David Haines and the Hundred Billion in “Humanitarian Aid” Lost in Afghanistan

by Scott Creighton

Thanks to the “ISIS Crisis” and several phony beheading videos, “humanitarian” and military contractors alike are frothing at the mouth in anticipation for the big paydays ahead. They are packing their bags, kissing their kids goodbye and heading over to Iraq to provide whatever “humanitarian” service pays them the most. Let’s call them “humanitarian mercenaries” shall we?

Iraq this time around is not going to be as big as it was before,” said Roger Carstens, a former special operations officer who has served as a contracted military adviser in Somalia and Afghanistan. “That said, this new war will present an opportunity for the companies that have a resident train and advising capability to contribute to this new effort.

President Obama has asked Congress to authorize $500 million to train a new Syrian opposition out of Saudi Arabia. That money would be part of a $5 billion fund Obama requested this spring from Congress to help train and equip U.S. allies to fight terrorists. Daily Beast

$500 million to train opposition to Syria out of Saudi Arabia? “ISIS” is Salafist. Wahhabist. Saudi. What a coincidence, huh?

As part of Obama’s new Coalition of the Willing, he’s also teaming up U.S. forces with the most reprehensible dictatorships in the Middle East, most of which have a large population of Salafist/Wahhabist terrorists to hire from: Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

Nice company we keep, huh?

Yesterday we briefly explored the “humanitarian” work of David Haines, the most recent supposed “victim” of the phony “ISIS” beheading videos. We showed where he was linked to various rebuilding efforts in nations which had recently been forced to undergo a regime change by the U.S. State Department working hand in hand with SOCOM and the CIA.

These are just some of the “partners” that his current and former employers enjoyed doing business with in places like Croatia, South Sudan, Libya and Syria:

  • United States Agency for International Development
  • United States Department of State
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Asian Development Bank
  • World Bank
  • United Nations Democracy Fund

This morning there is an article out of McClatchy’s Washington Bureau which puts Mr. Haines’ “humanitarian work” in a little better perspective.

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Israel’s Iranian Solution: “Iran’s citizens should be starved” Israeli Officials Say

by Scott Creighton

Just ahead of the Parliamentary Elections in Iran, Israel is once again stepping up their terrorist rhetoric in order to send another frightening message to the people of that sovereign nation.

Israeli officials have openly called for a starvation campaign against the civilian population of Iran in order to stop them from building a nuclear weapon which they are not building. Muslims, Christians, Jews and everyone else should suffer and starve to death to protect Israel from non-existent WMDs.

Not only would the application of such a program be considered a terrorist act (and one which brings to mind a certain dark chapter in 20th century fascist horror) but the threat itself is itself an act of terrorism.

As expected, the corporatist media is silent on the obvious irony of such a horrific statement coming from the leaders of the self proclaimed “Jewish State”. This is Israel’s Iranian Solution.

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Tearing Down the Walls in Baghdad While BiBi Gets Bitch-slapped

by Scott Creighton

You gotta love it

All across the world people are saying no more. In Baghdad, they are tearing down those concrete walls that you and I paid to have installed to keep the people of Iraq from the neoliberal “Green Zone” which OCCUPIES their capital. McDonald’s and Burger King thrive in the relative calm of the free-market Green Zone they call Baghdad these days, but now, the people of Iraq have said they have had enough. They are tearing down the walls that separate them from their future, tearing down the walls that keep them from the oligarchs who have been chopping up Iraq and selling it off at wholesale prices.  This is beautiful.

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Fresh protests hit Iraqi cities

Reports of deaths as thousands turn out to demand better service delivery and jobs from government.

from Al Jazeera English

Violent protests have taken place at various locations in Iraq, with anti-government protesters rallying against corruption, poor basic services and high unemployment.

In Basra, the country’s second largest city, about 1,000 people rallied on Friday, demanding better service delivery from the government, jobs and improved pensions.

They called for the provincial governor to resign, and blocked a bridge for an hour. Protesters shouted slogans saying that while Friday’s protests would be peaceful, ones held in the future may not be.

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Iraqi defector ‘Curveball’ admits to WMD lies that led to war

(So everyone admits it was all a lie now. Rumsfeld admits it, curveball admits it… everyone but Fox News and 99% of it’s audience.)

from Raw Story

An Iraqi defector, codenamed Curveball, who allegedly helped convince the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein had a secret stash of biological and chemical weapons, has admitted for the first time that he made it all up.

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi told The Guardian that he invented the stories to help topple Saddam Hussein, but was shocked when the US used tales as an excuse to go to war.

“I did that for a number of reasons,” he said. “Firstly because of my people, the Iraqi people. The old regime was a dictatorship and that caused a lot of problems for our country.”

“I had to do something for my country. So I did this and I am satisfied, because there is no dictator in Iraq any more.”

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Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

… The moratorium on anti-war protests in 2004 was designed to help elect the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry. It was a foolish and humiliating concession. Kerry snapped to salute like a windup doll when he was nominated. He talked endlessly about victory in Iraq. He assured the country that he would not have withdrawn from Fallujah. And by the time George W. Bush was elected for another term the anti-war movement had lost its momentum. The effort to return Congress to Democratic control in 2006 and end the war in Iraq became another sad lesson in incredulity. The Democratic Party, once in the majority, funded and expanded the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And Barack Obama in 2008 proved to be yet another advertising gimmick for the corporate and military elite. All our efforts to work within the political process to stop these wars have been abject and miserable failures. And while we wasted our time, tens of thousands of Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani civilians, as well as U.S. soldiers and Marines, were traumatized, maimed and killed. 

Either you are against war or you are not. Either you use your bodies to defy the war makers and weapons manufacturers until the wars end or you do not. Either you have the dignity and strength of character to denounce those who ridicule or ignore your core moral beliefs—including Obama—or you do not. Either you stand for something or you do not. And because so many in the anti-war movement proved to be weak and naive in 2004, 2006 and 2008 we will have to start over. This time we must build an anti-war movement that will hold fast. We must defy the entire system. We must acknowledge that it is not our job to help Democrats win elections. The Democratic Party has amply proved, by its failure to stand up for working men and women, its slavishness to Wall Street and its refusal to end these wars, that it cannot be trusted. We must trust only ourselves. And we must disrupt the system. The next chance, in case you missed the last one, to protest these wars will come Saturday, March 19, the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Street demonstrations are scheduled in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. You can find details on www.answercoalition.org/national/index.html.

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Understanding the Global Free Market Wars: The IMF and Iraq

Next Stage Of US Occupation – Economic Colonization of Iraq Led By The IMF

Half a Million Displaced Iraqis Face Grim Future In Squalid Squatter Camps  and it will get worse.

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