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Ray McGovern 2

Hier kunt u zien en horen hoe de Amerikaanse minister van Defensie Donald Rumsfeld door oud CIA-functionaris Ray McGovern publiekelijk geconfronteerd wordt met zijn eigen leugens: http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/05/05/pio_those_are_your_words.php

De Oorlogsstaat 48

Een van de helderste analysten van de Amerikaanse politiek is Tom Engelhardt. In TomDispatch schrijft hij: '"This Is Our Destiny." Fantasies of American Preponderance.
"We must perhaps reluctantly accept that we have to help this region become a normal region, the way we helped Europe and Asia in another era. Now it's this area from Pakistan to Morocco that we should focus on… The world has gotten smaller and is getting smaller and smaller all the time... Isolationism, fortress America isn't going to deal with these problems of the kind that we're facing. Willy-nilly, this is our destiny, given our preponderance in the world, our role in the world and because of our successes." Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Iraq in an April 24th interview with Borzou Daragahi of the Los Angeles Times
"In short, an attack on Iran would be an act of political folly, setting in motion a progressive upheaval in world affairs. With the U.S. increasingly the obj…

De Bush Bende 10

De Los Angeles Times bericht: 'Washington - When Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld goes on the road to deliver a speech, it's usually in front of a relatively respectful audience: U.S. troops stationed overseas, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation dinner have been among his appearances this year. An audience in Atlanta on Thursday turned out to be a bit different. Rumsfeld was interrupted three times by antiwar protesters during his speech, and during a question-and-answer session afterward he was forced to defend himself against charges by a former high-ranking CIA analyst that he intentionally lied to push the U.S. into war in Iraq. Rumsfeld sought to make light of the flak during his address to the Southern Center for International Studies, a nonprofit educational group, telling the audience the protesters were just a few "close personal friends" of Peter White, the center's president. Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA…

Martelen 37

De American Civil Liberties Union bericht: 'ACLU, U.S. Government Present Arguments in El-Masri Lawsuit.
CONTACT: Paul Silva, ACLU, (212) 549-2689 or 2666; media@aclu.org
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The American Civil Liberties Union will argue its case on the illegal abduction and detention of Khaled El-Masri May 12 before a federal court in Alexandria. The ACLU said El-Masri is an innocent German citizen who was victimized by the CIA's policy of "extraordinary rendition."
The hearing comes in a landmark lawsuit charging former CIA director George Tenet, other CIA officials and U.S.-based aviation corporations with violations of United States and universal human rights laws. El-Masri was on vacation in Macedonia when he was kidnapped and transported to a CIA-run "black site" in Afghanistan. After several months of confinement in squalid conditions, he was abandoned on a hill in Albania with no explanation, never having been charged with a crime.
Last week, a special com…

Nederland en Afghanistan 67

De NRC bericht: 'Hekmatyar ‘sluit zich aan bij Al-Qaeda.’ Kabul, 5 mei. De Afghaanse krijgsheer Gulbuddin Hekmatyar heeft verklaard zich aan te sluiten bij het terreurnetwerk Al-Qaeda. Gisteren zond het Arabische nieuwsstation Al-Jazeera een videoboodschap uit waarop de voortvluchtige Hekmatyar die aankondiging deed. „We hopen met [Al-Qaeda] deel te nemen in een strijd die zij leiden. [..] Zij dragen het vaandel en wij staan hen bij als supporters”, zei Hekmatyar. Onbekend is waar de video is opgenomen of hoe die in het bezit van Al-Jazeera kwam. Hekmatyar is een van de belangrijkste krijgsheren van Afghanistan. Hij vestigde een reputatie als wreedaard toen hij in de jaren tachtig tegen de Sovjet-bezetting vocht. In die tijd leerde hij Al-Qaeda-leider Osama bin Laden kennen. Dankzij steun van de CIA, die via Pakistan bij Hekmatyar kwam, kon hij een machtige militie oprichten. In 1993 en 1994, voor de komst van het Talibaan-regime, was Hekmatyar president van Afghanistan. Inmiddels…

