Archive for November 16th, 2010

Netanyahu’s False Flag on Iran

Netanyahu’s False Flag on Iran (preparing the ground for an American attack on Iran which will be for Israel yet again of course!):

THE REAL OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING: Trillions-plus cost of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars wrecking federal budget

THE REAL OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING: Trillions-plus cost of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars wrecking federal budget.

by Rethink Afghanistan on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:32pm

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Spending on the Afghanistan War is out of control, and we can’t afford to keep wasting lives and resources on a war that’s not making us safer. That’s what makes the administration’s end-date for combat operations–2014, according to news accounts–completely unacceptable. That’s another four years of futile waste of taxpayer resources on a war that’s not worth the cost. Eugene Robinson’s latest column in the Washington Post tears apart the ridiculous waste in spending trillions on wars that hurt American security. Excerpts below.


The United States accounts for 46.5 percent of the combined defense spending of all the nations of the world, according to a widely accepted recent estimate. The next-biggest spender is China, which has undertaken an immense build-up to become a military as well as economic superpower — yet accounts for just 6.6 percent of the world’s total.

…[deficit panel co-chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson] properly classify defense spending as discretionary, meaning we are able to make choices. This should be axiomatic. But it has been Republican Party orthodoxy to inveigh against “big government” and its out-of-control spending while blithely ignoring the nearly $700 billion we’re lavishing annually on the Pentagon, as if every penny were somehow preordained and inviolate.

…But Bowles and Simpson don’t state the obvious, which is that a much more effective way to cut defense costs would be to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to a report prepared in September by the Congressional Research Service, the two wars have already cost $1.1 trillion. That figure doesn’t include an estimated $170 billion for the current fiscal year — and there’s no real end in sight.

As Obama promised, we are withdrawing from Iraq; the cost of George W. Bush’s epic misadventure has fallen to “only” an estimated $51 billion in 2011. By contrast, the price tag for Obama’s expanded war in Afghanistan has nearly doubled since Bush’s last year in office.

…Overall, the federal budget is expected to run a $1 trillion deficit this year. In effect, we’re borrowing money from China and using some of it to keep a measure of order in Afghanistan. This is allowing the Chinese to sign contracts and build infrastructure that will let them exploit Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth — while we pay the borrowed money back with interest.

And what kind of return are we getting on our $119.4 billion investment in Afghanistan this year? Our enemy, the Taliban, remains powerful and entrenched. Under Gen. David Petraeus, our forces are trying to pursue a counterinsurgency strategy. But one prerequisite — a trustworthy local government that deserves and wins popular support — does not exist. The administration of President Hamid Karzai is seen as riddled with corruption, and Karzai himself can be as inconstant as a zephyr.

In an interview with The Washington Post published Sunday, Karzai demanded that a key element of Petraeus’ plan — nighttime “capture-and-kill” raids by Special Operations forces — be halted because they generate such anger among civilians.

“The time has come to reduce military operations. The time has come to reduce the presence of, you know, boots in Afghanistan … to reduce the intrusiveness into the daily Afghan life,” Karzai told the Post.

All right, then, let’s save American lives and a ton of money. Let’s oblige him.


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Iran starts “biggest” air defense war games

Iran starts “biggest” air defense war games (yet another war for Israel coming soon)

Tue Nov 16, 2:24 pm ET

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran began what it said was its biggest ever air defense drill on Tuesday to test its ability to deter air strikes, which the United States and Israel have not ruled out to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

The website of Iran’s English-language Press TV said the five-day war games were being held near nuclear facilities and included tests of long-range missiles.

On Sunday, a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said land forces had carried out military drills near Iran’s nuclear facilities “exactly like real combat.”

Western countries suspect Iran’s atomic work is a cover for a nuclear weapons programme. Tehran denies this, saying it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity.

Israel, which says a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence, and its ally the United States have refused to rule out pre-emptive strikes against Iran, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates argued strongly against the military option on Tuesday.

