As the world weeps with the heroic Japanese people, desperate to support their unimaginable struggle, state-mouthpiece US media, its faux crocodile tears mixed with brazen lies, exploit the horror, whips up patriotic, xenophobic fear predicting false nuclear threat to US. Covering cruel mendacity with barely disguised glee over, also unfounded, 'expected' decline of Japan's third world power status, it promotes US as the savior, its warships amassing for 'humanitarian aid'. Not featured in the 'news' diverting public attention from US opening another major front against Libya, with far-reaching implications, in its world war for global domination are: US nuclear bombing of Japan; that Mark 1 nuclear reactors are GE products (like 23 of 104 in US), and most critically, that the 'Japan-US Alliance' is lynchpin of vital US Pacific military control. [more on this in next digest issue]

Obama warned regional leaders "can't maintain power through coercion"
Final negotiations are taking place on massive $60 billion US arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

"no-fly zone possible component but not sufficient"
An Obama administration official said a no-fly zone is a possible component of such an effort, "but not sufficient," reflecting the administration's past concerns that Gadhafi could still rout the opposition with helicopter gunships, artillery and ground forces. The US is discussing a range of other concrete steps with allies, both at the United Nations and at NATO... Lebanese Ambassador Nawaf Salam said because Libyan diplomats at the U.N. had asked for a no-fly zone, and the Arab League had approved such a flight ban, "it is not foreign intervention, it is international legality." http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110316/ap_on_re_us/libya_diplomacy

U.S. considering military actions beyond no-fly zone to stop Kadafi
"The U.S. view is that we need to be prepared to contemplate steps that include, but perhaps go beyond, a no-fly zone at this point, as the situation on the ground has evolved, and as a no-fly zone has inherent limitations in terms of protection of civilians at immediate risk," Rice said. Until now, the Obama administration had seemed reluctant to support imposition of a no-fly zone. But with Kadafi's forces crushing the rebellion, the U.S. is facing mounting pressure to intervene...the Arab League voted in favor of a no-fly zone, giving the U.S. some political cover. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reflected the change in the administration's thinking. "So many different actions are being considered," Clinton said Wednesday in an interview with CBS. "Yes, a no-fly zone, but others as well, to enable the protection of Libyan citizens against their own leader, who seems to be determined to turn the clock back and kill as many of them as possible."......Moammar Kadafi has made so many gains that a no-fly zone may no longer be enough to stop his advance.

Deputy Libyan UN ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi warned "in the coming hours we will see a real genocide if the international community does not act quickly." Dabbashi, who defected from the Gathafi regime, said "about five" Arab states were ready to join the no-fly zone if it is adopted.

NATO Extends Control Over Libya
Prensa Latina March 7, 2011
Washington: U.S. ambassador to NATO, Ivo Daalder, said the military bloc decided to increase the AWACS surveillance to 24 hours to monitor air operations andsurface movements on Libyan territory, which is for many an advance toward armed intervention. NATO analyzes whether to impose an air exclusion zone at a time when the Cooperation Council of Gulf countries asked the UN to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, according to a statement of the foreign ministers of the group. The NATO defense ministers will meet Thursday in Brussels, an opportunity that may increase actions against Libya because the imposition of an exclusion zone area, according to its promoters, including the head of the Pentagon, Robert Gates, would require a military operation....NATO also analyzes using military forces for humanitarian aid, which could mask the use of naval units of the Alliance in the Mediterranean Sea and the use of military aircraft, political commentators said. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stopnato/message/49307

New UN "responsibility to protect" Doctrine Invoked in Libyan Conflict
3/16/11 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/New-UN-Doctrine-Invoked-in-Li...
Fred Abraham with Human Rights Watch, said conditions in Libya are dire. "We have noticed people with whom we’ve spoken on the telephone have now begun to say that they can’t talk or they don’t answer the phones at all. Some people have even been praising the government - those we know are critical, feel like they have to praise the government on the telephone. So that suggests an atmosphere of extreme repression,"

translation: what IS it doing?
3/3/11 Libya: What should CIA be doing?
By Jeff Stein, http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2011/03/libya_what_should_cia_...
Art Keller, former CIA case officer, who spent years tracking down and trying to eliminate al Qaeda leaders in the wilds of Pakistan’s tribal regions, said CIA shouldn’t be helping overthrow Gaddafi if it didn’t have somebody to replace him. “I've yet to hear anybody putting forth a credible candidate to succeed the crazy colonel...Promoting the prospects of such a candidate is the only reasonable strategic goal worth getting U.S. troops or intelligence officers actively involved in Libya. Until and unless someone emerges as an opposition leader, getting involved will only muddy the waters.” Such interventions carry the odor of colonialism to most Arabs, he noted. “If the rebel faction gets strong enough, and organized enough, to formally request U.S. assistance, some light arms and ammo and a few Special Forces trainers might not hurt”...[as if not already there]

3/3/11 U.N. Council Postpones Consideration of Report Praising Libya's Human Rights Record
AP http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/03/council-postpones-consideration-...
The U.N. Human Rights Council [UNHRC] postponed consideration of a report that praises Libyan leader al-Qaddafi’s government for its human rights record...commends Libya for improving educational opportunities, for making human rights a "priority" and for bettering its constitutional framework....written several months before the uprising in Libya nevertheless scheduled for consideration and vote March 18, as U.N. General Assembly voted to suspend Libya from UNHRC. U.S. UNHRC ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe welcomed [SIC] the decision.

