James Le Mesurier, The White Helmuts and Col. James Steele ‘counterinsurgency specialist’ . Down the Syrian Rabbit Hole.


Who is James Le Mesurier?

 
 
 
 
 

 

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by John Wight

James Le Mesurier
This James Le Mesurier character reminds me of Col James Steele
http://therealnews.com/t2/story:15375:Days-of-Revolt:-America’s-Death-Squads
HEDGES: One of the things I’d like you to speak about is the mechanics of how it works. You had written, I think the first article I’d read that you wrote was about a death squad leader completely trained, funded, backed by the U.S. called Chele Medrano in El Salvador who was eventually assassinated by the FMLN rebels. And when we were in El Salvador, the head of the military group, Col. James Steele, who had been with some of the dirtiest army units in Vietnam, there was always that question as to the extent–we knew that there were, there was collaboration between the death squads, which were run primarily out of the hacienda police, the treasury police, and the national police. And then you had freelance squads run by the right-wing group [inaud.] Roberto D’Abuisson and others.
From El Salvador to Iraq: Washington’s man behind brutal police squads
In 2004, with the war in Iraq going from bad to worse, the US drafted in a veteran of Central America’s dirty wars to help set up a new force to fight the insurgency. The result: secret detention centres, torture and a spiral into sectarian carnage

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Whats The Empire War Machine ever done for us? Interactive DADA Grey Space PT 2 Some Sketches

The Skripal Deception. Mrs Mays BlairCon NEO CON CON 

 In short, official propaganda is not designed to deceive the public (no more than the speeches in an actor’s script are intended to deceive the actor who speaks them). It is designed to be absorbed and repeated, no matter how implausible or preposterous it might be. Actually, it is often most effective when those who are forced to robotically repeat it know that it is utter nonsense, as the humiliation of having to do so cements their allegiance to the ruling classes (this phenomenon being a standard feature of the classic Stockholm Syndrome model, and authoritarian conditioning generally). The current “Russian hacking” hysteria is a perfect example of how this works. No one aside from total morons actually believes this official narrative (the substance of which is beyond ridiculous), not even the stooges selling it to us. This, however, is not a problem, because it isn’t intended to be believed … it is intended to be accepted and repeated, more or less like religious dogma. (It doesn’t matter what actually happened, i.e., whether the “hack” was a hack or a leak, or who the hackers or leakers were, or who they may have been working for, or what whoever’s motives may have been. What matters is that the ruling classes have issued a new official narrative and are demanding that every “normal” American stand up and swear allegiance to it.)


Ukraine. 

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRD Malaysian (6658105143).jpg

9M-MRD, the aircraft that was shot down, photographed on 21 October 2011
Shootdown
Date 17 July 2014
Summary Airliner shootdown, under criminal investigation
Site Near Hrabove, Donetsk OblastUkraine
48°8′17″N 38°3
Aircraft
Aircraft type Boeing 777-200ER
Operator Malaysia Airlines
Registration 9M-MRD
Flight origin Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Destination Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Passengers 283
Crew 15
Fatalities 298
Survivors 0
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17)[a] was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on 17 July 2014 while flying over eastern Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.[2] Contact with the aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was lost about 50 km (31 mi) from the Ukraine–Russia border and wreckage of the aircraft fell near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, 40 km (25 mi) from the border.[3] The shoot-down occurred in the midst of War in Donbass, during the Battle of Shakhtarsk, in an area controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic.[4] The crash is the deadliest airliner shootdownseventh-deadliest aviation disaster, and was Malaysia Airlines‘ second aircraft loss during 2014 after the disappearance of Flight 370 on 8 March.[5]

Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko

Dramaticus Personae.  Litvinenko  

Boris Berezovsky  Paul Klebnikov

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Litvinenko

Alexander Litvinenko
Александр Литвиненко
AlexanderLitvinenko.jpg

Litvinenko in 2002
Allegiance
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union,
Flag of Russia.svg Russia (defected)

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

Service KGB/FSB (defected)
MI6[1]

Birth name Aleksandr Valterovich Litvinenko
Born 4 December 1962
VoronezhRussian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died 23 November 2006 (aged 43)
BloomsburyLondon, England
Cause of
death
Radiation poisoning
Buried Highgate CemeteryHighgateLondon, England
Nationality Soviet Union (1962–1991)
Russian Federation
(1991– 2006)
United Kingdom (2006–his death)
Spouse Nataliya (m. 1981; div. 1994)
Marina (m. 1994)
Children
  • Alexander
  • Sonia
  • Anatoly
Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko (RussianАлекса́ндр Ва́льтерович Литвине́нкоIPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ˈvaltɨrəvʲɪtɕ lʲɪtvʲɪˈnʲɛnkə]; 30 August 1962[2][3] (Or 4 December 1962 by father’s account[4] – 23 November 2006) was a British naturalised Russian defector and former officer of the Russian FSB secret service who specialised in tackling organised crime.[1][5] According to US diplomats, Litvinenko coined the phrase Mafia state.[6] In November 1998, Litvinenko and several other FSB officers publicly accused their superiors of ordering the assassination of the Russian tycoon and oligarch Boris Berezovsky. Litvinenko was arrested the following March on charges of exceeding the authority of his position. He was acquitted in November 1999 but re-arrested before the charges were again dismissed in 2000. He fled with his family to London and was granted asylum in the United Kingdom, where he worked as a journalist, writer and consultant for the British intelligence services.
but there’s a Litvinenko affair which i
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personally, don’t think the KGB had him
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killed because the guy died of polonium
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poison and it would be absolutely
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ridiculous to go kill somebody with an
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eleven million dollar radioactive
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element in the UK when you could just
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stab him in the head
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it seems like he that was just a botch
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smuggling operation and of course that
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guy was working for Boris Berezovsky who
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Boris Berezovsky (businessman)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Boris Berezovsky
Boris Berezovsky (businessman).jpg

Historical photo of Boris Berezovsky
Born Boris Abramovich Berezovsky
23 January 1946
MoscowRussian SFSRSoviet Union
Died 23 March 2013 (aged 67)
SunninghillBerkshire, United Kingdom
Cause of death Open verdict
Resting place Brookwood CemeteryBrookwoodSurrey, United Kingdom[1]
51.299574°N 0.625846°W
Other names Platon Elenin[2]
Citizenship Russian / British[2]
Occupation Businessman, engineer, mathematician, government official
Spouse(s) Nina Korotkova (1970–1991; divorced)[3]
Galina Besharova (1991–2010; divorced)[4]
Partner(s) Yelena Gorbunova (1996–2012; separated)[5][6]
Boris Abramovich Berezovsky (Russian: Бори́с Абра́мович Березо́вский, 23 January 1946 – 23 March 2013)[7][8] was a Russian business oligarch, government official, engineer and mathematician. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Berezovsky was politically opposed to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin since Putin’s election in 2000 and remained a vocal critic of Putin for the rest of his life.[9] In late 2000, after the Russian Deputy Prosecutor General demanded that Berezovsky appear for questioning, he did not return from abroad and moved to the UK, which granted him political asylum in 2003.[10] In Russia, he was later convicted in absentia of fraud and embezzlement. The first charges were brought during Primakov‘s government in 1999.[11] Despite an Interpol Red Notice for Berezovsky’s arrest, Russia repeatedly failed to obtain the extradition of Berezovsky from Britain, which became a major point of diplomatic tension between the two countries.[12][13][14]

was Putin’s main enemy and so that you

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had a trumped-up story so it gets dirty
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because of a lot of the things they say
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he’s guilty of he wasn’t but then like
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what you’re talking about when they
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killed Anna that is a famous story in
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the apartment bombings or the theatre
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gasps scenes of things but it’s just one
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among many and it happened to get
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attention but you’d have to really dig
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into this is a good book called The
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Godfather the Kremlin I recommend people
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read it was the Russian editor for
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Forbes magazine and he was actually
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killed after the book was published he
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was shot and then he was in an elevator
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in a hospital which got stuck
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conveniently and unfortunately he passed
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away but I mean that really goes over a
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lot of the Russian politics and it’s
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just nasty

Paul Klebnikov

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paul Klebnikov
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Born June 3, 1963
New York, USA
Died July 9, 2004 (aged 41)
Moscow, Russia
Alma mater St. Bernard’s SchoolPhillips Exeter Academy (1978),
University of California, Berkeley, (BA)
London School of Economics(PhD)
Occupation Journalist
Organization Forbes
Known for 2004 murder
Spouse(s) Helen “Musa” Train
Children Alexander, Gregory, and Sophia
Paul Klebnikov (RussianПавел Юрьевич Хлебников; June 3, 1963 – July 9, 2004) was an American journalist and historian of Russian history. He worked for Forbes magazine for more than 10 years and at the time of his death was chief editor of the Russian edition of Forbes. His murder in Moscow in 2004 was seen as a blow against investigative journalism in Russia. Three Chechens accused of taking part in the murder were acquitted. Though the murder appeared to be the work of assassins for hire, as of 2014, the organizers of the murder had yet to be identified.[1]

 I mean there’s not a quick

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way to sum it up but Putin is not a
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clean-cut guy by any means in here he
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really I compare him to Bush his father
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was also a director of the CIA and
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involved in a lot of killings himself
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more than just when he was president or
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by
24:32      president exactly right yeah
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that brings up a lot of different points
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and yeah you know who else was killed
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with polonium well Arafat probably
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exactly well that’s that’s where they
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got it from because if you look at the
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planes that Litvinenko we’re riding
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back and forth to was to Israel and they
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had traces of polonium all over as well
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as Berezovsky’s residence so it’s
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pretty clear to me they were smuggling
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that stuff in from Israel and but what
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were they gonna do with it they couldn’t
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carry it out afterward when he botched
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it and died of an overdose but what were
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they gonna use that for dirty bomb Oh
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what was the point that’s that was the
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question mark that I had there but
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there’s a huge story there and if you
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don’t value your life very much I
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suppose you really dig into it that’s
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why I dropped it actually yeah well yeah
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it’s I mean yeah that’s the type of
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story that general genuinely is the kind
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of story that can get you killed.

