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Posted on Jul 31, 2007
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Joining forces:  George W. Bush clasps hands with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah (then crown prince) as the president welcomes him and his attendants to Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, in April 2005.

By Robert Scheer

Go figure:  From the White House comes the news that self-styled anti-terrorism crusader George Bush wants to sell $20 billion in high-tech military equipment to Saudi Arabia, the source of most of the financing, and 15 of the 19 hijackers, for the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks on the United States.  The justification can’t be that this is yet another boondoggle for the military-industrial complex—the big winner in the war on terror—so we are told instead that the Sunni-dominated Saudi kingdom needs this weaponry to withstand a future challenge from those dastardly Shiite fellows in Iran.
         
Yes, the very same extremists whose surrogates are now, as a consequence of the U.S. invasion, pretending to be the indigenous government of Iraq.  Recall that the Shiite militants who rule Tehran, along with the Sunni nuts around Osama bin Laden, were both the sworn enemy of Saddam Hussein.  Now both of those forces are the main players, according to the Bush administration, vying for power in “liberated” Iraq, and our president is in the inane position of playing one group of fanatics against the other in the name of securing Iraq as a democratic haven. 

White House officials told The New York Times that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates intend to use the occasion of their joint visit to Saudi Arabia “to press the Saudis to do more to help Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government.”  Huh?  Why in the world would the Sunnis, who control Saudi Arabia and are frightened to their bones of Shiites throughout the Gulf, be party to consolidating Shiite power in Iraq?

To complete the circle of madness, White House officials tell reporters that the hope of the latest arms sale program is that the Saudis will be so thrilled with their new weapons that they will stop funding the Sunni insurgents who are currently killing Americans.  The absurdity of this position is that it makes the Saudis the big winners in the war on terror and yet expects them to cut out behavior that has played so effectively to the kingdom’s advantage.  The nation which was most directly responsible for spawning the original al-Qaida attacks on the U.S., and which has since helped finance the violence in Iraq, is now being rewarded with a long-sought weapons modernization package.  Thus, a new generation of deadly toys finds its way into the volatile Mideast.

Embarrassing facts undermining Bush’s insistence that Iraq is the key battleground in the war on terror are that al-Qaida, which was not allowed a presence in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, is now said by Bush to be behind the insurgency and that half of the foreign suicide bombers have been Saudi nationals.  Why would the Saudis now move to stem the flow of terrorists across their border when Bush is rewarding them so handsomely for their past support of terrorism?  After all, this administration has never demanded an accounting from the Saudis for the kingdom’s support of the Taliban government when it was coddling Saudi terrorist financer bin Laden.  Nor has Bush’s camp ordered any serious examination of just how 15 Saudi “soldiers” were recruited, and provided with legitimate Saudi passports and American visas, to commit the mayhem for which the Iraqi people have been so severely punished.

While the $20-billion weapons package will no doubt be supported vigorously by lobbyists for a defense industry that stands to make a financial killing from the deal, it is expected to meet opposition in Congress, particularly from those who fear the impact of this new weaponry on the security of Israel.  No problem—“senior officials” in the White House assured The New York Times that the Saudi arms package would be balanced with a $30.4-billion military aid package for Israel.  Then, of course, some large amount of military “aid,” to the tune of $13 billion, will also have to be extended to Egypt to keep the dictator in Cairo on board. 

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What a deal!  The Saudis pony up billions in cash, American taxpayers come up with an amount more than twice as high to keep the Israelis and Egyptians happy, and U.S. war profiteers, Bush’s most reliable core constituency group, make out like bandits.  Hey, it’s only money, and the only real cost might be to folks who get caught in the line of fire of those weapons in wars to come for generations.  But not to worry, most of them don’t vote in U.S. elections anyway.

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By simplemind, August 1, 2007 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment
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Who wants to give miltary and cash aid to Israel? How is this benefitting America? Someone please tell me.  Thank you.

