Maintain the Fiction:
In the 1950s the US paid the Brits $14 million dollars to secure use of their colony island, Dieago Garcia. All the people were removed. Members of congress were not told about the base until the late 1960s, under a PR plan to Maintain the Fiction, even then Congress was not informed about the removal of all the Chagos, idigenous people. Since the 1980s no journalist has been permited to go to the island.
In Rome, the Ides of March was a festive day, with military parades, dedicated to Mars, their beloved God of War. Today we see hear Trent Lott warn President Obama to beware the Ides of March, such warning being a reminder that Ceasar also recieved such a warning before his assination at the theatre.
But today, we also read, in the Sunday Herald, that it is President Amadinejad that should be warned by President Obama.
Iran: The Coming War by Dan Plesch
Do not be in the least surprised if the United States attacks Iran. Timing is an open question, but it is hard to find convincing arguments that war will be avoided, or at least ones that are convincing in Washington.
There are eight arguments currently in circulation. How do they stand up? .................................................
Rob Edwards bombshell news report claims that the US is shipping
195 smart, guided, Blu-110 bombs and 192 massive 2000lb Blu-117 bombs
to Diego Garcia from from Concord, California by a shipping
company based in Florida, Superior Maritime Services, who will
be paid $699,500.
Final destination Iran? by Rob Edwards
“They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran,” said Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London, co-author of a recent study on US preparations for an attack on Iran. “US bombers are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets in Iran in a few hours,” he added.
No one should be surprised, however, because Jim Lobe predicted that if Obama was elected president, and brought Dennis Ross into the White House, with a portfolio on Iran, the US would be at war with Iran in a "remarkedly short period of time."
Top Obama Advisor Signs on to Roadmap to War with Iran
by Jim Lobe
"If you haven’t seen it already, check out the op-ed by former Sens. Daniel Coats and Charles Robb in the Washington Post today, entitled “Stopping a Nuclear Tehran.” It is the summary of a report issued last month by an organization called The Bipartisan Policy Center (at whose website you can find the full report), and it amounts to a roadmap to war with Iran to which a senior Middle East adviser in the Obama campaign — namely, Dennis Ross — has apparently signed on.
[UPDATE: Make sure you also read in this connection today's New York Times article by David Sanger, particularly the part about the purported e-mail from Obama that was routed through an unidentified "aide," who I presume to be Ross. The coincidence of the appearance of this article with the Coats-Robb op-ed suggests an effort to box Obama into a pre-election position. The Iran part of the story by Sanger, who considers himself a foreign-policy player, as well as a reporter, tracks the report's narrative quite nicely.]"
According to a variety of sources, Ross was the main drafter of Obama’s pander (except on the settlers) to AIPAC’s annual convention here in May and has since raised his hopes for a top post in an Obama administration, possibly even secretary of state. Frankly, I doubt that the latter prospect is realistic, but — and here’s the main point — I have it from several sources close to the campaign that he is more eager to gain control over the Iran portfolio (possibly special envoy) than to work on the problem that he knows best from his long experience, the Israel-Palestinian conflict. If he succeeds in his quest and if this report is any reflection of his views, then the U.S. could very well find itself at war with Iran within a remarkably short period of time.
I leave it to you to read the column or, better, the executive summary of the report. But I would highlight just a few of its major points on which Ross should be closely questioned if Obama should win the election and considers Ross for any post that would have anything to do with Iran policy.
"The US Department of Defence did not respond to a request for a comment."
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