Skripal,

The Daily Telegraph said the handler listed himself on LinkedIn as a consultant for Orbis Business Intelligence, run by ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele, sparking claims Skripal may have played a part in the dossier.
But yesterday sources close to Orbis denied any links to Skripal whatsoever.
The MI6 handler’s LinkedIn profile was deleted on Wednesday.
Staff at Cote in Salisbury, Wilts, have told The Sun how Skripal and the mystery man switched seamlessly between Russian and English and talked of regular trips to Poland for “business”.

 The Brit handler is said to have worked by ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, sparking fears Skripal could have played a part in last year's dirty dossier on Russia

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He was connected to Christopher Steele (ex-MI6 Russian Desk); his MI6 ‘handler‘ Pablo Miller; Steele and Christopher Burrows Orbis
https://www.rt.com/news/fsb-names-alleged-mi6-recruiter/


CCTV: ‘RUSSIAN SPY AND DAUGHTER’ WITH MYSTERY WOMAN MINUTES BEFORE COLLAPSE

  1. 12 January 2017 at 9:33am

Ex-spy’s partner refuses to confirm link to Trump dossier

The business partner of the former MI6 officer linked to the alleged Donald Trump dossierhas refused to confirm to ITV News whether their intelligence company compiled the controversial file.
Christopher Steele, who was posted to Moscow in 1990 and now runs London-based Orbis Business Intelligence, was named in reports as the dossier’s author.
His business partner, Christopher Parker Burrows, spoke to ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers:

UKRAINE, Syria , Spooks and Trumps Russian Dossier.


Vladimir Putin was responsible for plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, says Polish defence minister

Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski, the First Lady and 94 others died in a plane crash in 2010
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Poland’s defence minister has accused Vladimir Putin of involvement in the 2010 plane crash which killed the Polish president as he urged him to “take responsibility”. 
Antoni Macierewicz claims the fatal crash which killed Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski, the First Lady and 94 others in 2010 in Russia was preceded by two explosions on board.

2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash
Katastrofa w Smoleńsku.jpg

Wreckage from the Tu-154 at the crash site
Accident
Date 10 April 2010
Summary Controlled flight into terraindue to pilot error
Site near Smolensk, Russia
54°49′26.02″N 32°3′4.54″ECoordinates54°49′26.02″N 32°3′4.54″E
Aircraft
Aircraft type Tupolev Tu-154M
Operator 36 SPLTPolish Air Force
Registration 101[1]
Flight origin Frédéric Chopin Airport
WarsawPoland
Destination Smolensk North Airport
Smolensk, Russia
Passengers 89
Crew 7
Fatalities 96 (all)
Survivors 0
On 10 April 2010, a Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft of the Polish Air Force crashed near the city of Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board. Among the victims were the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, the former President of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, the chief of the Polish General Staff and other senior Polish military officers, the president of the National Bank of PolandPolish Government officials, 18 members of the Polish Parliament, senior members of the Polish clergy and relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre. The group was arriving from Warsaw to attend an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the massacre, which took place not far from Smolensk.
The pilots were attempting to land at Smolensk North Airport – a former military airbase – in thick fog, with visibility reduced to about 500 metres (1,600 ft). The aircraft descended far below the normal approach path until it struck trees, rolled inverted and crashed into the ground, coming to rest in a wooded area a short distance from the runway.[2]
Both the Russian and Polish official investigations found no technical faults with the aircraft, and concluded that the crew failed to conduct the approach in a safe manner in the given weather conditions. The Polish authorities found serious deficiencies in the organization and training of the Air Force unit involved, which was subsequently disbanded. Several high-ranking members of the Polish military resigned, under pressure from politicians and the media.
Various conspiracy theories about the crash have since been in circulation, and are promoted by Law and Justice‘s leader Jaroslaw Kaczyński and his deputy, Antoni Macierewicz, who claim the crash was a political assassination. Polish and international investigations did not find any evidence supporting this version.[2]

http://energypost.eu/case-nord-stream-2/

These market developments have had a negative impact on the results of Gazprom, which has seen its exports to Europe decrease and prices go down. According to current Russian estimates, in 2016 the average price of Russian gas for European consumers will be some $200 per thousand cubic metres, the lowest in 11 years. Last year, Gazprom’s sales on the EU’s gas market dropped by 10%.
agata map

Note that Russia has announced it will stop transiting gas through Ukraine at the end of 2019, not 2018, as this map states.
Although Gazprom has responded to these challenges in part by trying to diversify its customer base, particularly by pursuing megadeals with China, the company seems to recognize that Europe will remain its most important export market for a long time to come. In consequence it seems it has decided to adapt its strategy in the EU, and currently it looks like it might be trying switching from a defence of its prices to defence of its market share in the EU. This adaptation includes an increased openness towards changing market and regulatory conditions in Europe and a willingness to exploiting the possibilities created by the liberalised European gas market. Amongst other actions, the Russian company currently:

http://scofieldinstitute.org/natural-gas-mediterranean-spark-third-lebanese-war/

BY ODED ERAN FEBRUARY 18, 2018

“Lebanon will not hesitate to avail itself of its inherent right to self-defence if an armed attack occurs against the economic activities carried out in its maritime areas.”

Speaking about border issues between Israel and Lebanon at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) annual conference (January 31, 2018), Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the Lebanese government had issued a tender for natural gas exploration in the Mediterranean, and that by all criteria Block 9, which was awarded to a number of well-known international companies, belonged to Israel.
Liberman called Lebanon’s move a provocation and a serious mistake. His words sparked a fiery response from Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and the media in both Israel and Lebanon reported that the organization was threatening to attack Israel’s drilling rigs in the Mediterranean.
Syria Pipe Lines and East Mediterranean Gas Fields
WATCH 

Comey: I Think Russia Has Something on Trump – Full Transcript of the Bombshell Interview

Comey’s comments in an ABC News interview broadcast Sunday were almost certain to escalate his war of words with the president

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2017; and then FBI Director James Comey in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2017.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2017; and then FBI Director James Comey in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2017. /AP
James Comeym the former FBI Director, says he thinks it’s possible the Russians have compromising information on President Donald Trump, that there is “some evidence of obstruction of justice” in the president’s actions and that Trump is “morally unfit” for office.
Comey’s comments in an ABC News interview broadcast Sunday were almost certain to escalate his war of words with the president and further erode a relationship marked by open hostility and name-calling.

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Scooter Libby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lewis Libby
Scooter Libby.jpg
Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 2001 – November 1, 2005
Vice President Dick Cheney
Preceded by Charles Burson
Succeeded by David Addington
Personal details
Born August 22, 1950 (age 67)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Harriet Grant
Children 2
Education Yale University (BA)
Columbia University (JD)
I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby (first name generally given as IrvIrve or Irving;[1] born August 22, 1950) is an American lawyer[2][3] and former adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.
In October 2005, Libby resigned from all three government positions after he was indicted on five counts by a federal grand jury concerning the investigation of the leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson.[5] He was subsequently convicted of four counts (one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and one count of making false statements),[6] making him the highest-ranking White House official convicted in a government scandal since John Poindexter, the national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan in the Iran–Contra affair.[7]
After a failed appeal, President Bush commuted Libby’s sentence of 30 months in federal prison, leaving the other parts of his sentence intact.[8] As a consequence of his conviction in United States v. Libby, Libby’s license to practice law was suspended until being reinstated in 2016.[3] President Donald Trump pardoned Libby on April 13, 2018.[9][10][11]

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Valerie Plame

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Valerie Plame
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Plame at the 2014 Texas Book Festival
Born Valerie Elise Plame
August 13, 1963 (age 54)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Occupation Writer, Spy NovelistCIA officer (1985–2006)
Nationality United States
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University(B.A., Advertising, 1985)
College of Europe (M.A.)
London School of Economics(M.A.)
Genre Autobiographymemoirpolitical criticism
Notable works Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House
Spouse Todd Sesler (m. 1987; divorce 1989)
Joseph C. Wilson (m. 1998)
Children (with Wilson)
Website
www.valerieplamewilson.com
Valerie Elise Plame Wilson (née Plame; born August 13, 1963), known as Valerie PlameValerie E. Wilson, and Valerie Plame Wilson, is a former operations officer who worked at the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a writer, and a spy novelist. As the subject of the 2003 Plame affair, also known as the CIA leak scandal, Plame had her identity as covert officer of the CIA leaked to the press by members of the George W. Bush administration and subsequently made public. In the aftermath of the scandal, Richard Armitage in the State Department was identified as one source of the information, and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of lying to investigators. After a failed appeal, President George W. Bush commuted Libby’s sentence, and in 2018 President Donald Trump pardoned him. No one was formally charged with leaking the information.
In collaboration with a ghostwriter, Plame wrote a memoir detailing her career and the events leading up to her resignation from the CIA and she has subsequently written and published at least two spy novels. A biographical feature film, Fair Game, was produced based on memoirs by her and her husband.

