Tuesday, November 22, 2005

At It Again!!!

In a recent AP release Congressman John Murtha quotes, "The soldiers can't speak for themselves. We sent them to war and, by God, we're the ones that have to speak out." I’m not sure, but I think as you are reading this I (an American soldier) am speaking for myself…are you listening Congressman? The United States military is still part of the voting population last time I checked, and the elected officials that I voted for are speaking for me. Murtha also said that he had gotten e-mails from World War II veterans and parents of American soldiers in Iraq, but where are the e-mails from the soldiers who are on the ground in Iraq…could it be because we don’t share his same opinions?

Murtha also said at another press conference, "We cannot win this militarily. Our tactics themselves keep us from winning." Our tactics militarily are just fine. It’s the political war that is being lost right now by Rep. Murtha, as evidenced by the landslide 403-3 vote in the Senate this past Friday to pull troops out of Iraq. After the vote Murtha said, "The guys in Congress are scared to death to say anything because they might be vilified." Either the rest of Democratic Party doesn’t agree with his views on the war or they just don’t have a tour in Vietnam to hide behind.

On a more positive note, the president on his 8 day tour Asia spoke to soldiers at Osan Air Base in South Korea. "In Washington, there are some who say that the sacrifice is too great, and they urge us to set a date for withdrawal before we have completed our mission," Bush said Saturday. "Those who are in the fight know better." The president hit the nail on the head with this one. If we withdraw before we finish what we started everything that I have fought for will be in vain. I have sacrificed a year away from my wife, and many soldiers have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I don’t want to pull out of this war and let that all be for nothing. I can’t say for operations security reasons, but President Bush is right when he said, "As Iraqis stand up, we will stand down." I have been personal witness to this, and I can’t tell you how great is feels to be able to say that. Also in part of his speech to the troops Bush vowed to stay in the fight until we have achieved the victory our brave troops have fought for. Thank you for not giving up on the cause and the soldiers fighting for it Mr. Bush, we will not let you down.

23 Comments:

At 8:26 PM, Blogger SillyPickle said...

Thank you for everything you are doing in Iraq. My friend who fled Iraq under Saddam has told me of the atrocities that occured under him. She is so thankful for what you guys are doing that she has now enlisted in the Marines to go back and serve both America and Iraq.

Please keep posting the blogs, I have you bookmarked your blog and will visit frequently! =)

-Joel
Vancouver, BC, Canada

 
At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will, we love you and what you are doing for the Iraqi people everyday. It is hard to put a price tag on freedom. Keep up the good work, and thank you for your service and sacrifice.

 
At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU! for all that you and your brothers/sisters in arms are sacrificing. Keep up the good work GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU IN HIS ARMS. Happy Thanksgiving
Dawn
Idaho

 
At 8:31 AM, Anonymous In Training said...

Howdy from Texas! Loved your post, I linked it to my site at http://intraining.typepad.com/in_training/2005/11/shut_up_listen.html
just to let you know. Keep up the awesome work, both in your job and blogging!
~ Kath

 
At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your Service to our Country Sir.May god continue to keep each and everyone one of you in the palms of his hands.
Please know that the likes of Rep. John Murtha,John Kerry,Ted Kennedy and most of Hollywood nut bags do not speak for me either!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Troops as we give thanks to you.
know that you remain in our thoughts and prayers daily.
Sincerely
Cathy
A forever greatful American

 
At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did we not just cut taxes by 60 Billion Dollars? Or was that a rumor? Middle class America should be pleased.. (and this is where most of the votes come from is it not?) Did we not just take away food stamps for hundreds of thousands of people? (Lower income, not such a big voting pool of Americans.) This irks me.. I know so many soldier's families that are on food stamps. Soldiers who decided to join in a time of war at the risk and detriment to their familial incomes. They are on food stamps. When I was growing up, a family I stayed with for a time was on food stamps and WIC. We would absolutely have starved without it. AND THESE PEOPLE ARE SOLDIERS!!!

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger Christy said...

