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A “New Dawn” In Iraq: And Still Nowhere Near An American Sunset

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September 2, 2010: Richard Spencer / London Telegraph – September 1, 2010

Shock and Awe ended today with a New Dawn. Shock and Awe was the military doctrine which determined how the invasion of Iraq was fought, back in 2003: with overwhelming force.

Operation New Dawn is what today replaced Operation Iraqi Freedom as the title for whatever it is the 50,000 American troops remaining in Iraq are going to do from here on in (their mandate is ambiguous). The tone was appropriate.

In principle, today marked the transfer of military power from American to Iraqi generals. More important, for the future of America, of the Western Alliance, of the world – if that is not too pompous – was the transfer of vocabulary from violence to the touchy-feely talk of nation-building and brotherly love.

General Ray Odierno, departing commander of American troops in Iraq, spoke of the American captain who risked his life to ensure the rescue of his Iraqi colleague, felled in a hail of Al-Qaeda bullets. Vice-President Joe Biden addressed himself to the folks back home who so missed their loved ones serving in the desert. Go home to Lindy, he urged Gen. Odierno. “You owe her big time,” he added – since Gen. Odierno has spent 55 months of the last seven years in Iraq. Sweet.

There was lots of talk of politics – and of the glorious past and great future of Iraq, now that its people had shown their willingness to exercise their vote and seize control of their own destiny. There was insistence that in this struggle the Americans and the Iraqis would be bound together irrevocably.

And that’s how it ought to be, of course. We live in a different time from seven years ago, seven years in which a key part of the American Project, to impose its values across the world, by force if necessary, has been shown to be deeply flawed. The neo-con dream, that freed from the shackles of dictatorship peoples the world over would rally to the flag of democracy and the free market, has died. Obama has replaced Bush. Co-existence has replaced hegemony.

On the other hand, I took no real sense from today’s events that they were something that would live in memory, like the last helicopter flights from Saigon. I suspect that that this symbolic end of the military debacle in Iraq is not quite the moment portrayed by those who talk about the inevitable decline of American power, the remorseless shift of influence from West to East.

Too often, the wish is father of the thought. There is no point in thrashing over once again the rights and wrongs of the Iraq War, the deceptions – so obviously deceptions, despite our own willingness to pretend to believe them at the time – over WMD, the massacres, the destruction of principles of sovereignty, the long-sought removal of Saddam Hussein.

But the one solitary mention yesterday of the tens of thousands of Iraqi dead, spoken in one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces, converted to the US military headquarters, brought me up short to this almost forgotten truth.

Seven years ago, the United States, in three short weeks, destroyed an army, a dictator, and in the end a country, on the other side of the world; a far distant country of which it knew little, one with its own history, and one that above all was regarded as a power, a force to be reckoned with, to be feared by its neighbours. Forget the failure, regrettable though it may be, to build a nation afterwards. Forget the 4,400 American dead (compared, remember, to 50,000 in Vietnam). Forget the shoes thrown at President Bush.

America destroyed a people and country with no more effort on the part of its president than it takes me to crush a fly. Could, or would, any other country do that? Could any country, moreover, have had those people stand up today and say they are friends, irrevocably bound? I still don’t fully know whether that’s chutzpah, brilliant or disgusting. Shock and awe though, it does – me at least.

Iraq Combat Mission Ends – 50,000 Troops Remain

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I have said from the beginning that the US military will never leave Iraq! – SJH

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Environmentalist Takes Hostages And Issues A Eugenics Manifesto

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September 2, 2010: Kurt Nimmo / – September 1, 2010

Update: The police have killed James Jay Lee.

Update: The gunman is identified as James Jay Lee, described as a longtime protester of Discovery. Scroll down the page for additional information.

A eugenicist demanding the Discovery Channel must “broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet” and “stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants” has taken a hostage at the television network’s headquarters in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. The media reports the man entered the building with explosives and has taken a security guard hostage. Montgomery County Police spokesman Cpl. Dan Fritz told the Washington Post that tactical and bomb squad officers are on the scene and are developing a plan to deal with the situation.

According to the Post, a note was posted on the internet on July 18 demanding the implementation of a global eugenics program. “All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions,” the post reads. “In those programs’ places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it.”

