7/2 Attempts to 'RESET' Failing NSS Agenda Will Also Fail: Russia, "Pak-Af", Korea, Iran, part i

The combination of, diversified global leadership, politically awakened masses, makes a much more difficult context for any major power including, currently, the leading world power, the United States.
Zbigniew Brzezinski

"Defense officials jokingly described Michael Vickers as being in charge of the "take-over-the-world plan."
Key Pentagon strategist plots global war on terror
By Ann Scott Tyson, The Washington Post
WASHINGTON —In the Pentagon's newly expanded Special Operations office, Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Vickers is working to implement the U.S. military's highest-priority plan: a global campaign against terrorism that reaches far beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. Vickers' job also spans the modernization of nuclear forces for deterrence and retaliation, and the retooling of conventional forces...a portfolio so expansive he and some Pentagon officials jokingly referred to his efforts as the "take-over-the-world plan." Senior Pentagon and military officials regard Vickers as a rarity: a skilled strategist, creative and pragmatic. "He tends to think like a gangster," said Jim Thomas, a former senior defense planner who worked with him..

Pentagon's Plan: 'Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival'
NYT March 8, 1992
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."
Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power. These regions include Western Europe, East Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union, and Southwest Asia. There are three additional aspects to this objective: (...)
With the demise of a global military threat to U.S. interests, regional military threats, including possible conflicts arising in and from the territory of the former Soviet Union, will be of primary concern to the U.S. in the future. These threats are likely to arise in regions critical to the security of the U.S. and its allies, including Europe, East Asia, the Middle East and Southwest Asia, and the territory of the former Soviet Union. We also have important interests at stake in Latin America, Oceania, and Sub-Saharan Africa. In both cases, the U.S. will be concerned with preventing the domination of key regions by a hostile power[...]

Russia gives US spies a headache
US intelligence has put Russia on the list of states able to challenge American interests due its military force, espionage, cyber operations and other capabilities. The document presented on Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair puts Russia and China in the same category as what Washington used to call “Axis of Evil” countries – Iran and North Korea.
It says that, although Russia is a partner in securing fissile material and combating nuclear terrorism, it “may continue to seek avenues for reasserting power in ways that complicate US interests.”...The document lists the priorities for 16 US intelligence agencies over the next four years. Those include combating terrorists and WMD proliferation, integrating intelligence efforts and enhancing cyber security...Political analyst Aleksandr Pikaev said... the “Obama administration claims its desire is to go into multilateralism and pragmatism.” According to Pikaev, the decision to put Russia and China into same category with North Korea and Iran is not very pragmatic. The US, he said, needs “cooperation from China to stabilize the economy”, and “support from Russia to stabilize Afghanistan or have non-proliferation and disarmament.” “This is difficult to understand. I believe this is a mistake of the Obama administration,” he added.

"The U.S. rejects the notion of a Russian sphere of influence"
On heels of spy case, Clinton in Russia's backyard, 7-1-10
On the heels of a sensational Russian spy scandal, Hillary Rodham Clinton is making her first visit as secretary of state to four post-Soviet states, each with a direct stake in the administration's campaign to "reset" relations with its former Cold War foe. Clinton was headed Thursday to Ukraine...will discuss economic, energy, security and democracy with Ukrainian leader...also meet with former prime minister of Ukraine, Yulia Timoshenko, local media and the NGO sector [ed: U.S. "color revolutions" masters]...to be followed by stops in the south Caucasus states of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia all once part of the Soviet Union...Clinton will visit Georgia on July 5. At the center of the Russia-Georgia tensions is an effort by Moscow to reassert its influence in the region,..The U.S. rejects the notion of a Russian sphere of influence... Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered a letter from President Obama in June thanking President Ilham Aliyev for allowing the U.S. to move troops and supplies through his airspace en route to Afghanistan. Azerbaijan also is part of an overland supply chain, a critical alternative to the primary land route to Afghanistan through Pakistan. About one-quarter of all war goods comes through the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation....She also is scheduled to visit Poland, a NATO ally...

THE U.S. - RUSSIA 'RESET' JUST A TACTICAL SHIFT IN U.S. GEOSTRATEGY (see above: 'Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival')
a little U.S. diplomatic pressure to 'reset' Russia's resistance to U.S. missile 'defense' system and other aggressive moves, as well as Iran war pretext
Federal Agents Arrest 10 on Charges of Spying for Russia
Ten people have been arrested for allegedly serving as secret agents of the Russian government in the United States, the Justice Department said Monday.

If CIA has new info on Iran’s nuclear plans, Russia interested in details – Lavrov:
“If CIA has information proving that Iran has actually started to enrich its uranium to a weapon-grade level, this information is new and we are interested to look into it in detail.”

