Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Billions for U.S. Corporations, While for Iraqis...

Increase in War Funding Sought
Jonathan Weisman & Thomas E. Ricks | October 26

WaPo - The Bush administration intends to seek about $70 billion in emergency funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan early next year, pushing total war costs close to $225 billion since the invasion of Iraq early last year, Pentagon and congressional officials said yesterday.

Comments -
By Nick in USA: Military Issues on Tue Oct 26th, 2004 at 08:58:21 AM PDT


Army denies most compensation claims by Iraqis, newspaper reports

Dayton, Ohio | October 25

AP - The Army has denied most of the thousands of compensation claims Iraqis
have made against the U.S. military, determining that combat accounted for most
of the deaths, injuries and property damage, a newspaper reported Sunday.

From Scoop.agonist.org 10/26/04

Monday, October 25, 2004

Bush Administration Preserved Zarqawi to Justify Iraq Invasion

According to an MSNBC article of March, 2004, the terrorist Zarqawi had then already murdered over 700 people. By now, with the recent slaughter of 50 Iraqi soldier trainees and innumerable other street bombings and beheadings to his credit, Zarqawi has likely trippled that number.

The MSNBC article detailed the fact that prior to the Iraq invasion in March of 2003, the U.S. military had, on three separate occasions, presented detailed plans to the White House for taking out Zarqawi and his camp, located in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq, out of the control of the Saddam government and within the U.S./British maintained "no fly" zone. On each occasion, the White House refused to approve the proposed attack on Zarqawi.

In Colin Powell's speech to the UN in February of 2003, providing the so called factual justification for the invasion, Powell went into great detail explaining the grave dangers presented by Zarqawi, claiming that his camp was producing poisons and harboring Al Qaeda fighters from Afghanistan. See www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2003/17300.htm -

It has recently come to light that the U.S. and Britain were routinely bombing military targets in the No Fly zone in the year prior to the actual invasion of Iraq. Why didn't the White House authorize an attack on Zarqawi and his followers?

Well, if Zarqawi and his followers were already dead, then their presence in Iraq could not be used to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Shortly after the invasion, the U.S. bombed the Zaqawi camp, but by that time Zaqawi and his followers had already abandoned it.

Bush made the political decision to keep Zarqawi alive because the presence of Zargawi in Iraq boosted his case for the March 18, 2003 invasion.

See MSNC for more at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4431601/

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Bush Allowed Looting of 380 Tons of Iraqi Explosives

One of Bush's ostensible reasons for invading Iraq was to prevent Saddam from giving weapons to terrorists. Now we learn that Bush left 380 tons of RDX and HMX explosives, the most powerful in the world, unguarded after the invasion. It was looted and has been used ever since to blow up our soldiers.

The explosives had been put under seal by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and carefully monitored by them prior to the invasion. The U.S. was notified of the cache prior to the invasion, but didn't guard it. After the invasion, the U.S. prohibited the IAEA from entering Iraq to supervise its nuclear components. The RDX and HMX can be used to trigger nuclear explosions.

Apparently, the unguarded exposives -- 40 mack trucks of them -- were looted over a year ago, but the U.S. hid the theft from the IAEA and the American public, even prohibiting the provisional government from reporting it. The so-called "sovereign" interim Iraqi government just reported the loss to the IAEA a month ago, which is why the story emerged only now.

This administration's criminal negligence is killing our soldiers. Enough explosives were taken to keep terrorists fully supplied for years.

See Josh Marshall for more.

I'm Taking My Country Back -- Play it Again, Honky-Tonkers!

This is a tremendous foot-stompin country song from Nashville's top writers and musicians. Wish I knew how to put the audio directly on this site, as this is a wonderfully patriotic run down of why Bush must go.