Feb. 26, 2011 SAS 'Blades' rescue 150: Crack helicopter commandos
Special Forces soldiers landed two C130 Hercules military transport aircraft on a landing strip near remote oilfields south of the eastern port of Benghazi

Feb. 27, 2011 Libya crisis: Several western nations evacuate embassy staff in secret military operations
DNA India Several western countries evacuated their embassy staff and other foreign nationals from Libya in secret military operations and temporarily closed their diplomatic missions there
Yesterday's rescue operation, without the permission of the Libyan authorities, was approved by chancellor Angela Merkel and defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg [ed: since had to resign after being stripped of his doctorate degree for plagiarism by the University of Bayreuth last week]

note:Pakistan article is dated pre-weekend military / war incursion
25 Feb 2011 Secret U.K., Germany flights rescue hundreds from Libya
British and German military planes swooped into Libya's desert over the weekend, ..."

27 Feb 2011 Secret U.K., Germany flights rescue hundreds from Libya
The secret military missions into the turbulent North Africa country signal the readiness of Western nations to disregard Libya's territorial integrity

Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said they had no confirmation of reports of aircraft controlled by Gadhafi firing on citizens, an argument for enforcing a no-fly zone over the country

US Casts Doubt on Libya No-fly zone
Defense Secretary Robert Gates... said there was no agreement within the NATO alliance about any military intervention against Khadafi's regime. "There is no unanimity within NATO for the use of armed force"... Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said..."It's an extraordinarily complex operation to set up," Mullen said at a joint news conference with Gates.
Calls for a no-fly zone, similar to those imposed on Iraq and Bosnia in the 1990s, are partly in response to media accounts that Khadafi's forces used aircraft to fire on civilians. But both Mullen and Gates could not confirm the reports. "We've seen no confirmation whatsoever," Mullen said.

US: Libya no-fly zone would require bombing raids
Analysts say a symbolic show of force off the coast of Libya in and of itself could increase pressure on Kadhafi but the official said the deployment of naval and air forces near Libya was not an empty gesture. "There are sailors on ships heading that way, it’s real." ...The general’s comments came as the American military moved naval and air forces near Libya for possible joint NATO military actionThe destroyer USS Barry moved through the Suez Canal on Monday and into the Mediterranean Sea. Two amphibious assault ships, the USS Kearsarge, which can carry 2,000 marines, carrying a fleet of helicopters and medical facilities, could support humanitarian efforts as well as military operations, accompanied by two other amphibious assault ships. USS Ponce passed through the canal Wednesday, An American aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise -- with fighter jets that could enforce a possible no-fly zone -- could also be called upon... is currently in the north of the Red Sea near the mouth of Suez Canal, according to the US Navy’s website. A no-fly zone would require large numbers of aircraft, with US bases in southern Italy providing a staging area for operations.... [US] might ask other countries in the region, including Egypt or Tunisia, for permission to use their airfields, analysts say.

US, UK, French forces land in Libya
India sending 3 warships in support , Gadhafi vows to ‘triumph over enemy’
Akhtar Jamal, http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=78009
Islamabad—The United States, Britain and France have sent several hundred “defence advisors” to train and support the anti-Gadhafi forces in oil-rich Eastern Libya where “rebels armed groups” have reportedly taken over. A Libyan official who requested not to be identified said U.S. and British military gurus were sent February 23 and 24 night on American and French warships and small naval boats off Libyan ports of Benghazi and Tobruk. According to an exclusive report confirmed by a Libyan diplomat in the region “the three Western states have landed their “special forces troops in Cyrinacia and are now setting up their bases and training centres” to reinforce the rebel forces who are resisting pro-Qaddafi forces in several adjoining areas...According to reports the Indian Navy has sent two warships plus its largest amphibious vessel INS Jalashwa... is the largest ship of Indian Navy delivered by the U.S. four years ago.

