Posts Tagged ‘war’
After 13 years of providing the most expansive coverage of anti-imperialistic foreign policy journalism, and proving the manipulating liars wrong on a daily basis with all the best sources, all in one place, regardless of political affiliation and not beholden to the admniistration du jour, this is how much appreciation is shown for their exhaustive efforts?
Oh, I get it. Now that the so-called “peace candidate” has prevailed in the latest Circus of Deceit, you can all go back to sleep and everything will be taken care of for you, even so far as paying your bills and saving your mortgage, as claimed by some such euphoric celebrants. Well, here’s a little reality check for you… this new president’s cabinet is filling up quickly with all the same warmongering, vile murderers from the last democratic administration, the current republican administration and even some from behind the scenes at PNAC. So, if you think there’s going to be some kind of ‘change’ from the outgoing war criminal, to the next one in line to be taking his place, well, better hope you’re not under forty because there’s a good chance you could be dead wrong, just as the millions that have needlessly died at the hands of the last two administrations.
If you’re unaware of Antiwar.com, or have never contributed, or are not on their mailing list, or just take for granted that they’re funded by huge corporations as NPR and the MSM are, you need to read this and please help out if you can. You can’t ‘change’ anything if you don’t know what’s going on.
A Personal Appeal From Antiwar.com’s Webmaster
13 Years of Antiwar.com
When I began Antiwar.com in December 1995, a Democrat was in the White House.
His foreign policy was bellicose yet largely supported by the Washington establishment.
As the president bombed Iraq, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Sudan, it was out of fashion
to be antiwar, and opposing the U.S. empire was left to a tiny minority across the
Since then I have seen my “hobby” blossom into the most important and widely read
foreign policy site online. We are consistently ranked among the top political news
sites on the Web, reaching up to 100,000 visitors per day with original reportage
and commentary. We also search far and wide to find and publicize news and analysis
that the mainstream media excludes.
Antiwar.com’s popularity boomed in response to George W. Bush’s post-9/11 global
war on terror, especially his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. But remember:
it was U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East in the 1990s and before that led to
the blowback of 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the accompanying assault
on our liberties. We sincerely hope Barack Obama will end the worst excesses of
the Bush administration, but even that will not be enough to secure our peace and freedom
and stop the killing of innocents. The blame for American imperialism and its terrible
consequences transcends party lines. We have no reason to believe these problems
will end on Obama’s watch.
The president-elect has vowed to draw down from Iraq and close Guantanamo, but those
near him have hinted that the changes will not be as dramatic as we have been led
to believe. Meanwhile, he has consistently advocated a bigger military, a surge
in Afghanistan, attacks on Pakistan, and a hardline approach to Iran and Russia.
We also expect a revival of the “humanitarian” interventionism that we saw under
Clinton. On the domestic front, Obama has already caved on surveillance and the
PATRIOT Act. We may hope for the best, but we should prepare for the worst.
Now is not a time for partisanship. The Republicans were handed a deserved rebuke
in the last election. But the unspeakable costs of war are the same regardless of
the party in power. The world needs Antiwar.com as much as ever before, and we need
you to keep us afloat.
We don’t have a huge staff with cushy jobs, living it up on your donations. We appreciate
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a week, from eight in the morning till ten at night. And those are the quiet days…
We don’t take your support for granted. Please don’t take us for granted, either.
Now that most of Bush’s critics have lost their energy and become complacent with
the ascent of Obama, the hard work of watching the War Party falls more heavily
on our shoulders. Please help us carry the load.
And thank you.
~ Eric Garris, Webmaster, Antiwar.com
Michael Scheuer is the former chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit and author of Through Our Enemies Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America, Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq and Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror.
The show is streamed live from Antiwar Radio page at Antiwar.com,
In Scott Ritter’s latest piece at Truthdig, he covers the ongoing covert operations inside Iran and the long partnership of the CIA and MEK and the potential coming coup, again.
