Keith Taylor does great art, doesn’t he?
As I explained during the election, the media herded the US public away from anti-war candidates towards pro-war candidates. Obama tried to portray himself as an ant-war candidate when running against the very pro-war Hillary Clinton. But after his song and dance routine in front of the extreme war-monger ethnic cleansing operation called AIPAC, he steered himself, directly after winning the nomination, into the pro-war seas on the right.
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Since then, he as again, declared war on the shadowy world of Islamic revolutionaries. They, in turn, are now very busy and happily doing what they do best: attack where there is the least guards. The problem never was ‘al Qaeda’ but rather, the resurgence of Islam due to oil revenues bringing in new wealth to a region that saw only increasing poverty.
The US support of the ruthless removal of the Muslim natives of Palestine has been a major generator of Islamic energy. It is like a dynamo at the heart of Islamic revolutions. The PLO was much more secular than Hamas. The persecution of Hamas supporters has fired up many Islamic groups across the planet.
Then there is Afghanistan: this land is always very difficult to control. Long before Islam was even a glint in some god’s eye. Only Alexander the Great managed to bring them around. He did this by marrying an Afghani princess, Roxanne. Then, most importantly, he left.
Because bin Laden hid out in the wild mountains of Afghanistan before 9/11, the US decided the only way we could be safe from ‘terrorists’ was to attack the Afghani people and subdue them. Then, after we ‘civilize’ them and bring ‘democracy’ where they get to vote for whoever the US ruling class desires or suffer the consequences the Palestinians are suffering….yes, good old democracy. Not.
Anyway, we merrily marched into a trap. Bin Laden recognized this. The US ruling elites desperately wanted an excuse to launch invasions which is why the entire Pentagon sat utterly idle while several jets were hijacked. We know they knew these jets were hijacked because a stewardess called Houston on one plane, I believe, a United flight, to tell them about the hijacking.
So here we are, 7 years later and stuck in Afghanistan, losing that war, and losing our shirts, trying to pay for it. Just as bin Laden prayed to Allah.
The President-Elect’s intention to shift the focus of the fight against terrorism to Afghanistan has been bolstered by Robert Gates agreement to stay on as Defence Secretary.
Mr Gates is a strong believer in an Afghan surge, which would not only put thousands more boots on the ground but involve negotiations with malleable branches of the Taliban.
It would also aim to boost co-operation with Iran and Pakistan where some elements have supported the anti-Western insurgency.
The need for more US troops in addition to the 32,000 already serving, has been accelerated by the Afghan presidential election in September 2009, and the voter registration process that begins in the New Year, Mr Gates said.
“The most important objective for us for 2009 in Afghanistan is a successful election,” he said at a meeting of defence ministers from the eight countries fighting in southern Afghanistan. “One of the things we talked about was trying to surge as many forces as we can prior to the election, to try and provide a secure environment for the election….”
Some analysts believe Washington ultimately will need more than 100,000 troops to stabilise Afghanistan before the Afghan army is ready to take over security.
“I suspect that to succeed in Afghanistan, we’re eventually going to have to swing a sizeable fraction of what we now have in Iraq into Afghanistan,” said Stephen Biddle of the Council on Foreign Relations.
For years, the US struggles to have some semblance of fair elections. Our systems are all gummed up with all sorts of goofy systems that perform rather ill. To put it mildly. Close elections are often filled with fraudulent actions. Our media is totally insane and interferes greatly, especially the TV parts where the media that covers campaigns also solicits TV ad money.
This, in turn, is very expensive. Most of the money raised by politicians to pay the TV stations is an open door to fraud. Foreign nations seeking to control our political process use this desire for money to corrupt our political elections and to overrule our own control of our own politicians. When media owners join forces with entities like AIPAC, we get a foreign policy that is hijacked by alien countries.
This is why all the surviving politicians in the winnowing process loudly proclaimed fealty to Israel. Back to the Afghani elections: they already had these! Karzai is supposed to be their ‘elected’ leader! So why the need for doubling our occupation forces for a second election?
It is simple: people vote with their feet and their bodies. The increasing attacks on the Americans are just one small hint that we don’t have their hearts and minds and they don’t have ‘elections’ in mind at all, certainly, not ones sponsored by one of the least ‘democratic’ nations on earth outside of communist China. Proof that we don’t have a real democracy is obvious: when 64% of the public wanted to stop these fruitless wars and occupations, only pro-war candidates were popular. The anti-war left and anti-intervention right were both locked totally out of the process.
The Defence Secretary will deliver a blunt demand to European nations that they must send more troops and equipment to fight the Taliban.
Otherwise, he says, countries like Britain and the US will be forced to go it alone in “coalitions of the willing”. That, in turn, would make the world less secure.
