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A century of incompetence, corruption, and conflict creation

Posted by Charles II on January 1, 2011

In a must-see interview on C-Span, Pierre Sprey ([Corrected 12/3/11) father co-developer under the guidance of John Boyd of the A-10 and F-16 aircraft) interviews William Hartung on Hartung’s book about Lockheed Martin, Prophets of War. Hartung lays out how the defense industry has corrupted Washington and other governments, and is now reaching into spying on Americans and other dubious enterprises. Sprey adds comments about how Lockheed Martin helped to start the Cold War and Korean War, and is currently stoking tensions with Russia in a bid to increase sales of defense hardware.

In the run-up to World War II, Lockheed Martin violated the Neutrality Act, selling (ineffectual) bombers to Britain, as well as offering to sell to Germany and Japan. In the modern era, they were a force behind the Project for a New American Century and the Iraq invasion.

Watch here (Thanks, PW!)

Posted in corporatists, corruption, Iraq war, Korea, PNAC Platoon | 3 Comments »

Eric Shinseki Tapped To Head The VA

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 8, 2008

This is excellent news. Not only was he right on Iraq, he also cares about vets, having left a part of a foot in Vietnam.

Over at DailyKos, diarist Homer J tells about his meeting with General Shinseki and why this leads Homer to believe that Shinseki is the perfect choice for the job.

I suspect that this is Gates’ doing. Gates and Shinseki were a part of that crew, among whose numbers was Brent Scowcroft, that criticized the runup for the PNAC-planned invasion of Iraq in 2002. In addition to providing a good person to take over the Veterans Administration, this is also a signal to the Cheney-Rumsfeld hangers-on still at DoD that they’d better start updating their CVs.

Posted in 2008, Iraq war, Pentagon, PNAC Platoon, veterans | 1 Comment »

The Ossetia-Georgia-Russia Conflict: A PNAC Surprise?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 14, 2008

Check this out, courtesy of Robert Scheer:

Previously, [Randy Scheunemann, McCain’s senior foreign policy advisor] was best known as one of the neoconservatives who engineered the war in Iraq when he was a director of the Project for a New American Century. It was Scheunemann who, after working on the McCain 2000 presidential campaign, headed the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, which championed the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

There are telltale signs that he played a similar role in the recent Georgia flare-up. How else to explain the folly of his close friend and former employer, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, in ordering an invasion of the breakaway region of South Ossetia, an invasion that clearly was expected to produce a Russian counterreaction? It is inconceivable that Saakashvili would have triggered this dangerous escalation without some assurance from influential Americans he trusted, like Scheunemann, that the United States would have his back. Scheunemann long guided McCain in these matters, even before he was officially running foreign policy for McCain’s presidential campaign.

In 2005, while registered as a paid lobbyist for Georgia, Scheunemann worked with McCain to draft a congressional resolution pushing for Georgia’s membership in NATO. A year later, while still on the Georgian payroll, Scheunemann accompanied McCain on a trip to that country, where they met with Saakashvili and supported his bellicose views toward Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Scheunemann is at the center of the neoconservative cabal that has come to dominate the Republican candidate’s foreign policy stance in a replay of the run-up to the war against Iraq. These folks are always looking for a foreign enemy on which to base a new Cold War, and with the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime, it was Putin’s Russia that came increasingly to fit the bill.


Posted in abuse of power, international, John McCain, mercenaries and privateers, neocons, PNAC Platoon, Russia | Comments Off on The Ossetia-Georgia-Russia Conflict: A PNAC Surprise?

Even The Perle Post Inches Closer To Admitting It

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 28, 2008

Yessir: The Jerusalem Post, PNAC Central, Richard Perle’s plaything, actually comes close to admitting that Barack Obama is far more qualified to be president than either Bush or McCain (h/t Steve Benen at C&L):

Two months ago in the Oval Office, President George W. Bush, coming to the end of a two-term presidency and presumably as expert on Israeli-Palestinian policy as he is ever going to be, was accompanied by a team of no fewer than five advisers and spokespeople during a 40-minute interview with this writer and three other Israeli journalists.

In March, on his whirlwind visit to Israel, Republican presidential nominee John McCain, one of whose primary strengths is said to be his intimate grasp of foreign affairs, chose to bring along Sen. Joe Lieberman to the interview our diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon and I conducted with him, looked to Lieberman several times for reassurance on his answers and seemed a little flummoxed by a question relating to the nuances of settlement construction.

