Daily Archives: January 16, 2007

Planted (?) Arab Times Report: US to attack Iran by April UPDATED

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Condi, trying to look mean

UPDATE:  While I initially thought that this report was a plant by the Bush administration, I have  begun to believe that it may be an actual leak,  and that, unfortunately, the information may be pretty accurate. 
There are real leaks of true stuff, and then there are plants of false stuff.

This report appears to have been planted by the Bush administration in a friendly/gullible Arab language outlet, Arab Times in Kuwait, to influence Iran. But it’s now trickling back to the US.

Read the piece, and see if you don’t agree that this is over the top. In the first place, note, it is by the EDITOR of the Arab Times. Note the supposed intimate and extensive descriptions of supersecret meetings between the highest levels of the administration.

I cannot say for sure that this is propaganda but it certainly seems like it.

Washington will launch a military strike on Iran before April 2007, say sources. The attack will be launched from the sea and Patriot missiles will guard all oil-producing countries in the region, they add. Recent statements emanating from the United States indicate the Bush administration’s new strategy for Iraq doesn’t include any proposal to make a compromise or negotiate with Syria or Iran. A reliable source said President Bush recently held a meeting with Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice and other assistants in the White House where they discussed the plan to attack Iran in minute detail.

According to the source, Vice President Dick Cheney highlighted the threat posed by Iran to not only Saudi Arabia but the whole region. “Tehran is not playing politics. Iranian leaders are using their country’s religious influence to support the aggressive regime’s ambition to expand,” the source quoted Dick Cheney as saying. Indicating participants of the meeting agreed to impose restrictions on the ambitions of Iranian regime before April 2007 without exposing other countries in the region to any danger, the source said “they have chosen April as British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it will be the last month in office for him. The United States has to take action against Iran and Syria before April 2007.”

Claiming the attack will be launched from the sea and not from any country in the region, he said “the US and its allies will target the oil installations and nuclear facilities of Iran ensuring there is no environmental catastrophe or after effects.” “Already the US has started sending its warships to the Gulf and the build-up will continue until Washington has the required number by the end of this month,” the source said. “US forces in Iraq and other countries in the region will be protected against any Iranian missile attack by an advanced Patriot missile system.”

He went on to say “although US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice suggested postponing the attack, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney insisted on attacking Tehran without any negotiations based on the lesson they learnt in Iraq recently.” The Bush administration believes attacking Iran will create a new power balance in the region, calm down the situation in Iraq and pave the way for their democratic project, which had to be suspended due to the interference of Tehran and Damascus in Iraq, he continued. The attack on Iran will weaken the Syrian regime, which will eventually fade away, the source said.

See what I mean?
Let’s try and look at this logically:
No Bush loyalist is gonna leak this info, if it is true.
If, on the other hand, somebody in the inner Bush circle wanted to leak real info to keep Bush from attacking, he would do it in the US, where it might have a preventative effect, not in Kuwait. I am thinking that this was probably supposed to go out in Arabic only, but the editor just couldn’t restrain himself; i mean, could you, if you thought this story was real?

I don’t know the US laws on something like this, but there may be some questions of legality if it were placed in a US paper, whether it were false or true. Not to mention the firestorm it would produce.

So I think this is a clumsy plant. Others may think differently.

I think it is just part of the intense pressure and provocation the administration is bringing on iran, in every conceivable way: they have cut off the Iranian banks, arrested iranian citizens in Iraq, raided an Iranian consulate with concussion grenades in the middle of the night, sent unmanned drones over Iranian soil, made unsupported claims that Iran is killing and maiming hundreds of US soldiers with IEDs, sent a second carrier task force and Patriot missiles to the Persian Gulf, and announced in an ill-defined way that the US is not gonna stand for Iranian meddling in Iran or iranian “expansionism” (whatever that is).

Much of what we see is disinformation, most likely; even that directed toward our own citizens; that is the way the Buscheneocon machine works, as we saw in 2002 and 2003. I have no idea how many times they have used the Arab Times to disseminate similar stories without the US ever hearing about them.

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Quote that would have made MLK chuckle

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Rep. Charles Rangel (right) with Bush impersonator

….all in fun, of course.

“More than any other President that I can think of, you have really, truly shattered the myth of white supremacy,” Rangel told a Bush impersonator during “Laughing Liberally,” a traveling lefty comedy show that stopped at Town Hall.

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Tuesdays at the Rapture: Index falls AGAIN!

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Even as the atomic scientists are about to advance the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight, the Rapture Index falls again from its high number of two weeks ago. The active categories this week: #18 ecumenism* fell by one point to 4, for “lack of activity;” and #23 Gog (Russia) did the same.

The Democrat/Satan watch:
#19 Liberalism is still maxed out at 5, and will be for a long time, because the US Congress will be controlled by Democrats for at least two years. And that nasty #3 Satanism continues at 3, due to the ongoing issue of satanic attacks on farm animals.

