Monthly Archives: February 2011

WikiLeaks: Gulf War All For Bush I Re-Election?

The Wikileak cables start to provide the framework to understand why Saddam Hussein made the decision to invade Kuwait in the first Gulf War, he was encouraged by America.

From Ambassador April Glaspie, in which she said the “US takes no position” on Arab boundary disputes, 7/25/1990.

Glaspie fails to register or discuss Saddam Hussein’s complaint that the Kuwaitis are stealing oil, as indicated on this timeline, an allegation that the US should have at least been aware of, and she does not in any way address Saddam Hussein’s primary complaint, i.e., that due to the costs of the proxy war against Iran that Iraq fought with US encouragement, Iraq is broke, unable to pay its basic obligations because the price of oil is so low.

The Bush Administration, of course, wishes to keep the price of oil low to end the recession and help George Herbert’s re-election chances:

“¶4. SADDAM, WHOSE MANNER WAS CORDIAL, REASONABLE AND EVEN WARM THROUGHOUT THE ENSUING TWO HOURS, SAID HE WISHED THE AMBASSADOR TO CONVEY A MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT BUSH. SADDAM THEN RECALLED IN DETAIL THE HISTORY OF IRAQ’S DECISION TO REESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS AND ITS POSTPONING IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT DECISION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR, RATHER THAN BE THOUGHT WEAK AND NEEDY. HE THEN SPOKE ABOUT THE MANY “BLOWS” OUR RELATIONS HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO SINCE 1984, CHIEF AMONG THEM IRANGATE. IT WAS AFTER THE FAW VICTORY, SADDAM SAID, THAT IRAQI MISAPPREHENSIONS ABOUT USG PURPOSES BEGAN TO SURFACE AGAIN, I.E., SUSPICIONS THAT THE U.S. WAS NOT HAPPY TO SEE THE WAR END.

¶5. PICKING HIS WORDS WITH CARE, SADDAM SAID THAT THERE ARE “SOME CIRCLES” IN THE USG,
INCLUDING IN CIA AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT, BUT EMPHATICALLY EXCLUDING THE PRESIDENT AND
SECRETARY BAKER, WHO ARE NOT FRIENDLY TOWARD IRAQ-U.S. RELATIONS. HE THEN LISTED WHAT HE
SEEMED TO REGARD AS FACTS TO SUPPORT THIS CONCLUSION: “SOME CIRCLES ARE GATHERING
INFORMATION ON WHO MIGHT BE SADDAM HUSAYN’S SUCCESSOR;” THEY KEPT UP CONTACTS IN THE GULF
WARNING AGAINST IRAQ; THEY WORKED TO ENSURE NO HELP WOULD GO TO IRAQ (READ EXIM AND CCC).

Continues below the fold

¶6. IRAQ, THE PRESIDENT STRESSED, IS IN SERIOUS FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, WITH 40 BILLION USD DEBTS.
IRAQ, WHOSE VICTORY IN THE WAR AGAINST IRAN MADE AN HISTORIC DIFFERENCE TO THE ARAB WORLD
AND THE WEST, NEEDS A MARSHALL PLAN. BUT “YOU WANT THE OIL PRICE DOWN,” SADDAM CHARGED.

¶7. RESUMING HIS LIST OF GRIEVANCES WHICH HE BELIEVED WERE ALL INSPIRED BY “SOME CIRCLES” IN THE USG, HE RECALLED THE “USIA CAMPAIGN” AGAINST HIMSELF, AND THE GENERAL MEDIA ASSAULT ON IRAQ AND ITS PRESIDENT.

¶11. COMING TO ONE OF HIS MAIN POINTS, SADDAM ARGUED THAT USG MANEUVERS WITH THE UAE AND KUWAIT (SIC) ENCOURAGED THEM IN THEIR UNGENEROUS POLICIES….

¶17. SADDAM SAID THAT THE IRAQIS KNOW WHAT WAR IS, WANT NO MORE OF IT–”DO NOT PUSH US TO IT;
DO NOT MAKE IT THE ONLY OPTION LEFT WITH WHICH WE CAN PROTECT OUR DIGNITY.”

¶32. … SADDAM SEEMS TO WANT PLEDGES NOW ON OIL PRICES AND PRODUCTION TO COVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS.”

As of 8/2, Glaspie reports that Iraq has crossed the border into Kuwait.

Thanks to the phoenixwoman blog for digging this up.

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Saudi King Handing Out $37 Billion To Bribe People NOT To Protest

The fuse has been lit – no amount of bribes will stop the flames from spreading.