In a speech in Berlin, Mr Hutton will step up British pressure on European Nato members to share more of the military burden in Afghanistan.
Britain has 8,100 troops in Afghanistan. Some 126 British service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan since the invasion that drove the Taliban from Kabul in 2001.
France has sent 2,700 troops to Nato’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and Germany has deployed 3,300. The European troops are largely stationed in the more peaceful parts of the country, and “caveats” on their deployment often mean they cannot be deployed on combat missions.
Repeated British appeals for European allies to send more vital equipment – and especially helicopters – have also had little success.
NATO is a dinosaur that is destroying the US. It is still extremely lopsided. EU Population: 500 million. The US has only 300 million people. Tiny, poor Afghanistan has only 31 million people! England, alone, has double the population of Afghanistan. Germany, alone, has over 80 million people! And for some perspective, the tiny ghetto of the Gaza strip refugee camp now is nearly 2 million people. There are approximately 11 million Palestinians in all.
These numbers tell us several key things: in NATO, Europe has the obligation to carry more than 50% of the costs and personnel duties. Instead, they pay about 10% and deliver about 10% of the troops and military equipment. This, while running huge trade surpluses with the US. Like Japan, Europe is very happy to get this magnificent free ride.
So here we are in history: a total of 860 million people who don’t live anywhere near Afghanistan, are behind the invasion of that small, extremely poor nation. Incidentally, we spend MUCH more than $860 million a month, trying to occupy this land! And the money is in the form of debts. 100% debt. Which is sold to the communist Chinese. The Chinese don’t mind if we die, fighting Islamic radicals. They have Islamic radicals and they want to keep THEM suppressed!
All of which winds back to the violence in Tibet: the US is officially for fighting rioters and terrorists. But thinks riots and terror is OK inside China. The Chinese strongly suspect the US is funding or sponsoring or enabling terrorists within China. Certainly, we are doing this inside Iran! Without a doubt. We are pleased if ethnic groups attack the fundamentalists ruling Iran.
But not if this happens in, say, India. The Chinese are siding with the Indian government in the battles still raging in Mumbai, India. This is for ideological reasons. The US is eradicating opium fields in Afghanistan. And so the fighting is raging higher and higher. We are still spending billions ‘fighting’ cocaine growers in South America. Totally futile. And then there are the raging Mexican drug wars right on our border, quite literally. The government of Mexico is very right wing, installed via a very bizarre election that many Mexicans consider illegitimate.
Then we have the entire concept of spending many billions and flooding someone’s country with killer drone planes that shoot wedding parties, etc: we do absolutely nothing about the total lack of any form of ‘democracy’ in our allies’ nations such as Saudi Arabia, for example.
Before Hillary Clinton has been formally offered the job as Secretary of State, a purge of Barack Obama’s top foreign policy team has begun.
The advisers who helped trash the former First Lady’s foreign policy credentials on the campaign trail are being brutally shunted aside, as the price of her accepting the job of being the public face of America to the world. In negotiations with Mr Obama this week before agreeing to take the job, she demanded and received assurances that she alone should appoint staff to the State Department. She also got assurances that she will have direct access to the President and will not have to go through his foreign policy advisers on the National Security Council, which is where many of her critics in the Obama team are expected to end up.
So, she will get to answer the 3am phone calls. No one can be worse than the utterly ineffective Condi Rice. She was so detached from her job as an advisor on 9/11, she was no better than the reader of ‘The Pet Goat,’ Bush. Nor did she show the faintest flicker of responsibility as a hurricane destroyed a major city, killing thousands. Nor at any point, has she taken up the task of doing any visible job. She globe-trots to go shopping, basically.
I have no idea how Hillary will act except she is totally owned by AIPAC and her husband is totally owned by foreign entities who funnel millions of dollars into her husband’s ‘charity’ which seems mostly to keep him out of the poor house and in more than one mansion while mooching around the planet on private jets.
The US is going bankrupt. And our leaders are all in hock to foreigners.
As the Federal Reserve conjures up all this money from the bubbling cauldrons of currency creation on its balance sheet, it might also conjure up a frightening dose of inflation. A forward-looking investor could be forgiven, therefore, for wondering if today’s deflationary interlude might yield very suddenly to a vicious inflationary spiral…or at least a mild inflationary uptick.“The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond has plunged to 3.62%,” Dan notes, “the lowest since regular issuance of the security began in 1977. This is the last big bubble. There’s going to be a stiff penalty for staying in Treasuries as the supply increases (the three-year note is coming back, monthly auctions for ten-year notes will resume). Plus, you know, all that new stimulus. All that new borrowing. And all those new bailouts! Yields will be going up for sure.”