The post was posted on the website. The entire “manifesto” follows with a screen-shot before the document was removed: [read more below]


The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Be sure to watch the video, then read the manifesto below… – SJH

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Afghan President Says NATO Airstrike Killed 10 Innocent Civilians

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September 2, 2010: Christopher Bodeen / Mail Times – September 2, 2010

NATO said an airstrike in northern Afghanistan on Thursday killed about a dozen insurgents, but President Hamid Karzai said the victims were campaign workers seeking votes in this month’s parliamentary elections.

NATO said its airstrike on a car in northern Takhar province’s normally quiet Rustaq district killed or wounded as many as 12 insurgents, including a Taliban commander and a local head of an allied insurgent group, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, responsible for attacks in Kabul and elsewhere. However Karzai — who repeatedly warns that civilian casualties undermine anti-insurgency efforts — said the airstrike had killed 10 campaign workers instead. “The rationale for the airstrike still needs to be fully investigated,” the president said at a joint news conference in Kabul with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Gates said he had not heard about civilian casualties, but said the attack had hit its intended target and promised an investigation. “I am able to confirm that a very senior official of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was the target and was killed,” Gates said.

Earlier, Takhar Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa said the car in which candidate Abdul Wahid Khorasani had been riding was fired on by helicopters following an initial pass by fighter jets. He called the incident an obvious mistake, saying there were no Uzbek militants, foreigners or members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the convoy. “There aren’t even any Taliban in this area,” Taqwa said. “They were all working on Mr. Khorasani’s campaign.”

Reached by phone at a hospital in Kabul, Khorasani said windows of the six vehicles in the convoy had been plastered with his campaign posters and all those traveling with him had been members of his extended family, including a man named Amanullah, who had been allied with a local Uzbek warlord and recently returned from a lengthy visit to neighboring Pakistan.

Khorasani said Amanullah had been among the 10 people killed in the attack, which he said also left seven wounded. Khorasani, who said he received minor injuries, suggested the attack may have been prompted by false information fed to the Americans by a political rival, and called for a thorough investigation. “I ask the international community and the Afghan government — investigate and find out who was the spy who gave you this bad information,” he said.

A local politician with knowledge of the incident, but who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter, said the attack was likely linked to rivalries among ethnic Uzbek politicians in the province. Afghan politicians have in the past been accused of deliberately feeding false information to foreign forces in hopes of prompting attacks and eliminating rivals. Political violence is on the rise ahead of the Sept. 18 polls, with at least three candidates and five campaign workers killed.

An alliance spokesman said it was aware of the claims that civilians were killed and would conduct a thorough investigation. “What I can say is these vehicles were nowhere near a populated area and we’re confident this strike hit only the targeted vehicle after days of tracking the occupants’ activity,” said Maj. Gen. David Garza, the deputy chief of staff for joint operations in Afghanistan.

Another NATO spokesman said the vehicle hit had stopped at least twice prior to the attack, during which men armed with rifles were observed exiting it before re-entering. “We stand by the information in the release, and it is important to note that there was considerable time spent watching and waiting prior to the engagement,” James Judge said.

Also Thursday, two American troops died in fighting, while NATO and local officials said coalition and Afghan forces killed dozens of insurgents in a series of ground and air engagements. NATO said one U.S. service member was killed in the country’s east and the other in the south — regions where fighting between the coalition and Taliban insurgents has been at its most intense. No other details were given in keeping with standard NATO procedure. The deaths bring to three the number of U.S. service members killed in September and follow a spike in casualties during the last two weeks of August.

NATO said coalition forces beat back an attack on a combat outpost in Paktika province’s Barmal district along the mountainous border with Pakistan, killing at least 20 insurgents. Troops first returned fire with mortars and small arms before calling in an air assault, the alliance said in a statement, adding that no NATO or Afghan government forces were killed.

In Ghazni province’s Andar district, five other insurgents were killed in an airstrike as they were placing a roadside bomb, NATO said. In volatile Helmand province to the south, coalition and Afghan forces killed 11 insurgents and captured four, including a regional Taliban shadow district governor, Mulla Sayed Gul, responsible for ordering attacks and dispensing funds, the provincial government said.

Other insurgents were killed and captured in Paktika, one of several eastern provinces where the Taliban and their allies maintain cross-border routes to smuggle in weapons and militants, many of them linked to al-Qaida and recruited from their homelands in the Gulf and North Africa. Estimates of the number of foreign fighters in Afghanistan vary, with the vast majority of insurgents still drawn from Afghanistan’s multitude of tribes, especially in the Pashtun-dominated south.

