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Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control
Bush wants 50 military bases, control of Iraqi airspace and legal immunity for all American soldiers and contractors

By Patrick Cockburn
Thursday, 5 June 2008
A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November.

The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq's position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country. . . .

America currently has 151,000 troops in Iraq and, even after projected withdrawals next month, troop levels will stand at more than 142,000 – 10 000 more than when the military "surge" began in January 2007. Under the terms of the new treaty, the Americans would retain the long-term use of more than 50 bases in Iraq. American negotiators are also demanding immunity from Iraqi law for US troops and contractors, and a free hand to carry out arrests and conduct military activities in Iraq without consulting the Baghdad government. [emphasis added]


*tears hair*
elbales: (Jayne - Kinda cunning)
Clowns KKKick KKK ass!
Nazi's out of Knoxville!

Knoxville rejects Nazis and Klan.

Saturday May 26th the VNN Vanguard Nazi/KKK group attempted to host a hate rally to try to take advantage of the brutal murder of a white couple for media and recruitment purposes. http://www.volunteertv.com/special

Unfortunately for them the 100th ARA (Anti Racist Action) clown block came and handed them their asses by making them appear like the asses they were.


Stuff like this is the only thing that gives me hope for this nation. Our administration has started gearing up for an all-out media barrage (or, as the blogger puts, a new product roll-out) to persuade the American public that invading bombing the shit out of attacking Iran is a darn good idea, ya sure you betcha. I just have to keep reminding myself that Americans don't tend to take too much crap sitting down. Once they have decided it's crap, that is.
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The Surge is Irrelevant: What W and the Pentagon don't want you to realize

Key quote: "It makes no difference whatsoever whether the surge is working or not, because the surge itself is irrelevant." Go read it. It makes for thought- (and indigestion-) provoking reading.

Our country is in such a mess, and our reps still aren't doing enough to fix it. Will someone who understands how real PR works please for the love of all that's decent go straighten out the Democratic Party? Because they have got to stop letting the right wing control the message.
elbales: (DO NOT WANT cat)
Here's a lovely video of him actually using the word "quagmire." Right on film and everything.

But you still invaded anyway, you [comment redacted for TOS].

January 20, 2008 cannot come soon enough for me.
elbales: (Not good!Turlough)
A Daily Kos diarist has put together a really useful and really extensive set of links and quotes to demonstrate just how fucked up things are in Iraq.
elbales: (You're fantastically stupid!Ten)
(Or should I say "bugger you"? It would be so deliciously ironic.)

So I guess I've heard vaguely about this waste of oxygen named Fred Phelps who actually runs a website calls God Hates Fags. But he's really gone round the twist, as our friends across the Pond might say. He and his goons are now protesting at military funerals because, you know, God is making a special point of sending IEDs to blow up soldiers in Iraq because they're fighting for a country that supports gays.

Fred Phelps, you suck ass.

Well, a group of motorcyclists has decided to do something about it: they're riding around the country counterprotesting and shielding the families as best they can. Rock. Sometimes I have hope for this country after all.


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