Thursday, October 1, 2009

October 01 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Pertinent To Persia - Why Do We Demonize People BEFORE They're Our 'Enemies'?

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Cabale News ServiceOctober 01 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Pertinent To Persia - Why Do We Demonize People BEFORE They're Our 'Enemies'?

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In The News: Heavy Weather - There are at least 500 dead in Padang on the West Coast of Sumatra and (Washington Post: "...hundreds and possibly thousands of people..." if one includes Indonesia and the region, after multiple large earthquakes strike, and there are now over 100 people dead after an undersea earthquake which caused a Tsunami that rolled over American Samoa. More about the situation on Sumatra from the New York Times.

AP with the situation on Samoa:
APIA, Samoa — Police in green reflective vests searched a ghastly landscape of mud-strewn streets, pulverized homes and bodies scattered in a swamp Wednesday as dazed survivors emerged from the muck and mire of an earthquake and tsunami that killed at least 119 in the South Pacific.
Military transports flew medical personnel, food, water and medicine to Samoa and American Samoa, both devastated by a tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake. A cargo plane from New Zealand brought in a temporary morgue and a body identification team.
Officials expect the death toll to rise as more areas are searched.
Survivors fled to higher ground on the islands after the magnitude 8.0 quake struck at 6:48 a.m. local time (1:48 p.m. EDT; 1748 GMT) Tuesday. The residents then were engulfed by four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters) high that reached up to a mile (1.5 kilometers) inland.
The waves splintered houses and left cars and boats — many battered and upside down — scattered about the coastline. Debris as small as a spoon and as large as a piece of masonry weighing several tons were strewn in the mud. [In Full]

In what the LA Times calls a 'War Council', the top White House officials, officials from the CIA, a list of government dignitaries, historians, and others, complete with a video link to General McChrystal in Afghanistan, discussed our war on Afghanistan last night. Expect nothing new from that highly regarded 'middle of the curve' American citizens depend on for our welfare and safety.
President Obama is confronting a split among his closest advisers on Afghanistan, with military commanders solidly behind the request for additional troops but other key figures in the administration divided.

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, and Richard Holbrooke, the special Afghan and Pakistan envoy, appear to be leaning toward supporting a troop increase, a White House official revealed after a strategy meeting yesterday.

Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, and General James Jones, Mr Obama’s national security adviser, appeared to be less supportive, the official said.

Joe Biden, the US Vice President who attended the meeting, has been reluctant to support a troop increase, preferring to step up the US's controversial airborne campaign to fire missiles at al-Qaeda fighters sheltering in Pakistan. Unmanned drone attacks save US troops from harm's way but have taken a heavy toll in civilian lives.

The fault lines within the administration emerged last night as Mr Obama pressed key members of his national security team for their views during an intense, three-hour session in a packed White House Situation Room. [In Full at the TimesOnline (UK)]

President Obama and his wife will be making a quick trip to Copenhagen Denmark today with a pitch for Chicago as the site for the 2016 Olympic summer games. The IOOC might think that the massive security the US would require of their athletes is an issue, but Oprah Winfrey, a Chicago resident, is there to inform them it's all OK.

60 years ago today Chairman Mao Tse Tung took a 'rag-tag' but huge number of average Chinese people on a long walk and took their country back from a particularly nasty dictator, Chiang Kai-shek who then fled to Formosa, later to be known as Taiwan.

Flash forward... There were big military parades in China today and only one Mao jacket in sight was worn by the Chinese president (shown on a huge projection screen riding in a BIG car). Everyone else had that 'modern' Western 'flair'. More on the celebration from al Jazeera, and the view from Taiwan from the BBC.

[After the commentary... What making enemies without a thought as to 'why?' might lead us to someday. Jim Stringer (The Austin Geetar Player) sings about "The Last War". Courtesy of the respective artists and KPIG radio Freedom California Earth.]


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