Thank you so much. I know the sacrifice of not being with the one you love. My husband is over there in Iraq as well. He missed the birth of our first child because he was there. You are right alot would be lost if they pull you out now. Everyone wants you home and safe but you guys have a job to do and one to be proud of. Great Job there hun!

Keep up to the voice from over there. Sounds like you have a lot to say.

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger Kelly'sEffeminateAngel said...

Right on Soldier!! Your time spent away from your family, risking your life, is not something to take for granted. I personally appreciate all that you are doing. Have a good Thanksgiving and know that you are all in our thoughts this holiday!

 
At 3:58 AM, Blogger FVK said...

Will -- First, thank you for your service and sacrifice, that goes for your family, too.

As for Murtha, I was surprised by his comments considering he's a Marine. It must have something to do with the fact that he's Vietnam War era. Just like then (I was in high school during the Vietnam War) Congress, especially the Senate is getting "cold feet" at election time and sending one message to the voter, and the wrong message to our heroic warriors fighting in Iraq.

I support our Troops AND the mission! Frankly, I don't understand those who say they support the Troops, but not the war.

Godspeed, Will, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Fred
Milwaukee

 
At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the average American supports you and the effort you are doing in irag. The leftest MSM has their own agenda qand that is to discredit everything that G_D fearing Americans hold dear. Some political leaders say the US does not have an exit plan. They should remember we have had forces in the European theatre since 1943 and in the aisian theatre since before Dec. 7. 1941. As you know the "Forgotten War" ( Korea ) started June 1950. We are still there. My question to the liberals is what's the rush? Let the US Forces do their job, support thgem in every way and when the Iraqui leaders feel the no longer need US assistance Stand Down an come home but not before then. May the L_RD G_D bless each and everyone of you there and keep you safe. I hope you , Matt and David have a great Thanksgiving Day. Shalom.

 
At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Will, David and Matt for giving us such excellent blogs to interact with y'all on. It is wonderful really knowing what is happening in Iraq through your collective experiences. You Arkansas Guards rock! Happy Thanksgiving and know that you are in our prayers for a successful deployment and a safe return home.

 
At 11:59 AM, Anonymous laurie said...

This is so interesting, today somehow I found all these web site blogs of military folks. These internets ... so cool! Anyway, I've enjoyed reading your stuff (although I am one of those left-coast liberal nutjobs hah hah) still find what you do is a big sacrifice, and I hope you are safe and that you know not even the left-coast folks are unappreciative. We are thankful.

And hope you got to have some turkey!

 
At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will, loved your post. The military blogs are an effective antidote to the dangerous nonsense coming from politicians like Rep Murtha. Keep talking. We the people are listening!
Wendy
Wisconsin

 
At 4:49 PM, Blogger The Ugly American said...

Thank you again for another great post!

I am linking back to it on my blog.

 
At 9:46 AM, Anonymous PreservingLife said...

Since you don't seem to "get the fact" that millions of people around the world and your own nation DO NOT WANT YOU KILLED OR MAIMED you need to know the following DOCUMENTED FACTS:

Bush signed an order: W199I months before 9-11 ordering FBI not to stop Al-Qaeda..........

From July 4th-14th 2001, Osama bin Laden was being treated for kidney infection at the American Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. There, on multiple occasions, he met with CIA station Chief Larry Mitchell. Bin Laden gave Mitchell 'precise information' regarding 'an imminent attack' on the US.

A 2000 presidential executive order was still in effect and mandated that bin Laden should have been killed on the spot. Bin Laden was allowed to leave of his own free will.....after those "multiple occasions meetings with CIA" in the hospital.

...Army Col.Westhusing suicide note stated he was especially upset by one conclusion he had reached: that traditional military values such as duty, honor and country had been replaced by profit motives in Iraq......

Amazing how many "suicides" and deaths are connected to this White House!

 
At 10:34 AM, Anonymous William said...

GOP insiders who have seen the memo admit it’s a risky strategy and point out that such scenarios are “blue sky thinking” that often occurs in political planning sessions.

