"Am I therefore become your enemy,because I TELL YOU THE TRUTH...?"
(Galatians 4:16)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Google’s mission is to store all the world’s information

On March 6, 2009, Google CEO Eric Schmidt appeared on the Charlie Rose program, and made a profound statement about Google’s mission:
Charlie Rose: What was the original mission for Google?
Eric Schmidt: All the world’s information, universally accessible and useful.
Charlie Rose: And how we doing on that?
Eric Schmidt: Well, we’ve just started. And I would tell you that when you are 23 years old and you state that’s your mission, you’ve got a lot of years ahead of you. And Larry and Sergey still have a long way to go in that.

Google stores every single search, along with the IP address of the computer doing the search, and has done so since the beginning.
Google’s motto is “don’t be evil.” However, that didn’t stop them from cooperating with the communist Chinese government to further cement The Great Firewall of China, by restricting access to certain information deemed unacceptable by the regime. So much for their commitment to the universally accessible component of their mission...

Where the Global Warming Hoax Was Born

“Global Warming” is, and always was, a policy for genocidal reduction of the world’s population.
The preposterous claim that human-produced carbon dioxide will broil the Earth, melt the ice caps, and destroy human life, came out of a 1975 conference in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, organized by the influential anthropologist Margaret Mead, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in 1974.
Mead—whose 1928 book on the sex life of South Pacific Islanders was later found to be a fraud—recruited like-minded anti-population hoaxsters to the cause: Sow enough fear of mancaused climate change to force global cutbacks in industrial activity and halt Third World development. Mead’s leading recruits at the 1975 conference were climate scare artist Stephen Schneider, population-freak biologist George Woodwell, and the current AAAS president John Holdren—all three of them disciples of Malthusian fanatic Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Suicide bombers kills scores at Pakistan mosque

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan-Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a mosque and two other militants fired on worshipers near Pakistan's military headquarters after Friday prayers, killing at least 40 people, including army officials.
The mosque is frequented by military officials in the town of Rawalpindi, home to Pakistan's military establishment and only a 30-minute drive from the capital Islamabad.
The attack in what should be one of the most secure areas of Pakistan was the latest challenge by militants against the writ of the state. A local television station said people were executed in cold blood.
"There are children among them who had come to pray with their fathers. There are also elderly, retired security officials," said military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas.
"We have reports of some security officials killed or injured but we are confirming that." He said an army major-general was killed.
Abbas put the death toll at 36. Four "terrorists" also died, he said. Rescue services and a senior police official said 40. But it's not clear if that figure included the four militants....

Fort Hood unit deploys despite losing soldiers

FORT HOOD, Texas – More than 40 Army reservists dedicated to counseling troubled soldiers in war zones deployed to Afghanistan on Friday, a month after a shooting spree at Fort Hood left nearly a fourth of their unit dead or seriously wounded.
The soldiers from the Wisconsin-based 467th Medical Detachment arrived at a Fort Hood chapel before dawn. Minutes later, led by a deploying soldier carrying the unit's flag, they boarded a bus to the airport. Fort Hood spokesman Mark Kalinoski confirmed that their plane took off for Afghanistan.
The members of the Army Reserve combat stress unit had arrived at the sprawling Texas post only a day before the Nov. 5 rampage. Yet the soldiers said they never wavered in their determination to serve.
They spent the last month training together, and several soldiers from across the country volunteered to fill the void left by the three soldiers killed and six others seriously wounded...
Picture Left:The 467th Medical Detachment based out of Madison, Wis., marches to the chapel at Fort Hood, Texas, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, as they prepare to head to the airport for their deployment to Afghanistan. The 467th Medical Detachment lost several soldiers during the shooting rampage at Fort Hood last month.(AP Photo/Thao Nguyen)

US Launches "Operation Cobra's Anger" in Afghanistan

KABUL – U.S. Marines swooped down behind Taliban lines in helicopters and Osprey aircraft Friday in the first offensive since President Barack Obama announced an American troop surge.
About 1,000 Marines and 150 Afghan troops were taking part in "Operation Cobra's Anger" in a bid to disrupt Taliban supply and communications lines in the Now Zad Valley of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, the scene of heavy fighting last summer, according to Marine spokesman Maj. William Pelletier.
Hundreds of troops from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines and the Marine reconnaissance unit Task Force Raider dropped by helicopters and MV-22 Osprey aircraft in the northern end of the valley while a second, larger Marine force pushed northward from the main Marine base in the town of Now Zad, Pelletier said....

