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September 25, 2012

A Few Links

A few links to issues I would like to write about but currently lack the time to tackle seriously:
"In sum, Morsi's friendly remarks about Iran point toward a regional strategic realignment on an epic scale subsuming the contrived air of sectarian schisms, which practically no Western (or Turkish) experts could have foreseen. It is a matter of time now before Egypt-Iran relations are fully restored, putting an end to the three-decade-old rupture.

The biggest beneficiary of this paradigm shift in Middle Eastern politics is going to be Iran. Arguably, we are probably already past the point of an Israeli attack on Iran, no matter Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tilting at the windmill. In the prevailing surcharged atmosphere, the Muslim Middle East would explode into uncontrollable violence in the event of an Israeli (or US) attack on Iran."

Posted by b on September 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM | Permalink


"Israel lobbyist hints that ‘Pearl Harbor’ may be needed to get US into war with Iran."

Hey, worked well before, why not again. One thing for sure, the bovine American public will buy it.

Posted by: ben | Sep 25, 2012 1:51:24 PM | 1

" One thing for sure, the bovine American public will buy it."

and the lying sack-of-shit known here as "somebody" will as usual pimp the shit out of it here @MOA

Posted by: Hu Bris | Sep 25, 2012 1:59:35 PM | 2

based on Obama's remarks at the UN, it appears that war is imminent

Posted by: slothrop | Sep 25, 2012 2:25:25 PM | 3

Re: 'double tap' strikes by Yankees on civilians; there's nothing new, or emerging, about it.
WikiLeaks called it Collateral Murder and showed us their vid of unarmed Iraqi rescuers (of unarmed civilian victims) being mowed down (from a safe distance) just like the people they were trying to help.
It's partly racial supremicism ... but mostly cowardice.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Sep 25, 2012 2:38:45 PM | 4

Thanks for the links b.

Re:Double Taps link..My country has become the most effective terrorist state in the entire world.

Posted by: ben | Sep 25, 2012 2:44:21 PM | 5

It would be a very different Middle East if political Islam would align independent of country, however, on Syria, I do not see Iran joining in and Mursi gives Syria as reason to deal with Iran.

This article here give more background" than Bhadrakumar, leaves out the fact however, that Mursi got investment from China for more independence and will be asking the European Union and India, too.

"What will happen for the time being is ambiguous. Morsi will maintain contact with all the enemies of the Saudi Monarchy but do nothing dramatic to offend the Saudis; the Saudis will continue to back the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and look for opportunities to clip Morsi's wings; Egypt will continue to suffer crippling shortages of fuel and spot shortages of food as its economic position deteriorates; and Iran will make overtures to the Muslim Brotherhood and look for opportunities to help it subvert the Saudi monarchy. The most probable outcome is that Egypt's military will assert control with Saudi financial backing and suppress the Muslim Brotherhood. and the Egyptian-Saudi alliance will be restored on the basis of the SCAF. Saudi Arabia will pay the bus fare of Muslim Brotherhood fighters to fight Basher Assad's regulars in the Middle Eastern equivalent of the Eastern Front, and the Syrian meatgrinder will grind up the Brotherhood's fighting capacity. The Turks will help because they depend on Saudi finance, too."

Trying to get investment from everybody needs a foreign policy of "balance". It is a near impossible task in a polarized world.

Posted by: somebody | Sep 25, 2012 3:39:14 PM | 6

Basically if you want to know nothing of importance, read the guy above @ #6

for example

"The most probable outcome is that Egypt's military will assert control with Saudi financial backing and suppress the Muslim Brotherhood. and the Egyptian-Saudi alliance will be restored on the basis of the SCAF. Saudi Arabia will pay the bus fare of Muslim Brotherhood fighters to fight Basher Assad's regulars in the Middle Eastern equivalent of the Eastern Front, and the Syrian meatgrinder will grind up the Brotherhood's fighting capacity. The Turks will help because they depend on Saudi finance, too."

Apparently it's all a plot by everyone to side-line the MB

Like I said, anyone wishing to read a load of clueless bollix please read posts by the person that calls themselves "somebody", a clueless bollix

Posted by: Hu Bris | Sep 25, 2012 3:55:23 PM | 7

Correct -- "double tap" is an old well-used tactic in the overall strategy of killing people for the fun of it, whether they're first or second. Doesn't matter. The common saying in Vietnam was: "Kill 'em all and let god sort them out." War is sick in itself -- the tactics hardly matter.