A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and "restore his image as a leader of the American people."

The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could “validate” the President’s war on terror and allow Bush to “unite the country” in a “time of national shock and sorrow.”

And you wonder why millions around the world are "shocked and awed" at the sheeple Americans?

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Ninety-five bishops from President Bush's church said Thursday they repent their "complicity" in the "unjust and immoral" invasion and occupation of Iraq.

"In the face of the United States administration's rush toward
military action based on misleading information, too many of us were silent," said a statement of conscience signed by more than half of the 164 retired and active United Methodist bishops worldwide.

President Bush is a member of the United Methodist Church, according to various published biographies. The White House did not return a request for comment on the bishops' statement.

Although United Methodist leadership has opposed the Iraq war in the past, this is the first time that individual bishops have confessed to a personal failure to publicly challenge the buildup to the war.

The signatures were also an instrument for retired bishops to make their views known, said bishop Joseph H. Yeakel, who served in the Baltimore-Washington area from 1984 to 1996. The current bishop for the Baltimore-Washington area, John R. Schol, also signed the statement.

The statement avoids making accusations, said retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder, instructor at Duke University's divinity school and an author of the document.

"We would have made the statement regardless of who the president was. It was not meant to be either partisan or to single out any one person," Carder said. "It was the recognition that we are all part of the decision and we are all part of a democratic society. We all bear responsibility."

Stith, who spent more than three years after his retirement working in East Africa -- including with Rwandan refugees -- said going to war over the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks did not solve the real problems behind them.

The real issues are that much of the world lives in poverty, desperation and depression, he said, while an affluent minority of the world often oppresses them. Americans need to take responsibility for their world, Stith said.

"To ignore things and to assume that persons in the government have all knowledge is to reject our franchise and our democracy," Stith said.

About six weeks ago, Carder discussed the idea of a public statement with other colleagues who "had concerns" about the war, and the idea just grew, Carder said.

Last week, the statement circulated during a biannual meeting of the Council of Bishops, "and before the week was out, we had 95 bishops," Carder said.

In their statement, the bishops pledged to pray daily for the end of the war, for its American and Iraqi victims and for American leaders to find "truth, humility and policies of peace through justice."

"We confess our preoccupation with institutional enhancement and limited agendas while American men and women are sent to Iraq to kill and be killed, while thousands of Iraqi people needlessly suffer and die, while poverty increases and preventable diseases go untreated," the statement said.

Some bishops declined to sign their names, although they supported the statement, Carder said.

This week's statement follows years of public opposition to the Iraq war by the church.

In May 2004, the Council of Bishops passed a resolution that "lamented the continued warfare" and asked the U.S. government to seek international help to rebuild Iraq. The church's women's division called for an end to the war in 2002. And in 2001, the church's head of social policy, Jim Winkler, said the push for war was "without any justification according to the teachings of Christ," according to a report by The (London) Observer.

Public approval of the war has steadily declined since the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003. At the time, seven of 10 Americans said the U.S. did the right thing. By this October, only four of 10 Americans did, according to CBS polls.

About 11 million people belong to the United Methodist Church, including 200,000 in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Carder and Stith said they hoped their statement would encourage more people to think about peacemaking.

"The only solution seems to be to stay the course. But if you're on the wrong course, you don't stay the course," Carder said. "At the heart of the Christian faith is the willingness to acknowledge mistakes."

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At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Erich said...

Ten days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush was told in a highly classified briefing that the U.S. intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein to the attacks and that there was scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda, according to government records and current and former officials with firsthand knowledge of the matter.

Indeed, the existence of the September 21 PDB was not disclosed to the Intelligence Committee until the summer of 2004. Both Republicans and Democrats requested then that it be turned over.

The information was provided to Bush on September 21, 2001 during the "President's Daily Brief," a 30- to 45-minute early-morning national security briefing. Information for PDBs has routinely been derived from electronic intercepts, human agents, and reports from foreign intelligence services, as well as more mundane sources such as news reports and public statements by foreign leaders.

