Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Friday, October 30, 2009

Colombia, U.S. Seal Deal On Military Bases

(CNN) -- Colombia and the United States signed an agreement Friday that allows U.S. personnel to be stationed at seven military bases in the South American nation.

The United States says it needs the bases to help in its fight against terrorists and narcotraffickers, especially since the closure a few months ago of a U.S. base in Ecuador. The United States maintains similar "forward operating locations" in El Salvador and Aruba-Curacao.

Colombia's agreement to host the Americans has come under harsh criticism in Latin America, particularly from President Hugo Chavez in neighboring Venezuela.

Chavez has likened the agreement to an act of war and accuses the United States of wanting to stage military personnel nearby to destabilize his leftist government.

The U.S. forward operating location in Aruba-Curacao is off the northern coast of Venezuela.

The United States linked Colombia's agreement to a trade pact the South American nation wants. Colombia also stands to gain from U.S. help in the nation's 45-year-old war against Marxist guerrillas known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, commonly called FARC.

Colombian Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez, Defense Minister Gabriel Silva and Interior and Justice Minister Fabio Valencia Cossio were joined by U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield in signing the document Friday in Bogota, the nation's capital.

Cocaine on one side of the planet. Heroin on the other side of the planet. The global monkey on the shoulder of the masses must be fed. South and Central America know what this is about. More encroachment on a regions natural resources. China is going in and making deals the old fahion way. While the U.S. goes in with a show of force. The days of the [Banana Republics] are over. The U.S. is now on the verge of becoming a [Hamburger Republic]. We can not dictate like we did in the past.This is about keeping a narco state under our own influence. Again we are over seas protecting the Globalized Corps, and their bottom line security.

Zbigniew Brzezinski Keynote Speaker For The Rand Corp: On Afghanistan

With a few notable exceptions, the RAND event offered conventional wisdom to a fare-thee-well. There was a certain poetic justice that President Carter’s national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who has chaired RAND’s Middle East Advisory Board, was chosen to keynote the proceedings.

As national security adviser under President Carter, Brzezinski thought it a good idea to mousetrap the Soviets into their own Vietnam debacle by baiting them into invading Afghanistan in 1979, the war which was the precursor to the great-power Afghan quagmire three decades later.

On Thursday, Brzezinski disclosed that he had advised the Bush/Cheney administration to invade Afghanistan in 2001, but insisted that he told Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that the U.S. military should not stay “as an alien force” once American objectives were achieved.

Exuding his customary confidence, Brzezinski first addressed — and ruled out — several “No’s,” the things that the U.S. must not do:

-Withdrawal is “not in the range of policy options.”
-The U.S. must not repeat the Soviet experience in going it alone, but rather must “use all our leverage” to make NATO’s commitment stick.
-The U.S. should not neglect the need to include “Islamic” groups in the coalition.

Brzezinski offered a much longer litany of “Yeses” — but his list was disappointingly bereft of new ideas. Indeed, it was notable only for his insistence that the U.S. ought to be more actively engaged in promoting a north-south pipeline through Afghanistan to the Indian Ocean.

He said, for example, that India needs access to the resources of central Asia, an area especially rich in natural gas.

Without batting an eye, Brzezinski noted that within three months the war in Afghanistan will be the “longest war in U.S. history,” and warned that the United States could be “bogged down there for another decade or so.”

At the same time, he argued, the world impact of an early U.S. departure “would be utterly devastating.” Quagmire, anyone?

Questioned about growing opposition to the war, he conceded condescendingly that “public fatigue” is understandable, but expressed confidence that adoption of his recommended policies would be “persuasive” enough to turn public opinion around.

RAND veteran and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, addressed the public perception problem regarding the Afghan war with unusual candor: “People don’t believe we know what we’re doing.”

Still, endorsing the Brzezinski No-No dictum, Khalilzad said that “no serious person” would contemplate U.S. withdrawal enabling “extremism” to prevail.

Khalilzad argued for playing to the U.S. strength with a “purchasing power” approach — the United States comes up with the money to pay potential or actual insurgents more than they make fighting for the Taliban. Otherwise, he said the U.S. needed to expand Afghan forces.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, also stressed the need for building up Afghan forces, as the administration considers increasing the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan. Levin spoke of the need for a 400,000-strong Afghan army and police force by 2012, trained by U.S. and NATO specialists.

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This is a great read. It goes on to show a few differing opinions, and questions. Ray Mc Govern as usual does an excellent job.

The Rand Corp, has had a major influence in D.C. as well as The Pentagon for some time. ZBIG shows his endless committment to the [Grand Chess Game]. Khalilzad, another shadow and uber neocon behind the curtain, sounds like a Mafia boss. He wants to offer the tribal war lords an offer they can not refuse. MORE MONEY. This is now the Obama war. I do not think it is a matter of IF he will send more troops. It is a matter of how many. There was never going to be a CHANGE in the Obama plan for AF/PAK, or central Asia.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pakistan, India, Kashmir: Water World, Or War For Water?

There are many reasons for the Kashmir conflict. But perhaps the most important of them is the water that spews into the sky at my feet. When the British drew the borders partitioning India and Pakistan, their cartographers failed to consider the run of the rivers that would feed the two countries. Kashmir's accession to India granted New Delhi control over the headwaters of the Indus — the lifeline of civilization in what is now Pakistan since 2600 B.C. And although a treaty for sharing the water was worked out in 1960, its foundation has begun to crack under the pressure of the two countries' rapidly growing populations and the specter of climate change.

Shortly before he led Pakistan's troops into the Kargil War, a then-unknown Pakistani general named Pervez Musharraf wrote in his dissertation at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London that the issue of the distribution of the waters of Kashmir between India and Pakistan has “the germs of future conflict.” Because water is the one resource that neither India nor Pakistan can do without, many experts fear that one day the dispute over the Indus — already an incessant source of diplomatic skirmishes — will propel these two nuclear weapons states into an all-out war.

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Water water everywhere, yet not a drop to drink. This is fast becoming a global problem. More precious than oil is water. The Gulf countries are building de-salt plants along side of their solar plants. They are preparing for the future, because they realize that these resources are finite, and may be peaking along with oil. One of the silent secrets for the ever expansion of the Zionist state of Israel is its thirst for water. Water is one more natural resource that is being weaponized. Northern Africa, and the Horn of Africa has long had battles, and ethnic cleansing for water.

