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Obama Will Occupy Afghanistan Beyond 2011 Deadline

White House: We Will Occupy South Asia “For a Long Time”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIt7raIZbRY

 

A long, protracted occupation of Afghanistan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT01jvGShds

 

Robert Fisk: Obama is a disaster for the Middle East

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4ynybVuwXQ

 



GOP Senators: U.S., not Israel, should attack Iran ‘if necessary’

GOP Senators: U.S., not Israel, should attack Iran ‘if necessary’

David Edwards
Raw Story
October 5, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwwj4MQ9sac

Two senior Republican senators say the United States, and not Israel, should attack Iran if military action becomes “necessary.”

They also say a simple strike at the country’s nuclear capability wouldn’t be enough — the US would have to launch an “all-or-nothing” war against Iran with the aim of crippling the country’s military capabilities.

“I think an Israeli attack on Iran is a nightmare for the world, because it will rally the Arab world around Iran and they’re not aligned now. It’s too much pressure to put on Israel,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

He continued: “If the sanctions fail, and Iran’s going down the road to get a nuclear weapon, any Sunni Arab state that could, would want a nuclear weapon. Israel will be more imperiled. The world will change dramatically for the worst. Military action should be the last resort anyone looks at, and I would rather our allies and us take military action if it’s necessary.”

But Graham doesn’t think an attack should be limited to airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities. “If we use military action against Iran, we should not only go after their nuclear facilities. We should destroy their ability to make conventional war. They should have no planes that can fly and no ships that can float,” said Graham.

Sen. , Republican of Georgia, agrees.

“The problem with military action also is that you’re probably not going to be able to stop the production of uranium by just a simple airstrike,” Chambliss said on Fox News Sunday. “Lindsey’s right. It’s an all or nothing deal. And is it worth that at this point in time, when we know they have the capability? We can slow them down, but a full-out military strike is what it would take,” said Chambliss.

This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Oct. 4, 2009.

 

Israel will ‘attack Iran if sanctions not in place by Christmas’

Dudi Cohen
Y Net News
October 10, 2009

Iran’s ambassador to UN demands Security Council take steps against comments made by Ephraim Sneh, who said Israel would attack Iran if sanctions weren’t in place by Christmas.

Iran’s ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee, sent a letter of protest to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in which he wrote that “there is no explanation for Israel’s continuing threats against Tehran”.

He was referring to an interview given by former Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh to the Sunday Times in which he said that if Iran were not further sanctioned by this Christmas Israel would attack the country.

Sneh told the paper that if Israel were forced to attack the Islamic Republic on its own it would do so, remarks the Iranian ambassador deemed “irresponsible”.

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John McCain Facing Felony Charges for Violating the Logan Act

John McCain Facing Felony Charges for Violating the Logan Act

Nation Builder
August 16, 2008

Apparently the President of Georgia has been paying John McCain for months via a lobbyist. McCain’s chief foreign policy advisor, Randy Scheunemann, has received hundreds of thousands from the President of Georgia.

And McCain’s declaration back in April that Russia was undermining Georgia’s sovereignty gave the President of Georgia a false sense of security. Now he probably wants his money back.

This seems like US Ambassador April Glaspie telling Saddam that oh we don’t care if you invade Kuwait right before we invaded him.

The McCain campaign says Randy Scheunermann hasn’t taken a dime from Georgia since May 15th, 2008 but between January 1, 2008 and May 15, 2008 Georgia paid him $290,000 for lobbying.

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McCain’s Russia Lobbyists Confuse Georgia Defense
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/20/what-about-the-russia-lob_n_120123.html

McCain Aggressively Defends Scheunemann’s Work For Georgia
http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo…ain_aggressively_defends_sc.php

McCain Announces That Lieberman And Graham Are Going To Georgia
http://tpmelectioncentra../mccain_announces_that_lieberma.php

 



Jon Stewart Mocks Bush, McCain & Condi for Scolding Russia

Jon Stewart Mocks Bush, McCain & Condi for Scolding Russia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EclJB4RrJdM

 



McCain Flip-Flops on the Waterboarding Torture Issue

Forgetting His Vote To Allow Waterboarding, McCain Says ‘We Could Never Torture Anyone’

Think Progress
July 28, 2008

In February, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) voted against a bill banning the CIA from waterboarding and using other torture tactics in their interrogations. When the bill passed, McCain urged Bush to veto it, which he did.