Here are the lyrics:
TAKIN' MY COUNTRY BACK

COUNTRY MUSIC'S GOT MAMAS AND DADDYS
WE GOT BAR ROOMS AND OLD HEARTBREAK SONGS
BUT I 'M HERE TODAY TO STAND UP AND SAY
HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY HOME SWEET HOME
WHAT'S LEFT, WHAT'S RIGHT AND WHAT'S WRONG... AND

I’M TAKIN’ MY COUNTRY BACK
SON, YOU AIN'T BEEN DOIN’ HER RIGHT
OH I BEEN WATCHIN’ YOU AND I DON’T LIKE
HOW YOU'VE BEEN TREATIN’ MY STARS AND STRIPES
YOU TOOK OUR JOBS AND SENT ‘EM OVERSEAS
NOW WE OWE BILLIONS TO THE RED CHINESE
YOU BLEW THE BUDGET AND YOU BOTCHED IRAQ
SO I’M TAKIN’ MY COUNTRY BACK

WE HAD A BUNDLE IN THE TREASURY DRAWER
MORE THAN THERE HAD EVER BEEN BEFORE
BUT EVERY DAY WE'RE DROWNIN' DEEPER IN DEBT
MAYBE FOUR YEARS SHOULD BE ALL YOU GET
THEN YOU GAVE TAX BREAKS TO THE MILLIONAIRES
AND TRIED TO MAKE THE WORKIN’ MAN PAY
BUT YOU CAN’T TAX A MAN WHEN HIS JOBS NOT THERE
NOW LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE TODAY…HEY

I’M TAKIN’ MY COUNTRY BACK
SON, YOU AIN'T BEEN DOIN’ HER RIGHT
OH I BEEN WATCHIN’ YOU AND I DON’T LIKE
HOW YOU'VE BEEN TREATIN’ MY STARS AND STRIPES
YOU GOT TOO MANY FANCY FRIENDS FOR ME
THE SAUDIS TREAT YOU LIKE YOU'RE ROYALTY
YOU BLEW THE BUDGET AND YOU BOTCHED IRAQ
NOW I’M TAKIN’ MY COUNTRY BACK

NOW I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WERE HOT
'CAUSE BIN LADEN NEVER DID GET CAUGHT
SO YOU SAID WE HAD SADDAM TO BLAME
TRIED TO TELL US IT WAS ALL THE SAME
BUT NOW THE YEARS ROLL BY AND OUR KIDS KEEP DYIN'
YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE A PLAN TO BRING 'EM HOME
AND THOSE W.M.D. YOU PROMISED ON T.V.
HEY ADMIT IT, YOU FIGURED IT WRONG... SO I'M TAKIN' MY COUNTRY BACK

NOW YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME, BUT YOU KNOW WHO I AM
I'M YOUR EVERYDAY WORK HARD, PLAY HARD
RAISE KIDS AND PRAY HARD COMMON MAN....
AND LORD KNOWS I LOVE THIS LAND...THAT'S WHY

I’M TAKIN’ MY COUNTRY BACK
SON, YOU AIN'T BEEN DOIN’ HER RIGHT
OH I BEEN WATCHIN’ YOU AND I DON’T LIKE
HOW YOU'VE BEEN TREATIN’ MY STARS AND STRIPES
YOU SAY "UNITE" BUT YOU DIVIDE US MORE
CUSSIN' EACH OTHER ON THE SENATE FLOOR
AIN'T WE SUPPOSED TO BE ABOVE ALL THAT ?
HEY I’M TAKIN’ MY COUNTRY BACK
I GOT MY FAMILY AND MY CHURCH AND FLAG...
NOW I'M TAKIN' MY COUNTRY BACK



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This song needs to be played at all Kerry rallies, baseball games, streetfairs and everyone's pick-up truck for the next two weeks. Download it from :

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Stalin, Hitler and Bush

Reading Stephanie Bond's interview with an American author of women's fiction whose home was raided recently by federal police brings to mind descriptions by Nadia Mandelstam, wife of Russian poet, Osip Mandelstam, whose books, Hope Against Hope, and "Hope Abandoned" details numerous raids by Stalin's secret police searching their home for "counter-revolutionary" poems:
Dilyn: The raid took place last fall, pre-dawn, and it lasted three hours. They banged at my front door first, damaged it coming in, displayed weapons and threatened to kill my dogs. After that, imagine everything you’ve seen on TV, only worse. There were six male agents. One was in the “bad cop” mode the entire time, trying to intimidate me, yelling at me, threatening me. When I had to go to the restroom, he sent an agent along to the bathroom with me. It was a multi-agency raid: Postal Inspectors (for the Web site/email end of it), FBI, and three officers who would only identify themselves as Federal Police. They took so much--computers, photocopier, files, books, discs, computer programs, CDs of the music by which I write, contracts, absolutely everything I had connected to the writing world. They took pictures off my walls, my office television, pens, a case of paper, postage stamps…even now, after all these months, 1 still so to get something only to discover it missing.
Dilyn, a pseudo-name, was writing a book about the theft of antiquities in Cambodia, and did some research on terrorist groups there. The result, thanks to The Patriot Act, was SS-like storm troopers in her bedroom.