Former president Gen. (Retd) Pervez Musharraf is to launch his political career in earnest in December this year, confirmed sources close to him.

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China's Currency Swap Threatens The Greenback?

Since December 2008, China has signed 650 billion yuan (US$95 billion) in currency-swap agreements with Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Argentina and Belarus, in order to promote greater circulation and convertibility of the Chinese currency (also referred to as the renminbi).

Thailand is reportedly studying a possible currency swap agreement with China that would make it easier for their exporters to settle trade in the two currencies. According to experts, the increased regional use of the yuan for "invoicing, transaction and settlement purposes" could enhance its use as a "store of value". An article by People's Bank of China (PBoC) governor Zhou Xiaochuan on March 2009, which called for an international reserve currency to take the place of the US dollar, created a whirlwind of debate within China's policy circles, and the international community, about the future role of the yuan. While the regional use of the yuan is spreading, analysts have emphasized that it is "usually at the expense of the US dollar as transaction currency, not as reserve currency". Xia Bin, president of the Financial Research Institute of the Development Research Center of the State Council - the Chinese government's executive branch - stated that "China is not pursuing the optimum target of complete internationalization of the yuan, but a suboptimal one: gradual regionalization of the currency". The push for the regionalization of yuan appears to be gathering steam ahead of the scheduled launch of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) on January 1, 2010.

Under the terms of CAFTA, there will be zero-tariff for 90% of the products traded between China and ASEAN countries and "substantial opening" in the service trade market. According to some estimates, the total trade between China and ASEAN members could reach $4.5 trillion once the FTA is launched. The launch of CAFTA will provide momentum for broader regional growth and may facilitate a decoupling from the West, as the yuan plays a more prominent role in the regional economy.

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Yet more chatter and developments of the Renminbi becoming a Regional Trade currency. This part of Asia trades more with China than America. The American consumer is not expected to come back full throttle for a long time, if ever at all. George Soros in the previous thread promotes China as a NEW WORLD ORDER leader. I am sure Heinrich Kissinger [Dr. Strangelove] would also agree with Soros. Kissinger did not go to China under Nixon to open it up because he was a nice guy. What is it that all these uber elites have with China? Could it be a sense of power? Their own evil form of Utopia? Is it their sense of an Animal Farm? Does America become China's agrarian client state?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

George Soros Promotes The New World Order?

FT: Does it, at some point, need also to decline against the renminbi? Does there need to be some sort of a new global currency deal?

GS: No. I believe that basically the system is broken and needs to be reconstituted. We cannot afford to have the kind of chronic and mounting imbalances in international finance. So, you need a new currency system and actually the special drawing rights do give you the makings of a system and I think it’s ill-considered on the part of the United States to resist the wider use of special drawing rights. They could be very, very useful now when you have a global shortfall of demand. You could actually internationally create currency through special drawing rights and we’ve done it. We issued $250bn and that’s a very, very useful step, except the rich countries don’t actually need the additional reserves, so all they can do is put it in the shop window and say, we have got that much extra. But they can’t actually use it. Now I think it could be used to provide global public goods. The rich countries could put their allocations in escrow. The problem is that there is a cost to using SDRs. It’s a very small cost at the moment; it’s less than 0.5 per cent, but still is a cost, so somebody has to pay it and I think we have actually the means to do it because the IMF has very large gold reserves – kept in the books at a very low price – and it has been decided to use those gold reserves to the benefit of the least developed countries. So, the IMF could actually pick up the cost of paying for the special drawing rights ...

FT: Using its gold reserves?

GS: And, in fact, it’s being done. It hasn’t had any publicity, but I understand that in Istanbul a deal was signed where I think the UK and France actually transferred $2bn of their SDRs, or 2bn SDR worth to the least developed countries, and the IMF picks up the cost. So, it’s a road that’s already being used and it could be used on a larger scale.

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This is being said by a shadow behind the curtain. Not a tinfoil hat wearer like me. LOL These shadows have been working on this since the beginning of time. It is an ongoing agenda for the uber elite. There is no [dem-repub] agenda going on. This is 100% New World Order thinking. These architects are all one in the same. They do not carry a passport, they have no flag, they have no country. America will be looking through the rear view mirror. So while Americans watch TV, and argue amongst themselves about an imaginary two party republic, and democracy. The globe is being transformed in front of their eyes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

George W. Bush; Motivational Speaker, The Trail of Lies Continues?

Former President George W. Bush is now on the lecture circuit as a motivational speaker -- and he has a message for America's unemployed: The marketplace is "fair."

Speaking in Forth Worth, Texas in his debut as a motivational speaker, Bush's speech echoed some of his themes as president. But his comments on the economy are sure to rankle the millions of Americans who've been laid off.

“The marketplace works," Bush remarked. "It is fair. It is equitable. It is a fair form of democracy.”

Bush addressed a crowd of 11,000 who paid for a verbal injection of enthusiasm from the former president.

“Every single day I was honored to be your president by bringing honor and dignity to the office,” a local newspaper quoted Bush as saying during the day-long "Get Motivated" seminar.

His message to those whose decisions have made them unpopular?

“It’s so simple in life to chase popularity, but popularity is fleeting," Bush quipped. "It’s not real."

Bush also sought to mollify critics who've argued that politics played too much of a role in his decisionmaking in going to war, saying he'd never sell out "their loved ones for the sake of pure politics."

"And let me tell you," he added. "I never did.”

Also in the crowd was Bush's first Secretary of State, Colin Powell, who praised the president's legacy, positing that Bush had kept America safe after 9/11.

Bush also highlighted his faith in God as contributing to the success of his presidency.

"I don't see how you can be president without relying on the Almighty," the ex-president declared. "Now when I was 21, I wouldn't have told you that, but at age 63, I can tell you that one of the most amazing surprises of the presidency was the fact that people's prayers affected me. I can't prove it to you. But I can tell you some days were great, some days not so great. But every day was joyous."

The Washington Post, who had a reporter at the event, said Bush looked "younger than his 63 years and relaxed."