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By JimBob, August 1, 2007 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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Calibpatriot, I’ll say it again.  This isn’t aid.  Aid is when we send wheat to Africa.  This is a repatriation of oil dollars that we’ve lavished on nutty, repressive regimes in the Arab world, straight into the pockets of arms manufacturers in the U.S. (Granted, those arms manufacturers employ people, but do we want to be the Economy of Death?)

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By Calibpatriot, August 1, 2007 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment

Bush’s proposal for 63 BILLION dollars in aid to go to those three great “democracies” Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and that bastion of Zionism, Israel, is outrageous. At the same time Bush threatens to veto medical aid for low income children because it’s a “budget buster”.  Bush, Cheney and the rest of their neocon cabal should be tarred and feathered but, then again, that would be far to good for them.  They should be tried and convicted for their crimes against the United States, the American people and the international community, and sentenced to be confined the rest of their miserable lives in Guantanamo, or one of there secret prisons.

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By Goffredo, August 1, 2007 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment

A picture is worth a thousand words, or billions of dollars of in oil.

(insert Heath Ledger voice from Brokeback Mountain)
“I don’t know why I just can’t quit you Abdullah.  This whole deception thing, the war in Iraq, high gas prices, gets hold of us, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, we’ll liable end up dead.”

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By Goffredo, August 1, 2007 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment

A picture is worth a thousand words, or billions of dollars of in oil.

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By Counselor1, August 1, 2007 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment

Bush recently made an Admiral theatre commander in the whole Gulf, and now an Admiral as Chief of the Joint Chiefs. I believe there are currently as many as 3 U.S. carrier task forces in the Gulf area. And every time a Democrat makes vague false promises of “withdrawal” I think it raises the probability that Israel and/or the U.S. will make a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilties. Why, with the US and Iraqi congresses both in recess, does this remind me of the title of Barbara Tuchman’s book about the run-up to WW1 - “The Guns of August”?

Dispensationalist Christians would love to see it, as much as the Military Industrial Complex and hard-line Israelis. Could we prevail on them and any Congressional groups that have to OK these arms deals, not to do so, based on Olver Cromwell’s quote “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken”? If not, maybe we should recommend to the children of the Middle East a prayer: “God is great, God is good, let me live, through childhood.”

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By GodSend, August 1, 2007 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

hidden:

It’s not so well hidden any more, that the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ is a handful of bribed, cajoled and evil co-conspirators - and the ‘War on Terror’ is idiocy supreme, served up by that lunatic mouthpiece of the Israel Lobby (Bush) and their masters of disguise (Israeli Zionist leaders - who worship in “The Synagogue of Satan”).

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By Blutenhalbmond, August 1, 2007 at 11:08 am Link to this comment
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The Saudis actually do not even want the stuff. It is being thrust upon them. They have rows and rows of fighter planes rotting under the sun and weaponry they neither can nor will ever use. It is a favour they are doing to us by buying these weapons at inflated costs; they are required to keep our Arms industry prosperous. Even Clinton just before leaving office had used his personal intercession to make the Emirates buy a few billion dollar worth of aircrafts—against their own will. They cannot say no. Or else an assassin in the family takes care of them.

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By JimBob, August 1, 2007 at 10:59 am Link to this comment
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So many people are describing this arms deal as a big favor to the Saudis, et al.  No way, folks!  If we didn’t sell them this stuff, someone else would sell them stuff almost as good.  What this is, is a big gift to General Dynamics, Lockheed Murietta, Boeing and dozens of other home-grown Merchants of Death.  It’s permission, not for the Arabs to buy, but for the American companies to sell and make a bloody f-ing fortune.  Let’s call it what it is, PLEASE!

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By GodSend, August 1, 2007 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

And this traitorous, flag-waving, murdering and constantly lying lunatic claims to be a ‘born again’ Christian!? - and is supported by the ZioChristian ‘Establishment’? God help us all! He’s not fooling any of the people at any time for a loooooooooong time (forever!) wink He’s an Israeli Zionists ass-kisser and co-conspirator who helped them ‘Pull It’ (WTC#1, #2 and #7 on 9/11). Thank you, our beloved leader? How about “Go to Hell!” Wait….Hell is too good for some evil bastards!

