In another blame-the-victim strategy, a U.S. congressman visiting Baghdad Friday suggested that Iraq pay back the United States for the money it has spent in the eight years since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Ottowa - Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff denies he helped prepare the United States military for the 2003 Iraq invasion, despite eight-year-old praise from American military officials he worked with. Ignatieff led Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy that worked with U.S. State Department, American military, and members from the Canadian, British and Israeli militaries.
In an interview on Fox News, potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outlined his Iraq strategy to Bill O’Reilly.
“In the old days when you had wars, you win, right?” Trump began. “You win. To the victor belonged the spoils. So when we go to Iraq, we spend $1.4 trillion so far and thousands of lives are lost, right? … And we’re going to leave and 15 minutes after we leave, Iran is going to go into Iraq.”
Despite tightening international economic sanctions, Iran is driving to boost its energy industry, including a natural gas pipeline to Iraq and Syria that may even run to southern Europe and another to run through Turkey to Europe.
The number of Iraqi Christians has dwindled from an estimated 800,000 to 1.2 million prior to the 2003 US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein to about 400,000 today. Most are in Baghdad, the Mosul area and parts of Kurdistan.
The Iraq government and business establishments here are saying ‘No’ to Bangladeshis and are keen to get workers from India to man their establishments. What about Iraqis, I ask Mohsin, who owns a small shop filled with exquisite crockery . “Oh no, they don’t have much education and years of free food from the government has made them lazy. But Indians, we know, are very hardworking.” In other news, many Iraqis are living below poverty level, with entire families subsisting on as little as $4 a day.
An Iraqi television channel that carried live footage of protests against the autonomous Kurdish region’s dominant political bloc was attacked early today, its owner said. “At 2:00 am in Sulaimaniyah, a group of masked men carrying weapons entered the building of our television channel,” said Tuana Othman, owner of the Nalia station. In other news, Al Jazeera offices in Cairo are attacked, and Iran and Turkey begin shelling Kurdish rebel outposts in northern Iraq.
Officials discovered that they had improperly vetted Owen Cargol, the man chosen to be AUI-S¹s first chancellor...A male employee alleged that Cargol had grabbed his genitals...One student expressed resentment at being force-fed a kind of colonialist pap via his American history survey class..."Some of the faculty were so dismally unqualified and shameless that even our students…saw through them.”...So far, the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is expanding without the chaos that has shaken AUI-S...one of the entities partnering with AUAF: Goldman Sachs.
Israel's prime minister made a public appeal Tuesday for the freedom of an American who spied for Israel, asking in a letter to President Barack Obama for clemency after the spy has spent 25 years behind bars...The Pollard case deeply embarrassed Israel, infuriated Washington and put American Jews in an uncomfortable position of having to defend their loyalty to the U.S. while supporting Israel at the same time. American defense officials remain furious over the case.
Kazakh-Israeli billionaire Alexander Mashkevitch, who was recently linked to a sex scandal which took place aboard legendary Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's yacht, was reportedly present and arrested during Monday's raid.
Turkish police raided the historic vessel following a lead and arrested 20 people, including prostitutes – some of whom were minors – on suspicion of taking part in wild orgies aboard the historic vessel.
After Iran raises doubts about the official US account of the 9/11 attacks, an Iranian lawmaker says Washington intends to turn the event into a 'sacred' issue that cannot be debated.
"In that case, no country or individual will dare to make a word about the incident and the US will then be able to pursue its policies as it wants in the future," he added.
Nobaveh further stated that the main documents proving the fake nature of the 9/11 attacks are currently prepared by American citizens themselves.
The Iranian lawmaker pointed out to the Qur'an desecration in the US on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks and said, "They wanted to imply that Muslims caused the attacks and therefore the US could wage a war against them."
According to Nobaveh, most American people do not believe in the US government's explanations about the 9/11 incident.
The editor-in-chief of Israel-Kurd magazine, Dawood Baghestani, has been brutally attacked by a unknown group of armed men on in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan region.
Meanwhile the anti-Israel (the Iranian presstv.ir) website reported that Baghestani was drunk and was beaten at a bar in Erbil after becoming disorderly.
Active Israeli support towards a free Kurdistan is seen as a natural policy by many as well as a pragmatic one. “By aligning with the Kurds, Israel gains eyes and ears in Iran, Iraq and Syria,” a former Israeli intelligence officer told the New Yorker.
Popular anti-war activist and former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday upholds the official 9/11 fiction of 19 Muslim Arab terrorists with boxcutters from Saudia Arabia. He also says that he also finds it hard to believe that 9/11 was invented as a pretext for the US to invade Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today, the last US combat brigade pulled out of Iraq, leaving a skeleton crew of about 50,000 in the country. This pullout was planned well in advance - Obama announced it in 2009. By June of 2010 or earlier, the Israeli Air Force set up shop in Saudi Arabia, near the city of Tabuk - the closest base to Iran - at the same time, US troops are massing along Iran's border with Azerbijan (they've been there for some time). This weekend marks the start of operations for Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor.
A US writer and radio host says that the country's killing of civilians in Afghanistan serves the purpose of public intimidation.
"Things go back, I believe, to World War II, to intimidate the opposition. We did it ruthlessly in Vietnam, and the most well-known Operation Phoenix, with the estimated number of civilians that we killed, numbered maybe 80,000. The number could have been doubled," he added.
He said the United States military presences in Iraq and Afghanistan is tantamount to war crime.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Western media hyped the September 11, 2001 attacks to pave the way for the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.
"What was the story behind September 11? In the space of five to six days, and with the aid of the media, they swayed public opinion to the point of considering an attack on Afghanistan and Iraq permissible and a right [for themselves]," he said in a televised speech.
The reaction to the Wikileaks exposure of US war crimes – and Afghan corruption – has been quite interesting: the President responded by averring that there’s nothing new here, that "the fact is these documents do not reveal any issues that have not already informed our public debate on Afghanistan," but the facts are quite different, as anyone who peruses even a small sampling of the documents – such as is offered by the Guardian via a convenient interactive map – can readily ascertain.
The toxic trail left by the United States onslaughts on Fallujah in central Iraq is reportedly deadlier than the one besetting Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The findings are part of the study titled "Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009," which was also cited in an article last month by award-winning journalist Patrick Cockburn in British newspaper The Independent.
published by Tom Sullivan on Mon, 2010-07-26 07:29
Iraq war whistleblower was probably assassinated
Christopher King calls on Britain’s coalition government to release the postmortem report – so far kept secret – on the death of Iraq war whistleblower and UN weapons inspector David Kelly, who allegedly committed suicide but is suspected of having been murdered by US or Israeli agents.
published by Tom Sullivan on Mon, 2010-06-21 22:36
Those who have studied history know that nothing invigorates and empowers an authoritarian regime more than a spectacular act of violence, some sudden and senseless loss of life that allows the autocrat to stand on the smoking rubble and identify himself as the hero. It is at moments like this that the public—still in shock from the horror of the tragedy that has just unfolded before them—can be led into the most ruthless despotism: despotism that now bears the mantle of "security."
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