"Many people interviewed afterward said they liked Bush, perhaps even because he wasn't the best speaker of the day," the Post reported added. "He could have said a thesaurus was a big scaly creature that roamed the planet millions of years ago and they would have applauded."

This guy never ceases to amaze me. Excuse me while i go throw up.

Iranian Oil Bourse Opens

Oil bourse inaugurated
Tehran Times Economic Desk

TEHRAN - The Iranian Oil Bourse was inaugurated on Monday in the Persian Gulf island of Kish as a venue to export oil and petrochemical products.

National Petrochemical Company's Managing Director Adel Nejad-Salim said in the opening ceremony that all petrochemical products will be gradually offered on the market, IRNA news agency reported.

The oil bourse is intended as an exchange market for petroleum, gas, and petrochemicals in various currencies, primarily the euro and Iranian rial, and a basket of other major currencies.

On February 4, 2008 the Iranian Cabinet approved the creation of the oil bourse in two stages - first for crude and second for oil byproducts transactions.

Iran, having the world’s second largest gas reserves and third largest oil reserves, is trying to play a more active role in oil and petrochemical transactions in international markets

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Looks to me like this could be another threat on the Greenback?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Iran On The Diplomatic -Trade Move ?

Iran, Belarus to Boost Trade, Customs Cooperation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Belarusian envoy to Iran on Sunday asked for implementation of an agreement signed by the two countries in 2004 on customs cooperation.

Iran, India Consult on North-South Corridor
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Indian officials held a meeting to confer on activating the North-South Transport Corridor linking India, Iran, Russia and a host of other countries, specially in Central Asia.

Iran, Qatar Red Crescent Societies to Launch Int'l Cooperation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Qatari Red Crescent Societies concluded an agreement to launch joint cooperation on global scenes of conflict like Darfur in Sudan and Gaza in Palestine.

Iran Seeking $20 bln Trade Exchange with Turkey
TEHRAN (FNA)- The annual trade exchange between Iran and Turkey could reach $20 bln, Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi announced on Sunday, just a day before a landmark visit to Tehran by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

FM Stresses Iran's Support for Elections in Iraq
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Sunday underlined Iran's support for elections as well as national unity and security in neighboring Iraq.

Iran, Pakistan to Sign Comprehensive Security Pact
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran and Islamabad are due to ink a comprehensive security agreement, Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said Sunday.

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It seems to me that Iran is making more security, and trade deals. Iran as of now has an [observer nation status] in the SCO [Shanghai Cooperation Organization]. If Iran were elevated to a member status. how would that change the equation? I believe Iran will become a member in the very near future. Would the West and Israel rethink their beating of the war drums, if Iran was part of the SCO?


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Turkmen gas exports to Iran via a new pipeline are slated to begin on December 20. According to Iranian news sources, northern Iran will receive gas supplies originally earmarked for purchase by the Russian energy giant Gazprom.

"The decision to turn the gas flow south was taken in April 2009 after Gazprom halted gas imports from Turkmenistan because of the gas pipeline explosion the CAC-4 [pipeline] on the border with Uzbekistan," news site reported on October 22. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].

The new export pipeline will carry fuel from the Dovletabat gas field to Iran. Iranian officials say consumers could need up to 20 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas a year. "The two sides made considerable efforts to ensure that gas from Turkmenistan, using the new pipeline, could flow to Iran before winter," Reza Kasaeizadeh, the managing director of National Iranian Gas Export Company, is quoted as saying.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pre 9/11 Shadows InsideThe Afghan Pipeline ?

Upon successfully negotiating leases to explore in Turkmenistan, Bridas was awarded exploration contracts for the Keimar block near the Caspian Sea, and the Yashlar block near the Afghanistan border. By March 1995, Bulgheroni had accords with Turkmenistan and Pakistan granting Bridas construction rights for a pipeline into Afghanistan, pending negotiations with the civil war-torn country.

The following year, after extensive meetings with warlords throughout Afghanistan, Bridas had a 30-year agreement with the Rabbani regime to build and operate an 875-mile gas pipeline across Afghanistan.

Bulgheroni believed that his pipeline would promote peace as well as material wealth in the region. He approached other companies, including Unocal and its then-CEO, Roger Beach, to join an international consortium.

But Unocal was not interested in a partnership. The United States government, its affiliated transnational oil and construction companies, and the ruling elite of the West had coveted the same oil and gas transit route for years.

A trans-Afghanistan pipeline was not simply a business matter, but a key component of a broader geo-strategic agenda: total military and economic control of Eurasia (the Middle East and former Soviet Central Asian republics). Zbigniew Brezezinski describes this region in his book "The Grand Chessboard-American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives" as "the center of world power." Capturing the region's oil wealth, and carving out territory in order to build a network of transit routes, was a primary objective of US military interventions throughout the 1990s in the Balkans, the Caucasus and Caspian Sea.

As of 1992, 11 western oil companies controlled more than 50 percent of all oil investments in the Caspian Basin, including Unocal, Amoco, Atlantic Richfield, Chevron, Exxon-Mobil, Pennzoil, Texaco, Phillips and British Petroleum.

Among the most active operatives for US efforts: Brezezinski (a consultant to Amoco, and architect of the Afghan-Soviet war of the 1970s), Henry Kissinger (advisor to Unocal), and Alexander Haig (a lobbyist for Turkmenistan), and Dick Cheney (Halliburton, US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce).

Unocal's Central Asia envoys consisted of former US defense and intelligence officials. Robert Oakley, the former US ambassador to Pakistan, was a "counter-terrorism" specialist for the Reagan administration who armed and trained the mujahadeen during the war against the Soviets in the 1980s. He was an Iran-Contra conspirator charged by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh as a key figure involved in arms shipments to Iran.

Richard Armitage, the current Deputy Defense Secretary, was another Iran-Contra player in Unocal's employ. A former Navy SEAL, covert operative in Laos, director with the Carlyle Group, Armitage is allegedly deeply linked to terrorist and criminal networks in the Middle East, and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrghistan).

Armitage was no stranger to pipelines. As a member of the Burma/Myanmar Forum, a group that received major funding from Unocal, Armitage was implicated in a lawsuit filed by Burmese villagers who suffered human rights abuses during the construction of a Unocal pipeline. (Halliburton, under Dick Cheney, performed contract work on the same Burmese project.)