CIA Increases Drone Attacks as Obama Quietly Expands War in Pakistan

President Obama focused his speech on Afghanistan. He left much unsaid about Pakistan, where the main terrorists he is targeting are located, but where he can send no troops.
Mr. Obama could not be very specific about his Pakistan strategy, his advisers conceded on Monday evening. American operations there are classified, most run by the Central Intelligence Agency. Any overt American presence would only fuel anti-Americanism in a country that reacts sharply to every missile strike against extremists that kills civilians as well, and that fears the United States is plotting to run its government and seize its nuclear weapons.
Yet quietly, Mr. Obama has authorized an expansion of the war in Pakistan as well — if only he can get a weak, divided, suspicious Pakistani government to agree to the terms...

President Obama's Secret:"Only 100 al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan...":With New Surge, One Thousand U.S. Soldiers and $300 Million for Every One al Qaeda

As he justified sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan at a cost of $30 billion a year, President Barack Obama's description Tuesday of the al Qaeda "cancer" in that country left out one key fact: U.S. intelligence officials have concluded there are only about 100 al Qaeda fighters in the entire country.A senior U.S. intelligence official told ABCNews.com the approximate estimate of 100 al Qaeda members left in Afghanistan reflects the conclusion of American intelligence agencies and the Defense Department. The relatively small number was part of the intelligence passed on to the White House as President Obama conducted his deliberations.
President Obama made only a vague reference to the size of the al Qaeda presence in his speech at West Point, when he said, "al Qaeda has not reemerged in Afghanistan in the same number as before 9/11, but they retain their safe havens along the border."
A spokesperson at the White House's National Security Council, Chris Hensman, said he could not comment on intelligence matters....

Minnesota Man Arrested for Trespassing On Own Land

Jeremy Engelking will appear in Douglas County court this afternoon to face a trespassing charge. But here’s the kicker: The Superior man allegedly trespassed on his own property.
Engelking, 27, aimed to hunt deer Wednesday morning when he noticed a pipeline crew on his land. He hopped on his ATV and told workers they had no right to be on his property because he had received no compensation from Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. for an easement.
Engelking said workers told him he was in an unsafe place and asked him to come to an equipment staging area, where he continued to argue his case
But just as he was turning to leave, Engelking said an officer from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene and approached with a Taser drawn.
“He ordered me to 'get down on the ground now!' And he said that I was being arrested for trespassing,” Engelking said....
Picture Left:Jeremy Engelking was to appear in Douglas County court Friday afternoon to face a trespassing charge. (Clint Austin)

Homeland Security chief warns of threat from al-Qaeda sympathizers in U.S.

Al-Qaeda followers are inside the United States and would like to attack targets here and in other countries, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday night.
The secretary’s comments were her bluntest assessment yet of terror threats within the country, and they came one day after President Obama, in announcing his decision to send 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, warned that extremists have been “sent here from the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan to commit more acts of terror.” Addressing the America-Israel Friendship League in New York, Napolitano said a string of recent domestic arrests should “remove any remaining comfort that some might have had from the notion that if we fight the terrorists abroad, we won’t have to fight them here,” rebutting an argument advanced on several occasions by President George W. Bush.
“The fact is that home-based terrorism is here. And like violent extremism abroad, it is now part of the threat picture that we must confront,” Napolitano said. “Individuals sympathetic to al-Qaeda and its affiliates, as well as those inspired by their ideology, are present in the U.S., and would like to attack the homeland or plot overseas attacks against our interests abroad"...

Brit Cops Grill Man Under Terrorism Law for Taking Photos of Christmas Lights

An amateur photographer taking pictures of Christmas lights was questioned by police under anti-terror laws.
Andrew White, from Brighton, was taking pictures in a busy town centre in nearby Burgess Hill when he was spotted and followed by two Police Community Support Officers.
They stopped him and asked why he had been taking pictures and if he was a professional photographer.
Mr White, 33, asked why they wanted to know and was told it was to do with counter-terrorism legislation...

