Bad News of the Week: Iraq Edition

CIA to continue covert operations in Iraq:    These programs include different activities such as the deployment of remote sensors that scan the wireless spectrum of terrorist safe havens to stealth US-Iraqi counter terrorism commando teams [aka assassination squads].

U.S. Planning Troop Buildup in Gulf After ‘Exit’ From IraqIn addition to negotiations over maintaining a ground combat presence in Kuwait, the United States is considering sending more naval warships through international waters in the region.

As Iraqi War Ends, Contractors Take the Reins: The use of contractors has been a point of contention, however, since the Department of State will be hiring an additional 5,500 mercenaries, referred to as private security contractors (PSCs). Of these estimated 5,500, around 1,500 will be “providing personal security for diplomatic movements,” while the other 4,000 will be “providing perimeter security,” according to a May report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

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2 Responses to Bad News of the Week: Iraq Edition

  1. lonevet2008 says:

    This is not the way to end the war, this action by the US will ensure we remain the power broker in the area. Why can’t we just get out?

  2. locojhon says:

    My friend,,,you’ve answered your own question–to remain the hegemonic power-broker in the area–one in which we ‘took’ Iraq and Afghanistan and delegated Syria to France, and Iran to Israel. Or something like that. Anything to shut out Russia and China.
    What’s our footprint look like now?
    Something like 1000 bases in 120 countries, or something similarly absurd?
    Some things to ponder in my suggested order:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2144933190875239407 Fabled Enemies (~1:42) and
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFzcqFyc_dw&feature=relmfu Unspeakable Evil (first of 4 parts)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPKXue-2C2E&feature=relmfu Part 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIQg-_LRy6I&feature=relmfu Part 3a
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i57vY3TItA&feature=relmfu&noredirect=1 Part 4
    Where one can watch and be brought relatively up-to-date in less than 4 hours, that need going viral asap.
    Come Home America has the right idea, and seems to be going in the right direction, and could have great impact if it also went viral.
    Justice and Green ought to get together as the Just Green Party or the Green Justice Party–or the Come Home America people should choose one–whatever–and however–they need to get together with Come Home America, and any other collaborative/ethical/nonviolent group/process. We all must somehow come together to stop this insanity.
    Perhaps more importantly, each country should have their own individually-specified version of it, as the whole constitutes far more than local, national, regional or continental problems; the differing ways of destruction can easily constitute the end of humankind as we know it, and perhaps create global/planetary ecocide as well.
    John Lennon had it so right, so long ago.
    locoto

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