African Union Strongly Rebuffs US-NATO Intervention Plans In Libya
Washington should know better given negative African reactions to the US Africa Command (AFRICOM)

African dissent on no-fly zone
By M K Bhadrakumar
3/14/11 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MC15Ak02.html
At the height of the Egyptian uprising, American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said in an interview with al-Jazeera the United States had "Plan B" in the event of Hosni Mubarak stepping down.. Amr Moussa - career diplomat and foreign minister for over 45 years and secretary general of Arab League (AL) since 2001 -hopes to succeed Mubarak as Egypt's next president. Moussa's bid got great fillip by the African League (AL) decision Saturday to back imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya...Two major Arab countries opposed the AL statement - Syria and Algeria - but Moussa rammed it through, thanks to AL heavyweight clamoring... Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan....[US] North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU) commanded AL to speak since they need a fig leaf to approach the United Nations Security Council. EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, was in Cairo on Saturday by Moussa's side to ensure America's "Plan B" delivered. And he did. Promptly, the US, Britain, France and Canada "welcomed" the AL statement. NATO will meet on Tuesday to tone up its stance on Libya..[and] explore how far the military junta could take charge of the oil-rich eastern Libyan province of Cyrenica.
... Africa dissents
Africans know NATO will slither its way into the heart of their resource-rich continent from the North African beachhead. So, the AU faces an existential problem - unlike the GGC client states or Jordan, which have no conception of national liberation....Western powers earlier mentioned the AL and African Union (AU) in the same breath as representing "regional opinion". Now the AU isn't important - it has become an embarrassment. African leaders are proving to be tough nuts to crack...there is a virtual media blackout on the AU's activities on Libya. It is, therefore, useful to recapitulate. "The [AU] council reaffirms commitment to the unity and territorial integrity of Libya, as well as rejection of any form of foreign intervention in Libya," Ramtane Lamamra, AU commissioner for peace and security stated in Addis Abbaba. The AU's 15-member peace and security council decided to "put in lace a high-level ad-hoc committee" to monitor the Libyan crisis. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stopnato/message/49432

Obama Dealing with Rogue Libyan Ambassador
The ambassador made the case that with the Libyan opposition engaged in organizing the revolt against Qaddafi Libyan diplomats who have broken with Qaddafi "have to be recognized as the legitimate representatives of new Libya," or the movement will have no voice overseas... Aujali, played an important role in guiding Libya's rapprochement with the West over the past decade,..

2/22/11 Key role for Libyan diplomat who helped change pariah status
...Gaddafi’s ambassador to Washington, Ali Suleiman Aujali – a man who as much as anyone in the regime can trace its transition from pariah state to a country the West can do business with – said early this morning he could not support a government killing its own people. Aujali’s intentions could be significant. He was born in the Mediterranean port of Benghazi, where the Libyan revolt began, and spent the early years of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in London as a diplomat. He has also been Libyan envoy to Kuala Lumpur, Buenos Aires and Brazil. Before becoming US envoy, he was a key figure in ten years of secret negotiations with the United States which led to the lifting of sanctions and a $2.7 billion compensation deal for relatives of the Lockerbie bombing victims... Aujali is an advocate of economic reforms and encourages US investment, and has hinted that talks have been held in the past between Israeli officials and Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam.Will Aujali, the man who has helped transform Libya’s foreign policy, play a role in Libya’s future, or is he tainted by the bloodshed and brutal repression of four decades of “our brother leader”?

Libyan Rebels, Invoking U.N., May Ask for Airstrikes
By invoking the United Nations, the council, made up lawyers, academics, judges and other prominent figures, is seeking to draw a distinction between the airstrikes and foreign intervention...But that distinction is lost on many people, and any call for foreign military help carries great risks...from their status as homegrown movements that toppled autocrats without outside help. An intervention, even with the imprimatur of the United Nations, could play into the hands of Colonel Qaddafi who has remained defiant. In an ABC News interview Monday he said he was fighting against “terrorists,” and accused the West of seeking to “occupy Libya.”...
As the Pentagon began repositioning Navy warships to support a possible humanitarian or military intervention, the United States ambassador to the United Nations promised on Tuesday to maintain that pressure until the embattled Libyan leader quits. “We are going to keep the pressure on Gaddafi until he steps down and allows the people of Libya to express themselves freely and determine their own future," envoy, Susan Rice, said in a “Good Morning America.”interview..Mrs. Clinton reiterated that a no-fly zone for Libya was “under active consideration.”... but said the administration was keenly aware the Libyan opposition was anxious to be seen “as doing this by themselves on behalf of the Libyan people — that there not be outside intervention by an external force.”