In the former Asian wars, there would be three waves of bombers. The first would drop high explosive bombs to blow everything apart, the second wave incendiary bombs to set all those exploded wooden buildings on fire and the third wave fragmentary bombs to kill all the frantic people running around.
In Fallujah, Iraq, there were attacks on hospitals.
In Afghanistan when U.S. warplanes strafed (with AC-130 gunships) the farming village of Chowkar-Karez, 25 miles north of Kandahar on October 22-23rd, 2001, killing at least 93 civilians, a Pentagon official said, "the people there are dead because we wanted them dead."

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 25, 2012 4:27:31 PM | 8

Chris Stephens is dead because someone with the power to direct the activities of certain mercenary "Jihadi" groups in Benghazi wanted him dead.

Chris Stephens may have thought that HE was someone with the power to direct the activities of mercenary "Jihadi" groups - obviously subsequent events have proven that he was wrong on that score -

Posted by: Hu Bris | Sep 25, 2012 5:08:29 PM | 9

Restoring the d the Egyptian-Saudi alliance on the basis of the SCAF, assumes that SCAF has few if any nationalist sentiments. That assumes a lot.

SCAF's tendencies were made evident in the outcome of the Egyptian election, which could have gone either way. But in the end, it went the MB's way, though SCAF could easily have tipped the result in its own favor.

My hunch is that Mursi enjoys a good deal of support among the upper echelons of the armed forces precisely because he won't be a patsy to America and Israel, like Mubarak was.

It's amazing that a newly elected Egyptian with no established power structure could stand taller than any European leaders, American lapdogs through and through.

Posted by: JohnH | Sep 25, 2012 5:10:18 PM | 10

U.S. AFRICOM Annual Exercises for 2012

Regional Focus
U.S. Africa Command has 14 major joint exercises planned for 2012. A long-term goal of U.S. Africa Command is to leverage existing bilateral and regional exercises in support of regional and continental security goals shared by the United States, the African Union, African nations and regional organizations.

AFRICAN LION (Morocco) - An annual combined U.S.-Moroccan exercise focusing on joint and combined air and land combat interoperability missions. (spring)
AFRICA ENDEAVOR (Cameroon) - Annual communications exercise focusing on interoperability and information sharing among African partners with the goal of developing command, control, and communication tactics, techniques, and procedures that can be used by the African Union in support of peacekeeping operations. (summer)
ATLAS ACCORD (Mali) - Combined joint logistics exercise highlighting logistics planning and airborne resupply. (spring)
CUTLASS EXPRESS (East Africa Littorals) - An exercise training U.S. Special Operations Forces in tactical humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and peacekeeping operations. (fall)
EASTERN ACCORD (East Region) - Military exercise focusing on humanitarian aid/disaster response with East African nations. (summer)
FLINTLOCK - An annual exercise training small units of Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership nations in North and West Africa. (typically spring)
Multinational training to enhance medical capabilities and readiness for U.S. and African forces operating in central Africa. (spring)
MEDLITE (Uganda) -
Multinational training to enhance medical capabilities and readiness for U.S. and African forces operating in central Africa. (summer)
Multinational training to enhance medical capabilities and readiness for U.S. and African forces operating in central Africa (summer)
OBANGAME EXPRESS (Nigeria/ Gulf of Guinea) -
Training and exercise conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa focusing on maritime interdiction operation and visit, board, search, and seizure techniques. (spring)
PHOENIX EXPRESS (Maghreb Region) - U.S. and European partners conduct exercises with North African maritime and land forces to increase regional maritime awareness and improve maritime security. (summer)
SOUTHERN ACCORD (South Africa) - Trains U.S. and African forces to conduct peacekeeping operations in sub-Saharan Africa. (summer)
SOUTHERN WARRIOR (Lesotho) - Small Unit Regional Training exercise tailored to specific unit and country needs to build regional cooperation. U.S. AFRICOM supports the deployment phase of the exercise. (summer)
WESTERN ACCORD (Senegal) - Trained U.S. and African forces capable of conducting Peacekeeping operations in sub-Saharan Africa. (summer)

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 25, 2012 5:47:44 PM | 11

That's just the army. The Navy is in Africa too.
Deployed in support of the Africa Partnership Station--"An Initiative to Promote Maritime Safety and Security"

Coastal states are contending with a range of challenges at sea, to include: illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing; oil theft; piracy; illicit trade; narcotics trafficking; human trafficking; illegal immigration; and environmental degradation. Over the past few years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe has shifted course to Africa in concert with updated strategic guidance. Starting with the National Strategy for Maritime Strategy (NSMS), the connection between safety and security at sea, prosperity and development ashore, and homeland security is set forth.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 25, 2012 5:51:02 PM | 12

And then there are ongoing operations in Somalia and elsewhere. Washington’s “hunt” for Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group, is a sideshow masking America’s intention to fulfil a long-held dream to gain a foothold in the DRC’s (Democratic Republic of Congo - China ally) minerals sector.