Bush was told during the briefing was that the few credible reports of contacts between Iraq and Al Qaeda involved attempts by Saddam Hussein to monitor the terrorist group. Saddam viewed Al Qaeda as well as other theocratic radical Islamist organizations as a potential threat to his secular regime. At one point, analysts believed, Saddam considered infiltrating the ranks of Al Qaeda with Iraqi nationals or even Iraqi intelligence operatives to learn more about its inner workings, according to records and sources.

The September 21, 2001, briefing was prepared at the request of the president, who was eager in the days following the terrorist attacks to learn all that he could about any possible connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda.

Much of the contents of the September 21 PDB were later incorporated, albeit in a slightly different form, into a lengthier CIA analysis examining not only Al Qaeda's contacts with Iraq, but also Iraq's support for international terrorism of which now Bush and Cheney acknowledge were not true.

The highly classified CIA assessment was distributed to President Bush, Vice President Cheney, the president's national security adviser and deputy national security adviser, the secretaries and undersecretaries of State and Defense, and various other senior Bush administration policy makers, according to government records.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the White House for the CIA assessment, the PDB of September 21, 2001, and dozens of other PDBs as part of the committee's ongoing investigation into whether the Bush administration misrepresented intelligence information in the run-up to war with Iraq. The Bush administration has refused to turn over these documents.

If they had nothing to hide there would be no secret documents...they are employees of the American people and have no legal right to such secrecy.

 
At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“I just don't think it's the role of the United States to walk into a country and say, we do it this way, so should you ....but I think one way for us to end up being viewed as the ugly American is for us to go around the world saying, we do it this way, so should you…..I think the United States must be humble and must be proud and confident of our values, but humble in how we treat nations that are figuring out how to chart their own course.” George W. Bush

"If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world and nation building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road, and I'm going to prevent that....I don't want to be the world's policeman, I want to be the world's peacemaker ."George W. Bush

"When we have economic problems, it's been caused by disruptions in our oil supply. If we have a force in Iraq, there will be no disruption in oil supplies." Donald Kagan, Project for the New American Century

The Bush administration has used a series of shifting justifications for the war in Iraq. Each time one has become a documented lie, this administration finds a new excuse.

Each has been quite specific: The war was to uncover Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction; to dislodge a brutal dictator; to combat Iraq's support for terrorism; to deal with what President Bush called a "grave and gathering threat"; spred democracy and stabalize the Middle East, then of course OIL and then of course, bottom line: protect Israel..here's a real kicker from Sharon himself:

In a fit of anger, Sharon responded to Peres: "Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."

Get to know who dangles your lives out there for their personal profit:


Project for the New American Century (PNAC)

Established in 1997 by William Kristol and Robert Kagan, PNAC's goal is "to promote American global leadership." Creating a blueprint for the US' current role in the world, PNAC's original Statement of Principles called for the US to return to a "Reaganite foreign policy of military strength and moral clarity. Change - above all violent change - is the essence of human history."

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Founded in 1943, this influential Washington think tank is known as the headquarters of neoconservative thought. In a crucial speech in the leadup to the war in Iraq, US President George W. Bush said this to an audience at AEI: "You do such good work that my administration has borrowed 20 such minds."

Jewish Intitute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)

Based in Washington, JINSA "communicates with the national security establishment and the general public to explain the role Israel can and does play in bolstering American interests, as well as the link between American defense policy and the security of Israel." Some of the strongest supporters of Israel's right-wing Likud Party in the already pro-Israel neoconservative circles are on JINSA's board of advisers.

Center for Security Policy (CSP)

CSP's 2001 annual report boasts of its influence saying it "isn't just a 'think tank' – it's an agile, durable, and highly effective 'main battle tank' in the war of ideas on national security." Securing neoconservatives' influence at the nexus of military policymakers and weapons manufacturers, CSP's mission is "to promote world peace through American strength."

Others...