Disregard for the constitution and our democratic institutions is rife within this administration:

The NY Times provides a detailed account of the Bush administration's secretive efforts to create "a new system of justice for the new war they had declared on terrorism."

Determined to deal aggressively with the terrorists they expected to capture, the officials bypassed the federal courts and their constitutional guarantees, giving the military the authority to detain foreign suspects indefinitely and prosecute them in tribunals not used since World War II. The plan was considered so sensitive that senior White House officials kept its final details hidden from the president's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, and the secretary of state, Colin L. Powell, officials said. It was so urgent, some of those involved said, that they hardly thought of consulting Congress.

We must loudly and publicly protest the Bush administration's disregard for the United States Constitution.

It remains to be seen whether they will leave office even if Kerry legally wins the election. In that event, we must be prepared to evict them.

Thanks to Talk Left for the link to the Bond interview and NY Times article.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Warning: War is Toxic to Health

Something for the Kitchen Disposal

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Bush Administration Suppresses CIA's 9-11 Report


It has never ceased to amaze me that Bush and Cheney, who failed to take any steps at all to protect the United States from terrorism pre-9-11, can be running as the "anti-terror" team.

Top security officials in the Clinton administration gave Bush-Cheney extensive warnings about the terrorism dangers when they briefed the in-coming administration. The Hart-Rudman Commission on National Security was tabled in February of 2001. It contained not only warnings about the U.S.'s lack of preparedness to deal with terrorism, but provided numerous recommendations to improve security. Bush ignored these recommendations, preferring to assign Cheney the task of setting up a new commission to consider the problem. Cheney never convened a meeting of that commission between February, 2001 and 9-11.

In February of 2001, Condi Rice specifically downgraded the status of Richard Clerk, the counter-terrorism czar retained from the Clinton administration. His direct access to the president's cabinet was removed. His requests for a cabinet level meeting on the subject were refused. His proposed counter-terrorism plans were virtually ignored.

Between the Spring of 2001 and September 10, 2001,, over twenty foreign governments warned the U.S. of the existence of terrorist plans for an attack on the U.S. Bush did nothing. Attorney General Ashcroft refused even to listen to reports of imminent terrorist activities from his deputy A.G., and reduced the budget for counter-terrorism activities within the F.B.I.

After receiving the CIA's August 6, 2001 memo entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack the United States", Bush did nothing to alert key government officials or the public to the threats. He remained on vacation in Texas, clearing brush. The counter-terrorism czar had advised alerting the news media to the story. Bush did nothing.. Widespread public awareness alone could have stymied the attacks.

When similar rumors arose at the end of 1999 for millenium attacks on the U.S., President Clinton summoned his cabinet and all key officials and held daily meetings to garner intelligence and beef up security. The public and border guards were alerted. As a result, those planning to blow up the L.A. airport were arrested at the U.S. Canadian border, and their co-conspirators were located in Canada.

Bush so resolutely refused to take any action in response to the threat reports, that it is no surprise that many believe he allowed them to happen. A poll of New Yorkers taken in August of this year, shows that a substantial majority of New Yorkers believe that Bush had foreknowledge of the attacks.

Three years later, Bush is still suppressing information about the lead-up to the 9-11 attacks:

The 9/11 Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket by Robert Sheer,
LA Times via www.commondreams.com

The agency is withholding a damning report that points at senior officials.
It is shocking: The Bush administration is suppressing a CIA report on 9/11 until after the election, and this one names names. Although the report by the inspector general's office of the CIA was completed in June, it has not been made available to the congressional intelligence committees that mandated the study almost two years ago. "It is infuriating that a report which shows that high-level people were not doing their jobs in a satisfactory manner before 9/11 is being suppressed," an intelligence official who has read the report told me, adding that "the report is potentially very embarrassing for the administration, because it makes it look like they weren't interested in terrorism before 9/11, or in holding people in the government responsible afterward."