State Department: Arms For Georgia To "Defend Itself" Against Russia
Georgia, Tbilisi: U.S Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon said the United States did not impose an embargo on arms supplies to Georgia. "Georgia is a sovereign state. It has the right to defend itself... The United States appreciate the contribution that Georgia has made to the peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan, and will continue to cooperate with it in the military sphere" he added. Russia calls for imposing an arms embargo on Georgia. Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff@yahoo.com   rwrozoff ,June 30, 2010

Russian CEC chief says US NGOs co-authored Kyrgyz constitution
MOSCOW, June 29 (Itar-Tass) -The head of Russia’s Central Election Commission, Vladimir Churov, just returned from Kyrgyzstan where he led an observer mission at last Sunday’s referendum, is very critical of the draft of Kyrgyzstan’s Constitution. "In its text I have found quite a few proposals made by US non-governmental organizations. We are perfectly aware of their model tests," Churov said on the Ekho Moskvy radio station Tuesday. The Russian CEC chief claimed with confidence that "there are textual coincidences with their model proposals."

wow, what a catch after alleged decade of u.s. surveillance
Alleged Russian intelligence gatherers seized in US
The Russian Foreign Ministry is investigating reports of an alleged spy-ring in the US, but calls the information it is getting contradictory. The story – which includes invisible ink, sending encrypted messages and the exchange of identical bags – is reminiscent of a bad spy movie and does not sound serious. Also, although accused of allegedly spying for a foreign government, the defendants have not been charged as spies. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in Israel, but has found time to comment on the matter.“They haven't explained what they mean. I hope they will do so. The only thing I can say is that it's perfect timing,” Lavrov said...Political analyst and editor-in-chief of the Moscow-based Slovo newspaper, Viktor Linnik, sees the timing of the arrests as very significant.“The news couldn't have been made public without the acknowledgement of the White House. And it happened right at the heels of the very successful visit by Russian President Medvedev to Washington,” Linnik told RT.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin expressed hopes the ties between Moscow and Washington won’t be harmed by the incident."Your police have let themselves go. They are putting people in prison,” the Russian Premier said at a meeting with former US President Bill Clinton in Moscow. “We hope that positive things achieved in recent years will be preserved. We also hope that people who value good relations understand that."...Deputy Head of Russia’s State Duma Security Commission, Vladimir Kolesnikov said...The American spy network is very active, and it is no secret that “agents of US intelligence services still work” in Russia, Kolesnikov added. Previously Russia, when such were detected, quietly deported them from the country, making them “persona non grata”, but now it should start taking criminal prosecutions, he said.... The White House says US law enforcement “acted appropriately” in arrests of alleged Russian spies but it will not affect US-Russia relations.

S. KOREA another 'sovereign ally"
Obama: U.S. Extends South Korea Wartime Control To 2015
Agence France-Presse June 27, 2010
U.S., S. Korea Defer Command Transfer To 2015
TORONTO - The United States and South Korea have agreed to postpone until 2015 Washington's transfer of wartime command of allied South Korean forces to Seoul,
President Obama said June 26. Currently, if war were to break out on the Korean peninsula the United States would assume operational command of South Korean forces. Under a 2007 agreementwith Seoul, that plan was due to come to an end in April 2012. "One of the topics that we discussed is that we have arrived at an agreement that the transition of operational control for alliance activities in the Korean peninsula will take place in 2015," Obama said. "This gives us appropriate time - within the existing security context - to do this right," Obama said. "We want to make sure that we execute what's called the OPCON transition in an effective way."The decision was made at a meeting between Obama and his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak on the sidelines of the G8 summit in Toronto.

N. Korea: U.S. moves 'heavy weapons' to border
(CNN) -- North Korean officials are criticizing the U.S. for bringing heavy weapons into a border village in the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean peninsula, state media reported Monday. State-run KCNA claims U.S. forces brought weapons into the Panmunjom area Saturday morning. A U.S. military spokesperson did not immediately return a call requesting comment."The introduction of heavy weapons to the area around the conference hall where armed forces of both sides stand in acute confrontation is a premeditated provocation aimed to spark off a serious military conflict," the agency said. North Korean military officials have said they will "take strong military countermeasures" if the weapons are not removed, according to KCNA. Tensions have been running high on the Korean peninsula since the sinking in March of a South Korean warship but Pyongyang denies the claim. Last week G8 leaders condemned North Korea's communist government for its alleged role in the sinking of the ship.

"History is evident of more powerful and experienced generals than General McChrystal and empires mightier than the United States of America being surrendered and bowed down before the Afghans."

"We don't care whether it's McChrystal or Petraeus, we'll be fighting the invading forces until they leave"

Panetta says Afghan insurgents show no real interest in reconciliation talks

'message to Petraeus'
Taliban attacks Nato base
The Taliban attacked a Nato base in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan to "send a message to David Petraeus," the general expected to take command of the US mission in the country.

Afghanistan: Major U.S.-NATO Air Base Under Attack
Agence France-Presse June 30, 2010
Just days before US General David Petraeus is due to take up his post as NATO commander in Afghanistan...coincided with a visit by US Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss efforts to battle corruption and enforce the rule of law in Afghanistan,..Taliban militants attacked one of the biggest US-led bases in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, detonating a car bomb at the facility's entrance attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at the base. Jalalabad is one of NATO's largest bases in Afghanistan, after Kandahar in the south and Bagram near Kabul, which have both been attacked by militants in recent months. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed claimed responsibility in a telephone call to AFP. CNN quoted Mujahid that men wearing explosive vests entered the airfield, killing 32 foreigners...Last month, the Taliban attacked the main NATO base in Kandahar... in May Bagram airfield about 60 kilometres (35 miles) north of Kabul.... Posted by: "Rick Rozoff"

Pakistan: Attacks on NATO Convoys Intensify
NATO oil tankers torched in Pakistan's Balochistan province 
ISLAMABAD: At least two NATO oil tankers were torched near Chaman in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan on Monday morning,The frequent attacks on the NATO supply convoy in Pakistan has forced NATO to decide in mid-June on opening another new logistic route from the north into Afghanistan through central Asian countries. However, local analysts say the northern route is neither feasible nor effective due to the rough terrain and weather there. So far Pakistan is still the shortest route for NATO supplies for their troops in Afghanistan.