RT: Afghan Civilians Killed In Droves

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: And people wonder why the US military suicide rate is at record highs?! – SJH 

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Meltdown Of Climate ‘Consensus’ – Death Of Global Warming Cult

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September 2, 2010: Matt Patterson / The New York Post – September 1, 2010

If this keeps up, no one’s going to trust any scientists.

The global-warming establishment took a body blow this week, as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change received a stunning rebuke from a top-notch independent investigation. For two decades, the IPCC has spearheaded efforts to convince the world’s governments that man-made carbon emissions pose a threat to the global temperature equilibrium — and to civilization itself.

IPCC reports, collated from the work of hundreds of climate scientists and bureaucrats, are widely cited as evidence for the urgent need for drastic action to “save the planet.” But the prestigious InterAcademy Council, an independent association of “the best scientists and engineers worldwide” (as the group’s own Web site puts it) formed in 2000 to give “high-quality advice to international bodies,” has finished a thorough review of IPCC practices — and found them badly wanting.

For example, the IPCC’s much-vaunted Fourth Assessment Report claimed in 2007 that Himalayan glaciers were rapidly melting, and would possibly be gone by the year 2035. The claim was actually false — yet the IPCC cited it as proof of man-made global warming.

Then there’s the IPCC’s earlier prediction in 2007 — which it claimed to have “high confidence” in — that global warming could lead to a 50 percent reduction in the rain-fed agricultural capacity of Africa.

Such a dramatic decrease in food production in an already poor continent would be a terrifying prospect, and undoubtedly lead to the starvation of millions. But the InterAcademy Council investigation found that this IPCC claim was also based on weak evidence.

Overall, the IAC slammed the IPCC for reporting “high confidence in some statements for which there is little evidence. Furthermore, by making vague statements that were difficult to refute, authors were able to attach ‘high confidence’ to the statements.” The critics note “many such statements that are not supported sufficiently in the literature, not put into perspective or not expressed clearly.

Some IPCC practices can only be called shoddy. As The Wall Street Journal reported, “Some scientists invited by the IPCC to review the 2007 report before it was published questioned the Himalayan claim. But those challenges ‘were not adequately considered,’ the InterAcademy Council’s investigation said, and the projection was included in the final report.”

Yet the Himalayan claim wasn’t based on peer-reviewed scientific data, or on any data — but on spec ulation in a phone interview by a single scientist.

Was science even a real concern for the IPCC? In January, the Sunday Times of London reported that, based in large part on the fraudulent glacier story, “[IPCC Chairman] Rajendra Pachauri’s Energy and Resources Institute, based in New Delhi, was awarded up to 310,000 pounds by the Carnegie Corp. . . . and the lion’s share of a 2.5 million pound EU grant funded by European taxpayers.”

Thus, the Times concluded, “EU taxpayers are funding research into a scientific claim about glaciers that any ice researcher should immediately recognize as bogus.”

All this comes on top of last year’s revelation of the “Climategate” e-mails, which revealed equally shoddy practices (and efforts to suppress criticism) by scientists at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia — perhaps the single most important source of data that supposedly proved the most alarming claims of global warming.

Al Gore and many other warming alarmists have insisted that “the debate is over” — that the science was “settled.” That claim is now in shreds — though the grants are still flowing, and advocates still hope Congress will pass some version of the economically ruinous “cap and trade” anti-warming bill.

What does the best evidence now tell us? That man-made global warming is a mere hypothesis that has been inflated by both exaggeration and downright malfeasance, fueled by the awarding of fat grants and salaries to any scientist who’ll produce the “right” results.

The warming “scientific” community, the Climategate emails reveal, is a tight clique of like-minded scientists and bureaucrats who give each other jobs, publish each other’s papers — and conspire to shut out any point of view that threatens to derail their gravy train. Such behavior is perhaps to be expected from politicians and government functionaries. From scientists, it’s a travesty.

In the end, grievous harm will have been done not just to individual scientists’ reputations, but to the once-sterling reputation of science itself. For that, we will all suffer.

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Global Warming Or Global Governance?

