1/7/8 Special Forces on Every Continent in Terror War with Bipartisan Support

The fake 'war on terror' is not conventional imperialist war, whatever the number, it is an imperialist war of a new type: global state terrorism based on the most extreme, most extensive, intensive juggernaut of disinformation, psywarfare, genocide and destruction of nations in modern history ... a fascist and futile attempt for a final solution, to rule the world...U.S."manifest destiny"

The Fourth World War
For two years, the U.S. has pursued the culprits behind the 9/11 atrocities with a vengeance that has shocked and awed ally and enemy alike. But even the devastating attacks on the Afghan and Iraqi regimes don't illustrate the true scope of the campaign, DOUG SAUNDERS reports. While everyone was preoccupied with the fireworks, Washington has quietly deployed thousands of agents in a secretive struggle that may last a lifetime
by Doug Saunders
Globe & Mail/Canada

..."Counterterrorism is now 90 per cent law enforcement and intelligence," said Jonathan Stevenson, a senior strategist with the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. "Since Sept. 11, the only overt military actions have been the Predator [missile] strike in Yemen, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq -- and I don't think there will be many more. I think there's a much higher priority placed on law enforcement and intelligence now. It's not a traditional war."...

General Tommy Franks, head of the U.S. Central Command, was in Addis Ababa this summer to announce that Africa's east coast had become a region of great strategic importance. "We are in the midst of World War Four," he told his audience, before imploring them to arrest local Islamist leaders in exchange for $100-million in aid, "with an insidious web of international terrorists."...
So American soldiers and spooks are moving out of Germany and into Africa -- the east now, and soon into the western Sahara and the northern Mediterranean coast as well. They are moving out of Japan and Korea and into Southeast Asia, which has the world's largest Muslim population and is believed to be the area at highest risk of al-Qaeda outbreaks. This fall, large numbers of U.S. soldiers are expected to land in the southern Philippines, whose Muslim terrorists are accused of having links to al-Qaeda.
And the soldiers are also manning bases created in such central Asian republics as Uzbekistan for the Afghan war, and on the Black Sea in Bulgaria and Romania for the Iraq conflict, but now expected to become permanent.
And even farther afield will be hundreds of new outposts that Gen. Jones refers to as "warm bases," "lily pads" and "virtual bases" -- temporary, stealthy or secret operations mounted with the help of local regimes...."The downside," said Herman Cohen, former U.S. secretary of state for Africa, "is that you can take on the agenda of local leaders. To understand the astonishing scope and morally swampy ground of this ever-expanding war, it is worth visiting three of its lesser-known outposts. ...

"If I was a terrorist, I'd be going to places like Africa," Sergeant Jim Lewis of the U.S. Army said recently at the Djibouti headquarters. "That's why we're here. To seek them out, do whatever we can to find and kill them." ...

Mauritania has certainly benefited. It received a large share of a $100-million (U.S.) military aid package for friendly West African nations this summer. Starting this month, it will become the prime beneficiary of the Pan-Sahelian Initiative, in which U.S. military advisers provide weapons, vehicles and extensive military training to special terror-fighting squads in Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania.In exchange for this largesse, it has embraced the Americans, acknowledged Israel's existence, and cracked down hard on its Islamist opposition parties, often with U.S. help. Those parties, whose leaders have been driven into exile in Europe, argue that there never was any al-Qaeda link; rather, they say, Mr. Taya has used the imprimatur of terrorism to ban the opposition and has even tortured some leaders to death in prison -- with full U.S. support.
His co-operation with Washington has yielded the Mauritanian leader even greater fruit. In the predawn hours of June 8, a group of Islamists in the military staged a violent coup d'état, driving tanks into the capital and mounting a two-day gun battle. But in the end the uprising was put down, reportedly with help from the leader's new Western allies. The Americans tend to view this as a victory. Most observers are frankly amazed at how much support a few million dollars bought. "A little bit of money sure goes a long way out there," laughs Steven Simon, a former senior director of the U.S. National Security Council who now provides private consulting to the Pentagon with the RAND Corporation...