Nato oil tanker destroyed in Khyber Agency
KARACHI: June 28, 2010 -- A Nato oil tanker was destroyed by a blast in Khyber Agency's Landi Kotal district Monday when the tanker was on its way to Torkham, on the Pak-Afghan border. After the blast, Pak-Afghan route was blocked and hence, the movement of Nato supplies was also suspended
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ominous implications: killer-general 'troops felt handcuffed to protect Afghan lives'
"I would love to kick McChrystal in the nuts. His rules of engagement put soldiers' lives in even greater danger. Every real soldier will tell you the same thing."
former Special Forces operator who spent years in Iraq and Afghanistan www.neptunuslex.com/2010/06/22/rolling-stone/

McChrystal: Death Squad Poster Boy
..Between September 2003 and August 2008, McChrystal commanded the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations (JSOC), tasked to set up death squads and paramilitary forces to terrorise communities and movements opposing the US and its allies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. JSOC’s Major General William Mayville described the operation in Iraq: "JSOC was a killing machine." JSOC has also been described as "the Salvadoran option" after the US-created death squads that brutalised El Salvador in the 1980s. (Ibid.) McChrystal was in charge of the "direct action" forces of the Special Missions Units... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=67530

McChrystal Faces Massive Failure in Afghanistan in Next Few Months
Gareth Porter June 14, 2010
McChrystal's message that his strategy will weaken the Taliban in its heartland took its worst beating thus far, when he admitted that the planned offensive in Kandahar City and surrounding districts is being delayed until September at the earliest, because it does not have the support of the Kandahar population and leadership. Equally damaging...was the Washington Post report Thursday documenting the failure of February's offensive in Marja...To ensure that no Taliban would be able to operate in the area, McChrystal had deployed nearly 15,000 U.S., British and Afghan troops to control Marja's population. U.S.-NATO declared victory in Marja three months ago. Despite news media references before and during the offensive to Marja as a "city of 80,000", it was an agricultural area whose population of about 35,000 was spread over some 120 square kilometres, based on the fewer than 50 dwellings shown on the Google Earth map of a 1.2 kilometre segment of the area... 15,000 NATO and Afghan troops provided a ratio of one occupying soldier for every two members of the population. Counterinsurgency doctrine normally calls for one soldier for every 50 people in the target area. The fact that the U.S.-NATO forces could not clear the Taliban from Marja despite such an unusually heavy concentration of troops is devastating evidence the COIN strategy has failed. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25711.htm

another 'indiscretion' revealing U.S. partners, if not death-squad creations
McChrystal 'sacked for intelligence leak'
Head of Press TV's office in Kabul, Mohammad Ruhi, says US commander General Stanley McChrystal was sacked for acknowledging NATO's connection with the executed leader of the Pakistan-based Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi. http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=131827&sectionid=3510203

US had ’sporadic’ contacts with Jundallah
by Abhijay Patel http://www.daily.pk/category/world/
Nov 1, 2009
After the US vehemently denied having links to terrorists involved in a bombing attack in Iran, a former top army general in Pakistan and a former CIA case officer reveal more details about US contacts with Jundallah. Earlier in October, a number of top Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders and Shia and Sunni tribal leaders were killed in a suicide bombing in the borderline region of Pishin in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province. The U.S  Backed  Jundallah terrorist group, which is believed to be closely affiliated with the al Qaeda organization, claimed responsibility for the bombing. Following the attack,which killed more than 40 people, Iranian officials accused foreign countries including the US, Britain, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia of supporting Jundallah. The US and UK were quick to reject the claim. Meanwhile, former army chief of staff in Pakistan General Aslam Beg, speaking, said that the border village of Mand has been used as a staging point for US contacts with Jundallah “US aid also was funneled into the region through the Pakistani ports of Kot Kalmat and Jiwani,”...In a separate article published by Time, former Middle East case officer at the Central Intelligence Agency Robert Baer said the CIA had “sporadic” contact with Jundallah.

Afghan mineral wealth may be at least $3 trillion
...Geologists have known for decades about Afghanistan's vast deposits of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and other prized minerals, but a U.S. Department of Defense briefing earlier this week put a startling, nearly $1 trillion price tag on the reserves. Afghanistan's Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani said he's seen geological assessments and industry reports estimating the nation's mineral wealth at $3 trillion or more. For Afghanistan, a war-torn, landlocked country with virtually no exports, a potential windfall, although formidable obstacles remain including lack of investment, infrastructure and adequate security in most of the nation. "The ministry has been working closely with the international organizations, including the World Bank, the U.S. Geological Survey and the international mining and finance community for some time to ensure all Afghan people benefit from our rich natural resources for decades to come"...

