Elaine Meinel Supkis
The Pentagon is the military arm of the US and it a major motor in US industry. The military-industrial complex is slowly being turned into money machine that produces robots that can kill barely armed civilians resisting US occupation forces sent to crush them. Oh, how the Nazis would have loved having this ability! These robots are expensive and are bankrupting America. War talk about Iran grows louder and greater. So the world price of oil is nearly $150 a barrel this month. Another $10 to go. If it reaches $200 a barrel, the world's economy will collapse and Iran Kitty will win WWIII. So to speak. And rather bizarre news from Israel about the Sarkozy visit. Didn't make the news here, of course.
The U.S. Army, seeking to demonstrate the relevance of its top weapons program, Boeing Co.'s Future Combat Systems, switched plans and will deploy some of the new equipment first to infantry rather than armored units, according to a service document.
The armored units haven't been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan as often as lighter infantry brigades. The Army is under pressure from Congress and the administration to show that the $159 billion system of radios, ground sensors, manned vehicles and missile launch systems can be effective in current conflicts.
Some Army combat infantry brigades will get the equipment starting in 2011 instead of 2014, according to the document sent to top Army officials. Heavy, mechanized units of M1A1 tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles originally scheduled to get the equipment in 2011, will now have to wait. The document didn't say how long.
Our rulers, as we go bankrupt, tell us we have no money for doctors then turn around and spend $159 billion, not million, billion on ROBOTS? That will tool about Muslim lands, murdering civilians while alien soldiers who don't speak the language or are in any way sympathetic with the civilians will be using video game systems to shower death and destruction from far away?
GADS. Good grief. And pray, who is the 'Evil Empire'? Isn't this pure Darth Vaderism? We don't use the Force, we use the Clone War Robots. But then, does this surprise anyone? Who makes a profit if a flesh and blood American is at war? No one! The soldier will demand pay, health care, help at home, pay raises! The soldier might need social care later. He or she has family. If killed, payments are made and not a penny of this flows into the coffin-shaped coffers of the super rich who own the military industries. No, they want to take direct profits.
So they build killing robots that are very expensive. When inevitably wrecked by Wookies and Skywalkers, new ones get build at tremendous profits for the Senators and their rich buddies. And sent into battle. The financial ratios of $159 billion robots versus a series of $200 IEDs is obvious. We hemorrhage wealth from the working class to the super rich while spending money on these projects. Just like using a $1.5 million dollar missile on a shepherd's tent to kill 'terrorists' benefits only the missile makers. It is utterly senseless from the point of view of real strategy.
At a desert test site in Texas, a street battle rages between US soldiers and local "insurgents". It's much like any other training exercise, except the soldiers are accompanied by a Mule (Multifunctional utility/Logistics & Equipment), an armed robot the size of a Humvee. The insurgents are positioned overlooking an intersection, a potential kill zone. The commander pulls out what looks like a PlayStation gamepad and the Mule is sent forward.
It presents a tougher challenge than the typical human soldier. The Mule can fire Javelin anti-tank missiles and has a turret-mounted machine gun, in addition to a digital "eyeball" with laser and heat-recognising target acquisition systems for aiming its weaponry. It is semi-autonomous, using GPS to navigate and localised perception to avoid trees and buildings. Its six wheels are on pneumatic legs, enabling it to climb over cars and barriers. Within minutes, the formerly deadly intersection is secure.
So, where are the enemy tanks in Afghanistan? Iraq? No? These are used to shoot taxis and cars driven by mothers taking their children to school. These are Stupid Machines run by Nasty Aliens. We see Americans worried about UFOs bringing aliens to the US skies. Well, we are the aliens and hated aliens who bring death and destruction from the skies as well as on land. Since our Predator robots can't control the ground and since the pesky civilians we are butchering elude us as we try to corral them, we need robots on the ground to do the job. Shameful, isn't it?