We have become used to a "war" being something that lasts a few months at most, possibly only days. This one could last a lifetime -- and there is no question, given the enormous shifts in manpower and geographic focus, that the United States is preparing for just that....For the harried commanders in Washington, that will indeed be the challenge. For the rest of the world, the far more difficult challenge will be understanding what is really going on in this lifelong, worldwide conflict -- what is right and what is wrong in this morally and strategically fraught new world.

A litany of terror from 911...
Doug Saunders writes on inter- national affairs for The Globe and Mail.

"If I was a terrorist, I'd be going to places like Africa," Sergeant Jim Lewis of the U.S. Army said recently at the Djibouti headquarters. "That's why we're here. To seek them out, do whatever we can to find and kill them."

Kenya Kikuyus, Long Dominant, Are Now Routed
Tens of thousands of Kikuyus, the tribe of Kenya's president, have fled because of ethnic violence.

High stakes in Kenya crisis for U.S. war on terror: Kenya's violent crisis threatens to destabilise one of the United States' key counter-terrorism partners in Africa and could influence Washington's decision on where to site its new military command for the continent.

"The U.S. African Offensive is in motion": Rice Stokes Flames of US Wars in Africa
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
...All of East Africa south to the border of Mozambique falls under the purview of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, a wing of the U.S. Central Command (the war-wagers in Iraq): Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Yemen, the Comoros Islands, Mauritius, and Madagascar (Malagasy Republic).
Stretching across the breadth of Africa, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sudan, is the U.S. "war on terror" apparatus dubbed the Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Initiative. Designed, like its predecessor, the Pan-Sahel Initiative, as a means of luring African military commanders into the U.S. orbit through "general-to-general" and "captain-to-captain" collaboration - and, of course, lots of U.S. equipment and training (and officer-to-officer bribery) - the Initiative coordinates U.S. military activity in Algeria, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Nigeria, and Tunisia.

"The United States Africa Command [AFRICOM] is to ‘be responsible for U.S. military operations in and military relations with 53 African nations - an area of responsibility covering all of Africa except Egypt.' Having successfully insinuated this massive military infrastructure on the continent, the Pentagon this year announced creation of the United States Africa Command, "to be responsible for U.S. military operations in and military relations with 53 African nations - an area of responsibility covering all of Africa except Egypt - and to be fully operational by September 2008." Africa Command is still searching for a home headquarters - Liberia and Kenya are top prospects on the betting circuit - but in truth the Americans already have many African homes from which to operate[...]

The myth of sectarianism - The policy is divide to rule
Dahr Jamail
IF THE U.S. leaves Iraq, the violent sectarianism between the Sunni and Shia will worsen. This is what Republicans and Democrats alike will have us believe. This key piece of rhetoric is used to justify the continuance of the occupation of Iraq. This propaganda, like others of its ilk, gains ground, substance, and reality due largely to the ignorance of those ingesting it. The snow job by the corporate media on the issue of sectarianism in Iraq has ensured that the public buys into the line that the Sunni and Shia will dice one another up into little pieces if the occupation ends.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=39851

