyers said they based their account of the case on evidence shared by the government, including recordings and agents' affidavits. ...The dismissal motion identified the government's agent as Shaheed Hussain, a "professional informant" for the FBI directed to visit suburban mosques, find members with anti-American leanings and recruit them to join a fake terror plot supposedly funded by a Pakistan-based group. He suggested there could be as much as $250,000 available and the government provided him with a BMW, a Hummer and other cars to make him appear well-funded, the defense filings said. The defense alleged that Hussain tried to incite the defendants by blaming Jews for the world's evil and telling them that attacks against non-Muslims were endorsed by Islam. Nevertheless, they said, he failed to motivate the defendants to any action on their own.

no 'retreat', this is a strategic, full-scale, bipartisan offensive laying groundwork for more draconian attacks
Obamacare’s Passage: A Full-Scale Retreat
by Stephen Lendman | http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/03/obamacares-passage-a-full-scale-retrea...
...After eight years under George Bush, people demanded change. Obama and congressional Democrats promised it, then disappointed by accomplishing the impossible — governing worse than skeptics feared, worse than Republicans across the board on both domestic and foreign policies.They looted the nation’s wealth, wrecked the economy, consigned millions to impoverishment without jobs, homes, savings, social services, or futures while expanding imperial wars, occupations, and stepped up aggression on new fronts with the largest ever “war” budget in history — way over $1 trillion dollars annually plus supplementals and secret add-ons, greater than the rest of the world combined when America has no enemies.... March 21...a day of infamy, HR 4872 Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 passed: 219-212. Along with the October 8, 2009-passed HR 3590: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Senate-passed bill, December 24, 2009), Obama’s signature made “health reform” law. House-Senate HR 4872 reconciliation follows that may or may not resolve all fixes. No matter. Legislation, signed March 23, is the law of the land unless a rare Supreme Court process called 'judicial review' declares it unconstitutional...

"the new health care law signed Tuesday by Mr. Obama, will expand Medicaid to cover 16 million more people, squeeze nearly a half-trillion dollars out of Medicare in the next 10 years and establish many demonstration projects to test innovative ways of delivering health care."

"...Before his inauguration, Mr. Obama said of Social Security, “We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else’s.”Now that landmark legislation overhauling the health insurance system is about to become law, addressing Social Security’s solvency could well become the next big thing for President Obama and Congressional Democrats....Central to the health care changes are hundreds of billions of dollars in reductions in Medicare spending over time... As some administration officials acknowledge, that effectively takes those fast-growing entitlement programs off the table for deficit reduction just as Mr. Obama’s bipartisan commission to reduce the mounting national debt gets to work. That leaves Social Security, the other big entitlement benefits program and one that Mr. Obama has suggested in the past that he is willing to tackle. While its looming problems are not of the scale of those afflicting Medicare, it now stands as the likeliest source of the sort of large savings needed to bring projected annual deficits to sustainable levels, many budget analysts agree...
Proponents of acting soon argue that changes to benefits or taxes could be delayed so that current retirees and those nearing retirement are unaffected, and yet the promise of future reductions would immediately reassure global markets fretful that the United States’ debt is already its highest since World War II. An agreement on Social Security “would send a very important signal to the world,” said Robert D. Reischauer, a former Congressional Budget Office director.

Medicaid Payments Delayed
March 28, 2010, Boise Idaho
Shortfalls in the state's budget have over 200,000 people concerned about the future of their health care. Earlier this week, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced plans to delay Medicaid reimbursements to health care providers.... an effort by Health and Welfare to shore up a projected short fall of over $27-million from its 2010 budget.All Medicaid reimbursements will be delayed at least three weeks... nursing homes and hospitals reimbursements won't be paid until the 2011 fiscal year begins in July...an added strain on nursing homes and assisted living facilities that already lose money on Medicaid patients. Care providers say cutting funding to health care isn't the best way to fix these problems.

capitalists win
Obama Democrats VS Tea Party Republicans: Fake Fight Over Fake Health Care Reform
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
The fifteen month running battle between Obama Democrats and tea party Republicans was never much more real than televised professional wrestling. Like the opposing wrestlers, both sides work for the same bosses, Big Pharma, Big Insurance, and the biggest medical providers...it's fake reform...
In health care, as in war and peace, as in the environment and education, as in the rights of women and immigrants, the First Black President's historic role is clear. His job is to smile and speechify and neutralize the left on every front, while taking the country further to the right than his white Republican predecessor would ever have been able...

Retired Generals Call for Campaign to Win Health Care for All Children
A new association of retired military generals plans to announce “Operation Tiny Tim” to secure the dignity of affordable health care for all children, not only in the USA but in all countries where US bases are located....“Whether we have to open up our military hospitals or extend the Pentagon budget for health care to civilian facilities, we are determined to share with the children of the world nothing less than the quality medical care our own children received as military dependents,” said General Samuel “Upright” Justice from his home in northern Virginia. General Sawyer “True Blue” Edgemont, who served three years as Director of Medical Operations for the Joint Chiefs, said he couldn’t be more proud of the record the military has established for quality, accessible, and affordable health care for American soldiers, spouses, and dependents around the world. “Medical care is mission critical for us in times of war and peace,” said Edgemont. “Assuring the right to a healthy body is something we can be honored to stand for wherever Old Glory flies”“War is not cheap,” said one well-placed aide...“Especially when you consider that the...will never end.”...“We’re here to serve the national interest,” said the Pentagon spokesman....
http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/04/retired-generals-call-for-campaign-to-... filed under Fiction, Health/Medical, Obama.