In an interview with Newsweek published today, McCain defended his position, insisting that the CIA plays “a special role” in defending the U.S. and thus should be allowed to use harsh interrogation tactics such as waterboarding:

NEWSWEEK: On torture, why should the CIA be treated differently from the armed services regarding the use of harsh interrogation tactics?

MCCAIN: Because they play a special role in the United States of America and our ability to combat terrorists. But we have made it very clear that there is nothing they can do that would violate the Geneva Conventions, the Detainee Treatment Act, which prohibits torture. We could never torture anyone, but some people misconstrue that who don’t understand what the Detainee Treatment Act and the Geneva Conventions are all about.

McCain’s vote against the waterboarding ban did make one thing clear: that he condones torture. With Bush’s veto, waterboarding remains a distinct option for the CIA:

Still, waterboarding remains in the CIA’s tool kit. The technique can be used, but it requires the consent of the attorney general and president on a case-by-case basis. Bush wants to keep that option open.

“I cannot sign into law a bill that would prevent me, and future presidents, from authorizing the CIA to conduct a separate, lawful intelligence program, and from taking all lawful actions necessary to protect Americans from attack,” Bush said in a statement.

McCain is either clueless or ignorant about the fact that his vote allows the CIA to waterboard detainees. And as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of McCain’s chief surrogates, has said about waterboarding, “I don’t think you have to have a lot of knowledge about the law to understand this technique violates Geneva Convention common article three, the War Crimes statutes, and many other statutes that are in place.”

 



2-star General Accuses WH of War Crimes

2-star General Accuses WH of War Crimes

Washington Post
June 18, 2008

The two-star general who led an Army investigation into the horrific detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib has accused the Bush administration of war crimes and is calling for accountability.

In his 2004 report on Abu Ghraib, then-Major General Anthony Taguba concluded that “numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees.” He called the abuse “systemic and illegal.” And, as Seymour M. Hersh reported in the New Yorker, he was rewarded for his honesty by being forced into retirement.

Now, in a preface to a Physicians for Human Rights report based on medical examinations of former detainees, Taguba adds an epilogue to his own investigation.

The new report, he writes, “tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individual’s lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors.

“The profiles of these eleven former detainees, none of whom were ever charged with a crime or told why they were detained, are tragic and brutal rebuttals to those who claim that torture is ever justified. Through the experiences of these men in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, we can see the full-scope of the damage this illegal and unsound policy has inflicted –both on America’s institutions and our nation’s founding values, which the military, intelligence services, and our justice system are duty-bound to defend.

“In order for these individuals to suffer the wanton cruelty to which they were subjected, a government policy was promulgated to the field whereby the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice were disregarded. The UN Convention Against Torture was indiscriminately ignored. . . .

“After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”

Pamela Hess of the Associated Press has more on the report, which resulted from “the most extensive medical study of former U.S. detainees published so far” and “found evidence of torture and other abuse that resulted in serious injuries and mental disorders.”

Read Full Article Here

 

At Least 25 Detainees Murdered In U.S. Custody

Think Progress
June 20, 2008

http://youtube.com/watch?v=izhfKIONGMY

At today’s House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Rights hearing on torture, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, told Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) that over 100 detainees have died in U.S. custody, with up to 27 of these declared homicides:

NADLER: Your testimony said 100 detainees have died in detention; do you believe the 25 of those were in effect murdered?

WILKERSON: Mr. Chairman, I think the number’s actually higher than that now. Last time I checked it was 108.