Karen Kwiatkowski

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Karen Kwiatkowski
Karen Kwiatkowski on the farm.jpg

Kwiatkowski on her family’s Shenandoah County farm
Birth name Karen Unger
Born September 24, 1960 (age 57)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1982–2003
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit Near East/South Asia and Special Plans
Other work A Case Study of the Implementation of the Reagan Doctrine.
Karen U. Kwiatkowski, née Unger,[1] (born September 24, 1960) is an American activist and commentator. She is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel whose assignments included duties as a Pentagon desk officer and a variety of roles for the National Security Agency. Since retiring, she has become a noted critic of the U.S. government’s involvement in Iraq. Kwiatkowski is primarily known for her insider essays which denounce a corrupting political influence on the course of military intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In 2012, she challenged incumbent Bob Goodlatte, in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 6th congressional district seat in the United States House of Representatives and garnered 34% of the Republican vote on a constitutional and limited government platform.
While in the Air Force, she wrote two books about U.S. policy towards Africa: African Crisis Response Initiative: Past Present and Future (US Army Peacekeeping Institute, 2000) and Expeditionary Air Operations in Africa: Challenges and Solutions (Air University Press, 2001). She contributed to Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas, (Variant Press, 2008) and Why Liberty: Personal Journeys Toward Peace and Freedom, (Cobden Press, 2010). She has been featured in a number of documentaries, including “Why We Fight”,[2] in 2005. She has written for LewRockwell.com since 2003.[3]

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Bomb type and tactics point to al-Qaida

As FBI agents launched an investigation into the bombing of the UN headquarters in Iraq, Paul Bremer, the country’s top civilian administrator, yesterday highlighted three groups of suspects – Baathist supporters of Saddam Hussein, members of the Iraqi Ansar al-Islam organisation, and foreign Islamist militants.

Interviewed on US television, Mr Bremer said the blast that killed at least 20 people was “of a size not seen before”.
The bomb is believed to have used more than 1,000lb of explosive – four times as much as in the attack on the Jordanian embassy two weeks ago.
The two bombings are “not yet connected”, but both were “acts of disciplined people”, Mr Bremer told the ABC channel.
Truck bombs have been used by militant groups, including Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network, though Saddam’s secret service is said to have trained in the tactic too.
According to reports by Associated Press, the explosive used against the UN building was C4, which has no non-military uses. C4 was used in al-Qaida’s attack on the USS Cole in Aden harbour, Yemen, three years ago.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri
عبد الرحيم النشيري
Nashiri.jpg
Born January 5, 1965 (age 53)
Saudi Arabia
Citizenship Saudi Arabian
Detained at CIA black sites
Stare Kiejkuty
Guantanamo Bay
Alternate name Mullah Bilal[1][2]
ISN 10015
Charge(s) Charges dropped in February 2009, reinstated in 2011
Status Still held in Guantanamo Bay pending trial
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (Arabicعبد الرحيم النشيري‎; About this sound pronunciation  /ɑːbɪd/ /ælrɑːˈhm/ /ælnɑːˈʃr/; born January 5, 1965) is a Saudi Arabian citizen alleged to be the mastermind of the bombing of the USS Cole and other maritime terrorist attacks.[3] He is alleged to have headed al-Qaeda operations in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf states prior to his capture in November 2002 by the CIA‘s Special Activities Division.[4][5]
Al-Nashiri was captured in Dubai in 2002 and held for four years in secret CIA prisons known as “black sites” in Afghanistan, Thailand, Poland, Morocco, and Romania, before being transferred to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. While being interrogated, al-Nashiri was waterboarded, a technique since classified as torture. In 2005 the CIA destroyed the tapes of Nashiri’s waterboarding. In another incident he was naked and hooded and threatened with a gun and a power drill to scare him into talking.[6][7][8][9] Al-Nashiri was granted victim status in 2010 by the Polish government and a Polish prosecutor began “investigating the possible abuse of power by Polish public officials with regard to a CIA black site” in 2008.[10][11][12]
In December 2008, al-Nashiri was charged by the United States before a Guantanamo Military Commission.[13] The charges were dropped in February 2009 and reinstated in 2011.[14][15] As of 2011, al-Nashiri is on trial before a military tribunal in Guantanamo on charges of war crimes that carry the death penalty. As it is extremely unlikely he would be freed if found not guilty, his lawyers have called the proceeding a show trial.[16]

Maritime Jewel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
History
linkLuxembourg
Name: Limburg
Builder: Daewoo Shipbuilding
Completed: 1999
In service: 2000
Out of service: 2002
Fate: Attacked October 6, 2002, Sold to Tanker Pacific Management, 2003
Flag of Liberia.svgLiberia
Name: Maritime Jewel
Owner: Tanker Pacific Management
Acquired: 2003
Fate: In service
Notes: IMO number9184392
General characteristics
Class and type: Crude Oil Tank Ship
Tonnage:
Length: 1,089.0 ft (331.9 m)
Beam: 58 m (190 ft)
Installed power: Burmeister & Wain, 2 S.A. 7-cyl., 7S80MC, 34650 BHP / 29420 kW at 79 RPM
Notes: [1][2]
Maritime Jewel is a double hull oil tanker built in 2000; her length is 332 metres (1,089 ft) and her width is 58 metres (190 ft). She was known as MV Limburg until 2003.

History[edit]

Bombing[edit]

On 6 October 2002, Limburg was carrying 397,000 barrels (63,100 m3) of crude oil from Iran to Malaysia, and was in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen to pick up another load of oil. She was registered under a French flag and had been chartered by the Malaysian petrol firm Petronas.
While she was some distance offshore, suicide bombers rammed an explosives-laden dinghy into the starboard side of the tanker.[3] Upon detonation the vessel caught fire and approximately 90,000 barrels (14,000 m3) of oil leaked into the Gulf of Aden.[4][5] Although Yemeni officials initially claimed that the explosion was caused by an accident, later investigations found traces of TNT on the damaged ship.
One crew member, a 38-year-old Bulgarian named Atanas Atanasov, was killed, and 12 other crew members were injured.[6] The fire was extinguished, and four days later Limburg was towed to DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. The ship was renamed Maritime Jewel, bought by Tanker Pacific, and repaired at Dubai Drydocks from March to August 2003.[7][8]

Economic impact[edit]

The attack caused the short-term collapse of international shipping in the Gulf of Aden and as a result, cost Yemen $3.8 million a month in port revenues.[9]

Responsibility[edit]

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack on the Jehad.net website, which has since been shut down. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who allegedly also planned the USS Cole bombing, is thought[by whom?]to have been the mastermind of the attack. Osama bin Laden issued a statement, which read:
By exploding the oil tanker in Yemen, the holy warriors hit the umbilical cord and lifeline of the crusader community, reminding the enemy of the heavy cost of blood and the gravity of losses they will pay as a price for their continued aggression on our community and looting of our wealth.[9]

Jamal Ahmad Mohammad Al Badawi

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Jamal Ahmad Mohammad Ali Al Badawi
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Jamal al-Bedawi
Born Jamal Ahmad Mohammad Ali Al Badawi
July 22, 1960; or October 23, 1960; or 1963; or 1969
Al-Shargian, Mukayras DistrictAl Bayda GovernorateYemen
Nationality Yemeni
Other names Jamal Muhsin al-Tali, Abu Abdul Rahman al-Badawi, Abu Abdul Rahman al-Adani, Jamal Mohammad Ahmad Ali al-Badawi, Jamal Mohammad Ahmad
Military career
Allegiance
Years of service 2000–present
Rank Officer and plotter of Al-Qaeda in Yemen
Battles/wars

Yemeni Civil War ?

Jamal Ahmad Mohammad Ali Al Badawi aka Jamal Abu Abed Al Rahman Al Badawi (Arabicجمال محمد البدوي‎) (born: July 22, 1960; or October 23, 1960; or 1963; or 1969) is a Yemeni who was convicted of helping plan the 2000 USS Cole bombing, which killed 17 American sailors on October 12, 2000 off the port coast of Aden, Yemen.[1] He was captured in Yemen and sentenced to death on September 29, 2004. Al-Bedawi was also indicted on May 15, 2003 by the United States for the USS Cole bombing and the attempted attack on the USS The Sullivans. He is thought to have travelled to Saudi Arabia and purchased a small boat and then a truck and trailer to transport it. This boat sank from the weight of the explosives while preparing the USS The Sullivans plot. He is also thought to have leased the safehouses used in these endeavors. Fox News called Al-Badawi a “mastermind” of the Cole bombing.[2]
Only two of the six charged by Yemen in the attack were sentenced to death; the other four were sentenced to 5–10 years imprisonment. After hearing his sentence, Al-Bedawi declared “This is an unjust verdict, this is an American verdict. There are no human rights in the world, except for the Americans. All the Muslims in the world are being used to serve American interests.” His family announced they would appeal. Because he was being held by U.S. forces, the other defendant sentenced to death, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was tried and sentenced in absentia.
Having twice escaped from Yemen prison, once since his death sentence was issued, al-Bedawi is currently at large, and is now being sought as an FBI Most Wanted Terrorist fugitive.

