Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
December 04, 2008

The Pentagon's Irregular Wars

The U.S. will Raise 'Irregular War' Capabilities:

The Pentagon this week approved a major policy directive that elevates the military's mission of "irregular warfare" -- the increasingly prevalent campaigns to battle insurgents and terrorists, often with foreign partners and sometimes clandestinely -- to an equal footing with traditional combat.

Of course the U.S. had such capabilities before. The importance of this move is the institutional change that is happening here. During the Cold War the CIA was tasked with such 'irregular warfare':

The US government utilized the CIA in order to remove a string of unfriendly Third World governments and to support others. The US used the CIA to overthrow governments suspected by Washington of turning pro-Soviet, including Iran's first democratically elected government under Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq in 1953 and Guatemala's democratically elected president Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán in 1954 .

After a string of abuses in the 70s, the Church Committee ended some of the illegal CIA policies. But the CIA continued to instigate guerrilla operations like in Afghanistan:

The Soviet intervention was a golden opportunity for the CIA to transform the tribal resistance into a holy war, an Islamic jihad to expel the godless communists from Afghanistan. Over the years the United States and Saudi Arabia expended about $40 billion on the war in Afghanistan. The CIA and its allies recruited, supplied, and trained almost 100,000 radical mujahideen from forty Muslim countries including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Algeria, and Afghanistan itself.  Among those who answered the call was Saudi-born millionaire right-winger Osama bin Laden and his cohorts.

But now the Pentagon takes over and creates the instruments to do the same. The new Department of Defense directive 3000.07 (pdf) says:

It is DoD policy to:
...
c. Conduct IW independently of, or in combination with, traditional warfare.

(1) IW can include a variety of steady-state and surge DoD activities and operations: counterterrorism; unconventional warfare; foreign internal defense; counterinsurgency; and stability operations that, in the context of IW, involve establishing or re-establishing order in a fragile state.

The directive defines unconventional warfare as:

A broad spectrum of military and paramilitary operations, normally of long duration, predominantly conducted through, with, or by indigenous or surrogate forces who are organized, trained, equipped, supported, and directed in varying degrees by an external source. It includes, but is not limited to, guerrilla warfare, subversion, sabotage, intelligence activities, and unconventional assisted recovery.

Said shorter:

It is DoD policy to conduct independently guerrilla warfare, subversion, sabotage and intelligence activities to establish or re-establish order in a fragile state.

A fragile state is of course whatever the Pentagon defines as such.

While there is now a institutional shift from the CIA to the Pentagon, the personal line is one of continuity. Pentagon chief Gates is a CIA operative who rose through the ranks to become Director of Central Intelligence.

The principal writer of the new DoD directive is Michael G. Vickers, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict.

In the mid-1980s, Vicker's became involved with Operation Cyclone, the United States Central Intelligence Agency program to arm Islamic mujahideen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. He was the head military strategist for the U.S., coordinating an effort that involved ten countries and providing direction to forces made up of over 500,000 Afghan fighters.

The move of such 'irregular warfare' policies away from the CIA and towards the Pentagon is dangerous in my view. The Pentagon has much more money, people and capabilities than the CIA. It also has less oversight.

This new policy, just like the similar CIA policies before, will end in huge scandals when the operations planed and executed under it run wild, as they consistently will, and create the inevitable backslashes.

But until then these new policies of 'irregular warfare' will kill a lot of people.

Posted by b on December 4, 2008 at 01:07 PM | Permalink

Comments

The US holds the military power of the world, and the financial power (dollar hegemony.)

Crumbling, it has to be pro-active!

To what purpose, by what means, is a mystery.

Posted by: Tangerine | Dec 4, 2008 1:53:59 PM | 1

Invading a country and defeating its armed forces, as the US did in Iraq in 1991, is "regular warfare".

Invading a country, toppling its government and then serving as an occupation force for years on end while a country tries to stabilize itself is already moving into the realm of "irregular warfare"

Posted by: ralphieboy | Dec 4, 2008 1:55:29 PM | 2

How could this be true? The CIA are a noble bunch of life-and-death-risking operatives who seek only to further progress on a global scale. They want everyone to enjoy the comforts of all modern conveniences. Impoverished status must be eradicated. The World Bank demands it!