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: And yes, that is Kevin Spacey in the image above with Pachauri and Gore. I have no idea who the blonde is, although it looks like it could be Uma Thurman… Wake up, Spacey! – SJH 

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Meltdown of the climate ‘consensus’

The Obama Speech Defect: Emission Of Evil From The Oval Office

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September 1, 2010: Chris Floyd / – September 1, 2010

“Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility.”Barack Hussein Obama 

We have met our responsibility!” No, Mister President, we have not. Not until many Americans of high degree stand in the dock for war crimes. Not until the United States pays hundreds of billions of dollars in unrestricted reparations to the people of Iraq for the rape of their country and the mass murder of their people. Not until the United States opens its borders to accept all those who have been and will be driven from Iraq by the savage ruin we have inflicted upon them, or in flight from the vicious thugs and sectarians we have loosed — and empowered — in the land. Not until you, Mister President, go down on your knees, in sackcloth and ashes, and proclaim a National Day of Shame to be marked each year by lamentations, reparations and confessions of blood guilt for our crime against humanity in Iraq.

Then and only then, Mister President, can you say that America has begun — in even the most limited, pathetic way — to “meet its responsibility” for what it has done to Iraq. And unless you do this, Mister President — and you never will — you are just a lying, bloodsoaked apologist, accomplice and perpetrator of monstrous evil, like your predecessor and his minions — many of whom, of course, are now your minions.

I really don’t have anything else to say about this sickening spectacle — which is being compounded in Britain, where I live, by the sight today of Tony Blair’s murder-tainted mug plastered on the front of the main newspapers, as he makes the rounds pushing his new book, doling out “exclusive interviews” full of crocodile tears for the soldiers he had murdered in the war crime he committed and the “great suffering” of the Iraqi people which, goodness gracious, he never foresaw and feels, gosh, really bad about. All this laced with venomous comments about his former colleagues — those who, like Gordon Brown, sold their souls to advance Blair’s vision of aggressive war abroad and corporate rapine at home — along with, of course, earnest protestations of his God-directed good intentions, and his unwavering belief that killing a million innocent human beings in Iraq was “the right thing to do.” Pol Pot could not have been more blindly self-righteous than this wretched moral cretin.

I will say again what I have said here many, many times before: What quadrant of hell is hot enough for such men? Words might fail me, but wise man William Blum has a few that put the “end of combat operations in Iraq” in their proper perspective. Let’s give him the last word here [the ellipses are in the original text]:

No American should be allowed to forget that the nation of Iraq, the society of Iraq, have been destroyed, ruined, a failed state. The Americans, beginning 1991, bombed for 12 years, with one excuse or another; then invaded, then occupied, overthrew the government, killed wantonly, tortured … the people of that unhappy land have lost everything — their homes, their schools, their electricity, their clean water, their environment, their neighborhoods, their mosques, their archaeology, their jobs, their careers, their professionals, their state-run enterprises, their physical health, their mental health, their health care, their welfare state, their women’s rights, their religious tolerance, their safety, their security, their children, their parents, their past, their present, their future, their lives … More than half the population either dead, wounded, traumatized, in prison, internally displaced, or in foreign exile … The air, soil, water, blood and genes drenched with depleted uranium … the most awful birth defects … unexploded cluster bombs lie in wait for children to pick them up … an army of young Islamic men went to Iraq to fight the American invaders; they left the country more militant, hardened by war, to spread across the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia … a river of blood runs alongside the Euphrates and Tigris … through a country that may never be put back together again.”

II. Same Question, Same Answer

The piece below was written in the first few weeks after the invasion. Its scene is the same Oval Office where Barack Obama spoke last night. And the choice offered to the leader in this piece is the same one that Obama has been offered — and his decision has been the same one taken here, not only for Iraq, but for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and many other places around the world.

The Karamazov Question Variation on a theme by Dostoevsky

A man appeared in the doorway of the Oval Office. He wasn’t noticed at first, in the bustle around the desk of the president, where George W. Bush was preparing to announce to the world that the “decapitation raid” he had launched on Baghdad a few hours before was in fact the beginning of his long-planned, much-anticipated invasion of Iraq.

A woman fussed with the president’s hair, which had been freshly cut for the television appearance. A make-up artist dabbed delicate touches of rouge on the president’s cheeks. Another attendant fluttered in briefly to adjust the president’s tie, which, like the $6,000 suit the president was wearing, had arrived that morning from a Chicago couturier. As for the president’s $900 designer shoes – which, as a recent news story had pointed out playfully, were not only made by the same Italian craftsman who supplied Saddam Hussein with footwear, but were also the same size and make as those ordered by the Iraqi dictator – they had been carefully polished earlier by yet another aide, even though they would of course be out of sight during the broadcast.