Hillary Clinton:"All nations must play a part in Afghanistan mission"

This week, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to our core goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and prevent their return to either country. The US is sending an additional 30,000 personnel to Afghanistan, significantly increasing our civilian aid to the Afghan people, and broadening our partnership with Pakistan.
Today in Brussels, I will discuss the way forward with our allies. And I will thank those nations that have pledged additional troops. This is a crucial test for Nato. After September 11, the alliance invoked Article 5 of its charter for the first time, affirming that the terrorist attacks planned in Afghanistan and perpetrated in the US were attacks on every Nato member. The members of the alliance have paid a steep price in lives, but we must remain firm in our resolve.
For countries in the region, the stakes are particularly high. Civilians of every faith have been murdered, but Muslims have paid the highest toll. Troops from Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and other Muslim-majority nations are fighting extremism in Afghanistan and their participation is vital to our mission....

Thursday, December 3, 2009

U.S. Wars and the Opium Trade

When Turkey in the late 1940s became a site of NATO and US forces its rank became cemented as the number one supplier of opium to the heroin markets of the US and Europe. This illegal opium market was primarily centered in Europe, where the final processing into heroin was done before going on to the market for the rest of the world. Its profits were therefore also made largely by Europeans. In 1968 research ordered by the Nixon Administration revealed that this Turkish opium crop supplied 80% of the opium destined to become heroin for the illegal markets of Europe and the US .(1)
The Nixon Administration, claiming a threat to the security of the Nation by this situation in the newly proclaimed “war on drugs”, began a multi-pronged effort to limit the amount of opium produced in Turkey from reaching the United States. (2) The foremost of these (and actually the only one that produced even a modicum of success) was a program to buy the crop from the farmers in Turkey (where they still grow it to this day) at outlandish figures that increased by the year, eventually reaching over $25 per kilogram the US taxpayer was forced to spend in an attempt to buy up the entire opium crop of Turkey. This decision was made, all the while seeming to ignore the fact that the illegal channels could pay even $100 a kilogram and it wouldn’t affect the price of a $5 New York City addict’s dose by any more than 1c.(3) It also ignored the fact that the crop can be grown virtually anywhere in the world, that when the entire crop in Turkey was then bought (at inflated prices and at the expense of taxpayers) that it would then leave the entire rest of the world to take its place. But by then Turkey’s prominence as the number one supplier of opium to be manufactured into heroin for US demand had already begun to get competition from South East Asia during the Vietnam War, a market which in turn receded after the US pulled out of Vietnam...


PS:I'm posting only part one of four,but you can watch the entire speech at this channel on Youtube.

As in the days of Noah....

Disengaging from a war we are escalating

Huh, did I hear Obama’s speech right? We’re sending 30,000 troops at a cost of a million per soldier to equal the $30 billion budget, bringing the troop level to over 100,000. But we’re doing all this to give ourselves time to train the Afghan Security Forces and the Pakistan Forces as well, wherever they are, who will then root out remaining Al Qaeda and Taliban members in both countries. All this will happen over the next 18 months, so that in the first part of 2010 troops can start deploying. Who’s he kidding? Bush declared victory in Iraq in 2003.Seen it lately...?...

ABC’s Sawyer Ignores Biden Gaffe:"Nuclear State of Afghanistan"

"My view all along has been less important what the number is than what the strategy is. And the President laid out the strategy in the following order. Our number one enemy concern is the existential threat, al Qaeda. Number two is the stability of a nuclear state called Afghanistan, under siege by radicals."

