Posted by: quiscus | November 10, 2012

November 10, 2012

1. “As Sanctions Hit Iran’s Most Vulnerable, the Man Who Dared to Feed Sanction-Starved Iraq Remains in Prison

With their terrorist case won, the prosecutors held a celebration dinner, “partying,” wrote a Dhafir supporter to the local newspaper, “as if they had won the Super Bowl.” The prosecution had “perpetuated a monstrous lie” against Dhafir, said the letter, against a man “who had helped thousands in Iraq suffering unjustly…. The trial was a perversion of American justice.”

No executive of the oil companies that did billions of dollars of illegal business with Saddam Hussein during the embargo has been prosecuted. “I am stunned by the conviction of this humanitarian,” said Halliday, “especially as the US State Department breached its own sanctions to the tune of $10 billion.”

During this year’s US presidential campaign, both candidates agreed on sanctions against Iran, which they claimed posed a nuclear threat to the Middle East. Repeated over and over again, this assertion evoked the lies told about Iraq and the extreme suffering of that country. Sanctions are already devastating Iran’s sick and disabled. As imported drugs become impossibly expensive, sufferers of leukemia and other cancers are the first victims. The Pentagon calls this “full-spectrum dominance.”

http://original.antiwar.com/pilger/2012/11/09/as-sanctions-hit-irans-most-vulnerable-the-man-who-dared-to-feed-sanction-starved-iraq-remains-in-prison/

2. “Conservative Judges Demolish the False Legitimacy of Guantánamo’s Terror Trials

When is a war crime not a war crime? When it is invented by the executive branch and Congress and implemented for six years until a profoundly conservative appeals court strikes it down.”

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1211j.asp

3. “Real Petraeus Issue was Evaluation of Afghanistan

Based on this misunderstanding of what had happened in Iraq, Petraeus hoped to do in Afghanistan what he thought he did with Baghdad. Hence the mantra, take clear hold build.

But this kind of counter-insurgency would have required hundreds of thousands of fresh troops. Petraeus didn’t have them. It was a huge endeavor.

It has largely failed, though US politicians and journalists seem reluctant to say so.

That failure of counter-insurgency in Afghanistan is dangerous and poses special dangers for our troops. It is dangerous for the future, since it cries out for clearsightedness lest we plunge into more such mistakes.

It was Petraeus’s CIA that was charged with evaluating the unfolding Afghanistan disaster. I don’t see how it could have done a good job of that. The author of the counter-insurgency strategy was now at the top of the evaluating agency.

As the US started planning for a post-Hamid Karzai Afghanistan, and for a massive troop drawdown, we needed unbiased reporting on the American scene. While I don’t doubt that Petraeus would hve tried hard to give it to us, it just wasn’t very likely.

So that’s my critique. President Obama needs someone at the CIA who can openly evaluate whether the troop escalation has been consistently a success or failure.”

“The Wall Street Journal, Telegraph and other sources confirm that the US consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used for a secret CIA operation.

They say that the State Department presence in Benghazi “provided diplomatic cover” for the previously hidden CIA mission.

Why Did CIA Chief David Petraeus Suddenly Resign?

CIA boss David Petraeus suddenly resigned, admitting to an affair. This could be the real explanation, given that affairs of high-level intelligence chiefs could compromise national security.

But the timing of Petraeus’ resignation becomes more interesting once one learns that that he was scheduled to testify under oath next week before power House and Senate committees regarding the Benghazi consulate.

Many speculate that it wasn’t an affair – but the desire to avoid testifying on Benghazi – which was the real reason for Petraeus’ sudden resignation.”

http://www.juancole.com/2012/11/real-petraeus-issue-was-evaluation-of-afghanistan.html

4. “America enters “Post-Democracy”

There can be no up without a down; no hot without a cold; no Right without a Left. To date, the Left in America has been made invisible by government and media suppression, yet it exists. In its apparent absence, the Right has transformed a middle-Right politician named Barack Obama into a Socialist (suggesting a rewrite of all dictionaries and textbooks and the invention of another name for a Socialist). The RGB color palette shown on TV, Netflix and computer screens across America consists of one primary-color only, instead of three: RED. Were the full color-spectrum revealed, the American political illusion called a two-party system (Left and Right) would immediately dissolve. Measured against any other time or period in its history, America is thoroughly right-wing today.

What does the future hold? For many states like Maine that has voted to turn its legislature from solid red to solid blue overnight and isolate its Tea Party Governor in the process, a hope is to return to rational and civilized government. For the nation: more of the status quo — triply amplified, triply contentious, triply chaotic and triply combative. America’s eleven-year love affair with interfering with, invading and occupying sovereign nations will come home now. America, itself, will become “occupied”. The great laws of Karma, of the Christian sowing and reaping, of the secularist “What goes around comes around,” will yet be seen as valid, and acknowledged.”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/america-enters-post-democracy/5311278

5. “Petraeus scandal is reported with compelled veneration of all things military

The reverence for the former CIA Director is part of a wider religious-like worship of the national security state”.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/10/petraeus-scandal-media-military

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