Mali, until recently a China ally (Chinese President Hu Jintao made a two-day state visit to the country in 2009), has attracted US interest. The leader of a military coup in the West African country of Mali received military training in the United States on “several” occasions. Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo, who led a renegade military faction that on Thursday deposed Mali’s democratically elected president, visited the United States several times to receive professional military education, including basic officer training, said Patrick Barnes, a U.S. Africa Command official based in Washington.

An analysis of America’s Africa policy shows that it is premised on an axis of three strategic interests: securing minerals, off-setting Chinese economic and political influence, and moving its African Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart in Germany to the continent.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 25, 2012 5:56:22 PM | 13

As always, b, muchas gracias.

Posted by: ahji | Sep 25, 2012 7:27:19 PM | 14

Schönen Dank?

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 25, 2012 7:34:50 PM | 15

vielen Dank, wahrscheinlich

Posted by: Hu Bris | Sep 25, 2012 7:44:49 PM | 16

Obama at the UN, yapping about freedom of speech: “Americans have fought and died around the globe to protect the right of all people to express their views — even views that we profoundly disagree with.”
but previously--
"The White House asked YouTube to review the video to see if it was in compliance with their terms of use," Press Secretary Jay Carney said. The company determined that the video was within guidelines.


Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 25, 2012 11:39:10 PM | 17

Great post and comments on Iraq over at Ian Welsh's place.

Posted by: Eureka Springs | Sep 26, 2012 2:53:24 AM | 18

Just read some horrible news. Journalist Maya Naser who I followed on Twitter after he was mentioned on this blog a few times, has been killed in Syria. Press TV reports that he was killed by a Sniper while compiling a video report on two explosions in Damascus this morning though recently he had been spending most of his time reporting from Aleppo.

I'm devastated.

Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Sep 26, 2012 5:54:01 AM | 19

Journalist maya NAsser killed by sniper.... What an evil plan! Before the explosions went off, the snipers took position waiting for people and journalists to gather; this is how Maya Nasser died..

Posted by: brian | Sep 26, 2012 8:02:21 AM | 20

Also, Obama at the UN, yapping about the rule of law, something he has done more to undermine than just about anyone--no prosecutions of banksters, war profiteers, or polluters. Eric Holder should just put a sign out in front of the Justice Department--"sold to highest bidder."

Posted by: JohnH | Sep 26, 2012 10:36:24 AM | 21

Rule of law: Obama's going to bring Stevens' killer(s) "to justice." That's a switch.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 26, 2012 10:45:18 AM | 22

"Eric Holder should just put a sign out in front of the Justice Department--"sold to highest bidder.""

Much as I despise the current US admin of Barack Obama - the sale of the US Justice Dept was accomplished Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooog before he got anywhere near the reins of power

Posted by: Hu Bris | Sep 26, 2012 11:02:30 AM | 23

"Rule of law: Obama's going to bring Stevens' killer(s) "to justice." That's a switch. "

Maybe he meant that he's gonna git dem varmints . . . and then treat em all to a nice little day trip to visit the US Justice Dept?

Hey - here's a freaky thought - "maybe the guys that killed Chris Stevens are the very same guys that bought the US Justice Dept?"

. . . just a thought . . . .

Posted by: Hu Bris | Sep 26, 2012 11:06:01 AM | 24

MOZE ‏@DamasNote
U.S. ambassador murdered in Libya, played a central role in recruiting jihadists to fight in #Syria
Retweeted by Sāṭeʿ ساطع
so dont say he didnt deserve his fate

Posted by: brian | Sep 26, 2012 11:14:11 AM | 25

stevens was recruiting killers!

Posted by: brian | Sep 26, 2012 11:14:41 AM | 26

#PressTV:“We hold Turkey,UAE and Qatar,who provide weapons & militants to kill civilians,soldiers and journ., responsible for killing Maya,”

Posted by: brian | Sep 26, 2012 11:29:47 AM | 27

"and the lying sack-of-shit known here...."


Posted by: PissedOffAmerican | Sep 27, 2012 8:58:46 AM | 28

Don Bacon, at 11, US Africom exercises, quite so, a list which deserves posting.

Meanwhile ppl are going about their bizness and the Chinese are investing massively (as you know) all over Africa.