Desperate Obamanoids Cite al-CIA-duh to Justify Afghan Escalation

It’s another example there is absolutely no difference between the Bush and Obama administrations, the lamentations of Dick Cheney not withstanding.
Bilderberg doorstop and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Bush era leftover Secretary of War and Destruction Robert Gates have mounted a corporate media defense campaign in favor of Obama’s widely condemned mass murder escalation in Afghanistan.
“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates highlighted links between al- Qaeda and militants in Afghanistan and beyond to drive home the need for a surge of U.S. troops amid congressional skepticism,” reports Bloomberg.
Gates and Clinton were teamed up with Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during testimony today on Capitol Hill. “The three faced questions today from Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on whether al-Qaeda’s diminished strength in Afghanistan negated the need for deepening U.S. involvement. The Obama administration is emphasizing the potential of instability in Afghanistan to ripple through the region and worldwide.”
Sounds vaguely familiar, wouldn’t you say? This is basically the same nonsense used by the Bush neocons to defend their twin mass murder campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The U.S. has increasingly come to see the various militant groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond not as separate “but as part of a syndicate of terrorism,” Clinton told the committee. “At the head of the table, like an old mafia diagram, sits al-Qaeda.”
Yawn. Is it possible people still believe this tired old and completely discredited explanation? Probably not. But then Clinton, Gates, and Mullen were not talking to the American people, who are wholly irrelevant, but their partners in crime in the district of criminals.
Afghanistan, along with areas across the border in Pakistan, remains the nexus of al-Qaeda’s operational and propaganda strength, Gates said. The U.S. has provided extensive resources to fight terrorism globally, he said.
“It’s important to recognize where the whole nest is and to deal with that as well,” Gates told the panel....

"Absolute Tragedy": Bill Ayers Demonstrates Against Obama’s Afghanistan Plan...

"I am appalled and alarmed..."--Bill Ayers

Afghan President Karzai Willing to Talk to Taliban

KABUL-Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he's willing to talk with the Taliban chief in a bid to bring peace to the country if the move has the backing of the United States and other international partners.
Karzai had previously offered to talk with Taliban leader Mullah Omar, but the Bush administration opposed such contacts. President Obama has said the U.S. must "open the door" to Taliban members who abandon violence...

Gibbs on Rumsfeld:"You Go to War with the Secretary of Defense You Have"

Politico: The White House likes nothing better than a tangle with the vestiges of the Bush Administration, and Robert Gibbs cheerfully responded to Donald Rumsfeld's denial that he'd denied troops to Afghanistan with, first, a clarification that Obama had been talking about the post-Rumsfeld era of 2008....

Clinton doesn’t blame Karzai for confusion over U.S. policy

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seen by many as the Obama administration’s “good cop” when it comes to dealing with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, leaving others to point fingers at his government over corruption, election fraud and other issues.
On Thursday, she continued to show empathy for the embattled Afghan leader, telling senators she understood why Karzai was so confused about U.S. policy towards his war-torn country.
At a hearing on the new strategy in Afghanistan, which some say is doomed because of the weak Afghan government, Clinton said she didn’t blame anyone — least of all Karzai — for questioning past U.S. intentions.
“I don’t blame anybody for wondering where we are because of the history we inherited and our effort to frankly make sense and rationalize what was happening and to put it into an integrated military strategy,” Clinton said....

"This Is Not the End": Top General Addresses Troops in Afghanistan

Pentagon e-mails suggest distrust over ally Canada

WASHINGTON-How much does the U.S. government really trust Canada? Maybe less than you think.
Espionage warnings from the Defense Department caused an international sensation a few years ago over reports of mysterious coins with radio frequency transmitters, until they were debunked. The culprit turned out to be a commemorative quarter in Canada.
But at the height of the mystery, senior Pentagon officials speculated whether Canadians were involved in the spy caper.
"I don't think it is an issue of the Canadians being the bad guys," the Pentagon's counterintelligence chief wrote in an exchange of e-mails obtained this week by The Associated Press, "but then again, who knows."
In the e-mails, released to the AP under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act with names blacked out but job titles disclosed, Pentagon officials question whether they should warn military officers in the U.S. Northern Command, who regularly met Canadian counterparts about classified subjects inside bug-proof, government meeting rooms. The rooms are known as secure compartmentalized information facilities, or SKIFs.
"Isn't the Canadian piece something that should be briefed to Northcom since the Canadians sit in their SKIFs?" asked the Pentagon's deputy director for counterintelligence oversight, in e-mails marked "Secret/NoForn."
"Good point," replied the Pentagon's acting director for counterintelligence. "It is possible that DSS (the U.S. Defense Security Service) sent their report to Northcom. Then again, I don't think it is an issue of the Canadians being the bad guys, but then again, who knows."
Who knows?