If you’re thinking: “Is this any way to talk about the ‘Great Deceiver’ and ‘Decider’”? - You betcha!

Like Howard Cosell used to tell it, I like to tell it “like it is”! smile

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By GW=MCHammered, August 1, 2007 at 10:47 am Link to this comment
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Seems terrorists, politicians and demonstrators don’t see that beating on the puppet is pointless when it’s the hide-in-plain-sight puppeteers that assault us. You gotta ID your target before you can effectively aim. K-$treet knows this.

“Slight not what is near though aiming at what is far.”
-Euripides

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By hidden, August 1, 2007 at 10:38 am Link to this comment

Is Saudi part of the “Coalition of the Willig” on the “War on Terror”?

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By brian, August 1, 2007 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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It boggles my mind that congress wants to spend more money on homeland security, education, and other domestic projects but President Bush is willing to veto that bill if it goes to his desk. Yet, he is willing to spend 63 billion dollars on the middle east on this war on terror. It really shows the so called man in power who is suppose to the be voice of the amercain people constantly defies us. Welcome to king bush’s america

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By gladhand, August 1, 2007 at 9:41 am Link to this comment
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The America as we’ve known it is no longer. This man called the “President” has had enough time to sell this country out to all, enemy or friend. Way to much talk and no action by the American people have allowed this man to take a great nation and turn it into his own candy store. Obviously he can’t be stopped. All is lost my friends, and with 18 more months to complete this total annihilation of the constitution that has made ours a once proud nation, he and his cronies will walk away unscathed and retire to one of those countries that he’s so richly enhanced. “For whom the bell tolls, it tolls for the American people”.

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By GodSend, August 1, 2007 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

Watch the ‘Jew-hating’ and ‘Israel-hating’ Bush light the Menorah at:

http://novalight.org

Then watch him promise Olmert all of America’s blood and treasure (in the same place, above)

Then watch him throw the finger at America (in the same place, above)

Then watch him pray just like Hitler (in the same place, above)

Then watch him pray at the Wailing Wall, wearing his yarmulke (in the same place, above)

There are MANY more pictures - priceless! It’s quite a SHOW wink

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By faith, August 1, 2007 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

How is it that Bush, Rice, et al can go to Saudi Arabia and offer 20-30 billion dollar arms deals without getting approval from Congress first?  This is getting beyond ridiculous.  This president must be impeached in order to save the U.S.

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By jatihoon, August 1, 2007 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

What do you expect from Bush and Co, there slogan or mantra is ” if we dont fight them there, we have to fight them here.“This admistration is completely clueless as to how to fight human mind. There are as mind set as the fundamentalist are.

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By Bill in Chicago, August 1, 2007 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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“How much of this stuff will kill Americans?”

Good question.  For a good place to start on an estimate, check out:

http://www.asecondlookatthesaudis.com

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By Rogelio, August 1, 2007 at 8:48 am Link to this comment

This ignorant adminstration never fails to amaze. What is next, sale arms to al-Qaida or the Taliban? How guilty Saudi Arabia was for the events of 9/11 is unknown because the stupid adminstration did absolutely nothing. Were the family members of the 15 hijackers ever interrogated?

This adminstration/‘w’ is in bed with the Saudis. But, what about the next adminstration that chooses to question the honesty and decency of the Saudis? Will piss them off and they will have some nice weapons to use against us. Not to mention, are we not promoting democracy in the world? How about telling the Saudis to have free elections.

Also, why does Israel allow for this bs to occur. We must have promised the Israelis that we would help them in case we made a mistake by selling weapons to their so-called advesaries.

Once again, if you are not part of the Military Indsustrial Machine, you stand to gain nothing. May the United Nations bring this fool of a leader to trial for crimes against humanity.

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By Rogelio, August 1, 2007 at 8:44 am Link to this comment

This ignorant adminstration never fails to amaze. What is next, sail arms to al-Qaida or the Taliban? How guilty Saudi Arabia was for the events of 9/11 is unknown because the stupid adminstration did absolutely nothing. Were the family members of the 15 hijackers ever interrogated?