Between 2005 and 2009 the U.S. government's National Endowment for Democracy [NED] also gave over $234,000 in grants to subsidize the work of the Libya Human and Political Development Forum, in 2009 the NED gave a $76,800 grant to the Libya Human and Political Development Forum opposition group

Airstrikes In Libya Did Not Take Place
Reports of Libya's air force bombing its people spread quickly around the world. Russia's military chiefs have been monitoring from space and the pictures tell a different story.

in the air & on the ground
Arrest of British spy team in Libya reveals covert involvement
March 7, 2011 http://intelligencenews.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/01-668/
Benghazi, Libya -- All eight members of the British military and intelligence team arrested in Libya on Friday have been released and are en route to Malta. But what exactly is behind this news story, and what does it reveal about covert Western involvement in Libya? Those detained were part of group of around 20 Britons who landed by helicopter before sunrise Friday, several miles from Benina International Airport, right outside Libya’s second-largest city Benghazi. Witnesses reported the helicopter was met by another group on the ground. Soon after landing, the mysterious passengers split after being surrounded by heavily armed Libyan rebels; the latter managed to capture eight of them, including six members of Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS, although some sources suggest they were Special Boat Service, or SBS), one British Army officer, and an operative of MI6. The Britons, all dressed in black coveralls, offered no resistance, telling their captors they were unarmed. When searched, however, they were found to be carrying “arms, ammunition, explosives, maps and passports from at least four different nationalities”. Sunday, Libya’s government-controlled state television aired an intercepted telephone exchange between Richard Northern, Britain’s Ambassador to Libya, and a spokesman of the rebel government in Benghazi.... in the English language, Northern tells the spokesman the team was attempting to establish contact with anti-government rebels in Benghazi. This would appear to confirm the suspicion of observers that the British team consisted of an intelligence officer (described by the British Foreign Office as “a diplomat”) and armed members of what is known as “The Increment”, a special forces unit tasked with escorting MI6 and MI5 officers in war zones

Libyan no-fly zone would be risky, provocative
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned Congress on Wednesday that any effort to create a no-fly zone in Libya would have to begin with an attack on the country. "If ordered, we can do it," Gates said in answer to a question during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the Pentagon's 2012 budget. But he warned that imposing such a zone would have to begin with an attack on Libya's anti-aircraft capability. While testifying on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said they had no confirmation of reports of aircraft controlled by Gadhafi firing on citizens, which has been an argument for enforcing a no-fly zone over the country.

Petraeus, Gates joke about Libya strike
The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan welcomed Gates upon the defense secretary's arrival in Kabul. Not realizing their conversation could be picked up by media microphones, Petraeus quipped to his boss, "Flying a little bigger plane than normal -- you gonna launch some attacks on Libya or something? "Yeah, exactly," Gates said

Gates: Pentagon Could Impose Libya No-Fly Zone If Obama Orders It
Posted by: rwrozoff@yahoo.com   rwrozoff
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates , speaking from Bahrain, said Saturday the U.S. military, already fighting two wars in Muslim nations, would have no trouble enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya if President Obama orders one.The comments appeared designed to counter criticism surrounding his earlier remarks came as the Arab League endorsed a no-fly zone to protect Libya’s civilians from forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. France, which backs a no-fly zone over Libya, suspended its participation in the US 2003 no-fly zone over Iraq because of civilian deaths.

Libya: No-Fly Zone: Destroying 500 Targets At $1-2 Million Each
WASHINGTON - NATO would require up to $1 billion to launch a full no-fly zone over Libya, a report said.The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments asserted that NATO members would be spending up to $300 million per week to prepare a no-fly zone over Libya. The center, regarded as a leading independent budget think tank, said a one-time strike operation to destroy Libyan air defense batteries could cost between $500 million and $1 billion. A six-month no-fly campaign could end up costing $8.8 billion. The report said NATO and the United States must first determine whether a no-fly zone would serve Western interests and help oust Gadhafi [and] the Western alliance must decide which country would lead the campaign, rules of engagement as well as direct aid to the Libyan rebels. "Although the cost of each option is only one of many factors that should influence the decision on going forward with a no-fly zone, in the current fiscal environment considerations of cost are likely to play a significant role in determining whether and how a no-fly zone is established"

"has cost US dearly"
Gen. Wesley Clark says Libya doesn't meet the test for U.S. military action:
Going it alone, without substantial international legal and diplomatic support, is a recipe for trouble. Our haste and clumsiness going into Iraq in 2003 - without a compelling reason to intervene, in my view - has cost us dearly.

More than 1,500,000 Iraqis Slaughtered in U.S. Invasion & Occupation

Cynical Negro - 03/16/2011 http://blackagendareport.com/content/american-dilemma-libya-bomb-invade-...
And just like the Muslim Brotherhood & other "al-Qaeda types" (as Gadhafi would call them) these heavily armed insurgents, have roots in * London
National Conference of Libyan Opposition (NCLO)
National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL)

Records found in the US Library of Congress indicate that NFSL had CIA support and training:

It should be further noted that the regimes emerging from the recent so-called "Arab revolutions" in Tunisia, Egypt & Saudi Arabia, are all attempting to promote an “Arab League” endorsed no-fly zone, perhaps a trial run for the so-called “united front against Iran”.
After admitting to funding, and supporting the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt (http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2011/03/us-contracting-tech-firms-for....), Hillary Clinton made a visit to Egypt and Tunisia to “consult with Libya’s neighbors on possible next steps against Gadhafi.”

