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by Geezer Power …8:10:11 pm


LA Times

By Henry A. Kissinger

HENRY A. KISSINGER was secretary of State from 1973 to 1977.

May 31, 2007

Iraq desperately needs a political solution in the short term to make the war more manageable for the next president.

THE IRAQ WAR has reawakened memories of the Vietnam War, the most significant political experience of an entire American generation. But this has not produced clarity about its lessons.

Of course, history never repeats itself exactly. Vietnam and Iraq are different conflicts in different times, but there is an important similarity: A point was reached during the Vietnam War when the domestic debate became so bitter as to preclude rational discussion of hard choices. Administrations of both political parties perceived the survival of South Vietnam as a significant national interest. They were opposed by a protest movement that coalesced behind the conviction that the war reflected an amorality that had to be purged by confrontational methods. This impasse doomed the U.S. effort in Vietnam; it must not be repeated over Iraq.

Henry Kissinger, interviewed in 1975,…

“The Birth Pangs of a Truly Global Society”

Kissinger NWO again

Henry Kissinger About an Emerging New International Order

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The Keys To The Kingdom…

by- Suzie-Q @ 5:34 PM MST

This Monica revealed something hotter — much hotter — than a stained blue dress.

In her opening testimony yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee, Monica Goodling, the blonde-ling underling to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Department of Justice Liaison to the White House, dropped The Big One….And the Committee members didn’t even know it.

Goodling testified that Gonzales’ Deputy AG, Paul McNulty, perjured himself, lying to the committee in earlier testimony. The lie: McNulty denied Monica had told him about Tim Griffin’s “involvement in ‘caging’ voters” in 2004.

Huh?? Tim Griffin? “Caging”???

The perplexed committee members hadn’t a clue — and asked no substantive questions about it thereafter. Karl Rove is still smiling. If the members had gotten the clue, and asked the right questions, they would have found “the keys to the kingdom,” they thought they were looking for. They dangled right in front of their perplexed faces.

The keys: the missing emails — and missing link — that could send Griffin and his boss, Rove, to the slammer for a long, long time.

Kingdom enough for ya?

But what’s ‘caging’ and why is it such a dreadful secret that lawyer McNulty put his license to practice and his freedom on the line to cover Tim Griffin’s involvement in it? Because it’s a felony. And a big one.

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Rolling Stones- Gimme Shelter

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Attacks On U.S. Troops In Iraq Rise

by- Suzie-Q @ 2:30 PM MST

Insurgents in Iraq are growing more sophisticated and deadly in their techniques as the US “surge” pushes forward, reports the Washington Post.

“Insurgents are deploying huge, deeply buried munitions set up to protect their territory and mounting complex ambushes that demonstrate their ability to respond rapidly to U.S. tactics,” writes the Post. “A new counterinsurgency strategy has resulted in decreased civilian deaths in Baghdad but has placed thousands of additional American troops at greater risk in small outposts in the capital and other parts of the country.”

Insurgents are specifically targeting American soldiers, while attacks on Iraqi security forces are on the decline.

“The attacks are being directed at us and not against other people,” said Major General James Simmons, who also said that attacks against US troops were up.

May, which was the third deadliest month for US soldiers in Iraq since the start of the war, was also highlighted by a dramatic fall in the ratio of wounded to killed. The ratio fell from 8 to 1, to 4.8 to 1, and indication that attacks on US soldiers were deadlier as well as more frequent.

That majority of US casualties are caused by roadside bombs. “Gains in defeating the bombs have not resulted in fewer deaths because the number of bombs — and the lethality of some types — have increased, military officials said,” according to the Post.

Analysts expect the violence to continue. Already in June, nine US soldiers have been killed in the first two days, including seven in six separate incidents on Saturday.

“We are looking at a very nasty summer,” said Toby Dodge, an Iraq expert at London’s Queen Mary College University.

