Elaine Meinel Supkis
Pure, utter madness has gripped our nation. As we await our official Funny Money™ government handouts, Bush says, 'This will pay for gasoline!' You bet! The US is trying hard to start WWIII and if anyone thinks global nuclear war=cheap gasoline, they are nuts. But then, our nation hopes to fight its weary way to easy times, easy money. At least the goofy Japanese carry trade has restarted. So we have infinite money for our infinite wars. So begins a very bitter weekend. It's all 'Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.'
The nation's top military officer said yesterday that the Pentagon is planning for "potential military courses of action" as one of several options against Iran, criticizing what he called the Tehran government's "increasingly lethal and malign influence" in Iraq.
Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said a conflict with Iran would be "extremely stressing" but not impossible for U.S. forces, pointing to reserve capabilities in the Navy and Air Force.
"It would be a mistake to think that we are out of combat capability," he said at a Pentagon news conference. Speaking of Iran's intentions, Mullen said: "They prefer to see a weak Iraq neighbor. . . . They have expressed long-term goals to be the regional power."
Mullen made clear that he prefers a diplomatic solution and does not expect imminent action. "I have no expectations that we're going to get into a conflict with Iran in the immediate future," he said.
Mullen's statements and others by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recently signal new rhetorical pressure on Iran by the Bush administration amid what officials say is increased Iranian provision of weapons, training and financing to Iraqi groups that are attacking and killing Americans.
In a speech Monday, Gates said Iran "is hell-bent on acquiring nuclear weapons." He said war would be "disastrous" but added that "the military option must be kept on the table, given the destabilizing policies of the regime and the risks inherent in a future Iranian nuclear threat."
All signs are pointing to a massive war with Iran. The US is losing 3-5 troops a day in the Iraq lottery. The troops we have can't escape by doing service and then coming home. There is no home in Homeland USA. They will cycle through the hell we created in Iraq until mad, dead or they commit suicide. This cruel, evil fate is ignored by all our candidates for Dictator. The US people are unaware of this because our media is all edgy about the wrong things. Did Obama ask for a glass of orange juice? He is an elitist? And how much did Edward's haircut cost? He is an elitist. And Ron Paul, who got more money from military in Iraq than all the other people running for Dictator? Well, they don't know who he is. He is the Forgotten Man.
The US ran into Iraq screaming that we were going to destroy the Baathist party. This party is for Sunnis only. Everyone with half a brain knew that this would unleash the huge legions of fanatical Shi'ites who would, of course, cleave to Iran. This is totally natural. The US and England as well as Germany and France are huge, huge believers in splitting up countries along ethnic and religious fissures. WWI and WWII were all about 'Spit apart the Ottoman Empire and other empires along ethnic lines while our empires get bigger and bigger.' The recent attempt at splitting apart China comes to mind. The US loves this and hopes to continue to support ethnic uprisings in distant lands we wish to dominate.
But THIS split weakens the US and Europe! It makes Israel, the outpost for the EU and US, weaker. This is a historic mistake: we thought the Shi'as would love us for killing off the Sunni rulers. But the idea that the Shi'as would love Shi'as didn't enter into our calculations.
So here we are: Iran is winning the war against the Baath Party, their old enemies and we helped Iran. There is no way out of this. The Shi'as will not embrace the US domination of their people in the long run. They used us! DUH! What do we expect? They were smarter than us. The US demanded that Maliki attack Sadr and kill him. We have repeatedly demanded this. Reluctantly, he tries to appease us but each time the Iraqi people refuse to cooperate. The US has tried every trick in the book and this only makes Sadr stronger and more powerful. The battles raging after Iran brokered a cease fire are due entirely to the US demanding a battle. We were thoroughly enraged that Maliki went to the Iranians for this cease fire.
When Iraqi troops were sent to fight Sadr, they failed utterly. Many famously saluted him and pledged their lives to Sadr! Instead of backing out and going home, the US is now promoting the Baath Party yet again just like we supported Saddam. All the kings and sheikhs in Arabia are supporting this new action. They desperately need a new Saddam to rule Iraq and keep the Shi'as from revolting across the entire Arab world. But this won't work. Whoever replaces Saddam will try to rule all the other Sunnis. So everyone is trapped in an arena the size of a closet with the infamous Bull in the Maze who has the Horns of Dilemma!
Muqtada al-Sadr is considering setting aside his political ambitions and restarting a full-scale fight against U.S.-led forces — a worrisome shift that may reflect Iranian influence on the young cleric and could open the way for a shadow state protected by his powerful Mahdi Army.
A possible breakaway path — described to The Associated Press by Shiite lawmakers and politicians — would represent the ultimate backlash to the Iraqi government's pressure on al-Sadr to renounce and disband his Shiite militia.
By snubbing the give-and-take of politics, al-Sadr would have a freer hand to carve out a kind of parallel state with its own militia and social services along the lines of Hezbollah in Lebanon, a Shiite group founded with Iran's help in the 1980s.