When I asked about the report, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, said she and committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) sent a letter 14 days ago asking for it to be delivered. "We believe that the CIA has been told not to distribute the report," she said. "We are very concerned."

Draft? Absurd, Of Course We Won't Have a Draft

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are going around the country this week calling Kerry a liar for suggesting that Bush will re-institute the draft. Ed Gillespie, head of the National Republican Party, had the arrogance to demand that the "Rock the Vote" group "cease and desist"passing baseless rumors about the re-introduction of the draft. This report suggests that the "baseless rumor" is well founded fact.

WND
IN THE MILITARY
Medical workers face military draft
Pentagon plan calls up medics, nurses, doctors in national emergencies

Posted: July 25, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jon Dougherty
© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

The Pentagon will draft experienced medical personnel, including medics, nurses and physicians, in the event of a national emergency.

The "health care personnel delivery system" is being readied by the Department of Defense, according to a report published by the Newhouse News Service, to cope with military casualties from a large-scale biological or chemical attack. The plan was authorized by Congress in 1987 to deal with large-scale casualties that outstripped the active-duty military's ability to handle them.

www.worldnetdaily.com

Oh, and other "special skills" persons maybe drafted too, especially those with computer expertise. The Selective Service registration data will become a "skills bank", from which needed personnel can be inducted, " but only in emergencies" of course.

See also www. seattlepi.nwsource.com for info as of 10/19/04.

We Cannot Bomb the World Into Peace

On 9-11, we were attacked by a relatively small group of terrorists. Their organization was Al Qaeda, and they were based in Afghanistan. We had the leader of Al Qaeda virtually surrounded in Tora Bora, but relied on local war lords to catch him. They didn’t.

The reason we relied on the war lords was because President Bush was focused on invading Iraq, a country which had not attacked us. In the Spring of 2001, both Condi Rice and Colin Powell had acknowledged that Iraq, decimated by the `1991 war and sanctions that followed, did not have a strong army and did not present a threat to us.

But Bush had come in to office already committed to regime change in Iraq, by which he meant effecting U.S. control over Iraqi oil fields and the planting of America military bases there.

Saddam ran a secular dictatorship, he was named as an enemy by Bin Laden, he was not allied with him nor likely to give Bin Laden weapons of mass destructions, even if Saddam had them, which he didn’t. Saddam had actively suppressed the religious fundamentalists like Bin Laden in Iraq. (The now famed terrorist, Zarquawi, had a base in Iraq, but it was in the Kurdish area, outside of Saddam's control. The U.S. had at least three opportunities to bomb that base, but Bush refused to allow our military to do so because he wanted to be able to point to Zarquawi's presence "in Iraq" as a justification for invading it.)

Determined to carry out the long laid plans of the neoconservatives, impelled by the interests of his energy company donors, Bush diverted the majority of our resources from Afghanistan into Iraq. The billions of dollars which were allocated to no bid contracts for Halliburton for Iraq were thus diverted from the fight against Al Qaeda and, even worse, diverted from use to strengthen our anti-terrorist defenses within the United States.

That is why 95 per cent of the cargo coming into the U.S. is uninspected, that is why our chemical and nuclear plants remain unsecured, that is why our first responders do not have radio communication systems capable of handling a major attack, that is why thousands of our first responders are not here protecting us, but off killing and being killed in Iraq.

The billions that were spent bombing Iraq could have been used to defuse the causes of terrorism – by bringing jobs, international educational exchange programs, medical care, working electricity, water and sewage plants to the poor in the Middle East. That money could have been used to assist the democratic movements in the Middle East against the dictatorships we have so often supported, if not put into power in the first place.

The best way to fight terrorism is to stop carrying out policies which cause terrorism, to fight it on the level of ideas and true democratic assistance. The more people we bomb in Iraq, the more Moslems throughout the Middle East will choose to become terrorists.

If we want peace, we must work for justice. It is impossible to bomb the world into peace. I have a 19 year old son, I certainly would not send him to fight in the Middle East when all of his fighting would only raise the level of terrorism for all peoples throughout the world.