Congress worries about Obama's plan for Pakistan

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's planned troop buildup in Afghanistan came in for more skepticism on Capitol Hill Thursday with lawmakers zeroing in on how the U.S. will deal with terrorist havens in neighboring Pakistan.
"What happens in Pakistan ... will do more to determine the outcome in Afghanistan than any increase in troops or shift in strategy," said Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Obama has depicted the effort to defeat al-Qaida as the center of his war strategy, but his national address Tuesday contained little detail on how he planned to deal with the terror networks hiding in Pakistan territory. The U.S. has relied largely on drone-launched missile strikes inside Pakistan in recent months, and those CIA operations are classified.
Opening a hearing on Afghan strategy, Kerry, D-Mass., said that it is the "presence of al-Qaida in Pakistan, its direct ties to and support from the Taliban in Afghanistan and the perils of an unstable, nuclear-armed Pakistan that drive our mission"....

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Nato chief: quick exit from Afghanistan will unleash ‘global jihad’...

Anders Fogh Rasmussen issued his warning just a day after Gordon Brown gave his clearest signal yet that he wants to begin the process of ending Britain’s Afghan mission within months.
Mr Rasmussen said: “If we were to walk away and turn our backs on Afghanistan, al Qaida would be back in a flash. They would have a sanctuary from which to launch their strategy of global jihad, a strategy that is directed first and foremost against us.
Anyone who doubts the risk of a premature exit “is not living in the real world,”
he told a Nato conference in Edinburgh...

Afghan roadside bombs challenge Obama's Army

Obama’s Speech at West Point on Afghanistan: What He Dare Not Tell Us

During his address before the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday, December 1, expect President Obama to ask the American people to support his sending an additional 34,000 U.S. troops to fight for freedom in Afganistan so that we do not have to fight radical, militiant Islamic terrorism in the American homeland in coming years. He will probably refer to the shootings at Camp Hood allegedly commited by an Islamic military officer and psychiarist with al-Queda connections earlier this month this month to convince us that al-Queda based terrorism constitutes a genuine threat to the safety of Americans, even those living in the homeland.
Obama will probably go on to say that the heroic Amercan military troops fighting for freedom in Afghanistan since shortly after 9/11, have significantly reduced the numbers of al-Queda and Taliban insurgents fighting there and add that, nevertheless, the still pose of significant threat to the security of the people of that nation and so must be eliminated. Furthermore, he will likely add that to honor the American who died fighting there, he intends to finish the job started by President Bush shortly after the 9/11, which is to rid Afghanistan of al-Queda and Taliban fighters and then train Afghanistant troops to defend their own homeland.
That’s sweet Obama rhetoric. Let the violins play....

Obama's plan for Afghanistan unrealistic

President and Man-of-Peace Obama has a Xmas Present for Afghanistan

Merry Xmas Jarheads!! The Man of Peace, Nobel Laureate-to-be , President Barack Obama, your chickenhawk commander-in-chief, is shipping you out as a holiday gift to the people of Afghanistan.
You will be delivering bullets and bombs, with my name and the name of other American taxpayers on them, to the long-suffering people of Afghanistan by December 25, according to what Mr. Hope and Change’s told the nation in a speech delivered at West Point last night
Back here in America, the land of the free and brave, come the holidays, we will be scraping together the cash to buy small gifts for our kids, hopefully without having to miss a rent payment or a mortgage payment. Fortunately, we’ve got Food Stamps, which are now, we are told, flooding the suburbs, and are “no longer a stigma,” so we won’t be hurting too much for Christmas dinner—though you still can’t use the stamps to buy eggnog.
It will be interesting to hear what your commanders tell you your mission is. The president is saying we need to keep Al Qaeda out of Afghanistan, which he dishonestly called the “epicenter” of global terrorism, but from what I hear, there are no Al Qaeda operatives in the country. They all upped and left for greener pastures a long time ago—to places like Pakistan, Somalia, and maybe Europe and the USA...

Ron Paul:"Obama Preparing for Perpetual War"

"Not only will Obama not bring the troops home from Afghanistan, he will use the build-up to go into Pakistan...."

Cost of Afghanistan will hurt the US economy...?

