Sunday, January 01, 2006

Year by Year, Casualties Climb in Afghanistan


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

America and the world were united in the concept of running down bin Laden and capturing him. But then, we changed our minds (Bush always was against going after bin Laden) and joined sides in an Afghani civil war. The allowed the creator of Bush's Trifecta Win to easily escape. Now, after an easy victory over barely armed peasants, we are now bogged down in an increasingly vicious war with these peasants who now idolize bin Laden as the Desert Fox of Muslim warfare.

From the London Times:
BRITISH troops set to deploy to southern Afghanistan this spring could sustain losses on a scale not seen since the Falklands war, military intelligence officers have warned.
They say insurgent forces in the south are preparing for a large offensive by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, backed by sophisticated weapons and training from Iran.

The warnings follow an increase in fighting in southern Afghanistan over the past year. Several thousand people, including about 100 US soldiers, have been killed.

The insurgents regard the withdrawal of 2,000 US troops as a key victory and are expected to press home their advantage against the British-led Nato force.
This has got to be the biggest fiasco in military history. A very lightly armed man with no navy, no army, no airforce, successfully attacks the world's biggest empire, stabbing it right in the center of the heart, destroys part of the central command as well as a good slice of the finacial district of this empire, then bogs them down in a futile war they can't win in a place made famous for the last 6,000+ years as a nearly impossible place to hold, militarily: Afghanistan.

Like the Euphrates Valley cul-de-sac, another famous graveyard of empires, this place is very easy to enter and very hard to leave. Ask Alexander the Great. This is why reading history like recent news stories from the 1980s would have paid off, no? Indeed, the author of the tactics of this great military disaster, Rumsfeld, has no excuse in all this, he was around, running the military, during the eighties!

Indeed, the GOP and the neocon neonazis running the Pentagon applauded bin Laden's tactics in the eighties to bog down the Soviet State in Afghanistan in an unpopular and futile war! Bingo!

So what is Rummy's excuse? He can't claim ignorance or out of the loop. Ditto Bush and his dad. And the neocons.

Actually, none of them wanted to go to Afghanistan, they wanted to run off to the Euphrates cul-de-sac and get trapped there. The truth about 9/11 forced them to go after bin Laden and they did this with singular lack of energy, brio or enthusiasm. They brought in a pitiful few troops, dropped bombs on peasants all over the place and when faced with a real battle with some battle hardened but barely armed insurgents, belly flopped badly, unable to take any real hand to hand combat. At least, not with real fighters.

Chemical bombing barely armed civilians in Fallujah, ah! That was sweet. Even they did inflict some real casualties on us. But we bested them...only to lose all of Iraq, of course.

I remember the Tora Bora battle which we lost 100%. The Pentagon crowed that it was "the Perfect Victory" and I quipped, "For bin Laden!" And it wasn't a joke. Bin Laden was quite proud of his generalship. Heck, his strategy and tactics are on the same level as Hannibal! And look how famous he is! 2200 year ago!

Bin Laden hasn't brought any elephants over the Rockies to invade Kansas but he doesn't have to since the bellowing elephant herd of GOPers are doing a perfectly splendid job, destroying America's power.

Gads.

Meanwhile, the war against Al Jazeera filming our many defeats and stupidities rages on. From the NYT:
U.S. forces in Afghanistan have arrested the Kabul correspondent of the Arab television station Al Jazeera along with his driver and cameraman, the station said on Sunday.
Well, bin Laden is slippery and devious but we sure can corner those pesky cameramen! Our rage at them is part of why we are losing. The Muslims have witnesses watching our depraved misadventures and every time we attack their watchers, al Jazeera tells everyone about it and the Muslims hate us even more. The idea that we be nice to the news media and not plot to murder them doesn't occur to Bush but then, remember the anthrax killer who went after only Bush's enemies, especially the media!

You know, Bush would become murderous if the media attacks him much more.

Anyway, the al Jazeera crew filmed stuff that annoyed us. We claimed it was a security breech as if Bin Laden is watching cable in his cave and says, "Hey, look, that huge American air base is in Kalahandra! Wow! Thanks for showing me!" Yeah, right.

Like, the guerrilla warriors are all couch potatoes. Sort of like you-know-who! And where are all those American volunteers who wanted bin Laden, dead or alive? Eh?

Home, Chaunteroy.
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Market Analysts Want American Jobs Sent Overseas to Drop Interest Rates


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Wall Street pundits celebrate loss of American jobs. They say, getting cheap loans is most important and to do this, we need to export jobs, thus reducing inflation. This vicious cycle is what is killing America.

From Yahoo:
After a volatile 2005 and meager returns to show for it, investors are hoping 2006 will bring better fortunes. And if there's good news next week, the new year could get off to a good start.

Last January, stocks tumbled after an impressive December rally. Word that the Federal Reserve would continue hiking interest rates, combined with mediocre jobs figures, worried investors considerably. The Standard & Poor's 500 dropped 2 percent in the first two trading days of 2005.