Posted by: micah pyre | Dec 4, 2008 2:00:16 PM | 3

if we add to this equation the new Homeland Militar Aparatus, man, this is progress towards a brilliant future!

and, of course, this "broad spectrum of operations" against "indigenous or surrogate forces" includes everything and everybody outside the limits of the damn homeland borders...

jeez, what a shyco nation, it's like Freddy Krugger looking at the mirror and seeing Brad Pitt

Posted by: rudolf | Dec 4, 2008 2:27:38 PM | 4

There is nothing the U.S. military could do that would destabilize Zimbabwe.

Posted by: alabama | Dec 4, 2008 2:34:40 PM | 5

There is nothing the U.S. military could do that would further destabilize Zimbabwe. And if it tried, it would die of cholera.

Posted by: alabama | Dec 4, 2008 2:39:29 PM | 6

"establish or re-establish order in a fragile state"

Since that is not what guerrilla wars do, you know that at minimum, this has been massaged by the PR office. What is it the Pentagon really wants to do? Take over black ops from the CIA? Get in on Blackwater's mercenary death-squad franchise? Something of that sort presumably . . . and of course on a large scale, else there would be no need to even bring it up.

Posted by: Gaianne | Dec 4, 2008 3:04:33 PM | 7

Anti-terror law requires God be acknowledged

quote:

Under state law, God is Kentucky's first line of defense against terrorism.

The 2006 law organizing the state Office of Homeland Security lists its initial duty as "stressing the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth."

Specifically, Homeland Security is ordered to publicize God's benevolent protection in its reports, and it must post a plaque at the entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center with an 88-word statement that begins, "The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God." (...)

As amended, Homeland Security's religious duties now come before all else, including its distribution of millions of dollars in federal grants and its analysis of possible threats. (...)

"This is recognition that government alone cannot guarantee the perfect safety of the people of Kentucky," Riner said. "Government itself, apart from God, cannot close the security gap. The job is too big for government."

http://www.kentucky.com/210/story/608229.html>Kentucky com

Posted by: Tangerine | Dec 4, 2008 3:22:05 PM | 8

"Government itself, apart from God, cannot close the security gap. The job is too big for government."

Well, that means we gotta get the private sector in on it, good Christian-run companies, needless to say. Praise the Lord and pass the no-bid, cost-plus government security contracts.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Dec 4, 2008 3:27:18 PM | 9

The "theocracy" angles are a nice ruse. Remember to focus on religion and ethnicity, and not the actual deeds. Wouldn't want to find hypocrisy anywhere.

Posted by: micah pyre | Dec 4, 2008 3:41:21 PM | 10

Nice use of pithy, humorous but valid sarcasm in #6 alabama. I mean that seriously.

The U.S. Military is nothing if not complete civilization destroyers. Good to see ya, buy ya a drink?

As was asked by another, "[has] Obama sold his soul to the Mephistopheles Committee for the presidency. He traded his stance and maybe his beliefs (it would seem anyway) about Middle East foreign policy, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq, for the chance to jump in front of the parade."

My guess is he sat down on Poppy's lap, and Poppy told him all about it.

Maybe he thinks he can play both sides. Good luck with that!

Looks like we await with bated breath to see the Faustian violin competition; it may sound and look like this...


Posted by: Uncle $cam | Dec 4, 2008 3:47:48 PM | 11

Salutations to you, Uncle $cam, and the drink's on me.

I have this weird notion, undefinable and indefensible, that at some level--at some important level, "deep down"--Obama doesn't give a damn about the Presidency, and that he's like Eisenhower, wanting to slow some folks down, and speed some folks up.

More anon, if I make any sense of this.

Posted by: alabama | Dec 4, 2008 4:14:32 PM | 12

"..God's benevolent protection"

hahaha, don't worry folks, God is in the house...

micah pyre wrote, "...hypocrisy is nothing"

Oh, we're way beyond looking for hypocrisy, that's for sure.

Enter: the Sandman DARPA, otherwise known from here on out as, GOD.