*3/16 Clinton, hinting at ground war US has been planning, said 'no fly zone' is not enough - roots mainly in US:
1/28 Documents Expose US behind 'pro-democracy uprisings' in New War Front http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/333
2/4/ Egypt: US Mission Accomplished? http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/334
2/11 U.S. Declares Freedom: Egypt's 'New' Military Dictatorship http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/335
2/13 Egypt: Transparent Trappings:Creative Destruction for a ’Greater Middle East'& Beyond http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/336
2/20 Removing Room for Doubt http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/337
2/21 Behind the Offensive Across North Africa and Middle East http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/339
2/28 Libya: US Soft War Preps for Military Moves: African & Arab Surrogates Assist http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/338
3/8 Bomb Libya? Pros & Cons http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/341

'national security' for imperialist aggression and control
$1.2 trillion for US national security
The figure in the new budget proposal nobody in power wants you to notice
Grand total for the known US national security budget: $1,219.2 billion - over $1.2 trillion - other relevant numbers we know are out there, even if we can't calculate them.
Christopher Hellman, communications liaison at the National Priorities Project in Massachusetts, previously military policy analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Defense Information, and spent 10 years on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer working on national security and foreign policy issues.

"...Political Islam is not targeted by the United States -- what is targeted is resistance under any label...The common factor is resistance to US hegemony and agenda for world control, not Islam...""
As'ad al-Azzouni, Jordanian Marxist activist and writer

African mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi would be immune from prosecution for war crimes due to a clause in this weekend's UN Security Council resolution demanded by the United States.
US insisted the UN resolution be worded so that no one from an outside country that is not a member of the ICC could be prosecuted for their actions in Libya.
This means that mercenaries from countries such as Algeria, Ethiopia and Tunisia – which have all been named by rebel Libyan diplomats to the UN as being among the countries involved – would escape prosecution even if they were captured, because their nations are not members of the court. The move was seen as an attempt to prevent a precedent that could see Americans prosecuted by the ICC for alleged crimes in other conflicts. While the US was once among the signatories to the court, George W. Bush withdrew from it in 2002 and declared it did not have power over Washington.

America's Secret Plan to Arm Libya's Rebels: Obama asks Saudis to airlift weapons into Benghazi
By Robert Fisk
March 07, 2011 "The Independent" -- Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya ...the Americans asked Saudi Arabia to supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi. The Saudi Kingdom, facing a "day of rage"Friday, put a ban on all demonstrations, and has so far failed to respond to Washington's highly classified request...the Saudis remain the only US Arab ally strategically placed and capable of furnishing weapons to the guerrillas of Libya. Their assistance would allow Washington to disclaim any military involvement in the supply chain – even though the arms would be American and paid for by the Saudis... If the Saudi government accedes to America's request to send guns and missiles to Libyan rebels, it would be almost impossible for President Obama to condemn the kingdom for any violence in against the north-east provinces.

U.S. Wavers on 'Regime Change' - 'regime alteration'
"Starting with Bahrain, the administration has moved a few notches toward emphasizing stability over majority rule, to preserve important strategic alliances" said a U.S. official. "Everybody realized that Bahrain was just too important to fail." An exception to the policy of regime alteration is Libya...Defense Secretary Gates and Secretary of State Clinton, leading voices inside the administration urge greater U.S. support for the Bahraini king coupled with a reform agenda... Mr. Obama asked protesters to negotiate with the ruling family, Washington appeared to have little if any advance notice that Saudi Arabia, a crucial ally, would roll with Gulf Cooperation Council troops into Bahrain -- despite the visit of Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Manama last week. A Pentagon spokesman said Monday that Washington was not forewarned about the plan. Other senior officials modified that on Tuesday, saying Washington was aware of the action, but not "consulted" about it.

US; Saudi forces in Bahrain "not an invasion"
3/14/11 www.trust.org/alertnet/news/us-says-saudi-forces-in-bahrain-not-an-invas...
"This is not an invasion of a country," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. "We have long believed and the President has expressed for a long time now that stability in the region will be brought about by dialogue and political reform. It is counterproductive to that goal to in any way repress the expression of those desires that the people of Bahrain, in this case, and other countries, have," he said.

estimated 6,000 US soldiers in Bahrain...
The Bahraini king declared martial law, security forces cleared the main square in the capital Manama occupied by demonstrators for weeks. Protesters are under attack, sometimes lethal...One person killed had tire marks from being run over by tanks. Ambulances prevented entering the hospital. U.S. has 6,000 soldiers in Bahrain...

