9.27.2005

So many wars, so little time

Since I'm not Atrios or Kos, who seem to be able to stay on top of pretty much everything, sometimes the news hits me like a stalled Cat 5 megastorm. The past month has been like that.

So, to review and summarize a bit, 'cuz in the mainline stream media, Iraq (except for Abu Ghraib), Katrina, Palestine, and Darfur are already ancient history . . .

from "The Impending Cakewalk in Iran" by Mike Whitney at ICH:
"Top-ranking Americans have told equally top-ranking Indians in recent weeks that the US has plans to invade Iran before Bush's term ends. In 2002, a year before the US invaded Iraq, high-ranking Americans had similarly shared their definitive vision of a post-Saddam Iraq, making it clear that they would change the regime in Baghdad." Calcutta Telegraph 9-25-05

The UN's nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, officially signed Iran's death-warrant yesterday. By passing a US-backed resolution that refers Iran's nuclear program to the Security Council, the member states have endorsed America's genocidal Middle East policy and paved the way for another war. Even though Tal Afar, Samara and other civilian enclaves are still under a withering attack from American forces, and even though reports of rampant prisoner abuse and torture continue to surface around Falluja, and even though increasing numbers of young Sunni men, who've been beaten and shot in the back of the head, are being fished from the Euphrates River every day; the sycophantic Euro-allies have thrown their support behind a resolution that will unavoidably lead to another war. Everyone who signed on to this treacherous pact is equally culpable of the misery it will inevitably produce.

Behind the fraudulent rhetoric and grand gestures for peace, the former colonial powers, Germany, France and England, have bonded with the Master-state to plunder and occupy the resource-rich world beyond their borders. They'll be knocking the cobwebs off the pith-helmets and jodhpurs in jolly-England as they join the campaign to strip another unsuspecting nation of their natural wealth and subjugate their people . . .

The EU's participation in this charade tells us that the global oil shortfall is even more severe than most people imagine. In just 5 years, all of the existing reserves of world oil will begin trending downward; falling well short of growing demand. Much of the current research indicates that Saudi Arabia is drying up as well; leaving western economies at the mercy of Teheran, Baghdad and Caracas. Despite the phony bluster about "free trade", Bush and co. have no intention of sacrificing American supremacy to something as fickle as the market. Nor do they plan to allow the global economic system to slip into foreign control by entrusting the world's most valuable resource to the dubious rulers in Iraq and Iran; not while they have an endless supply of laser-guided missiles and bunker-busting munitions.

The handwriting is on the wall. It's just a matter of whether Iran "will go peacefully into that good night" or not. The ground has already been cleared for another larcenous crusade; another monstrous, unprovoked aggression against a peaceful nation. The red-herring of "non-compliance" will be brandished to the world while Washington gears up for its next bloody campaign. The plan to reshape the Middle East is moving forward at breakneck-speed and unsuspecting Iran just entered the imperial crosshairs.

Fasten your seatbelts for another savage cakewalk.


from "Where Was Dick Cheney During Katrina?" by Black Commentator's Margaret Kimberley:
Where was Dick Cheney? In the days following the devastation wrought by hurricane Katrina, the Vice President of the United States became the invisible man . . .

In recognition of that lack of information, here is a multiple-choice quiz designed to help solve the mystery.

What did Dick Cheney do during the hurricane Katrina catastrophe?

a. Nabbed yet another no bid contract for Halliburton

b. Planned nuclear war against Iran

c. Helped John Bolton destroy the United Nations

d. Reminded Judith Miller to keep quiet

e. Stole the wages of workers in the Gulf

f. Had a heart attack and/or knee aneurism

All of these responses may be true, and only some may be true. We will never know and therein lies a huge problem for our country. It is an understatement to say that the Bushmen operate without transparency. They will tell us what they want, when they want, if they want . . .

He was CEO of the Halliburton Corporation, the recipient of billions of dollars in taxpayer money for the so-called reconstruction of Iraq. Despite getting huge amounts of cash, Halliburton and other war profiteers have been unable to keep the lights on or the water running in Baghdad.