Afghan resistance statement regarding the puppet regime's mining contracts with foreign companies
According to a news report, American geologists have found $1 trillion worth of valuable minerals, including iron, copper, cobalt, gold, and lithium. This report is followed by news stories of awarding contracts by the corrupt and puppet Karzai administration for mining these deposits. In fact the occupation forces are disgracefully facing the most horrible situation in Afghanistan. In order to save their face, both the American and their puppets in Kabul "disclosed" this news to show their "eagerness" for the betterment of the Afghan Masses. Through these measures the American forces and their dazed military leadership are trying to get maximum benefit from the Afghan wealth in form of gaining support from vital American companies in favor of Obama’s Afghan Policy.
Secondly, it intends to use it as a bribe to those allies of this shattered alliance, who no more wants to stay in Afghanistan. The US believes monetary greed will make them stay along the US in this graveyard. Another design behind "breaking" this news was to drag those countries to Afghanistan who have been opposing the US occupation. The last but not least, the news aims at diverting the global attention from US’s defeat and acquire more time to stay in Afghanistan. Perhaps, the whole world is aware of these deceitful and failed efforts by the US...
The recent reports are no revelations as the vast deposits in Afghanistan were no secret. In fact Afghanistan is well known for its mineral wealth. These natural deposits are Afghan’s wealth. The mining of these minerals and all related agreements can be awarded by an independent and legal Afghan government only, not the one being imposed over the Afghan masses through force, tanks and warplanes....
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan warns all foreign companies, entering into contract with the puppet regime that no guarantee of the life of their worker can be given. Whosoever, enter into contract with this puppet regime regarding the natural resources, their contract will be considered as illegal by the Afghan masses and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan hopes that the contract for mining these minerals after the defeat of the United State of America... http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=67414&s2=28

Afghanistan Mineral Riches Story Is War Propaganda
Josey Wales
...In his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, Brzezinski refers directly to the strategic and economic prizes to be gained via control of what he describes as the Eurasian Balkans: "…the Eurasian Balkans are infinitely more important as a potential economic prize: an enormous concentration of natural gas and oil reserves is located in the region, in addition to important minerals, including gold (page 124)," and "America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Euraisian continent is sustained…A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions…most of the world’s physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil (page 30-31)."...[ed: but u.s. must] "prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together (page 40)." ...
If you still believe the U.S. did not previously have knowledge of vast mineral riches in Afghanistan, despite the fact that former Senior U.S. officials, Afghans, Soviets and Zbigniew Brzezinski all did, take a gander at this 2007 US Geological Survey...The NYT again disseminating propaganda to sell the empire building new world order.

in case you forgot: UN is a US organ...like NYT et al
UN: Violence Up Sharply in Afghanistan
Violence in Afghanistan rose substantially over the past three months, most of it due to attacks by “anti-government forces,” the United Nations reported.... insurgents have greatly increased the level of violence in Afghanistan, and have become by far the biggest killers of civilians here, the United Nations said in a report released publicly on Saturday...“The shift to more complex suicide attacks demonstrates a growing capability of the local terrorist networks linked to Al Qaeda,” the report said...Without providing statistics, the report singled out “escalation of force” episodes for casualties inflicted by the coalition. These are episodes in which civilians are killed at military checkpoints or near military convoys, often because they fail to understand or to heed orders. The report, which was released by the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, cited the military’s efforts to minimize such casualties, including a public information campaign, nonlethal warning methods and “a reiteration of the July 2009 tactical directive by the commander of the International Security Assistance Force limiting the use of force.” The commander, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, has emphasized the reduction of civilian casualties as a crucial goal of the war effort. Previously, airstrikes had been the leading factor in civilian casualties caused by NATO’s military forces, but there was no mention of that in the current United Nations report...The report also confirms statistics from the NATO coalition, which claimed a continuing decrease in civilian deaths caused by the United States military and its allies. At the same time it blames stepped-up military operations for an overall increase in the violence...

Tighter Rules Fail to Stem Deaths of Innocent Afghans at Checkpoints
KABUL, Afghanistan — American and NATO troops firing from passing convoys and military checkpoints have killed 30 Afghans and wounded 80 others since last summer, but in no instance did the victims prove to be a danger to troops, according to military officials in Kabul.“We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat,” said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who became the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan last year. His comments came 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 ...known in the military as “escalation of force” episodes...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

every single day the deaths mount as state terrorists and their puppets profess new efforts to 'protect Afghans'
5 Occupation Force Soldiers Killed by Afghan Rebels:
Five NATO troops, including three Americans, were killed Friday by resistance fighters in Afghanistan, raising to 34 the number of US occupation soldiers killed this month in Afghanistan http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/188495

US Kills 10 Afghan Civilians
June 20, 2010 Ten civilians, including at least five women and children, were killed in NATO airstrikes in Khost Province, the provincial police chief said Saturday...NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said it had carried out precision airstrikes against armed insurgents from the Haqqani network, Taliban allies operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan.“Our mission is to protect the population and we will accept full responsibility if civilians were unintentionally harmed in the intense fight against the insurgents.”
www.uruknet.info?p=67175 www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/nato-airstrike-kills-at-least-fi...

