Archive for October 16th, 2010

The War on Terror

Does anyone remember the “cakewalk war” that would last six weeks, cost
$50-$60 billion, and be paid for out of Iraqi oil revenues?

The War On Terror

http://original.antiwar.com/roberts/2010/10/15/the-war-on-terror/

 By Paul Craig Roberts On October 15, 2010 @ 11:00 pm In Uncategorized | 22 Comments

Does anyone remember the “cakewalk war” that would last six weeks, cost $50-$60 billion, and be paid for out of Iraqi oil revenues?  

Does anyone remember that White House economist Lawrence Lindsey was fired by Dubya because Lindsey estimated that the Iraq war could cost as much as $200 billion?

Lindsey was fired for over-estimating the cost of a war that, according to Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, has cost 15 times more than Lindsey estimated. And the US still has 50,000 troops in Iraq.

Does anyone remember that just prior to the US invasion of Iraq, the US government declared victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan?

Does anyone remember that the reason Dubya gave for invading Iraq was Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, weapons that the US government knew did not exist?

Are Americans aware that the same neoconservatives who made these fantastic mistakes, or told these fabulous lies, are still in control of the government in Washington?

The “war on terror” is now in its tenth year.  What is it really all about?

The bottom line answer is that the “war on terror” is about creating real terrorists. The US government desperately needs real terrorists in order to justify its expansion of its wars against Muslim countries and to keep the American people sufficiently fearful that they continue to accept the police state that provides “security from terrorists,” but not from the government that has discarded civil liberties. 

The US government creates terrorists by invading Muslim countries, wrecking  infrastructure and killing vast numbers of civilians. The US also creates terrorists by installing puppet governments to rule over Muslims and by using the puppet governments to murder and persecute citizens as is occurring on a vast scale in Pakistan today.

Neoconservatives used 9/11 to launch their plan for US world hegemony. Their plan fit with the interests of America’s ruling oligarchies. Wars are good for the profits of the military/security complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us in vain a half century ago.  American hegemony is good for the oil industry’s control over resources and resource flows. The transformation of the Middle East into a vast American puppet state serves well the Israel Lobby’s Zionist aspirations for Israeli territorial expansion.

Most Americans cannot see what is happening because of their conditioning.  Most Americans believe that their government is the best on earth, that it is morally motivated to help others and to do good, that it rushes aid to countries where there is famine and natural catastrophes. Most believe that their presidents tell the truth, except about their sexual affairs.

The persistence of these delusions is extraordinary in the face of daily headlines that report US government bullying of, and interference with, virtually every country on earth. The US policy is to buy off, overthrow, or make war on leaders of other countries who represent their peoples’ interests instead of American interests. A recent victim was the president of Honduras who had the wild idea that the Honduran government should serve the Honduran people.

The American government was able to have the Honduran president discarded, because the Honduran military is trained and supplied by the US military. It is the same case in Pakistan, where the US government has the Pakistani government making war on its own people by invading tribal areas that the Americans consider to be friendly to the Taliban, al-Qaeda, “militants” and “terrorists.” 

Earlier this year a deputy US Treasury secretary ordered Pakistan to raise taxes so that the Pakistani government could more effectively make war on its own citizens for the Americans. On October 14 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered Pakistan to again raise taxes or the US would withhold flood aid. Clinton pressured America’s European puppet states to do the same, expressing in the same breath that the US government was worried by British cuts in the military budget. God forbid that the hard-pressed British, still reeling from American financial fraud, don’t allocate enough money to fight America’s wars.

On Washington’s orders, the Pakistani government launched a military offensive against Pakistani citizens in the Swat Valley that killed large numbers of Pakistanis and drove millions of civilians from their homes. Last July the US instructed Pakistan to send its troops against the Pakistani residents of North Waziristan. On July 6, Jason Ditz reported on Antiwar.com that “at America’s behest, Pakistan has launched offensives against [the Pakistani provinces of] Swat Valley, Bajaur, South Waziristan, Orakzai, and Khyber.”

A week later Israel’s US Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) called for escalating the Obama Administration’s policies of US airstrikes against Pakistan’s tribal areas. On September 30, the Pakistani newspaper, The Frontier Post, wrote that the American air strikes “are, plain and simple, a naked aggression against Pakistan.” 

The US claims that its forces in Afghanistan have the right to cross into Pakistan in pursuit of “militants.” Recently US helicopter gunships killed three Pakistani soldiers whom they mistook for Taliban.  Pakistan closed the main US supply route to Afghanistan until the Americans apologized.

Pakistan warned Washington against future attacks. However, US military officials, under pressure from Obama to show progress in the endless Afghan war, responded to Pakistan’s warning by calling for expanding the Afghan war into Pakistan.  On October 5 the Canadian journalist Eric Margolis wrote that “the US edges closer to invading Pakistan.”

In his book, Obama’s Wars, Bob Woodward reports that America’s puppet president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, believes that terrorist bombing attacks inside Pakistan for which the Taliban are blamed are in fact CIA operations designed to destabilize Pakistan and allow Washington to seize Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. 

