8/15/11 "AlQaeda Attacks on 17 Iraqi Cities"; "Al-Qaeda in Iraq no longer a threat"; 7/9/11 "US ready to be in Iraq 10 years

“Truth exists, falsehood has to be invented.”
Georges Braque

"The Tide of War Is Receding"
Obama speech June 22, 2011

63 Killed as Bombs Simultaneously Hit 17 Iraqi Cities
No group claimed responsibility, but the simultaneous attacks, the targeting of Shiite civilians and Iraqi security forces and the use of suicide bombers indicated that al-Qaeda in Iraq was responsible...The surprising scope and sophistication of the bloodbath suggested that al-Qaeda remains resilient despite recent signs of weakness..."Al-Qaida in Iraq has been resting and waiting and is now making itself heard to both disrupt the internal Iraqi political process and send a message to the Americans, which have called al-Qaeda in Iraq dead and buried," said Theodore Karasik, a Middle East security expert at the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis.
Greater violence could lead to calls for the U.S. to extend its military presence..

US never planned to leave: Iran & 'al qaeda' favorite pretexts to cover US defeat by Iraqi national resistance
"9 Jul 2011 – Al-Qaeda in Iraq no longer poses a threat to the country...

Army chief says US ready to be in Iraq 10 years
5/27/09 www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/26/army-chief-casey-us-ready_n_207897.htm...
The Pentagon is prepared to leave fighting forces in Iraq for as long as a decade despite an agreement between the United States and Iraq that would bring all American troops home by 2012, the top U.S. Army officer Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff said .. the Pentagon must plan for extended U.S. combat and stability operations in two wars. "Global trends are pushing in the wrong direction," Casey said. "They fundamentally will change how the Army works." He spoke at an invitation-only briefing to a dozen journalists and policy analysts from Washington-based think-tanks. He said his planning envisions combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for a decade as part of a sustained U.S. commitment to fighting extremism and terrorism in the Middle East.

U.S. Withdrawal and Limited Options in Iraq
By George Friedman
STRATFOR http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20100816_us_withdrawal_and_limited_option...
...The American problem is that a genuine withdrawal from Iraq requires a shift in Iranian policy, and the United States has little to offer Iran to change the policy.
From the Iranian point of view, they have the Americans in a difficult position. On the one hand, the Americans are trumpeting the success of the Petraeus plan in Iraq and trying to repeat the success in Afghanistan. On the other hand, the secret is that the Petraeus plan has not yet succeeded in Iraq... it ended the major fighting involving Americans...But
the Petraeus strategy has not solved the fundamental reality that has always been the shadow over Iraq: Iran... that was beyond Petraeus’ task and, for now, beyond American capabilities. That is why the Iranians can afford to be so confident.... Iran would dominate the Persian Gulf region after a withdrawal. Thus, the United States has nothing but unpleasant choices in Iraq. It can stay in perpetuity and remain vulnerable to violence. It can withdraw and hand the region over to Iran. It can go to war with yet another Islamic country. Or it can negotiate with a government that it despises — and which despises it right back.

Defense Secretary Panetta said the remaining U.S. force of 46,000 has come under increasing attack in recent weeks, with 14 killed by hostile fire. The strikes have increased as Iraqi leaders debate whether to request an extension of the American presence beyond 2011when the U.S. is scheduled to withdraw....
7/10/11 http://www.aina.org/news/20110710160711.htm

Clues it's U.S. 'black op' by 'al qaeda': Taliban national resistance always takes responsibility and only targets US occupiers. its puppets & collaborator
US may stay in Iraq beyond 2011
2011-08-15 http://www.news24.com/World/News/US-may-stay-in-Iraq-beyond-2011-2011081...
The White House said on Monday it would "consider" any Iraqi request for a US troop presence past 2011 as the war-torn country mourned the bloodiest violence in more than a year. Spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters that Washington's "overall" posture "in terms of drawing down" was unchanged after the countrywide attacks, but that if Iraqi leaders "make some kind of request, we’ll certainly consider it". His comments came after attacks in 17 cities across Iraq killed 67 people on Monday, including 40 in twin blasts blamed on al-Qaeda in the southern city of Kut, in the country's bloodiest day in more than a year. The surge of violence raised questions over the competence of Iraq's forces after its leaders agreed to open talks with the United States over a military training mission to last beyond a projected year-end American withdrawal. Carney spoke as US President Barack Obama travelled here to launch a three-day bus tour through states key to his 2012 re-election bid, looking to reassure US voters worried and angry about the sour US economy.

