Sunday, July 31, 2011

Former Intel Chief: Call Off The Drone War

Forwarded as Received:-

When Bush Sr took over in January 1993, the US Government (USG) had a debt of a trillion dollars. Today it is almost 14.4 trillion that will be jacked up by another two trillion by 2 August 2011. All this money has gone into America's military adventures, that have largely failed. Such adventures will continue to fail but the US establishment, under the absolute control of the Jews will continue on this path.
Where has this 14.4 and the next 2 trillion come from - US Government bonds. The Chinese have about one trillion of these but have slowed down their buying as they know that the USG will not be able to pay them back. The Europeans have some but the major bulk is with the Jews. The Jews run the American Government with this weapon and make their money through the military industrial complex and the lucrative contracts that military adventurism provides.
The world should not expect the USG to change its policies because of what logic and Mr Blair advocate.
Meanwhile states such as California are bankrupt, the infrastructure is breaking down without any resources to rebuild and the path that the mighty British Empire took has been embarked upon.
Read on.....................


July 28, 2011

Former Intel Chief: Call Off The Drone War
(And Maybe the Whole War on Terror)

By Noah Shachtman

ASPEN, Colorado.  Ground the U.S. drone war in Pakistan. Rethink the idea of spending billions of dollars to pursue al-Qaida. Forget chasing terrorists in Yemen and Somalia, unless the local governments are willing to join in the hunt.

Those arent the words of some human rights activist, or some far-left Congressman. They are from retired admiral and former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair the man who was, until recently, nominally in charge of the entire American effort to find, track, and take out terrorists. Now, hes calling for that campaign to be reconsidered, and possibly even junked.

Starting with the drone attacks. Yes, they take out some mid-level terrorists, Blair said. But theyre not strategically effective. If the drones stopped flying tomorrow, Blair told the audience at the Aspen Security Forum, its not going to lower the threat to the U.S. Al-Qaida and its allies have proven it can sustain its level of resistance to an air-only campaign, he said.

Its one of many reasons why its a mistake to have that campaign dominate our overall relations with countries like Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Because were alienating the countries concerned, because were treating countries just as places where we go attack groups that threaten us, we are threatening the prospects of long-term reform, Blair said.

The unilateral strikes in Pakistan have to come to an end, he added, and be replaced with operations that had the full cooperation of the government in Islamabad. The effort needed two hands on the trigger, Blair said. And strikes should be launched only when we agree with them on what drone attacks should target.

The statements wont exactly win Blair new friends in the Obama administration, which forced him out of the top intelligence job about a year after he was nominated. Not only has Obama drastically escalated the drone war there have been 50 strikes in the first seven months of this year, almost as many as in all of 2009. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called the remotely-piloted attacks the only game in town in terms of confronting or trying to disrupt the al-Qaida leadership.

Plus, American relations with the Pakistani government are at their lowest point in years. And every time Washington tries to tip off Islamabad to a raid, it seems, the targets of the raid seem to conveniently skip town. No wonder the U.S. kept the mother of all unilateral strikes the mission to kill Osama bin Laden a secret from their erstwhile allies in Pakistan.

But Blair believes the cooperation not only with Pakistan, but also with the government in Yemen and with whatever authorities can be found in Somalia is the only way to bring some measure of peace to the worlds ungoverned spaces. We have to change in those three countries, he told the Forum (Full disclosure: Im a moderator on one of the panels here.)

The reconsideration of our relationship with these countries is only the start of the overhaul Blair has in mind, however. He noted that the U.S. intelligence and homeland security communities are spending about $80 billion a year, outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yet al-Qaida and its affiliates only have about 4,000 members worldwide. Thats $20 million per terrorist per year, Blair pointed out.

You think woah, $20 million. Is that proportionate? he asked. So I think we need to relook at the strategy to get the money in the right places.

Blair mentioned that 17 Americans have been killed on U.S. soil by terrorists since 9/11,  14 of them in the Ft. Hood massacre. Meanwhile, auto accidents, murders and rapes combined have killed an estimated 1.5 million people in the past decade. What is it that justifies this amount of money on this narrow problem? he asked.

Blair purposely let his own question go unanswered.


July 28, 2011
McClatchy Newspapers

Ending civil war hasn't worked out like Sudan had hoped
By Alan Boswell

JUBA, South Sudan.  Nearly a month after its breakup with South Sudan, the government of Sudan has seen none of the benefits that it thought would flow from its agreement to end decades of civil war. Instead, the breakup has thrown President Omar al Bashir's regime into disarray.

Far from reaping peace and development for overseeing the partition of his country, Bashir now controls a smaller, weaker version of Sudan besieged by a uniting rebel front and a collapsing economy.

The U.S. government hasn't lifted sanctions imposed on Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, one of the promises that allowed both the Bush and Obama administrations to broker and then shepherd the peace agreement that led to South Sudan's independence. . . .


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