Yet this year could be far different. First of all, there was no real December rally, so it's safe to say stocks aren't overbought. Second, the Fed has signaled that it's closer to ending its regime of rate hikes. That could be reinforced Tuesday as the Fed releases the minutes of its Dec. 13 meeting.
Good news is, stocks were flat last year so this year has to be better? How's that possible? Assuming that years alternate in good and bad isn't a smart way to think. Markets can go and do go sour for multiple years at a time!

Friday's jobs data from the Labor Department will be the key to determining whether January 2006 is anything like January 2005. Economists estimate the economy will have created 200,000 jobs in December, down slightly from 215,000 in November. A lower-than-expected number, if not sharply lower, could actually boost stocks, since fewer new jobs would mean fewer wages and less of a chance for inflation to take hold.
Read that carefully. What it means is, if we export high paying jobs to other countries with lower cost of living/cheaper wages/ worse working conditions, we can end inflation here since no one can strike for better wages or demand higher pay! If anyone does strike, the factory closes and moves to China!

So the entire force of energy inflation will be beaten out of the American worker's hide! Too many workers unemployed means the economy goes south for the winter, too, so the calibration Greenspan and his spawn, Bernarke, have to make is "how many jobs dare we send to China and India before it hurts us directly?"

You see, if it hurts you and me, this is OK. Hurts them and their rich buddies, nope. Has to be dealt with, pronto!

Why a democracy has rigged up such a traitorous system baffles me. But then, American workers, trained in a lifetime of propaganda, can't figure out the obvious: they have been betrayed. The new immigration laws Congress is trying to pass penalizes anyone who gives legal or medical help to illegal aliens by putting them in prison for five years, a harsh penalty.

But there is no prison for businesses like Walmart, for hiring these people. For they are another important inflation sink. They compress all the price hikes downwards, both by undercutting the bidding for jobs by legal Americans and by flooding the market with excess labor.
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Bush Denies He Demanded Wiretap Whistle Blower Be Captured


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bush claims he didn't demand Justice Dept find the whistle blower who revealed illegal wiretapping. But note that he didn't call for an investigation a year ago when the NYT told him about the whistle blower! One wonders why! Meanwhile, the White House says more astonishingly stupid and insane things.

From Australia:
THE White House said overnight it had no role in the Justice Department's decision to investigate the leaking of classified information indicating that President George W. Bush authorised a secret government wiretap program.
Lying gets easier and easier if one does it all the time. Bush has trouble controlling his body tics and blicking eyes when he lies but since he lies all the time execpt when he blurts out his "Bushisms", everyone who doesn't want to think about things thinks this is normal behavior.

It is not.

Anyway, as the White House explains their obvious lies, they say really bizarre things like this:
Mr Duffy stressed that "the leaking of classified information is a serious issue." And he defended the use of wiretaps, warning that "Al-Qaeda's playbook is not printed on page one, and when America's is, it has serious ramifications."
Why is revealing the information that Bush and his cronies are illegally spying on Americans revealing information that will help al Qaeda? Does any terrorist not believe the government is trying to spy on them? That the government never ever uses phone tagging or other means?

Hahaha. If I figured this out way back in the sixties when I was a mere teenager, you can bet bin Laden and his merry band figured this out some time way back when they lived in that super police state, Saudi Arabia, where all communications big and small are spied upon!

This is so beyond ludicrous, it is to laugh to death (falling down dead noises at my desk). Good effing grief. The whistle blower, if he or she is found, should be enshrined in our history as a tremendous person who is actively saving Democracy, saving the Constitution, saving the American Flag which is now in tatters thanks to Bush and his gang wrecking everything it stands for.

The leakers in the White House who pushed the Valarie Plame contacts into danger because Bush wanted to shut up everyone in the diplomatic and CIA circles who were objecting to the neo-cons cooking the evidence used to justify a totally illegal war, they need to be put in prison.

For they broke the law in order to facilitate breaking some very grave laws, ones that carry the death penalty: starting wars of aggression for territorial gain.

The NYT, by the way, is again in a broil over all this. Kellner, the editor in chief and the owner, Punch, won't tell the Ombudsman what the hell is going on. They don't want to explain why they cooperated with Bush and why this isn't news but then, this has happened to me, before the election, when they refused to report the story about how Haley Barbour came to their offices, complaining about ME! They still won't talk about that. Or all the other times they conspired to cover up real news.

The secret playbook of the media/Republican party is far more important for us to read than any terrorist playbook simply because the terrorists are police matters but the media/Republican collusion is a political matter and all politics are, by definition, public!
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Bush Spends More and More Time Alone....Drinking?