The Hudson Institute

The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies

Ethics and Public Policy Center

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

 
At 11:17 AM, Anonymous William said...

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

MZM, the company involved in paying bribes to former California GOP Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham, was also part of the cooking of intelligence on Iraq years prior to the US invasion, according to a former weapons expert at the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) in Charlottesville, Virginia. MZM was sold by owner Mitchell Wade to Veritas Capital and is now known as Athena Innovative Solutions, Inc.
According to a former IMINT and weapons analyst, who worked since 1988 for various intelligence agencies looking closely at Iraq, NGIC, which is comprised of US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) intelligence analysts and personnel detailed from the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), had an all-too-cozy relationship with MZM. The firm’s single source, non-competitive contract with NGIC paved the way for the cooking of some of the intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq.

After NGIC’s deputy director, Bill Rich, Sr., retired, he was quickly hired by MZM, which had replaced Battelle as the prime contractor for NGIC. Soon after taking the job with MZM, Rich’s son, who had no prior intelligence experience, was also hired by MZM, according to the former analyst. In addition, NGIC’s retired Sergeant Major was also hired by the firm, according to the same source. The links between MZM and Cunningham were so close, members of Wade’s family also reportedly steered money to Duke Cunningham’s campaign coffers.

Since the MZM-Cunningham scandal broke, the firm has been cut off from all work at NGIC. However, according to NGIC sources that has not affected Rich, who continues to work for a new NGIC contractor, Sparta, Inc., which, like MZM, is conveniently located in the University of Virginia Research Park, across the street from NGIC.

The weapons analyst said that NGIC purposely altered figures on the number of Russian helicopters in order to justify the Crusade gun system, which, the time, was being built by United Defense, which, in turn, was owned by The Carlyle Group. After the analyst objected to the inflation by NGIC management of the numbers of working helicopters in Russia, he found himself subject to a security clearance investigation by US Investigations Services (USIS), a firm in which the Carlyle Group has a major financial stake, USIS’s Iraq operations were under investigation by US Army Col. Ted Westhusing last June. During that investigation, Westhusing was reported to have shot himself in the head while in a trailer near Baghdad.

In a manner reminiscent of how the National Security Agency (NSA) treats whistleblowers, the NGIC analyst was forced to see the center’s sole psychologist, someone who was on good terms with Deputy Director Bill Rich. The psychologist determined that the analyst suffered from a psychiatric problem even though his own HMO contradicted that evaluation. In June 2001, the analyst had his security clearance revoked and was terminated in 2002.

In August 2001, the analyst arranged to have some of his NGIC paperwork sent to him at home by NGIC security. However, when a clasped and taped enveloped arrived at his home, there were clear indications that sometime during the passage of the documents through four levels of NGIC management, including NGIC security, something was inserted into the files: a SECRET NOFORN WINTEL document [NOFORN is "no foreign dissemination" and WINTEL is "Warning - Intelligence Sources and Methods Revealed’]. The analyst dutifully informed the FBI and the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) at Fort Monroe, Virginia about the incident. However, the analyst was never asked to sign his statement about the incident. This is eerily similar to the planting of two boxes of classified documents in the home of former NSA analyst Kenneth Ford, who is currently on trial after being charged with the possession of classified material.

The intelligence cooking on Russian military aviation was so bad, according to the analyst, that NGIC plagiarized a September 1984 Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document and tried to post it in an intelligence report on INTELINK, the intelligence community-wide internal "Internet" for classified information. The only problem was that in "cutting and pasting" 1984 Russian helicopter threat information to justify the Crusader project, the term "Soviet Union" was left in the Fall 1999 intelligence report. The Soviet Union ceased to exist nine years earlier.