This adminstration/‘w’ is in bed with the Saudis. But, what about the next adminstration that chooses to question the honesty and decency of the Saudis? Will piss them off and they will have some nice weapons to use against us. Not to mention, are we not promoting democracy in the world? How about telling the Saudis to have free elections.

Also, why does Isreal allow for this bs to occur. We must have promised the Isrealis that we would help them in case we made a mistake by selling weapons to their so-called advesaries.

Once again, if you are not part of the Military Indsustrail Machine, you stand to gain nothing. May the United Nations bring this fool of a leader to trial for crimes against humanity.

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By Robert, August 1, 2007 at 8:30 am Link to this comment

(Part II- continued from previous comment)

“Although it is still largely undocumented if any of the contractor named in the report of General Antonio Taguba were associated with the Israeli military or intelligence services, it is noteworthy that one, John Israel, who was identified in the report as being employed by both CACI International of Arlington, Virginia, and Titan, Inc., of San Diego, may not have even been a U.S. citizen. The Taguba report states that Israel did not have a security clearance, a requirement for employment as an interrogator for CACI. According to CACI’s web site, “a Top Secret Clearance (TS) that is current and US citizenship” are required for CACI interrogators working in Iraq. In addition, CACI requires that its interrogators “have at least two years experience as a military policeman or similar type of law enforcement/intelligence agency whereby the individual utilized interviewing techniques.”

Speculation that “John Israel” may be an intelligence cover name has fueled speculation whether this individual could have been one of a number of Israeli interrogators hired under a classified contract. Because U.S. citizenship and documentation thereof are requirements for a U.S. security clearance, Israeli citizens would not be permitted to hold a Top Secret clearance. However, dual U.S.-Israeli citizens could have satisfied Pentagon requirements that interrogators hold U.S. citizenship and a Top Secret clearance. Although the Taguba report refers twice to Israel as an employee of Titan, the company claims he is one of their sub-contractors. CACI stated that one of the men listed in the report “is not and never has been a CACI employee” without providing more detail. A U.S. intelligence source revealed that in the world of intelligence “carve out” subcontracts such confusion is often the case with “plausible deniability” being a foremost concern.

In fact, the Taguba report does reference the presence of non-U.S. and non-Iraqi interrogators at Abu Ghraib. The report states, “In general, US
civilian contract personnel (Titan Corporation, CACI, etc), third country nationals, and local contractors do not appear to be properly supervised within the detention facility at Abu Ghraib.

The Pentagon is clearly concerned about the outing of the Taguba report and its references to CACI, Titan, and third country nationals, which could permanently damage U.S. relations with Arab and Islamic nations. The Pentagon’s angst may explain why the Taguba report is classified Secret No Foreign Dissemination.”
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For the rest of the “classified secrets” on Israel’s involvement…click on the link:

http://www.counterpunch.org/madsen05102004.html

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By Robert, August 1, 2007 at 8:13 am Link to this comment

(Part II- continued from previous comment)

“Although it is still largely undocumented if any of the contractor named in the report of General Antonio Taguba were associated with the Israeli military or intelligence services, it is noteworthy that one, John Israel, who was identified in the report as being employed by both CACI International of Arlington, Virginia, and Titan, Inc., of San Diego, may not have even been a U.S. citizen. The Taguba report states that Israel did not have a security clearance, a requirement for employment as an interrogator for CACI. According to CACI’s web site, “a Top Secret Clearance (TS) that is current and US citizenship” are required for CACI interrogators working in Iraq. In addition, CACI requires that its interrogators “have at least two years experience as a military policeman or similar type of law enforcement/intelligence agency whereby the individual utilized interviewing techniques.”