US drone attack kills at least 13 in Pakistan
Sify June 19, 2010
At least 13 people were killed and several injured on Saturday in an air strike by unmanned US drones in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region. A drone fired two missiles at a house in Inzarabad village of North Waziristan mountainous region near Afghanistan border, killing 13 and injuring several others....http://www.uruknet.de/?p=67190

U.S. Testing Pain Ray in Afghanistan
By Noah Shachtman, Wired
June 19, 2010 -The U.S. mission [ed:: psywar experts ruled out non-people friendly COIN terms like military 'offensive' & 'operation'] in Afghanistan centers around swaying locals to its side. And there’s no better persuasion tool than an invisible pain ray that makes people feel they’re on fire...think long and hard about the Taliban’s propaganda bonanza when news leaks of the Americans zapping Afghans until they feel roasted alive. Because, apparently, the Active Denial System is "in Afghanistan for testing."http://www.uruknet.de/?p=67177

Blackwater Firm Gets $120M U.S. Contract
CBS News
June 19, 2010 -the State Department awarded part of what was formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide a contract worth over $120 million for providing security services in Afghanistan...
the contract comes just more than four months after the Iraqi government [SIC] ordered Blackwater to leave the country within seven days or face possible arrest. Last December, a federal judge dismissed the U.S. government's case against five Blackwater guards in the deaths of unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007 because prosecutors used sworn statements the guards gave under a promise of immunity. Federal prosecutors are continuing to appeal the dismissal.The Justice Department's case or Blackwater's expulsion from Iraq didn't block U.S. Training Center from bidding on the multi-million dollar contract, the State Department spokeswoman said...she could not name either of U.S. Training Center's competitors...
www.uruknet.info?p=67179 www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20008238-10391695.html?tag=nl.e879

CIA hires Xe, formerly Blackwater, to guard facilities in Afghanistan, elsewhere:
The revelation comes only a day after a federal commission investigating war-zone contractors blasted the State Department for granting Xe a new $120 million contract to guard U.S. consulates under construction in Afghanistan.

Bomb Blast Kills Seven Private Contractor Co. Guards in southwestern Afghanistan

Taliban bastion Marjah 'almost' under control
AFP February 16, 2010
Afghanistan military says US-led troops had almost taken control of a key Taliban bastion, although pockets of stiff resistance remained on the operation's third day.
The assault is the first major test of US President Barack Obama's strategy to reverse the Taliban insurgency and end the eight-year war, and one of the biggest since the 2001 US-led invasion brought down the Taliban. US Marines are leading 15,000 US, NATO and Afghan troops in the ground and air operation designed to clear the Taliban from the Marjah region of Helmand province, in southern Afghanistan, and make way for ...

Response of the Leadership Council of the Islamic Emirate in Reaction to the Maligning Report of the London School of Economics
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan:
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 - A Study Team of the London School of Economics has claimed in a report that the intelligence agency of Pakistan has been supporting the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan militarily and logistically. It has claimed that Pakistani intelligence officials practically participate in meetings of the alleged Quetta Council and impose their discretions on members of the Leadership Council. While considering this report of the London School of Economic as a merely baseless propaganda launched to promote British and American interests, the Islamic Emirate, meanwhile, declares its stand as follows:... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=67081

U.S. new PAK-AF "sovereignty" plan
Some Afghan military officers to get training in Pakistan
KABUL -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has agreed [SIC] to send a group of military officers to Pakistan for training... U.S. officials involved in Afghanistan said they knew nothing of the arrangement... Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, head of the NATO training command in Afghanistan, said in an e-mail Afghanistan"is a sovereign nation and can make bilateral agreements with other nations to provide training." Gen. David H. Petraeus, confirmed Wednesday as the new U.S. and NATO war commander, said that the United States wants to "forge a partnership or further the partnership that has been developing between Afghanistan and Pakistan."... U.S. officials are generally pleased with the rapprochement between Afghanistan and Pakistan...While building Afghanistan's weak army is a key component of U.S. strategy, more than 300 Afghan soldiers are currently being trained under bilateral agreements in other countries, including Turkey and India, Pakistan's traditional adversary....Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington an advocate of a Pakistani training program, said the plan could expedite joint operations between the two militaries and reduce suspicions about Pakistan within the Afghan army.

a little cooperation encouragement...
The crossing of a U.S.-Israeli fleet through the Suez Canal should be interpreted less as signal against Iran than Pakistan
U.S. ships and Israeli nuclear submarines in the Persian Gulf
by Manlio Dinucci* Il Manifesto, June 24, 2010
The reason is not only, as was reported, to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons in future. There is a more compelling factor: at the beginning of last week, Tehran signed a $7 billion agreement with Pakistan, inaugurating the construction of a gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan. The project goes back 17 years and had, until now, been obstructed by the United States. Notwithstanding, Iran has already completed 900 Km of the 1500 Km-long gas pipeline, extending from the South Pars field to the border with Pakistan, which will build 700 Km more. As from 2014, 22 million cubic meters of Iranian gas will be delivered to Pakistan through this energy corridor on a daily basis. According to the original project, a branch of the pipeline was to arrive in India, but New Delhi withdrew for fear that Pakistan might interfere with the supply.
China, on the contrary, is ready to import gas from Iran: the China Petroleum Corporation signed a $5 billion agreement with Iran for the development of the South Pars field, replacing French company Total, whose contract was not renewed by Tehran (whereas the Italian ENI - Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi, Ndt - continues to operate in the South Pars and Darquain oil fields). For Iran, therefore, the project is of strategic importance: the country has the largest gas reserves after Russia and they are to a large extent still unexploited; through the energy corridor towards the East, Iran can thus elude the sanctions wanted by Washington. However, there is a weakness: South Pars, its biggest oil deposit, is located offshore in the Persian Gulf. It is therefore vulnerable to a naval blockade like the one the United States could impose by virtue of the sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council.
Washington is up in arms since Pakistan, its ally, signed the agreement with Iran just a few days after the sanctions were decided by the Security Council. Hence the military maneuvres, in line with Washington’s allies, particularly France. The aircraft carrier Truman, heading the naval squadron which is sailing towards the Persian Gulf, first made a stopover in Marseille, effecting an interoperability maneuver in the Mediterranean which involved its 80 attack aircraft and the aircraft aboard the French carrier Charles de Gaulle. And, on 14 June, while en route to the Suez Canal, Truman received the visit of the Geman Defence Minister and Navy Chief of Staff....

