The New Yorker in his next issue (July 7 – available online) includes an excellent editorial on the preparations for another war by the Bush administration.
This time its
Iraq and based on a Presidential Finding signed by G.W. Bush the congress has already approved 400 Million USD for covert, sabotage and all sorts of other shady activities to “destabilize Iran“.
From the New Yorker article:
“…These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations…”
“…In recent months, according to the Iranian media, there has been a surge in violence in Iran; it is impossible at this early stage, however, to credit JSOC or C.I.A. activities, or to assess their impact on the Iranian leadership…The Iranian press “is very open in describing the killings going on inside the country…the Iranians have begun publicly blaming the U.S., Great Britain, and, more recently, the C.I.A. for some incidents.”
Some more unusual facts presented in the article:
While “officially” the Finding was focused on undermining Iran’s nuclear ambitions it came at the same time when the National Intelligence Estimate concluded that Iran had already stopped work on potential nuclear weapons in 2003.
Another important matter mentioned is that a Presidential Finding since 9/11 is actually not be required anymore – so asking Congress for another 400 Million USD might be just about the money.
What strikes us the most is that the US here again is going down a cold war politics path and is financing the same kind of shady groups it had already done in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sunni fundamentalists, war cowboys, drug dealers and terrorists or as one former CIA officer who worked with the South Asia and Middle Eastern desks put it “you can also describe them as Al Qaeda“.
So like they financed and armed Bin Laden in Afghanistan, their strategy now seems to do the same all over again. Some of those groups to be “officially” financed include members of “Al Qaeda” convicted for their involvement in the bombing of the WTC in 1993 or are considered to be one of the leading brains behind the 9/11 attacks.
While it is quite common in these spooky areas of special / national security / intelligence services to have communications with all sorts of people it is definitely something else to finance those characters on such a scale.
But as one Pentagon insider put it – “The Administration is desperate for results.”
Read the full article at the New Yorker web site
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What BBC’s popular political TV magazine Panorama yesterday night called the greatest heist in history or Daylight Robbery seems now to be going into another round of new discoveries.
In the more than one hour long broadcast Panorama’s Jane Corbin tells us some of the stories of those who became rich from the war and those who stood up against the crimes and “got burned”.
…If you believe that such corruption happens by pushing around brown envelopes with money under the table, sorry, but that might just be a very small part of it. We have compiled a short list of the most common activities identified within Iraq below. Some of them have also been mentioned in the report of Panorama yesterday night…
Every year the magazine New Yorker provides us with one of their excellent cover pages for Thanksgiving. This year they have decided to top that. Chris Ware drew four different covers plus a comic page…
Those who still remember slide rules from the time before pocket calculators or learned flying a plane before GPS devices became so common will love this site. Others who remember the atrocities of the cold war might have a different approach to these relics from a time we all hoped that it would have long passed…
But whatever approach or understanding for that time you might have the web site “Cold War Calculators” – a site dedicate to radiac calculators slides – might show you some new “instruments” seemingly necessary during this dark period…
We didn’t know there were that many kinds of different calculators for these strange purposes – radiation dosage calculators, bomb damage effect computers, nuclear effects estimators, causality slide rules, weapons effects rules and calculators, fallout predictors, burst calculators…
Anyway – bang you’re gone…