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USS Cole (DDG-67)

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USS Cole (DDG-67)
A grey ship on the ocean

USS Cole underway in August 2002
History
United States
Name: USS Cole
Namesake: Darrell S. Cole
Ordered: 16 January 1991
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 28 February 1994
Launched: 10 February 1995
Commissioned: 8 June 1996
Identification: DDG-67
Motto:
  • Gloria Merces Virtutis
  • “Glory is the Reward
  • of Valor”
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Cole DDG-67 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement:
  • Light: approx. 6,800 long tons (6,900 t)
  • Full: approx. 8,900 long tons (9,000 t)
Length: 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)
Range:
Complement:
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament:
Aircraft carried: Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters can be embarked
USS Cole (DDG-67) is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyer homeported in Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Cole is named in honor of Marine Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, a machine-gunner killed in action on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945, during World War IICole is one of 62 authorized Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, and one of 21 members of the Flight I-class that utilized the 5 in (130 mm)/54 caliber gun mounts found on the earliest of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The ship was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding and was delivered to the Navy on 11 March 1996.
On 12 October 2000, Cole was the target of an attack carried out by al-Qaeda in the Yemeni port of Aden, when two suicide bombers detonated explosives carried in a small boat near the warship, killing 17 sailors, injuring 39 others, and damaging the ship.[1] On 29 November 2003, Cole engaged in her first overseas deployment after the bombing and subsequently returned to her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia, on 27 May 2004 without incident.
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USS Cole attack

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Date 11:18 12 October 2000

Official narrative

A small fiberglass boat carrying explosives and two suicide bombers approached the port side of the destroyer and detonated a bomb. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility.

Follow up

United States Ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine obstructed the investigation by senior FBI counter-terrorist, John O’Neill, by denying him a visa to reenter the counry.[1][2]O’Neill was later murdered on September 11, 2001.

Alternative theories

Joe Vialls and several other commentators have suggested that attack was a false flag. Several writers have blamed Israel for the attack,[3] some suggesting that the ship was hit by a missile from a submarine.[4][5][6][7]

References

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https://www.wikispooks.com/wiki/Document:False_Flags_for_Israel

Former Harvard professorWilliam Kristol, the son of Irving Kristol, was Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, under the first Bush regime. Bill Kristol founded the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), a tax-exempt foundation, in the spring of 1997, coincidentally the same year that Rauf founded the ASMS and 100 years after the First Zionist Conference. Sarah Scaife Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation and the Bradley Foundation financed PNAC, with close ties to the [[American Enterprise Institute]. Its objectives are U.S. Global supremacy and a “Greater Israel.” Twenty-five people signed their mission statement, seventeen of whom belong to the CFR, whose objective is a one-world government. Founding members include Elliott Abrams (CFR), Gary BauerWilliam J. Bennett (Irving Kristol’s protégé), Jeb BushRichard B. Cheney (CFR), Eliot A. Cohen (CFR), Midge Decter(CFR), Paula Dobriansky (CFR), Steve ForbesAaron Friedberg (CFR), Francis Fukuyama (CFR), Frank GaffneyFred C. Ikle (CFR), Donald Kagan (CFR), Zalmay Khalilzad (CFR), I. Lewis Libby (CFR), Norman B. Podhoretz(CFR), Dan QuaylePeter W. Rodman (CFR), Stephen P. Rosen (CFR), Henry S. Rowen (CFR), Donald RumsfeldVin Weber (CFR), George Weigel (CFR), and Paul Wolfowitz (CFR). In 1992, Libby and Wolfowitz wrote Defense Planning Guidance for Defense Secretary Dick Cheney.
Bill Kristol, advocates neo-conservatism, the American version of Trotsky’s Bolshevism. Kristol, a Bilderberger, a Manhattan Institute trustee, is also the editor and co-founder, along with John Podhoretz, of the Weekly Standard Magazine, established September 17, 1995 and funded, at a loss, by Rupert Murdoch (CFR), a Zionist. This so-called conservative magazine, co-edited by Fred Barnes, promotes the war hawk mentality, the same message heard on numerous “conservative” talk shows and on Murdoch’s Fox NetworkWeekly Standard contributors include Joseph EpsteinCharles Krauthammer (CFR), Brit Hume, a Fulbright scholar,[74] Tucker CarlsonRobert W. Kagan(CFR) foreign policy analyst and son of Donald Kagan (CFR), Yale Professor John Podhoretz (son of Norman Podhoretz) and others. In 1995, Kristol confessed to the New Yorker: “The liberal media were never that powerful, and the whole thing was often used as an excuse by conservatives for conservative failures.”[75]
Norman B. Podhoretz (CFR), a Trotskyite, in his books has admitted that the reason for the Cold War was to weaponize Israel to fight the Arab nations. He belongs to the influential New York chapter of the American Jewish Committee, one of the leading Zionist organizations operating within America. It publishes the “liberal-turned-conservative” Commentary magazine.[76] Kagan is a columnist for the Washington Post which was associated with the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird. He is a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and wrote Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order.
Now, remembering that the CIA probably controls much of what we hear from the elite-owned media, according to Pew, thirty percent of all Americans obtain their news from talk radio and cable television – many never, ever read a book. A large percentage get their “news” from the Fox Network whose employees receive the morning memo, a directive on how to spin the “news” of the day. Roger Ailes, former Republican campaign wizard, is president of Fox News Channel and chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group which has a stable of “journalists” and guests who push right-wing propaganda disguised as news.[77] According to a decision by the Florida Appeals Court on February 14, 2003, in the Jane Akre whistleblower lawsuit, the court agreed with Fox News that it is not against the law to distort or falsify the news in America.[78]
In 1997, Israël Shahak wrote, “Since the spring of 1992, public opinion in Israel is being prepared for the prospect of a war with Iran, to be fought to bring about Iran’s total military and political defeat. In one version, Israel would attack Iran alone; in another it would ‘persuade’ the West to do the job.”[79] On January 26, 1998, the PNAC war hawks, in a letter to President Clinton, urged him to invade Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein.
In October 1998, the Catastrophic Terrorism Study Group, led by Philip D. Zelikow, completed a nine-month long study of the “technologies and defenses” against terrorists. The study group was a collaboration of the faculty of HarvardMITStanford and the University of Virginia. The Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Herbert S. Winokur Public Policy Fund at Harvard University funded the study. The group produced a report entitled: Catastrophic Terrorism: Elements of a National Policy[80] An article based on the academic Study Group report appeared in the CFR journal Foreign Affairs in the November-December 1998 issue, the same year that PNAC wrote to President Clinton suggesting the removal of Hussein.
Philip D. Zelikow later became the gatekeeper executive director of the 9/11 Commission. He earlier co-authored a book with Condoleezza Rice (both members of Bush 41’s National Security Council) entitled Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft. Zelikow also authored The National Security Strategy of the United States which became the new preemptive war doctrine of the Bush administration written for then National Security Council Director, Condoleezza Rice who had worked on the Bush transition team. He had a hidden agenda – connect al Qaeda and Iraq.[81]
PNAC compiled its policy statements in Rebuilding America’s Defenses, Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century, published in September 2000. We read, “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”[82] It appears that 9/11 was that new Pearl Harbor. As Shahak indicated, Israel was going to persuade the West to wage war. Just how would Israeli political leaders “persuade” the U.S. Government to invade their enemy, a country that has not militarily assaulted America? The elite, for well over 100 years, has used false flag assaultsand very pervasive media propaganda to win public support for their warfare. The CIA and their foreign intelligence counterpart, the Mossad, have lengthy experience in false flag tactics, one of the main reasons for their existence.
On October 12, 2000, they used the “live bait” tactic in the USS Cole where they killed seventeen U.S. sailors and injured thirty-nine. A small boat moved to the port side of the destroyer when all the sailors were gathering in the galley for lunch. An explosion occurred which created a 40-by-40-foot hole in the ship. Al Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, a CIA asset, took credit for the attack. Yet, samples of the explosives retrieved from the ship’s hull showed that materials used were only available in America and Israel. Then they used the “live bait” tactic on 9/11 to get America to remove Hussein and bomb Iraq back to the Stone Age.

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WW111 another Colonial Resource War. Culling The Plebs Malthusian Psychopathy Misanthropic Catastrophists 

Authentic Discourses on Decisions to Act.
A golden Rule in folklores Canon
holds what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the Gander
do unto others that which to you would be done
thus applied in discussion, we should always avoid slander.
Leave at the first introduction
the habits of Authority and induction
When those listening seem deaf to what you tell
refrain if you please from poisoning the well
if your working hypothesis requires certitude
refrain from tailoring cloth that renders the emperor nude
If to your point, you wish others to allude
refrain from a hypocritical sneering attitude.
When your correspondent appeals to evidence
consider their sources, were they well meant?
In all matters, skepticism will serve you with equivalence
and always remember to mistrust the Government.

I noticed this exchange in the off guardian discussion about the #DumberandDouma false Flag attempted half baked Casus Belli.
What is the direction of travel and main narrative embedded in the Narrative of the past 40 years. The Rules Based International Order or ( New Workld Order ) Narratives.

1. Globalisation and Urbbanisation.
2.Petro Dollar Hegenomy . Addiction to Oil.

3. Man Made Global Warming
4. Overshoot Over population
5. Elitism, Starfucking worship of ”The Elites**

https://emb.d.tube/#!/tonefreqhz/yyt1knw5

Syria, PetroDollar and Pipelines Reader. Greater Israel Or the Moslem Brotherhood? Lesser of two evils minus One Evil still Evil. 