Mark Roth: The Re-Animator

Raising the Dead. When scientist Mark Roth's one-year-old daughter died after heart surgery, Roth obsessed clinically first about immortality, then about suspended animation, when all life processes temporarily cease. His subsequent research work -- placing yeast, nematodes, drosophila, frogs, and zebrafish into suspended animation (clinical death) for up to 24 hours, then reviving them unharmed -- earned him a MacArthur Fellowship and a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Award.

To many embedded links to post so do go there..

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Dec 4, 2008 5:58:50 PM | 13

God Is In The House

We've laid the cables and the wires We've split the wood and stoked the fires We've lit our town so there is no Place for crime to hide Our little church is painted white And in the safety of the night We all go quiet as a mouse For the word is out God is in the house God is in the house God is in the house No cause for worry now God is in the house

Moral sneaks in the White House
Computer geeks in the school house
Drug freaks in the crack house
We don't have that stuff here
We have a tiny little Force
But we need them of course
For the kittens in the trees
And at night we are on our knees
As quiet as a mouse
For God is in the house
God is in the house
God is in the house
And no one's left in doubt
God is in the house

Homos roaming the streets in packs
Queer bashers with tyre-jacks
Lesbian counter-attacks
That stuff is for the big cities
Our town is very pretty
We have a pretty little square
We have a woman for a mayor
Our policy is firm but fair
Now that God is in the house
God is in the house
God is in the house
Any day now He'll come out
God is in the house

Well-meaning little therapists
Goose-stepping twelve-stepping Tetotalitarianists
The tipsy, the reeling and the drop down pissed
We got no time for that stuff here
Zero crime and no fear
We've bred all our kittens white
So you can see them in the night
And at night we're on our knees
As quiet as a mouse
Since the word got out
From the North down to the South
For no-one's left in doubt
There's no fear about
If we all hold hands and very quietly shout
Hallelujah
God is in the house
God is in the house
Oh I wish He would come out
God is in the house

~Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Dec 4, 2008 6:13:16 PM | 14

Sounds like Cheney's responsibilities (and before that, Poindexter's) have found a new, expanded home at DOD.

It would be interesting to know exactly how they differentiate betweeen "irregular war" and "asymmetrical war" (terrorism). I guess it all depends on who sponsors and underwrites it...

Posted by: JohnH | Dec 4, 2008 8:10:44 PM | 15

5 and Zimbabwe - the US have done their bit ....

Mengistu Haile Mariam was for 17 bloodthirsty years the quasi Marxist tyrannical ruler of Ethiopia whose fall followed Russian withdrawal of support in 1991. His escape was engineered by the The United States embassy in Zimbabwe which was confirmed in a statement by the then Assistant Secretary of State Herman "Hank" Cohen in 1999. Curiously Mugabe's current Public relations consultants, Cohen and Woods International, Arlington,VA. comprises Herman Cohen, and James Woods, ex advisor to President George Bush.

Other clients are leaders of Angola and Burkina Faso as is President Laurent Kabila of the Congo.. Cohen is also a member of the panel on Transatlantic Relations and on the Board of Advisors of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy -"Where Leaders meet" ...which is a nonprofit, activist organization dedicated to the resolution of conflicts that threaten U.S. interests.


In March 2001 Mengistu and seven male relatives, all of whom fled Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, when the regime was overthrown by pro-democracy forces in 1991, had become permanent residents on the orders of John Nkomo, the home affairs minister.

Since then he has never been far behind Mugabe.

An Ethiopian court on Tuesday December 12th 2006 found Mengistu guilty in his absence of genocide plus for atrocities committed under his Marxist regime, after a 12-year trial.

At the time William Nhara, a spokesperson for President Robert Mugabe's government, said."As a comrade of our struggle, Comrade Mengistu and his government played a key and commendable role during our struggle for independence and no one can dispute that," William Nhara, a spokesperson for President Robert Mugabe's government, said.

Mengistu planned and was responsible for the execution of Operation Murambatsvina, the controversial home-demolition exercise left at least 700 000 people homeless and affected another 2,4-million people, according to a report by United Nations special envoy Anna Tibaijuka.