Bush and the neo-conservatives who have hi-jacked our government and who are wrecking death and destruction on Iraq, and hoping to carry it on into Iran and Syria, must be stopped. Sanity and democracy must be restored in the United States. For that, I am willing to let my son fight.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Protest Arrests of Iranian Bloggers

Juan Cole reports that four Iranian journalists were arrested of late for expressing ideas unacceptable to the Iranian government. He suggests we write in protest.'
Omid Memarian, Iranian writer and journalist, weblogger and social activist was arrested on Sunday. According to his brother, who provided a report to ISNA, Omid was arrested in his work place and then taken to his home, where his computer and hand written notes were also confiscated. Omid was mentioned in the editorial by Hossein Shariatmadari published in Keyhan, which accused western governments of supporting a web (or network) of Iranian reformist journalists and webloggers who are working to overthrow the regime. It is worth mentioning that many of those accused of political crimes in recent years have been arrested based on false allegations which first appeared in the ultra conservative daily Kayhan.

Please complain about this to the Iranian government via their interests section in Washington, DC or via the Iranian embassy if you have one in your country. I know it seems hopeless to complain, but I used to write Amnesty International letters to the Communist government of Czechoslovakia complaining about intellectual repression, and maybe that sort of activity wasn't a waste of time in retrospect. I sometimes wonder where the apparatchik is now, who received them . . .
See: www.juancole.com

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Looting the Life from Our Soldiers, Our Planet

Nuclear scientists have long known that the depleted uranium, also called uranium 238 or D.U. used in our weapons and military armor, is radiating through our own soldiers’ bodies, its toxic dust causing, not only serious lung and eye damage but mutations in their DNA that cause deadly cancerous tumors, leukemia and irreversible damage to their genetic material. Their mutated and distorted genes are passed on in their semen to their children, who may be born without limbs, without eyes, without other crucial body parts, and without hope of a normal life for themselves or their families.

Terry Jemison of the Department of Veterans Affairs said that of the 592,561 discharged veterans from the 1991 war in Iraq, 179,310 are receiving disability compensation, and another 24,763 cases are pending.

More than one out of every three veterans from the first Gulf War is permanently disabled. This in a war where there were only 148 American combat deaths.

Despite such statistics, the U.S. Army still maintains that exposure to D. U. is harmless. To admit its danger might deprive them of a supremely deadly and effective armor-piercing weapon which also serves as a dense barrier to offensive attack.

Ok, you might say, D.U. exposure is just a another danger our soldiers must be prepared for if they join the army; it’s just another danger that our enemies’ soldiers must be prepared for if they fight us. But the weaponized depleted uranium we use burns rapidly in air and then remains there as micro-particles. It’s dust coats the earth where hundreds of thousands of children play, where women farm, where it encrusts their crops with its deadly particulate and is inhaled, ingested and absorbed into their bodies. The micro particles are blown up into the air and carried across borders and thousands of miles where its toxicity will bring more cancerous deaths and more mutated genes to hundreds of thousands of non-combatants.

The half life of depleted uranium is 4.4 billion years. That means that in 4.4 billion years it will have lost only half of its toxic properties. The U.S. reportedly has a stock pile of 100 million tons of depleted uranium available for weapons and armor plating. During the 1991 Gulf War, up to 350 tons of depleted uranium were spread through Iraq. In this war, we have already deposited five times that amount on Iraqi soil, crops and human beings. Its deadly effects will last for 8.8 billion years. According to Dr. Doug Rokk, former director of the U.S Army Project on Depleted Uranium, it cannot be cleaned up, there is no cure for D.U. exposure, and only a slight exposure can be permanently damaging. We are laying the groundwork for generations of monstrous mutant children.

Where are those who, like George Bush, so militantly oppose stem cell research, oppose a women’s right to choose when to have a child, why aren’t they joining the battle to protect human life for myriad generations by stopping the use of this endlessly murderous nuclear weapon?.

The 9-11 terrorists killed three thousand, but we will be killing off billions, and all for relatively momentary control over Middle East oil. The oil will all be gone in a few hundred years, the depleted uranium will continue to kill and maim human life virtually forever.

