Wednesday, July 19

Empiric Wet Dreams


With public attention now riveted by TV coverage of Israeli air strikes on Lebanon, let's see what fascist developments are unfolding in America's inchoate fascist empire. Remember, Karl Rove's dirties tricks hand bag opens the widest when the national attention span is diverted by crisis.

But do consider this report about the situation in Lebanon. According to the 19 July issue of the UK Guardian in London, "The US is giving Israel a window of a week to inflict maximum damage on Hizbullah before weighing in behind international calls for a ceasefire in Lebanon, according to British, European and Israeli sources." US and UK officials even "blocked efforts for an immediate halt to the fighting initiated at the UN security council, the G8 summit in St Petersburg and the European foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels." As Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton really is making an impression before the Security Council.

Now for news about the White House's war on the rest of world, including America.

War on Terrorism

Drug warlords continue to gain more control of Afghanistan. Amid the most violent fighting since the U.S. invaded the country late in 2001, Taliban troops on Sunday took control of two towns in the southern part of battle-ravaged country. On the other hand, massive corruption in Iraq's oil program threatens the ability of the new government to conduct normal business. Since Dick Cheney's old company Halliburton oversees Iraq's oil industry, doesn't this mean that the U.S. are implicated in this theft?

In testimony to our "Know Nothing" congress last week, U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker, head of the Government Accountability Office, reported " about 10 percent of Iraq's refined fuels and 30 percent of its imported fuels are being stolen, in part because the subsidized Iraqi price of gasoline, about 44 cents a gallon, is less than half the regional price of 90 cents a gallon. That provides a tremendous incentive to be able to steal these fuels and be able to sell them for whatever purposes, corruption or otherwise." One of the first no-bid contracts Halliburton obtained in Iraq was for infastructure management and transportation of Iraqi oil. Is shotgun Dick still holding the lion's share of Halliburton stock.

In another development in war-ravaged Iraq, the country had its first bank robbery since Saddam's defeat. Men dressed as Iraqi security forces robbed a bank of $1.4 billion Iraqi dinars, fleeing the scene in two green pickups and a BMW. A BMW? Isn't Secretary of Defense Donald Rumself still in Iraq?

The Washington Post reported Tuesday (July 18) that Iraqis, anticipating an impending civil war, are selling furniture and other house possession to purchase weapons and ammunition. In the lethal streets of Bagdhad Neighbors are killing neighbors and Sunnis and Shi'ites are squaring off.

"Jubouri, a 40-year-old Sunni, said that police are collaborating with the militias and that there is a $1,200 bounty on the head of any Sunni with his surname. When he passed a police checkpoint this week, he said, he overheard someone say: 'Wash away your sins and be forgiven with the blood of a Sunni'."

It appears Iraqis are simply overwhelmed with Bush-styled democracy.

War on America

More of the same in our disappearing First and Sixth amendments. In perfectly pitched Orwellian doubblespeak, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported it has reached a "compromise bill" to rectify the NSA's illegal spying program. But according to the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), the measaure "is a sham compromise that would cut off meaningful legal review -- sweeping current legal challenges out of the traditional court system and failing to require court review or congressional oversight of any future surveillance programs."

That's about all of the puke sickness I care to pass along today.



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