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Debt Grief Exposes Hidden Austerity And Looting Of Public Assets

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October 19, 2010: Eric Blair / Activist Post – October 18, 2010

The austerity sharks are circling their wounded prey.  The U.S. economy continues to collapse amid dwindling stimulus funds, while states are barely able to keep their heads above water. In addition to cutting vital services to taxpayers, and seeking tax increases, some states are also selling off public assets in the politically acceptable name of privatization. This mass looting is happening just below the surface where the public, buried by their own individual problems, can hardly tell that it is happening.

In June of this year Bloomberg reported that 46 states were facing bankruptcy with “Greek-style deficits,” where Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, was quoted as saying that “States are going to have to cut back spending and raise taxes the same way Greece and Spain are.” The article goes on to say:

“State budget woes are a worsening drag on growth as the federal government tries to wean the economy from two years of extraordinary support. By Jan. 1, funds from the $787 billion federal stimulus bill will dry up. That money from Washington has helped cushion state budgets as tax revenue has plunged.

“State leaders won’t be able to ride out this cycle the way they have in the past. The budget holes are too large. For the first time since 1962, sales and income tax revenue fell for five straight quarters, through December 2009, according to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York at Albany.”

Despite the fact that average American citizens, much like the Greeks, had nothing to do with creating these massive “budget holes,” their Social Security is being raided, and public pensions have been invested in derivatives and other toxic time-bomb financial instruments.  Now, they will surely face austerity measures of similarly reduced benefits and services accompanied by increased taxes to absorb the damage.

Although spending cuts and smaller government through privatization might make sense when faced with growing deficits, we must be aware that austerity measures can also hide in the shadows of privatization.

Some politicians are touting the privatization of public services and assets as part of the economic solution. However, the public is being left out of the discussion about which services will be affected, what public assets are being sold, who is getting contracts or purchasing assets and, finally, to what benefit to the people. Given the self-serving track record of a crony corporate State, we can only assume the worst — that none of these actions will actually benefit average Americans, but only provide continued cover for more looting.

After generations of taxpayer-funded construction of buildings, highways, hospitals, jails, public water systems and the like, cash-strapped states are increasingly looking to sell off assets in order to meet budget shortfalls.  This trend seems to be led by Governors like Chris Christie (R-NJ), with many candidates like Meg Whitman of California saying his privatization model for New Jersey is just what the doctor ordered for California.  Meanwhile, California recently announced the sale of 24 government buildings to a private equity firm, following the “Economic Hitman” methodology where deliberately-suffocating public debt results in financial institutions ending up with all of the real assets at an extreme bargain.

Privatization can actually cost the government more in many cases, yet result in reduced pay and benefits for workers — a hidden form of austerity to be sure.  Even seemingly innocent privatization of things like toll booths and zoos, appears to be nothing more than austerity ploys by the government absolving itself from providing benefits like healthcare.  Incidentally, now that 29 of the largest private employers in the U.S. are conveniently exempt from the new healthcare mandates, it is likely that “Toll Booth Willie” will lose his benefits when his station is privatized.  Greek austerity protesters stormed the Acropolis for less.

In turn, privatization of public assets is taking place during a time of severe economic distress, therefore these assets rarely fetch their true value for the taxpayer. As John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address: “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”  Too often we are being forced to negotiate out of fear — fear of losing our job or benefits, our home, our retirement savings, and even our lives. Government uses this full-spectrum fear to impose heavy-handed legislation like monopoly healthcare or illegal pre-crime techniques used to catch the “terrorists.”

Additionally, privatization of vital government services seems to make little sense when we wind up paying more for those services, or where companies perform Big Brother duties that previously required government officials to swear an oath to the Constitution and our personal liberties.  For example, privatization of a war-making machine like Blackwater not only costs the public much more than the government’s own elite forces, but also poses the threat of unaccountable violence and even murder.  Furthermore, what is to stop foreign companies from buying up critical public assets through “private equity firms,” or corrupting governmental duties and turning them upon American citizens?

A somewhat recently privatized sector exemplifies the corrupting influence of privatization if not applied correctly (or legally):  the surveillance of American citizens.  It has been reported that over 800,000 private-sector workers have top secret clearance in their roles to monitor “extremist” activities in America.  To accentuate the insanity, even private foreign companies are getting Homeland Security contracts for these duties.  In addition to draining American taxpayers of money and rights, the privatizing of these activities is critically dangerous to our individual and national sovereignty in a way never seen before.  Even the most staunch small-government advocates must see the folly in such privatization.

The establishment would like to focus our debate toward public employees vs. public employees, unions or not, or big government vs. privatization; when in reality all possible solutions under the current corporate-state seem designed to suck the average citizen dry, while limiting services to just below riot-inducing levels. We’re told to be angry at a particular group that may get better pay and benefits than our own, all while the system and the Fed continue to inflate the cost of living for everyone through taxpayer-backed debt.

Whether it is called big government austerity, or small government privatization, it’s still a reduced standard of living and a blatant looting of the public.  This looting is meant to use the divisions between our separate groups as a distraction to enrich those without concern over such loyalties.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I think the November elections will prove to be an utter disaster for the Democratic Party, thus creating a one-term President out of Obama, as I believe was intended.

But what’s most disconcerting to me is will this new euphoria of a perceived victory by the masses once again tranquilize and temporarily pacify the American people into yet another state of paralyzed inaction while the banksters continue their looting and the wars perpetually escalate, still not understanding the trap of the left-right paradigm that by and large the vast majority of Americans are apparently still oblivious to?

This is a pre-planned tactic by the globalists to do exactly that. Have the gullible American people so quickly forgotten the pre-scripted drama of the Bush to Obama transition of Hope and Change? End the Fed! – SJH 

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http://www.activistpost.com/2010/10/us-debt-woes-expose-hidden-austerity.html

The Zionist Murderers Of Iraq: Criminals Of The 20 Year Genocide

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September 6, 2010: Jonathon Azaziah / jnoubiyeh.com – September 6, 2010

It has been 20 years since the murderous sanctions of the supranational police force known as the UN were implemented in Iraq. These sanctions claimed over 1.5 million innocent lives including more than 500,000 children by starving them to death.