Speculation that “John Israel” may be an intelligence cover name has fueled speculation whether this individual could have been one of a number of Israeli interrogators hired under a classified contract. Because U.S. citizenship and documentation thereof are requirements for a U.S. security clearance, Israeli citizens would not be permitted to hold a Top Secret clearance. However, dual U.S.-Israeli citizens could have satisfied Pentagon requirements that interrogators hold U.S. citizenship and a Top Secret clearance. Although the Taguba report refers twice to Israel as an employee of Titan, the company claims he is one of their sub-contractors. CACI stated that one of the men listed in the report “is not and never has been a CACI employee” without providing more detail. A U.S. intelligence source revealed that in the world of intelligence “carve out” subcontracts such confusion is often the case with “plausible deniability” being a foremost concern.

In fact, the Taguba report does reference the presence of non-U.S. and non-Iraqi interrogators at Abu Ghraib. The report states, “In general, US civilian contract personnel (Titan Corporation, CACI, etc), third country nationals, and local contractors do not appear to be properly supervised within the detention facility at Abu Ghraib.”

The Pentagon is clearly concerned about the outing of the Taguba report and its references to CACI, Titan, and third country nationals, which could permanently damage U.S. relations with Arab and Islamic nations. The Pentagon’s angst may explain why the Taguba report is classified Secret No Foreign Dissemination.”

http://www.counterpunch.org/madsen05102004.html

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By Robert, August 1, 2007 at 8:10 am Link to this comment

The Israeli Torture Template

Rape, Feces and Urine-Dipped Cloth Sacks

By WAYNE MADSEN

“With mounting evidence that a shadowy group of former Israeli Defense Force and General Security Service (Shin Bet) Arabic-speaking interrogators were hired by the Pentagon under a classified “carve out” sub-contract to brutally interrogate Iraqi prisoners at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison, one only needs to examine the record of abuse of Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners in Israel to understand what Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meant, when referring to new, yet to be released photos and videos, he said, “if these images are released to the public, obviously its going to make matters worse.”

According to a political appointee within the Bush administration and U.S. intelligence sources, the interrogators at Abu Ghraib included a number of Arabic-speaking Israelis who also helped U.S. interrogators develop the “R2I” (Resistance to Interrogation) techniques. Many of the torture methods were developed by the Israelis over many years of interrogating Arab prisoners on the occupied West Bank and in Israel itself.

Clues about worse photos and videos of abuse may be found in Israeli files about similar abuse of Palestinian and other Arab prisoners. In March 2000, a lawyer for a Lebanese prisoner kidnapped in 1994 by the Israelis in Lebanon claimed that his client had been subjected to torture, including rape. The type of compensation offered by Rumsfeld in his testimony has its roots in cases of Israeli torture of Arabs. In the case of the Lebanese man, said to have been raped by his Israeli captors, his lawyer demanded compensation of $1.47 million. The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel documented the types of torture meted out on Arab prisoners. Many of the tactics coincide with those contained in the Taguba report: beatings and prolonged periods handcuffed to furniture. In an article in the December 1998 issue of The Progressive, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb reported on the treatment given to a 23-year old Palestinian held on “administrative detention.” The prisoner was “cuffed behind a chair 17 hours a day for 120 days . . . [he] had his head covered with a sack, which was often dipped in urine or feces. Guards played loud music right next to his ears and frequently taunted him with threats of physical and sexual violence.” If additional photos and videos documentsuch practices, the Bush administration and the American people have, indeed, “seen nothing yet.”

(Part I- Continued in next comment)

http://www.counterpunch.org/madsen05102004.html

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By Can of Whoop Ass, August 1, 2007 at 7:21 am Link to this comment
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Hey, Iraq is NOW a success!

Get out your bathing suits, the Tigris is happenin’.

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By Verne Arnold, August 1, 2007 at 6:59 am Link to this comment

Have you seen it?  Have you seen the news articles on Google and yahoo?  Have you seen the shift?  It started blatantly yesterday.  Lower casualties, the surge “may” be having an effect?  Yes, yes, the Iraqi government is failing, BUT, the violence is down.  Troop casualties are down so we need to calm down and give this thing a chance.

Bush is still linking Al Qaeda with Iraq.  The old adage is true…tell a lie often enough and people will accept it as truth.