Wars are very notorious for creating inflation. Obama is going to fight every sort of goofy messes people conjure up, overseas. They will even bring these wars to our shores again and again. This is obvious! We can’t afford to play this game! It just isn’t possible. The money the Fed and Treasury are pouring into these corrupt banks is all disappearing down the maw of the invisible Derivatives Beast.
But once that process is done [after we go another $20 trillion in the hole, I bet] we will see a flood of inflation. OPEC is unable to stop the collapse in oil prices. This is bad news for our wars: the revolutionaries fighting us do best when oil prices are very low. This way, the despotic rulers we support loose domestic support. People get hungry and angry and begin to retaliate.
I am betting, with LOW oil prices, the al Qaeda-style of fighting will increase, not decrease. And many Indians work in the Islamic oil kingdoms. They are seeing dropping wages or loss of jobs. This will also increase tensions and raise the specter of all sorts of ‘terrorist’ mischief. For the Muslim/Hindu fight also goes back to Mohammed’s first days. The multi-god [Zodiacal] religions of Persia and India flourished in Arabia at that time. This is what Mohammed destroyed.
They have been at each other’s throats a long, long time.
“With Gates staying on at the Pentagon and Jones in the White House, the realists will have more leverage,” according to Steven Clemons, the director of the American Strategy project at the New America Foundation, who added that, if not handled carefully, “there’s a chance we could end up with warfare between the liberal interventionists and the structural realists” comparable in some ways to the battle between the hawks led by Vice President Dick Cheney and the realists led initially by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and later by Gates that bedeviled the Bush administration.
These guys are anything but ‘realists’. Realists tally up the cost of some operation versus the ability to pay. And in addition, they also figure if it is even strategically sensible. Not one iota of our foreign policy strategy is sensible. It is utterly out of whack. Powell wasn’t a realist. He was a ‘go along to get along’ war criminal. He would rather tell lies than resign. The man has no honor.
Gates isn’t a ‘realist’ or he would be a patriot and denounce the gigantic Pentagon budget. He would demand ending our sponsorship of all of Europe’s security and pull out of NATO. If he were realistic. He would demand we cease funding and supporting the goofy ethnic cleansing business in Palestine.
He is a fantasy figure, not a real man. He wants his pay, his influence and above all, a nice mansion to live in. He dare not tip over this gravy boat!
While the Pentagon’s budget has risen to heights not seen since World War II, US diplomatic and foreign aid assets have largely atrophied and must be quickly rebuilt by any new administration that takes office in January, according to a new report released here this week by former senior foreign service officers.
The report by the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) and the Henry L. Stimson Center is calling for a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of diplomats and aid and development specialists recruited into the foreign service over the next five years. This would cost about three billion dollars – or approximately what the Pentagon is currently spending every 10 days on military operations in Iraq – over current budget estimates.
We can hire a billion diplomats. But if their goal is to enable ethnic cleansing, break up other nations into smaller bits and use the US to patrol the entire planet earth at our cost while running up huge debts with communist China: forget it! It won’t change a thing! Either we re-examine our entire foreign policy while trying to figure out how foreign entanglements have destroyed our economy, well! HAHAHA. Hell will freeze over before any realist ever is allowed to run any part of our foreign policy which is controlled mostly by foreigners.
Hint: this is treason. Letting foreigners determine our nation’s course in the world—this should be only Americans who do this.
Armed Somali pirates have hijacked a Liberian-flagged chemical tanker in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, a regional maritime official confirmed on Friday.
Andrew Mwangura, East Africa’s coordinator of the Seafarers Assistance Program (SAP), said the seized vessel has 30 crew members, mostly Indians onboard.
“The pirates seized the Liberian flagged chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden with 30 crew members mostly Indians. There are three Indonesians, about 25 Indians and the remaining could be British,” Mwangura told Xinhua by telephone.
And our fleets no longer deter pirates. We have pirates in the Caribbean sucking out the oxygen of our banking and business sectors! And now, the real thing, actual pirates, operate with impunity. So much for America’s rule of the Seven Seas. We will be lucky to rule the Great Lakes when we go bankrupt.
ADDITIONAL NEWS in the last hour:
Also on Friday, Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Asoannounced that the country will pull its Air Self-Defense Force out of Iraq, part of an effort to pull all 210 military personnel out of the country by the end of the year.
The prime minister’s statement says progress in development of democracy, improved security and the wishes of the Iraqi people were considered in making the move….The Bosnian-Herzegovinian and South Korean armies are also planning to pull out.
As our trade deficit with our allies wanes, their desire to please us by pretending to support our military collapses even faster.
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