continuing the genocidal occupier's 'awakening' and defeat
Killer of U.S. Soldiers Becomes a Hero
Inter Press Service http://blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2007/12/musharrafs_woes_have...
Beginning early next year, U.S. Special Forces are expected to vastly expand their presence in Pakistan, as part of an effort to train and support indigenous counter-insurgency forces and clandestine counterterrorism units, according to defense officials involved with the planning... These Pakistan-centric operations will mark a shift for the U.S. military and for U.S. Pakistan relations. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, the U.S. used Pakistani bases to stage movements into Afghanistan. Yet once the U.S. deposed the Taliban government and established its main operating base at Bagram, north of Kabul, U.S. forces left Pakistan almost entirely. Since then, Pakistan has restricted U.S. involvement in cross-border military operations as well as paramilitary operations on its soil. But the Pentagon has been frustrated by the inability of Pakistani national forces to control the borders or the frontier area. And Pakistan's political instability has heightened U.S. concern about Islamic extremists there.
According to Pentagon sources, reaching a different agreement with Pakistan became a priority for the new head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, Adm. Eric T. Olson. Olson visited Pakistan in August, November and again this month, meeting with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Gen. Tariq Majid and Lt. Gen. Muhammad Masood Aslam, commander of the military and paramilitary troops in northwest Pakistan. Olson also visited the headquarters of the Frontier Corps, a separate paramilitary force recruited from Pakistan's border tribes. Now, a new agreement, reported when it was still being negotiated last month, has been finalized...(emphasis added)
U.S. Central Command Commander Adm. William Fallon alluded to the agreement and spoke approvingly of Pakistan's recent counterterrorism efforts in the past several months in an interview with Voice of America last week....
http://snipurl.com/1vw84 http://blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2007/12/musharrafs_woes_have...

Musharraf finally 'convinced' to let U.S. C.I.A. & special forces terrorists run the show...
John Chuckman
...Once Americans mired themselves in Afghanistan ----- after all the hoopla
over a "victory" which amounted to little more than massive bombing while
the Northern Alliance warlords did most of the fighting against their rival,
the Taleban ---- the extent of the mess into which they had put themselves
slowly dawned. This is particularly true regarding the almost non-existent
border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a huge area that forms almost a de
facto third country of Pashtuns. Intense pressure started being applied to
Musharraf to allow American special forces to conduct the kind of brutal and
socially-disruptive operations they have maintained in the mountains of
Afghanistan. The American approach to rooting out the dispersed Taleban,
following its initial "victory," amounted to going from village to village
in the mountains, crashing down doors, using stun grenades, holding men at
gunpoint in their own homes, separating the village's women from the men's
protection, plus many other unforgivable insults in such a tradition-bound
land.... Recently, Musharraf's position vis-à-vis the U.S. has undergone a
dramatic change. Overnight, the State Department changed him from valiant
ally to enemy of democracy, and the American press obliged with the
appropriate stories and emphasis. The reason for this change was simply
Musharraf’s refusal to cooperate enough with Bush's secret demands to extend
America’s special-forces operations into Pakistan's side of the Pashtun
territory: that is, to allow a foreign country into his country to terrorize
and insult huge parts of its population.... to Pakistan’s fully embracing
the "war on terror," ...but for many Pakistanis, the "war on terror" is only
one more aspect of American interference in their part of the world. The
Taleban is viewed by millions there as heroic resisters, standing up to
American arrogance, a view not without some substance.... trying to
accommodate Bush, Musharraf launched various showy operations by Pakistan’s
army, but his efforts were viewed in Washington as weak. The U.S. kept
pushing the limits, trying to force Pakistan to internalize the "war on

NYT still pretends...
U.S. Considers New Covert Push Within Pakistan
By Steven Lee Myers, David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt.
President Bush’s senior national security advisers are debating whether to expand the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency and the military to conduct far more aggressive covert operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan follows concern that Al Qaeda and the Taliban hope to destabilize the Pakistani government, officials said. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/washington/06terror.html?th&emc=th

old history...
Special Operations.Com
In March 1964 a US Army Special Forces Group (Airborne) Mobile Training Team went to Pakistan to set up a new airborne school at Peshawar ...