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This is the real reason why western mainstream media vilified Assad and it isn’t about Syrian democracy 

Very good as far as it goes, Trumps being wedded to The Greater Israel Plan does pose some other angles on this as well. The Petro Dollar angle is, however, the one that gets overlooked most. http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/04/why-trump-bombed-syria-gas-pipelines.html
Atta Kenare/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
“The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.”
George Orwell
The war in Syria started way back in 1971 when President Nixon decided to no longer back US$ with the federal gold reserves, circulating additional money that was required to support the Vietnam War.
During the Falklands War, Argentina adopted the same practice, turning its currency into a worthless piece of paper.
That did not happen to the American currency US$ because Kissinger successfully negotiated with leaders of major oil-producing countries to trade their liquid commodities solely in the US$.
For as long as there is a demand for oil, there is also a demand for US$, thus preserving the value of the American currency.
This strategy worked well for the USA and the rest of the world.
The stability of the US$ ensured a stability of oil prices and consequently…
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Beautiful Lies the Military Industrial Complex the Gift that just keeps Giving. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/12/leadup-iraq-war-timeline/



Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, responded with an equally simple answer: “The vice president.”
But the blame for Iraq does not end with Cheney, Bush, or Rumsfeld. Nor is it limited to the intelligence operatives who sat silent as the administration cherry-picked its case for war, or with those, like Colin Powell or Hans Blix, who, in the name of loyalty or statesmanship, did not give full throat to their misgivings. It is also shared by far too many in the Fourth Estate, most notably the New York Times‘ Judith Miller. But let us not forget that it lies, inescapably, with we the American people, who, in our fear and rage over the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001, allowed ourselves to be suckered into the most audacious bait and switch of all time.
The first drafts of history are, by their nature, fragmentary. They arrive tragically late, and too often out of order. Back in 2006, we attempted to strip the history of the runup to the war to its bones, to reconstruct a skeleton that we thought might be key in resolving the open questions of the Bush era. As we prepare to leave Iraq, we present that timeline to you again. MotherJones.com offers a greatly expanded (if now technologically outdated) version of this timeline, one that is completely sourced to primary documents and initial news accounts. It was our hope to make this second draft of history as definitive as possible. So that we won’t be fooled again.—THE EDITORS
8/14/92 Defense Secretary Dick Cheney declares President Bush Sr. wise not to invade Baghdad and “get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq.”
4/15/93 Saddam Hussein reportedly tries to assassinate Bush Sr.
1/26/98 Project for a New American Century (PNAC)—founded by Cheney, Scooter Libby, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, and other top neocons—demands President Clinton undertake the “removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime.”
6/23/98 “The good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratically elected regimes friendly to the United States.”—Halliburton CEO Cheney
8/7/98 Al Qaeda bombs US embassies in Africa, killing 220 and injuring some 4,000.
10/31/98 Clinton signs the Iraq Liberation Act. Regime change becomes official US policy.
Late 1998 Gen. Anthony Zinni, head of US Central Command, examines Iraqi exile Ahmed Chalabi’s military plan to overthrow Saddam with 1,000 men. He warns Congress it is “pie in the sky, a fairy tale.”
Nov 1999 Chalabi-connected Iraqi defector “Curveball”—a convicted sex offender and low-level engineer who became the sole source for much of the case that Saddam had WMD, particularly mobile weapons labs—enters Munich seeking a German visa. German intel officers describe his information as highly suspect. US agents never debrief Curveball or perform background check. Nonetheless, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and CIA will pass raw intel on to senior policymakers. [Date the public knew: 11/20/05]
8/27/00 America must not act as “an imperialist power, willy-nilly moving into capitals in that part of the world, taking down governments.”—VP candidate Cheney
10/3/00 Debating Al Gore, George W. Bush says he’d commit troops only with an “exit strategy,” and he’d be “very careful about using our troops as nation builders.”
10/11/00 In a subsequent debate, Bush says: “If we’re an arrogant nation, they’ll resent us. If we’re a humble nation, but strong, they’ll welcome us.”
10/12/00 Al Qaeda attacks USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, killing 17 and injuring 39.
11/6/00 Congress doubles funding for Iraqi opposition groups to more than $25 million; $18 million is earmarked for Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress, which then pays defectors for anti-Iraq tales.
11/7/00 Election night: Indecision 2000 begins.
Nov 2000 Future Chief Justice John Roberts flies to Florida to advise Jeb Bush during recount.
12/12/00 Supreme Court hands presidency to George W. Bush.
Early 2001 Enron CEO Ken Lay named to Bush Energy Department transition team. Jack Abramoff appointed to Interior Department transition team.
1/30/01 Saddam’s removal is top item of Bush’s inaugural national security meeting. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill later recalls, “It was all about finding a way to do it. The president saying, ‘Go find me a way to do this.’” [Date the public knew: 1/10/04]
2/11/01 “Iraq is probably not a nuclear threat at the present time.”—Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Fox News’ Tony Snow
2/14/01 Dick Cheney‘s energy task force begins secret meetings with oil company executives. [Date the public knew: 4/16/01]
2/16/01 Bush: “To send a clear signal to Saddam,” US and UK bomb targets near Baghdad.
2/24/01 Saddam “has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction.”—Secretary of State Colin Powell
2/26/01 Future Iraq Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III says: “The new administration seems to be paying no attention to the problem of terrorism.” [Date the public knew: 4/29/04]
3/5/01 Pentagon produces document titled “Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts” for Cheney’s task force. Includes a map of areas for potential exploration. [Date the public knew: 7/17/03]
4/10/01 Lone CIA analyst known only as “Joe” tells top Bush brass that aluminum tubes bought by Iraq can only be for nuclear centrifuges. [Date the public knew: 8/10/03]
8/6/01
On vacation in Crawford, Bush receives a Presidential Daily Briefing warning, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US.” FBI highlights Al Qaeda activities consistent with hijacking preparations, as well as surveillance of federal buildings. [Date the public knew: 5/18/02]
CIA officer flies to Crawford to call Bush’s attention to document. Bush replies, “All right, you’ve covered your ass now.” [Date the public knew: 6/20/06]
8/10/01 Major air raid on Iraq.
8/17/01 Memo to CIA from Energy Department experts eviscerates “Joe’s” theory that aluminum tubes purchased by Iraq are for nuclear centrifuges. Memo given to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, who later claims tubes are clear evidence of Iraqi nuke program. [Date the public knew: 5/1/04]
Sep 2001 Curveball granted German asylum, ceases cooperating. British spy agency MI6 has told CIA that “elements of [his] behavior strike us as typical of…fabricators.” [Date the public knew: 11/20/05]
9/10/01 NSA intercepts messages that say, “The match is about to begin” and “Tomorrow is zero hour.” Not translated until Sept. 12. [Date the public knew: 6/10/02]
9/11/01 Al Qaeda attacks. Minutes taken by a Rumsfeld aide five hours later: “Best info fast. Judge whether good enough [to] hit SH [Saddam Hussein] @ same time. Not only UBL [Usama bin Laden].” [Date the public knew: 9/4/02]
9/12/01 According to counterterror czar Richard Clarke, “[Bush] told us, ‘I want you, as soon as you can, to go back over everything, everything. See if Saddam did this.’” Told evidence against Al Qaeda overwhelming, Bush asks for “any shred” Saddam was involved. [Date the public knew: 3/22/04]
9/17/01 Bush wants Osama “Dead or Alive.”
9/18/01 Anthrax attacks begin.
9/18/01 In a move a federal judge will later call “conscience-shocking,” EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman says area around Ground Zero is safe and encourages residents to return.
9/18/01 Chalabi meets with top DOD officials. [Date the public knew: 5/04]
9/19/01 Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, chaired by Richard Perle and featuring Henry Kissinger and Newt Gingrich, declares that Iraq should be invaded after Afghanistan. [Date the public knew: 10/12/01]
9/20/01 British PM Tony Blair advises Bush not to lose focus on Al Qaeda. Bush replies: “I agree with you, Tony. But when we have dealt with Afghanistan, we must come back to Iraq.” [Date the public knew: 5/1/04]
9/20/01 PNAC letter to Bush: “Even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power.” [Date the public knew: 9/21/01]
9/21/01 Bush briefed by intel community that there is no evidence linking Saddam to 9/11. [Date the public knew: 11/22/05]
9/21/01 Justice Department lawyer John Yoo declares Fourth Amendment flexible, writing: “[T]he government may be justified in taking measures which in less troubled conditions could be seen as infringements of individual liberties.” [Date the public knew: 10/24/04]
9/25/01 Yoo forges doctrine of preemption, writing that Bush may use his war powers to act against groups or individuals, even if it would be “difficult to establish [that they] have been or may be implicated in attacks.” [Date the public knew: 3/22/02]
Oct 2001 Rumsfeld sets up own intelligence unit to look for Iraqi links to terrorism. [Date the public knew: 10/24/04]
Oct-Nov 2001 Prisoners rendered to Egypt and Jordan. After prolonged torture and subsequent years of imprisonment at Guantánamo, some of these same prisoners are found to have no terror connection and released. [Date the public knew: 6/27/06]
10/7/01 Afghanistan invaded.
10/8/01 Office of Homeland Security established.
10/11/01 Terror alert: Terrorists could attack unspecified targets in “next several days.”
10/25/01 Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act passes 98-1 in the Senate.
10/30/01 Head of Homeland Security Tom Ridge announces, “We believe the United States could very well be targeted this week.”
11/8/01 The New York Times and Frontline report that an Iraqi general witnessed the Iraqi military training Arab fighters to hijack airplanes. Mother Jones later reports general to be bogus Chalabi plant. [Date the public knew: 3/1/06]
11/11/01 Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, top Al Qaeda paramilitary trainer, captured in Pakistan.
11/21/01 Bush collars Rumsfeld physically and asks: “What have you got in terms of plans for Iraq? What is the status of the war plan? I want you to get on it. I want you to keep it secret.”—Bob Woodward. [Date the public knew: 4/18/04]
11/24/01 “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh captured.
11/26/01 Bush declares, “Saddam is evil.”
Late Nov 2001 Osama bin Laden, pinned down at Tora Bora, slips away.
12/2/01 Enron declares bankruptcy.
12/3/01 Terror alert.
12/9/01 Cheney on Meet the Press: “Well, the evidence is pretty conclusive that the Iraqis have indeed harbored terrorists.” Also claims 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta met with Iraqi spy in Prague, a claim he’ll repeat long after CIA and Czechs disavow.
12/12/01 Rumsfeld demands plan for war against Iraq. Gen. Tommy Franks proposes softening up Iraq: “I’m thinking in terms of spikes, Mr. Secretary. Spurts of activity followed by periods of inactivity.” [Date the public knew: 8/3/04]
12/22/01 Shoe bomber Richard Reid tries to blow up an AA flight from Paris to Miami.
12/28/01 Gen. Franks briefs Bush on Iraq war plans. [Date the public knew: 3/5/03]
Early 2002 Bush approves “The Program,” which permits NSA to surveil US citizens without a warrant, court approval, or signoff from the Justice Dept. [Date the public knew: 12/16/05]
Jan 2002 The FBI, which favors standard law enforcement interrogation practices, loses debate with CIA Director George Tenet, and Libi is transferred to CIA custody. Libi is then rendered to Egypt. “They duct-taped his mouth, cinched him up and sent him to Cairo,” an FBI agent told reporters. “At the airport the CIA case officer goes up to him and says, ‘You’re going to Cairo, you know. Before you get there, I am going to find your mother and I’m going to fuck her.’” [Date the public knew: 6/13/04] Under torture, Libi invents tale of Al Qaeda operatives receiving chemical weapons training from Iraq. “This is the problem with using the waterboard. They get so desperate that they begin telling you what they think you want to hear,” a CIA source later tells ABC. [Date the public knew: 11/18/05]
1/9/02 Yoo memo to Pentagon brass declares that the laws of war, including the Geneva Conventions, do not apply to the conflict in Afghanistan. [Date the public knew: 5/24/04]
