Monday, February 28, 2011
February 28 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: America's 'War Without A Song' - Watch The Afghani Kid Play While Their Parents Attack Us
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February 28 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: America's 'War Without A Song' - Watch The Afghani Children Play While Their Parents Smoke Hash And Sing Songs Of Victory
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[After the commentary, a song dedicated to those who would make war, and what they beget for themselves, and the nations they lead P.F. Sloan, Bill Miller, and Frank Black... A remake of Barry McGuire's Eve Of Destruction, written by the aforementioned P. F. Sloan in 1965. Courtesy of the respective artists.]
See Friday's commentary: Lost War Chronicles - U.S. Forces Withdraw Quietly From Kunar Province Afghanistan for more information regarding Kunar province and our war on (apparently) the people of Afghanistan.
Chances are the US government is not going to be shut down right away because a deal is being cobbled together for two week extension on the US budget. But the big fight is coming up for the rest of the continuance-of-budget through the end of September
The town of Zawiyah Libya, an oil port, has been taken by rebels as the so-called "Libyan army" mostly comprised of mercenaries, has surrounded it and besieged the town with aerial bombings. The "rebels", technically the real Libyan army troops, used the local military bases and equipment despite it having been bombed, to fire at the aircraft with Anti-Aircraft weapons. There may be a division of Libya soon. For starters, the Italian government has canceled their Non-aggression pact with the regime saying the Libyan state “no longer exists". This unfortunately will also allows for incursion by Italy into their former colony if they so wish. More @ the New York Times.
Foreign Policy magazine ran an article in 2008 apropos to the EX-nation of "Libya" and what comes after in it's eventual rebirth as multiple nations... How to Start Your Own Country in Four Easy Steps (It ain't as easy as all that...)
Endgame... Wisconsin governor Scott Walker will make his "State of the State" message tomorrow and announce whether he still intends to pursue the cuts to state employee benefits which the workers have already agreed to, and more contentiously whether he's leaving in the provision to end collective bargaining with their union. there are still a couple of hundred protesters left in the capital, but that number could rise rapidly again if the bill passes.. When the Democrats holed up in Illinois return... and it's also possible the bill will fail. A few of the of Republican legislators MAY "turn" and vote with the Democrats when that vote finally occurs.
President Obama has announced unilateral sanctions against the former Libyan nation even as a UN resolution on sanctions takes effect. Secretary of State Clinton is going to the Human Rights Commission of the UN today and will tell them the US would be willing to take the lead enforcing the UN sanctions.
For a Razer's Edge take on what the new in-place U.N./U.S. sanctions and a possible military intervention into former Libya may mean in terms of human suffering... civilian casualties, see:
The Neocon's 'Crude Urges' - The UN's Libya Sanctions Are A Declaration Of War On Libya's Civilians Who Have Already All But Removed Their 'Dictator'
The Neo-Cons have 'Urged' a Libyan 'intervention' and demanded (draft-dodging arrogant warmongering pricks that they are) 'immediate military action.'.The appeal, which came in the form of a letter signed by 40 policy analysts, including more than a dozen former senior officials who served under President George W. Bush, was organised and released by the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), a two-year-old neo-conservative group that is widely seen as the successor to the more-famous – or infamous – Project for the New American Century (PNAC). [More @ al-Jazeera]In the REALPOLITIK world, Gadaffi is done... why wait for those "Sanctions" to have the effect they had on Iraq with an estimated half million children alone dead from causes including starvation, unsanitary water, and lack of medicine, when the citizens of the country have already isolated, disenfranchised, and cornered him in the only remaining 'un-liberated' city in Libya, Tripoli?
The Western industrial nations fronted by NATO and blessed by their Security Council cronies at the UN will simply use Muammar al-Gadaffi as the excuse for military intervention and an 'oil grab'. All they REALLY want al-Gadaffi to do is hide. But he probably won't because he considers himself Libya's 'leader of destiny' (for want of a better nomenclature).
Sanctions on a country like Libya, where the leader is already 'on the way out' is a murderous joke (if they are ever truly useful at all for reining in a 'loose cannon' in the geopolitical 'deck'), and NOT to the benefit of ANYONE but the invested(sic) financial and industrial interests in the West.
They will certainly be of no benefit to the Libyan people, and may very well PREVENT Muammar al-Gadaffi's removal from power by his own people. The ONLY people who have a right to judge him for his actions, and allow him to cobble his regime back together in the guise of a 'Jihad' against foreign intervention.
...and I AM NOT alone in that train-of-thought...
[The above map of North Africa's Oil & Gas Infrastructure is brought to you courtesy of the Perry - Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas Austin. Here is A Full Size Map (1440x1080), and the Map Legend & Key Are Here]Libya: Is Washington Pushing for Civil War to Justify a US-NATO Military Intervention?
[Read more @ Auntie Imperial's News & Blog Review]
Apparently Secretary of State Clinton hasn't received the communique yet (see the previous story) - Secretary of Defense Gates gave a speech to West Point graduates yesterday and speaking in context Iraq and Afghanistan told them "Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should "have his head examined,".
Over the weekend CNN did a one hour special by a Norwegian reporter in Kunar province Afghanistan, the province American forces are rapidly extricating themselves from with Afghani tribal leaders and the country's army will taking over security with $10 billion budget given to 120 locales "to keep them safe from the Talib", who you can watch in that CNN special as they play with their children and attack US troops. Much more in the commentary.
In OTHER News:
END:CIV - Starving eagles ‘falling out of the sky’ due to Salmon run failure in Canada. "Experts" say "Don't Worry".
GEE! I'll bet they woudn't say that if starving "experts" were falling out of the sky!
Finally... about Iraq... You remember Iraq...
...But can you remember you were LIED TO?
Kevin Ryan @ Foreign Policy Journal asks:
An 8-year war built on lies: But when did the lying begin?Now lets Remember Valerie Plame... She was the CIA analyst who contested those documents about the Niger, and "Yellowcake Uranium. For her valuable service to the Bush administration she was 'outed' as a CIA operator and her carrer with the CIA as an analyst flushed down the toilet.
A fact repressed in our national memory is that the entire world was made aware, weeks before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, that forged documents were used by the Bush Administration to justify the invasion. On March 7, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed El Baradei, told the U.N. Security Council that – “The I.A.E.A. has concluded, with the concurrence of outside experts, that these documents . . . are in fact not authentic.” The documents were so obviously fraudulent, in fact, that one western diplomat said –“There were more than 20 anomalies in the Niger documents — it is staggering any intelligence service could have believed they were genuine for a moment.“ [In Full @ Foreign Policy Journal]
The lies WERE intentional, yet NO ONE has yet been charged with lying to the American people and wasting a TRILLION PLUS dollars of US taxpayers money and countless Iraqi lives. Leo Strauss smiles from his grave.
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