A roadside bomb blast in Ninevah province killed three U.S. soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter last night. Not much information was released on the incident, but U.S. and Iraqi troops are in the process of weeding out al-Qaeda elements in the region. An already reported car bombing there yesterday left almost 100 casualties. Another American soldier was killed in the capital during an EFP explosion this morning. Altogether, eight U.S. servicemembers and two American employees have been killed over the last three days.
The cheap IEDs continue to do their work. Deaths of American invaders are rising again. In May, it dropped. But the US then tried to ram through a series of treaties that are not treaties which are designed to give us total power over the captives in Iraq so we can brutalize them with expensive robots. This empire of ours is so very doomed. Treasonous Iraqis who are desperate for money and willing to sell their souls are being killed rather rapidly. This is how all nations invaded by aliens react, by the way. This includes America that did the same during the revolution. I wish our nation could remember our own history.
(AFP) - US military chief Admiral Michael Mullen was expected in Israel this week for discussions including Iran, the Pentagon said Wednesday, amid speculation Israel is seeking Washington's tacit approval to strike Tehran's nuclear program.
The press office of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed that Mullen left the United States on Tuesday "to go overseas to visit counterparts as well as combatant commands, and Israel is not his only stop."
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters the trip had been on the schedule for "months."
"I believe this is a routine opportunity for Chairman Mullen to engage his counterpart in Israel on military-to-military matters, as he does in much of his travels around the world," Morrell said.
"I will say this, though: Obviously, when Chairman Mullen goes to Israel and speaks with the Israelis, they will no doubt discuss the threat posed by Iran, as we discuss it in this building, in other buildings in this town."
Oil shot up this last 24 hours. Libya is angry about a US court trying to steal their bank accounts. The US won't pay for all the people we kill but we want Libya and others to pay for terrorism. If the US were taken to court the same way, we would be bankrupt today rather than next year. Just the other day, a very stupid man was given room in the warmongering rag, the Washington Post to suggest we sue OPEC and force them to give us oil cheap.
Well, OPEC is going to cut out our sales if we keep on doing these things. The dollar is weaker, too. We spent our money unwisely, $160+ billion on suppressing the Iraqi people very violently, $160 billion on robots, $160 billion on freebie money handouts to all taxpayers as a gift from Uncle Santa Claus...this is already nearly $500 billion! Half a trillion! From a government that is almost half a trillion in the hole a year and has run up $10 trillion in debts since Ronnie Reagan began this madness.
(Reuters) - Bahrain's security would be threatened if international tensions over Iran flared into war and the kingdom wanted to be consulted so that could be prevented, a top official said on Wednesday.
"The intention of the consultation is to ensure that war will not happen. The intention is to have peace. We are against war," said Zayani.
As the war talk heats up, the fear is growing in the Middle East that this might be The End. Israel has gone totally psychotic. The tensions there, the religious furies that have been unleashed since WWI, this is incredible. Not since the Middle Ages has the Middle East been so capable of blowing up in everyone's faces.
Introduced less than a month ago, Resolution 362, also known as the Iran War Resolution, could be passed by the House as early as next week.
The bill is the chief legislative priority of AIPAC. On its Web site, AIPAC endorses the resolutions as a way to ”Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program” and tells readers to lobby Congress to pass the bill. In the Senate, a sister resolution, Resolution 580, has gained co-sponsors with similar speed. The Senate measure was introduced by Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh on June 2. It has since gained 19 co-sponsors.
And oil will be $200 a barrel...minimum. In the news today was the talk about how the world economy can't tolerate $200 a barrel oil. Well, if we insist on creating this war, we get total annihilation of the global economy. I know a number of crazy adults who think that driving us into WWIII is smart. Well, can they figure out that economic collapse has a downside? No? I doubt even this news will dissuade everyone. Because people willing to destroy everything so they can steal olive groves next to Jerusalem won't care if all this creates the Apocalypse.
MI5 and flood risk experts are at odds over whether to publish inundation maps highlighting areas under threat if any of the country's dams were to collapse. The Security Service says that the information could show terrorists where an attack on a dam might have the most impact.