Much to Bridas' dismay, Unocal went directly to regional leaders with its own proposal. Unocal formed its own competing US-led, Washington-sponsored consortium that included Saudi Arabia's Delta Oil, aligned with Saudi Prince Abdullah and King Fahd. Other partners included Russia's Gazprom and Turkmenistan's state-owned Turkmenrozgas.

John Imle, president of Unocal (and member of the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce with Armitage, Cheney, Brezezinski and other ubiquitous figures), lobbied Turkmenistan's president Niyazov and prime minister Bhutto of Pakistan, offering a Unocal pipeline following the same route as Bridas.'

Osama bin Laden (who issued his fatwa against the West in 1998) advised the Taliban to sign with Bridas. In addition to offering the Taliban a higher bid, Bridas proposed an open pipeline accessible to warlords and local users. Unocal's pipeline was closed—for export purposes only. Bridas' plan also did not require outside financing, while Unocal's required a loan from the western financial institutions (the World Bank), which in turn would leave Afghanistan vulnerable to demands from western governments.

Bridas' approach to business was more to the Taliban's liking. Where Bulgheroni and Bridas' engineers would take the time to "sip tea with Afghan tribesmen," Unocal's American executives issued top-down edicts from corporate headquarters and the US Embassy (including a demand to open talks with the CIA-backed Northern Alliance).

Chase Manhattan (representing Bridas), Morgan Stanley (handling Amoco) and Arthur Andersen (facilitator of post-merger integration). Zbigniew Brezezinski was a consultant for Amoco.

(Amoco would merge with British Petroleum a year later. BP is represented by the law firm of Baker & Botts, whose principal attorney is James Baker, lifelong Bush friend, former secretary of state, and a member of the Carlyle Group.) Read Morea

The patriarchs of both parties are always the shadows behind the curtain. Both American political parties have led us to war for their corporate profit. America exists under a one party rule. That party is the global corporate, and international bankster party. The sooner the American people understand this. The sooner they will be on the path to true freedom.

Pak/Tajik Trade Route ?

Later, briefing reporters about the meeting, President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar quoted Zardari as saying Pakistan was so strategically located that it could become a hub of trade and commerce in the region and building trade and energy ties would help in the development of the entire region.

Zardari said rail and road links between the two countries through Afghanistan would open Pakistani seaports giving Tajikistan access to the sea, adding that opening of road links was critical to bringing the countries in the region together and for increasing people-to-people contacts, which would benefit the countries’ economically and socially.

A pre-feasibility study of the 1,300-kilometre long road connecting Pakistan with Tajikistan and central Asia through the Durrah Pass had already been undertaken, the president was quoted as saying.

Transmission line: President Zardari also emphasised early implementation of the 1,000-kilometre-long power transmission line from Tajikistan to Pakistan, known as the Central Asia-South Asia 1000.

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" Zardari said rail and road links between the two countries through Afghanistan would open Pakistani seaports giving Tajikistan access to the sea," Now, doesn't this sound familiar? LOL. I am just an outsider looking through a small window. But it looks to me as if Zardari is an agent for the West, in order to bring Pakistan further into a client state status. To me, this fits in perfectly with the lower thread of ----The Unocal West Pipe Dream---.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Unocal And The West Had A Trans- Afghan Pipe Dream;

By 1996 the Bridas Corporation of Argentina had a lock on the routes. With signed pipeline contracts from both General Dostum of the Northern Alliance and the Taliban, Bridas controlled the Caspian play.

To the Unocal Corporation of the U.S. (and subsequently to the Bush Administration) that was intolerable. To contest Bridas’ success, Unocal hired a number of consultants: Henry Kissinger, Hamid Karzai, Richard Armitage, and Zalmay Khalilzad. Armitage would later serve George W. Bush as Deputy Secretary of State, and Khalilzad would become a prominent diplomat. Both were enthusiastic members of the “PNAC,” the Project for a New American Century, a far-right group that asked President Clinton in January of 1998 to remove forcibly the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. (Clinton ignored the request.)

In the late ‘90’s Unocal hosted Taliban leaders at its headquarters in Texas and in Washington D.C., seeking to have the Bridas contract voided. The Taliban refused. Finally, on February 12, 1998, Mr. John J. Maresca, a Vice President of Unocal, testified to the House Committee on International Relations. He asked to have the Taliban removed from power in Afghanistan, and for a “stable government” to be installed in its place.

The Clinton Administration, having rejected a month earlier the PNAC request to invade Iraq, was not any more interested in overthrowing the Taliban: President Clinton understood and chose to abide by the United Nations Charter. In August of 1998, however, Clinton launched a few cruise missiles into Afghanistan, retaliating for al Qaeda attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. And he signed an Executive Order prohibiting further trade negotiations with the Taliban.

Mr. Maresca was thus doubly disappointed. The Taliban would remain in power, and now Unocal could not even continue its private entreaties.

Unocal’s prospects declined even further on October 12, 2000. In yet another al Qaeda attack, the U.S.S. Cole was bombed, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39 more.
Some people in the Clinton Administration wanted immediately to “bomb the hell out of Afghanistan.” A few more cruise missiles wouldn’t do. But the State Department first dispatched Mr. Kabir Mohabbat, a U.S. citizen but a native Afghani, to arrange a negotiating meeting with the Taliban.

The parties met November 2, 2000 in the Sheraton hotel in Frankfurt, Germany. Frantic to avoid the retaliatory bombing, the Taliban offered the surrender of Osama bin Laden.

As the details of the handover were being worked out, however, the stalemated election of 2000 was awarded to George W. Bush. The surrender of Osama bin Laden would be handled by the incoming Administration.

But the new Administration demurred. In letter to the Taliban the Bush White House asked to postpone the handover of bin Laden until February; the Administration was still “settling in.” Kabir Mohabbat, however, was retained as a consultant to the National Security Council.

Unocal's fortunes then improved dramatically. In direct repudiation of Clinton’s Executive Order, the Bush Administration itself resumed pipeline negotiations with the Taliban in February of 2001. (At one meeting, a Taliban official presented President Bush with an expensive Afghan carpet.)