Beware Gates…he’s a smoothie!  He and Rice are a tag team.  We will now have to decide whether or not there are acceptable reasons to stay in Iraq.  We will generously be given many options to guide our feelings and emotions to “the right decisions” as regards our government’s future direction there.  We are being played…good cop, bad cop…Gates is the good cop…be careful.  There is evil afoot by masters of the game.  This is new to us naïve, pampered, spoiled, foolishly confident Americans.  Orwell must surely be laughing because he warned so completely about that which we fall prey to.

Sorry Scott, your racing to irrelevancy.

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By Sara Keney, August 1, 2007 at 6:52 am Link to this comment
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Wow. This arms deal is something that the PEOPLE should decide on..not the president and his possy. I can’t believe that this could just get the okay from Congress…a Congress that was supposed to represent the people and only do the will of the people.
Just you wait, we’ll see these weapons used against us.

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By 1drees, August 1, 2007 at 5:49 am Link to this comment
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God Help Humanity against the American-Zionist attack, i know that iraq, iran & others will Survive the Zionist attack But I Wish the Americans Had Better Chances. Good Luck to All Honest Americans!

ZIONISTS:Ones who believe they are the “only” humans(God’s"Chosen ones”)& rest is “Trash” to be consumed / used. MODUSOPERENDI:start as business and bilk the populations while laying down Organisations that are for (fake)trade & “our protection” whose actual purpose is surveillance & Harrassement of “nonZIONIST”. they keep screaming “Hitler’s holocaust, Hitler’s holocaust” while they been doing WORSE since 1948 in their Fanatic Fantasyland called Isreal aka “shitty little state”, armed with 300 nuclear bombs that they dont want to talk about.(these are peaceful people!lol) GOAL: creation of some nutty global empire based on pureness of “Chosen Ones” ENEMIES: anyone that does not Comply with them or their propaganda (is also branded an
Antisemite & thoroughly harassed) NETWORK: global and very developed, a well oiled machine bent on EVIL. FEARS: “EVERYBODY is out to get us because we are GOOD!” this is the typical brainwash and then they
WHITEWASH real issues with PATRIOTIC LIES. Also intresting to note that Mr Vanunu who stated the true state of Israeli Nukes rots in jails since 2 decades for speaking the truth, hence we can safely conclude
that TRUTH is definately not a passion in Israel. so GOD HELP ALL THAT COME IN CONTACT WITH ZIONISTS!  AMERICANS TRY AND GET RID OF YOUR ZIONIST MASTERS THAT DICTATE THE WHITE HOUSE, GOODLUCK!

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By stanley, August 1, 2007 at 5:09 am Link to this comment
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Please dig into the truth of the connection between the Bush’s close association and perhaps obligations to the rulers of Saudi Arabia to this deal and George W’s resistance to admitting any failure in Iraq and refusing to pulling out despite the cost in American lives daily.  What has he promised them in regard to Iraq?  I remember he was told by his Saudi friends before the invasion that if he did it , it had to be done completely - no half measures. The financial ties and help to the Bush’s, explicitly, Georgw W when his business failed raise suspicions that his is a personal committment to his Saudi friends who have been diabolically ingenious in acquiring control of ex congressmen and other Americans through gifts and favors.  Please talk about Prince Bandar’s sudden departure from the American scene and sale of his Aspen house when he was so close to George W and had unrivalled access to the oval office.  Is this a rat leaving a sinking ship?

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By weather, August 1, 2007 at 4:09 am Link to this comment

Welcome to Israel

A political state by day, a religious state for tax purposes, an extradition-free refuge for its citizens who commit crimes elsewhere, but always the exhausting, manipulating and misunderstood victim that demands to be treated as the exception and always at the expense of others. Nice legacy.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, August 1, 2007 at 3:57 am Link to this comment
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Mr Scheer I would waste everytimes time with a point by point analysis why in the deepest caverns of the most criminally insane asylum you would not find this crazy a plan.Our President has come unglued.If this baby passes Congress in anything close to its present form we must find a way to impeach everybody and start all over again.I know perpetual war is the mantra of these people because of the huge amounts of money to be made but Jesus how dumb are we.Let us just arm everybody and then send our kids to get killed by American made weapons.How about every arms lobbyist must have a kid or close relative in a war zone before he can qualify as an arms lobbyist.