PRESS TV:"Obama increases troops in Afghanistan by 40%"

The US president has decided to raise the number of American troops in Afghanistan by some 40 percent, a move that would see Washington deploy another 30,000 soldiers.
In a live televised speech at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York on Tuesday, Barack Obama said the troops would be deployed in the first part of 2010.
“As commander in chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan,” he told the cadets.
He stated that the fresh troops, who will increase the number of US forces in Afghanistan from 68,000 to 100,000, would focus on targeting the resurgent Taliban, securing key population centers, and training military personnel.
There are no estimates available on the number of civilians who have been killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion, but according to UN figures, over 1,500 Afghans have been killed just in the first half of 2009.
Furthermore, countless reports by international press, including leading US media, indicate that the top al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders such as Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Mohammed Omar all reside in Pakistan, not Afghanistan
During the past eight years, the US has made no substantial effort to detain these top leaders in Pakistan, while Britain even presented an initiative for dialogue with the militants and a possible compromise...

Mullen:"New Afghan Strategy Refines U.S. Focus..."

Protests against the escalation of Afghan War

A coalition of activists protest the escalation of the US war in Afghanistan in New York's Times Square.
President Barack Obama's administration said that a July 2011 target date to begin withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan was not set in stone, while stepping up warnings over corruption.... (AFP/Stan Honda)

Afghans Mixed on Obama's Troop Surge Plan

NATO WATCH:A new single NATO Command...

U.S. General Stanley McChrystal (L), head of NATO troops in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell (C) and Major General Richard P. Formica attend a ceremony in Kabul November 21, 2009.
The U.S. training mission for the Afghan army and police was merged with the new NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) under a single NATO command.
The new training mission will be headed by Caldwell and will aim to consolidate efforts on building an effective security force, a vital precondition for the withdrawal of foreign troops...
(REUTERS/ Omar Sobhani)

NATO allies face U.S. pressure on Afghan troops

BRUSSELS-Washington's NATO allies will face pressure to commit more troops and money to supplement President Barack Obama's troop increase in Afghanistan at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers starting on Thursday.
European leaders were quick to offer verbal support on Wednesday to Obama's Afghanistan strategy, which includes sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to join the fight against a Taliban insurgency.
But they have been in less of a hurry to commit new forces to an uncertain military campaign that is increasingly unpopular at home because of rising casualties.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday he expected U.S. allies to provide at least 5,000 extra troops and possibly a few thousand more -- short of the 10,000 troops and trainers Pentagon officials had sought....

NATO:"5000 Extra Afghan troops..."

Afghans sceptical about Obama's plan

Gates:"U.S. Must Hold Strong in Afghanistan"

Newt Gingrich praises Obama on Afghanistan:Former House speaker Gingrich says Obama shows political courage on Afghanistan

CINCINNATI--Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is praising President Barack Obama for political courage on Afghanistan.
The Georgia Republican says Obama is doing what he thinks is right for the country by increasing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. But Gingrich predicts that Obama will have trouble pulling out troops in 2011, and that there will still be U.S. troops both in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2012.
Gingrich says Obama made a difficult decision that took considerable courage because it will split his supporters....
PS:It seems to me that reps and dems are the same...
Difficult decision...???
PLEASEEEE....BHO does what he is told by the elite....He's just another puppet,like Newt....
Listen to BHO's speech and is almost identical to one given by GW Bush,regarding Afghanistan,some time ago...
PLEASEEEEE...who does he think he is fooling....?
As in the days of Noah....

Afghans react to U.S. troop plan

Taliban:"Afghan surge will mean more US fatalities"

KABUL – The Taliban rebuffed President Barack Obama's new war plan for Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying his strategy to send 30,000 new troops will only lead to more American casualties.If conditions are right, Obama said U.S. forces could begin leaving Afghanistan in 18 months. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in the country, said the Afghan government and its international partners should use the coming year-and-a-half to convince the Taliban they can't win and offer militants a way to quit the insurgency "with dignity."
In a statement, the Taliban said the Obama administration's plan was "no solution for the problems of Afghanistan" and would give insurgents an opportunity "to increase their attacks and shake the American economy, which is already facing crisis."
Obama only set a tentative pullout date for July 2011 to lessen the sensitivities of Afghans about the troop buildup and decrease the American public's opposition to the war, the Taliban statement said.
"This stratagem will not pay off," it said, adding the surge will result in increased deaths of U.S. troops...

