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How America Lost Iraq

How America Lost Iraq

Aaron Glantz

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On the Government’s Growing Obsession With Hollywood-Style Command Centers

Posted on Aug 16, 2010
North American Aerospace Defense Command

By G.W. Schulz, CIR

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But the GAO learned that federal agencies responsible for transmitting essential data to the biosurveillance center aren’t doing so with enthusiasm, leaving it to rely in part on publicly available information, which includes news stories. The center’s “partners” also weren’t detailing personnel there with enough expertise to make it effective in rapidly detecting biological threats.

The National Biosurveillance Integration Center isn’t alone in its troubles.

Federal drug enforcement officials created the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) all the way back in the 1970s to collect, analyze and share information about narcotics traffickers and border violence. More than 20 agencies have representatives there. Yet requests for information from its own federal partners, some of them critical, have declined substantially in recent years, the Justice Department’s watchdog inspector general concluded in a June report.

Its ability to coordinate with state and federal bureaucracies “is inconsistent,” the report said. And the center did not keep an up-to-date list of all the other intelligence and fusion centers it should have ties with, nor did EPIC know if it had users in each of those facilities. The following quote, however, seems to say the most about the rise of such centers:


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When we compared EPIC with other multi-agency centers having counterdrug intelligence responsibilities, we found increasing potential for overlap in certain areas. … With the emergence of new centers and EPIC’s expansion into program areas that were not addressed [in earlier planning], there is an increased likelihood for duplication of effort among the centers.

If only the federal government would create a command center for processing Freedom of Information Act requests. At least then there would be a single institution to hold accountable.

G.W. Schulz joined the Center for Investigative Reporting in 2008 to launch its ongoing homeland security project. Read the project’s blog, Elevated Risk, here.

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By prosefights, August 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment

Kudlow Friday August 20, 2010.

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By prosefights, August 18, 2010 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment

Iran may face electric shortages in the near future.

Death from cold, starvation, and crime may face Iranians if Iran does not have nuclear generation of electricty.

Israel is reported to have 71% coal generation of electricity.

And may have no nuclear generation of electricity facilities?

Here may be the really scary news.

“According to the Times, China’s “civilian nuclear power industry” (and rest assured there’s
a Chinese military nuclear power industry as well) has 11 operating reactors, with as many
as 10 new reactors per year planned for the next 15 years. That’s 150 new reactors just in China.

So where will the world nuclear industry obtain the uranium fuel for all these new reactors?
That’s a darn good question. Just in the US, annual uranium use for the nuclear power industry is about 55 million pounds. The US produces less than 4 million pounds of this fuel - about 7% - and imports the rest.”

reports Byron King.

Bombing Iran’s Bushehr nuclear generation of electricity facility by Saturday August 21, 2010 may be a worse idea than the US inciting Saddam Hussein to initiate the Iraq/Iran war?

We suggest and lobby for peaceful settlement of these unfortunate matters.


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By prosefights, August 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment

Kulow Wednesday August 18, 2010 interview with Michael Oren, Israel ambassador to US, on possible attack on Iran’s nuclear generation of electricity facilities.

Archived here

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By prosefights, August 18, 2010 at 7:18 am Link to this comment

“A war with Iraq would heighten security concerns and probably trigger more spending on protection on home. That would be additional money for guards, security devices and procedures that might otherwise be invested in production-boosting technology and workers who generate salable goods and services.” `

“It’s a dead-weight loss as far as the economy is concerned,” said Vernon Smith, a George Mason University professor who won the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics.

The liberal arts educated may be causing these problems, we speculate.

Tuesday August 17, 20120 08:19
Kudlow and Eagleburger were mp3 recorded discussing bombing Iran’s nuclear electric generation facilities Monday August 16, 2010.

Former U.S. envoy to the United Nations, John Bolton, asserted that Israel has until Aug. 21 to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. He said from that point on Bushehr would become an operating nuclear reactor and effectively immune to any air strike.

You will not hear the word ‘electricity’ in their discussion.

Bolton was a member of the Yale Political Union, and he ultimately earned a B.A. summa cum laude in 1970 and a J.D. in 1974.

Kudlow graduated from University of Rochester in Rochester, New York with a degree in history in 1969.

Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger (born August 1, 1930) is an American statesman and former career diplomat, who served briefly as the United States Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush. Previously, he had served in lesser capacities under Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

[liberal arts major?] - LAWRENCE S. EAGLEBURGER (1930- ) Served 1992-1993 Appointed by President ... his BS degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1952 with a major in history. [E]agleburger recieved a M.S. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1957.

In addition, the BNL loans were crucial to the Reagan and Bush administration’s efforts to assist Saddam Hussein. While at the State Department, Eagleburger was fully aware of the link between BNL and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) program for Iraq and the importance of the BNL scandal.

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By BR549, August 18, 2010 at 4:43 am Link to this comment

Maybe the citizenry should take those “command centers” over and use them to
keep a watchful eye on the antics of sleazy politicians who keep trying to use our
tax dollars against us.

Or maybe when all those pompous blowhards are flushed down the sewer, we can
convert those buildings to community centers.

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By empirePie, August 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment

La La Land   empirePie   August 16th, 2010

encase my brain in soothing la la las
tweet LOL s to my pals in la la land
digitize my hand
send it to my band

logo land
la la land

mark me to be free
free me to be the marked
park that freedom in jelly ju jubes
let them vacuum up your tubes

the vibes from father Sam
the uncle on the lam
dreaming of the next new neo scam con
with new fiethdoms to spawn
as Yon and Yonson down by the wall
with graffiti complaining of dreams
dry la la dreams…inlist
for logo land
home of the knaves
whose bunkers are looking for the mother’s of all
to procreate two headed warrior sons
to prop up la la land
just listen
listen to the awe
from shocking rockin la la land

la la land
la la land
encase my brain in la las

in logo land
la la land

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By Bernd Buerklin, August 17, 2010 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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Everybody relax! This is only about money and business! The fascist state is only a little byproduct.

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By gerard, August 17, 2010 at 10:26 am Link to this comment

As long as they are falling all over each other, replicating, duplicating, maximizing and mitigating, we have less to fear and can hope they get stuck in their own spiderweb. Efficiency is the bane of disordered priorities.

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By felicity, August 17, 2010 at 8:08 am Link to this comment

Somehow this all fits with what war has become, at
least in America - a business, a mega-business (eats
up 60% of our discretionary budget big.)

It’s got to be sold, hyped (you don’t launch a new
product in August which is why we launched the Iraq
invasion in March.) Surgical strikes from the air are
boring.  Heroic jet-jockeys replaced with drones,
who can get off on drones? 

And then there are the names we tag our invasions,
surges, whatever with. Fore instance, the 1983 attack
on poor little Grenada,  “Operation Urgent Fury.” 
I’m not making it up.  (As I think about it, make a
great title for a Hollywood movie.)

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