On Wednesday evening, toward the end of his packed one-day visit here, Barack Obama, the Democratic senator who is leading the race for the White House and who lacks long years of foreign policy involvement, spoke to The Jerusalem Post with only a single aide in his King David Hotel room, and that aide’s sole contribution to the conversation was to suggest that the candidate and I switch seats so that our photographer would get better lighting for his pictures.

The JP article went on to state that Obama “knew precisely what he wanted to say about the most intricate issues confronting and concerning Israel, and expressed himself clearly, even stridently on key subjects.”

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bush, israel, John McCain, neocons, PNAC Platoon | 1 Comment »

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 10, 2008

– So Apple’s come out with the better, cheaper iPhone. It’s all very nice, but it needs to have cut/copy-and-paste functionality; then it really will be the killer PDA and the laptop replacement for on-the-go air travelers in this era of $50 extra for each checked bag.

– “GOP Insiders Worry About McCain“. Yeah, I’d worry too if my guy had spent four months virtually untouched by any primary flames while the folks on the other side had a knockdown-dragout fight and the winner of that bruising fight was pulling ahead of my guy.

– Ooops! Somehow I don’t think Iraq’s signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Iran is one of the outcomes the PNAC Platoon had in mind when they sent our troops forth to topple Saddam. The louder the PNAC and Likud/Kadima crowd rattle their sabers against Iran, the closer Iraq draws to Iran.

MEC noted earlier that the post-mortems of the Democratic primary campaign just passed are all “Why Hillary Lost”, falsely implying that she should have won and that Obama somehow lucked into the nomination. Drew Westen at Huffington Post agrees with her:

So what when wrong? Hillary Clinton had the misfortune of running against a candidate too much like her husband in his extraordinary capacity to inspire.

As Bob Kerrey, tongue-in-cheek, summarized her biggest mistake in his op-ed in the New York Times, “She and President Clinton should have moved back to her home state after they left the White House. By doing so, she would have been elected the junior senator from Illinois in 2004, thereby reducing the chances that Mr. Obama would have been in a position to run against her.”

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, computers and software, Hillary Clinton, Iran, Iraq war, John McCain, madness of King George, PNAC Platoon, technology | 2 Comments »

The Forward Debunks Conservative Anti-Obama Smears

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 31, 2008

Contrary to what certain GOP e-mail smear artists and Richard Perle might want people to believe, the much-vaunted “Jewish Problem” that Obama allegedly has is a myth:

Statistics show that Jews are one of Obama’s strongest white constituencies — a key base the Illinois senator is working overtime to shore up, rather than a uniquely problematic weak spot.

While Catholics, for example, have supported Hillary Clinton over Obama to a greater degree than white primary voters overall, Jewish voters have actually been more supportive of Obama than whites in general in seven out of eight primary states with significant Jewish populations — Florida included. (In New York, Clinton’s home state, Obama’s share of the Jewish vote lagged four percentage points behind his performance with white voters.) Moreover, a Gallup Poll released in May showed that 61% of Jewish voters nationwide prefer Obama versus 32% for McCain, compared with a margin in the general population of 45% to 43%.

There you go.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, PNAC Platoon, Republicans, Republicans acting badly | Comments Off on The Forward Debunks Conservative Anti-Obama Smears

Bush Policy In A Nutshell

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 16, 2008

Yeah, let’s do something that’s dangerous, expensive, and counterproductive, lie about why we’re doing it, and not let on that our real reasons for doing it are more along the lines of stupid Ledeen-Doctrine chest-thumping than anything else.

I’m not talking about Iraq, I’m talking about shooting down our spy satellite:

The planned destruction of a disabled US spy satellite will create hundreds of thousands of marble-sized fragments, some of which could strike the International Space Station (ISS), although experts are divided about the risk.

The Pentagon cites concern about contamination from toxic hydrazine fuel as the main reason behind the decision to shoot down the satellite rather than let it disintegrate in the atmosphere.

But the decision worries David Wright, co-director of the global security programme at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.

“It sounds to me like a bad idea,” Wright told New Scientist. “This satellite is about two-and-a-half times as massive as the Chinese satellite destroyed last year, so you would expect to get a lot more debris.”

In other words, Bush and his people want to one-up the ChiComs, even if it means there’s collateral damage. Typical. 

UPDATE:  Emptywheel has more on this stupidity.  It’s going to cost us $40 million to pull off, if we can pull it off, all just because the Bushbots want to get into a pissing match with the Chinese.  Ai-yi-yi.

UPDATE 2:  The Russians certainly aren’t buying Bush’s excuses on this:

Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday a U.S. plan to shoot down an ailing spy satellite could be used as a cover to test a new space weapon.