Now we have US Ambassador James McGee , in post for a year, awakening to the bloody reprisals of Mugabe on MDC supporters.

In 2005 the then Oxford educated (Balliol) US Ambasador Chris Dell accused Mugabe and his cronies of corruption.

Yet it was the US (undertaken by Herman "Hank" Cohen ) who inserted the evil virus of Mengistu, who is behind Mugabe's tyrannical plans... and the world's politiians and press stay silent of the role of the US.

Vietnam vet and career diplomat, James McGee doesn't have a monopoly in the role of hyprocrite but his Government have been happy to stand aside and watch how Mengistu has helped Mugabe destroy his once beautiful and productive country.

As for the sinister role of Herman "Hank" Cohen in all this ..... well for a start you won't read about him in the mainstream press or hear about him and Cohen and Woods International on TV. Apologists for bloodthirsty murderers like to keep a low profile. Know what I mean?

Hank Cohen has however received some recognition ..

"And in presenting these awards, I also want to make special mention of someone else, and I'm talking about Assistant Secretary Hank Cohen in his role in this remarkable odyssey. Operation Solomon represents a culmination for his leadership over the years on this question of the Ethiopian Jews. And all of this occurred at the same time when the Angola accords were signed, a negotiation in which, as we all know, Hank Cohen played an extraordinarily important role.

I salute the contribution which all of them have made to this tremendous success in removing the Ethiopian Jews from harm's way and reuniting them with their loved ones in Israel. And I also salute your efforts to bring peace and democracy to that country, to Ethiopia, a troubled country with which we feel a special kinship in spite of the years of bad relations under the previous regime.

And now it's a privilege and a pleasure to get on with this small awards ceremony, but I think I speak for everybody in the audience when I say we do this with grateful hearts. And now I might ask my military aide, Major Boschwitz -- [laughter] -- Major Boschwitz. [Laughter] Sorry -- Major Bonwit to -- close, Dave -- to read the first citation, if you would, sir."

George H.W. Bush, 1991

http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/research/public_papers.php
?id=3059&year=1991&month=6


In the world of Curious Coincidences a name of one of the recipients of awards from George Snr that day ..."and then one who's not with us today but is ably represented, Robert Houdek, our Charge d'Affaires of our Embassy in Addis, operating under fire, under great pressure, performing admirably. Mrs. Mary Houdek is accepting the award on behalf of her husband who is still in Ethiopia."

May ring a bell ....

Robert G. Houdek, National Intelligence Officer for Africa, concludes in a memo that allegations about Iraq attempting to obtain uranium from Niger are baseless. The assessment, requested by the Pentagon in late December or early January 2003, is sent to the White House. [Washington Post, 4/9/2006] -ie before Wilson went off snuffling like a truffle hound for Niger uranium cake being sent to Saddam.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/08/AR2006040800916_pf.html

http://tinyurl.com/rhyo7

Posted by: ziz | Dec 4, 2008 11:00:54 PM | 16

As proof positive that the Pentagonians have officially merged public news with CIA black ops psyops lies, this story, so wrong on so many levels it's criminal:

Missile shield test to be most realistic yet, officials say

By Jamie McIntyre
CNN Senior Pentagon Correspondent <-- Psyops Central

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Pentagon is set to conduct the 13th and most realistic test of its missile shield system to date, officials told CNN.

[OK FIRST, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A TEST EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE TO "REALISTIC". EACH INTERCEPT IS PRE-PLANNED FOR MONTHS, THE INCOMING TRAJECTORY IS KNOWN IN ADVANCE, AND THE LAUNCHERS ESSENTIALLY WAIT UNTIL THE LAUNCHEES SAY THAT THEY'RE READY.]

An official says the target missile launched in the upcoming test will have countermeasures.

[OK SECOND, "COUNTERMEASURES" IS A SWINDLE. THE FIRST ABM TESTS MISSED COMPLETELY, BECAUSE THE INFRARED DETECTION SYSTEM COULDN'T SEE THE WARHEADS IN THE PALE MOON LIGHT. BMDO'S CON WAS TO SUGGEST "COUNTERMEASURES" IN THE FORM OF LARGE BALLOONS WHICH CAPTURED THE LIGHT, ENABLING THE ABM TO FIND AND CLOSE ON ITS TARGET. CLEVER.]