It has now been over 7 years, since the Zionist-instigated, Zionist-designed, Zionist media-enforced occupation of Iraq began, and as of this moment, 1.5 million more innocent Iraqis have been slaughtered. That’s 3 million human beings… Dead. In twenty years’ time.

And these are only the casualties reported. All news files use the phrase “at least” preceding every description of how many are dead after a bombing, a shooting or a missile strike.

There are martyrs whose names will never be known, whose faces will never be seen, whose stories will never be told.

In addition to the legacy of rape, murder and destruction, the terrorist armies of America, Britain and their allies have turned Iraq into a toxic wasteland by leaving behind 1,700 tons of depleted uranium (which doesn’t include what was left in the first Gulf War), 5,000 tons of other hazardous waste materials, and over 14,500 tons of contaminated oil and soil tainted by the oil. Basra, in Southern Iraq, has been devastated by depleted uranium. Fallujah, in Western Iraq, has been torn apart by white phosphorus and mark-77, including 133 of its gorgeous mosques. The diseases contracted from exposure to these weapons of mass destruction are now more exuberant than Hiroshima and Nagasaki after Zionist Harry Truman dropped Zionist J. Robert Oppenheimer’s atomic bomb. Babies are stillborn. People die of cancer and other unknown infections from the WMD-affected areas daily. Mothers and fathers commit suicide due to what has been done to their children. Crops are irrevocably damaged. Water is undrinkable. Those who eat or drink have a high-risk chance of getting sick also. These horror stories are never told either. These are casualties never counted.

The utter devastation of Iraq has turned over 5 million Iraqis into refugees, internally and externally, and 5 million children into orphans. Tens of thousands of Iraqi girls and women have been victimized by Kurdish-Israeli gangsters who have criminal sex rings all across the Middle East from the Zionist entity to Turkey to Syria, after they turned to prostitution as a way to support their families (1). The child mortality rate in Iraq has skyrocketed 150% since 1990, when the deathtrap of UN Resolution 661 was integrated into world policy. Only 50% of school-age children are attending class. Despite being the ancient land of the eternal Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, 70% of Iraq’s people have no access to water. 80% have no access to sanitation. 70% of Iraqis are unemployed, and 43% live in horrendous poverty (2). 5,800 Iraqis are detained in US prisons, overt and covert, for absolutely no reason, with absolutely no evidence, and 30,000 more Iraqis are being detained by the treasonous puppet government with no charges against them in the most inhumane conditions (3). These are undisputable facts. Now the questions are: Who are the criminals behind 20 years of atrocities? And why did they perpetrate such horrible, ungodly crimes against humanity?

Attributing the desecration of Iraq to such generalities as “corporatism” or “imperialism” is baseless and unequivocally cowardly. Corporatism and imperialism are not living, breathing entities which determine the affairs of mankind. There are individuals behind every action of corporate greed and imperial interests. They have names. They have affiliations. And in the case of the illegal invasion, occupation and subsequent genocide against Iraq, every individual involved is a Zionist of Khazarian or Anglo extraction with dual loyalty to the despicable, criminal, illegitimate state of Israel.

A 1982 document entitled “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties,” written by Oded Yinon, an Israeli foreign policy advisor, appeared in a World Zionist Organization journal, and it describes the Zionist plot to destabilize Iraq and separate it into three states: a Sunni State, a Shia State, and a Kurdish state, before fulfilling the delusional Talmudic prophecy of annexing those lands as a part of Greater Israel. Whenever the Zionist media mentions strife in Iraq, it always describes it as ‘sectarian,’ even if there is no evidence of sectarian strife. This propaganda has been designed by neo-conservative policy makers and commentators from pro-Israel think tanks like Kristol Jr., Kristol Sr., Krauthammer, Pipes and his racist father, Cohen, Goldhagen, Frum (Bush’s speech writer), Lewis and Rubin to portray Iraqis as savages, and as animals, who not only hate Americans but each other as well, to dehumanize them so the American masses are brainwashed to think of them as such and support the illegal war. The traitor and former CIA asset Ahmed Chalabi is at work with a company owned by Zionist criminal Zeev Belinsky to construct a wall in Baghdad to separate Sunni and Shia communities in another scheme to create Iraqi disunity (4). It has been mentioned by several US politicians including self-proclaimed Zionist Joe Biden, that the only solution to the ‘conflict’ in Iraq is to break it up into nation states. Sunni, Shia, Kurd, and Assyrian lived together peacefully in brotherhood before the criminal US-UK invasion. Nation states aren’t necessary. Only an end to the occupation is. That must not be forgotten.

A 1996 document entitled “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” was written by Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, Meyrav Wurmser and other Zionist agents for current Prime Minister of the usurping Zionist entity, mass murderer Benjamin Netanyahu. This document saliently featured the removal of Saddam Hussein and the weakening of Iraq as a cornerstone for Israeli success and domination of the region. Richard Perle and Douglas Feith would later become high-ranking officials in the Pentagon for George Bush’s criminal administration, and they were instrumental in the orchestration of the unlawful occupation of Iraq.

In 1998, a bill was signed into law by the butcher of Bosnia, war criminal Bill Clinton entitled “The Iraq Liberation Act” which made ‘regime change’ in Mesopotamia an important aspect of US foreign policy, and it was this felonious legislation that was cited prior to the invasion on March 20, 2003. It was co-authored by Zionist monster Joe Lieberman and banking shill John McCain.