See how insane things have become? Psycholand! To protect the people of Britain from death, they will KILL everyone in a flood? WHAT THE HELL????? So, if Mother Nature destroys the dam and kills everyone, this is OK? But heaven help us if the terrorists figure out the obvious? The terrorists don't care if they kill 1,000 or 1,000,000. They will destroy the dam. Mother Nature is even worse. She actively does extinctions. She will merrily plonk an asteroid on top of a dam and make a hole bigger than half of England there. And kill nearly everything on earth. In an eye blink. Hiding vital survival information from the people is stupid.
During all the fifties and sixties, I battled my mom and dad to tell the truth to the American People. Whenever the top elites were put on high alert about the possibility of WWIII, we would run for our lives to secure places. While the media told the people to STAY PUT. And this refusal to tell the truth about the dams is the same thing: they don't want people to stop working just because they are in danger. Note how the media tried to make the Chinese look bad concerning the earthquakes! Yet they will turn around and shrug when our own leaders do the same.
They don't care if thousands of people in New Orleans drown.
Households in President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's Iran must suffer on a Dickensian scale, for they spend 10% more than their income, according to the country's central bank. Iran's data are more hilarious than reliable, to be sure, but they illustrate how ordinary Iranians are perishing in a sea of petrodollars.
The price of oil more than doubled since I warned last year (Why Iran will fight, not compromise Asia Times Online, May 30, 2007) that Iran's Islamic kleptocracy had reached the end of its rope. Despite the surge in oil revenues, conditions are worse than they were a year ago, as the price of necessities soars out of ordinary reach. Not only the theft of the oil windfall, but the manner of the heft, puts Adhmadinejad's political future in doubt, as Sami Moubayed reported on this site on June 21 ('President' Larijani: A star is born). Changing the man at the top, however, is no cure for fecklessness of Central African proportions. Underneath Iran's imperial ambitions and messianic pretensions suppurates a pre-modern patronage system that corrupts everyone who comes near it.
OH MY GOD. Iran is having problems thanks to the US/EU boycotts! Wow. And what are we? Are we not corrupt as hell? Do our rulers care if we drown? Are our finances fine? If Iranians are suffering, what sort of ugly Dickensian horrors are in store for us this cold, dark winter???? Eh????!!!!! Yes, they are suffering. But so are we! The more they suffer, the more we suffer. Until we all die. This is beyond stupid.
A Border Guard officer tasked with a perimeter security assignement during the farewell ceremony for French President Nicolas Sarkozy at Ben-Gurion Airport was killed after apparently shooting himself. An ambulance was rushed to the scene to treat the soldier, but a short time later he was pronounced dead.Police officials estimated that the officer committed suicide.
A member of Peres' entourage told Ynet, "There was no panic; a routine procedure was activated by the prime minister's and president's bodyguards. The incident is behind us and the French president is on his way back home."
After the gunshot was heard, security forces began searching for the shooter, who was found lying on the ground. A security officer who witnessed the shooting recounted the incident to the police.
Officer's family: He didn’t commit suicide
The dead Border Guard officer was identified as Raid Asaad Ghanan, 32, of the Druze village of Beit Jan. his family members refused to believe that he had committed suicide.
"We scornfully reject the claims that our son took his own life," a family member said. "He was a kindhearted and happy person. He had a family and there was no reason for him to do such a horrible thing."
This didn't make the news in the West. The Cone of Silence fell with a clang and nothing appeared in media here that is run by Jewish owners. The condition of the Druse Christians in the Jewish dictatorship state that is out to crush all other religions is growing worse and worse. We don't know what really happened there and will probably never find out. The corruption charges against Olmert: Oh, the Iranians are naughty! Wow.
Yes, the media is a wonder and thanks to the internet, we can get real news even if it is bizarre or stupid. Tomorrow will see blood in the streets on Wall Street and other 'We hate Iran!' nations. They will bleed and bleed and snarl and snap and the poor masses will be left to drown as the rulers lunge for the Golden Ring of Power.