Saudi’s bandit King Abdullah returned home on Wednesday after a three-month medical absence and unveiled benefits for Saudis worth some $37 billion in an apparent bid to insulate the world’s top oil exporter from an Arab protest wave.

Hundreds of people have backed a Facebook campaign calling for a “day of rage” across Saudi Arabia next month.

The page called for a “revolution of yearning” on March 11 in the kingdom, with the protest organisers calling for many things people in Western nations already take for granted:

* government officials to be elected by the people
* an independent judiciary
* the right to assemble
* freedom of expression
* release of political prisoners
* a minimum wage law
* more employment opportunities
* formation of an entity that would eliminate unfair taxes and corrupt practices by government
* rebuilding the armed forces
* reforming the conservative Sunni Muslim clerics
* abolition of restrictions on women

With all the drama seen on the streets in Libya and neighbouring Bahrain its been important to gauge how the Saudi’s have reacted. Whilst most are concerned about Oil supply, The Akh has to ask whether their is a real hunger for any change from within the magical kingdom?

According to some commentators, everything is peachy in the kingdom, and there’s no need for protests of any sort.

Whilst Saudi based blogger “Saudi Jeans” seems to be hedging his bets.

Saudi’s pump 4 or 5 million barrels of oil a day, if that is no longer available for purchase, and the Saudis are no longer there to save the day, in a single word, there would be pandemonium.

It wouldn’t take much for the Americans to capture Saudi oil fields to ensure the taps aren’t switched off. Americas’ Carter Doctrine of 1980 made this clear and that is what the foreign policy in the region has been aimed at securing.

Inflation has led to political revolutions since Medieval times and we may be witnessing the fifth such great revolution in history unfolding in the Middle East and in our own country right now… During the past four price revolutions, food and fuel led the upward movement in prices, followed by manufactured goods and services.

The relevance of the history of previous inflation waves to the present situation is downright eerie.

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Gaddafi Has Lost It

The old thundercat Gaddafi (GaddifiCat) has lost all three pillars of his rule – tribal, military and diplomatic. Judging from his desperate speech last night, he seems to be losing his mind and perhaps his nerves.

That’s why it’s only a question of time for his regime to breakdown.

For the last four decades, Gaddafi has based the stability of his rule on a careful balancing act among more than 100 tribes and clans, especially the 30 influential among them, that pride themselves on playing an important role in freeing Libya from colonialism.

Gaddafi has used bribes when possible, blackmail and scare tactics when necessary, to insure the tribes’ loyalty to the regime, or at least its neutrality.

However, over the last few days, one after the other, Libyan tribes have declared their opposition to the Gaddafi regime and vowed their support and allegiance to the revolution of February 17.

Gaddafi has also lost his diplomatic core as the country’s overseas diplomats have been quitting their jobs in protest against the violence while others have expressed outright support of the revolution.

In reality, the Libyan regime no longer has diplomatic relations with the outside world, which for all practical purposes has severed all relations with his regime.

Much of the world considers Gaddafi’s regime outlawed.

Last but not the least, the Gaddafi security regime has been losing support among its armed forces as fighter jet pilots, sailors and entire military bases disobey orders and take a stand in favour of the revolution.

Gaddafi has admitted that his police force has deserted and gone home refusing to use arms against the protesters. As a result, entire cities have been liberated from the grip of the regime.

Watching Benghazi, the largest city in the east, as well as other cities, celebrate their newly gained freedom illustrates the degree to which the Libyan regime has lost influence in the country.

The capital, Tripoli, might still prove to be the most dangerous. An escalation in the capital where Gaddafi’s sons have concentrated their militias might lead to more bloodshed.

As Gaddafi ‘loses it’, diving deeper in isolation and finding no way out, he is more than capable of ordering the worst crimes.

Unless he loses the loyalty of these militias, or they are deterred from carrying his orders, the last hours and days could prove to be violent.

Having said that, like the Tunisian and Egyptian military before them, the Libyan military and militias could still prove to be more conscientious than their dictators.

Source: Al-Jazeera

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AP Anjem Choudry Goes To America & Declares On Fox News It’s Time for “Muslims To Rise & Establish Khilafa”

Isn’t it interesting that America would let in the chief agent provocateur Anjem Choudry into their country without a problem but wouldn’t let in a guitar strumming sufi like Yusaf Islam or university lecturer Tariq Ramadan.

Not only that (but what a surprise that) Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News gives Choudry a platform so that he can claim he represents what all Muslims secretly wish for, thus building the anti-Islamic sentiment that sustains America’s right wing rhetoric. These two need each other like flies on stink.