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By Douglas Chalmers, August 1, 2007 at 2:06 am Link to this comment

Holding hands with one of the world’s biggest drug dealers - check what his family are into with private planes and diplomatic immunity! Trafficking from S.America to Europe and elsewhere via S.Arabia courtesy of the assistance of the CIA.

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By Tess, August 1, 2007 at 1:57 am Link to this comment
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This is wrong ... just plain wrong!  But what can you say about the doings of the Present Administration?  Their wrong ... just plain wrong.
Bush is, without a doubt the worst President this Country has ever had.  What a hell of a Stratigist he is!  (1)He leaves our country open for an attack because our Military are spread so thinly and then (2)put high powered weapons in the hands of our enemies.  Wonder how many of those guns will find thier way into the wrong hands and end up firing the bullets that kills our own men?  He might as well just put us all on boats, ship up to an Island and let them slaughter us all, one boat load at a time.
Some Psycho caps John Lennon and this fool’s still walking around! (And Big Brother, if your watching, I’m Not suggesting that anyone should harm our President.  I’m just saying I find it odd no one has taken him out yet, as unpopular as he is.)—-> A little CYA from the CIA, & the FBI.  (lol)
That’s it!
Shutting Up Now.

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By blog dog, August 1, 2007 at 1:27 am Link to this comment

hyper-weoponize the entire world and the global war of terror is indeed guaranteed to last 100 years - moreover, make all munitions of DU and the world’s population is guaranteed to decrease as much a Kissenger called for 30 years ago - “rid us of the useless feeders,” he said, or something to that effect

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By wangman, August 1, 2007 at 12:54 am Link to this comment

It is a ridiculous assumption that Saudi were behind the 15 of the 19 hijackers from 911.  The Saudis were just being obedient subservients when the US ordered them to initiate and fund a holy war against the Soviet Union.

And if the Saudi regime falls, will these high tech weapons fall into the wrong hand?  Were much of the high tech weapons from the Shah period used much by the Ayatollahs once they got their hands on it?  Or did these highly complex machines become useless once the US stopped supplying parts to them?  Where’s all the tons of Stinger missiles thats supposedly left behind in Afghanistan?  Obviously not being used against our troops since they have long became doorstoppers.

The US being the biggest military exporter, wants to create fear everywhere, fear of the Shiite crescent, fear of Caliphate, fear of Al-Qaeda, just so that all the ones in fear would cause those countries in fear to ally with us in the fight against them, not to mention propping up our military indrustrial complex.  And the end result is a highly militarized region, where the fear is not they will fall into the wrong hands, but the chance that they will use it on each other.  Hence Israel’s absolute insistence on military superiority over all of its regional neighbors, even if those neighbors actually pay for their weapons as opposed to receiving it for free.

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By GodSend, August 1, 2007 at 12:22 am Link to this comment

The American Arms industry (MIC) has done far more than its fair share in keeping the world population under control and living in constant fear. What does it tell us about humanity, that the biggest business is making and selling (and using) increasingly sophisticated weapons to murder fellow human beings - mostly civilians!? It tells us that we are VERY nasty SOBs! Either that, or aliens have invaded and have genetically modified people (GMP). Perhaps they feed on blood and souls and are preparing their table for a BIG feast!? wink First cattle mutilations and now people mutilations. Phosphor-fried leg-of-man, anyone? (recipe perfected in Fallujah, according to preparation instructions whispered by God into Bush’s ear). wink

Beam me up, Scotty!

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By James, July 31, 2007 at 11:09 pm Link to this comment
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Wow.  So, like, are we fighting in the war on terror or are we doing something else?  The Ponzi scheme described by Mr. Scheer sounds like a different type of war…...

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