The Administration offered a tempting package of foreign aid in exchange for secure and exclusive access to the Caspian Basin for American companies. (The Enron Corporation also was eyeing a pipeline, to feed its proposed power plant in India.) The Bridas contract might still be voided. The Administration met with Taliban officials three times: in Washington, Berlin, and Islamabad. Still the Taliban refused.

But the Bush Administration meant to prevail, by force if necessary. As early as March 15, 2001, when Jane’s, the British international security journal disclosed the fact, the Administration was engaged in a “concerted front against Afghanistan’s Taliban regime.” Confirming the Administration’s intended violence, George Arney of BBC News wrote a story published September 18, 2001: “U.S. Planned Attack on Taliban.” In mid-July of 2001 a “senior American official” told Mr. Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary that “...military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October.”

Finally, on August 2 of 2001, the last pipeline negotiation with the Taliban ended with a terse statement by Christina Rocca of the State Department: “Accept our offer of a carpet of gold or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.” Shortly afterward, President Bush informed India and Pakistan the U.S. would launch a military mission into Afghanistan “before the end of October.”

This was five weeks before the events of 9/11.

Twice during the spring and summer of 2001 Mr. Kabir Mohabbat was sent to discuss the still pending surrender of Osama bin Laden. At both meetings Mr. Mohabbat could only apologize. The Bush Administration was not yet ready to accept the handover.
Then on September 11 Osama bin Laden struck once more.

With the Trade Towers in rubble and the Pentagon smoking, the Bush Administration seized immediately on the stupendous opportunity to disguise its intended attack on Afghanistan. It would be recast as a “Global War on Terror,” and bringing Osama bin Laden to justice would be its initial, prime objective.

The Taliban asked quickly for another meeting. Once again Kabir Mohabbat was dispatched to arrange it. On September 15, Taliban officials were flown in Air Force C-130 aircraft to the Pakistani city of Quetta, to negotiate with the State Department. Once again desperate to avoid a catastrophic bombing, the Taliban sweetened the deal: now they would also shut down bin Laden's bases and training camps.

The offer was rejected by the White House. The geopolitical need to proceed with the invasion was intractable, but with bin Laden in custody, the argument for the “War on Terror” smokescreen would collapse. Osama bin Laden simply had to remain at large.

Several weeks later the Taliban's offer was repeated. And so was the White House rejection.

On October 7, 2001, the carpet of bombs was unleashed over Afghanistan.
Then, with the Taliban removed from power, Mr. Hamid Karzai, the former Unocal consultant, was installed by the U.S. as head of an interim government.

The first U.S. envoy to Afghanistan was Mr. John J. Maresca, a former Vice President of the Unocal Corporation.

The next Ambassador to Afghanistan was Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad, also a former Unocal consultant.

On February 8, 2002, four months after the carpet of bombs, Presidents Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and Perves Musharraf of Pakistan signed a new agreement for a pipeline. The Bridas contract was now moot. The way was open for American companies—Unocal and Enron—to proceed.


The shock and awe that was brought upon Afghanistan came via U.S. bombers. But the attack plans were drawn up by Neocons, Neolibs, and the U.S. Corpotocracy. 9/11 was their green light, their justification for an attack, occupation, and control through chaos. Afghanistan was nothing more to them than a take over target.

These take-over specialists have no party affiliation. They are are one in the same. America exists in a Corpocratic Fascist state. As Gen Smedley D Butler said " War Is A Racket "

Pakistan On The Ropes? Or, Is It Strings?

Zardari is being fed by the U. S. aid spoon. Will this be his down fall from grace among the Pakistani people?
The west is increasingly demanding more and more from Pakistan. Their design for a new [white elephant] embassy in Islamabad. More drone attacks among its citizens. The IMF has already paid Pakistan a visit. Pakistan will have to further privatize their own natural resources. Along with foreign aid, comes further debt. Ceasing control of their country step-by-step.
The Pakistani military is gaining favor once more. The people on the streets do not like the West meddling in their country. They see Zardari "Mr. 10%er" as a puppet of the West. It seems to me that the saying "the enemy, of my enemy, is my enemy" is very fitting here.
The West, Russia, and China are going all in on Pakistan. India is now being chattered about as having influence inside of the Pak/Baluchistan region.. India is also being blamed for many of the terrorist attacks inside Pakistan. True, or not? Possibly just political manuevering? But the chatter is there.
Pakistan is also the end of the line for the Trans-Afghan Pipeline, if and when it comes about.
Al Quaida and the Taliban have been herded into Pakistan. Is Zardari or is the military in charge of defending Pakistan against terror attacks?
It almost seems as if there is an unintentional-intentional civil war brewing iside Pakistan. Perhaps a military coup will circumvent a civil war. It is sort of like the chicken and the egg. which comes first.
A civil war, or a military coup? One thing for sure. Staying this course will not work.
What Pakistan needs is their own [home grown] government. Accepting Pakistan as a major player in the region by the world community is needed. Not as a pawn for more Globalization.
Pakistan must make their own peace, among their own people.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

OTC Derivative Market Exposed ?

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"We didn't truly know the dangers of the market, because it was a dark market," says Brooksley Born, the head of an obscure federal regulatory agency -- the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC] -- who not only warned of the potential for economic meltdown in the late 1990s, but also tried to convince the country's key economic powerbrokers to take actions that could have helped avert the crisis. "They were totally opposed to it," Born says. "That puzzled me. What was it that was in this market that had to be hidden?" (more »

In The Warning, veteran FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk unearths the hidden history of the nation's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. At the center of it all he finds Brooksley Born, who speaks for the first time on television about her failed campaign to regulate the secretive, multitrillion-dollar derivatives market whose crash helped trigger the financial collapse in the fall of 2008.

"I didn't know Brooksley Born," says former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt, a member of President Clinton's powerful Working Group on Financial Markets. "I was told that she was irascible, difficult, stubborn, unreasonable." Levitt explains how the other principals of the Working Group -- former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin -- convinced him that Born's attempt to regulate the risky derivatives market could lead to financial turmoil, a conclusion he now believes was "clearly a mistake."

Born's battle behind closed doors was epic, Kirk finds. The members of the President's Working Group vehemently opposed regulation -- especially when proposed by a Washington outsider like Born.