Muslims in the UK have wizened upto his AP tactics and have confronted him and his goonsquad everywhere they have appeared, as documented in an earlier post “Luton Muslims Kicking Out Al-Muhajiroun”

Choudry and his agents have a long track record of causing problems and then running away leaving the locals to pick up the fight – The EDL’s rise in Luton is down to Choudry’s boys antics at a British army homecoming parade, but when it comes to fighting the thousands of far right racists like the EDL & BNP, they are nowhere to be seen.

Here’s some advice, do what you did to his mentor OBM, revoke his passport while he’s out of the country, and then see how he cries foul.

Anyone who believes that Anjem Choudry is sincere needs their head examining.

A rather timely distraction to the struggles taking place in the Muslim world?

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“We Are Wrong To Prop Dictators” Says David Cameron But Then Sells Arms to Egypt to Build Democracy With!

David “I’m A Zionist” Cameron admitted that the UK has been prejudiced for believing Muslims cannot manage democracy & Britain was wrong to prop up ‘highly controlling regimes’ as way of ensuring stability.

To back his words up with some meaningful action, Dave took the heads of eight arms producing companies to Egypt with him to ‘to build democracy’.

“For decades, some have argued that stability required controlling regimes and that reform and openness would put that stability at risk. So, the argument went, countries like Britain faced a choice between our interests and our values. And to be honest, we should acknowledge that sometimes we have made such calculations in the past.

But I say that is a false choice. As recent events have confirmed, denying people their basic rights does not preserve stability – rather, the reverse.”

That’s not an excuse, as some would argue, to claim that Arabs or Muslims can’t do democracy – the so-called Arab exception.

For me, that’s a prejudice that borders on racism. It’s offensive and wrong and it’s simply not true.

Camerons statement shows the zionist influence in this country’s foreign policy. For more than a century it has been to firstly prop up dictators and royal families against the wishes of the people, secondly to further israel’s cause at every given opportunity and thirdly to secure a cheap and plentiful energy supply – Oil.

Criticism of Britain’s trade relations with Arab dictators has focused on former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s ‘Deal in the Desert’ with Colonel Gaddafi in 2004.

The coalition government has continued to sell arms to Libya, which included crowd control ammunition, sniper rifles and tear gas.

Recently, the government hastily revoked eight weapons export licenses to Libya amid fears British weapons were used in the slaughter of hundreds of protesters who have poured into the streets to demand their basic rights to freedom of expression and democracy.

Cameron has condemned the violence in Libya as “completely appalling and unacceptable.”

“The regime is using the most vicious forms of repression,” said the Prime Minister.

Aren’t these words a little hollow?

Seeing the government is still promoting arms sales to Arab autocrats.

It’s an absolute disgrace that the Prime Minister has taken these arms dealers with him, when people across the Middle East are dying for democracy at the same time as the government seems intent on flogging their wares to those very regimes that are suppressing these values.

Cameron, however, defiantly defended the inclusion of defence companies on his trip, saying it was right that Britain should be able to sell arms to countries in the Middle East.

I spoke yesterday about Lockheed Martin running our 2011 census, it looks like the pervasive influence that The Military Industrial Complex has over this government is absolutely overwhelming.

Who’s really running this country?

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Why Are Lockheed Martin Running The 2011 Census?

The process of running the 2011 Census has been contracted out by the Office of National Statistics to a private company – military & defence giant Lockheed Martin.

The arms company Lockheed Martin, 80% of whose business is with the US Department of Defense and other Federal Government agencies will be responsible for handling the census.

Here’s the warmongers spin on it:

Not worried?

This should concern you because:

– The Census rules mean that every household will be legally obliged to provide a wide range of personal information that will be handled by the chosen contractor.

– Lockheed Martin produces missiles and land mines which are being used in Afghanistan and Iraq and which are illegal in many countries.

– They also focus on intelligence and surveillance work and boast of their ability to provide ‘integrated threat information’ that combines information from many different sources.

– New questions in the 2011 Census will include information about income and place of birth, as well as existing questions about languages spoken in the household and many other personal details.

– This information would be very useful to Lockheed Martin’s intelligence work, and fears that the data might not be safe could lead to many people not filling in their Census forms.

If the first video was a little too low brow, and you have 15 minutes on your hand, watch the following video.

January 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s famous farewell speech to the nation in which he warned against the rise of a “military-industrial complex.”

William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation traces the rise of the military-industrial complex through the story of the nation’s largest weapons contractor, Lockheed Martin.

Hartung’s new book is Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.

Military Industrial Complex runs things.

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