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Reserve Troops Sent To Iraq's West
(David S. Cloud, New York Times, May 30, 2006)
The top American commander in Iraq has decided to move reserve troops now deployed in Kuwait into the volatile Anbar Province in western Iraq to help quell a rise in insurgent attacks there, two American officials said Monday. . . . Although some soldiers from the 3,500-member brigade in Kuwait have moved into Iraq in recent months, Gen. George W. Casey Jr. has decided to send in the remainder of the unit after consultations with Iraqi officials in recent days, the officials said. . . . The confirmation that the number of American forces in Iraq would grow came on a day of soaring violence in Baghdad. . . . The movement of the brigade comes as several senior American officials in Iraq have begun to raise doubts about whether security conditions there will permit significant troop reductions in coming months. . . . "General Casey has been working with the government of Iraq, and he has asked permission to draw forward more forces that will be operating in Anbar," a senior military official said. The officials were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to talk officially about continuing troop movements. . . . The brigade comes from the Army's First Armored Division, which has been deployed in Kuwait for months as a reserve in case conditions in Iraq deteriorated. One official said the additional troops would be deployed at multiple hotspots in Anbar Province, a Sunni insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad. . . . At least some of the troops are likely to be sent to the city of Ramadi, where a Pennsylvania National Guard brigade that has been trying to quell a surge in violence in the city along with Marine units is scheduled to rotate out this month. . . . How much the decision to deploy the entire reserve brigade from Kuwait will increase the total number of American troops in Iraq and for how long was unclear. Nor is it clear how the additional troops will be employed as commanders seek to quell the violence in Anbar in coming months.
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posted by Lorenzo 9:42 AM
Over 70 Million American Adults Suspect Something's Fishy about the Official 9/11 Story
(GlobalResearch.ca, May 23, 2006)
Although the Bush administration continues to exploit September 11 to justify domestic spying, unprecedented spending and a permanent state of war, a new Zogby poll reveals that less than half of the American public trusts the official 9/11 story or believes the attacks were adequately investigated. . . . The poll is the first scientific survey of Americans' belief in a 9/11 cover up or the need to investigate possible U.S. government complicity, and was commissioned to inform deliberations at the June 2~4 "9/11: Revealing the Truth, Reclaiming our Future" conference in Chicago. Poll results indicate 42% believe there has indeed been a cover up (with 10% unsure) and 45% think "Congress or an International Tribunal should re-investigate the attacks, including whether any US government officials consciously allowed or helped facilitate their success" (with 8% unsure). . . . According to Janice Matthews, executive director of 911truth.org, "To those of us who have followed the mounting evidence for US government involvement in 9/11, these results are both heartening and frankly quite amazing, given the mainstream media's ongoing refusal to cover the most critical questions of that day. . . . Poll co-author W. David Kubiak concurs, saying "Despite years of relentless media promotion, whitewash and 9/11 Commission propaganda, the official 9/11 story still can't even muster 50% popular support. Since this myth has been the administration's primary source of political and war-making power, this level of distrust has revolutionary implications for everyone working for peace, justice and civil liberties. If we ever hope to reclaim this country, end aggression and restore international respect, we all must finally scrutinize that day when things started to go so terribly wrong. The media and movement leaders ignore this call at their peril, because tens of millions are clearly telling us here they are ready for 9/11 truth."
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posted by Lorenzo 7:14 PM
Big Shakeup as C.I.A. Director Resigns
(THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 5, 2006)
CIA Director Porter Goss resigned unexpectedly Friday, nudged from the helm of a spy agency still reeling from intelligence failures before America's worst terrorist attack and faulty information that formed the U.S. rationale for invading Iraq. . . . The decision was the latest in a series of moves by President Bush to shake up his team and reinvigorate his second term. A successor to Goss could come as early as Monday, a senior administration official said. . . . When Bush nominated Goss in August 2004, in the midst of the president's re-election campaign, he said he would rely on the advice of the CIA officer-turned-politician on the sensitive issue of intelligence reform. . . . "He knows the CIA inside and out," Bush said at the time. "He's the right man to lead this important agency at this critical moment in our nation's history." . . . Goss, a former congressman from Florida, head of the House Intelligence Committee and CIA agent, had been at the helm of the agency only since September 2004. . . . Goss came under fire almost immediately, in part because he brought with him several top aides from Congress, who were considered highly political for the CIA. . . . He had particularly poor relations with segments of the agency's powerful clandestine service. In a bleak assessment, California Rep. Jane Harman, the Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, recently said, "The CIA is in a free fall," noting that employees with a combined 300 years of experience have left or been pushed out. . . . Under Goss and the sweeping intelligence overhaul Congress approved in December 2004, the CIA lost considerable clout among U.S. spy agencies. . . . Just two weeks ago, Goss announced the firing of a top intelligence analyst in connection with a Pulitzer Prize-winning story about a network of CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. Such dismissals are highly unusual. . . . Negroponte, with the backing of the White House, raised with Goss the prospect that he should leave, and the two talked about that possibility, a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to provide a fuller account of what happened.
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posted by Lorenzo 1:22 PM
Iran War May Erupt Before U.S. Midterm Election
(Bhuwan Thapaliya (Bhuwan), OhmyNews International, 2006-05-02)
The war of words between Iran and the United States has lost its rules. It has, in effect, walked full-robed into a congregation of nuclear debate, and critics complain that it has trespassed into a feud of patriotism, but there is a hitch. . . . That, unfortunately, is proving painfully Utopian. The row could get even worse as the West's attempt to resolve the Iranian nuclear ambitions through the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Association) has lost the much favored impetus. . . . Meanwhile, bellicose declarations that war between Iran and the United States is inevitable and that Iran will no longer abide by the terms of the armistice that ended the 1974 American hostage crisis have garnered the desired headlines. . . . Iranians, who have no desire for war with America, have played down the American actions -- an ostentatious sign that they were not alarmed. But at the same time they are cautious. . . . According to media reports, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, General Yahya Rahim Safavi underlined this when he warned: "You can start a war, but it won't be you who finishes it." And for his part, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, when reviewing a parade of troops on Iran's army day, pledged resolute action in response to any assault; this followed the extensive naval and Revolutionary Guard exercises in the Persian Gulf. . . . By contrast, American officials have been talking the crisis up, at a press conference on April 18, President George W. Bush in repeating the anthem "all options are on the table," gave renewed credence to the idea that nuclear weapons could be used against Iran. . . . They say oil and geopolitics of the Cold War puts Iran on the American map. But according to most observers, those issues are not the only ones. With elections lurking around the corner, the Republican politicians are viewing the U.S.-Iran nuclear crisis from a seductive prospect. . . . "It follows that the most likely period for U.S. military action would be in late October, just before the mid-term elections. The scenario would be of U.S. attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities, declarations of success, plenty of TV footage of destroyed nuclear plants, and a 'Mission Accomplished' speech - all in the space of a week or so, culminating in the elections," writes Paul Rodgers in his article, "Iran: War by October?" . . . Yet according to analysts, the prospect of a U.S.-Iran war looks ominous at the moment. But at the same time, if the possible conflict can be avoided before the American election and the early part of 2007, then there are probabilities of positive correlations developing between Washington and Tehran. . . . For the present, however, that is the less probable outcome. If America does not get what it wants now, it is sure to up the ante as it is also in global interests that Iran be dissuaded from building nuclear powers. But with their survival at stake, Iranian rulers may be prone to reckless miscalculation.
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posted by Lorenzo 2:47 PM