A February 2006 Human Rights First report found that although hundreds of people in U.S. custody had died and eight people were tortured to death, only 12 deaths had “resulted in punishment of any kind for any U.S. official.”

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’If detainee dies, you’re doing it wrong’
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/n..etainee_dies_youre_doing_i.html

Does McCain Support Amending The Constitution To Overturn The Supreme Court’s Habeas Decision?
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/june2008/200608_b_mccain.htm

Documents confirm U.S. hid detainees from Red Cross
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/41394.html

John Yoo’s ongoing falsehoods in service of limitless government power
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/06/17/yoo/index.html

 



McCain: It’s “Common Knowledge” Iran Is Training Al Qaeda

McCain: It’s “Common Knowledge” That Iran Is Training Al Qaeda

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
March 18, 2008

http://youtube.com/watch?v=kmXaEeuHmig

During another photo-op flying visit to Iraq, John McCain told reporters that it is well known that Iran is training Al Qaeda terrorists, a patently ludicrous claim that had to be immediately corrected by his traveling circus.

Speaking to reporters in Amman, the Jordanian capital, McCain said he and two Senate colleagues traveling with him continue to be concerned about Iranian operatives “taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back.”

The Washington Post reports:

Pressed to elaborate, McCain said it was “common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.” A few moments later, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, standing just behind McCain, stepped forward and whispered in the presidential candidate’s ear. McCain then said: “I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda.”

As anyone with a rudimentary understanding of the conflict in Iraq and middle eastern politics knows, the insurgents now endlessly referred to as “Al-Qaeda in Iraq” are composed of mostly Sunni militants pitched in violent battle against Shi’ites and, by proxy, U.S. forces.

The reigning leaders in Iran are Shi’ite and have welcomed the emergence of a Shi’ite-led government in Iraq. To suggest they would also somehow train Sunni militants is totally backwards.

Indeed, Al Qaeda affiliated right wing terror groups in Iran are very much allied against the Ahmadinejad government and routinely carry out attacks aimed at Iranian soldiers and state figures.

Furthermore, the Bush administration has long asserted that elements of the Iranian security forces have been training and supplying weapons to Iraq’s Shi’ite militias, a claim Iran vigorously denies.

Read Full Article Here

 

McCain: Don’t Pull Troops From Iraq

Associated Press
March 18, 2008

Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, said Tuesday that any hasty pullout from Iraq would be a mistake that would favor Iran and al-Qaida.

McCain, who has linked his political future to U.S. success in Iraq, was in the wartorn country on Monday for meetings with Iraqi and U.S. diplomatic and military officials.

“We were very encouraged by the success of the surge and the reduction in U.S. casualties,” McCain told reporters in Jordan, where he stopped on the next leg of a congressional visit that will also take him to Israel, Britain and France.

It was the senator’s eighth visit to Iraq, and his first since emerging as the presumed Republican candidate. He is accompanied by Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., two of his top supporters in the race for president.

“We are succeeding, but we still have a long way to go,” McCain said, pointing at what he described as al-Qaida’s residual power in Iraq and at Iran’s growing influence, as the major remaining threats.

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McCain advisor: Destroy Islam
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=47232&sectionid=3510203

McCain, Cheney US in Iraq long-term
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080317/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

John ’I’m a War Criminal’ McCain
http://www.lewrockwell.com/gaddy/gaddy34.html

McCain says al Qaeda might try to tip U.S. election
http://www.reuters.com/article/p..eedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true

McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq
http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20080312/pl_bloomberg/axq0v7kuajq8

Lord Rothschild Supports McCain
http://www.washingtonpost.com..1403897.html?sid=ST2008031404122

‘Why Are You So Angry?’: McCain Gets Testy Over NYT Reporter’s Inquiry
http://youtube.com/watch?v=9_UFnOUJjRE

Bush offers to lie for McCain: ’If he wants me to say, ’You know, I’m not for him,’ I will. Whatever he wants me to do, I want him to win’
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/03/07/