"The United States condemns the use of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in those countries, and wherever else it may occur."
Obama, 2/18/11

Bahrain lawmaker accuses U.S. of being behind Arab revolutions
3/1/11 http://en.rian.ru/world/20110224/162745211.html
Manama: The popular unrest in Arab countries that led to the fall of regimes in Tunisia and Egypt is part of U.S. "New Middle East" strategic project Bahraini deputy and journalist Samira Rajab told RIA Novosti Thursday. This program started with Iraq, followed by Lebanon... implementation will take at least a decade started 2011," she said...The term "New Middle East" was introduced in 2006 by then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice....defines Washington's policy on a vast territory including the Arab countries and Central Asian states

US Saudi Arms Deal Advances
Wall Street Journal reports Aug. & Sept 2010
Negotiated largely in secret because of the sensitivities in the region, the sale is part of a strategy spearheaded by the George W. Bush administration and expanded by President Barack Obama to beef up the militaries of Arab allies as a counterweight to Iran [8/14/10 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703960004575427692284277852.html]...
[9/12/10 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704621204575488361149625050.html] The administration plans to tout the $60 billion package as a major job creator—supporting at least 75,000 jobs, according to company estimates—and sees the sale of advanced fighter jets and military helicopters to key Middle Eastern ally Riyadh as part of a broader policy aimed at shoring up Arab allies against Iran....On top of the $60 billion package of fighter jets and helicopters, U.S. officials are discussing a potential $30 billion package to upgrade Saudi Arabia's naval forces. Talks are also underway to expand Saudi Arabia's ballistic-missile defenses. The U.S. is encouraging the Saudis to buy systems known as THAAD—Terminal High Altitude Defense—and to upgrade its Patriot missiles to reduce the threat from Iranian rockets. U.S. officials said it was unclear how much this package would be worth. The U.S. has sought to build up missile defense across the region, and the Saudi package could be similar to one in the United Arab Emirates, officials said....
U.S. officials say the Israelis are increasingly comfortable with the Saudi sale because the planes won't have certain long-range weapons systems. Also, the Israelis are in line to buy a more advanced fighter, the F-35, and begin to receive them around the same time the Saudis expect to start getting F-15s. "We appreciate the administration's efforts to maintain Israel's qualitative military edge, and expect to continue to discuss concerns with the administration about the issues," said Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the U.S.

Saudi Troops Enter Bahrain to Help Put Down Unrest
CAIRO —Troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates crossed into Bahrain on Monday under the aegis of the Gulf Cooperation Council to help quell unrest there, a move Bahraini opposition groups denounced in a statement as an “occupation.” The latest protests occurred a day after Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates stopped in Bahrain and warned the Khalifa family, which has ruled Bahrain for two centuries, that it must go beyond the “baby steps” of reform to meet the economic and political demands sweeping much of the Arab world...“I expressed the view we had no evidence that suggested Iran started any of these popular revolutions or demonstrations across the region,” Mr. Gates told reporters after his visit on Saturday. “But there is clear evidence that as the process is protracted, particularly in Bahrain, that the Iranians are looking for ways to exploit it and create problems.”...The White House statement Sunday said the United States strongly condemned violence in Bahrain and Yemen...Bahrain is home to the United States Navy’s Fifth Fleet and a crucial American ally. The Obama administration has supported the Khalifa family through the unrest, in contrast to its efforts to remove the leaders of Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. But worried Iran could exploit the unhappiness of Shiites in Bahrain, has pushed Bahrain to meet many demands of the protesters...Mr. Gates said Saturday he told the king and crown prince change “could be led or it could be imposed. Obviously, leading reform and being responsive is the way we’d like to see this move forward.”

Saudi Arabia Bans All Protests
The country's Interior Ministry announced on state television that security forces would use "all measures" to prevent any attempt to disrupt public order...following several small gatherings of demonstrators demanding change in the conservative kingdom.

Bahrain more important than Libya
Libya is spiraling out of control and dominating the media. But there's unrest in lesser-known places that is strategically more important. Bahrain intersects Iranian-Saudi competition and the possibility for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. If the situation in Bahrain gets out of hand, the U.S. could lose a base for its 5th Fleet; Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority could follow suit with their own protests; the Iranian-Saudi balance in the region would teeter heavily toward Iran...does this small country have your attention now?

According to Defense Security Cooperation Agency data, that coordinates sales and transfers of military equipment to allies, the U.S. has sent Bahrain dozens of “excess” American tanks, armored personnel carriers, and helicopter gunships. The U.S. has also given the Bahrain Defense Force thousands of .38 caliber pistols and millions of rounds of ammunition, from large-caliber cannon shells to bullets for handguns: one example, U.S. supplied Bahrain with enough .50 caliber rounds -- used in sniper rifles and machine guns -- to kill every Bahraini in the kingdom four times over. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency did not respond to repeated requests for information and clarification. In addition to all the gifts of weaponry, ammunition, and fighting vehicles, the Pentagon in coordination with the State Department oversaw Bahrain’s purchase of more than $386 million in defense items and services from 2007 to 2009, the last three years on record. These deals included the purchase of a wide range of items from vehicles to weapons systems. Just this past summer, to cite one example, the Pentagon announced a multimillion-dollar contract with Sikorsky Aircraft to customize nine Black Hawk helicopters for Bahrain’s Defense Force.