These three documents were what the Zionist puppetmasters of Bush and Cheney used as reasoning to destroy Iraq. Zionist Philip Zelikow, the criminal behind the ridiculous 9/11 Commission Report, admitted that Iraq had been invaded for Israel’s protection (5), as did Marine General Anthony Zinni (6), and Senator Fritz Hollings (7). Zionist Paul Wolfowitz, a chief architect of Iraq’s plight, vehemently advocated torture and executions of Iraqi prisoners, and it is due to his lunacy, that 900 Iraqis sit on death row waiting to be killed, despite being convicted of crimes with no evidence. Wolfowitz encouraged the genocidal army to set up concentration camp-type prisons to break the Iraqis’ spirit of Resistance (8). Wolfowitz was also responsible for bringing in Mossad and Shin Bet advisors to train US assassination hit squads in 2003. He has openly confessed that this was a war of aggression that he helped foment. Why has no court prosecuted this maniac? Zionist Stuart Levey was a key official in the Treasury Department that appropriated additional war funds to the US military. The Pentagon derived its false intelligence for the war from the Office of Special Plans, controlled by Zionists Douglas Feith and Abram Shulsky, which was supported by liar Donald Rumsfeld, and usual suspects Elliot Abrams and Wolfowitz. Feith and Wolfowitz conducted seminars for the US military that focused on torture-interrogation, that should be used by the troops to humiliate any Iraqi that was detained (9). It was this training that led to the horrors in Abu Ghraib prison.

Douglas Feith’s former law partner, L. Marc Zell, formed an alliance with nephew of aforementioned Iraqi traitor Ahmed Chalabi, Salem Chalabi to set up the Iraqi International Law Group, which was called a ‘marketing partnership for Iraq’s reconstruction.’ What it really was, was a war profiteering agency that would rake in billions of dollars on the backs of oppressed and psychologically devastated Iraqis. The companies brought in for this war profiteering were almost exclusively Zionist. 55 Israeli companies are now working in the ruins of Iraq, under assumed names (10), including Perini, the company of Zionist Senator Diane Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, which has received over half a billion dollars in reconstruction contracts (11). Since the invasion, the Zionist entity has exported $300 million of goods annually to Iraq. It has profited from artifacts stolen from Iraq’s soil, like ancient Talmudic manuscripts extracted by the US army’s elite ‘MET Alpha’ unit in May of 2003. Dual citizens of Israel from Kurdistan, working with Mossad, are also engaged in hostile takeovers of the tombs of sacred men regarded as Prophets in the Abrahamic faiths, claiming these are ‘Jewish’ properties to be overseen by the Israeli Minister of Tourism, although every Prophet mentioned is fully accepted by Iraq’s Muslims, and Muslims worldwide. The tombs of the Prophets Jonah in Mosul, Daniel in Kirkuk, Ezekiel in Babel Province near the city of Najaf, and Ezra in Misan Province near Basra belong to Iraq (12). Any statement declaring that these sites belong to Israel is simply more Zionist madness.

Other profiteers included war criminal Dick Cheney’s company Halliburton and its subsidiary KBR, which had made billions in building US military bases worldwide, and former CIA agent Erik Prince’s Blackwater, now known as XE, whose homicidal campaigns of trigger happy paramilitary activity have left thousands of Iraqis dead, including the infamous massacre in Nisoor Square. It is estimated that over 100,000 military contractors on the Zionist US government’s payroll are still operating in occupied Iraq, many of them from XE, and 7,000 more have just been sent in after the withdrawal of several brigades of US military men.

The Secretary General of Hezbollah, his eminence, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, made an extremely important point that must be taken into account, during his historic speech for Al Quds Day this year, “If the level of the Israeli spying activities in Lebanon is so high, what can we say about the Israeli espionage in Iraq, amid an American occupation? All of us know that having a strong and unified Iraq is a red line for Israel. That’s why Israel believes it should work day and night to promote conflicts among Iraqis (13).” Mossad has been caught by local Iraqi police interrogating and torturing civilians detained in secret prisons. A retired Israel intelligence officer, Shmoel Avivi has been the primary weapons dealer for ‘terrorist groups’ in Iraq since 2005 (14). More than 530 Iraqi scientists have been slaughtered by Mossad hit squads since 2003, and many of their family members have gone missing (15). As of November 2009, 950 Israeli agents were stationed in Kirkuk and are rumored to have a bomb-making facility there. Just like the parasitic Israeli drones & balloons that have been flying in Lebanese airspace since Hezbollah thoroughly embarrassed the Zionist entity in 2006, several Israel Aerospace Industries reconnaissance drones have been sighted in Iraq since 2007. The killing of an Israeli soldier during a US onslaught against Fallujah that claimed hundreds of innocent lives in 2004, exposed a Zionist network of over 1,000 operatives scattered across neighboring villages (16).

False flags have become the signature of Mossad involvement in a crime; assistance comes from their allies in CIA or MI5. The case of the two British morons dressed up as members of Al-Mahdi Army planting car bombs in the fall of 2005 serves as the most prominent illustration (17). No Iraqi Resistance organization, Sunni or Shia, Muslim or Christian has ever claimed responsibility for any of the truck bombings, ‘suicide bombings,’ or IEDs that have been a part of life in Iraq since the occupation began. The reason why they have never claimed responsibility, is because they aren’t the ones responsible. No suspect has ever been caught in any truck or car bombing. No body for any suicide bomber has ever been uncovered or identified. The IEDs have been portrayed in the Zionist media as homemade explosive devices used by ‘desperate insurgents.’ A closer look at the capabilities of the IED cuts through this monumental and condescending lie; the devices are anything but innovative. These devices are designed. The explosions produced by these devices are powerful enough to flip over a 70 ton tank. Several of the IED models are equipped with depleted uranium projectiles to pierce the toughest military-grade armor (18).

The explosions that murdered 125 innocents at the Imam Ali Mosque on August 29, 2003, the series of bombings that murdered 178 people and injured 500 more on March 2, 2004 for Ashoura, and the two truck bombs that murdered 152 innocents and critically injured 347 more in Tal Afar on March 27th 2007 are menacingly revealing examples that military grade explosives were used due to depleted uranium-tipped shells being found at the scenes of the massacres (19). The only place where such sophisticated weaponry is produced, is the Zionist entity’s laboratories. The IEDs are manufactured by Rafael Advance Defense Systems, the chief weapons developer for IOF. The triggers for the IEDs are manufactured by Zionist company Zapata Engineering, which was given a $200 million contract to store US ammunition and destroy ‘enemy’ ammunition in Iraq. Zapata Engineering convoys routinely travel with US army brigades (20). It is quite interesting, that Zapata’s main office in North Carolina, is near the Fort Bragg US army base where Mossad agents trained assassination squads in 2003 (21). All evidence points to the fact that the murderers of Iraq’s people are NOT Iraqis, but efficiently trained, Zionist explosive experts. The Sayyed was right, Israel works hard day and night indeed.