The world, if it is to survive, desperately needs leaders who will think through the consequences of their acts – the long term consequences. George Bush is not such a leader. If not stopped, he will continue to mindlessly kill off generations of human beings with his “small” nuclear weapons of depleted uranium.. He must be stopped.


What Bush Did Not 4-C.

Corrente (www.corrente.blogspot.com) quotes from a Knight Ridder Newspaper article on Bush's pre-invasion planning for Iraq in March of 2003:

"Near the end of his presentation, an Army lieutenant colonel who was giving a briefing showed a slide describing the Pentagon's plans for rebuilding Iraq after the war, known in the planners' parlance as Phase 4-C. He was uncomfortable with his material - and for good reason.

The slide said: "To Be Provided."'

There was no plan for the occupation of Iraq -- none, nada, zip. Given all the disastrous decisions made by the Bush administration after Saddam was ousted, that does not come as a total surprise, but it is still astounding. Incredible incompetence.

I wonder if Power Point slide 4-B was a picture of a ticker-tape parade?

See the whole sorry, horrifying tale about Bush's lack of planning at

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9927782.html

Congressman Ryan Demolishes Bush's Credibility

Link to monumentally effective congressional speech by Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) answering those who criticize young people for not believing Bush when he says there will be no draft. This demolishes Bush, not only on the draft, but on every other significant issue in this election.

http://matt-stoller.mydd.com/story/2004/10/7/12420/1686

Thank You, Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart of Daily Show smashes through Crossfire's glib cynicism to demand some truth: See video at:

Random Foo
iFilm
Media Matters
Indymedia
BitFlood (need Bit Torrent to view)

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Out Slips the Truth About the Draft

Bush's Sub-Conscious Admits the Truth:

"He [Bush] said that, after a debate with Kerry, 'I made it very plain. We will not have an all-volunteer army.' The crowd fell silent. 'WE WILL have an all-volunteer army,' Bush said, quickly catching himself. 'Let me restate that. We will not have a draft.'"

KRT Wire | 10/16/2004 | Bush, Kerry sharpen attacks on the campaign trail:


Freeway Blogger's Great Photos

The Wave of the Future

See:
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And see: www.freewayblogger.com for more great protest signs:




The Origins of the Quagmire

I watch as my government drops thousands of tons of bombs on the people of Fallujah, Iraq. Many of those bombs, if not most, are made of depleted uranium which will go on killing Iraqis for thousands of years. We now know that Iraqi had no weapons of mass destruction, had no connection with Al Qaeda and the 9-11 attacks, had no nuclear weapons development programs. How did this come about?

According to Bill Moyer’s documentary, “Secret Government”, it started in 1947, when Truman signed the National Security Act which set up the CIA and the National Security Council, two bodies which took decisions about war and peace out of the hands of Congress and rested them in the secret meetings of un-elected officials whose provenance was undercover spying.

They first turned their hand to over-throwing the elected government of Iran in 1953. Yes, that’s where our troubles with Iran started. Because the then democratically elected prime minister of Iran had dared to wrest control over Iranian oil fields from private ownership by British oil companies, President Eisenhower authorized the CIA to effect a coup and install the Shah Pavlavi back into power. With the Shah, came the CIA created secret police, SAVAK, which killed and tortured thousands of Iranians to keep him in power.

Following the 1953 Iranian coup, our CIA engineered similar coups in South Vietnam, Guatemala, Chile and a number of African countries, all without Congressional approval. There has been no official declaration of war by Congress since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941.

In 1979, mass revulsion at the Shah’s bloody reign was channeled by the Iranian religious leaders, the mullahs, into a revolution which not only ousted the Shah and brought religious fundamentalists to power, but brought with it virulent anti-American animosity, culminating in the take over of the American embassy and holding of American hostages.

Thereafter, to counteract the Iranians, the U.S. and its CIA, who had assisted the installation of Saddam Hussein into power in Iraq, supported his eight year war against Iran and, with the assistance of Donald Rumsfeld, sold him the biological and chemical weapons for use against Iran, the same weapons we were later to use to justify our invasion of his country and the installation of yet another CIA groomed leader, Ahmed Allawi.