Early Warning: Rumsfeld's New War Plan
William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security
U.S. special operations forces for the first time have their own war plan to fight the "global war on terrorism." Special Operations Command (SOCOM) which until now had always operated "in support of" other commands and other commanders now will be able to go out on its own to attack and destroy designated terrorist networks. You might ask: What took them so long? And what does the new operations plan (OPLAN) really mean. The war plan, RT informs me somewhat cryptically, is referred to as "OPLAN 71" and constitutes the first stand-alone U.S. military offensive plan to fight the global war on terrorism....SOCOM is now poised to take the lead in fighting "transnational" terrorism. Delta force, the Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Rangers, Air Force special tactics and other commando operators of the U.S. military finally are their own masters. I wrote last October 5 on the President's Unified Command Plan, signed in March, giving new authorities to SOCOM, and reported on January 9 on Donald Rumsfeld's "SOCization" of the U.S. military and the trend towards relying more and more on special operations. Ann Scott Tyson reported yesterday in the Post that the Quadrennial Defense Review, scheduled for release on February 6, favors special operations forces in future budget and program plans.
The centerpiece of SOCOM's new warfare task is the Top Secret "National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism (NMST-WOT)," signed by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld in October 2002. According to Pentagon sources working on counter-terrorism policy, the Strategic Plan defines six "military strategic" objectives: ...

OPLAN 71 is a global offensive anti-terrorism war plan that specifies procedures to be used by overt and clandestine special operations forces and supporting military forces and intelligence agencies in defeating terrorists and their organization, objective two.
SOCOM has full authority and responsibility for "executing" global operations against "designated" terrorist networks.

Since terrorists are not just in the Middle East and they regularly travel to other countries and areas to plan and conduct operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, they by their very nature cross the traditional regional boundaries of U.S. military commanders. Thus a "global" plan under SOCOM is considered the only feasible plan for defeating terrorist networks....

SOCOM has a peculiar position: It is intrinsically a secretive organization that can not even convey the most trivial information about its activities without great pain. It is a military command not a military service and thus though it acts like the Army or Navy, it doesn't have a civilian Secretary. SOCOM is only accountable to the office of the Secretary of Defense.

Outside of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, we don't really know what SOCOM has done since 9/11, and we don't really know how well it has done. We hope that it is out there being successful finding and disrupting -- killing -- terrorists....

just a few more from WP's main 'national security' state terrorism pimp

By William M. Arkin | October 12, 2007; 08:39 AM ET | Comments (16)
Special Operations Prepared for Domestic Missions
The U.S. Northern Command, the military command responsible for "homeland defense," has asked the Pentagon if it can establish its own special operations command for domestic missions. The request, reported in the Washington Examiner, would establish a permanent sub-command for...

By William M. Arkin | May 18, 2007; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (21)
Fighting the "War" Against Terrorists the American Way
A reaction I didn't anticipate in response to my blog yesterday about the super-secret "black" special operations effort and the "war" against terrorism is the mound of e-mail and comments I got asking a really basic question: Is an effort...

By William M. Arkin | March 29, 2007; 08:47 AM ET | Comments (52)
Elite Terrorist Hunters in Iraq
U.S. "black" special operations forces in Iraq have conducted as many as 300 "takedown" operations, an activity that an influential retired general calls "simply magic." The assessment appears in an eight-page trip report written by retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey,...

Qaeda Urges Meeting Bush With Bombs
An American member of Al Qaeda urged fighters to meet
President Bush "with bombs" when he visits the Middle East
this week, according to a new videotape posted on the
Internet on Sunday.

imperialist-zionist state terror is always "security", resistance is always "terrorism"

More than 10,000 police will guard Bush during Israel visit:
Bush arrives Wednesday for his first visit as president ...Eight truckloads of equipment already arrived in advance of his two-night stay. All the Hotel David rooms will be taken by his entourage--tourists bookings cancelled. http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,2236522,00.html

DM Barak orders security hiatus for Bush visit
"The IDF will continue working to curb Palestinian terrorism, but will not
take actions that could lead to an escalation while the US president is
here." IDF to reduce ops. for Bush visit
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 6, 2008

Under orders from the political echelon, the IDF will begin reducing its
activities in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank on Monday ahead of US
President George W. Bush's arrival two days later.
Defense officials said the army would continue to hunt down "ticking
bombs" - terrorists in the advanced stages of planning an attack - but would
not initiate large-scale operations that could lead to an escalation in
violence. The decision to scale back operations was made by Defense Minister
Ehud Barak.
"This is a sensitive time diplomatically," a senior defense official said
Sunday. "The IDF will continue working to curb Palestinian terrorism, but
will not take actions that could lead to an escalation while the US
president is here."...

