Freitag, 7. August 2009

Perpetual war for perpetual war

The American Conservative
by Jeff Huber


U.S. Army Col. Timothy R. Reese says it’s time for the U.S. to ‘declare victory’ in Iraq and ‘go home.’ It was time to declare victory and go home in January 2007, when the Bush administration decided to ignore the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group and charged off on its cockamamie ’surge’ strategy. The original stated objective of the surge was political reconciliation in Iraq. By September 2007, when it was clear that the political objective was not in sight, Gen. David Petraeus pulled a bait-and-switch and announced that the military objectives of the surge were being met. Petraeus hagiographer Thomas E. Ricks slipped Freudian in February 2009 when he confessed that Petraeus’s goal was never to end the Iraq conflict but to trick Congress and the American public into extending it indefinitely by achieving short-term results though bribing Iraq’s militias...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Somalia is Obama’s new “Afghanistan”

Christian Science Monitor
by staff


The Horn of Africa is a hotbed of pirates, Islamic radicals, warlords, refugees, and, lately, foreign armies trying to influence this killing field. The epicenter is Somalia, a Muslim land largely in chaos since 1991 and — this is the big worry — a possible nesting ground for Al Qaeda or its allies. President Obama has taken on this trouble spot directly, as he has Afghanistan. He’s beefing up US military aid and training for Somalia’s besieged government, which can barely hold onto the capital, Mogadishu. And on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held a high-profile meeting with the country’s elected president, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

U.S. food stamp list tops 34 million for first time



For the first time, more than 34 million Americans received food stamps in May, the government said on Thursday, another symptom of the longest and one of the deepest recessions since the Great Depression. Enrollment surged by 2 percent to reach a record 34.4 million people, or one in nine Americans, in the latest month for which figures are available. It was the sixth month in a row that enrollment set a record. Every state recorded a gain, and Florida had the largest increase at 4.2 percent. Enrollment for food stamps, which help people buy groceries, is highest during times of economic stress. The U.S. unemployment rate of 9.5 percent is the highest in 26 years...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Old Banks, New Lending Tricks

Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Theo Francis and Ben Levisohn, BusinessWeek: "That didn't take long. The economy hasn't yet recovered from the implosion of risky investments that led to the worst recession in decades - and already some of the world's biggest banks are peddling a new generation of dicey products to corporations, consumers and investors."

The Other Looming Debate Over "Cash for Clunkers" Funding

Mike Lillis, The Washington Independent: "While Senate leaders have reached agreement on a $2 billion extension of the cash for clunkers program, many lawmakers are already bracing for a more distant confrontation: The likely debate over how to return that funding to another stimulus program that it came from."

The Stand For Sovereignty

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

While few are advocating secession (at least not yet), the battle for State Sovereignty against Federal usurpation and expansionism has clearly begun. Americans should not fear the movement for State Sovereignty. Rather, we should embrace it; because it is the only saving grace and vehicle for freedom left in this Confederate Republic we call the United States of America. Unless we stand for State Sovereignty, freedom will most certainly fall. Therefore, Americans everywhere should encourage their State governors and legislators to follow the example of Alaska in boldly declaring their State's autonomy and sovereignty.........

Tougher phone mast rules proposed

Tougher planning rules for new mobile phone masts could be introduced in Wales.

Campaigners have welcomed the move, but mobile phone operators claim that it could damage Wales' digital future.

At present, new masts under 15m (49ft) tall are automatically erected unless councils object to them within 56 days.

But a report by academics commissioned by the assembly government has recommended that all masts should be subject to full planning permission.

The siting of mobile phone masts has been a controversial issue in some areas over the past few years, with worries particularly over health and the impact on house prices and the local environment.


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