DEBORCHGRAVE on neocon driven Afghan & Iraq wars

Arnaud de Borchgrave nailed it in the following Washington Times article (which appeared prior via the UPI article included below as well!) as he mentioned the neocon ‘A Clean Break’  war for Israel agenda (http://tinyurl.com/cleanbreak) for Iraq as historians will use articles like that one to see what a mess neocon/AIPAC toady politicians like John McCain and others got US into (Mitt Romney is no better as one just has to read what Phil Giraldi mentioned about him and the neoconned GOP at the bottom of http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/04/11/the-babylonian-captivity-of-washington/ and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtASJOjDU8 and click on http://tinyurl.com/romneyembracesneocons)!:
 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/18/de-borchgrave-lost-in-space-nasas-63m-russian-taxi/

DE BORCHGRAVE: Lost in space: NASA’s $63M Russian taxi rides

By Arnaud de Borchgrave      The Washington Times                       Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Space Shuttle Discovery flying piggyback on a Boeing 747 for its “Last Hurrah” flight around the Washington Monument and the White House was a grim reminder of misplaced and misspent priorities.

The storied 30-year space shuttle program, which began with the launch of Columbia, April 12, 1981, ended last July, when Atlantis landed back on Earth. Since then, the price of a Russian taxi ride aboard the Soyuz to reach the International Space Station has skyrocketed from $55.8 million per seat – with a guarantee of no less than six trips to 12 round trips – to $63 million per seat, in 2013-14.

It was the shuttles – Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavour, Atlantis – and the 355 crew members who flew 135 missions over 30 years that built, hunk by hunk, the football field-sized lab in Earth orbit and launched the Hubble Space Telescope that allowed humanity to see billions of times farther into space than we ever could before.

The program’s shutdown comes after blowing $1 trillion on the Iraq war that put Iran’s mullahs in the driver’s seat in Baghdad, and half a trillion dollars (and counting) in Afghanistan, where the Taliban enemy, taking a page from the U.S. defeat in Vietnam, surprise-attacked several widely scattered targets simultaneously,

The longest period of war in U.S. history, with its grim toll of 6,345 U.S. troops killed and 46,300 wounded in both Iraq and Afghanistan, unlike World War II, did not produce hosannas of praise and gratitude. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans are also dead, and still more injured. By Afghan exit time in 2014, the two wars will have cost the U.S. taxpayer $3 trillion.

America ’s “outstanding public debt” as of April 17, 2012, at 9:30 p.m. was $15,658,555,381,084.56 – that’s almost $16 trillion. And it has been increasing $4 billion per day since Sept. 28, 2007.

Future historians will shake their heads in disbelief over the trillions thrown at Iraq and Afghanistan with very little to show for it – except the biggest U.S. Embassy in the world in Baghdad, one originally built for 2,000 U.S. diplomats in residence (vs. 87 next door at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey). Today, the Baghdad site is an embarrassing white elephant.

These delusions of grandeur were inspired by President Bush 43, who thought we had gone to Iraq to punish Saddam Hussein for trying to kill his dad. To this day, he does not seem to realize that Dick Cheney was both vice president and White House svengali. Iraq was a sleight of hand, for a different agenda.

This reporter was present at the vice president’s house for dinner 11 months before the invasion of Iraq, when the Iraq operation was described to me as “a done deal.” It was to be part of a larger geostrategic plan known as the “Clean Break” report written in 1996 by a study group of American “neocons,” chaired by Richard Perle, for Benjamin Netanyahu, about to become prime minister of Israel for the first time.

Discovery’s last journey to the Air and Space Museum ( Washington Dulles International Airport branch) was a grim reminder of where history may say we took a wrong turn.

What elicited the admiration of the world were not U.S. feats of arms in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan (where 70 percent of Americans say we don’t belong), or a “securing the realm” plan for Israel, but the way we defeated the evil Soviet empire without war, along with displays of technological prowess and humanitarian assistance. The U.S. also launched the first American female and the first black astronauts into space.

Decades after John Glenn rocketed into space on the first American manned orbital mission, he added another milestone to space history in 1998 when at the age of 77, he returned to space – as a payload specialist aboard Discovery.

During the 213-hour flight, he participated in multiple experiments on the aging process in space to countering the effects of old age on Earth. A tad more useful for humanity than fruitless attempts to democratize Afghanistan.

All we need from Taliban chieftain Mullah Omar is a pledge to sever any link with al Qaeda terrorists. He did that three months before 9/11 – but we still don’t believe him. So why not test him instead of wasting blood and treasure through the end of 2014?

Arnaud de Borchgrave is editor-at-large of The Washington Times and United Press International.

 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Analysis/de-Borchgrave/2012/04/19/Commentary-Down-to-63-million-Russian-taxi-rides/UPI-94471334834028/

 Commentary: $63 million Russian taxi rides

By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
UPI Editor at Large
WASHINGTON , April 19 (UPI) — The space shuttle Discovery flying piggyback on a Boeing 747 for its last hurrah flight around the Washington Monument and the White House was a grim reminder of misplaced and misspent priorities.

The storied 30-year space shuttle program, which began with the launch of Columbia , April 12, 1981, ended last July, when Atlantis landed back on Earth. Since then the price of a Russian taxi ride to reach the International Space Station aboard Soyuz spacecraft has skyrocketed from $55.8 million per seat with a guarantee of no less than six trips to 12 roundtrips for $753 million, or $63 million per seat, in 2013-14.

It was the U.S. space shuttles — Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavor, Atlantis — and the 355 space flyers who flew 135 missions over 30 years that built, hunk by hunk, the football-field size lab in Earth orbit and launched the Hubble Space Telescope that allowed humanity to see billions of times farther into space than we ever could before.