Bahrain onslaught
At least six people die as security forces in Bahrain launch an assault on anti-government protesters
Bahraini riot police firing shotguns and tear gas early Wednesday morning, backed by tanks and helicopters assaulted demonstrators clearing Manama's Pearl Square, leaving at least 6 dead, hundreds injured...medics seeking to tend to wounded Shiites were beaten, injured people left untreated, as security forces blocked access to hospitals...Thick clouds of back smoke mixed with tear gas over the area as protesters' tents were set on fire.With helicopters hovering overhead, troops then entered the nearby financial centre to clear it of demonstrators' roadblocks and the handfuls of protesters still remaining after clashes there on Sunday injured more than 200 people. Shots were heard as troops escorted a bulldozer into the Financial Harbour business complex, the centre of a regional finance hub that hosts major international banks and multinational corporations... Around 16 people have been killed since the protests started in Pearl Square last month The protesters are demanding reform from the Sunni dynasty that has ruled the strategic archipelago -- a US ally and home of the US Fifth Fleet -- for more than 200 years.

Saudis send 3,500 Forces cross into Bahrain
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2011 http://www.debka.com/article/20763/
The Saudi force that went into Bahrain Monday, March 14, along with UAE and Kuwaiti units, to stabilize the royal regime is larger than reported, consisting of a National Guard brigade, a mechanized brigade of the Saudi army and a tank battalion – altogether 3,500 men. Official spokesmen in Riyadh said the units were put up by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to guard Bahrain's oil facilities and the financial district of downtown Manama. Our military sources report the incoming troops are clearly arrayed ready for clashes, including fire fights with the demonstrators who have seized control of key points in the capital. The Saudi contingents quickly took up positions on the island-kingdom's main roads and traffic hubs, including the routes to the King Fahd Causeway link to Saudi Arabia to ease the passage of reinforcements should they become necessary.

Bahrain and the Battle Between Iran and Saudi Arabia
...The demonstrations in Bahrain are far more significant in their implications for the region and potentially for the world. To understand this, we must place it in a strategic context...a decisive moment is approaching, with the United States currently slated to withdraw the last of its forces from Iraq by the end of the year if the United States does not negotiate an extended stay...
Iran's more challenging strategic interest... is to be the dominant power in the Persian Gulf.
U.S. withdrawal leaves the Iranians with the most powerful military force in the region regardless of whether they acquire * nuclear weapons...Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are linked by a causeway. For most purposes, Bahrain is part of Saudi Arabia. Unlike Saudi Arabia, it is not a major oil producer, but it is a banking center. It is also the home of the U.S. 5th Fleet, and has close ties to the United States... The toppling of the government of Bahrain.. would weaken the U.S. military posture in the region. And it would demonstrate Iranian power. If the Saudis intervened in Bahrain, the Iranians would have grounds to justify their own intervention, covert or overt. Iran might also use any violent Bahraini government suppression of demonstrators to justify more open intervention. In the meantime, the United States, which has military personnel plus embassy staff on the ground in Bahrain, would face the choice of reinforcing or pulling its troops out...The Iranians are in a powerful position whatever happens given U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Combine this with a series of regime changes, or simply destabilization on the border of Saudi Arabia, and two things happen. First, the Saudi regime would be in trouble and would have to negotiate some agreement with the Iranians — not an agreement the Saudis would like. Second, the U.S. basing position in the Persian Gulf would massively destabilize, making U.S. intervention in the region even more difficult. The problem created by the U.S. leaving Iraq without having been able to install a strong, pro-American government remains the core issue. The instability in the Persian Gulf allows the Iranians a low-risk, high-reward parallel strategy that, if it works, could unhinge the balance of power in the entire region.