“The large-scale military maneuvers … will improve readiness to confront possible threats to Iran’s air space and the very populated, vital and nuclear centers,” Ahmad Mighani, head of an air force unit that responds to threats to Iran’s air space, was quoted by state TV as saying.

Iran has repeatedly announced advances in its military capability to show it is ready to respond to military aggression.

Some Western officials suspect Iran is developing more sophisticated missiles and carrying out well-publicized missile tests so that it can deliver a nuclear weapon.

The Islamic Republic denies this, saying its missile development efforts are for defensive purposes only.

Iran said earlier this month that it had developed a home-made version of the Russian S-300 missile system and would soon test-fire it.

Moscow supported a fresh round of U.N. sanctions against Iran in June, and then refused to deliver an order of S-300s to Iran after persistent lobbying by Israel and the United States.

The S-300 is a mobile, long-range air defense system that can detect, track and destroy ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and low-flying aircraft.

Tehran has been hit by various international sanctions for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment activities. Uranium can be enriched to produce fuel for nuclear power plants or, if enriched to a higher level, to make atomic bombs.


Netanyahu’s False Flag on Iran (preparing the ground for an American attack on Iran which will be for Israel yet again of course!):

Israel Issues (against the bombing of Iran)

Neocons down…but not out

Neocons down…but not out

US Urged to Probe Neocon (Israeli) Inspired Torture Claims (video)

US Urged to Probe Torture Claims (video)


USS Liberty supporter John Gidusko just sent following through:


Survivor Phil Tourney new job: Staff Writer for Veterans Today.
appears today.

Israel has gotten by with the murder of my shipmates aboard USS
LIBERTY June 8 1967. Any other country had done what she did and
the only evidence of that country’s existence would be in history
books. (More:)


Email from supporter and Navy Brat Nick Rion who is dismayed that
a lot of people have never heard about the USS Liberty, and would
like to sponsor a speaker from the Liberty at Southern Illinois
University in Carbondale, IL?  Any volunteers, recommendations?
Nick’s email:


Nice comments from reader who enjoyed Phil’s book, “What I Saw
That Day…” (Email:)


REDDIT DOT COM – Israel attacked USS Liberty
Many items about the Liberty.



Why were the survivors of the USS Liberty ordered never to mention
to anyone the events of the attack on them?


Do many realize that due to Israel’s deliberate attack on the USS
Liberty that the world was less than half an hour from WW3??


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U.S. taxpayers are paying for Israel’s West Bank occupation

General (Ret) James David (who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the US political system and media) wrote the intro to the following article below:

U.S. taxpayers are paying for Israel’s West Bank occupation

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 1:04 PM
From: General (Ret) James David
We American taxpayers are in violation of International Law.  I wonder if we can sue our government?  I wish someone with a law degree could do some investigation.  We have our own infrastructure that is in desperate repair but don’t have the funds to repair it yet we have funds going to repair illegal roads in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.  Someone must answer to this.
U.S. taxpayers are paying for Israel’s West Bank occupation – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
  • Published 02:17 16.11.10
  • Latest update 02:17 16.11.10

U.S. taxpayers are paying for Israel’s West Bank occupation

According to a June 2010 fact sheet on the USAID Internet site, last year American taxpayers funded the paving of 63 kilometers of asphalt roads in the West Bank.

By Akiva Eldar Tags: Israel news US Israel settlements West Bank

Travelers along the “original” West Bank roads, the ones enabling drivers to bypass Palestinian villages, can see signs declaring “USAID from the American People.”

The roads are one of the initiatives of the United States Agency for International Development for building infrastructure in underdeveloped countries. Israel has already proudly left the club of developing countries and is not among the clients of USAID. Nevertheless, it appears the Smith family of Illinois is making the occupation a little less expensive for the Cohen family of Petah Tikva.

According to a June 2010 fact sheet on the USAID Internet site, last year American taxpayers funded the paving of 63 kilometers of asphalt roads in the West Bank. It also says completion of a road in the southern part of the West Bank dramatically increased the amount of trade between Dahriya and Beer Sheva.