To keep Pakistan in line, the US government changed its position that the “Times Square Bombing” was the work of a “lone wolf.” Attorney General Eric Holder switched the blame to the “Pakistani Taliban,” and Secretary of State Clinton threatened Pakistan with “very serious consequences” for the unsuccessful Times Square bombing, which likely was a false flag operation aimed at Pakistan.

To further heighten tensions, on September 1 the eight members of a high-ranking Pakistani military delegation en route to a meeting in Tampa, Florida, with US Central Command, were rudely treated and detained as terrorist suspects at Washington DC’s Dulles Airport. 

For decades the US government has enabled repeated Israeli military aggression against Lebanon and now appears to be getting into gear for another Israeli assault on the former American protectorate. On October 14 the US government expressed its “outrage” that the Lebanese government had permitted a visit by Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who is the focus of Washington’s intense demonization efforts. Israel’s representatives in the US Congress threatened to stop US military aid to Lebanon, forgetting that US Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) has had aid to Lebanon blocked since last August to punish Lebanon for a border clash with Israel. 

Perhaps the most telling headline of all is the October 14 report, “Somalia’s New American Prime Minister.” An American has been installed as the Prime Minister of Somalia, an American puppet government in Mogadishu backed up by thousands of Ugandan troops paid by Washington.

This barely scratches the surface of Washington’s benevolence toward other countries and respect for their rights, borders, and lives of their citizens. 

Meanwhile, to silence the whistleblower website WikiLeaks and to prevent any more revelations of American war crimes, the “freedom and democracy” government in DC has closed down WikiLeaks’ donations by placing the company that collects its money on its “watch list” and by having the Australian puppet government blacklist WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks is now akin to a terrorist organization. The American government’s practice of silencing critics will spread across the Internet.

Remember, they hate us because we have freedom and democracy, First Amendment rights, habeas corpus, respect for human rights, and show justice and mercy to all.

Read more by Paul Craig Roberts


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We live in dark times

We live in dark times (must read by friend Phil Weiss about coming financial crash & war with Iran):

http://mondoweiss.net/2010/10/we-live-in-dark-times.html

http://bit.ly/97sRqG

‎’Grave danger of financial collapse’ says Clarke – UK Politics, UK – The Independent
 
 
 
Press TV talks to Friend Paul Sheldon Foote on US Economy (and Federal Reserve crashing the dollar)
 
 
‘US leaders destroying the dollar’
 
 
   Gerald Celente: “The selloff of America
 
   November election to bring revolution brink:
US facing Depression:

‘Black Jail’ Mystery: New abuse scandal points at secret US Afghan prison (Philip Giraldi interviewed)

‘Black Jail’ Mystery: New abuse scandal points at secret US Afghan prison (Phil interviewed)
 
 

Report alleges Afghan prisoners mistreated at US secret jail

http://rt.com/Top_News/2010-10-15/us-jail-mistreated-prisoners.html

EPIC GAZA AID CONVOY SAILS TOMORROW

Press release for immediate use – Saturday 16th October
 
EPIC GAZA AID CONVOY SAILS TOMORROW
 
The Viva Palestina convoy will set sail from the port of Latakia, Syria, tomorrow morning, Sunday 17th October, bound for Gaza.
 
After a journey of 3,000 miles from England and four weeks on the road, the convoy is now just a couple of days away from its destination, the people of Gaza. The convoy has been joined by convoys from Morocco and Algeria and from Jordan and the Gulf States.
 
This will be the largest aid convoy to break the siege of Gaza since the Israeli war on Gaza in January 2009. The convoy includes some 40 survivors from the Mavi Marmara massacre over which Israel now faces prosecution in the International Criminal Court.
 
The convoy aboard two ships will pass through the point at which the Mavi Marmara was attacked and the ten human rights activists massacred. There will be a service of commemoration at that point and flowers will be laid on the water.
 
The convoy is then due to arrive in Al Arish, Egypt on Monday morning and will then proceed to drive the 40 kilometres to the Rafah Crossing. An ecstatic welcome is expected in Gaza where news of the convoy has been eagerly followed over the last four weeks since it set off.
 
 
For more information, please phone Rob Hoveman on 07889 726777

Ahmadinejad Promises to Protect Qana in South Lebanon

Ahmadinejad Promises to Protect Qana in South Lebanon

http://www.juancole.com/2010/10/8944.html

President Ahmadinejad visits South Lebanon

http://www.presstv.com/detail/146748.html

   Qana massacre mentioned in following URL as well

FRANKLIN LAMB: AHMEDINEJAD IN LEBANON

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/10/franklin-lamb-ahmedinejad-in-lebanon/

Qana Massacre by Israel (graphic picture)

http://www.bintjbeil.com/E/occupation/robert_fisk_qana.html

More on Israeli massacre at Qana which lit fuse to 911

http://tyros.leb.net/qana/

Qana influenced Osama bin Laden & 911 hijacker Mohamed Atta (scroll down at following URL)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_shelling_of_Qana

What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t:

http://tinyurl.com/911motivation

Read Los Angeles Times article referenced near top of following URL:

http://tinyurl.com/motivation911

Look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in index of James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book for what he mentioned about Qana lighting fuse to 911

Media FAIL Again: Ahmadinejad & 9/11