A final point that needs to be addressed before concluding, is the point of the two theories that mislead those seeking the truth about Iraq, deflecting their attention from Israel to groundlessness. The first theory is a relatively old one, the second theory is a relatively new one. The first theory is the timeless “War for Oil” diatribe that was introduced by the same ‘liberal’ Zionist ideologues that backed the US invasion then miraculously turned against their initial decision. The US already dominated the oil industry. Its excellent relations due to its imposing military presence in a plethora of oil rich nations including Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia are evidence of this; and this isn’t counting its own profitable oil and natural reserves on its stolen and occupied Native American land, its bases in East Asia, and its bases in several oil-rich nations on the annihilated continent of Africa. The last thing the US needed was Iraq’s oil. Also, US oil corporations were able, willing, and ready to deal with Saddam Hussein because they feared losing out to Russian, Asian and European competition once Iraq no longer accepted dollars for oil, only Euros. They had already been in deep economic engagement with oil administrators in Iraq, despite sanctions, embargoes, and congressional & presidential disapproval. War and genocide would severely damage their business relationship with Saddam, and it did once the occupation began, hence why gas prices in the US spiked throughout Bush’s reprehensible presidency.

One detail that is never mentioned by the erroneous “War for Oil” crowd for obvious tribal reasons, is that if there indeed was a war for oil, it was a war for oil to send to the Zionist entity. In 1927, the sanguinary British Empire, acting at the behest of Lord Rothschild and his immensely powerful banking clan, built a pipeline from Kirkuk to Haifa to accommodate the energy needs of Zionist Jews illegally migrating into Palestine. After more than two decades of regional conflict, especially unified uprisings in Iraq against the oppressive UK-installed monarchy, the pipeline was severely damaged and it eventually decayed, although the transit route remained. Once the bloodthirsty US military was firm in Iraq’s ground, Zionist Bush reopened the idea of renovating the pipeline much to the delight of his Zionist controllers (22); mass murderer Netanyahu commented “Soon you will see Iraqi oil flowing to Haifa. It is just a matter of time until the pipeline is reconstituted, and Iraqi oil will flow to the Mediterranean. It’s not a pipe dream; (23)” and in April of 2008, Haaretz reported the plan to transport Kirkuk’s oil to Haifa via Jordan, the usurping entity’s monarchical ally, for a lucrative transfer fee (24).

The second of the theories, and the more absurd of the two, is that Iran is behind much of the chaos in Iraq, using death squads to breed ethno-religious conflict and instability. It is sickening that there are actually commentators and journalists who believe this idiocy, and it makes one wonder if they are simply Zionist-trained propagandists used to infiltrate the Resistance movement. The only death squads in Iraq are the Special Forces admittedly trained by the CIA, the Pentagon, and the Zionist entity to conduct assassination, kidnapping, torture and rape to intimidate the people into submission (25). These CIA death squads are behind the near extermination of Iraq’s ancient Christian population, who were instrumental in the accomplishment of the July 14th Revolution that removed the British monarchy in Iraq, whose scientists helped make Iraq a center of academia in the Middle East, and whose benevolent leaders always had solidarity with Iraq’s predominantly Muslim population (26). It was the occupying entities of America and Israel that murdered Iraq’s Christians, NOT Iraqis. These foolish anti-Shia, anti-Persian bigots can’t show us a drop of depleted uranium from Iran, an Iranian military base, an Iranian tank, Iranian white phosphorus, Iranian mark-77, Iranian cluster bombs, an Iranian lobby instigating the violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and people, or an Iranian media brainwashing the global masses to support the genocide in Iraq because they don’t exist. Spreading disunity and hatred benefits nobody but the Zionist occupiers.

The occupation of Iraq is nowhere near over despite the Zionist-birthed, Zionist-funded, Zionist-supported stooge and liar Barack Obama’s proclamations with cover from the Zionist media. 94 military bases still remain. 40 military camps still remain. 50,000 troops and 100,000 contractors still remain. The largest US embassy in the world is an everyday reminder for the Iraqis of the repugnance, revulsion, and dehumanization they have faced for the past 7 years. The large majority of Iraqi children suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (27); the mental scars inflicted by the occupation may never heal. Depleted uranium has a half-life of 4.5 billion years; thousands of tons of this destructive substance have been spilled in Iraq since 1990 and the damage caused is irreversible. The tactics used by the occupation forces were designed and implemented to break the people. Iraq remembers Mahmudiyah, Haditha, Karbala, Najaf, Diyala, Anbar, Mukaradeeb, Mosul, Khanaqin, and Baghdad, Basra and Fallujah over and over again. Iraq remembers and it will never forget.

Iraq is the cradle of civilization. It is the sacred land where Prophets walked. Similar to occupied Palestine, it is holy to Muslims, Christians, and Jews who lived together harmoniously before the Zionist entity was created. Iraq is the land of knowledge, where its contributions to mathematics, science, poetry, language, art and culture were known and cherished worldwide. This rich history is no longer at the forefront though when one thinks of Iraq.

Now Iraq is the land of the butchered and the deformed. The land of the infected and the cancerous. The land of shattered dreams and disintegrated lives. The land of the depraved and the degraded. The land of the raped and the insulted. The land of widows. The land of orphans. The land of sorrow. The land of despair. The land of the broken. But… Iraqis are still here. Iraqis are still here, and still fighting.