Nederland en Afghanistan 66

De Guardian bericht: 'New Frontline in the War on Terror. Experts fear Pakistan is losing fight against an Islamist militant revolt in its tribal belt. As hideouts go, the Shawal Valley in northern Pakistan is a militant's dream. Lonely goat trails wind through a rocky 25-mile corridor that nudges the Afghan border. Its fiercely conservative tribesmen and forbidding high-walled compounds have sheltered Taliban fighters and probably al-Qaida fugitives. Last weekend Brigadier Imtiaz Wyne, a Pakistani army commander, stood on the top of one of its highest peaks and declared his 5,000 troops had tamed the wild valley - almost. "This border is sealed," he said, pointing to a line of observation posts along the border. But the cornered militants were fighting back, he admitted. His soldiers had suffered five major attacks in the previous month; on one occasion a captured soldier was gruesomely mutilated before being executed. "They are a mix - foreigners, locals, Afgh…

De Commerciele Massamedia 6

De Volkskrant bericht: '"Olieprijs op record door speculatie." Van onze verslaggever. AMSTERDAM - "Van een structureel tekort aan olie is geen sprake. De hoge olieprijzen worden veroorzaakt door speculanten en internationale spanningen." Dit zei topman Jeroen van der Veer van Shell gisteren bij de presentatie van de kwartaalcijfers. "Als je kijkt naar de voorraden is er geen reden voor paniek. We moeten constateren dat de toestroom van honderd miljard dollar aan speculatief geld en de geopolitieke spanning een rol spelen bij het bepalen van de olieprijzen." Echte tekorten aan olie zijn er niet, benadrukt Van der Veer. "Toen ik woensdagavond van Rotterdam naar Londen vloog, kon ik zelf zien aan de drijvende daken op de olietanks in Pernis, dat de voorraden goed zijn. Niemand hoeft in de rij te staan voor een benzinestation. Tankauto’s hoeven niet te wachten aan de poort van een raffinaderij en tankers hoeven niet te wachten in het Midden Oosten.&q…

De Commerciele Massamedia 5

Men kan veel over de Amerikaanse democratie zeggen, maar toch once in a while staat er iemand op en zegt de waarheid tegen de politieke macht en de macht van de masamedia. Was er maar in Nederland een humorist of satiricus die de misselijk makende serviliteit van veel Nederlandse journalisten belachelijk maakte. Sydney Blumenthal schrijft: 'Ridicule and contempt. An imperial president is smothering the system of checks and balances, imperiling free speech. The most scathing public critique of the Bush presidency and the complicity of a craven press corps was delivered at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday by a comedian. Bush was reported afterwards to be seething, while the press corps responded with stone-cold silence. In many of their reports of the event they airbrushed out the joker. Stephen Colbert performed within 10 yards of Bush's hostile stare and before 2,600 members of the press and their guests. After his mock praise of Bush a…

Honger in de Wereld

En omdat de Nederlandse regering - gesteund door een meerderheid van het parlement - in opdracht van de Bush-bende honderden miljoenen euro's uittrekt om Afghaanse gangsters in het zadel te houden, is er minder geld om de honger in de wereld te bestrijden. De Inter Press Service bericht: 'SPECIAL REPORT-PART I:A World Addicted to Hunger - In Ethiopia, some 12.6 million people require food aid, up from 11.3 million... Donors have pledged enough to meet about 82 percent of food needs, but only 54 percent has been delivered... Sound familiar? This alert was issued three years ago by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, known as FEWS NET. Guess what? Ethiopia appeared again this year on FEWS NET's list of "current emergencies," alongside Somalia, Zimbabwe, and Chad. In a report on Ethiopia issued on Feb. 24, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says that "about fifteen million people are facing food insecurity that is either chronic or transitory in …

Nederland en Afghanistan 65

En zowaar, ook enkele kamerleden beginnen hun huiswerk te doen. Nu de Nederlandse journalistiek nog. De NRC bericht: 'Missie Uruzgan mag geen contact met Munib. Door een onzer redacteuren. Den Haag, 4 mei. Hoewel zijn loyaliteit aan de democratisch gekozen president Karzai niet ter discussie staat, komt de nieuwe gouverneur van de Afghaanse provincie Uruzgan, Abdul Hakim Munib, voor op de VN-lijst van terroristen. Daarom schendt Nederland, dat bezig is een contingent van 1.400 militairen naar Uruzgan over te brengen voor een wederopbouwmissie, formeel het anti-terrorismebeleid van de VN, wanneer het met gouverneur Munib samenwerkt. De lijst wordt door het sanctiecomité van de VN volgende week opnieuw besproken. Maar het is geenszins zeker dat Munib dan verdwijnt van de lijst van personen met wie de VN in geen geval contact kunnen onderhouden. Rusland zal zich daartegen verzetten – niet vanwege Munib zelf, maar omdat Moskou zich ergert aan de weinig doorzichtige criteria waarmee de…

