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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

11 December - Rice, Iraq WMD scare - yellowcake

PalestinePalestine (Photo credit: No Lands Too Foreign)
English: Inauguration of the United States emb...English: Inauguration of the United States embassy in Juba, South Sudan, July 9, 2011. Left to right: Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs; Ret. General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State; Susan R. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and U.S. Ambassador R. Barrie Walkley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak receiv...English: USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak receives congratulations from Ambassador Susan Rice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Barack Obama attends a briefing on Afghanistan...Barack Obama attends a briefing on Afghanistan in the Situation Room of the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Susan E. Rice (middle) at the USCIRF hearings ...Susan E. Rice (middle) at the USCIRF hearings (November 27, 2001). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN.Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rice up closeRice up close (Photo credit: Rowan Peter)
For years I`ve noted the Scooter Libby-White House leak  case which blew the Brewster Jennings intel network. Surfing to see similarities, connections, etc. between Condi and Susan Rice ( though since she has no use for John Bolton that is a plus in my eyes ), I decided to also check connections to the yellowcake hoax.

Susan Rice’s Viagra Hoax: The New Incubator Babies Eric Garris, April 30, 2011
US ambassador Susan Rice announced that Libyan government troops were being issued Viagra and told to rape as a terror weapon. She made the comment as part of a debate with another envoy to highlight that “the coalition is confronting an adversary doing reprehensible things.” Several diplomats said Rice provided no evidence for the Viagra allegation, which they said was made in an attempt to persuade doubters the conflict in Libya was not just a standard civil war but a much nastier fight in which Gadhafi is not afraid to order his troops to commit heinous acts. However, today, MSNBC was told by US military and intelligence officials that there is no basis for Rice’s claims.


As it happens, there's another universe in the back of the closet next to the bookshelf in the spare room. It's nearly identical to ours, except that in this universe, 9/11 never happened.* Everything else is the same: George Bush, Barack Obama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Guantanamo, Bagram, the torture networks, the secret prisons, and on and on - but there were no planes crashed into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, no yearly donning of sackcloth and ashes by politicians at ground zero, no annual pageants of official grief.

In describing our own universe to the natives, I attempted to explain the significance of 9/11, how it changed everything forever, but they were frustratingly unable to comprehend. The United States, they said, had spent its time killing and torturing and enslaving the world before 2001, and spent its time killing and torturing and enslaving the world afterward as well; the only difference was the loss of some three thousand souls, an evidently paltry cost given the American government's valuation of human life.

I attempted to explain the situation to them again, and felt that I was close to succeeding, but our conversation was cut off by a NATO air strike.

Well now. Israel, the Palestinians, and Gaza. It's a sad story, and we're terribly sorry about it all, of course, feeling pronounced Official Regret in our pronounced Official Regretbones, and we feel compelled at this juncture to demand a request for an investigation into the possibility of an inquiry into the formation of a select bipartisan panel looking into whether or not to request an investigation. Which would be conducted by Israel, of course. No need to get too pushy here.

Now, you might say this week's events represent an atrocity, a massacre, a savage and criminal slaughter of humanitarian aid workers by a paranoid, murder-happy police state to further prolong the suffering of a million and a half refugees penned up in an open-air concentration camp. And you'd be right. But what you'd be overlooking is the fact that Israel has a right to defend itself. In particular, Israel has the right to defend itself from the millions of non-Israelis stubbornly living on land seized from them by Israel. Indeed, every day the Middle East's Only Democracy finds itself surrounded by a deadly horde of beggars, children and amputees who would stop at nothing to live next to it, with nothing to defend itself but two hundred nuclear warheads and one of the best-financed militaries in the world. Who in that position wouldn't attack a flotilla of aid ships attempting to smuggle contraband food and terrorist medicine to the stockpile of potentially rogue humans in Palestine?

Indeed, it's only at times like this that we can fully appreciate the Special Relationship between Israel and the United States. For is there any other country in the world that can so fully appreciate Israel's dilemma? To be hobbled by money, power, and privilege, menaced on all sides in a world in which there are too many Palestinians in Palestine, an overflow of Afghans in Afghanistan, a dangerous surplus of Iranians in Iran, a grave and growing stockpile of Pakistanis in Pakistan, and only we - we! - have to courage and conviction to do something about it.

Literally tens of Americans were shocked this week to discover that the United States military likes to kill people. Unsettling news, yes, particularly for those of us who had assumed in good faith that one million Iraqis had accidentally slipped on a banana peel one morning and fallen into a pile of mislaid cruise missiles, but before we leap to all sorts of unsightly conclusions, calling Our Boys "mass-murderers" just because they happen to enjoy the occasional mass-murder, let's remember that in the fog of war with the eggs and the omelettes and the War Is Hell, who can say what's right and wrong, what's good and evil, who's an unarmed pregnant woman and who's a ticking time bomb threatening to produce future foreigners? Our troops have a job to do, after all - defending our country from those countries who would defend their country from our country - and if we hounded and nit-picked them after every little massacre, gang rape or atrocity, they'd hardly get any killing done at all.