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Was Iraq Invaded to boost Oil Prices

Posted by Anthony @ 20:10 BST

Value of Exxon Reserves rose by 666 Billion

by Sherwood Ross

Global Research, June 2, 2007
afterdowningstreet.org

Saddam Hussein may have been deposed in order to limit Iraq’s oil production and thus keep world oil prices artificially high. This could be the real reason behind the invasion of Iraq by the Anglo-American forces and their allies.

According to Greg Palast’s new book, “Armed Madhouse”(Plume), “When OPEC raises the price of crude, Big Oil makes out big time.” Palast makes the point Iraq’s output in the 2003-05 period following the invasion saw a decline in oil production. In fact, it dropped to below the level of the 1995-2003 Oil-for-Food arrangement that allowed Iraq to sell two million barrels per day to raise cash for humanitarian purposes.
“Whether by design or happenstance, this decline in (Iraqi) output has resulted in tripling the profits of the five U.S. oil majors to $89 billion for a single year, 2005, compared to pre-invasion 2002,” Palast writes.

He points out the oil majors are not simply passive resellers of OPEC production but have reserves of their own which rise in tandem with oil prices.

“The rise in the price of oil after the first three years of the (Iraq) war boosted the value of the reserves of ExxonMobil Oil alone by just over $666-billion,” Palast wrote. What’s more, Chevron Oil, “where (Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice had served as a director, gained a quarter trillion dollars in value.”

Another big winner in the Iraq war is Saudi Arabia. The war-stoked jump in oil prices, Palast writes, put $120 billion in Saudi Arabia’s treasury in 2004, triple its normal take.

Among the big losers have been American motorists, now paying about $3.30 for a gallon of gas. What’s more, the oil price spike has punished U.S. industry, costing America an estimated 1.2-million jobs. “Higher borrowing costs for business since the beginning of the Iraq war are bleeding manufacturing investment,” Palast adds.

Rising oil prices are an anomaly. The world’s petroleum reserves have doubled from 648 billion to !.2 trillion barrels in the past 25 years, Palast reports. According to free market laws of supply and demand, discovery of these immense new pools should cause prices to drop.

Big Oil’s interest is in “suppressing production,” Palast writes, stating “An international industry policy of suppressing Iraqi oil production has been in place since 1927.”

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Posted by anthony @ 19:58 BST

Elizabeth Holtzman is a former prosecutor, Congresswoman, and member of the House Judiciary Committee that brought articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon in 1974. She is the author of The Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Handbook for Concerned Citizens.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 7:59 AM MST

The current U.S. emphasis may be on the surge in Iraq, but there are plans to start drawing down U.S. forces by the beginning of 2008, according to senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the planning.

The senior U.S. commanders in Iraq — Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno and Gen. David Petraeus — want the surge to continue until at least December and expect to report enough progress in Iraq by September to justify it, officials told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.

But then a drawdown may begin in February 2008, although each of the two generals supports a slightly different plan.

Plan one, which officials say Odierno is pushing, would start with a drawdown of one brigade (5,000 troops) every month starting in February, with a reduction in troops from roughly 150,000 at present to 100,000 by December 2008.

Petraeus champions a slightly different approach that would cut the troops down to roughly 130,000 by the end of 2008, with further reductions the following year.

In any event, U.S. officials tell ABC News troop levels in Iraq cannot be maintained at the present level, either politically or practically, with the military stretched so thin.

Presence in Iraq Beyond 2009

There is also discussion of how long a reduced force of U.S. troops will remain in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates envisions “some presence” on the part of the United States that, he said, “provides reassurance to our friends and to governments in the region, including those that might be our adversaries, that we’re going to be there for a long time.”

A senior official said one long-term plan would have 30,000 to 50,000 U.S. forces in Iraq for five to 10 years beyond 2009.

During that period, the bulk of the troops would be deployed to bases at strategic points throughout Iraq to respond to crisis in those areas. Camp Victory would continue to operate as the U.S. military headquarters in Baghdad.

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