The murder of Iraq was designed and executed by the agents of international Zionism, the leaders of which reside in Israel, America, and Britain. Those who subscribe to another theory are dead wrong, and the facts confirm it. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that a strong, unified Iraq was a ‘red line’ for Israel, and he couldn’t be more correct. Like in the days of revolutionary leader Abdul Karim Qasim, who overthrew the British-installed dynasty, Iraq will be strong and unified again. Iraq will mend the pieces of its broken land. It will heal the wounded, and celebrate the lives of its martyrs. Iraq will rise again. And when it does, it will once again strike fear in the hearts of its Zionist enemies.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The enemy is within, a silent cancer slowly destroying the host until both the host and the parasite perish. You have been given the diagnosis. However, the remedy is also within you… Will you now yield knowing the truth? Or will you fight the cancer that has invaded your sovereign? – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.jnoubiyeh.com/2010/09/zionist-murderers-of-iraq.html

US And NATO Fails To Stem Murders Of Innocent Afghan Civilians

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March 29, 2010: Richard A. Oppel / The New York Times – March 26, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — American and NATO troops firing from passing convoys and military checkpoints have killed 30 Afghans and wounded 80 others since last summer, but in no instance did the victims prove to be a danger to troops, according to military officials in Kabul.

“We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat,” said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who became the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan last year. His comments came during a recent videoconference to answer questions from troops in the field about civilian casualties.

Though fewer in number than deaths from airstrikes and Special Forces operations, such shootings have not dropped off, despite new rules from General McChrystal seeking to reduce the killing of innocents. The persistence of deadly convoy and checkpoint shootings has led to growing resentment among Afghans fearful of Western troops and angry at what they see as the impunity with which the troops operate — a friction that has turned villages firmly against the occupation.

Failure to reduce checkpoint and convoy shootings, known in the military as “escalation of force” episodes, has emerged as a major frustration for military commanders who believe that civilian casualties deeply undermine the American and NATO campaign in Afghanistan.

Many of the detainees at the military prison at Bagram Air Base joined the insurgency after the shootings of people they knew, said the senior NATO enlisted man in Afghanistan, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall.

“There are stories after stories about how these people are turned into insurgents,” Sergeant Major Hall told troops during the videoconference. “Every time there is an escalation of force we are finding that innocents are being killed.”

One such case was the death of Mohammed Yonus, a 36-year-old imam and a respected religious authority, who was killed two months ago in eastern Kabul while commuting to a madrasa where he taught 150 students.

A passing military convoy raked his car with bullets, ripping open his chest as his two sons sat in the car. The shooting inflamed residents and turned his neighborhood against the occupation, elders there say.

“The people are tired of all these cruel actions by the foreigners, and we can’t suffer it anymore,” said Naqibullah Samim, a village elder from Hodkail, where Mr. Yonus lived. “The people do not have any other choice, they will rise against the government and fight them and the foreigners. There are a lot of cases of killing of innocent people.”

After assuming command last summer, General McChrystal moved to reduce the killing of civilians through directives that, according to United Nations human rights researchers, have led to a 28 percent reduction in such casualties last year by American, NATO and Afghan forces. The biggest impact was reducing deaths from aerial attacks, which fell by more than a third in 2009, the United Nations found.

More recently, General McChrystal moved to bring nearly all Special Operations forces in Afghanistan under his control. NATO officials said concern about civilian casualties caused by these forces was partly behind the decision, along with the need to better coordinate units and ensure that local commanders were aware of what was happening.

One unit could be doing counterinsurgency, while another carried out “a raid that might in fact upset progress,” General McChrystal explained during the videoconference.

He also challenged criticism that some of the new rules might hinder troops’ safety. “Nothing has changed to limit your right or responsibility to defend yourself,” he said.

Shootings from convoys and checkpoints involving American, NATO and Afghan forces accounted for 36 civilian deaths last year, down from 41 in 2008, according to the United Nations. With at least 30 Afghans killed since last June in 95 such shootings, according to military statistics, the rate shows no signs of abating.

And those numbers do not include shooting deaths caused by convoys guarded by private security contractors. Some tallies have put the total number of escalation of force deaths far higher.

A spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, Zemary Bashary, said private security contractors sometimes killed civilians during escalation of force episodes, but he said he did not know the number of instances.

A NATO military spokesman in Kabul emphasized that commanders were not second-guessing troops, but urging them to practice “courageous restraint” and recognize that “you are more likely to be hurting someone who is confused rather than dangerous if you open fire” during an escalation of force episode.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Does anyone actually think that private mercenaries (contractors) such as XE Services (Blackwater) abide by the “rules” set down by the US and NATO?SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/world/asia/27afghan.html

False Flag Alert: Is Obama Being Blackmailed Into Attacking Iran?

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February 16, 2010: Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones / Prison Planet.com – February 16, 2010

Establishment media talking points from every direction strongly indicate that a false flag attempt on President Obama’s life is being considered, to be blamed on patsies from either the “extreme” right or left, in order to silence dissent in America and blackmail Obama into launching a military assault on Iran.

Throughout the presidential campaign, the public was constantly told that Obama was an assassination target and that his safety was always in jeopardy, a claim that was given credibility after numerous odd secret service security lapses at public events where Obama really was put in danger occurred, whether intentionally or otherwise. This had the effect of training people to accept the inevitability of someone making an attempt on the President’s life at some point down the line.

“Since Mr Obama took office, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 per cent from the 3,000 a year or so under President George W. Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service,” reported the London Telegraph.

The “gatecrashers” story also served to increase awareness about Obama being vulnerable to attack by people who can seamlessly slip through security and get face to face with the President relatively easily.

Meanwhile, the corporate media and its operatives like Glenn Beck on the phony right-wing side and establishment liberals on the phony left were busy manufacturing ready-made patsies upon which the false flag would be blamed.

Beck forwarded 9/11 truthers as the main threat to the President’s life in a ludicrous continuation of his debunked premise that people who question the official 9/11 story are somehow terrorists themselves, despite the fact that there is not one single example of a 9/11 truther committing a crime or an act of violence in pursuit of their cause.

