Archive for Monday, September 11, 2006

Iraq strategy

September 11, 2006


To the editor:

President Bush has a clear plan for victory in Iraq that begins with training Iraqi forces so they can defend their country and fight the terrorists. We are making tremendous progress toward this objective. Earlier this year, Iraqi forces led the fight in clearing out terrorists during the crucial battle of Talafar, with U.S. troops in a supporting role, and every day, Iraqis are taking more control of the situation on the ground. Withdrawing from Iraq, as some Democrats in Washington propose, would send a dangerous signal to our enemies that we cut and run when the going gets tough. President Bush is offering a clear strategy to win, not a political quick fix.

Burwyn Bender,



Richard Heckler 11 years, 4 months ago

QUESTIONABLE TIES Tracking bin Laden's money flow leads back to Midland, Texas by Wayne Madsen On September 24, President George W. Bush appeared at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden to announce a crackdown on the financial networks of terrorists and those who support them. "U.S. banks that have assets of these groups or individuals must freeze their accounts," Bush declared. "And U.S. citizens or businesses are prohibited from doing business with them."

But the president hasn't always practiced what he is now preaching: Bush's own businesses were once tied to financial figures in Saudi Arabia who currently support bin Laden.

In 1979, Bush's first business, Arbusto Energy, obtained financing from James Bath, a Houstonian and close family friend. One of many investors, Bath gave Bush $50,000 for a 5 percent stake in Arbusto. At the time, Bath was the sole U.S. business representative for Salem bin Laden, head of the wealthy Saudi Arabian family and a brother (one of 17) to Osama bin Laden. It has long been suspected, but never proven, that the Arbusto money came directly from Salem bin Laden. In a statement issued shortly after the September 11 attacks, the White House vehemently denied the connection, insisting that Bath invested his own money, not Salem bin Laden's, in Arbusto.

In conflicting statements, Bush at first denied ever knowing Bath, then acknowledged his stake in Arbusto and that he was aware Bath represented Saudi interests. In fact, Bath has extensive ties, both to the bin Laden family and major players in the scandal-ridden Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) who have gone on to fund Osama bin Laden. BCCI defrauded depositors of $10 billion in the '80s in what has been called the "largest bank fraud in world financial history" by former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. During the '80s, BCCI also acted as a main conduit for laundering money intended for clandestine CIA activities, ranging from financial support to the Afghan mujahedin to paying intermediaries in the Iran-Contra affair.

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Richard Heckler 11 years, 4 months ago

62,006 - the number killed in the 'war on terror

By David Randall and Emily Gosden Published: 10 September 2006 The "war on terror" - and by terrorists - has directly killed a minimum of 62,006 people, created 4.5 million refugees and cost the US more than the sum needed to pay off the debts of every poor nation on earth.

If estimates of other, unquantified, deaths - of insurgents, the Iraq military during the 2003 invasion, those not recorded individually by Western media, and those dying from wounds - are included, then the toll could reach as high as 180,000.

The extraordinary scale of the conflict's impact, claiming lives from New York to Bali and London to Lahore, and the extent of the death tolls in Iraq and Afghanistan, has emerged from an Independent on Sunday survey to mark the fifth anniversary of 11 September. It used new, unpublished data supplied by academics and organisations such as Iraq Body Count and Professor Marc Herold of the University of New Hampshire, plus estimates given by other official studies.

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paladin 11 years, 4 months ago

Bull-hockey. Who's "we"? You got a mouse in your pocket? There is quite often a great divide between what is real and true and what "we" want to be real and true, due to the nature of the intentionality of perception. One sees what one wants and needs to see. You are seeing a fantasy or a hallucination. Absolutely no reality to your vision. The U.S. must get out, "cut and run" if you will, of Iraq and the Middle East ASAP, at least in terms of its visible presence, anyway, anyhow. If not, the subsequent reality will be disaster and ruin, the likes of which no American has ever seen.

paladin 11 years, 4 months ago

And, just who is the "enemy", anyway? Does anone know for sure?

Speakout 11 years, 4 months ago

I think you are right, Paladin. When we took the "war on terror" to Iraq, we invited every hot head and adventurer to join the fray and join they did. Not we have a mess, thousands killed and no end in sight. Bushco mishandled it as we knew he would and here we are and no end in sight. Iraq will never be able to fight alone because there are too many to fight, thanks to US.

whistlestop75 11 years, 4 months ago

There has been "no end in sight" since attacks of terroists began in 1979 and the United States took no action...regardless of who was President as a country WE did nothing to stop the bombings of embassys in foreign countries killing American military...the encouragement of killing 17 U.S. Navy sailors without retaliation only enhanced the terroist movement...If I am not mistaken that was the Clinton administration...both parties...Republican AND Democrat paid attention only to political concerns in the U.S.A. and ignored what was happening outside our took 9/11 to get our attention...get real with the big least NOW we are trying to get a handle on security and only because John Q. Public demands it...the election booth is the greatest motivator...

ksmoderate 11 years, 4 months ago

The only solution to the Iraq quagmire is a total paradigm shift in U.S. government. Installing a democracy (nation building....remember?) where a democracy will not prosper is the dumbest idea....ever.

In its current state, Iraq should be split into three separate and sovereign nations (Kurds, Sunni, Shia)....and then we and the "coalition of the willing" need to get the h#ll out!

Jamesaust 11 years, 4 months ago

"...Iraqis are taking more control of the situation on the ground."

This statement assumes that anyone has "control of the situation on the ground." After 3 years of playing whack-a-mole because this administration has never managed to be serious about winning, I'd think its high time the Iraqis took on some "control" - even if they're just sectarian deathsquads.

(What do we learn just yesterday in the newspapers but that Rumsfeld threatened to fire any subordinate who had the audacity to develop a post-invasion occupation plan.)

temperance 11 years, 4 months ago

The letter writer is living in a fantasy land. He probably still blames Saddam for 9/11. "The crucial battle of Talafar" -- please. Look what's happened in that province since the "crucial battle" -- sectarian violence is spreading and we're babysitting a civil war.

happy Patriot Day everyone

bunnyhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

We went into Iraq to fullfill the neocon fantasy of 100% US hegemony over the gulf oil supply. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar........Iran and Iraq are the missing 'dominoes' and Bush will do everything he can to put our young, and not so young, men and women on the ground in both countries before he leaves office. There was never any real intention to 'win' this clearly evidenced by the lack of planning and inadequate funding...........but they've been hugely successful in destabilizing the region and creating yet another sham provocation for imperialistic agression toward Iran. Wake up AMERIKA! We are NOT the good guys anymore........and we won't be until we change our campaign finance long as corporations own our politicians.........our government will represent corporate interests.........not yours and mine.

drewdun 11 years, 4 months ago

"President Bush is offering a clear strategy to win"

This person does not live in reality. GOP filter!

"Situation Dire in Western Iraq" "Anbar Is Lost Politically, Marine Analyst Says"

"with U.S. troops in a supporting role, and every day, Iraqis are taking more control of the situation on the ground"

Gee, I thought that I had heard that there was only one Iraqi BATTALION capable of independent action w/out US backup. Damn that pesky reality for intervening again!

But hey, why rain on Bender's parade? Besides, bringing reality into the equation has never altered a wingnuts perspective before, why start now? We can all expect rt, conman, and the usual suspects here to defend the indefensible soon enough.

I especially love how the letter writer makes sure and throw in that most beloved of all right-wing talking points "cut-and-run." You know a person has ZERO credibility and even less of an argument when they toss that rubbish in.

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