The first "window," or opportunity, for the test opens at 3 p.m. ET Friday and runs through Tuesday. Although the anti-missile system can work in any weather, the Missile Defense Agency needs a clear sky to monitor the $115 million test.

So far, the U.S. military has successfully shot down a mock warhead in space with an interceptor missile in seven tests. The interceptor carries a "kill vehicle," which is designed to destroy the target missile by crashing into it.

[OK THIRD, THE VERY FIRST TEST, THE LAUNCH FAILED BECAUSE THE LAUNCHEES FORGET TO ARM THE FIRING CIRCUIT! VERY EMBARRASSING, SINCE $10M IN MISSILE HARDWARE WENT KERSPLASH. THEY BLAMED THE MOTOR MANUFACTURER, AND THE TAXPAYER TOOK THE MONEY HIT. SINCE THEN, THE ABM HAS ACHIEVED, EVEN WITH KNOWN TIME OF EVENT, TRAJECTORY, GIANT BALLOONS SCREAMING, I'M HERE! I'M HERE! BARELY 50% SUCCESS RATIO. A FLIP OF A COIN.
IF YOUR COMPUTER OR YOUR CAR ONLY WORKED 50% OF THE TIME, YOU'D SHITCAN IT PRONTO.]

But critics have long complained the tests are not realistic, because they don't involve balloons or other decoys that, they argue, could easily fool the interceptor.

[RECALL, THE BALLOON IDEA IS A CON! REALISTIC COUNTERMEASURES WOULD BE TO PAINT THE INCOMING WARHEADS WITH $25 WORTH OF BLACK CHROME PAINT, SO THEY REFLECT ABSOLUTELY NO INFRARED/VISIBLE RADIATION THAT THE ABM SENSORS CAN TARGET ONTO UNTIL TOO LATE. NOTICE THE PENTAGON HAS NEVER ASKED FOR COUNTERMEASURE SUGGESTIONS, OR ALTERNATES.]

In the upcoming test, the target will be a mock warhead accompanied by "countermeasures similar to what Iran or North Korea could deploy," according to a missile defense agency official.

[IN OTHER WORDS, EVEN BIGGER BALLOONS REFLECTING EVEN MORE INFRARED SO THAT THE ABM CAN'T POSSIBLY CONFUSE THE WARHEAD FOR STARLIGHT, AND LAUNCH ONLY DURING THE RIGHT PHASE OF THE MOON, SO THE TARGET IS LIT UP LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE AT TIMES SQUARE.]

The official could not give details of the types of decoys because that information is classified, he told CNN.

[YEAH, BULLSHIT. A REAL TEST WOULD DEPLOY FROM ANY OF TWO OR MORE EXISTING LAUNCH LOCATIONS, AND TRIGGER AT ANY TIME OF DAY OR NIGHT WITHOUT A MONTH ADVANCE WARNING, AND BE PUT UP FOR A KILL DURING A NEW MOON WHEN THE TARGET IS AS DARK AS POSSIBLE.]

The test, which has been delayed several times, comes at a critical time for the $100 billion system, as President-elect Barack Obama is about to take office.
Early in his campaign, Obama pledged to "cut investments in unproven missile defense systems." But later he said he would support missile defense systems if they work.

[THE OLD STRAW DOG! THE PROGRAM IS A CON, BUT IF IT CAN BE MADE TO APPEAR TO WORK, EVEN KNOWING THAT IT'S A CON, EVERYONE IN THE PROGRAM DOES, THE PRESIDENT WILL GO ALONG, TO GET ALONG, AND THE US TAXPAYER WILL TAKE ANOTHER $T UP THE ASS IN NNPT.]

"The biggest threat to the United States is a terrorist getting their hands on nuclear weapons," Obama said in the September 26 presidential debate. "And we ... are spending billions of dollars on missile defense. And I actually believe that we need missile defense, because of Iran and North Korea and the potential for them to obtain or to launch nuclear weapons."