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bush needs to pretend he isn't a 100% drunk. So either the media lies about him or ignores obvious drunken behavior or excuses symptoms as "falling down accidentally" or "Bushisms" but now it is so out of control, he can't appear in public at night except on rare occassions. Still, no one in the media mainstream dares say he is a drunken sot.

From Yahoo:
Peace and prosperity. It's a well-worn New Year's resolution, but that's what President Bush is wishing for 2006.

"The president's New Year's resolution is to continue to work tirelessly for peace abroad and prosperity at home," White House spokesman Trent Duffy said Saturday.

Bush and his wife, Laura, and her mother, Jenna Welch, will be dining at the Bush ranch here, but it's unclear whether they'll stay up long enough to ring in 2006.
This conflicts with Bush's previous statement, from the Bushisms Library:
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
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Bush shows every sign of being a lush. This started with the famous midwinter binge he took when he "choked on a pretzel and fell down" while watching football...alone. Now, I know men and men don't watch football alone, especially the Super Bowl, if there are any buddies around to share the fun and the White House is a catered kid's club from hell with all the goodies, servants, wives don't need anything since they are served, hand and foot, so the guys can yuck it up and there are armies of guys especially lobbyists and special interests who would adore yucking it up in the White House during the Rosebowl or Super Bowl!

So why does Bush go turtle during these times?

Here he is again, New Year's Eve, a big party date, alone, going to bed early. Or rather, passing out early. We have noted before that Bush now avoids any exposure before noon, forget even late afternoon these days. The few times he has appeared at night, he looks and sounds pretty smashed. There are videos of him slobbering, sputtering, hanging onto podiums, blinking stupidly, his jaw hanging crooked. Dropping his dog, knocking it out on the tarmac in front of children, staggering and falling in front of the military. On election night, his face struck by something, his eyes glassy. Gads.

The American media is like the wife of an alcoholic. The four sheets to the wind hubby staggering about, bottles strewn all over the house, the wife laughing nervously as she makes excuses for him. 90% of the "Bushisms" are the results of a drunk babbling moronically. Having a nation run by such a man is deadly. Like a drunk driver, a drunk leader can be worse. Judgement goes out the window.

Bush is a mirror image of Saddam during the time Saddam hid in his "spider hole". Saddam came out looking pretty plastered but now, after sitting in jail a while, he is stone sober and looks completely different. His acuity has gone up and his ability to fence with the prosecutor and jailers has grown greatly the more sober he is. Meanwhile, our drunken sot goes around the world, irritating our allies and amusing our enemies.

The fake story about Bush suddenly deciding he wasn't going to drink or drug himself anymore is a keystone in his entire fake Skull and Bones demonic "I am a born again Christian" campaign. To lull the Christians into believing in him and simultaneously scrubbing his multi-arrest, multi-crime spree in the past, he isolated it from his plans for ruling America by playing the "I am reformed" card. I, personally, believe he was never sober. His besotten daughters didn't turn out that way because they never saw daddy drink, that you can bet. Kids see everything and they watched him lie about drinking and then slobbering down one drink after another.

When the few (non professional reporters) investigators (like myself) who were going after Bush's past in 2000 discovered he had been arrested multiple times, Bush "won over the press and people" by admitting it (only the ones that were uncovered, not the hidden ones) and he admonished us to not talk about his alcoholism because his darling children will be corrupted by all this.

Then we learned that his daughters which were never in the news were actually a pair of underage, illegal, with fake ID, heavy drinkers already!

When the truth came out about Jenna and Babs, the entire press corpse (deliberate sic) should have gone bonkers. Instead, they attacked the messenger of this news, a gossip rag. Grandpa Bush famously snarled that the press better not poke their noses into the Bush's private affairs or bad things would happen to them.

Then, less than two months later, 9/11 happened, the CIA anthrax hitman was turned loose and the first person to die of anthrax was the unfortunate photoeditor of the newsservice that ran the Jeanna drunk photos. Next, came Democratic leaders and other media who might be tempted to pull the covers off of the Bush family drinking and drugging.

The fact that the entire family has many run-ins with the law, most recently, a nephew was arrested for fighting with the cops after he got drunk in Texas, this drinking and law breaking can be amusing if one is running a comedy show but is dangerous for the world's biggest empire. The fact that our media isn't hammering on this daily infuriates me. Every press conference gaggle with the press secretary should feature questions about the Bush family's drinking/drug problems. It is the top issue because the effects reverberate throughout our lives. Drunks are famous for being fiscally irresponsible, physically reckless, belligerent and ill tempered and easily conned by fake friendships. All bad for running a country.

Bush can't process information very well anymore as anyone reading his babblings can see, people who talk weird usually aren't thinking straight. It is pretty simple. You don't go to a schizophrenic to learn about what is going on in the real world! Nor do you go to a drunk for sober analysis.

New Years is a drinking celebration. When a family of lushes celebrate it alone, you can bet, the drinking is very heavy, too heavy, too violent, too disgusting to do in public.
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