"I walk into Brooksley's office one day; the blood has drained from her face," says Michael Greenberger, a former top official at the CFTC who worked closely with Born. "She's hanging up the telephone; she says to me: 'That was [former Assistant Treasury Secretary] Larry Summers. He says, "You're going to cause the worst financial crisis since the end of World War II."... [He says he has] 13 bankers in his office who informed him of this. Stop, right away. No more.'"

Greenspan, Rubin and Summers ultimately prevailed on Congress to stop Born and limit future regulation of derivatives. "Born faced a formidable struggle pushing for regulation at a time when the stock market was booming," Kirk says. "Alan Greenspan was the maestro, and both parties in Washington were united in a belief that the markets would take care of themselves."

Now, with many of the same men who shut down Born in key positions in the Obama administration, The Warning reveals the complicated politics that led to this crisis and what it may say about current attempts to prevent the next one.

"It'll happen again if we don't take the appropriate steps," Born warns. "There will be significant financial downturns and disasters attributed to this regulatory gap over and over until we learn from experience."

Allan "the market will regulate its self" Greenspan, was the centurion for this nightmare. When it collapsed he claimed " we had no idea". W.T.F. is that? He sat on the throne for both political parties. The main players stayed in prominent position. Summers is advising Obama at this moment. Rubin went on to CITI. Geithner is the present Sec. of the Treasury. This was pure casino table stakes. It was invented out of thin air. No regulation, no oversight, no transparency. The system is broken. Due to greed, ego, cronyism, and a psycho mind set. Our financial system became toxic to the world. If they hid this, what else are they hiding? Why did Obama bring all the retreads into his regime? Because the regime brings the President. The President does not bring his regime. We do not have a two party system. It is a one party system. The party of the international banksters, and corporations are their paymasters. Not the American tax payers. Will this oligarchy be broken up? Or will we continue to exist as a feifdom?

This update on new legislation for derivatives. Must of had some MOJO goin on. LOL ......READ MORE>>>>>Bloomberg

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jundallah; Posing For The Next Color Revolution ?

READ MORE>>>>Jundallah and the Geopolitics of Energy

READ MORE>>>>by Muhammad Sahimi,

In February 2007, Dick Cheney traveled to Pakistan and met with then-president Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Pakistani government sources said that the secret campaign against Iran by Jundallah was on the agenda when the two met. In an interview later that month, Cheney referred to the Jundallah terrorists as "guerrillas" in order to give them legitimacy.

On Feb. 25, 2007, the London Telegraph reported, "America is secretly funding militant ethnic separatist groups in Iran in an attempt to pile pressure on the Islamic regime to give up its nuclear program. … Such incidents [of violence] have been carried out by the Kurds in the west, the Azeris in the northwest, the Ahwazi Arabs in the southwest, and the Baluchis in the southeast. … Funding for their separatist causes comes directly from the CIA’s classified budget but is now ‘no great secret,’ according to one former high-ranking CIA official in Washington."

According to the Telegraph, Fred Burton, a former U.S. State department counterterrorism agent, supported the assertion, saying, “The latest attacks inside Iran fall in line with U.S. efforts to supply and train Iran’s ethnic minorities to destabilize the Iranian regime.”

In April 2007, ABC News reported that according to Pakistani and U.S. intelligence officials, the Jundallah group "has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005." According to the report, the "U.S. relationship with Jundallah is arranged so that the U.S. provides no funding to the group, which would require an official presidential order or ‘finding’ as well as congressional oversight." The money for Jundallah was funneled to its leader, Abdel Malik Regi, through Iranian exiles who have connections with European and Gulf states.

In an interview with National Public Radio on June 30, 2008, Seymour Hersh explained how the Bush administration’s policy of "my enemy’s enemy is my friend" led the U.S. to support Jundallah and the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, or MEK, an Iranian exile group listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department, both of which have clear records of terrorist activities.

In a July 2008 article in The New Yorker, Hersh quoted Robert Baer, a former CIA clandestine officer who worked for nearly two decades in South Asia and the Middle East as saying, "The Baluchis are Sunni fundamentalists who hate the regime in Tehran, but you can also describe them as al-Qaeda. These are guys who cut off the heads of nonbelievers – in this case, it’s Shi’ite Iranians. The irony is that we’re once again working with Sunni fundamentalists, just as we did in Afghanistan in the 1980s."

Pakistan; In The Eye of An [ Arc of Crisis ] ?

The Mumbai Attacks and the “Strategy of Tension”

In 2006, the Armed Force Journal published an article by retired Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters, which called for the redrawing of the borders of the Middle East. He first advocated the breakup of Iraq, and that, “Saudi Arabia would suffer as great a dismantling as Pakistan,” and that, “Iran, a state with madcap boundaries, would lose a great deal of territory to Unified Azerbaijan, Free Kurdistan, the Arab Shia State and Free Baluchistan, but would gain the provinces around Herat in today’s Afghanistan.”

Describing Pakistan as “an unnatural state,” he said, “Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier tribes would be reunited with their Afghan brethren,” and that it “would also lose its Baluch territory to Free Baluchistan. The remaining “natural” Pakistan would lie entirely east of the Indus, except for a westward spur near Karachi.” He even made up a helpful little list of “losers” and “winners” in this new great game: as in, who gains territory, and who loses territory. Among the losers are Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the West Bank and Pakistan. And Peters made the startling statement that redrawing borders is often only achieved through war and violence, and that “one other dirty little secret from 5,000 years of history: Ethnic cleansing works.”

[See: Andrew G. Marshall, Divide and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project. Global Research, July 10, 2008]

Ralph Peters' Map of a Redrawn Middle East - Note similarity to Bernard Lewis' Map of a Redrawn Middle East

The Baluchistan Trio

A Free Baluchistan would come about from three countries, --Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan. The latest suicide attack by Jundallah brings this into the fore front. To me, this is more control through chaos. The after effects will be far reaching. Jundallah is seen by some as a proxy spearhead by the west, including Saudi Arabia. In order to bring about regime change in Iran.
Is Jundallah financed by the west including Saudi Arabia ? Saudi Arabia sees a [Sunni vs Shia], as they are ever increasingly more threatened by the strength of Iran. The west has stated for a long time they want to bring about a regime change in Iran. Israel and the Bush regime were very vocal about this.
The west sees their own pipelineistan threatened if an Iran/Pakistan pipeline comes about. The port of Gwadar is of the upmost importance. A port that China has built none the less. Minerals, natural gas, and other natural resources are at stake.
The global drug trade is also invested in the area. Tribal lords, along with outside [investors] lol,will seek to have complete control of the drug routes.
Here are three articles that cover three different angles to the latest Jundallah attack.