Nederland en Afghanistan 64

Ik vermoed dat dit ongeveer het beeld is dat de Nederlandse politici voor ogen hebben zodra ze spreken over de opbouw van een Westerse democratie in Afghanistan. Intussen lijkt de Volkskrant dankzij de berichtgeving van de New York Times wakker te worden: 'Uruzgan is met de dag gevaarlijker. The New York Times, ANP. TIRIN KOT - De veiligheidssituatie in het zuiden van Afghanistan verslechtert in snel tempo. ’s Nachts maken de Taliban en Al Qa’ida de dienst uit in de hoofdstad van Uruzgan; daarbuiten zijn ze ook overdag heer en meester. Dit meldt de Amerikaanse krant The New York Times. Een Nederlandse verkenningspatrouille, die dinsdag is teruggekeerd, is in Uruzgan meerdere malen in vuurgevechten met vijandige eenheden verwikkeld geraakt, aldus een woordvoerder van het ministerie van Defensie woensdag. Er is niet genoeg aandacht besteed aan Uruzgan’, heeft de Amerikaanse generaal Eikenberry onlangs in een toespraak voor clanoudsten in de provinciehoofdstad Tirin Kot gezegd. Op st…

Irak 73

De Amerikaanse onafhankelijke journalist Dahr Jamail schrijft: 'Iraqis are at far greater risk when they speak out about the true number of the dead than western journalists. Those who speak out jeopardize their lives, like Faik Bakir, the director of the Baghdad morgue. Bakir fled Iraq fearing for his life in early March, after reporting that over 7,000 people had been killed by death squads in recent months. In an article in the Guardian <http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1721366,00.html> on March 2nd, it was made clear by John Pace, a UN official who worked in Iraq until February, that "The vast majority of bodies showed signs of summary execution - many with their hands tied behind their back. Some showed evidence of torture, with arms and leg joints broken by electric drills." He said that the killings had been ongoing long before the rampant bloodshed that followed the bombing of the Shia shrine in Samarra. The article added, "Mr. Pace, whose contr…

Iran 47

De New York Times bericht: 'Iran Urges United Nations to Oppose American 'Threats.'
UNITED NATIONS - Iran asked the United Nations on Monday to take a stand against American threats that it said included possible nuclear strikes on its territory and that were "in total contempt of international law." In a letter to Secretary General Kofi Annan, Javad Zarif, Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, pointed to recent comments by President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on ways to halt Iran's nuclear program and to news reports of Pentagon planning for possible nuclear attacks on nuclear facilities in Iran. "Such dangerous statements, particularly those of the United States president, widely considered in political and media circles as a tacit confirmation of the shocking news on the administration's possible contemplation of nuclear strikes against certain targets in Iran, defiantly articulate the United States' policies and intent…

Martelen 37

Het persbureau Reuters bericht: 'Amnesty: Torture "Widespread" in US Custody. Human rights group says US "creating climate" in which abuse can flourish. Geneva - Torture and inhumane treatment are "widespread" in U.S.-run detention centers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba and elsewhere despite Washington's denials, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
In a report for the United Nations' Committee against Torture, the London-based human rights group also alleged abuses within the U.S. domestic law enforcement system, including use of excessive force by police and degrading conditions of isolation for inmates in high security prisons. "Evidence continues to emerge of widespread torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees held in U.S. custody," Amnesty said in its 47-page report.
It said that while Washington has sought to blame abuses that have recently come to light on "aberrant soldiers and lack of oversigh…

Verarmd Uranium 3

Dit artikel was mij ontgaan, maar is belangrijk genoeg om alsnog over te nemen. Het is van CounterCurents: 'Depleted Uranium Contaminates Europe. By Lauren Moret. 27 February, 2006 Uruknet. "Did the use of Uranium weapons in Gulf War II result in contamination of Europe? Evidence from the measurements of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Aldermaston, Berkshire, UK," reported the Sunday Times Online (February 19, 2006) in a shocking scientific study authored by British scientists Dr. Chris Busby and Saoirse Morgan. The highest levels of depleted uranium ever measured in the atmosphere in Britain, were transported on air currents from the Middle East and Central Asia; of special significance were those from the Tora Bora bombing in Afghanistan in 2001, and the "Shock & Awe" bombing during Gulf War II in Iraq in 2003. Out of concern for the public, the official British government air monitoring facility, known as the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), a…