When Saddam turned his attention to claims to oil fields in Kuwait and invaded that country in 1990, the first President Bush, seeing danger to the control of Kuwaiti oil fields and those of Saudi Arabia, organized a grand coalition to stop Saddam and did so in 1991. Bush I wisely chose not to chase Saddam to Baghdad, fearing the quagmire that might ensue if we attempted to depose him and occupy Iraq. That wisdom was not passed down to the second President Bush, who now has engulfed us in the very quagmire foreseen by his father.

But the first president Bush’s wisdom did not extend to events in Afghanistan, where he used the CIA to arm Islamic resistance to the Russian occupation of that country. The CIA trained and armed those who were to become the Taliban and Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda. The objective was stop Russian hegemony over the oil fields and oil pipelines from the Caspian Sea area. Our energy companies wanted access to that oil and gas.

(After successfully obstructing Saddam’s thrust into Kuwait, the first President Bush negotiated the basing of American troops in Saudi Arabia.. That is what grossly offended Osama Bin Laden and fomented his anger against the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. That is where his terrorism against the U.S. had its roots.)

In 1992, those in the first President Bush’s administration who disagreed with his decision to stop at the Iraqi border began developing a strategy for world dominance, directed to obtaining control, either direct or through surrogates, of the world’s major energy sources. Control over Iraq was a key piece in their plan, to be followed by control of Iran and Syria. Their aim was to protect Israel, with which some of them were closely allied, to put domination of the Middle Eastern oil fields into the hands of American energy companies, and to remove our troops from Saudi Arabia into Iraqi bases.

With their installation of puppet, President George W. Bush, in office, these relatively few individuals, all members of the Project for a New American Century, took positions of critical power in his administration: Rumsfeld, Cheney, Libby, Wolfowitz, Feith, Abrams, and Perle, among others, the so-called neo-conservatives, began to implement their plans.

Their first objective was to take over Iraq, privatize and control its oil fields and then to place military bases there for the future control of Iran and Syria. Twelve military bases are being built in Iraq as I write. Their secret machinations fabricated the notion that Saddam was a threat, from the false allegations of Saddam's collusion with Al Qaeda to the phony evidence of a nuclear weapons program (the aluminium tubes and the Niger yellow cake documets).

To do this, they created their own miniature intelligence agency within the Defense Department. That was the original office of misinformation.

These neo-conservatives, driven by a radical commitment to the most extreme form of corporate capitalist power, cloaked in the guise of bringing “democracy” to the world, in fact eschew representative government, believing that they are the intellectual elite with the duty and right to control the American government and its world wide empire.

Like Bush, who believes he channels the words of God, these neo-conservatives are also fantasists who believe that they can substitute their will and their ideology for the reality on the ground. At present, the reality on the ground has confounded them in Iraq. They truly expected Iraq to submit to their will, and accept their putative puppet Ahmed Chalabi as their leader. That did not work. Their back-up surrogate, Allawi, is not working either. To distract from the disaster they’ve caused there, they are pointing to Iran as the culprit, with a view to destabilizing that country as well. But that was also part of their original plan.

Bush keeps telling us that his “war on terrorism” will be a long, long war. In fact, it will be a series of wars, not focused on the real terrorism of the Bin Ladins , but focused on extending American hegemony worldwide, until “the sun never sets on the American empire”.

Bush and this small group of ideologues who brought us to the quagmire in Iraq are both arrogant and incompetent, and those qualities may foil their plan, but in the meantime they are secretly destroying the fundamental structures of American democracy.

They have replaced our constitutional rights with their repressive Patriot Act, ignored international treaties giving rights to prisoners of war and occupied civilians, officially instituted policies allowing torture and secret detentions, and filled our regulatory agencies with corporate officials from the putatively regulated industries.

At this very moment, they are in the process of suppressing the voting rights of those who oppose them in the United States.

We must restore control to the American people, re-establish a representative, working Congress, and make sure that never again will the American government be run by secret cabal which perverts our values and democratic institution.

Correction from Juan Cole:

Yes, this is the basic narrative. The
only thing that leapt out at me to change was that it was Reagan who arranged
for the Mujahidin in Afghanistan to be given billions (Carter started it, but
only gave $50 mn. for 1981). By the time Bush senior got in, the war had
wound down and Bush made a deal with the Soviets that he would cut off the
Mujahidin if they would butt out permanently. So Bush turned his back on
Afghanistan in 1991 altogether, setting policy that was continued by
Clinton. Leaving Afghanistan to fall into chaos and then the hands of the
Pakistani-organized Taliban maybe wasn't a good idea.