3 major geostrategist think-tanks rethink Afghanistan in the context of broader U.S. global agenda...headed for defeat anyway
The 30-Year War in Afghanistan
By George Friedman
The Afghan War is the longest war in U.S. history. It began in 1980 and continues to rage. It began under Democrats but has been fought under both Republican and Democratic administrations, making it truly a bipartisan war. The conflict is an odd obsession of U.S. foreign policy, one that never goes away and never seems to end. As the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal reminds us, the Afghan War is now in its fourth phase... The fourth phase of the war began in 2009, when U.S. President Barack Obama decided to pursue a more aggressive strategy in Afghanistan. Though the Bush administration had toyed with this idea, it was Obama who implemented it fully....
Therefore, the problem is to define how important Afghanistan is to American global strategy, bearing in mind that the forces absorbed in Iraq and Afghanistan have left the United States vulnerable elsewhere in the world. The current strategy defines the Islamic world as the focus of all U.S. military attention. But the world has rarely been so considerate as to wait until the United States is finished with one war before starting another. Though unknowns remain unknowable, a principle of warfare is to never commit all of your reserves in a battle — one should always maintain a reserve for the unexpected. Strategically, it is imperative that the United States begin to free up forces and re-establish its ground reserves.
Given the time frame the Obama administration’s grand strategy imposes, and given the capabilities of the Taliban, it is difficult to see how it will all work out. But the ultimate question is about the American obsession with Afghanistan. For 30 years, the United States has been involved in a country that is virtually inaccessible for the United States. Washington has allied itself with radical Islamists, fought against radical Islamists or tried to negotiate with radical Islamists. What the United States has never tried to do is impose a political solution through the direct application of American force. This is a new and radically different phase of America’s Afghan obsession. The questions are whether it will work and whether it is even worth it.

Time for Sweeping Afghan Policy Review
June 23, 2010
Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
By choosing General David Petraeus as new commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama ended the political distraction caused by General Stanley McChrystal's ill-advised Rolling Stone interview. It will be more difficult to end the strategic distraction that is the American involvement in Afghanistan...at a time the United States faces a looming fiscal crisis and mounting strategic challenges in Iran and North Korea. The president was wise to act swiftly to replace his theater commander; he should act no less decisively in reviewing the policy. The focus should be on scaling back U.S. military presence, on what more can be done to induce some Taliban leaders and troops to reject working with al-Qaeda and join the Afghan political process--and on what is to be done to those who refuse.

Defining Success in Afghanistan: What Can the United States Accept?
The original plan for a post-Taliban Afghanistan called for rapid, transformational nation building. But such a vision no longer appears feasible, if it ever was. As U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates observed in 2009, Afghanistan does not need to become "a Central Asian Valhalla." Yet a Central Asian Somalia would presumably not suffice. Success in Afghanistan will thus mean arriving at an intermediate end state, somewhere between ideal and intolerable. The Obama administration must identify and describe what this end state might look like. Without clear limits on acceptable outcomes, the U.S. and NATO military campaign will be rudderless, as will any negotiation strategy for a settlement with the Taliban... there is a range of acceptable and achievable outcomes for Afghanistan. None is perfect, and all would require sacrifice. But it is a mistake to assume that Afghanistan is somehow ungovernable or that any sacrifice would be wasted in the pursuit of an unachievable goal. Afghanistan's own history offers ample evidence of the kind of stable, decentralized governance that could meet today's demands ...learning from this history and recent experience in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the United States can frame a workable definition of success in Afghanistan. The most realistic and acceptable alternative models of governance are decentralized democracy and a system of internal mixed sovereignty.