The total score is down to 160, still in “fasten your seatbelts” range, but the trend has to be encouraging. Thanks, God, see ya next week. I hope.

In other Rapture news, we see that the band The Rapture has taken over the number one Google spot for “Rapture.” So if you want to see The Rapture in person, check out their website, they are gonna be on tour later this month.

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*ecumenism: a Roman Catholic tenet; salvation can come from other religions, not just from Jesus. Other, non-Catholic Christians believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation.

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Active duty officers to deliver petition to Congress to withdraw from Iraq

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As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq . Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.

We noted this petition previously. Now it’s being delivered to Congress.

Vocal opposition to President’s Bush’s strategy of sending more than 20,000 additional troops to help secure Iraq has grown to include some of the troops themselves.

A group of more than 50 active-duty military officers will deliver a petition to Congress on Tuesday signed by about 1,000 troops calling for an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. “Any troop increase over here will just produce more sitting ducks, more targets,” said Sergeant Ronn Cantu, who is serving in Iraq.

Under the 1988 Military Whistleblower Protection Act, active duty military, National Guard, and Reservists may communicate with any member of Congress without fear of reprisal, even if copies of the communication are sent to others

According to Liam Madden, spokesman for the affiliated group Iraq Veterans against the war, the petition will be received on behalf of the “out of Iraq caucus” by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a 2008 presidential candidate, however “all appeals are getting faxed to the representatives of the districts of the signatories. link

Great courage by these soldiers. I applaud them and their families. This will undoubtedly end any chance at promotion.
The troops know what’s up. Even Oliver North knows how our troops feel.

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Speaking of big boobs, the guys buying this beer definitely qualify.

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EUROPEAN men are flocking to Bulgaria to buy “breast-boosting beer” after the country’s accession to the EU has meant that customs duties on the tipple have been abolished.
The millet-based ale called Boza allegedly makes women’s breasts bigger, but was previously expensive.
Now thousands of tourists are travelling to the Bulgarian border town of Ruse to buy Boza for their wives and partners.

Somehow I don’t think this is gonna go over too well at home. Am I wrong?
(and no, it doesn’t work; trust me) (unless a woman gets pregnant as a result of getting drunk)

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Exxon fires its fake science brigades, stops attack on climate change research.

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So ends one of the most disgusting and irresponsible performances of any corporation and its CEO. In its own way, it certainly compares with the nearly contemporaneous performance of Ken Lay and Enron.
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Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air: How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco’s Tactics to “Manufacture Uncertainty” on Climate Change details how the oil company, like the tobacco industry in previous decades, has raised doubts about even the most indisputable scientific evidence:

–funded an array of front organizations to create the appearance of a broad platform for a tight-knit group of vocal climate change contrarians who misrepresent peer-reviewed scientific findings

–attempted to portray its opposition to action as a positive quest for “sound science” rather than business self-interest

–used its access to the Bush administration to block federal policies and shape government communications on global warming

ExxonMobil-funded organizations consist of an overlapping collection of individuals serving as staff, board members, and scientific advisors that publish and re-publish the works of a small group of climate change contrarians. The George C. Marshall Institute, for instance, which has received $630,000 from ExxonMobil, recently touted a book edited by Patrick Michaels, a long-time climate change contrarian who is affiliated with at least 11 organizations funded by ExxonMobil. Similarly, ExxonMobil funds a number of lesser-known groups such as the Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy and Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. Both groups promote the work of several climate change contrarians, including Sallie Baliunas, an astrophysicist who is affiliated with at least nine ExxonMobil-funded groups.

Baliunas is best known for a 2003 paper alleging the climate had not changed significantly in the past millennia that was rebutted by 13 scientists who stated she had misrepresented their work in her paper. This renunciation did not stop ExxonMobil-funded groups from continuing to promote the paper. Through methods such as these, ExxonMobil has been able to amplify and prop up work that has been discredited by reputable climate scientists.

“When one looks closely, ExxonMobil’s underhanded strategy is as clear and indisputable as the scientific research it’s meant to discredit,” said Seth Shulman, an investigative journalist who wrote the UCS report. “The paper trail shows that, to serve its corporate interests, ExxonMobil has built a vast echo chamber of seemingly independent groups with the express purpose of spreading disinformation about global warming.”

ExxonMobil has used the laudable goal of improving scientific understanding of global warming—under the guise of “sound science”—for the pernicious ends of delaying action to reduce heat-trapping emissions indefinitely. ExxonMobil also exerted unprecedented influence over U.S. policy on global warming, from successfully recommending the appointment of key personnel in the Bush administration to funding climate change deniers in Congress.

President Bush and the Republican Party, as well as media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, should be held responsible by the American people.

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