1/11/02 William Howard Taft IV, the State Department’s chief legal adviser, responds to Yoo: “Your position is, at this point, erroneous in its substance and untenable in practice. Let’s talk.”
1/11/02 First 20 detainees arrive at Guantanamo.
1/22/02 Navy photo released showing detainees bound and hooded. Rumsfeld defends the detentions of “committed terrorists.”
1/23/02 Pakistani militants kidnap Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
1/25/02 White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales echoes Yoo: “In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions.” [Date the public knew: 4/26/04]
1/27/02 Cheney calls Gitmo detainees “the worst of a very bad lot. They are very dangerous. They are devoted to killing millions of Americans.”
1/29/02 Bush delivers “Axis of Evil” State of the Union. Speechwriter David Frum later says phrase was the fruit of being asked: “Can you sum up in a sentence or two our best case for going after Iraq?” [Date the public knew: 1/8/03]
Early Feb 2002 Daniel Pearl beheaded. [Date the public knew: 2/21/02]
Feb 2002 “I was asked by one of the senior commanders of Central Command to go into his office. We did, the door was closed, and he turned to me, and he said, ‘Senator, we have stopped fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan. We are moving military and intelligence personnel and resources out of Afghanistan to get ready for a future war in Iraq.’”—Sen. Bob Graham. [Date the public knew: 3/26/04]
Feb 2002 DIA intelligence summary notes that Libi’s “confession” lacks details and suggests that he is most likely telling interrogators what he thinks will “retain their interest.” Also states: “Saddam’s regime is intensely secular and is wary of Islamic revolutionary movements. Moreover, Baghdad is unlikely to provide assistance to a group it cannot control.” [Date the public knew: 10/26/05]
2/7/02 Presidential directive defines Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees as “enemy combatants” exempt from prisoner-of-war protections.
2/12/02 With “profound sadness,” Ken Lay refuses to testify before Congress.
2/12/02 Attorney General John Ashcroft calls on “all Americans to be on the highest state of alert.”
2/13/02 Total Information Awareness program leaked.
2/26/02 Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson sent to Niger to check out claims Iraq buying uranium-rich yellowcake. [Date the public knew: 7/6/03]
March 2002 “Fuck Saddam. We’re taking him out.”—Bush to Rice and three senators. [Date the public knew: 12/8/03]
March 2002 As The New Yorker later reports: “Chalabi’s defector reports were now flowing from the Pentagon directly to the Vice President’s office, and then on to the President, with little prior evaluation by intelligence professionals.” [Date the public knew: 10/27/03]
3/5/02 Joe Wilson tells CIA there’s no indication that Iraq is buying yellowcake. [Date the public knew: 7/6/03]
3/8/02 First of Downing Street memos prepared by Tony Blair’s top national security aides. “There is no greater threat now than in recent years that Saddam will use WMD…Washington believes the legal basis for an attack on Iraq already exists…Regime change has no basis in international law.” [Date the public knew: 9/18/04]
3/12/02 Color-coded terror alert system introduced.
3/13/02 Bush on Osama: “I’ll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.”
3/14/02 Downing Street memo: “Condi’s enthusiasm for regime change is undimmed…Bush has yet to find the answers to the big questions…what happens the morning after?” [Date the public knew: 9/18/04]
3/15/02 British intel reports that there’s only “sporadic and patchy” evidence of Iraqi WMD. “There is no intelligence on any [biological weapons] production facilities.” [Date the public knew: 9/18/04]
3/22/02 Downing Street memo: “US scrambling to establish a link between Iraq and Al Qaida is so far frankly unconvincing…We are still left with a problem of bringing public opinion to accept the imminence of a threat from Iraq…Regime change does not stack up. It sounds like a grudge between Bush and Saddam.” [Date the public knew: 9/18/04]
3/24/02 Saddam “is actively pursuing nuclear weapons at this time.”—Cheney on CNN
3/25/02 Downing Street memo: “There has been no credible evidence to link Iraq with Al Qaida…In the documents so far presented it has been hard to glean whether the threat from Iraq is so significantly different from that of Iran or North Korea as to justify action.” [Date the public knew: 9/18/04]
Late March 2002 Cheney tells Republican senators that the question is no longer if the US will invade Iraq but when. [Date the public knew: 5/5/02]
3/28/02 Pakistani forces capture Al Qaeda “operations chief ” Abu Zubaydah and CIA ferrets him away to underground interrogation facility in Thailand. Bush told he’s mentally unstable and really only Al Qaeda’s travel agent. [Date the public knew: 11/2/05]
4/4/02 Blair visits Bush in Crawford to discuss Iraq. Bush tells Britain’s ITV: “I made up my mind that Saddam needs to go.”
4/8/02 Bush promotes “Operation TIPS” program to turn postal workers, bus drivers, meter readers, and even lobstermen into freelance government spies.
4/9/02 Bush calls Zubaydah one of “top operating officials of Al Qaeda, plotting…murder.” Later asks Tenet, “I said he was important; you’re not going to let me lose face on this are you?…Do some of those harsh methods really work?” Zubaydah is then tortured and speaks of all variety of plots. [Date the public knew: 6/20/06]
4/11/02 Hugo Chávez briefly removed from power in Venezuela in a US-endorsed coup.
May 2002 Primary corroborator of Curveball’s claims that Iraq has mobile weapons labs is judged a liar and Chalabi plant by DIA. A fabricator warning is posted in US intelligence databases. [Date the public knew: 3/28/04]
5/8/02 Jose Padilla arrested at O’Hare airport. [Date the public knew: 6/10/02]
5/18/02 The 2001 “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US” warning leaked to press.
5/20/02 FBI Director Robert Mueller says another terrorist attack “inevitable.”
5/21/02 Asked if he has a plan to attack Iraq, Gen. Franks replies: “That’s a great question…my boss has not yet asked me to put together a plan to do that.”
5/21/02 Based on statements made by Zubaydah, FBI warns of attacks against railroads, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and rushes agents to sites. [Date the public knew: 6/20/06]
5/23/02 Bush states opposition to 9/11 hearings. Senate subcommittee votes to subpoena administration about Enron.
5/24/02 FBI warns of Memorial Day attacks by scuba divers.
Summer 2002 French debunk yellowcake theory: “We told the Americans, ‘Bullshit. It doesn’t make any sense,’” says French official. [Date the public knew: 12/11/05]
June 2002 To a deputy raising doubts about Iraq war, Rice says: “Save your breath. The president has already made up his mind.” [Date the public knew: 1/7/04]
June 2002 Iraq bombing begins. Military will fly 21,736 sorties and attack 349 targets between now and the start of the war.
6/4/02 Karl Rove and GOP chair Ken Mehlman’s PowerPoint presentation for midterm strategy highlights “Focus on War and Economy.”
6/6/02 Coleen Rowley, the FBI agent who tried to alert her superiors to flight training taken by Zacarias Moussaoui, testifies before Congress.
6/10/02 In midst of 9/11 hearings, Ashcroft interrupts trip to Russia to announce arrest of Padilla, who’s now accused of “dirty bomb” plot. Declared an enemy combatant, he’ll be held four years without access to court system.
Mid-2002 Cheney and Scooter Libby begin meeting directly with CIA analysts. [Date the public knew: 6/5/03]
July 2002 Gen. Franks secretly requests $700 million for war preparations. Bush approves, unbeknownst to Congress. Money taken from appropriation for the war in Afghanistan. [Date the public knew: 4/18/04]
7/11/02 “Iraq is a very wealthy country. Enormous oil reserves. They can finance, largely finance, the reconstruction of their own country. And I have no doubt that they will.”—Richard Perle
7/15/02 Despite indications he was tortured into confession, Lindh cops to 20 years.
7/23/02 Downing Street memo written by foreign secretary after his visit with CIA’s Tenet and other US officials: “There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable…The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy…The most likely timing in US minds for military action to begin was January, with the timeline beginning 30 days before the US Congressional elections.” [Date the public knew: 5/1/05]
Aug 2002 White House Iraq Group created to market war. Members include Rove, Libby, Rice, as well as spinmeisters Karen Hughes and Mary Matalin. [Date the public knew: 8/10/03]
8/1/02 Justice Department memo asserts that Bush’s wartime powers supersede international anti-torture laws and treaties, defines torture as only that which is “equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death.” [Date the public knew: 6/8/04]
8/7/02 Bush given Iraq war plan by Gen. Franks.
8/20/02 “We may or may not attack. I have no idea yet.”—Bush. “There are Al Qaeda in Iraq…There are.”—Rumsfeld.
8/26/02 “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends…and against us.” —Cheney
8/26/02 Newsweek reports prisoners abused by US allies in Afghanistan.
Sep 2002 Bombing against Iraq intensifies.
Sep 2002 Tyler Drumheller, CIA’s European operations chief, calls German Embassy in Washington seeking access to Curveball. Germans warn he’s “crazy” and “probably a fabricator.” [Date the public knew: 11/20/05]
9/3/02 Bush asks skeptical congressional leadership to support action against Iraq.
9/5/02 Upon hearing from Tenet that no National Intelligence Estimate had been produced to assess justification for war, Sen. Graham demands one.
9/7/02 “From a marketing point of view you don’t introduce new products in August.”—White House Chief of Staff Andy Card on rollout of the war
9/7/02 Bush claims a new UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report states Iraq is six months from developing a nuclear weapon. There is no such report.
9/8/02 Page 1 Times story by Judith Miller and Michael Gordon cites anonymous administration officials saying Saddam has repeatedly tried to acquire aluminum tubes “specially designed” to enrich uranium. “The first sign of a ‘smoking gun,’ they argue, may be a mushroom cloud.”
9/8/02 Tubes “are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs…we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”—Rice on CNN
9/8/02 “We do know, with absolute certainty, that he is using his procurement system to acquire the equipment he needs in order to enrich uranium to build a nuclear weapon.”—Cheney on Meet the Press
9/10/02 Orange terror alert.
9/11/02 Bush marks 9/11 with Statue of Liberty backdrop.
9/12/02 Bush repeats aluminum-tube claim before UN General Assembly.
9/13/02 Cheney tells Rush Limbaugh: “What’s happening, of course, is we’re getting additional information that, in fact, Hussein is reconstituting his biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons programs.” There is no such new intel.
9/16/02 “The president hasn’t made a decision to do anything with respect to Iraq.”—Rumsfeld
9/16/02 White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey estimates Iraq war could cost $200 billion.
Mid-Sep 2002 American relatives of Iraqis sent as CIA moles return from Iraq. All 30 report Saddam has abandoned WMD programs. Intel buried in the CIA bureaucracy. President Bush never briefed. [Date the public knew: 1/3/06]
9/18/02 Bush calls Saddam’s offer to let inspectors back into Iraq “his latest ploy.”
9/19/02 Rumsfeld tells Congress that Saddam “has amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX, sarin, and mustard gas.”
9/19/02 Classified UK memo notes there’s “no definitive intelligence that [the aluminum tubes are] destined for a nuclear programme.” [Date the public knew: 9/24/02]
9/23/02 Institute for Science and International Security releases report calling the aluminum- tube intelligence ambiguous and warning that “U.S. nuclear experts who dissent from the Administration’s position are expected to remain silent. ‘The President has said what he has said, end of story,’ one knowledgeable expert said.”
9/24/02 Britain releases dossier to public saying Iraq could launch biological or chemical attack within 45 minutes. Dossier later determined to be “sexed up.”
9/25/02 “You can’t distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror.”—Bush
9/25/02 Citing Libi intel, Rice says: “High-ranking detainees have said that Iraq provided some training to Al Qaeda in chemical weapons development.”
9/26/02 Classified DIA assessment of Iraq’s chemical weapons concludes there is “no reliable information on whether Iraq is producing and stockpiling chemical weapons.” [Date the public knew: 5/30/03]
9/26/02 In a Rose Garden speech, Bush says: “The Iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons.”
9/26/02 In a speech in Houston, Bush says of Saddam: “After all, this is a guy who tried to kill my dad.”
9/27/02 Rumsfeld calls link between Iraq and Al Qaeda “accurate and not debatable.”
9/28/02 Bush’s address to nation: “The Iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons, is rebuilding the facilities to make more, and, according to the British government, could launch a biological or chemical attack in as little as 45 minutes after the order is given.”