De Commerciele Massamedia 4

Wanneer het Israel betreft dan wordt door de Westerse commerciele media niet eens meer een poging ondernomen om onafhankelijk te lijken. Wanneer 'de joodse natie' dreigt Iran te bombarderen dan wordt dat voor kennisgeving aangenomen en als iets onvermijdelijks gepresenteerd. Zodra evenwel Iran 'de joodse natie' bedreigt dan wordt expliciet gemeld dat Israel bedreigd wordt. Het persbureau Reuters bericht: 'Iran threatens Israel. Tue May 2, 2006 3:19 PM BST... "We have announced that wherever America does something evil, the first place that we target will be Israel," ISNA quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander, Rear Admiral Mohammad-Ebrahim Dehqani, as saying on Tuesday. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the Jewish state to be "wiped off the map". Iran's deputy oil minister said there was "some possibility" of a U.S. attack on his country over its nuclear programme. "I am worried. Everybody is worried…

Chalmers Johnson 4

De Amerikaanse geleerde Chalmers Johnson schrijft: 'There is something absurd and inherently false about one country trying to impose its system of government or its economic institutions on another. Such an enterprise amounts to a dictionary definition of imperialism. When what's at issue is "democracy," you have the fallacy of using the end to justify the means (making war on those to be democratized), and in the process the leaders of the missionary country are invariably infected with the sins of hubris, racism, and arrogance. We Americans have long been guilty of these crimes. On the eve of our entry into World War I, William Jennings Bryan, President Woodrow Wilson's first secretary of state, described the United States as "the supreme moral factor in the world's progress and the accepted arbiter of the world's disputes." If there is one historical generalization that the passage of time has validated, it is that the world could not help b…

De Israelische Terreur 16

Getrainde moordenaars van het Israelische bezettingsleger. Van joods Israelische vredesactivisten kreeg ik net de volgende email: '"They took six of ours, and we are going to take six of theirs" (from one of the soldiers testimonies)

"Breaking the Silence" briefing on the IDF rules of engagement in the occupied territories:

Breaking the Silence is an Israeli NGO of ex-combatants from the IDF that served in the second Intifada (since September 2000).
Since June 2004 we have been collecting testimonies from young Israelis like ourselves about their service in the occupied territories.
We wish to bring to our society and the world the truth about the reality in the OT.
As part of our testimonial project we have gathered a massive and frightening collection of testimonies on the rules of engagement in the OT.
In Israel the rules of engagement are classified and are not brought to the awareness of the public, politicians or legal arena.
This leads to the reality of a "…

Vluchtelingen 2

Bas Baltus van de Stichting ASKV/Steunpunt Vluchtelingen emialde me het volgende: 'Beste lezer,Zoals jullie misschien weten zijn Amnesty, Vluchtelingenwerk, Kerkinactie, Unicef, Inlia, de Raad van Kerken, Samah en Defence for Children International een actie begonnen om aandacht te vragen voor de heikele positie van kinderen in vreemdelingenbewaring. Daar horen kinderen namelijk niet. Dat vinden overigens ook de Raad van Europa en Unhcr en inmiddels tienduizenden mensen in Nederland.Ook wij stellen ons natuurlijk achter deze aktie.Wij vragen je dit ook te doen. Dit kan door online de petitie te tekenen op de website
http://www.geenkindindecel.nl/
http://www.geenkindindecel.nl/index.php?ac=Petitie
Met vriendelijke groet,
Bas Baltus
Informatie over het ASKV/Steunpunt Vluchtelingen vindt u op http://www.askv.nl/Wij zijn bereikbaar op: Frederik Hendrikstraat 111c 1052 HN Amsterdam tel 020-6272408 of 020-4205670 fax 020-4203208 postbank 7913334 tnv Stichting ASKV