In addition to all of this activity, the president’s political advisors and speechwriters were also making last-minute adjustments to the brief speech, while giving the president pointers about his delivery: “Keep your gaze and your voice steady. Project firmness of purpose. Confidence, calmness, character. And short phrases, lightly punched. Don’t worry, the breaks and stresses will be marked on the teleprompter.”

It’s little wonder that no one saw the man as he advanced slowly to the center of the room. He stood there silently, until the sense of his presence crept up on the others. One by one, they turned to look at him, this unauthorized figure, this living breach of protocol. He was, in almost every sense, non-descript. He wore a plain suit of indeterminate color; his features and his skin betrayed no particular race. He had no badge, no papers; how had he come to be here, where nothing is allowed that is not licensed by power?

Then, more astonishing, they saw his companion: a two-year-old girl standing by his side. A mass of tousled hair framed her face; a plain red dress covered her thin body. She too was silent, but not as still as the man. Instead, she turned her head this way and that, her eyes wide with curiosity, drawn especially by the bright television lights that shone on the president.

A Marine guard reached for his holster, but the man raised his hand, gently, and the guard’s movement was arrested. The aides and attendants stepped back then stood rooted, as if stupefied, their ranks forming a path from the man at the room’s center to the president’s desk. The president, brilliant in the light, alone retained the freedom to move and speak. “Who are you?” he asked, rising from his chair. “What do you want?”

The man put his hand tenderly on the back of the girl’s head and came forward with her. “I have a question for you, and an opportunity,” the man replied. “I’ve heard it said that you are righteous, and wish to do good for the world.”

“I am,” said the president. “I wish only to do God’s will, as He in His wisdom reveals it to me. In His will is the whole good of the world. What is your question, what is your opportunity? Be quick; I have mighty business at hand.”

The man nodded. “If tonight you could guarantee the good of the world – peace and freedom, democracy and prosperity, now and forever; if tonight, you could relieve the suffering of all those who labor under tyranny and persecution, all those who groan in poverty and disease; if tonight, you could redeem the anguish of creation, past and future, now and forever; if tonight, you could guarantee such a universal reconciliation, by the simple expedient of taking this” – here the man suddenly produced a black pistol and held it out to the president – “and putting a bullet through the brain of this little one here, just her, no one else: would you do it? That is my question, this is your opportunity.”

With firmness of purpose, the president grasped the pistol and walked around the desk. With confidence, calmness, and steady hand, he pressed the barrel to the girl’s head and pulled the trigger. Her eyes, which had grown even wider with her smile at the approach of the nicely dressed man and his rosy cheeks, went black with blood in the instant shattering of her skull. Her body spun round from the force of the shot – once, twice, three times in all – then fell, her mutilated head flailing wildly, in a heap on the floor of the Oval Office.

At that moment, the man faded, like a dream, into nothingness. The aides and attendants, unfrozen, stepped back into their tasks. The room was again a whirl of activity, like a hive. The president – the dematerialized gun no longer in his hand – strode confidently back to his chair. He winked at a nearby aide and pumped his fist: “Feel good!” he exulted.

The speech went off without a hitch. The hair was perfect, the voice steady, the phrases short and lightly punched. No one saw the blood and bits of brain that clung to the president’s $900 designer shoes; they were, of course, out of sight during the broadcast.” (First published in The Moscow Times on April 20, 2003)

Obama Iraq Speech: The End Of The Combat Mission In Iraq

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: That was a helluva read. Now watch and read the Obama speech. – SJH  

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Breaking News – Another Oil Rig “Explodes” In The Gulf Of Mexico

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September 2, 2010: AP Editor’s / Associated Press via Yahoo News – September 2, 2010

GRAND ISLE, La. – An offshore oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, west of the site of the April blast that caused the massive oil spill.

A commercial helicopter company reported the blast around 9:30 a.m. CDT Thursday, Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel said. Seven helicopters, two airplanes and four boats were en route to the site, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast.

The Coast Guard said initial reports indicated all 13 crew members from the rig were in the water. One was injured, but there were no deaths. The platform owned by Mariner Energy is in about 2,500 feet of water, the Coast Guard said, and was not currently producing.

About 206 million gallons of oil from an undersea well spilled into the Gulf after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.

Mile-Long Sheen Leaks From Exploded Oil Platform — Producing 1,400 Barrels A Day In August

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The question is now whether the damage done to the Gulf seabed as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion has set off a geological chain reaction– SJH 

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