The current situation concerning the MEK would be laughable if it were not for the violent reality of that organization’s activities. Upon its arrival in Iraq in 1986, the group was placed under the control of Saddam Hussein’s Mukhabarat, or intelligence service. The MEK was a heavily militarized organization and in 1988 participated in division-size military operations against Iran. The organization represents no state and can be found on the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist organizations, yet since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the MEK has been under the protection of the U.S. military. Its fighters are even given “protected status” under the Geneva Conventions. The MEK says its members in Iraq are refugees, not terrorists. And yet one would be hard-pressed to find why the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees should confer refugee status on an active paramilitary organization that uses “refugee camps” inside Iraq as its bases.
The MEK is behind much of the intelligence being used by the International Atomic Energy Agency in building its case that Iran may be pursuing (or did in fact pursue in the past) a nuclear weapons program. The complexity of the MEK-CIA relationship was recently underscored by the agency’s acquisition of a laptop computer allegedly containing numerous secret documents pertaining to an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Much has been made about this computer and its contents. The United States has led the charge against Iran within international diplomatic circles, citing the laptop information as the primary source proving Iran’s ongoing involvement in clandestine nuclear weapons activity. Of course, the information on the computer, being derived from questionable sources (i.e., the MEK and the CIA, both sworn enemies of Iran) is controversial and its veracity is questioned by many, including me.
read Scott’s complete article at Truthdig
In an article on the WTOP website, former head of the CIA’s bin Laden unit, Michael Scheuer has some recent comments on the war/occupation of Afghanistan and the all to familiar contradiction of how things are progressing there.
“What we managed to do was what invaders of Afghanistan always do. We took the cities and declared victory, but we didn’t kill the enemy,” Scheuer tells WTOP.
“The enemy escaped, the Taliban and al Qaida, now we have a growing insurgency in Afghanistan. And, we certainly don’t very many more troops to send there.”
think that was supposed to be: [don’t have very many], but anyway…
Laura King wrote in the LATimes (via Urukunet) that things are indeed heading in that direction, as the ‘guys in black turbans” return from winter.
The first-time arrival in the south of a large force of Marines, the 24th Expeditionary Unit based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., has provided what commanders say is a much-needed infusion of firepower. The Marines have doubled the coalition’s air capacity; Harrier jump jets, lumbering cargo planes and combat helicopters line the freshly laid tarmac.
Just as crucially, commanders say, Marines’ deployment may at last give NATO-led troops the muscle and reach to choke off the flow of Taliban fighters and weaponry into neighboring Helmand province, consistently the most violence-racked in Afghanistan. It is the country’s epicenter of opium production and narco-trafficking, whose enormous profits help fuel the insurgency.
In this unforgiving environment, British troops, considered to be among the alliance’s most effective fighters, have been forced to confine their efforts largely to the province’s northern tier, making the south of Helmand, with its plethora of infiltration routes from Pakistan, a likely zone of deployment for the Marines.
Although allied commanders express satisfaction with the battlefield edge the Marines will bring, the Taliban professes unconcern.
“We have heard all about these Americans, and we are waiting — let them come,” said a Taliban field commander, reached by phone in the Panjwai district outside Kandahar. “They will learn what others before them have learned.”
someone should’ve been reading and listening to what Michael Scheuer has been doing on AntiWar.com.
Inter Press Service
By Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail*
FALLUJAH, Mar 26 (IPS) – Iraqi doctors in al-Anbar province warn of a new disease they call “Blackwater” that threatens the lives of thousands. The disease is named after Blackwater Worldwide, the U.S. mercenary company operating in Iraq.
“This disease is a severe form of malarial infection caused by the parasite plasmodium falciparum, which is considered the worst type of malarial infection,” Dr. Ali Hakki from Fallujah told IPS. “It is one of the complications of that infection, and not the ordinary picture of the disease. Because of its frequent and severe complications, such as Blackwater fever, and its resistance to treatment, P. falciparum can cause death within 24 hours.”
What Iraqis now call Blackwater fever is really a well-known medical condition, and while it has nothing to do with Blackwater Worldwide, Iraqis in al-Anbar province have decided to make the connection between the disease and the lethal U.S.-based company which has been responsible for the death of countless Iraqis.
The disease is most prevalent in Africa and Asia. The patient suffers severe intravascular haemolysis — the destruction of red blood cells leading to kidney and liver failure. It also leads to black or red urination, and hence perhaps the new name ‘Blackwater’.