De Israelische Terreur 15

Treiteren, intimideren, terroriseren. Dat zijn de kenmerken van het Israelisch militair optreden tegen de Palestijnse burgerbevolking. Defence for Children bericht: 'Five-year old boy detained by Israeli forces. In the early afternoon of 17 April, 33-year old Samer Qabha was sitting with his five-year old son, Motaz, in his lap, talking to his neighbour in front of his house in the northern West Bank village of Tura al-Gharbiya. As the men chatted, they noticed an Israeli military Hummer jeep passing several times up and down along the street in front of them. Samer and his neighbour paid little attention to the vehicle - the sight of the Israeli army in town is nothing new. Israeli forces often enter Tura al-Gharbiya and surrounding villages ostensibly to patrol the Separation Wall which snakes along the western edge of Tura al-Gharbiya, cutting the village off from its land and from the 9,000 residents of neighbouring hamlets in the Barta'a Ash Sharqiya enclave. On around th…

Thom Meens

Bou Berkenbosch wees me op het volgende: 'Deze week gaat de discussie op Zapruder niet langer over 11 september, maar over DU. http://www.vkmag.com/zapruder/ Op deze site las ik een reactie op een stukje van de Volkskrant-ombudsman, waarin hij ondermeer schreef: 'Nog één keer 11 september. Eerst maar een excuus aan de lezers die ik min of meer had beloofd deze week te schrijven over de Volkskrant als spreekbuis voor de VVD (of niet): mijn stuk over de vele waarheden rond 11 september heeft zo veel reacties losgemaakt, dat ik er niet omheen kan daar nogmaals aandacht aan te besteden. De honderden reacties komen overigens voor het overgrote deel van gelovers in de complottheoriën die rond 11 september de ronde doen.' Vervolgens stelt de ombudsman Thom Meens 'niet tot de gelovers' te behoren. Zie: http://www.volkskrantblog.nl/bericht/47600 En dat laatste is een wonderlijke veronderstelling, die men wel meer aantreft bij mensen die er blind van uitgaan de nuchterheid z…

De Oorlogsstaat 47

De New York Times bericht: 'Warfare as It Really Is. In the first few moments of the documentary film "Baghdad ER," we see a man dressed in hospital scrubs carrying a bloodied arm that has been amputated above the elbow. He deposits it in a large red plastic bag. This HBO production is reality television with a vengeance - warfare as it really is. And while it is frightening, harrowing and deeply painful to watch, it should be required viewing for all but the youngest Americans. It will premiere May 21. For two months in 2005, the directors Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill were given unprecedented access by the Army to the 86th Combat Support Hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad. Working 12-hour shifts, they watched - and taped - the heroic struggle of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to salvage as many lives as possible from what amounted to a nonstop conveyor be?t of bloodied, broken and burned G.I.'s. At one point in the film, a specialist who surviv…

Failed States

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog address at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com. In Information Clearing House schrijft hij in een bespreking van Noam Chomsky's nieuwe boek 'Failed States' het volgende: 'The US Has Corrupted the Meaning of Democracy - First How It's Done It Abroad Chomsky discusses how we try selling the notion of "anticipatory self-defense" to the public and the world by claiming it's part of a democracy project - to bring our democratic system to those who don't have it, or don't have enough of it, as part of Bush's "messianic mission" and "grand strategy." As an old marketing MBA and now retired marketer I can appreciate the techniques they use to sell it. They are indeed clever and slick, but they should be as they're designed by advertising and PR experts who know their craft well and execute with precision - even if it is all balon…

Iran 46

De Amerikaanse journalist Mike Whitney schrijft: 'There’s no doubt that if the war in Iraq had been the “cakewalk” the neocons expected, Marines would be unfurling “Old Glory” in downtown Teheran right now. Bush has never wavered in his plan to topple the Islamic regime or to put Iran’s vast petroleum reserves under American control. In fact, the administration’s own policy papers, including the National Security Strategy (NSS) as well as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) assert that the United States has the right to claim these resources if it is in our national interests. Everyone knows Bush’s grand-plan for the Middle East, so why are the IAEA and Security Council pretending that the administration is genuinely interested in Iran’s fictitious nuclear weapons program? Haven’t they seen this charade before? It’s impossible that the main players don’t understand Bush’s real intentions or know that the nuclear issue is simply a pretext for war. Bush has telegraphed h…

Amerikaanse Nucleaire Wapens 2

Newsweek bericht: 'Iraqi Nukes: Fallout From U.S. Strikes. The administration may be making contingency plans to bomb Iran's nuclear sites if diplomacy fails. Apart from the geopolitical fallout of such a strike, there's reason to worry about the environmental impact. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which monitors Tehran's activities, is raising questions about dangers stemming from U.S. strikes on Iraq's biggest nuclear site during the 2003 invasion. In a report to be posted on the IAEA's Web site this week, the agency states that about 1,000 Iraqi men, women and children in a village near the former Tuwaitha nuclear research facility are living inside an area contaminated by radioactive residue and ruin. "I can only guess that a lot of the damage at Tuwaitha was from bombing," Dennis Reisenweaver, an IAEA safety expert, told NEWSWEEK. "Any time you damage a facility that uses radioactive material, you have potential for spreading contam…