READ MORE>>>>Jundallah versus the mullahtariat
By Pepe Escobar

READ MORE>>>>Saudi-Iranian hostility hits boiling point
By M K Bhadrakumar

READ MORE>>>>Iran's nuclear talks also hit
By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jundullah in Baluchistan

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Revolutionary Guard Commanders Killed in Iranian Baluchistan

>>>>>By Juan Cole

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps personnel who traveled to the town of Sarbaz, district Pishin in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan fell victim Sunday morning to two bombing attacks carried out by the dissident Baluchi group Jundullah. Altogether the death toll in the attacks is about 29 as I write and it is expected to rise.

Iran, a country of 70 million, has 30 provinces. Some 90 percent of Iranians are thought to be Shiite Muslims, and some 51 percent speak Persian as their mother tongue. Baluchis are Sunnis and speak another Iranian language, Baluch, and there are substantial discontents in that province with the rule of the Persian Shiites. The province is vast geographically, but small with regard to population-- a little over 2 million. It is among the poorest provinces in Iran and the most neglected by Iran's authorities. It has been harmed by the spill-over of ethnic violence from Pakistan and Afghanistan, by the drug trade, and by religious radicalization. The mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Shaikh Muhammad, is a Baluch from Pakistan brought up in Kuwait, and he is alleged to have had ties to radical Sunni Baluch groups, some of which later congealed into Jundullah.

READ MORE>>>>Revolutionary Guard Commanders Killed in Iranian Baluchistan

Seymour Hersch, has previously tied the CIA to Jundallah. I believe Hersh is more than credible. he has proven him self in the past.

Here again we have Sunni vs Shia. Arab vs Persian. Baluchistan, which i have been screaming about for some time has come onto the front burner again. I still believe that this is about redrawing the map one more time. A Free Baluchistan will be the justification to further balkanize the region.
IMHO; A major false flag is in the making explicidly for this purpose.

Latin American Inra-Regional Trade Currency? Sucre !

LatAm Leftists Tackle Dollar with New Currency

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia - Leftist Latin American leaders agreed here on the creation of a regional currency, the Sucre, aimed at scaling back the use of the US dollar.

[Official picture at the Alba summit in Cochabamba October 16, 2009.]Official picture at the Alba summit in Cochabamba October 16, 2009.
Nine countries of ALBA, a leftist bloc conceived by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, met in Bolivia where they vowed to press ahead with a new currency for intra-regional trade to replace the US dollar.

"The document is approved," said Bolivia's President Evo Morales, who is hosting the summit.

The new currency, dubbed the Sucre, would be rolled out beginning in 2010 in a non-paper form.

That move echoes the European Union's introduction of the euro precursor, the ECU, an account unit designed to tie down stable exchange rates between member states before the national currencies were scraped.

ALBA's member states are Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominica, Saint Vincent and Antigua and Barbuda.

The currency, which was backed in April this year, is named after Jose Antonio de Sucre, who fought for independence from Spain alongside Venezuelan hero Simon Bolivar in the early 19th century.

The bloc also called for the replacement of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, which arbitrates international contract disputes and has probed a slew of disputes involving ALBA members and western energy firms.

Most ALBA members have already withdrawn from the organization, with Ecuador announcing last July that it would pull out of the group.

On Friday Bolivian media reported the country intents to nationalize a electricity distribution firm owned by Spain's Red de Electrica de Espana.

It is just the latest in a series of nationalizations in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia.

In May, Venezuela nationalized 74 energy services firms operating in the oil-rich Maracaibo Lake region.

Bolivia's Evo Morales has indicated that parts for his country's energy and rail sectors will be nationalized.

Pakistan; Becoming A Military Aid Depot ?

Here are two direct links, with two different forms of military aid for the same country. Pakistan is the [four center squares] of the geo-political chess board.

WTC Building Seven; Still Standing ?

The Collapse of WTC Building Seven.
Interview. Comment by Elizabeth Woodworth

A compelling interview with Professor David Ray Griffin by George Kenney of Electronic Politics is now available for downloading (or streaming).

The interview concerns Dr. Griffin's new book on the NIST report on WTC 7, is 1 hour and 8 minutes long, and should be heard by everyone interested in the state of democracy in America:

"The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7"

Building Seven

The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7 coverThe 9/11 truth movement keeps getting stronger. And the movement's assault on the establishment's preferred narrative, after eight years, has reduced it to a risible absurdity. An abundance of irrefutable scientific evidence exists. The problem remains, however, of getting people to turn their attention from special effects to reality. Many people, for many reasons, really want to believe that the wrong things are true. To help reawaken their critical faculties we have David Ray Griffin's latest book, The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7, which rips out the foundation, so to speak, of official dogma. I'm always delighted to talk with David and I always learn a lot. Total runtime an hour and eight minutes. Imprimisque hominis est propria veri inquisitio atque investigatio.


The fact that "Seven", a 47-story building with a base the size of a football field, was in free fall collapse for 2.25 seconds, has now been admitted by NIST, the U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology. This admission has enormous implications for the whole official story about September 11, 2001.

This new information invalidates all the work NIST presented in its Final Report to prove that the building collapsed from fire alone.

In his new book, "The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7: Why the Final Official Report about 9/11 is Unscientific and False," Dr. Griffin has systematically established that NIST was guilty of fraud.

As a result, he recommends that scientists across the United States report this fraud to the appropriate scientific agencies which monitor fraud in the scientific community, in order to expose the underlying truth about September 11th.

Elizabeth Woodworth

Building 7 remains a mystery, as does most of that dreadful day on 9/11. that is of course unless you believe the original govt. report on 9/11. I for one do not believe one single word. I posted this for a response to my friend ROJO.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

India and China: On A Collission Course?