The NGIC analyst also was well aware as early as 2000 that the aluminum tubes discovered in Iraq and were later claimed by the Bush administration to be for nuclear centrifuges for an Iraqi nuclear weapons program were nothing more than artillery replacement barrels for the Italian "Medusa 81" artillery rocket that had been produced in Egypt. The analyst has personally briefed Dick Cheney, while he was Secretary of Defense, during Desert Shield in 1990 about the anti-aircraft gun barrels. The analyst was on loan to the Pentagon’s National Military Joint Intelligence Center (NMJIC) from the Intelligence Threat Analysis Center (ITAC) at the Washington Navy Yard during Desert Storm and maintains that Cheney, who he described as a "prick," knew what the aluminum tubes in 1990 and knew about them when he lied about their being part of Iraq’s nuclear reconstitution program. Also present at the same 1990 intelligence briefing for Cheney was Pete Williams, the then-Pentagon press spokesman and currently an NBC TV news reporter.

NGIC altered the aluminum tube intelligence by ordering two individuals -- an artillery and cannon expert, respectively, to write a bogus intelligence report. The analyst who complained about this said that determination should have been made by NGIC’s Technical Chemical Nuclear (TCN) branch, and not by the two individuals in question. However, the TCN experts realized that the tubes in question had nothing to do with a nuclear weapons program.

Moreover, the aluminum tubes used to justify the attack had actually been captured by US forces in Iraq during Desert Storm in 1991 and were conveniently used later to "prove" the existence of a nuclear program over a decade later.

In essence, NGIC tainted raw and refined intelligence received from its three primary providers -- INSCOM headquarters at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia; the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) HUMINT collection databases (including translated intelligence) and NGA.

NGIC analysts and MZM contractors at the center also began altering intelligence databases containing threat data on various weapons systems, including helicopter production in Russia, Iraq, China, France, and Poland. When objections were raised to such tampering, the reply from NGIC/contractor management was "Congress is just a bunch of liberals and fags . . . we will tell them what they need to know."

The analyst said that MZM, through bribery deals with Cunningham (who served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) and GOP Representatives Katherine Harris (FL) and Virgil Goode (VA), successfully influenced Congress by successfully tampering with intelligence coming from NGIC. MZM was also involved in providing unspecified "intelligence services" for the Bush White House and purchasing furniture for the White House.

Goode, who sits on the House Armed Services subcommittee for Military Construction, received money from MZM and shortly afterwards, the firm opened an office, complete with Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs), in Goode’s hometown of Martinsville, Virginia. However, an NGIC source said that all Goode received from MZM was $40,000, which compared to what they paid Cunningham, showed that Goode "sold his ass cheap."

 
At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Harvey Edwards said...

Let those who ignore our Troops cut their own throats. We The people had best quit taking their Bull and our Conservative representatives had best stand up against them. I am a career Navy Chief who is now running for State Representative in the 14th District of Arkansas. I know that our military personnel make the best leaders for this Country. I will keep up my fight to swat down those liberal cut and runners by winning my election and not letting up.
Thank you troops for keeping US free.

 
At 2:39 PM, Anonymous SaveOurSoldiers said...

The ONLY reason your friends are dying is the fact that the American bankers are afraid of the Euro beating out the almighty dollar...

WMD scare tactics for the moronic non-reading average Americans was nothing more than AquaLube while all of you were grabbing your ankles.

Iraq war is about the CIA, the Federal Reserve and the Bush/Cheney administration view hydrocarbons at the geo-strategic level, and the unspoken but overarching macroeconomic threats to the U.S. dollar from the euro.

The Real Reasons for this war is this administration's goal of preventing further OPEC momentum towards the euro as an oil transaction currency standard.

Saddam sealed his fate ONLY when he decided to switch to the euro in late 2000 (and later converted his $10 billion reserve fund at the U.N. to euros) -- at that point, another manufactured Gulf War become inevitable under Bush II.

Iranian Oil Bourse slated to open in March 2006. It will be based on a euro-oil-trading mechanism that naturally implies payment for oil in Euro. In economic terms, this represents a much greater threat to the hegemony of the dollar than Saddam’s, because it will allow anyone willing either to buy or to sell oil for Euro to transact on the exchange, thus circumventing the U.S. dollar altogether. If so, then it is likely that almost everyone will eagerly adopt this euro oil system:

Two months after the United States invaded Iraq, the Oil for Food Program was terminated, the Iraqi Euro accounts were switched back to dollars, and oil was sold once again only for U.S. dollars. No longer could the world buy oil from Iraq with Euro.