preparing public opinion for expanded war ...
Pakistan Said to Pursue Foothold in Afghanistan
SLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan is exploiting the troubled United States military effort in Afghanistan to drive home a political settlement with Afghanistan that would give Pakistan important influence there likely to undermine United States interests, Pakistani and American officials said... Pakistan is presenting itself as the new viable partner for Afghanistan... telling Mr. Karzai they agree with his assessment that the United States cannot win in Afghanistan ... that they can deliver the network of
Sirajuddin Haqqani, an ally of Al Qaeda who runs a major part of the insurgency in Afghanistan, into a power-sharing arrangement...Afghan officials say, the Pakistanis are pushing various other proxies, with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistani Army chief, personally offering to broker a peace deal with the Taliban leadership...
The dismissal of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal will almost certainly embolden the Pakistanis in their plan...“They know this creates a bigger breach between us and Karzai,” the American official said. Though encouraged by Washington, the thaw heightens the risk that the United States will find itself cut out of what amounts to a separate peace between the Afghans and Pakistanis, and one that does not necessarily guarantee Washington’s prime objective in the war: denying Al Qaeda a haven.
It also provides another indication of how Pakistan, ostensibly an American ally, has worked many opposing sides in the war to safeguard its ultimate interest in having an Afghanistan that is pliable and free of the influence of its main strategic obsession, its more powerful neighbor, India...The Haqqani network has long been Pakistan’s crucial anti-India asset and has remained virtually untouched by Pakistani forces in their redoubt inside Pakistan, in the tribal areas on the Afghan border, even as the Americans have pressed Pakistan for an offensive against it....there have long been suspicions among Afghan, American and other Western officials that the Pakistanis were holding the Haqqanis in reserve for just such a moment, as a lever to shape the outcome of the war in its favor...General Petraeus told Congress last week that Haqqani fighters were responsible for recent major attacks in Kabul and the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan... Some officials in the Obama administration have not ruled out incorporating the Haqqani network in an Afghan settlement...

in case you missed it when no u.s. major media reported it..
6/21 US Led Armada to Persian Gulf-Obama Orders War Alert http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/297

Report: US Warships Stationed Off Iranian Coast
A chart, dated June 23, published by Stratfor, US-based strategic intelligence company, and obtained by the Zero Hedge financial blog, shows that over the last few weeks a naval carrier, the USS Harry S Truman,has been positioned in the north Indian Ocean, not far from the Strait of Hormuz, which leads into the Persian Gulf. The carrier joins the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was already located in the area. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25829.htm

Anti-Iran Bill in House Makes Claims With No Basis in Fact
by Jeremy R. Hammond / June 24th, 2010
Representative Jim Costa (CA) sponsored a bill introduced into the U.S. Congress on Tuesday “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the one-year anniversary of the Government of Iran’s fraudulent manipulation of Iranian elections, the Government of Iran’s continued denial of human rights and democracy to the people of Iran, and the Government of Iran’s continued pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.” The bill, H.R. 1457, referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs was cosponsored by Gary L. Ackerman (NY), Howard L. Berman (CA), Dan Burton (IN), Ron Klein (FL), Mike Pence (IN), Ted Poe (TX),

Focus U.S.A. / 'The U.S. will have to confront Iran or give up the Middle East'
By Natasha Mozgovaya
Amitai Etzioni, professor of International Relations at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., believes the only option available to contain Iran's atomic ambitions is a series of assaults on its non-nuclear facilities. He maintains that President Obama's attempts at dialogue have failed, and drastic steps must be taken to prevent the U.S. losing its Middle East dominance to Tehran.
Writing in the U.S. Army's "Military Review" journal, Etzioni lists four possible responses to Iran's nuclear program - engagement, sanctions, military strikes and deterrence. He concludes that engagement has failed, sanctions are not likely to work, military strikes on Iran's suspected nuclear sites are unlikely to be effective either and might only delay the program (Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes this would probably be by one to three years), and deterrence works with rational actors, but it’s a gamble to rely on it with non-rational actors. This, he hypothesizes, leaves strikes on Iranian infrastructure that is not necessarily related to its nuclear program... “... it was published in the official U.S. army publication as a cover story. It says something, no? It’s not simply what a professor says. I agree that the White House is far from it, but somebody considered it worth discussing. You must assume that the military option covers several options”...“We do not want Iran to have a nuclear weapon and there is no way you can damage nuclear sites sufficiently by attacking them. There is only one alternative left. I should hasten to add – it’s not a policy Israel has to follow, it’s a policy the U.S. can follow because there are too many missions involved. Some people say Israel should do it and then the U.S. can enter under the excuse that it’s its ally, and some people think coalition is better. Coalition is always better, but in this case it’s very unlikely that many other nations would like to join the Administration.
What’s happening in the Middle East is that the countries are assuming that the U.S. is going to fold and retreat. It’s obviously going to get out of Iraq. The Pakistanis are very suspicious of the US commitments. Syria is moving toward Iran, Turkey is moving toward Iran. So the underlying text in the Middle East is that the next superpower in the Middle East is Iran. So even if you for a moment put aside the nuclear issue – to keep the U.S. credibility to protects its resources and oil, the issue will not be settled in Afghanistan and Iraq, it will finally come down to the confrontation between the U.S. and Iran. So maybe the U.S. should get out of Afghanistan, because it’s not the real war anymore. But if the U.S. is going to let Iran to become a nuclear power – all the other countries, including the Sunni ones, will run to it. The U.S. will have to confront Iran or give up the Middle East”.

