Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 09 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The G-8 And Bilderbergers - Simple Public Displays Of The Power Elite's Uselessness

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 09 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: It's Becoming Increasingly Obvious That Circle-Jerks Like The G-8 And Bilderbergers Are Simply Public Displays Of The Power Elite's Ineffectuality And Overall Uselessness

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In regard to the commentary, also see "G-8? G-whatever"
(The One Thing the G-8 Should Do Before It Dies)

@ Foreign Policy
G8 Celebs 2009

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In The News: Caught with their pants down - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will hold her weekly press conference and the hot button topic will most likely be Leon Panetta's previously closed door testimony about an extensive Bush administration CIA spook program kept secret from congress. Allegedly, they kept the program(s) secret to just last month. Details

According to reports, the U.S. government has suspended aid payments to Honduras after Honduran president Manuel Zelaya met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday and received some assurances of his presidential legitimacy.

A hack attack on US government (and South Korean) websites occurred over the 4th of July weekend and the suspect is North Korea. Whether the attack was a government run cyber-op or just aggro computer geek North Korean citizens is unknown or unstated at this time.

In Afghanistan the Talib are drawing thinly distributed US troops into firefights as they 'retreat' (quotes intentional). The US Marine commanding officer for the theater says 'Sure, we could use a few more marines around here, but what we really need are Afghani troops to hold the ground we take. Afghanistan's army has contributed 600 troops to the effort. More.
The pitiful lack of Afghan troops involved in KHANJAR (4000 Marines deployed but only about 650 Afghan troops) indicates that the hope of producing an Afghan force numerous and capable enough to take over counterinsurgency from the coalition is five to ten years away.
More at Flit (The author recently returned from a deployment with the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan)

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Shares of DynCorp International Inc. (DCP) rose Wednesday as the service provider to government agencies and Fluor Corp. (FLR) were selected over rival KBR Inc. (KBR) for U.S. contracts worth up to $7.5 billion each to support base-camp operations in Afghanistan.

DynCorp and Fluor were notified Tuesday that each won one-year contracts worth as much as $1.5 billion with four one-year options for the same annual amount, Dan Carlson, spokesman for the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, told Dow Jones Newswires. Carlson said DynCorp's contract is for southern Afghanistan, while Fluor's is for the north.

Bloomberg first reported news of the Afghanistan LogCap IV contracts.

A DynCorp official confirmed the company won the award, although he declined to confirm the amount of the award or provide further comment or details. Fluor did not immediately respond to a request for comment. [In Full]

Today is a day for a trip down bad-memories lane: 50 years ago today the First Americans die in the Vietnam War... Another 58,000 follow along with 1.5 million Vietnamese

...and the death toll in our AfPak war... pardon ME! 'The "casualty" count' ("Nothing Casual About That!" --Gil Scott-Heron)
As of Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at least 647 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. The department last updated its figures Wednesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

Of those, the military reports 480 were killed by hostile action.

Outside the Afghan region, the Defense Department reports 68 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, three were the result of hostile action. The military lists these other locations as Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba; Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Jordan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Philippines; Seychelles; Sudan; Tajikistan; Turkey; and Yemen.

There were also four CIA officer deaths and one military civilian death. [In Full]

[After the commentary, a little piece of important election news relevant to the commentary's topic got 'puffed' under during the 2008 election cycle. The premier investigative news network ONN reports.]
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