DER SPIEGEL:"Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false...."

President Barack Obama's Tuesday speech left a bad taste in many mouths.
Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America's new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric -- and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.
One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best to ensure that Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama's speech would be well-received.
Just minutes before the president took the stage inside Eisenhower Hall, the gathered cadets were asked to respond "enthusiastically" to the speech. But it didn't help: The soldiers' reception was cool.
One didn't have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea upon hearing Obama's speech. It was the least truthful address that he has ever held. He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly.
An additional 30,000 US soldiers are to march into Afghanistan -- and then they will march right back out again. America is going to war -- and from there it will continue ahead to peace. It was the speech of a Nobel War Prize laureate...

Doubts raised over Afghan strategy

Doubts in Congress over Afghan plan

Obama aides defend ambitious Afghan scale-up

WASHINGTON-Top U.S. officials said the first of 30,000 new U.S. troops would arrive in Afghanistan in two to three weeks but also made clear on Wednesday that plans to start bringing the soldiers home in 18 months could slip.
One day after President Barack Obama unveiled his high-risk strategy for the Afghan troop increase, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced skepticism from lawmakers of a big escalation of the unpopular and expensive war.
"This is a huge commitment. It's the right commitment. And it gives us the forces to turn this thing around," Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee...

Barack Obama's war:"The final push in Afghanistan"

President Barack Obama says he will send 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan by the summer but will begin bringing forces home by July 2011.
Barack Obama is to set an ambitious timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, with the first troops pulling out by July 2011. The announcement is aimed at countering US public fears that the country is being sucked into a Vietnam-style morass.
Reflecting the increased sense of urgency, Obama is to speed deployment of an extra 30,000 American troops to Afghanistan within the next six months – a much faster timetable than the 12 to 18 months that had been briefed by US officials up until today.
The 30,000 figure is lower than requested by the US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, but the Obama administration is hoping that other Nato countries will make up the difference. A senior administration official said the Nato secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, will announce the deployment of extra troops on Friday...

Russia building arms plants in Venezuela

CARACAS-Russia is building arms plants in Venezuela to produce AK-103 automatic rifles and cartridges and is finalizing contracts to send 53 military helicopters to the Andean nation, Moscow's envoy to Venezuela said Monday. Ambassador Vladmir Zaemskiy told a news conference that Russian engineers and Venezuelan construction firms were building the rifle and cartridge plants which, when operational, would employ more than 1,500 workers....

How China Will Destroy The U.S. Dollar

Giordano Bruno
Neithercorp Press
On August 23rd, 2009, we reported on a Chinese “People’s Daily” article which revealed that China had begun the process of dumping its long term U.S. Treasury bonds. 3.1% in a very short period of time. To the main stream educated wannabe economist, this may not seem like much, and the news may roll off his back. So, it is up to Neithercorp to educate them on why this recent dumping of treasuries is such a big deal.
First, it has been nine years since China has dropped so many U.S. bonds in such a short period of time, and interestingly, it was right around this time that the U.S. Dollar value began to plummet, with a short upwards spike in 2006, and then a continued drop until now...

Recent World Events Indicate Impending Market Chaos

For the past couple years we have been covering every nuance of the economic collapse and in almost every instance we have come to the conclusion that 2010 would be the year that the U.S. would see an incredible downturn, possibly resulting in the inflationary disintegration of the Dollar, and a major stock market revolt which would destroy any remaining illusion Americans still have that a recovery is in progress:
We are now on the edge of winter 2009, and recent events across the globe indicate more and more that our predictions for 2010 were correct. Let’s examine some of those events and their implications now…

"Half a million people flee war in Somalia",UN says

NAIROBI-Half a million people have fled war in Somalia this year, with hundreds dying on a perilous crossing across the Gulf of Eden to Yemen, the UN refugee agency has said.
The numbers of refugees this year are the highest since the fighting in the country resumed two years ago, according to the UNHCR, while much of the country's population needs humanitarian assistance.
"This year we have seen more than half of Somalia's population in need of humanitarian aid, and more and more people have increasingly been willing to take higher risks to flee the country," said Roberta Russo, UNHCR's spokeswoman for Somalia.
Those who do not attempt the crossing to Yemen generally flee to Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan...
Picture Left:Internally displaced children stand outside their makeshift shelter at a camp on the outskirts of the Somalia's capital Mogadishu.REUTERS/Omar Faruk)