Lumping them in with radical violent revolutionaries, Beck cited Van Jones in claiming that 9/11 truthers surround the Obama administration and strongly implied that they plan to kill Obama for failing to fulfill their aim of collapsing the system. Watch the clip…

By hyping the threat of assassination, Beck was not only using it to demonize political groups, he was introducing the idea as a foreseeable scenario to his millions of unhinged sycophantic viewers, subtly implying that they should even try it.

Beck’s role in attempting to neutralize 9/11 truth is a measure of how successful the movement has been in taking away the tool of false flag terror from the establishment. By repeating this mantra, Beck is parroting White House talking points that stretch back to 2006. Recall that Beck was one of several neo-con talk show hosts summoned to get their marching orders from the White House in August 2007.

A document cited by President Bush in his September 2006 speech at the Capital Hilton Hotel on how to ‘win the war on terror’ cited conspiracies as one of the wellsprings of terrorism. The strategy document threatens to “address” and “diminish” the problems conspiracy theories are causing the government in fulfilling their agenda, in a similar vein to Obama regulation czar Cass Sunstein’s 2008 paper which called for banning free speech in order to crush “conspiracy theories”.

Meanwhile, the establishment left has constantly exploited, exaggerated, and outright concocted stories about Tea Party members, Ron Paul supporters and other “right wing extremists” taking guns to Obama public events in an effort to fearmonger about the President being at risk of an assassination attempt.

Beck has played both sides of the scam, proclaiming that the threat could come from “White supremacists or “9/11 Truthers” that would also like to destroy the country, and they will work with anyone they can.”

The fact that these talking points are coming from both sides of the phony political paradigm strongly suggests that a false flag is being prepared in the form of an attempt on Obama’s life that will either be blamed on the “extreme” left or the “extreme” right.

If such an incident were to occur, it would undoubtedly be exploited to the maximum by the establishment and used to silence the deafening dissent now being voiced by Americans of all political persuasions. Presuming he would survive such an attempt, it would also reinvigorate Obama’s popularity overnight and instantly provide him with the political capital needed to pursue what would otherwise have been massively unpopular policies.

People have lost all confidence in the system and the big government agenda is collapsing. The establishment needs this kind of event in order to make the people rally round the state once again.

It is clear that the neo-cons are holding Obama hostage and issuing a thinly veiled threat by repeating the mantra that the only way to save his political career and his presidency is to attack Iran. There is undoubtedly a mountain of dirt being held back regarding Obama’s past that is being used to blackmail the President into following the new world order agenda – the same as with any President before him.

A schism between hawks in the Obama administration aligned with Zionist Israel and more sober individuals is clearly causing division over how to deal with Iran, prompting Obama to warn the Israeli government that it should not launch a military attack on the Persian nation.

The neo-cons are essentially telling Obama that they will destroy him if he doesn’t follow their orders, but that they will defend him if he does play ball and launch an assault on Iran.

But a military attack launched by a President who promised peace can only enlist the support of the public if it is justified by a significantly shocking pretext – which from every indication seems likely to be an assassination attempt on Obama.

We don’t issue such bold and serious warnings lightly. A month before the swine fu outbreak, Alex Jones warned that a hoax pandemic was being prepared and that’s exactly what followed. Jones also famously predicted that a false flag attack was being readied to be blamed on Bin Laden six weeks before it happened on 9/11.

Watch the videos below in which Alex Jones explains where the next false flag threat is coming from and how it is connected to Glenn Beck’s repeated demonization of 9/11 truthers as terrorists who want to kill Obama…

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The media talking points have indeed set this scenario up in incremental fashion to precondition the desired response from the sheeple in order to continue on with their NWO agenda. Be sure of this however, Obama is not a victim here, he is a willing puppet being used in the larger scheme of things in the globalists’ push for their scientific dictatorship… – SJH 

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http://www.infowars.com/obama-is-being-blackmailed-into-attacking-iran/

Will Obama’s Record War Budget Lead To ‘Victory’ In Afghanistan?

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February 15, 2010: Jack A. Smith / Global Research – February 14, 2010

President Barack Obama has increased the Pentagon’s perennially-bloated annual spending spree to its greatest magnitude since World War II $708 billion. Congress eventually will overwhelmingly approve Obama’s war budget request for fiscal year 2011, which takes effect in October.

The Obama administration’s funding recommendation was announced Feb. 1 (2010). The next day Reuters reported that “Shares of major U.S. defense contractors rose on Monday after the Obama administration unveiled a defense budget… that seeks a 3.4 percent increase in the Pentagon’s base budget and $159 billion to fund missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Also released Feb. 1 was the Pentagon’s Congressionally-mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which calls for a considerable expansion of U.S. military power, especially in bolstering counterinsurgency and counterterrorism campaigns. The QDR is a strategic guide for America’s present and future wars, updated every four years. The new version remains based on an interventionist foreign/military policy that has not changed in essence since the early Cold War years. As described by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the 2011 war budget reflects the QDR’s call for “rebalancing America’s defense posture by emphasizing capabilities needed to prevail in current conflicts, while enhancing capabilities that may be needed in the future.”

In addition to the Pentagon request, President Obama also seeks a supplementary $33 billion this year for “Overseas Contingency Operations,” the bureaucratically bland title chosen to replace the Bush Administration’s “War on Terrorism.” The title is about all that has changed in the “terrorism” wars since Bush left office except for the new administration’s grave expansion of the Afghan conflict.

The additional money is to pay for the 30,000 troops Obama most recently ordered to Afghanistan, bringing U.S. troop strength to over 100,000, joined by over 40,000 NATO troops, and scores of thousands of mercenaries and contractors. This war is said to cost about $1 million per U.S. soldier per year.

The Obama Administration’s $708 billion for fiscal 2011 compares to the $680 billion President Obama approved for this year, which itself was 4.1% higher than President George W. Bush’s $651 billion funding for fiscal 2009. A decade ago annual “defense” spending was $280 billion.

At minimum not including the expensive Pentagon infrastructure that supports America’s wars in the Middle East and Central Asia the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan adventures is over $1 trillion so far. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz estimated two years ago that the final cost to the U.S. of both wars, when all aspects are included, will be over $3 trillion.