Rethinking American Options on Iran
*...leaks about potential airstrikes have created an atmosphere of impending war. These leaks normally coincided with diplomatic initiatives, designed to intimidate the Iranians and facilitate a settlement favorable to the United States and Israel. These initiatives have failed in the past. It is therefore reasonable to associate the current avalanche of reports with the imposition of sanctions and view it as an attempt to increase the pressure on Iran and either force a policy shift or take advantage of divisions within the regime.... Most of the reports indicate that Israel is on the verge of attacking Iran. From a psychological-warfare standpoint, this sets up the good-cop/bad-cop routine. The Israelis play the mad dog barely restrained by the more sober Americans, who urge the Iranians through intermediaries to make concessions and head off a war. As I said, we have been here before several times, and this hasn’t worked. The worst sin of intelligence is complacency, the belief that simply because something has happened (or has not happened) several times before it is not going to happen this time. But each episode must be considered carefully in its own light and preconceptions from previous episodes must be banished. Indeed, the previous episodes might well have been intended to lull the Iranians into complacency themselves. Paradoxically, the very existence of another round of war talk could be intended to convince the Iranians that war is distant while covert war preparations take place...
Just as Iran’s domination of the Persian Gulf rests on its ability to conduct military operations, not on its actually conducting the operations, the reverse is also true. It is the capacity and apparent will to conduct broadened military operations against Iran that can shape Iranian calculations and decision-making. So long as the only threat is to Iran’s nuclear facilities, its conventional forces remain intact and its counter options remain viable, Iran will not shift its strategy. Once its counter options are shut down and its conventional forces are put at risk, Iran must draw up another calculus...The United States is the only significant actor, and might not strike Iran simply over the nuclear issue. That’s not a major U.S. problem. But the continuing withdrawal from Iraq and Iran’s conventional forces are very much an American problem. Destroying Iran’s nuclear capability is merely an added benefit... there have been many indications of internal stress, not between the mythical democratic masses and the elite, but within the elite itself. The Iranians are not concerned about the sanctions. The destruction of their nuclear capacity would, from their point of view, be a pity. But the destruction of large amounts of their conventional forces would threaten not only their goals in the wider Islamic world but also their stability at home. That would be unacceptable and would require a shift in their general strategy. From the Iranian point of view — and from ours — Washington’s intentions are opaque. But when we consider the Obama administration’s stated need to withdraw from Iraq, Saudi pressure on the United States not to withdraw while Iran remains a threat, Saudi moves against Hezbollah to split Syria from Iran and Israeli pressure on the United States to deal with nuclear weapons, the pieces for a new American strategy are emerging from the mist. Certainly the Iranians appear to be nervous...the threat of a new strategy might be enough to move them off dead center. If not, logic would dictate the consideration of a broader treatment of the military problem posed by Iran.

Barak: Israel needs $20 billion in new defense aid
3/9/11 http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/barak-israel-needs-20-billion-...
Defense Minister tells Wall Street Journal Israel must be on guard considering unrest sweeping the Arab world, increased aid could help make Israel a 'stabilizer in such a turbulent region'...
it appears to be an extended discussion of November's proposal by the Obama administration, which offered Israel a goodwill package in exchange for an extension of the settlement construction freeze. Jerusalem and Washington did not reach an agreement on the matter, which involved a reported American plan to supply a second fleet of F-35 fighter planes, worth an estimated $3 billion.The US has already agreed to supply Israel with one fleet, to be paid for with current U.S. military aid. In addition to fighter planes, Israel also appears to be seeking a wide variety of various weapons systems which the army had been considering acquiring as part of its plan for 2012-2016... Barak said Israel's position as an "island" of democratic stability in the Middle East needs to be bolstered.

U.S. Alexander Praises Netanyahu’s Proposed “New Marshall Plan” For Middle East
3/1/11 http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_195706.asp
A New Marshall Plan for the Middle East
In Jerusalem last week, during a private meeting with seven United States Senators, the Prime Minister of Israel suggested creating a new Marshall Plan to help people of Middle Eastern countries struggling to gain more freedom...funding would come from private gifts and foundations worldwide. What are the next steps?
1. A coalition of foundations step forward to consider proposals from Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries to assist transition to a more democratic form of government.
2. The first grants should be quickly approved, probably to nongovernmental organizations [U.S./NED/Soros 'soft power' NGOS] already in place.

10/07 Daniel Pipes--Another option: moving from Iraq into Iran...new Middle-East Marshall plan ...mostly by US companies

Yemen's President Blames US, Israel for Arab Unrest
"Are you president of the United States, or president of the world? There is an operation room working for the media in Tel Aviv to shake up the Arab nation...run by the White House." Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh to US president http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/yemen-president-challenges-obama-on-a...
white house propaganda secretary apologizes for puppet's 'misunderstandings' - while refueling u.s. sponsored chaos to remove him
Yemen’s president apologizes for blaming America
By Josh Rogin http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/03/02/yemen_s_president_apo...
The office of White House press secretary Jay Carney issued a readout of the call, which said that Saleh "conveyed his regret for misunderstandings related to his public remarks."The White House said Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh called Obama's top counterterrorism advisor John Brennan to apologize for publicly accusing the United States and Israel of conspiring to destabilize the Arab world. In those remarks, delivered at Sanaa University on Tuesday, Saleh said, "There's an operations room in Tel Aviv with the aim of destabilizing the Arab world" and that it is "run by the White House." Saleh, who receives hundreds of millions of dollars in direct military aid from the United States, also accused President Barack Obama of meddling in the Middle East. "Mr Obama, you're the president of the United States; you're not the president of the Arab world," he said....According to the White House readout, Saleh "also said he is firmly committed to meaningful political reform in Yemen and that he is reaching out to opposition elements in an effort to achieve reform through a democratic, inclusive, and peaceful process." Meanwhile, anti-government protests hit Yemen again on Wednesday, with protesters reiterating their call for Saleh to end his 32-year rule.