Oct 2002 National Intelligence Estimate produced. It warns that Iraq “is reconstituting its nuclear program” and “has now established large-scale, redundant and concealed BW agent production capabilities”—an assessment based largely on Curveball’s statements. But NIE also notes that the State Department has assigned “low confidence” to the notion of “whether in desperation Saddam would share chemical or biological weapons with Al Qaeda.” Cites State Department experts who concluded that “the tubes are not intended for use in Iraq’s nuclear weapons program.” Also says “claims of Iraqi pursuit of natural uranium in Africa” are “highly dubious.” Only six senators bother to read all 92 pages. [Date the public knew: 7/18/03]
Oct 2002 Administration decides not to take out Abu Musab al-Zarqawi because, though he is not yet working with Al Qaeda, any terrorist in Iraq helps case for war. “People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow Saddam than to execute the president’s policy of preemption against terrorists,” a former NSC member later says. [Date the public knew: 3/2/04]
Oct 2-24, 2002 DC-area sniper attacks.
10/4/02 Asked by Sen. Graham to make gist of NIE public, Tenet produces 25-page document titled “Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs.” It says Saddam has them and omits dissenting views contained in the classified NIE.
10/4/02 Knight Ridder reports: “Several senior administration officials and intelligence officers, all of whom spoke only on the condition of anonymity, charged that the decision to publicize one analysis of the aluminum tubes and ignore the contrary one is typical of the way the administration has been handling intelligence about Iraq.”
10/6/02 NSC memo to White House warning of the Niger uranium claim: “The evidence is weak…the Africa story is overblown.” [Date the public knew: 4/23/06]
10/7/02 Bush delivers a speech in which he says, “Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof—the smoking gun—that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.” Also says Iraq is exploring ways of using drones to target the US, although Iraq’s drones have a reach of only 300 miles.
10/7/02 CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin, writing for Tenet, sends a letter to Congress declaring that the likelihood of Saddam using WMD unless attacked is “very low.” [Date the public knew: 10/8/02]
10/8/02 Knight Ridder reports: “[A] growing number of military officers, intelligence professionals and diplomats in his own government privately have deep misgivings about the administration’s double-time march toward war. These officials charge that administration hawks have exaggerated evidence of the threat that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein poses…’Analysts at the working level in the intelligence community are feeling very strong pressure from the Pentagon to cook the intelligence books,’ said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity.”
10/11/02 Congress—including all serious Democratic contenders—votes to grant Bush power to go to war.
10/16/02 Bush tells public, “I have not ordered the use of force. I hope the use of force will not become necessary.”
10/20/02 Saddam empties prisons.
10/21/02 In Lackawanna, New York, six American citizens of Yemeni descent are hyped as a “sleeper cell” and indicted on terror charges despite scant evidence.
Nov 2002 CIA station chiefs from Middle East gather for a secret meeting at the US Embassy in London. The message: War is inevitable, just a few months away. [Date the public knew: 1/3/06]
Nov 2002 At largest CIA prison in Afghanistan, code-named Salt Pit, a case officer orders guards to strip a young detainee naked, chain him to the concrete floor, and leave him overnight. He freezes to death. [Date the public knew: 3/3/05]
11/5/02 GOP gains control of Senate.
11/7/02 “War is not my first choice. It’s my last choice.”—Bush
11/8/02 UN Security Council passes Resolution 1441 offering Iraq “a final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations.” Iraq agrees and UN weapons inspectors return.
11/14/02 Rumsfeld handicaps war length: “Five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn’t going to last any longer than that.”
11/25/02 Bush elevates Homeland Security Department to Cabinet.
11/27/02 Weapons inspections begin in Iraq.
12/2/02 Rumsfeld signs off on “Category III” interrogation techniques including “the use of scenarios designed to convince the detainee that death or severely painful consequences are imminent for him and/or his family.” It is later shown that these methods are torture as defined in US federal law, and that DOD knew that at the time. [Date the public knew: 6/22/04]
12/6/02 White House sacks Lindsey over war cost estimates.
12/7/02 Iraq submits a 12,200-page declaration to the UN documenting all its unconventional arms. US discredits the report because it does not mention the tubes or the Niger uranium.
12/21/02 Asked by Bush if there’s any reason to doubt existence of WMD, Tenet says: “It’s a slam-dunk case.” [Date the public knew: 4/17/04]
12/31/02 New war cost estimate generated: $50-$60 billion.
12/31/02 “You said we’re headed to war in Iraq. I don’t know why you say that…I’m the person who gets to decide, not you.”—Bush to press corps
Jan 2003 CIA balks at being made to bolster weak WMD intel. In a heated conversation with Scooter Libby, CIA’s McLaughlin says: “I’m not going back to the well on this. We’ve done our work.” [Date the public knew: 10/3/05]
Jan 2003 Faith-based czar John DiIulio dubs Bushies “Mayberry Machiavellis.”
Jan 2003 National Intelligence Council warns Bush that war in Iraq could lead to an anti-US insurgency and “increase popular sympathy for terrorist objectives.” [Date the public knew: 10/30/04]
1/3/03 “The Iraqi regime is a threat to any American.”—Bush
1/9/03 Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the U.N.’s IAEA, echoes DOE’s view that the aluminum tubes sought by Iraq are likely for artillery rockets, not centrifuges. A senior Bush official responds, “I think the Iraqis are spinning the IAEA.”
1/9/03 After nearly two months, UN’s Hans Blix says his inspectors have not found any “smoking guns” in Iraq.
1/11/03 Bush tells Saudi ambassador Prince Bandar that he plans to go to war two days before he tells Secretary Powell. [Date the public knew: 4/18/04]
1/20/03 Bush signs presidential directive giving Pentagon control over postwar Iraq.
1/24/03 IAEA tells Washington Post, “It may be technically possible that the tubes could be used to enrich uranium, but you’d have to believe that Iraq deliberately ordered the wrong stock and intended to spend a great deal of time and money reworking each piece.”
1/27/03 UN press release: “It would appear…Iraq had decided in principle to…bring the disarmament task to completion through the peaceful process of inspection.” Weapons inspectors have examined 106 locations and found “no evidence that Iraq had revived its nuclear weapons programme.”
1/28/03 In State of the Union, Bush says “the 16 words”: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” Bush adds Saddam has “tried to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production” and has “mobile biological weapons labs.”
1/29/03 “Iraq poses a serious and mounting threat to our country.”—Rumsfeld
1/31/03 Notes of meeting between Bush and Blair make clear Bush intends to invade Iraq even if UN inspectors found no evidence of WMD. Bush told Blair he’d considered “flying U2 reconnaissance planes…over Iraq, painted in UN colours” to tempt Iraqi forces to fire on them, which would constitute a breach of UN resolutions. [Date the public knew: 2/3/06]
2/1/03 During UN speech rehearsal, Powell throws draft written by Libby into the air and says: “I’m not reading this. This is bullshit.” [Date the public knew: 6/9/03]
2/4/03 After reading draft of Powell’s speech, CIA agent emails his superior with concerns about “the validity of the information based on ‘CURVE BALL.’” Noting he’s the only US agent to have ever met Curveball (who was hung over at the time), the agent asks: “We sure didn’t give much credence to this report when it came out. Why now?” Deputy head of CIA’s Iraqi Task Force responds: “Let’s keep in mind the fact that this war’s going to happen regardless of what Curveball said or didn’t say…the Powers That Be probably aren’t terribly interested in whether Curveball knows what he’s talking about.” [Date the public knew: 7/9/04]
2/4/03 CIA’s Drumheller makes personal appeal to Tenet to delete Curveball’s intel from UN speech. Date the public knew: 6/25/06
2/4/03 Powell asks Tenet to personally assure intel for speech is good. Tenet does. [Date the public knew: 6/25/06]
2/5/03 In UN speech, Powell says, “Every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.” Cites Libi’s claims and Curveball’s “eyewitness” accounts of mobile weapons labs. (German officer who supervised Curveball’s handler will later recall thinking, “Mein Gott!”) Powell also claims that Saddam’s son Qusay has ordered WMD removed from palace complexes; that key WMD files are being driven around Iraq by intelligence agents; that bioweapons warheads have been hidden in palm groves; that a water truck at an Iraqi military installation is a “decontamination vehicle” for chemical weapons; that Iraq has drones it can use for bioweapons attacks; and that WMD experts have been corralled into one of Saddam’s guest houses. All but the last of those claims had been flagged by the State Department’s own intelligence unit as “WEAK.” [Date the public knew: 7/18/03]
2/6/03 Reiterating Powell’s claim, Bush says an Iraqi drone loaded with bioweapons could strike US mainland. The US Air Force is on the record as saying that “the small size of Iraq’s new UAV strongly suggests a primary role of reconnaissance.” [Date the public knew: 9/26/03]
2/7/03 Rumsfeld ups war length estimate: “It could last…six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.”
2/7/03 Three State Department bureau chiefs prepare a secret memo warning that “serious planning gaps for postconflict public security and humanitarian assistance…could result in serious human rights abuses, which would undermine an otherwise successful military campaign, and our reputation internationally.” [Date the public knew: 8/18/05]
2/7/03 As anti-war demonstrations increase, DHS Secretary Ridge warns of Al Qaeda “credible threats” and raises the terror alert level to orange.
2/8/03 UN’s Team Bravo, led by American bioweapons experts, searches Curveball’s former work site in Iraq and disproves many of his claims. [Date the public knew: 11/20/05]
2/8/03 In radio address to the nation, Bush warns that “firsthand witnesses [read: Curveball] have informed us that Iraq has at least seven mobile factories” for germ warfare.
2/10/03 DHS advises Americans to stock up on plastic sheeting and duct tape to protect themselves against radiological or biological attack.
2/14/03 Blix again tells UN Security Council that Iraq appears to be cooperating with inspectors.
2/15/03 Largest demonstrations in history. In 600 cities worldwide, millions protest war.
2/20/03 Rumsfeld: “There is no question but that [the invasion] would be welcomed.” Later says: “Never said that. Never did…You may remember it well, but you’re thinking of somebody else.”
2/23/03 “UN weapons inspectors are being seriously deceived…It reminds me of the way the Nazis hoodwinked Red Cross officials.”—Perle
2/25/03 Gen. Eric Shinseki tells Congress “several hundred thousand troops” will be needed to occupy Iraq. Rumsfeld retaliates, naming Shinseki’s successor 14 months before the end of his term.
2/27/03 US diplomat John Brady Kiesling resigns, citing the “distortion of intelligence” and “systematic manipulation of American opinion.”
2/27/03 Wolfowitz tells congressional hearing: “I am reasonably certain that they will greet us as liberators…the notion of hundreds of thousands of American troops is way off the mark.”
3/1/03 Iraq destroys four missiles, meeting a UN deadline to begin disarming.
3/3/03 IAEA official tells US that the Niger uranium documents were forgeries so error-filled that “they could be spotted by someone using Google.”
3/7/03 US, Britain, and Spain present a revised draft resolution giving Saddam an ultimatum to disarm by March 17 or face the possibility of war. France refuses to sign on to ultimatum.
3/7/03 Blix tells UN Security Council that there’s “no evidence” of mobile bioweapons facilities in Iraq.
3/7/03 “After three months of intrusive inspections, we have to date found no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapon program in Iraq.”—IAEA’s ElBaradei
3/8/03 On CNN, Joe Wilson says, “I think it’s safe to say that the US government should have or did know that [the Niger documents were] fake before Dr. ElBaradei mentioned it in his report at the UN yesterday.” Decision to discredit Wilson made at a meeting within the Office of the Vice President. [Date the public knew: 5/3/04]
3/8/03 “We are doing everything we can to avoid war in Iraq.”—Bush
3/15/03 Bush, Tony Blair, and Spain’s president have “emergency summit.” Bush gives UN one day to find a diplomatic solution.
3/16/03 Cheney on Meet the Press: “We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” (Cheney later claims he misspoke.) Adds, “I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators.”
3/17/03 Threat level elevated to orange.
3/17/03 US and UK fail to secure UN resolution authorizing use of force. Bush gives Saddam 48 hours to surrender.
3/18/03 Washington Post article headlined “Bush Clings to Dubious Allegations About Iraq” notes, “As the Bush administration prepares to attack Iraq this week, it is doing so on the basis of a number of allegations against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that have been challenged—and in some cases disproved—by the United Nations, European governments and even U.S. intelligence reports.” Story is buried on Page A13.
3/20/03 War begins.