Now, is this video disturbing? Of course. Were atrocities committed, innocents slaughtered, corpses desecrated and children maimed? Absolutely. But was it all done according to proper procedure? Ah, now, that's the question. We should all certainly be willing to support a full and complete investigation into the possibility of an official recommendation for preliminary motions toward an investigation, looking into the matter of whether or not the people here were properly murdered in triplicate, signed twice on the goldenrod form, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law. And we shouldn't rest until any guilty parties have been found, and strongly-worded disciplinary Post-Its firmly applied to their personnel files.

Apart from that, I don't think we have to spend much time thinking about this sort of thing - this is an isolated incident, just like this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this - and one has to accept a certain amount of rape, torture and murder with one's military. After all, if the military wasn't free to rape and torture people, then it certainly wouldn't be free to murder them; and if the military wasn't free to murder people, then it wouldn't be free to slaughter them en masse; and if the military wasn't free to slaughter people en masse, then what would we even have a military for?

Rep. Heck: Condoleeza and Susan Rice both had wrong information

Rice Outlines Next Steps in Iran Showdown

Condoleezza Rice 

.......suggested that the United States could assist the Russian protesters by speaking out for human rights.....Rice saw a bigger hand for the United States in Egypt following the fall of dictator Hosni Mubarak,,,shortly after Mubarak’s ouster, Rice conceded that “the United States had, in the Middle East more than any other region, sought stability at the expense of democracy, and had achieved neither.” Although U.S. support for Egypt’s military had sustained the Mubarak regime for decades, Rice suggested preserving such ties during Egypt’s democratic transition, “We cannot determine the foreign policy preferences of Egypt's next government,” she admitted. “But we can influence them through our ties to the military, links to civil society, and a promise of economic assistance and free trade to help improve the lot of the Egyptian people. 

Rice’s diplomatic turn was also trumped by her use of hawkish crisis rhetoric. After the outbreak of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah in July 2006, for example, Rice echoed neoconservatives like Richard Perle in arguing that the Israeli strikes are "an entirely appropriate response to the existential struggle in which Israel is now engaged."[11] Rice rejected calls for an early ceasefire, arguing that it "would be a false promise if it simply returns us to the status quo." As for the destruction wrought by the Israeli strikes, Rice commented that these were the "birth pangs of a new Middle East.”[12] Contradictory postures were also apparent in the Rice State Department's dealings with Iran. While offering direct negotiations with Iran if the country were to cease its uranium enrichment program, State promoted regime-change strategies, budgeting some $85 million for this purpose and establishing a bevy of specialized outfits—including the Office of Iranian Affairs and the Iran-Syria Policy and Operations Group—which at minimum seemed aimed at communicating that the administration's real goal was overturning Tehran’s “mullahocracy.” As Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a State Department official under Colin Powell, told the Los Angeles Times, "We are telling Iran, 'We want regime change, but while you're still here, we'd like to negotiate with you to stop your nuclear program.’

Rice’s tenure as Bush’s national security advisor was plagued with controversy. Her assistant, Stephen Hadley, took the fall for the administration’s effort to push the idea that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger, thereby throwing a harsh light on the NSC. According to the Washington Post, then-CIA Director George Tenet told Hadley that the Niger allegations, which Bush and Cheney repeatedly used as a justification for invading Iraq, were probably bogus and should be discarded.[15]
Both Hadley and Rice were subjects of the 9/11 Commission's investigation of the intelligence failures that preceded the attacks. Even though both had seen a counterterrorism report in August 2001 warning that Al Qaeda was planning an attack on the United States, Rice told the commission, "There was no silver bullet that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks. There was nothing demonstrating or showing that something was coming in the United States. If there had been something, we would have acted on it."

 Uranium Acquisition 

Iraq has about 550 metric tons of yellowcake* and low-enriched uranium at Tuwaitha

500 Tons of Uranium Yellowcake Moved From Iraq to Canada-Truth

Reports of radio active concentrates of uranium known as yellowcake found in Iraq. 500 Tons of Uranium Yellowcake Secretly Moved From Iraq to Canada-Truth!

Bush and Iraq: Follow the Yellow Cake Road - TIME

...conceding on the one hand that the claim made by the President was based on forged evidence that Iraq had tried to buy "yellow cake" refined uranium from Niger...


Yellowcake forgery - SourceWatch

"Yellowcake forgery" (with redirect to "Niger uranium" in the dKosopedia. Tony Karon, "Bush and Iraq: Follow the Yellow Cake Road," Time, July 9, 2003: "The question is no longer whether the President...

John Bolton's Yellowcake - by Ray McGovern

As it turns out, a hidden but important role. Remember the "yellowcake from Niger"? 19, 2002, that claimed Iraq had been trying to procure uranium "yellowcake" from Niger.

The Raw Story | Ex-CIA analyst: Forged 'yellowcake' memo 'leads right back...

A former CIA analyst claims that falsified documents which were meant to show that Iraq's Saddam Hussein regime had been trying to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger can be traced back to Vice...

Whistleblowers Intel News

By Tom Heneghan

APRIL 19, 2006
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