Since 1947, India has not fully pledged itself to any camp or global pole during the Cold War and as a result was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement (N.A.M.). Since the post-Cold War era that position has eroded. New Delhi has been gradually moving away from its traditional position, relationships, and policies in the international arena for over a decade.

India has been vied for as an ally in the “Great Game” that is underway, once again. This round of the “Great Game” is, however, being played under a far broader spectrum than the one played between Britain and Czarist Russia. In question is the Indian power relationship with two geo-political entities: the first is the “Periphery” and the second is “Eurasia.”

The Periphery and Eurasia: Vying for India on a Geo-Strategic Chessboard

Physical geography alone does not form or carve or determine geographic entities. The activity of people also is of critical importance to this process. Geographic units, from blocs and countries to regions, must be understood as a product of people interacting in socio-economic and political terms. The geographic entities that are subject herein are social constructions. In this conceptual context, Eurasia itself can be defined as a geo-political player and entity.

In a physical sense, Eurasia as a geographic landmass and spatial entity is neutral, just as are other geographic regions or units, and carries no meaning or value(s). Eurasia in socio-political terms as an active player, however, is altogether different. Herein, it is this active and politically organized Eurasia that is a product of the anti-hegemonic cooperation of Russia, China, and Iran against the status quo global order of the Periphery that is the Eurasia being addressed.

The Periphery is a collective term for those nations who are either geographically located on the margins of the Eurasian landmass or altogether geographically outside of the Eurasian landmass. This grouping or categorization of geo-political players when described are namely the U.S., the E.U., and Japan. In almost organic terms these players at the broader level strive to penetrate and consume Eurasia. This objective is so because of the socio-economic organization and political mechanisms (all of which serve elitist interests) of the Periphery. Aside from the U.S., the E.U., and Japan, the Periphery includes Australia, Canada, South Korea, Singapore, and Israel.

It is in this tugging match that India is centred. It is also in this geo-strategic bout that India has adopted a pragmatic policy of open opportunism. Yet, New Delhi has also been steadily moving towards a stance favouring the Periphery against Eurasia.

India’s historically warm relationship with Iran has been tainted because of negotiations with the U.S. and E.U. and New Delhi’s relationship with China appears cordial on the surface, but it is fragile and double-edged. Although Russia and India maintain cooperation in regards to the purchase of Russian military hardware by India, this relationship too is in question regardless of continued Russian weapons supplies.

State policy, in turn influenced or controlled by local elites, is also pivotal to the formation of the larger geographic entities being addressed. The ruling circles and elites of India are pragmatic opportunists and their is no question in this. This characteristic, however, is a trademark of almost all elitist circles and is not unique to Indian elites alone. The position of the Indian elites, however, is noteworthy because they can flex their muscles and they can play both sides.

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This article is well worth the read. It connect with the next article.

Asian NATO

On October 12 the United States and India launched an eighteen-day military exercise codenamed Yudh Abhyas (war study) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Described as "one of their largest-ever ground combat joint exercises," [1], the war games "involve the Indian Army Motorized Infantry Battalion and the 2nd Squadron of 14 CAV of 25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, comprising some 320 U.S. servicemen." [2]

The deployment of Stryker armored combat vehicles for the drills marks the first time they have been used overseas since being introduced in Iraq in 2003 and sent to Afghanistan earlier this year. A week before the exercise began the Pentagon reported that "The Army plans to deploy 17 of its Stryker combat vehicles this month to India for the first exercise of its kind in the country.

"This is also the largest deployment of the Strykers outside of those sent to Iraq and Afghanistan." [3]

Far from being an isolated case, the joint U.S-Indian operation is emblematic of unprecedented military cooperation between the two nuclear nations over the past few years, in fact a strategic military partnership whose major purposes are to supplant Russia as India's decades-long main defense ally and arms supplier and to consolidate a U.S.-led military bloc in the Asia Pacific region aimed at containing China and furthering the encirclement of both that nation and Russia.

A U.S. Defense Department release on the currently ongoing exercise in question mentioned that "more than two years in the planning, [it] comes as the Defense Department continues to reach out to India to increase its military collaboration. Pacific Command's top officer, Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating, last month traveled to India and said officials there have committed to increasing their military relationship with the United States." [4]

While the drills immediately address more modest goals - ostensibly practicing counterinsurgency and anti-terrorist techniques - "Hundreds of soldiers using heavy transport aircraft and battle tanks are participating in the biggest-ever war games between the two countries which were on the opposing side of the Cold War but now seek to build strategic and military ties.

"With an ally in India, Washington also seeks to keep an eye on the Chinese army's growing military mobility and strength in the area." [5]

In addition, an Indian press source reported that "Mid-way through Yudh Abhyas, yet another exercise named Cope India-09 between the air forces of the two countries will begin at Agra Oct 19." [6]

The Times of India reported on September 24 that an annual Chinese-Indian military exercise held each December since 2007 "as a major confidence-building measure between them" has been cancelled for 2009.

How far the displacement of Russia as India's major military ally has progressed against the backdrop of the Pentagon's plans for an Asia Pacific analogue of NATO was detailed by the Voice of America recently:

"For decades, India mostly depended on, first, the Soviet Union and then Russia for its military supplies. But as the Cold War ended and India's relations with the United States began improving during Bill Clinton's presidency, New Delhi gradually increased its military cooperation with Washington....Today, besides holding joint military exercises with the U.S. military, India has also been buying U.S. armaments worth billions of dollars."


Friday, October 16, 2009

Agent Orange; A Silent Killer

Agent Orange in Vietnam

Ignoring the Crimes Before Our Eyes


On Oct. 13, the New York Times ran a news story headlined “Door Opens to Health Claims Tied to Agent Orange,” which was sure to be good news to many American veterans of the Indochina War. It reported that 38 years after the Pentagon ceased spreading the deadly dioxin-laced herbicide/defoliant over much of South Vietnam, it was acknowledging what veterans have long claimed: in addition to 13 ailments already traced to exposure to the chemical, it was also responsible for three more dread diseases—Parkinson’s, ischemic heart disease and hairy-cell leukemia.

Under a new policy adopted by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the VA will now start providing free care to any of the 2.1 million Vietnam-era veterans who can show that they might have been hurt by exposure to Agent Orange.