Global dollar supremacy was once again restored. Bush descended victoriously from a fighter jet and declared the mission accomplished—he had successfully defended the U.S. dollar, and thus the American Empire.

Iranian Oil Bourse, in economic terms, represents a much greater threat to the hegemony of the dollar than Saddam’s, because it will allow anyone willing either to buy or to sell oil for Euro to transact on the exchange, thus circumventing the U.S. dollar altogether. If so, then it is likely that almost everyone will eagerly adopt this euro oil system:

The Europeans will not have to buy and hold dollars in order to secure their payment for oil, but would instead pay with their own currencies. The adoption of the euro for oil transactions will provide the European currency with a reserve status that will benefit the European at the expense of the Americans.

The Chinese and the Japanese will be especially eager to adopt the new exchange, because it will allow them to drastically lower their enormous dollar reserves and diversify with Euros, thus protecting themselves against the depreciation of the dollar. One portion of their dollars they will still want to hold onto; a second portion of their dollar holdings they may decide to dump outright; a third portion of their dollars they will decide to use up for future payments without replenishing those dollar holdings, but building up instead their euro reserves.

Russians seemingly detest holding depreciating dollars, for they have recently found a new religion with gold. Russians have also revved their nationalism, and if embracing the Euro will stab the Americans, they will gladly do it and smugly watch the Americans bleed.

The Arab oil-exporting countries will eagerly adopt the Euro as a means of diversifying against rising mountains of depreciating dollars. Just like the Russians, their trade is mostly with European countries, and therefore will prefer the European currency both for its stability and for avoiding currency risk, not to mention their jihad against the Infidel Enemy.

No matter what the British decide, should the Iranian Oil Bourse accelerate, the interests that matter—those of Europeans, Chinese, Japanese, Russians, and Arabs—will eagerly adopt the Euro, thus sealing the fate of the dollar.

"The Federal Reserve's greatest nightmare is that OPEC will switch its international transactions from a dollar standard to a euro standard.

Iraq actually made this switch in Nov. 2000 (when the euro was worth around 82 cents), and has actually made off like a bandit considering the dollar's steady depreciation against the euro. (Note: the dollar declined 17% against the euro in 2002.)
"The real reason the Bush administration wants a puppet government in Iraq -- or more importantly, the reason why the corporate-military-industrial network conglomerate wants a puppet government in Iraq -- is so that it will revert back to a dollar standard and stay that way." (While also hoping to veto any wider OPEC momentum towards the euro, especially from Iran -- the 2nd largest OPEC producer who is actively discussing a switch to euros for its oil exports)."

So much for the magnanimous Bush's much touted "fair trade" issues being shoved down our global neighbors' throats.

So much for "they hate our freedoms"
since not once has any recorded statement from Al Qaeda said that . . what those tapes DO say is "we hate the destructive foreign policies of the USA."

Any one wondering why Bush is pounding the pavement to create the "coalition of the willing" against S. American oil producing nations?

 
At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Harvey Edwards said...

Had to jump in again and offer my support and understanding to the troops who are keeping the mealy mouths , malcontents and treasonous folks Free to promote their hate . Freedom is not Free so next time you see a troop or Veteran think of how you got to be free.
There are powerful ways we can support our troops I refer to some in My website, under the page , news from Iraq. give it a free speech courtesy glance http://home.earthlink.net/~harveywards/

 
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MesotheliomaHelp.Net are all dedicated to helping folks with Mesothelioma find the medical, professional, and legal help that
they may require. If you are interested in providing us with a link on your site, please reply at your convenience to
anthony(at)mesotheliomahelp(dot)net and I will forward you our link specifics. We would also be happy to link back to your site.
In any event, I thank you for your service to our great country.

Sincerely,
Anthony Newman
MesotheliomaHelp.Net

 

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