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Global Economic Model of War: Understanding Syria and more

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Following a quick survey of macro-economic indicators which are readily available on the web, from such public sites as the CIAWTO, and so on, one can readily posit a clear and predictive model of war. (All numbers in this article are expressed in trillions of US dollars, such as 1.0T for one trillion US dollars, as an amount, or as a rate per year, as per the context.)
On observing the planet from space (using a macro-economic telescope), the first and most glaring observation arises from a look at net exports, which clearly show a single and dominant global empire, the USA. It has, for many decades, had a negative annual net export, of -0.63T, or so — far greater than that of its closest “rival”, and former dominant empire, the UK, with -0.14T. [1]
This means that US military projection (over 1000 military bases world wide) and power is such that the US can maintain steady and long-term extraction of wealth from the rest of the world towards itself, no questions asked. [2]
Only a country which is a participating satellite of the empire can share in the spoils of the global extortion project and consistently report a large negative rate of net exports. Notably, the UK (-0.14T), and France (-0.07T). (In this regard, it is no accident that the governments of the UK and France are the most willing partners in the US’s present call to destroy Syria; more on this below.)
There are also momentary localized cases of large negative rates of net exports in post-war financial invasions, otherwise known as re-constructions financed by the empire (in the broad sense, including the financiers). But that is part of the accompanying phenomenon of how the empire profits from war itself.

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