[CORRECTION, CHIEF, THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES IS THE PENTAGONIANS, WE'RE SPENDING *HUNDREDS* OF BILLIONS ON MISSILE DEFENSE. ULTIMATELY, TRILLIONS! NEITHER NORTH KOREA NOR IRAN HAS AN *INTERCONTINENTAL* BALLISTIC MISSILE, OR NUKE.]

Last month, the outgoing head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said that not only are U.S. missile defenses workable, they are up and running.

[THE ONLY THING UP AND RUNNING AT MDA IS THE LONGEST RUNNING TAX CON IN MILITARY HISTORY, EVEN SINCE THE COLD WAR, MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO! A TELLING ACRONYM, THAT, MDA, 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine, A PSYCHEDELIC HALLUCINOGENIC PERFECTLY DESCRIBES IT.]

"Our testing has shown not only can we hit a bullet with a bullet, we can hit a spot on the bullet with a bullet. The technology has caught up," Lt. Gen. Trey Obering said in a November conference call with reporters.

[HERE'S WHERE THE CIA BLACK OPS PSY-OPS COMES IN. THE TWO 'BULLETS' ARE TRAVELING TOWARDS EACH OTHER AT THOUSANDS OF FEET PER SECOND. THE ABM EKV SYSTEM IS JUST A INERTIAL IMPACT CUBE WITH MODIFIED ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT GAS JETS. THINK OF IT AS A VERY OVERWEIGHT AND OUT OF SHAPE VENUS WILLIAMS IN THE SHAPE OF A REFRIGERATOR. NOW HERE COMES SERENA'S LINE DRIVE AT 2,500 FEET PER SECOND. CAN YA' FEEL ME, PLAYAH?]

The upcoming test is designed to produce voluminous data with which to evaluate the operation of the missiles, radars and other systems.

[YEAH, VOLUMINOUS DATA, TAKING YEARS TO COMPLETELY DIGEST, WHILE THE ABM DEPLOYMENT IS RUSHED THROUGH THE NEXT FUNDING CYCLE AND PUSHED INTO EU, RESULTING IN ANOTHER ARMS RACE, A COLD WAR TWO BY THE OLD COLD WARRIORS TOO FUCKED UP TO DIE WITH PRIDE.]

--

Look, someone on the Shuttle program had a brain fart. Let's hook a refrigerator to SS attitude jets, and see what it'll do. Then some programmer spun up a sci-fi Star Wars fantasy of a refrigerator-sized catcher's mitt in outer space, intercepting a fiery missile traveling much faster than any speeding bullet. Super Man in action!

Pentagon as Action Comics.

And they're gonna get away with it! Like the bank-broker merger-bailout, and every other welfare tax dole Congress has ever thought up, because Defense is for IDIQNB confabulators. Defense is the last anti-free trade bastion for a White Kleptocracy, and the price of enabling that kleptocracy is about to go to the moon. No, to Mars!

Posted by: Derrick Untermeyer | Dec 5, 2008 12:58:09 AM | 17

Thanks to ziz for the interesting link to the Bush library site, just one more that makes one wonder why U.S. government officials have such unclear ideas about what country's interests they are supposed to represent.

Also to Derrick at 17: I did a quick search for IDIQNB but still don't
pinned down this acronym. Could you enlighten me?

Posted by: Hannah K. O'Luthon | Dec 5, 2008 4:04:27 AM | 18

The Pentagon has much more money, people and capabilities than the CIA. It also has less oversight.

b, just curious how you come to the conclusion the CIA is subject to more oversight. My instincts suggest otherwise.

Posted by: Colin | Dec 5, 2008 5:38:47 AM | 19

how you come to the conclusion the CIA is subject to more oversight. My instincts suggest otherwise.

The CIA is now under the Director of National Intelligence. That makes it a big step removed from the powers in the White House and puts a layer of supervision on it. The Pentagon has no such supervisory institution and actions were run directly under Bush/Cheney from the White House even on operational levels (direct teleconferences with Petraeus etc.)

The Pentagon has via its budget also much more power on the hill than the CIA. A Senator with a major Pentagon supplier in his state is unlikely to touch on the Pentagon.