The program’s shutdown comes after blowing $1 trillion on the Iraq war that put Iran’s mullahs in the driver’s seat in Baghdad and half a trillion dollars (and counting) in Afghanistan, where the Taliban enemy, taking a page from the U.S. defeat in Vietnam, surprise attacked several widely scattered targets simultaneously.

The longest period of war in U.S. history, with its grim toll of 6,345 U.S. troops killed and 46,300 wounded in both Iraq and Afghanistan , unlike World War II, didn’t produce hosannas of praise and gratitude. Tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans, are dead, and still more injured. 

By Afghan exit time in 2014, the two wars will have cost U.S. taxpayers $3 trillion.

America ‘s “Outstanding Public Debt,” as of 9:30 p.m. EDT, April 17 was $15,658,555,381,084.56 – that’s almost $16 trillion. And it has been increasing $4 billion per day since Sept. 28, 2007.

Future historians will shake their heads in disbelief over the trillions thrown at Iraq and Afghanistan with very little to show for it — except the biggest U.S. Embassy in the world in Baghdad originally built for 2,000 U.S. diplomats in residence (versus 87 next door at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey). Today it’s an embarrassing white elephant.

These delusions of grandeur were inspired by U.S. President George W. Bush, who thought we had gone to Iraq to punish Saddam Hussein for trying to kill his father, President George H.W. Bush. To this day, the younger Bush doesn’t seem to realize that Dick Cheney was both vice president and White House Svengali. Iraq was a sleight of hand for a different agenda.

This reporter was present at the vice president’s house for dinner 11 months before the invasion of Iraq when the Iraq operation was described to me as “a done deal.” It was to be part of a larger geostrategic plan known as “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,” known as the “Clean Break” report written in 1996 by a study group of American “neocons,” led by Richard Perle, for Binyamin Netanyahu, about to become prime minister of Israel for the first time.

“Realm” is Israel . The report’s recommendations: Abandon “comprehensive peace” with the entire Arab world; renounce the Oslo accords on a Palestinian state negotiated by Yitzhak Rabin; annex the West Bank ; eliminate Saddam Hussein.

The Israeli Haaretz columnist Akiva Eldar warned that Perle and his co-writers “are walking a fine line between their loyalty to American governments … and Israeli interests.” It was all in a good cause — securing Israel . The idea was to surround Israel with pro-Western democracies that would give Israel a generation’s worth of security.

Discovery’s last journey to the National Air and Space Museum ‘s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport outside Washington was a grim reminder of where history may say we took a wrong turn.

What elicited the admiration of the world weren’t U.S. feats of arms in Vietnam , Iraq or Afghanistan (where 70 percent of Americans polled say we don’t belong) or a “securing the realm” plan for Israel but the way we defeated the evil Soviet empire without war, along with feats of technological prowess and humanitarian assistance. The United States also launched the first American female and the first black astronauts into space.

Half a century after John Glenn rocketed into space on the first American manned orbital mission aboard Mercury, he added another milestone to space history when at the age of 77, he returned to space — as a payload specialist aboard Discovery.

During the 213-hour flight, he participated in multiple experiments on the aging process in space to countering the effects of old age on Earth. A tad more useful for humanity than fruitless attempts to democratize Afghanistan .

All we need from Taliban chieftain Mullah Omar is a pledge to sever any link with al-Qaida terrorists. He did that three months before 9/11 — but we still don’t believe him. So why not test him instead of wasting blood and treasure through the end of 2014?

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This is what John McCain and the neocons are responsible for in pushing those Iraq and Afghan wars (for/because of Israel) as Ron Paul was right at the end of the day!:

Poor America – BBC Panorama (must watch BBC broadcast about poverty in America as the US goes broke paying for neocon/AIPAC driven wars pushed for by their politician toadies):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRwvJY9CWns

The Israel lobby’s enabling of Iran’s postwar takeover of Iraq

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/04/11/the-israel-lobbys-enabling-of-irans-postwar-takeover-of-iraq/

Afghan War Support Hits a New Low (two thirds of Americans against Afghan quagmire)

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/04/12/afghan-war-support-hits-a-new-low/

Colin Powell’s New Book: War With Iraq Never Debated

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/colin-powell-book_n_1503592.html

 

7 Responses to “DEBORCHGRAVE on neocon driven Afghan & Iraq wars”

  • Blue Blue says:

    I agree all the way…..The idea is to break The United States using Aipac and Zionist owned US politicians….. At the same token they profit from war arms death suffering on our troops threw the investments…..Then Israel keeps the money coming from American slavery taxes to support the Israeli wealthy life style.

    What real name do these Zionist traitor politicians need called for sue they are terrorist?

    Americans can only the save USA this is a serious problem for our nation now.

  • Note that DeBorchgrave simply makes a passing reference to the neocon role in an article dealing with space exploration but never really focused on this key issue in his many other articles. This failure would seem to indicate that the key neocon/Israel role in shaping recent US Middle East war policy has been too taboo for mainstream commentators to focus on. Should they do so they are likely to be removed from the mainstream.

  • I might add that my book “The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel” (http://tinyurl.com/thetransparentcabal) discusses the issue in extensive detail. DeBorchgrave has never mentioned my book in either a favorable or unfavorable light. It’s just not safe for a mainstream person to deal with this taboo issue or the fringe people who write about it.

  • Sissy says:

    The Republican-led House of Representatives has approved the use of force if Iran threatens the US and its allies with nuclear weapons.– Why do they not care about what Americans want or say the is against Americans and who wants to die for AIPAC Zionist racist? They want war against Americans all the time. AIPAC wants to fight a war with Americans in our own country this is the issue at hand as I see it now.—-I shocked-

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