Illustration West Bank road Illustration
Photo by: Amos Biderman

What the site doesn’t say is that a significant segment of the road goes through Area C – the 60 percent of the West Bank under exclusive Israeli civilian and military control and responsibility under the interim agreement of 1995 (the second Oslo agreement ). The agreement states: “Territorial jurisdiction includes land (and ) subsoil.”

This is not the only occupation-perpetuating road funded by American money. Dror Etkes, an expert on the settlements, noticed a few days ago USAID workers energetically laying asphalt on two roads in the Samaria region (northern West Bank ) that crosses Area C. Israelis haven’t been traveling these roads for years now because the taxpayer (in this case, the Israeli taxpayer ) has already paved separate, wide, modern roads for them.

Etkes wondered how it is possible that the Obama administration, which is vociferously opposed to the continuation of the status quo in the West Bank, continues to subsidize the road for Israel. “If the state of Israel is insisting on continuing to hold on and de facto annex the West Bank,” he says, “it should also be allocating the money needed to take care of the infrastructure.”

I asked an American official why the administration isn’t demanding of Israel that it fulfill its obligations and pay the price of the occupation out of its own pocket.

“Who told you we aren’t demanding that?” replied the official. “We are also demanding a construction freeze in the settlements and you know at least as well as anyone else what is happening on the ground.”

It is worth mentioning that the when the Palestinians sought permission to pave a short road in Area C to enable access to the planned town of Rawabi, Israel pulled out the Oslo accord and kicked them down the stairs. The USAID tractors don’t have access to the area either.

However, when it suits his interest, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a stickler for Oslo. A few days ago he announced that unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state would be considered a violation of the agreement. Tomorrow, incidentally, will mark the eighth anniversary of Foreign Minister Netanyahu’s statement on Israel radio that “all the Oslo agreements are null and void.”

A USAID spokeswoman responded that the program’s infrastructure projects “respond to the needs of the Palestinian people and are implemented in response to requests from the Palestinian Authority. Many of the USAID funded projects cross from one area to another in accordance with the needs of the Palestinian communities and the specific project. There are roads and water pipelines that cross through Area C or are adjacent to Area C as designs require and agreements with Civil Authorities allow.”

No way home

The Oslo agreement, which is so close to Netanyahu’s heart, also states that both sides see “the West Bank and Gaza Strip territory as a single territorial unit.”

Nevertheless, since the outbreak of the second intifada, Israel has cut off almost entirely the connection between these two areas.

Security authorities make a point of expelling Gazans from the West Bank and they do not allow residents of Gaza to reunite with their families in the West Bank.

A year ago, in response to a petition to the High Court of Justice by the Hamoked Center for the Defense of the Individual, the State Prosecutor’s Office said the policy does not apply to individuals who took up residence in the West Bank before the year 2000 and “about whom there exists no negative security material.”

Be that as it may, during this past year a number of Palestinians have been expelled from the West Bank even though they arrived their prior to the cut-off date, and had no “negative security material” against them. Several have applied to Hamoked for help.

One of them, M.N., 29, went to Gaza in 2004 to participate in the mourning for his father. Since then he has been stuck and is in hiding from Hamas, which has issued an arrest warrant for him.

The coordinator of permits at the Coordination and Liaison Office in the Israel Defense Forces has recommended that M.N.’s request to return to the West Bank be granted. In the opinion appended to the recommendation, the aforementioned response by the prosecutor to the High Court of Justice is cited.

But the High Court of Justice is one thing and the reality is another. The Liaison Office’s legal adviser rejected the recommendation and wrote that it is necessary “to be strict about consistency, paying attention to the fact that approving the request might be a precedent for approving similar requests.” In another case handled by Hamoked, the adviser wrote that G.J. entered the West Bank in 2000 and should not be expelled under the guidelines. So why has  G.J. been sent to Gaza and not allowed back in the West Bank?

“The aforementioned is a bachelor and he has no family connection in Judea and Samaria,” was the response. Truly an excellent reason. The time has come for him to find a bride in Ramallah and marry.