Posts tagged Iraq
Vance is a pretty impressive guy; holding degrees in theology, accounting, economics and history. His busting of “Bush Doctrines” politics is solid, although his speech does get a little “sales pitchy” at times for his book. Can’t blame the guy, hard to make a living as an author.
An incredible revolution will manifest itself.
Hero of the left and MIT professor Noam Chomsky backs up Paul’s recent statements regarding the motivations of terrorism, why our foreign policy is doing more harm than good, and also reinforces the facts regarding bin Laden’s long-term strategy to draw American forces into a global conflict that will drain our resources.
From AssociatedPress on youtube.
It is a pipe dream to think we can play the benevolent but heavy handed puppet master around the world and not get reactions like this in return for our military adventures.
God bless the troops, let’s bring them home.
A brilliant and definitive summary with premier experts in the field, precise data and enlightening translation corrections relating to the alleged “wipe Israel off the map” comments from Ahmadinejad. We the American people along with Mitt, Newt and Rick need to wake up and smell the propaganda.
This time, the pro-war voices are exploiting a new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report to assert categorically that Iran is building a nuclear weapon that allegedly poses a major threat to the US. But the truth is that the IAEA makes regular inspection visits to Iran’s nuclear facilities and has TV cameras monitoring those sites around the clock. While there is reason to question some of Iran’s actions, the situation and the alleged threat are not as clear-cut as some maintain.
Mohamed El Baradei, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former IAEA director-general, said recently, “I don’t believe Iran is a clear and present danger. All I see is the hype about the threat posed by Iran.” And he is not alone: All 16 US. intelligence agencies concluded “with high confidence” in a 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that Iran had halted its nuclear-weapons program as of 2003. They reviewed the evidence again in 2009-10 and concluded that there was still no solid evidence that the program had been in any way revived.
We are seeing a replay of the “Iraq WMD threat,” which used false information and sustained innuendo to lead the United States into a war that did not need to be fought. As Philip Zelikow, Executive Secretary of the 9/11 Commission said, “The ‘real threat’ from Iraq was not a threat to the United States. The unstated threat was the threat against Israel.”
A great look at the machinations behind the scenes and the people who wield incredible power behind the scenes in our government and by slopping their mass to one side of the boat or the other can steer the great ship America to horrible ends.
When The Pentagon is spending billions per year and employing nearly 30,000 people purely for the purpose of “recruitment, public relations and advertising” it might help to have a little healthy skepticism.
*Comment: We put iron-clad sanctions on Iraq and 500,000 children died from lack of medical supplies. Now the same tactical luminaries are planning on doing the same thing to Iran. Grreeeeaaaat. In theory, they sound like effective means to creating change. In reality, all it really does is piss off the people, make them rally against a perceived threat, and allow the wealthy leaders to continue their lives as is. ::slapping forehead::
The Folly of Sanctions by Ron Paul:
Many people have the misconception that sanctions are an effective means to encourage a change of behavior in another country without war. However, imposing sanctions and blockades are not only an act of war according to international law, they are most often the first step toward a real war starting with a bombing campaign. Sanctions were the first step in our wars against Iraq and Libya, and now more sanctions planned against Syria and Iran are leading down the same destructive path.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) latest report, just out this month, there is no evidence that Iran has diverted enriched uranium from the peaceful and lawful generation of power toward building a nuclear weapon. According to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has every right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Unfortunately, US foreign policy has boxed Iran into a corner where they may view development of a nuclear weapon as the only way to maintain sovereignty.
They are surrounded by unfriendly nuclear powers and history has shown that having a nuclear weapon is the best way to avoid being bombed or invaded. The unintended consequences of our confrontational policies toward Iran may be to actually encourage them to seek nuclear weapons capabilities. We should be using diplomacy rather than threats and hostility.
Although it’s easy to judge this as more “crazy Arabs” hell bent on the destruction of all things holy to the western world; can we use our imagination for a second and see things from their perspective?
For ten years in the 90′s and 00′s, Iraq was held under the grip of sanctions and 500,000 children died from lack of medical care.
Might there be a logical reaction that the sanction we have now placed on Iran could bear similar fruit?
(Reuters) – Iranian protesters stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran Tuesday, smashing windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag in a protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television showed.
Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency said protesters took six British diplomatic staff hostage from an embassy compound in the north of the city but it withdrew the story from its website minutes later without giving any explanation.
The attacks followed the rapid approval by Iran’s Guardian Council of a parliamentary bill compelling the government to expel the British ambassador in retaliation for the sanctions. A lawmaker had also warned Sunday that angry Iranians could storm the British Embassy as they did the U.S. mission in 1979.
Several dozen protesters broke away from a crowd of a few hundred protesters outside the main embassy compound in downtown Tehran, scaled the embassy gates and went inside.
Protesters pulled down the British flag, burned it, and put up the Iranian flag, Iranian news agencies and news pictures showed. Inside, the demonstrators threw stones and petrol bombs. One waved a framed picture of Queen Elizabeth, state TV showed.
Others carried the royal crest out through the embassy gate as police stood by, pictures carried by the official Fars news agency showed.
The British Foreign Office said it was outraged.
“There has been a incursion by a significant number of demonstrators into our Embassy premises, including vandalism to our property,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. “This is a fluid situation and details are still emerging. We are outraged by this. It is utterly unacceptable and we condemn it.
The Iranian government had a duty under international law to protect diplomats and London expected it to bring the situation under control and ensure the safety of the staff, the Foreign Office said.
Demonstrators waved flags symbolizing martyrdom and held up portraits of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
*from (to my amazement) YahooNews
Forget whatever you think you know about the night Osama bin Laden was killed. According to a former Navy SEAL who claims to have the inside track, the mangled tales told of that historic night have only now been corrected.
“It became obvious in the weeks evolving after the mission that the story that was getting put out there was not only untrue, but it was a really ugly farce of what did happen,” said Chuck Pfarrer, author of Seal Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden.
In an extensive interview with The Daily Caller, Pfarrer gave a detailed account of why he believes the record needed to be corrected, and why he set out to share the personal stories of the warriors who penetrated bin Laden’s long-secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
In August the New Yorker delivered a riveting blow-by-blow of theSEALs’ May 1, 2011 raid on bin Laden’s hideaway. In that account, later reported to lack contributions from the SEALs involved, readers are taken through a mission that began with a top-secret helicopter crashing and led to a bottom-up assault of the Abbottabad compound.
Freelancer Nicholas Schmidle wrote that the SEALs had shot and blasted their way up floor-by-floor, finally cornering the bewildered Al-Qaida leader:
“The Al Qaeda chief, who was wearing a tan shalwar kameez and a prayer cap on his head, froze; he was unarmed. ‘There was never any question of detaining or capturing him—it wasn’t a split-second decision. No one wanted detainees,’ the special-operations officer told me. (The Administration maintains that had bin Laden immediately surrendered he could have been taken alive.) Nine years, seven months, and twenty days after September 11th, an American was a trigger pull from ending bin Laden’s life. The first round, a 5.56-mm. bullet, struck bin Laden in the chest. As he fell backward, the SEAL fired a second round into his head, just above his left eye.”
Chuck Pfarrer rejects almost all of that story.
I’ll concede than the Iranian government is a significantly nutty bunch but if they’re really behind this why is their a cookie trail of clues leading right back to them? Robert Baer’s thoughts in this very telling vid are striking, “Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy, not characteristic of Iran at all!”
Remember folks, Jesus said “Blessed are the peace makers, not “Blessed are the bomb makers.”