The US counting on military dominance is a sign of weakness, because it plays to its one and only strength. A ‘control’ function cannot be achieved - except very locally in one or another situation...

Taking for granted, say, that the W seeks only to subjugate and exploit, loot, make a profit, in Africa, the US is shooting itself in the foot. What happened to soft power, commerce, negotiation, bi-lateral deals and so on? Such short-sightedness is astonishing, a ruinous headlong run to disaster.

((speaking from a cynical pragmatic pov only.))

And ‘at home’, a mirror image:

Article linked is from alternet and about the NYPD. Packed with individual examples, which are hard to judge, and the nos. on the first page are underestimates (soft pedaling, ignorance, fast writing, who knows?), yet provides a schematic image of police power in NYC which goes way beyond any reasonable mandate. The jackboot crowd can gather prestige, status, heaps of cash...taxpayer money, even good for foreign adventures.

9 frightening things about America’s biggest police force Sept. 27, 2012.

Posted by: Noirette | Sep 27, 2012 4:54:35 PM | 29

this here is a study by Jeremy H Keenan from Exeter University on the mechanism of the "war on terror" whereby local actors fund extremist groups to then get US/international support/arms to fight those same groups - concentrating on the Sahel zone. Yes, Western military industrial industry profits, too.

And this here is the Reuters report on the result of the Benghazi embassy attack:

NATO worried by Libya armed groups, offers security help

It is a huge scam on the Western tax payer and deceit on civil servants and soldiers working for Western armies and risking their lives.

Posted by: somebody | Sep 28, 2012 4:58:24 AM | 30

Problem with criticising all this is that I get a feeling the Obama administration with the Muslim Brotherhood actually tried to get out of this vicious circle of Islamist extremist co-dependency with Western military industry within the constraints of having to win elections and spectacularly failed in Benghazi.

Posted by: somebody | Sep 28, 2012 11:32:19 AM | 31

plus this inclusive August 2012 report on security in Libya with emphasis on Benghazi makes you wonder what the US ambassador was doing there

go to the end to read what the fight is really about (hint: it is not ideology) and no, nobody is in control of anything

Posted by: somebody | Sep 29, 2012 4:15:08 AM | 32

Here's a doozy from ClubOrlov:

Meanwhile in Oklahoma

My wife, from a real, if developing, 3rd world country, insists that America is pampered, that there are no real poor people in this country. Well, here they are:

Meanwhile, there is no money and everything is increasing in price. We don't need to worry about our lack of car insurance because my husband is well-established with the local police department. They know; they understand. We are not any trouble for them, but what if a new cop were hired, with a different attitude? This can happen at any time, and the new penalties recently enacted to discourage driving without insurance digs a deeper hole for us, one impossible to dig out of. Meanwhile, we must drive where we cannot walk, and the design of the place is such that most places cannot be reached on foot. New job opportunities might open up, if only our car were allowed to venture just outside of town, or if we could actually afford the fuel, the mandatory auto insurance or an actual working telephone. More importantly we must purchase gas to mow and trim our lawn. Keeping up appearances is more important here than anything else. A manicured lawn is a vane symbol, but it is also a legal requirement that is important for us. We are terrified of talking to the wrong person at the wrong time about the wrong things. Even though we are law-abiding citizens, we could easily become victims of more oppression.

This paragraph contains the 'flashing red emergency beacon':

Whatever it is they think, it is a matter of time before they are bled dry and forced to join us. The utilities here are three times the national average. We live in a corrupt municipality that survives off these outrageous utility bills. It is using this free money to build a huge, gleaming new building to house the police and fire departments. The city strong-arms its residents into supporting their pet projects and pad their paychecks by bundling the utilities with the water (it is all or nothing) and maintaining zero tolerance for late payments. If we want to live within our means and not use electricity, we will have no water. Access to jobs here is controlled by cronyism—not education or qualifications. I complained about this years ago only to find unsympathetic ears and suggestions that I was making excuses. According to them I was not being slighted; I was just lazy. In truth, I was foreseeing being catapulted into a third world country and that is exactly what has happened in my area. I secretly look forward to a time when those same critics struggle to heat their homes. Will they remember me? Probably not.

I live in Los Angeles, where there is still considerable 'green foliage' but things are getting increasingly creepy. The stench of rotting civilization comes wafting on the dry Santa Ana wind, and in the back of my mind I feel the urge to run...

Posted by: Dr. Wellington Yueh | Sep 30, 2012 3:11:17 PM | 33

. . .south of the border, down Mexico way, is nice. None of those problems, which is why many ex-pat gringos live there.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 30, 2012 3:25:04 PM | 34

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