The amount of money Washington is spending in Afghanistan alone this year, according to the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Feb 1, is “more than any other country in the world spends on defense, with the exception of China,” with four times more people and a defense budget less than one-fifth that of the United States.

Addressing Washington’s war money, writer and global analyst Chalmers Johnson comments “It is virtually impossible to overstate the profligacy of what our government spends on the military.”

Total U.S. annual “security” spending is over twice that acknowledged in the annual Pentagon budget. Omitted are many expenses from veteran’s benefits, homeland security, and interest on past military debts, to nuclear weapons, the cost of America’s intelligence agencies, and war-related spending absorbed by other government departments.

This means that the U.S., which contains 4.54% of the world’s population, accounts for over 50% of global military expenditures, thus spending more on “security” than all the other countries combined. America’s main and seemingly only enemy is al-Qaeda, with perhaps 2,000 decentralized adherents worldwide with varying degrees of commitment and ability.

In his State of the Union Address last month, President Obama specifically exempted “security” money from the “freeze” on many domestic expenses in the national budget, which amounts to some $3.8 trillion, the highest annual amount on record. About a third of this total $1.3 trillion, another record is in excess of tax receipts and will be paid with interest, along with many trillions more, by future generations of Americans.

In the interim, China and a few other countries are expected to continue lending money to a debt-ridden Uncle Sam who refuses to introduce a system of progressive taxation to absorb the intemperate accumulation of wealth by the richest 10% of Americans households (which in 2007 enjoyed a net worth of 71.4% of all the assets in the country), or to substantially cut military spending for aggressive wars of choice.

America’s hugely disproportionate war funding is more the product of an economic construct known at military Keynesianism (excessive government spending for militarism in order to foster capitalist economic growth) than the official myth of being surrounded by a multitude of formidable enemies. Most of the war money Commander in Chief Obama requested will be directed to Iraq and Afghanistan. The budget includes:

$25 billion for 10 new Navy ships; $11 billion for 43 more F-35 fighter planes;  $10 billion for missile defense;  $56 billion for the Pentagon’s “Black Budget” (classified programs known only by code names);  $7 billion (to the Department of Energy) for nuclear weapons;  Funding to increase the size of the of the 56,000 Special Operations Command by 2,800  fighters, plus new equipment;   $10 billion to buy more Army and Marine helicopters for small-scale wars;  Money for enough new advanced unmanned drones to increase seek-and-destroy missions by 75%, including doubling production of the advanced MQ-9 Reaper and 26 extended-range Predators (spending for these drones jumps from $877.5 million in 2010 to $1.4 billion in 2011);  Many billions to train, equip and pay for the U.S.- controlled Afghan and Iraq armies;  $1.2 billion more to Pakistan for counterinsurgency;  $140 million to Yemen to fight al-Qaeda.  Additional billions will be spent in Afghanistan, as in Iraq, buying off the armed opposition and bribing officials.

The industry portion of the military-industrial complex is delighted with Obama, according to Todd Harrison, a Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies, at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment. In an interview conducted Feb. 4 by the Council on Foreign Relations, he said of the new war budget:

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: And just exactly what is the United States’ military objective? Oil, opium, and to block Russia (Bear) and China (Dragon) from encroaching into the Middle East – Israel in particular…

“And the number of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

“And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.” – Revelation 9:16-18 KJV

Two hundred thousand thousand = 200,000,000. The Battle of Armageddon is to take place in the Valley of Megiddo in northern Israel. Think about it…SJH 

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17610

Not Your Father’s Army – A Cancer Growing Within The US Military

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February 7, 2010: Chuck Baldwin / Infowars.com – February 7, 2010

Most of us Americans have a deep and abiding respect and admiration for our country’s fighting men who have served–and are serving–within the US Armed Forces. We appreciate their willingness to put themselves in harm’s way for the preservation of our nation’s liberty and independence. We honor their sacrifice. Indeed, many of us share that sacrifice with the deaths, dismemberments, and paralysis of our most cherished loved ones who were killed or injured in the line of duty.

It is time, however, that we awaken to the reality of what our military is becoming and where it is heading. Suffice it to say, this is not your father’s army.

On December 8, 1941, my father, Ed Baldwin–along with his two brothers, Bud and Gene–marched down to a recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, to enlist. The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor the day before, and no branch of service had to beg people to enlist that day. Bud joined the Navy. Gene joined the Marines. When government officials saw Dad’s resumé, they selected him to help construct the atomic bomb. All three brothers served their country with distinction throughout the war.

But what all of us need to realize is, World War II was the last constitutionally fought war in which America has been engaged. The United Nations was created at the end of WWII, and ever since then, our military forces have increasingly become the “peacekeeping” arm of that evil institution.

Since WWII, American forces have fought major wars in South Korea, South Vietnam (including Laos and Cambodia), Kosovo, the Persian Gulf (Kuwait), Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Pakistan–all for the benefit of the United Nations. Add to these major wars lesser conflicts (except to those Americans killed or wounded in them) such as Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Congo (Zaire), Iran, El Salvador, Libya, Grenada, Honduras, Chad, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Tanzania, and Somalia. And this does not take into account the countless CIA-sponsored Black Ops missions that have taken place all over the world.

Yes, American forces have been used to both put people in power and take people out of power all over the world. And as often as not, the people we put in power were counted among the “bad guys,” while the people we removed from power were “good guys.” Remember, our own CIA was the organization most responsible for the rise to power of Osama Bin Laden. And it was the US government that surreptitiously set up the murder of Dr. Jonas Savimbi, who was one of the best friends the United States had overseas. Plus, does anyone remember how the US treated our friend, the Shah of Iran? Yes, some of us are old enough to remember when Iran was one of the best friends we had in that region of the world.

But mind you, not one single war in which American forces have been engaged since WWII has been constitutionally fought. Not one!