Irak 74

Robert Fisk schrijft: 'Seen through a Syrian lens,'unknown Americans' are provoking civil war in Iraq In Syria, the world appears through a glass, darkly. As dark as the smoked windows of the car which takes me to a building on the western side of Damascus where a man I have known for 15 years - we shall call him a "security source", which is the name given by American correspondents to their own powerful intelligence officers - waits with his own ferocious narrative of disaster in Iraq and dangers in the Middle East. His is a fearful portrait of an America trapped in the bloody sands of Iraq, desperately trying to provoke a civil war around Baghdad in order to reduce its own military casualties. It is a scenario in which Saddam Hussein remains Washington's best friend, in which Syria has struck at the Iraqi insurgents with a ruthlessness that the United States wilfully ignores. And in which Syria's Interior Minister, found shot dead in his office last ye…

Iran 45

De grote Amerikaanse chantage en omkoping is inmiddels weer in volle gang. 'Turkey Refuses U.S. Request To Allow Attack On Iran From Turkish BaseReport: Turkey won’t let U.S. attack Iran from its landBy YNetNews04/30/06 "YNetNews" -- -- Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said Sunday that his country refused a request from the United States to attack Iran from its Air Force base in Incirlik, despite the U.S. offer of a nuclear reactor, according to a report in Al Biyan. In an interview for the United Arab Emirates newspaper, Gul noted that America’s efforts to attack Iran are “imaginary” and that Turkey’s stance is “strategic” and refuses the use of its land for any belligerent activity against neighboring countries.' Lees verder:
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article12887.htm Of: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3245382,00.html

Klimaatverandering 33

Newsweek bericht: 'Al Gore on why America - and even George Bush - is close to a tipping point on global warming. Al Gore has launched his new campaign-this one to battle the effects of global warming. At its center is a new film, "An Inconvenient Truth," which stars Gore and has been winning surprisingly positive press. It opens May 24. The former vice president, who has abandoned a relatively low profile to promote the movie, spoke to Eleanor Clift about the environment, technology and politics in America. Excerpts:
Newsweek: They say timing is everything. Has the moment arrived for this issue?
Al Gore: I hope it has. I hope that we are close to a tipping point beyond which the country will begin to face this very seriously and the majority of politicians in both parties will begin to compete by offering meaningful solutions. We're nowhere close to that yet, but a tipping point by definition is a time of very rapid change-and I think that the potential for this chang…

De Oorlogsstaat 46

De BBC bericht: 'US War Costs "Could Hit $811Bn" BBC News. The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has soared and may now reach $811bn (£445bn), says a report by the Congressional Research Service. It estimates that Congress has appropriated $368bn for the global war on terror, including both conflicts. It says that if the current spending bill is approved, US war costs will reach $439bn, and it estimates that an extra $371bn may be needed by 2016.
On that basis, the two wars would cost more than the $579bn spent in Vietnam. The future costing assumes that US troop levels will drop from the 258,000 currently engaged in all operations to 74,000 by 2010.
Budget Gap
The rising cost of the war is leading to growing concerns in Congress, where attempts to control the budget deficit have been hindered by the "supplementary" requests received each year for war spending. The CRS estimates that the US Department of Defense's annual war funding has risen from $73bn…

Irak 73

De Amerikaanse journalist Mike Whitney schrijft: 'Blood payments for Flawed Leadership "As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time." -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Bad news continues to pile up around Don Rumsfeld like garbage at a land fill. The latest blast came from an unlikely source, The Army Times”, which conducted a poll showing that 64% of enlisted men think Rumsfeld should tender his resignation immediately. It would be impossible to find a more conservative publication than the Army Times or a more compelling reason for stepping down. Still, the recalcitrant Rumsfeld shows no sign of caving in or loosening his withered grip on the levers of power. Earlier in the week, an equally devastating article appeared in the New York Times “Criticism of Rumsfeld Widens to Young Officers” echoing that younger officers are just as sick of the glib Rummy as their elders. One anonymous offi…