'psyop' & 'strategic information'
“U.S. Military conducting propaganda campaign to magnify role of al-Qaeda in Iraq"
Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi Jordanian Painted As Foreign Threat To Iraq's Stability
By Thomas E. Ricks
www.washingtonpost.com/ wp-dyn/ content/ article/ 2006/ 04/ 09/ AR2006040900890.html
The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The documents explicitly list the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign...One briefing slide about U.S. "strategic communications" in Iraq, prepared for Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. commander in Iraq, describes the "home audience" as one of six major targets of the American side of the war.... sections of the briefings indicate there were direct military efforts to use U.S. media to affect views of the war.... for example...a "selective leak" about Zarqawi was made to Dexter Filkins, New York Times reporter based in Baghdad. Filkins's resulting article, about a letter supposedly written by Zarqawi and boasting of suicide attacks in Iraq, ran on the Times front page on Feb. 9, 2004...official evidence of a propaganda operation using an American reporter is rare..."There was no attempt to manipulate the press," Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. military's chief spokesman when the propaganda campaign began in 2004, said in an interview Friday. "We trusted Dexter to write an accurate story, and we gave him a good scoop." Another briefing slide states that after U.S. commanders ordered the atrocities of Saddam Hussein's government be publicized, U.S. psychological operations soldiers produced a video disc was not only widely disseminated inside Iraq, but was also "seen on Fox News."...
The Zarqawi program was not related to another effort, led by the Lincoln Group, a U.S. consulting firm, to place pro-U.S. articles in Iraq newspapers, according to the officer familiar with the program who spoke on background..
The Zarqawi campaign is discussed in several of the internal military documents. "Villainize Zarqawi/leverage xenophobia response," one U.S. military briefing from 2004 stated. It listed three methods: "Media operations," "Special Ops (626)" (a reference to Task Force 626, an elite U.S. military unit assigned primarily to hunt in Iraq for senior officials in Hussein's government) and "PSYOP", U.S. military term for propaganda work.
One internal briefing, produced by the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq, said that Kimmitt had concluded that, "The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date." Kimmitt is now the senior planner on the staff of the Central Command that directs operations in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East...
Kimmitt said, "There was clearly an information campaign to raise the public awareness of who Zarqawi was, primarily for the Iraqi audience but also with the international audience." A goal of the campaign was to drive a wedge into the insurgency by emphasizing Zarqawi's terrorist acts and foreign origin, said officers familiar with the program. "Through aggressive Strategic Communications, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi now represents: Terrorism in Iraq/Foreign Fighters in Iraq/Suffering of Iraqi People (Infrastructure Attacks)/Denial of Iraqi Aspirations," the same briefing asserts. Officials said one indication that the campaign worked is that over the past several months, there have been reports that Iraqi tribal insurgents have attacked Zarqawi loyalists, especially in the culturally conservative province of Anbar. "What we're finding is indeed the people of al-Anbar -- Fallujah and Ramadi, specifically -- have decided to turn against terrorists and foreign fighters," Maj. Gen Rick Lynch, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said in February [ed:U.S.doesn't include U.S. as 'foreign fighter!]

Zbigniew Brzezinski played the pivotal role in Operation Cyclone, codename for a CIA program to arm the Afghan mujahideen before and during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, 1979 to 1989 to give the Soviets its own ‘Vietnam war’, bogging them down in a long and costly war. Obama said he has ‘learned an intense amount from Dr. Brzezinski’, :

Former British Foreign Secretary: Al Qaeda is Not a Real Group, Just a U.S. Propaganda Campaign
12/24/08 http://globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=11487
Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook says: The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US. Cook has previously written: Al-Qaida, literally "the database", was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen recruited and trained by the CIA to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan. Cook is merely confirming what others have said. Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski told the Senate that the war on terror is "a mythical historical narrative"....

Obama Adviser Brzezinski Leads Delegation to Damascus
2/12/09 http://www.nysun.com/foreign/obama-adviser-leads-delegation-to-damascus/...
WASHINGTON — A foreign policy adviser to Senator Obama is scheduled to arrive in Syria today as the leader of a RAND Corp. delegation. Zbigniew Brzezinski will travel to Damascus for meetings as part of a trip Syria's official Cham News agency described as an "important sign that the end of official dialogue between Washington and Damascus has not prevented dialogue with important American intellectuals and politicians."...On August 24, Mr. Brzezinski, a one-time national security adviser to President Carter, announced in an interview on Bloomberg's satellite news channel that he was endorsing Mr. Obama, and he has been an adviser to the campaign since.An assistant to Mr. Brzezinski, Trudy Werner, told The New York Sun yesterday: "He is leading a delegation for RAND and they will be in Damascus. It is a high-level delegation and they are meeting with some high-level people in the region. There is no shortage of issues in the Middle East to discuss as I'm sure you know." ...A spokesman for the State Department, David Foley, yesterday offered no comment on Mr. Brzezinski's scheduled travel to Damascus. "In light of the ongoing Syrian interference in the presidential election process in Lebanon, the continued flow of foreign fighters into Iraq from Syria, the continued support for Palestinian terrorist groups and Hezbollah, we call on Damascus to cease its destructive tactics."... A press officer for the RAND Corp., Lisa Sodders, said the trip was organized by the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. She offered scant details on the trip, which she said was not meant to be covered by the press. She said the delegation would be "meeting with several different people, community leaders and government officials throughout the Middle East." Mr. Brzezinski met with the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. Syrian press accounts said the delegation would visit Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad; vice president, Farouq al-Sharaa, and foreign minister, Walid Mouallem....the former Carter administration official addressed Democratic lawmakers last month at a retreat at Williamsburg, Va., on America's policy toward Iran.

Al-Qaeda Central and the Internet
Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative Policy Paper
By Daniel Kimmage, Homeland Security Policy Institute
March 16, 2010 | New America Foundation http://counterterrorism.newamerica.net/publications/policy/al_qaeda_cent...
Al-Qaeda is today primarily a media phenomenon. Since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, it has not succeeded in carrying out a similarly ambitious operation, although it has been effective at spreading its message globally over the Internet. But it now faces a triple communications challenge: staying prominent in an ever more competitive online environment, explaining how its current entanglement in the Afghanistan-Pakistan nexus makes sense in the global jihadist narrative, and trying to change increasingly negative views of suicide bombing and al-Qaeda itself in the Arab-Muslim world.