Ever since the United Nations was created, its interests have dominated the usage of US forces. In fact, our military today is quickly morphing into the tip of the spear for a burgeoning, global New World Order. To those with eyes to see, the evidence is everywhere. It’s not even being hidden anymore. Have you seen that new US Navy television commercial? It boldly proclaims, “The US Navy: A GLOBAL FORCE For Good.” (Emphasis added.)

This politically correct, UN-dominated New World Order has changed (and is changing) our US military right before our eyes. It has taken the greatest and proudest independent fighting force in the world–one created to defend the people and property of the United States–and turned it into a global military policeman for the evil Machiavellians at the UN.

In order to convert the US military into a true “Global Force,” several changes are being forced upon our fighting men…

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I highly recommend reading this in its entirety. As a former United States Marine, I fully agree with Mr. Baldwin’s assessment of the decline and subversion of the U.S. military forces and their unconstitutional use to usher in the New World Order… – SJH 

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http://www.infowars.com/not-your-fathers-army/

Obama Continues To Spread US War Flames To Engulf Middle East

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Sherwood Ross / Global Research – January 16, 2010

As President Obama steps up the war that is inflaming ever wider sectors of the Middle East, USA continues its rapid slide toward Third World status. The two developments are not unrelated. Spending on war does not boost an economy as does domestic spending—and the Pentagon has been spending trillions on war.

At the start of the last decade, the U.S. was producing 32 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. At decade’s end, it was just 24 percent, conservative columnist Patrick Buchanan observed. “No nation in modern history, save for the late Soviet Union, has seen so precipitous a decline in relative power in a single decade,” he writes.

Buchanan cites the George W. Bush Republicans for turning a budget surplus into a huge deficit with tax cuts and social spending. He also faults GWB’s two wars, adding, “the huge U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq serves as (al-Qaeda’s) recruiting poster.”

This is the desperate situation President Obama is compounding by dispatching 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, building up U.S. and NATO forces there to nearly 140,000. To this figure add 100,000 U.S. contractors, making the actual number of military-related personnel about a quarter million. All at the expense of the American taxpayers!

“The war—once mostly limited to Pakistan border—has spread to nearly every corner of the country” and “penetrated” the capital Kabul “with car bombings and spectacular attacks,” the AP reported January 10th. Its headline: “Afghans Losing Hope After 8 Years of War.”

The AP quotes 19-year-old carpet-seller Hamid Hashimi stating, “The more soldiers they send here, the worse it gets.” And the more misguided air attacks that kill civilians, the angrier Afghan civilians get. The raids “have previously killed civilians and inflamed anti-American sentiment among Afghans,” Joshua Partlow reported in the Washington Post.

“The use of Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles to fire missiles, while not as frequent as in Pakistan, is increasingly common in Afghanistan,” Partlow wrote. And based on a study by the non-profit, New America Foundation of Washington, D.C., President Obama has increased those strikes dramatically.

According to the AP of Jan. 15, there have been more than 70 U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan over the last two years. “At least 700 people are reported to have been killed, many of them militants, including several foreign al Qaeda leaders, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.”

The wire service continues, “In public, Pakistani government officials criticize the strikes and say the United States, which is deeply unpopular in Pakistan, is acting unilaterally.”  The CIA-directed program began in earnest two years ago, AP says. “The surge signals the Obama administration’s reliance on the tactic despite official protest from Islamabad.”

(Note that the U.S. is “deeply unpopular” in Pakistan. Imagine its unpopularity across the Moslem world, Asia, and even much of Europe. As one Middle East businessman cracked after being wrongly tossed into an American jail, “I’ve bought my last Cadillac.”)

By pouring in hundreds of thousands of troops to chase after a few hundred al Qaeda militants, the U.S. is spreading the war to wider and wider areas, and by using aerial assassination tactics, it is turning civilian populations into America haters.

These tactics raise the question of whether the U.S. will launch air strikes anywhere it believes al Qaeda forces are. Senator Carl Levin, Armed Services Committee chairman, January 13th asked whether the war will widen to include Yemen, known to have al Qaeda forces there. Will Yemen become the fourth country in which the U.S. is fighting? And, if you credit a report by Seymour Hersh that the U.S. already has “boots on the ground” in Iran, will there soon be all-out fighting in five Middle East countries?

According to liberal columnist Jim Hightower (Dec. 2nd), the government’s “rationales for escalation are hardly confidence boosters. The goal, we’re told, is to defeat the al-Qaida terrorist network that threatens our national security. Yes, but al-Qaida is not in Afghanistan! Nor is it one network. It has metastasized, with strongholds now in Pakistan, Indonesia, Morocco, Yemen and Somalia, plus even having enclaves in England and France.” Exactly, and why Buchanan used the phrase “recruiting poster.”

Hightower claims, “Obama has been taken over by the military industrial hawks and national security theorists who play war games with other people’s lives and money.” As this writer noted earlier, the Pentagon’s yearly budget now exceeds the annual expenditures of all 50 states for the health, education, welfare, and safety of 308-million Americans. What do you call that if not a warfare state? 

Whoever is calling the shots, the cost to Americans and to the people of the Middle East is sobering. As Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz and financial analyst Linda Bilmes wrote in “The Three Trillion Dollar War”(Norton): “Miserable though Saddam Hussein’s regime was, life is actually worse for the Iraqi people now. The country’s roads, schools, hospitals, homes and museums have been destroyed and its citizens have less access to electricity and water than before the war.” They add, “Apart from America’s oil and defense industries, it is hard to find any real winners.” Life is also worse for the American people, too, and not just from higher gasoline prices. 

Millions of Americans have been sliding into poverty since 2001, losing their homes and jobs, and are unable to afford to educate their children. Stiglitz writes the true cost of the Iraq conflict is $3 trillion and points out for one-third that sum the USA could have built, for example, eight million new housing units (and created an immense number of new jobs in the process) or educated 43 million college students—giving a terrific boost to the economy. 

But instead of seeking diplomatic solutions, President Obama is continuing the blind wars of aggression launched by his predecessor. Terrorist missile strikes kill just like IEDs. Those who wage war are terrorists, period.  When will Americans catch on?

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17002