Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
But, just in case - here's a blast from the past, for those whose miniscule minds need further convincing . . .
Title: Netanyahu: U.S. should attack Iran with TVPublished: Sep 12, 2002 [!!!]Author: By P. Mitchell Prothero
A former Israeli prime minister Thursday called upon the United States to effect regime change in both Iraq and Iran, prescribing a military invasion to topple the government in Baghdad and the transmission of ribald television programming via satellite into Persia, where he said the influx of pop culture would prove "subversive" to the conservative Islamic regime.
Citing the hundreds of thousands of satellite television dishes in Iran, Benjamin Netanyahu told the House Government Reform Committee that the United States could incite a revolution against the conservative Iranian clergy through the use of such Fox Broadcasting staples as "Melrose Place" and "Beverly Hills 90210" -- both of which feature beautiful young people in varying states of undress, living, glamorous, materialistic lives and engaging in promiscuous sex.
"This is pretty subversive stuff," Netanyahu told the committee. "The kids of Iran would want the nice clothes they see on those shows. They would want the swimming pools and fancy lifestyles."
Hey - what's good for US is good for them, right?
But the more pressing issue to Netanyahu is Iran's neighbor, Iraq, which he said was dangerously close to developing weapons of mass destruction -- and would not be susceptible to subversion.
'We must kill those whose minds we can't control.'
"We understand a nuclear armed Saddam places Israel at risk," he said. "But a nuclear armed Saddam also puts the entire world at risk."
Sound familiar? It should.
"After Saddam gets a nuclear weapon, it is only a matter of time before the terror networks get nuclear weapons,' Netanyahu warned. "And they will use them if they get them."
Netanyahu said that the 1981 attack by Israel on an Iraqi nuclear facility was justified and implied that it's success hinged on just the kind of unilateralism that President George W. Bush's Thursday speech to the United Nations appears to abjure."Did Israel launch this pre-emptive strike with the coordination of the international community?" Netanyahu asked. "Did we condition such a strike on the approval of the United Nations? Of course not."
What a stupid question!
Burton's statements reflected more respect for the administration's coalition building efforts than Netanyahu's, but he did note that in the face of failing to develop such support for an invasion, he too supported a unilateral attack.
"This morning the president made a strong case for taking action. Now we need to see how the world responds," Burton noted. "I hope that our friends and allies around the world will join us. I hope that we can assemble a strong coalition that will stand up to this dangerous regime. However, if we can't, my view is that we have to do what's in our own best interest. If we determine that Saddam Hussein is a serious national security threat, then we have to act -- alone if necessary."Netanyahu's rhetoric, at least the military invasion portion of his testimony, found a warm reception from committee Chairman Dan Burton, R-Ind., who said that finishing the war on terror with the occupation of Afghanistan without attacking Iraq would leave the job half done.
After all, they do pay us to (send others to) fight their wars.
"One of the unfinished pieces of business we have is Iraq," Burton said. "In my opinion, this is a problem we can't continue to ignore. Saddam Hussein is a menace. He has chemical weapons. He has biological weapons. He's working hard to acquire nuclear weapons. He's used chemical weapons in the past. We should have no doubt that he'll use them again. And if he succeeds in developing nuclear weapons, we could have a catastrophe on our hands."
Why settle for the risk of catastrophe, when you can invade and guarantee catastrophe?
But Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich was not as supportive of Netanyahu's calls for war. In a terse exchange that occurred before the former prime minister laid out his "Iran Strategy," Kucinich asked him for additional suggestions for places to invade.
"While you're here, Mr. Prime Minister, are there any other countries besides Iraq that you would suggest that we invade?"
Enough said. israel isn't the 51st state of America.
It's the other way around.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The top U.S. officials in Iraq told Senate committees Tuesday that Iranian agents and weapons are fueling the ongoing strife there and that further U.S. troop withdrawals will have to wait.
They will report on the progress following the troop surge beginning a year ago by sending another 30,000 US troops into the war-torn country.
Democrats are calling for further troop cuts in and around Baghdad blaming the Bush administration for ignoring a rising Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan in need of more troop deployments.
The Bush administration is seeking $100 billion between now and September to continue the fight in Iraq and is to seek a 'pause' in a series of troop withdrawals that began last fall.
Petraeus: Basra fighting to last months
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 04:32:49
Gen. David Petraeus (L) and Ryan Crocker
- BLACKWATER contract renewed : Story Highlights
- Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 people in disputed incident
- FBI investigating Blackwater; contract will be reviewed afterward
- Contractors protect diplomats, reconstruction workers, government officials
- Security contractors have immunity from Iraqi law
- Iraqi official: Blackwater staying on 'is bad news' : Story Highlights
- Iraqi official: Iraq's investigation found that "Blackwater committed a crime"
- Iraqi government displeased contract was renewed, top adviser says
- Blackwater guards killed 17 Iraqis, including women and children, in September
- Thousands of contractors provide security for U.S. diplomats, workers
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Pagi tadi kami mulakan dengan mesyuarat Biro Politik KeADILan dan disusuli dengan rapat MPT yang agak panjang.
Kini masanya untuk memperkukuh jentera parti dan berkhidmat kepada rakyat. Semua Ahli Parlimen bersama Ahli DUN dikehendaki menumpukan perhatian di kawasan yang mereka wakili selain daripada tugas lain di peringkat negeri dan pusat.
MPT bersetuju dengan perlantikan Datuk Salehuddin Hashim selaku Setiausaha Agung baru menggantikan Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim yang kekal selaku ahli Biro Politik (ex-officio) dan Pengerusi Perhubungan Selangor.
Timbalan Setiausaha Agung selain Abdul Halim dan Suzana adalah Genabala dan Jonson.
Semua pimpinan utama ditugaskan dengan tanggungjawab khusus dan akan diumumkan kemudian.
Di sebelah petang saya bersama majlis tahlil di rumah arwah Pak Lang Zaki dan di sebelah malam ke rumah Dr Idris, Ketua Bahagian Segambut.