It also would carry potentially disastrous security implications as the Pentagon trims its troops strength and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki finally shows progress on national reconciliation.
How can there be 'national reconciliation' when one's country is occupied by hostile, greedy foreign troops? Of course not. Any more than the Germans could control Russia during WWII. They tried! They tried very hard. And brutally. But since their intention was to destroy Russia and its people, it failed. And we are failing since our goal is to weaken or destroy the power and wealth of everyone in Iraq! We need them to be weak and helpless. They obviously are not. The parties who can fight hard will rule the place once the US leaves. And leave, we must. Even though virtually no articles about this horrible war ever mention money, the end will be due to bankruptcy of the entire US.
Our Achilles' heel is obvious: oil. We need oil. We need it now. We need lots of it. We want it cheap. But the threats to start WWIII is making oil expensive. As Iran Kitty makes obvious, the more we hassle the cat, the more we bleed from scratches. These latest wild threats are particularly stupid. The dollar is dying except against the yen. The US economy is falling off a cliff. The government is oozing red ink out of every pore and this is getting worse and worse by the minute. The US is on the ropes. Note how above, the Pentagon, one of the most badly run military operations on earth, says we can have an air war. The US is in no shape for such a war. If the Iranians sink just three ships and down a dozen planes, we are finished as a world power for we can't replace them easily. The only way is to go forth and beg China for money to lend. Or to produce prodigious inflation at home by making more Funny Money™.
This pathetic situation isn't appreciated by the warmongers in DC. They really think that a flood of Funny Money™ will pour out of the Treasury forever. They can't imagine their stupid wars might bankrupt our empire. But ALL empires die this way. If we annihilate Iran, we won't win anything. We will be in MORE danger. And oil will be MORE expensive, much more expensive. This is if we WIN. If we stalemate or even lose, then our empire ends with a belly flop. Our ability to project power is in steep decline already. This will be the coup de grace. The US could pull away from all this. But this would mean the Shi'as will enjoy a well-earned victory. And we cannot stand this. Even if this means we can resume screaming at China about killing a handful of violent rioters, the fact that we nuked millions of civilians won't go over very well in the real world.
Crude oil rose more than $2 a barrel and gasoline climbed to a record on BP Plc's plans to shut down a North Sea pipeline, plunging Nigerian output and after a ship carrying U.S. cargo fired warning shots at Iranian boats.
BP said it would shut the Forties Pipeline System tomorrow because of a two-day strike at a refinery in Scotland. Nigeria has lost about half of its oil production amid a strike and rebel attacks, Petroleum Minister of State H. Odein Ajumogobia said today in an interview with Bloomberg News.
``The near-term target is $120,'' said Katherine Spector, head energy strategist at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York. ``Even without the headlines, prices would have risen.''
Katherine makes money betting on higher fuel prices. Being a pirate lass, she obviously is very happy that she can speculate about wars and get rich. All of these guys are perfectly happy to see the price of oil shoot to the moon. This goes into their pockets! So will America's richest banks stop these wars or encourage them?
It is painfully obvious: hey! War may be hell but war PROFITS are pure heaven! India's gas deal with Iran is back in the news today:
Hoping to smoothen India's ruffled feathers over Iran, the US has said it was not in any way "pointing a finger" at New Delhi which has to make its "own choices".
"I don't think he (State Department Deputy spokesman Tom Casey) was in any way pointing the finger at India," US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher said here.
New Delhi had reacted sharply to Casey's comments on Monday asking India to tell President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his upcoming visit that Iran should meet the requirements of the UN Security Council and suspend uranium enrichment activities. India had said it did not need any guidance from the US on the issue.
Ahmadinejad is scheduled to visit New Delhi on April 29 and will meet President Pratibha Patil and brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the nuclear and other issues.
The US can't split apart China and destroy Russia's borders as well as annihilate Iran if India sides with Russia, China or Iran. So the US has to back off of our hyper-hysteria. India knows it is a fulcrum state and the US has to back down if India demands it. Then, Indians will cheerfully call Americans to demand they pay bad debts. HAHAHA. Isn't revenge sweet, guys? Britain destroyed India and now India gets its own back.
The Pakistani government is close to an agreement to end hostilities with the most militant tribes in its turbulent border area, whose main leader is accused of orchestrating most of the suicide bombings of recent months and the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
A 15-point draft of the accord, which was shown to The New York Times, called for an end to militant activity and an exchange of prisoners in return for the gradual withdrawal of the Pakistani military from part of the tribal region of South Waziristan.
Bin Laden and his guys win yet another round. The US has made it clear, we will bomb, bomb, bomb anyone we want, want, want. I used to jump rope as a child and this is the sort of chants we would do. Except I updated it. As the Western half of the USA girds itself for the inevitable huge earthquakes, we are busy trying to turn back all the forces of history. We hope to spend our way to prosperity and to get our oil barons and bankers filthy rich via wars in oil soaked deserts. And if anyone imagines this will end with us all rich, rich, rich, I have this bridge to Nowhere to sell! Cheap!