EU Troops to Remain in Bosnia

Bosnia faces no threat of a new war but European Union peacekeepers will stay on to boost its fragile political stability, the outgoing commander of the EU peacekeeping force in Bosnia (EUFOR) said on Monday. The United Nations Security Council extended this month the EUFOR mandate for one more year, citing political obstacles for the return of some 117,000 people displaced during and after the 1992-95 war in the former Yugoslav republic.
“In technical, military terms, the country can be considered stable,” Italian Major-General Stefano Castagnotto said in a farewell news conference.”You have a unified army and I don’t see any outside threat from neighbouring countries.”
He said there was no potential for a new internal conflict any time soon, but using troops was a complex decision-making process with a political dimension...

When elites make our decisions for us

The ultimate constraint we all face is knowledge – what we know and don't know. The knowledge problem is pervasive and by no means trivial as hinted at by just a few examples. You've purchased a house. Was it the best deal you could have gotten? Was there some other house you could have purchased that 10 years later would not have needed extensive repairs or was in a community with more likable neighbors and a better environment for your children? What about the person you married? Was there another person who would have made for a more pleasing spouse? Though these are important questions, the most intelligent answer you can give to all of them is: "I don't know."
Since you don't know the answers, who do you think, here on Earth, is likely to know and whom would you like to make these decisions for you – Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, George Bush, a czar appointed by Obama or a committee of Washington bureaucrats? I bet that if these people were to forcibly make housing or marital decisions for us, most would deem it tyranny...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Inside the shadowy (and very lucrative) world of Blair Inc: How the ex-PM has become a one-man multinational money-making machine

So, as the job of European President apparently recedes from Tony Blair's grasp, should we feel sorry for our former prime minister, sitting at home watching his dreams of returning to the world stage turn to ashes?
Perhaps not. In fact, there is every reason to believe that Mr Blair might be rather relieved if he doesn't have to go to Brussels, because taking the job would have meant renouncing his current role as a one-man multinational money-making machine.
If you were to take Mr Blair's activities at his own evaluation, you would believe he divides his time between trying to save the world in the Middle East as the representative to that troubled region from the UN, the U.S., Europe and Russia; running his own faith and sports foundations in London; and organising various other charitable endeavours.
But the truth is a lot more complicated - and vastly more lucrative - than that.
At a conservative estimate, he has made £15million from his commercial activities since stepping down as prime minister in 2007, and there is every sign that his earning capacity is increasing.
He remains in demand as a £100,000-a-time international speaker, he has contracts to provide advice with several banking institutions, he is writing his memoirs, and he has established Tony Blair Associates (TBA) to provide advice to foreign governments for money.
There is nothing wrong with all this - except that he is pursuing his commercial interests so closely in tandem with his charitable work and job as an envoy to the Middle East that it is hard to see where the not-for-profit element ends and his own personal bank account begins.
As a friend told the Financial Times, 'if Mr Blair emerged from a meeting with an Arab emir having won a donation to the Palestinians, a donation to the Tony Blair faith foundation, and a consultancy fee, that would be a "good trip".'


President Barack Obama ...
... is slated to deliver a prime-time address on Tuesday night in which he'll lay out his plans for the American war in Afghanistan.
The address before the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday night will not only be used to announce the immediate order to deploy roughly 30,000 more troops, but the administration will also use the occasion to convey how it intends to turn the fight over to the Kabul government, the New York Times reported.
But the administration may also face an unforeseen enemy as it lays out its long-awaited plans. And they are loud and they are legion: We're talking about preschoolers and their parents.
That's because ABC-TV was scheduled to present its annual screening of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at 8 p.m. tomorrow night. And we don't know about you, but that show is pretty sacrosanct around our house and not to be trifled with lightly.
A call to the White House may be in order here. We hear it's pretty easy to get through these days ...
UPDATE: We've since learned that the 'Charlie Brown' broadcast has been moved to next week.