Thanks, Juan at www.juancole.com


Sunday, October 10, 2004

Stop Sinclair Broadcasting Anti-Kerry Programming

Sinclair Boardcasting, which owns 62 TV stations in the U.S. (and has plans for acquiring more), has ordered its local stations to run a 90 minute anti-Kerry film within a week of the election.

This violates FCC regulations, and could have a tremendous impact on the election. They must be forced to either withdraw the film from the air ways or commit to giving equal publicity and time to the recently released Kerry biography. If they refuse to do so, we should all join in filing FCC and FEC complaints against them and in organizing a boycott of their advertiser's products.

It should be noted that Sinclair's CEO, David Smith, was arrested in 1996 while in the process of consorting, in flagrante delicto, with an orally expertised street hooker. So much for family values. Here follows contact information for Sinclair and a letter I wrote to them demanding that they change their plans.

Here are contact addresses for Sinclair Broadcasting:

Corporate Headquarters
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
10706 Beaver Dam Road
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030
410-568-1500 (Main Telephone)
410-568-1533 (Main Fax)

Investor Relations Contact
Lucy A. Rutishauser
VP Corporate Finance and
Corporate Treasurer
investor@sbgi.net

Sales Questions
Darren Shapiro
VP Sales
410-568-1500

-or-

Jeff Sleete
VP Marketing
410-568-1500

Web Site Concerns
Mike O'Malley
Corporate Webmaster
webmaster@sbgi.net
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When I called today, David Shapiro's mail box was fill, so I left a message on Jeff Sleete's and that of Jessica Sleete, whoever she may be.

I also e-mailed their investor section. Here's the e-mail I wrote:

"Your plan to mandate individual stations to show an anti-Kerry film within 60 days of the election is violative of FCC regulations and an affront to the democratic process. Unless the anti-Kerry film is withdrawn or equal time is given to publicizing and showing the recently released Kerry biography, I will join in the filing of an FCC complaint and help in the organization of a boycott of your advertisers.

I believe that your advertisers would not continue to support a company which is not only seeking to undermine the election process, but whose CEO's has been arrested, in flagrante delicto while having sex with a street hooker. His conduct certainly undermines the improvement of family values."

Write/call Sinclair's advertisers:

_National
Arby's
1-800-487-2729 http://www.arbys.com. tholtz@ARBYS.COM

_National Circuit City
804-418-8298 curtis_george@circuitcity.com

Tallahassee Folmar Gun & Pawn
850-224-6836, 850-224-3335
mfolmar@aol.com

_National General Mills
(763) 764-7600 612-540-7092, http://www.generalmills.com/corporate/contact_us/contact_us.aspx
kirstie.foster@genmills.com

Portland Hannaford Supermarkets
800-213-9040 http://www.hannaford.com/contact.htm
wtgilliatt@foodlion.com

Des Moines Homemakers Furniture - Rick
515-309-4673, 888-818-7283, 515-265-3481
http://www.homemakersfurn.com/contact_us/index.html
rick@homemakersfurn.com

Dayton IAMS Pet Food
1-800-675-3849 http://www.iams.com
customer.service@iams.com

Minneapolis Once Upon A Child / Winmark
(763) 520-8500, (800) 567-6600
http://www.ouac.com/
ouac-corporate-operations@ouac.com

Portland Pineworks Furniture
207-777-7009, 207-786-4849, 1-866-876-746
http://www.pineworksofmaine.com
pineworks@pineworksofmaine.com

Milwaukee Rank & Son Buick Pontiac GMC
414-372-4000 http://www.rankandson.com
Jimhayes@rankandson.com

Flint Rightway
810-239-4392, 989-779-8900, 989-835-8143
http://www.rightwaytogo.com/
customerservice@rightwaytogo.com

_National U.S. Cellular
773-399-8873
http://www.uscc.com/uscellular/SilverStream/Pages/c_custserv.html
corporate@uscellular.com

Kansas City Watson's
913-888-SPAS, (513) 326-1100
http://www.watsons.com
webmaster@watsons.com