Thursday, May 24, 2007
We salute, one of our fallen heroes with honor and sadness.
Army Sgt. Jason R. Harkins
25, of Clarkesville, Ga.; assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died May 6 in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Vincenzo Romeo, Sgt. Joel W. Lewis, Cpl. Matthew L. Alexander, Cpl. Anthony M. Bradshaw and Cpl. Michael A. Pursel.
“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense”
I have been criticized by some for my stand on the war and other opinions. But the fact is, it is an illegal war and we are sending our fine young men and women to a place that we as a nation would be better off gone from. It is clear that Iraq was not a clear and present danger to the United States, it was complying with United Nations sanctioned inspections and had not acted in an aggressive manner to the United States or her allies and there was no clear evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Learn the truth
The Christian Science Monitor published the following piece; Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In a statement accompanying the 121-page report, Senator Levin said: "It is important for the public to see why the Pentagon's Inspector General concluded that Secretary Feith's office 'developed, produced and then disseminated alternative intelligence assessments on the Iraq and al-Qaeda relationship,' which included 'conclusions that were inconsistent with the consensus of the Intelligence Community.' "
Levin Releases Newly Declassified Pentagon Inspector General Report on Intelligence Assessment Activities of the Office of Under Secretary of Defense Doug Feith
WASHINGTON – Sen. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the newly declassified report [PDF] of the Department of Defense Inspector General on its “Review of the Pre-Iraqi War Activities of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.” The report was declassified at Levin’s request.
In releasing the report, Levin said: “It is important for the public to see why the Pentagon’s Inspector General concluded that Secretary Feith’s office ‘developed, produced and then disseminated alternative intelligence assessments on the Iraq and al-Qaeda relationship,’ which included ‘conclusions that were inconsistent with the consensus of the Intelligence Community,’ and why the Inspector General concluded that these actions were ‘inappropriate.’ Until today, those details were classified and outside the public’s view.”
The Feith office alternative intelligence assessments concluded that Iraq and al Qaeda were cooperating and had a "mature, symbiotic" relationship, a view that was not supported by the available intelligence, and was contrary to the consensus view of the Intelligence Community. These alternative assessments were used by the Administration to support its public arguments in its case for war. As the DOD IG report confirms, the Intelligence Community never found an operational relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda; the report specifically states that," the CIA and DIA disavowed any 'mature, symbiotic' relationship between Iraq and al-Qaida." 2
This previous piece alone may not be convincing but the weight of evidence, but were there a war trial, it might tip the scale towards a war of aggression and a crime against peace, two of the charges against the Nazis of World War Two at Nuremberg. Purely and simply the United States invaded a sovereign state without provocation or proof positive that there were weapons of mass destruction or the ability on the part of Iraq to wage war if it desired to do so. It is the opinion of this writer that this administration has lied about so much it is actually hard to know where to begin. The old joke about how do you know when a lawyer is lying, when his lips are moving might be appropriate for the Bush administration.
Never before in the history of the United States has it invaded a country and occupied it without provocation. The United States has not had an act of war declared against Iraq and the Bush administration has throughout the war changed the focus of the war. What is clear is that the United States has used the war to create a windfall profit for Halliburton. The appearance to the world was of a gang mentality by the Bush administration where the good ole boys take care of each other and that Iraq was there for the pickings.
The Invasion is clearly a crime against peace, as there was no belligerency on the part of Iraq to the United States or it's neighbours. The Bush administration has repeatedly stated first, that it was there for the Iraqi people, then stated it was there to defeat terrorism, and then stated that it was there to rid the world of Saddam and his weapons of mass destruction. Which is it really, or is it really to control the source of oil to the world, and China?
The invasion of Iraq might be compared to the invasion of Poland by Germany in World War two. Iraq posed as much threat to the U.S. as Poland did to Germany and the initial invasion was as fast and ultimately successful. Their only problem is that Iraq is a Muslim state and they see themselves as having been invaded by the supporters of Israel, the Crusaders or Infidels and they have called the war against America a holy war, a Jihad, and if there was good will toward the U.S. in Iraq it has long been spent.
Dennis Kucinich has recently talked of the Bush administration's attempt to help big oil get control of 80% of Iraq's oil. Screw Iraq. That's why we are still there, and why we are building bases there for control. Iraq will get a stipend and the major oil company's will get the oil and the money and will control the source of the oil.
“REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Yes. It’s really not too well known on Capitol Hill, but the benchmarks that the administration has been insisting upon, and now the benchmarks are in the Warner amendment that will be included in this legislative process that will keep us in Iraq, include a provision that insists that the Iraqi government pass a hydrocarbon act. The benchmark says it’s about equitable sharing of revenues. That’s three lines, vaguely worded lines, in a thirty-three-page document that’s all about the restructuring of the Iraq oil industry to permit multinational oil corporations to take over 80%of Iraq’s oil. I mean, this is a criminal action that is going on here, and we ought to be standing up against it and challenging it. We have no right to take Iraq’s oil or to facilitate the acquisition of Iraq’s oil on behalf of multinational corporations...
...there is enormous pressure being put on the Iraqi government, and you can bet that before too long they’ll put the kind of pressure on them that the Iraqi government will break, will relent, and go ahead and pass this law that will permit about 80% of its oil to be controlled by multinational oil companies. Now, keep in mind that Iraq has as many as 300 billion barrels of oil. At a market price that looks like it’s going toward $70-a-barrel, you can be talking about $21 trillion worth of oil, 80% of which will be under the control of multinational oil companies, if it’s up to the Bush administration. This is a crime, literally. And so, I’m challenging it. I’m letting the Congress know about it, and I’m going to keep an eye on this, because I think it’s the basis for a war crime charge.” Read the interview on Democracynow.org
Gas Prices go through the roof this summer.
You can expect to see gas prices at $4.00 by Memorial Day and maybe $5.00 by summer. Why are they charging more, because they can. More windfall profits for Exxon.