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Archive for January 11th, 2008

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on January 11, 2008

“That boy has no dignity at all.”

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“Wait, what?”

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Posted in Alexander the Great, Friday Cat Blogging, Lady Lightfoot | 3 Comments »

Because not enough people hate us

Posted by Charles II on January 11, 2008

That would seem to be the explanation for this report from Bradley Martin, Bloomberg:

China and the U.S.-South Korean alliance have begun planning for military intervention in case the Kim Jong Il regime in North Korea collapses, according to two newly published studies — one of which foresees a race to occupy and control the impoverished communist country.

Wasn’t this sort of how the Korean War began? 

Army Captain Jonathan Stafford, writing in Military Review says

    “China wants to develop its landlocked, economically backward northeast by gaining access to nearby North Korean seaports,” Stafford writes. “China could achieve all this by establishing a puppet state or by fully incorporating North Korea into China proper.”

     Urging that Americans “take the threat of regime collapse in North Korea as seriously as China does,” Stafford says the U.S. “should begin creating the diplomatic conditions now to justify and support a South Korean-led occupation of North Korea.”

I guess we should count it a blessing he’s not suggesting that the Japanese re-establish the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

Posted in Korea, wrong way to go about it | 14 Comments »

You Mean — They LIED?!?!?

Posted by MEC on January 11, 2008

Shocking and unprecedented as this may be, we must consider the remote possibility that officials of the Bush Administration falsified evidence in order to create a pretext for war.

Official Version of Naval Incident Starts to Unravel

Despite the official and media portrayal of the incident in the Strait of Hormuz early Monday morning as a serious threat to U.S. ships from Iranian speedboats that nearly resulted in a “battle at sea”, new information over the past three days suggests that the incident did not involve such a threat and that no U.S. commander was on the verge of firing at the Iranian boats.
 

The new information that appears to contradict the original version of the incident includes the revelation that U.S. officials spliced the audio recording of an alleged Iranian threat onto to a videotape of the incident. That suggests that the threatening message may not have come in immediately after the initial warning to Iranian boats from a U.S. warship, as appears to do on the video.
 

Also unraveling the story is testimony from a former U.S. naval officer that non-official chatter is common on the channel used to communicate with the Iranian boats and testimony from the commander of the U.S. 5th fleet that the commanding officers of the U.S. warships involved in the incident never felt the need to warn the Iranians of a possible use of force against them.
 

Further undermining the U.S. version of the incident is a video released by Iran Thursday showing an Iranian naval officer on a small boat hailing one of three ships. The Iranian commander is heard to say, “Coalition warship 73, this is Iranian navy patrol boat.” He then requests the “side numbers” of the U.S. warships. A voice with a U.S. accent replies, “This is coalition warship 73. I am operating in international waters.”
 

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The five Iran boats involved were hardly in a position to harm the three U.S. warships. Although Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman described the Iranian boats as “highly maneuverable patrol craft” that were “visibly armed,” he failed to note that these are tiny boats carrying only a two- or three-man crew and that they are normally armed only with machine guns that could do only surface damage to a U.S. ship. The only boat that was close enough to be visible to the U.S. ships was unarmed, as an enlarged photo of the boat from the navy video clearly shows.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, Iran | 1 Comment »

Don’t Expect To See This On The Evening News

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 11, 2008

But that evil, nasty, socialist dictator Hugo Chavez just talked some Colombian rebels into freeing a few hostages.

What perfidy!  First, he gives money to the poor.  Next, he frees other Latin American nations from the tyranny of the IMF and the World Bank.  Now he’s talking rebel groups into freeing their hostages.  What could this horrible, horrible, no good, very bad man be thinking of next?

Posted in Chavez | 3 Comments »

 
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