beyond the pro-forma propaganda about genocidal u.s.-israel 'peace roadmap' to destroy the Palestinian nation's just national liberation struggle, here's further proof that the dog wags its tail -- contrary to u.s. apologists' absurd pretense that 'israel lobby' holds u.s. hostage against its own 'national interests'
Prime minister concedes Israel at fault on outpost: Admission comes before Bush visit
January 4, 2008
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in an unprecedented public acknowledgment, called continued Israeli construction in West Bank settlements a breach of Israel's obligations under a recently revived peace plan.The remarks, published Friday in The Jerusalem Post, came just days before President Bush arrives in the region Wednesday to try to build on momentum created at a Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md.
Bush, in a separate interview, urged Israel to uphold its commitment to remove the settlement outposts in the West Bank."The Israeli government announced that it plans to get rid of the unauthorized outposts, and that's what we expect them to do. We expect the Israeli government to honor its commitments," Bush told the daily Yediot Ahronot in the interview, published Friday in Hebrew...
Olmert added, however, that Israel believes a Bush letter to the Israeli government in 2004 "renders flexible to a degree what is written in the road map." In that letter, Bush wrote that "existing Israeli population centers" should be taken into consideration when the final borders of a Palestinian state are drawn. Israel interprets this to mean it can hold on to major West Bank settlement blocs, where the majority of its 270,000 settlers live, and where much of the contentious construction is going on. [...](italics added)

LIVING conditions in the besieged Gaza Strip became even harsher yesterday as Israel cut In electricity supplies for eight hours a day. One and a half million residents will be affected by the power supply cuts...that began in October. Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups alike consider the reductions a collective punishment in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Israel claims that, with other military and political steps, fuel and electricity cuts are "legitimate self-defence" in the face of continued rocket firing from the Strip into southern Israel.Earlier, four Palestinians, including at least two civilians, were killed and dozens wounded during the latest Israeli incursion into the Strip.A 17-year-old died after being shot in the chest by Israeli forces near Bureij refugee camp. An airstrike on a house east of Bureij killed a 34-year-old woman and a member of the Hamas armed wing, reports from the Strip said. A fourth man was killed by a tank shell last night. Five soldiers were hurt by an anti-tank missile fired at their vehicles, the army said. http://news.scotsman.com/world/Power-supply---to.3644959.jp

Woman, fourteen-year-old among six killed in 24 hours in Israeli assault on Gaza Strip
Ma'an News
Three people including a woman and a fourteen-year-old boy were killed and eight others were injured when an Israeli artillery shell hit a house in Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Palestinian security sources said that the Israeli forces targeted a house belonging to the Hamdan family in the eastern part of Al-Bureij camp. The dead women was identified as Eyman Hamdan. Military sources also said that the eight injured people arrived at Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in the central Gaza Strip....Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=39876

Tel Aviv University's "Peace Index" administered poll : 81 percent of Israelis back increasing IDF targeted killings of Palestinian 'militants':

"Our job is to rebuild the road to real peace and lasting security throughout the region, "Our job is to do more than lay out another road map."
"That effort begins with a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel: Our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy. That will always be my starting point."
Barack Obama 2007speech to AIPAC

"...Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama unambiguously define the fight against terrorist networks as a global war, and John Edwards, who has condemned the phrase "war on terror" as a "bumper-sticker slogan," adds that "there is no question that we must confront terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda with the full force of our military might."..."

Much bigger more aggressive special forces ops are planned (see above). Approximately 50 American personnel, whether special forces or CIA, already operate clandestinely inside the Pakistani border... In New Hampshire last night, Sen. Barack Obama repeated his endorsement of unilateral US military intervention in Pakistan if "actionable intelligence" exists. His Democratic rivals did not dissent.http://snipurl.com/1wtw9