Former Israeli top spy calls for strike on Iran
Jerusalem (AFP) June 21, 2010
Israel should launch a pre-emptive strike to prevent arch-foe Iran from going nuclear, Shabtai Shavit head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency from 1989 to 1996 said Monday
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, in a lengthy Jerusalem Post interview last week that he said reflected the actual tenor of his talk at the Foreign Ministry. In that interview, published on Friday, Oren said that the Obama administration was "as good if not better" on Israel than "many previous administrations," and that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, often portrayed in the Israeli media as the "bad guy" on Israel issues, was actually "a great asset." Oren on Sunday emphatically denied as "a lie" a report he had suggested in the briefing that Obama operated out of cold calculation, not emotional attachment to Israel....he confirmed that he did say Obama runs a very tight ship, with key decision-making done at the White House, not the State Department or other agencies. "This is one of the most centralized administrations in post-World War II history," said Oren, a historian who wrote a best-selling book on U.S. relations in the Middle East... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/27/AR201006...

Iran slams US, insisting its missiles are defensive
Tehran (AFP) June 19, 2010
Iran accused the United States of "deception" and insisted its missiles are for self-defence after a top US official charged the Islamic republic could rain missiles down on Europe."The Islamic Republic's missile capability has been designed and implemented to defend against military aggression and does not threaten any nation," Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said ...

Ahmadinejad: Israel, U.S. trying to sabotage Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia
Iranian President says day after Saudis deny Times [false] report that Saudi Arabia will allow Israel to use its airspace en route to strike Iran.
By Haaretz Service
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday charged Israel and the United States of trying to sabotage relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, a day after Riyadh denied a report in the Times claiming it had agreed to allow Israel to use its airspace to attack Iran. "Undoubtedly, the U.S. and the Zionist regime are enemies of Iran and Saudi Arabia, so they are trying to create a gap between Tehran and Riyadh," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during a meeting with Saudi Arabia's new ambassador to Tehran. "If Iran and Saudi Arabia stand together, our enemies won't dare continue with their aggressive behavior, with occupation and pressure on the Muslim world," the Iranian president declared during his speech.Saturday, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, denied his country had practiced standing down its anti-aircraft systems to allow Israeli warplanes passage on their way to attack Iran's nuclear installations, the London-based Arabic language paper Alsharq al Awsat reported.
The Times reported that the Saudis have allocated a narrow corridor of airspace in the north of the country that would cut flying time from Israel to Iran.
"The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way," the Times quoted an unnamed U.S. defense source in the area as saying. "They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren't scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [U.S.] State Department." Once the Israelis had passed, the kingdom's air defenses would return to full alert, the Times said. "We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing," the Times quoted a Saudi government source as saying. According to the report, the four main targets for an Israeli raid on Iran would be uranium-enrichment facilities at Natanz and Qom, a gas-storage development at Isfahan and a heavy-water reactor at Arak. Secondary targets may include a Russian-built light-water reactor at Bushehr, which could produce weapons-grade plutonium when complete. More on this topic Iran official: Russia obligated to complete S-300 sale

6/14, Deletion, but no Times retraction: No search results found for 'Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites
Hugh Tomlinson http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7148555.ece'
Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites
Hugh Tomlinson, June 12, 2010 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7148555.e...

U.S. and G8 in no position to lecture Iran
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani blasted the group's reference to the issue of human rights in Iran highlighting the civilian death toll of the US-led war in Afghanistan as well as the notorious US prisons in Iraq and Cuba. http://presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=132401&sectionid=351020101

Iran accuses CIA of psychological warfare
TEHRAN — Iran on Monday accused the US Central Intelligence Agency of waging psychological warfare against it through "fake reports," saying the CIA knows Tehran's nuclear programme has no military aims. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast dismissed CIA director Leon Panetta's comments that Iran could have nuclear weapons ready to use by as early as 2012. "Such remarks fall within the framework of psychological warfare aimed at creating a negative perception about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities," Mehmanparast told state news agency IRNA. "The American officials, especially their intelligence apparatus, know that Iran's nuclear programme is in no way a military one but is aimed at peaceful purposes," he said. "Those who bring up such fake reports seek to deflect world public opinion from the main concern... the nuclear arsenals of several countries and a certain regime," he said in apparent reference to Israel. Neither the United States nor its top regional ally Israel, the sole if undeclared nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, have ruled out a military strike to scupper Iran's atomic drive. "Israel is very concerned about what's happening in Iran," Panetta noted. "We continue to share intelligence (with Israel) as to what exactly is Iran's capacity," he told ABC, adding that Israel feels "more strongly that Iran has already made the decision to proceed with the bomb, but at the same time they know that sanctions will have an impact." Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed concern over Panetta's remarks...

Gulf states will not back attack against Iran
By Duraid Al Baik, Associate Editor
"Saudi Arabia will not cooperate with Israel or any other country to attack Iran. We have always advocated a peaceful solution to the Iran crisis," Dr Abdul Aziz Hamad of King Saud University told Gulf News....Saudi and US defence officials were quoted in a report in The Times as saying that Riyadh will allow Israeli jets to use its airspace if Tel Aviv decides to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. "The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way," the London-based newspaper said, quoting a US defence source."They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren't scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department," the report said, quoting an unnamed Saudi official... Riad Kahwaji, General Director of the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, said the "[Times] report, in my opinion, is part of the psychological warfare between Iran and the US, because there is no need for Saudi-Israeli cooperation to allow the Jewish state to attack Iran."[...]