Posted by: b | Dec 5, 2008 7:07:11 AM | 20

"[has] Obama sold his soul to the Mephistopheles Committee for the presidency. He traded his stance and maybe his beliefs (it would seem anyway) about Middle East foreign policy, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq, for the chance to jump in front of the parade".

Here we go again ~ the drama queens of imaginary soap-opera apocalypses conconcting false narratives based on youthful fevered imaginings prompted by boogey men whose only real weapon is fear.

The president-elect will tame the rogue forces in the Pentagon and CIA with his intellect, humility, dignity and honesty, the same tools he used to get elected; and none of the turgid fantasies blurted here have any prescience otherwise, indeed, none all.

Youthful impatience is understandable but having the maturity to look at the substance of a presidency takes patience and focus and really is the only legitimate, logical approach. Results are what count ~ lets wait 'til he takes office and then give him a year. Then all the nappy wetters will have something to squeal about, or not.

I'm betting not.

Posted by: waldo | Dec 5, 2008 8:19:12 AM | 21

What I meant to get to somewhere, when I blithely wrote ‘false flag’ is this: All the terrorist attacks we have heard about since 9/11, and including 9/11, share common features:

- blame thrown on Islamists, Al Q., or those close to them, or some odd category like ‘separatists, radicals with an islamist background’ (see Beslan as presented in the press) / ‘Arab nationals’ / ‘Anti-Jewish /Israel’ (see Morocco for ex.)

The point of that is obvious and simple: the US (plus in some measure its allies or poodles like GB, EU etc.) wishes the world to participate in the take over of Arab oil, to make it short. Hate has to be whipped up. Naturally, the concept of ‘radical islam’ which wants to take over the world is a fantasy. Follows endless scare mongering, with all techniques used.

- no clear information, no thorough investigation, a huge muddle, doubts, hanging questions, no clarification, no convictions (or just a few as tokens), a speedy news cycle, garbled, no final understanding. In the old fashioned terror attacks (e.g. IRA, Basques) facts of the matter were, and are, quite well known, if not always acted upon as various parties might wish.

- no demands. no obvious aim. 9/11 is typical here: the supposed aims of Ben Laden, and the fluff of ‘they hate us’ etc. is total BS and critics love to point out that BushCo etc. after 9/11 went on to shoot themselves in the foot, and actually weaken America, etc. They did not respond as one usually responds to an attack - that is, figure out who the culprits were and catch/punish, plus implement other measures for protection / change. The old, familiar, understood, schema of a (usually) internal faction that fights the Gvmt. or the oppressor is recycled, to hold up the spook of an amorphous, invisible, unidentifiable, outside enemy. It has been, though, a hard sell. All over the world, ppl are not fooled, or plain object on rational - moral - or pragmatic grounds. Yet, the Gvmts. pound on, and on. They do it, they sometimes admit between the lines, excusing themselves, under US pressure.

What was the point of the Mumbai attacks? Nobody knows. If nobody knows, and other attacks in the past have not been elucidated, then by definition nobody was supposed to know. It is a secret. Only the in-crowd can figure it out. Of course, with the rise in popularity and visibility of ‘terror’ attacks it can not be excluded that a bunch of suicidal losers get together, buy arms, etc. But such groups/efforts will always be very minor, feeble, easily preventable.

Terrorist attacks, since 9/11 and all the hype the US has put out, because of their own lies, miscalculations, and seemingly stupid exploitation of that event, have created a world order where bowing down to the US on ‘islamist’ meme leaves open a way for fighting various underground wars.

No need for millions to die in the trenches; no need to disturb the international order; a terror attack will somehow serve as threat, warning, a show of strength. In a way, it sanctions the privatization, atomization of conflict - between nations, corporations, financial interests, ethnic factions, world leaders, energy interests, shadow forces, paramilitaries, etc. Therefore, irregular warfare.

Incomprehensible, minor eruptions, with the violence splashed all over the press, and never resolved. That, of course, is under the hypothesis of there being no single or dominant guiding force. It goes hand in hand with globalization (interdependence between nations) and growing social disruption, cultural break-down, the smashing of national /local solidarity, growing individualism, endlessly rising competition whose first aim is to allocate resources to the winners, leaving the rest by the way side.