The ministry said there was insufficient proof that Washington’s decision to fire a missile at the disabled satellite was to prevent a potentially deadly leak of toxic gas as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.

Posted in big money, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, China, eedjits, neocons, PNAC Platoon, science and medicine, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | 6 Comments »

NIE: Bush Is Full Of Crap WRT Iran.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 3, 2007

We knew this years ago (at least the IAEA did), but it’s nice to see America’s intelligence agencies officially break free from Bush’s propaganda:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 — A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.

Remember, Iran is allowed under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to have nuclear energy for domestic purposes, such as power plants. The amount of fissionable material needed for power generation is much, much smaller than that needed for weapons-making.

Oh, and the whole reason the Iranians have a nuclear program? We gave it to them, twicefirst in the 1950s, as part of the “Atoms for Peace” program under Eisenhower, and again under Ford in the 1970s:

In 1976, the Shah of Iran came to the United States, sent his representatives to intercede and say, “Look, we’ve done an analysis, and we’ve got a finite amount of oil. And right now we need to export it. And if we don’t export it, we don’t make money, etc. We don’t have enough oil to sustain this. We need to come up with an indigenous energy policy that frees up our oil for exportation. We want to use nuclear energy.” And the U.S. government went, “Good idea, Shah. We’re all for it.” That was Gerald Ford.

The chief of staff of the White House at the time was Dick Cheney. The Secretary of Defense was Donald Rumsfeld. So, this argument that both Cheney and Rumsfeld put out today that Iran is a nation awash in a sea of oil, there is no need for a nuclear energy program, they both supported Iran’s goals of achieving nuclear energy in 1976. Not only nuclear energy, but they also supported the Shah when he said, “We cannot allow a nuclear energy program’s fuel to be held hostage by the vagaries of sanctions and war. We need an indigenous fuel-manufacturing capability inclusive of the full uranium enrichment process.” And guess what the U.S. government said in 1976. “No problem, Shah. Good deal.” Of course, in 1979, the Islamists come in and suddenly we change our opinion. The bottom line is, Iran has every right legally to a nuclear energy program, and economically, we’ve already deemed it a responsible way to go.

Posted in Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, dope slaps for Dubya, energy, GOP/Media Complex, Iran, PNAC Platoon | 3 Comments »

The End Of The American Century

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 12, 2007

Pepe Escobar explains:

One does not need to be the invaluable Immanuel Wallerstein, professor emeritus at Yale and director of the Fernand Braudel Center in New York, to read the writing on the wall. Wallerstein argues that the Bush administration’s endless-war ethos has not only exposed all the limits of US bombs-and-bullets power but has also laid bare to the world US political impotence.

This is the real talk of the town in western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa: US hegemony coming to an irreversible end, revealing, Wallerstein would say, “multiple poles of geopolitical power”. We are entering “a situation of structural crisis towards the construction of a new world system” – with no hegemonic power.

The multiple poles include the US, western Europe, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil and the southern cone and, Wallerstein would add, “maybe South America as a regional bloc”.

The Project of the American Century, whose goal was American hegemony over the world, has ironically enough hastened the day that is fast approaching when America not only is not the world hegemon, but not even its most important power.

Posted in Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, PNAC Platoon, rightwing moral cripples | Comments Off on The End Of The American Century

Points to Ponder

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 4, 2007


Why does Bush and the rest of the PNAC Platoon want to attack Iran?

Really, why do they? 

What could justify pissing off Iraqi’s Shiites — which up to now have been leaving American troops alone (remember kids, the vast majority of the attacks on US troops have come from Sunni insurgents, not the Shia) — and getting them to rise and slaughter Americans en masse?

Oh, I forgot:  Bush and his gang don’t give a rip about anyone but themselves.  So any number of things, including the boredom often suffered by the sociopathic personality types, the sort of boredom that leads them to blow up frogs and torture cats to death.  When you’re in a high enough socioeconomic class, it’s easy to forget that the 99.99999% of the world that has less money than you is just as human as you. 

That’s why it doesn’t bother them in the least, for instance, that over a million Iraqis have died, and over two million have fled the country, as a direct result of Bush’s invading Iraq in 2003.  Iraqis don’t count as human to Bush and his socioeconomic peers.  Hell, most of Bush’s fellow Americans don’t count as human to them, but they know it’s not politic to come right out and say so, in so many words, or they might give the game away.

Posted in Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, evil, Iran, PNAC Platoon | 1 Comment »

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