Not only does Cheney make sure that his people get paid, he has made sure that he gets paid too. Despite his claims of having no financial interest in Halliburton he continues to receive $150,000 per year in “deferred salary” while also maintaining 433,333 unexercised stock options.

The New Orleans levees had barely broken when Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root scored yet another federal government contract and got its hands on more of our money. The story was that it wasn’t really a new contract, just part of an existing contract with the navy. The defense seems to be that it was old corruption, not new corruption.

After getting more money for crony capitalism reconstruction, the second item on the agenda was to make sure that workers got very little of it. Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon Act, which mandates that prevailing wages apply in public works projects. Leave it to the Bushmen to take money from desperate people when they need it the most . . .

Perhaps it isn’t necessary to know where Cheney was in late August and early September. Whatever his location we know exactly what he was doing. He made sure that the business of using government as a private sector cash cow went on as usual. He made sure that while he and his friends got paid, the rest of us got nothing but the shaft.


from Editor & Publisher comes "Katrina Redux? Beaumont Paper Finds Federal Storm Failure in Texas":
In Beaumont, Texas, claims that federal relief agencies learned their lessons from Hurricane Katrina and are on the ball in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita are apparently ringing hollow. The Beaumont (Tex.) Enterprise reported tonight that disaster response coordinators in the area hard hit by Rita say they are seeing the same foot-dragging federal response this weekend witnessed two weeks ago in New Orleans and Mississippi.

Jefferson County Judge Carl Griffith and other local leaders, "haggard after days of almost non-stop work with little sleep, pleaded with the federal government to get itself in a higher gear," the paper said. Griffith said he wanted to return services to residents who remain but that "it seems like they can't figure out how to get it done."

"There's a drastic shortage of generators in Beaumont to provide emergency power," Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said. "There are generators at Ford Park, and FEMA is withholding their release. They want to finish their damage assessment."

Jefferson County officials had a plan to distribute Meals-Ready-to-Eat from local fire stations, the paper said. However, Griffith said the MREs, like the generators, were being withheld by FEMA.

 

from Alan Cooperman and Elizabeth Williamson at WaPo, "FEMA Plans to Reimburse Faith Groups for Aid":
After weeks of prodding by Republican lawmakers and the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday that it will use taxpayer money to reimburse churches and other religious organizations that have opened their doors to provide shelter, food and supplies to survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

FEMA officials said it would mark the first time that the government has made large-scale payments to religious groups for helping to cope with a domestic natural disaster.

"I believe it's appropriate for the federal government to assist the faith community because of the scale and scope of the effort and how long it's lasting," said Joe Becker, senior vice president for preparedness and response with the Red Cross.

Civil liberties groups called the decision a violation of the traditional boundary between church and state, accusing FEMA of trying to restore its battered reputation by playing to religious conservatives.

"What really frosts me about all this is, here is an administration that didn't do its job and now is trying to dig itself out by making right-wing groups happy," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Comment by me: After getting their rocks off during Katrina, the only thing the media whores have to say about the debacle of Rita is, "Whew! Not as bad as it coulda been. Refineries are OK. Next!?!!?

Another comment by me: where the hell are the Dumbocrats???? Except for Barbara Lee and these brave folks . . .
Rep. John Conyers
Rep. Tammy Baldwin
Rep. William Lacy Clay
Rep. Danny Davis
Rep. William Delahunt
Rep. Lane Evans
Rep. Sam Farr
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva
Rep. Luis Gutierrez
Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Rep. Carolyn C. Kilpatrick
Rep. Jim McDermott
Rep. Jim Oberstar
Rep. Major R. Owens
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.
Rep. Don Payne
Rep. Charles Rangel
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Rep. José E. Serrano
Rep. Pete Stark
Rep. Bennie Thompson
Rep. Diane Watson
Rep. Robert Wexler
Rep. Lynn Woolsey
(hey, where's Waxman??)

plus Schumer, Conyers, and a couple of others, they are silent on all matters important. Democrats do not want change, they just want power.