Posted by: Tangerine | Dec 5, 2008 11:40:28 AM | 22

Well put, Tangerine.

Waldo, I know I shouldn't feed you, but you wouldn't know a structural analysis if it hit you in the face. Which, by the way, it will.

Posted by: Malooga | Dec 5, 2008 11:56:55 AM | 23

Structural analysis is theory, Awooooga. Theories jerk off 'til they're proven false.

And,you don't feed me dork boy. I've been earning my dinner way before you were born.

Posted by: waldo | Dec 6, 2008 10:14:34 AM | 24

What was the point of the Mumbai attacks? Nobody knows. If nobody knows, and other attacks in the past have not been elucidated, then by definition nobody was supposed to know. It is a secret. Only the in-crowd can figure it out.

it seems so obvious to me! b linked to this earlier

US sets stage for strikes if Pak does not act.

(orwellian speak for US sets stage for strikes reagardless of anything Pak does or does not do.)

WASHINGTON: The United States has set the stage for punitive internationally-backed strikes by India against terrorist camps in Pakistan, if Islamabad does not act first to dismantle them, by rejecting President Zardari’s alibi that non-state actors were responsible for the last week’s carnage in Mumbai.

....


''Rather than simply begging the Indians to show restraint,

(and gamble the might!)
a better option
(whether you like it or not this is what's happening folks)
could be to internationalise the response
.('internationalize' being the new code for the neocon approach)
Have the international community declare that parts of Pakistan have become ungovernable and a menace to international security,'' Robert Kagan, an influential analyst with the Carnegie Endowment, said.

''Would such an action (strikes) violate Pakistan's sovereignty?'' Kagan asked in an op-ed, and answered, ''Yes, but nations should not be able to claim sovereign rights when they cannot control territory from which terrorist attacks are launched.''

it all makes perfect sense.

neocon plan: the international community to declare pakistan no longer has sovereignty.

i'm in the in crowd!!!!

the reasons for the attack now? the 'international community' (cheney/kagan) has less than 2 months to condense a powerpunch, direct the shots the way they see fit.

that's my theory anyway.

Posted by: annie | Dec 6, 2008 10:51:46 AM | 25

here's another example of the 'international community' (cheney/kagan) has less than 2 months to condense a powerpunch, direct the shots the way they see fit.


US successfully tests anti-missile shield: Pentagon

lol

The successful test of the project, which so far has cost the Defense Department some 100 billion dollars, comes at a critical time before president-elect Barack Obama moves into the White House on January 20.

Obama has so far not committed to the missile defense shield.

One of his senior foreign policy advisors during the campaign, Denis McDonough, has indicated however that Obama would support the program if the technology proves viable.

presto! it's viable!

this comes on the heels of the assurtion last month on the polish website obama agreed to the project and the subsequent denials of the O spokesperson

Obama "had a good conversation with the Polish president and the Polish prime minister about the important U.S.-Poland alliance," said Denis McDonough, Obama's senior foreign policy adviser.

However, Kaczynski's office says on its Web site that during the same conversation, Obama told Kaczynski that he intends to continue plans for a missile shield in eastern Europe.

Obama's adviser denied the report.

"President Kaczynski raised missile defense, but President-elect Obama made no commitment on it. His position is as it was throughout the campaign: that he supports deploying a missile defense system when the technology is proved to be workable," McDonough said.

less than a month later it's proved workable??

nothing like trying to corner the next administration.

Posted by: annie | Dec 6, 2008 11:07:53 AM | 26

That test was a success?

"The key to our protection . . . is to be able to have all of these different sensors simultaneously tracking" and recognizing the same object, which they did for the first time in yesterday's test, he said. "The kill vehicle was sent to a very accurate spot in space," he said, adding that the result "does give us great confidence."

However, he said the 40-year-old target missile failed to deploy its countermeasures -- such as decoys or chaff -- which were supposed to add realism to the test.


Posted by: b | Dec 6, 2008 3:34:06 PM | 27

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