WARNING – Don’t read this if you want to go back to sleep

You say you want the truth?
OK, if you insist.
But first, you have to repeat after me: War is a Racket’.
Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of our quest for empire over the past 11 decades realizes that Obama’s contemplation of whether to send additional troops to Afghanistan is simply a function of his Handlers, the Power Elite, providing Obama with the opportunity to look “presidential.” The decision to send additional troops was reached prior to the situational comedy of General McChrystal’s leaked “confidential report” to the Washington Post and Obama’s National Security Advisor’s public admonishment of McChrystal’s failure to follow the chain of command. All of this is nothing but a well-rehearsed, though poorly camouflaged hoax. Additional troops WILL be sent to Afghanistan within a very short period of time and Obama really has no say in the matter. The question we should all be asking is: WHY?

Could it be the US-installed puppet government in Afghanistan has new suitors who represent a very real threat to the United State’s control of Afghanistan and her abundant natural resources? Is the entry of Russia and Chinese influence into Afghanistan the real reason for the need for more troops? Russia reportedly made its entry back in 2007 with the reopening of its embassy in Kabul. The Soviet Foreign Minister, Sergei Ivanov, met privately with President Karzai and offered military assistance through the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The CSTO is made up of Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Russia is the driving force in this organization, as one might understand, due to the economic and military weakness of the other members. There were meetings with CSTO delegation in Kabul and neither the US nor the UK were invited. Were the US/UK coalition (NATO) allowed to solidify its position in Afghanistan, it would create a territorial split between Russia, China and Iran. Russia will do whatever is necessary to prevent this growth of power and influence in the region. Flashback to the Bejiing Olympics fiasco in soviet Georgia for confirmation.
Moscow is certainly concerned with the Pentagon’s plan to deploy Special Operations forces into the Central Asian States to conduct “foreign internal defense missions.” This translates into increasing military activity, which is better known by the CFR controlled media as “spreading democracy,” by the barrel of a gun or “fighting terrorism” with our own special brand of terror.
NATO, following the CFR-introduced agenda, is campaigning for increased cooperation with Moscow in the region to “facilitate the fading of Russia’s lingering imperial ambitions.” These are the words of none other than Zbigniew Brzezinski, author of the NATO report. Surely, Putin will see through this smokescreen.
Russia has also cancelled all of Afghanistan’s Soviet-era debts and is moving to help Kabul rebuild the Afghan infrastructure. The increase of trade between Afghanistan and Russia, which was at the $190 million mark in 2008, is also a move to create a vision of Russia as an ally to the people of Afghanistan with the US and NATO appearing as the foreign invader.
What has prompted the governments in Moscow and Beijing to converge with the forces of NATO in Afghanistan? Is it purely a protectionist strategy or are those governments there for the same reason we initiated the war in 2001: an abundance of natural resources?
China has made its moves to secure as many of the natural resources located in Afghanistan as it can. Almost one year ago, in November of 2008, China, acting through the China Metallurgical Group Corporation and the Jiangxi Copper Company, secured the Aynak Copper Mine in Logar Province. This copper mine is reported to be the largest in the world and has been basically inoperative since the Soviet Invasion in 1979. China has agreed to a 2.9-billion dollar investment in the infrastructure of the area including a power plant and possible railroad into Pakistan. If I were an Afghan citizen, whom would I support in my country, a nation that is actually contributing to a better life or one that is indiscriminately bombing my fellow citizens?
Now, when it appears our puppet Karzai may have been influenced by a better offer from Russia, China, or both, the Obama administration, strongly supported by the neocons, is seeking to perhaps replace Karzai with a new election, suddenly proclaiming the election the US just supervised to have been corrupt. Members of both political/criminal parties now openly support the war in Afghanistan as being necessary to our national defense(those boogie-man terrorists), with the question being, not, do we send more troops to Afghanistan to bleed and die for oil and minerals, but how many? I’m sure our influence in NATO will bring about the necessary conclusions in order to facilitate our attempt to replace our own political puppet. Karzai has obviously broken the bonds of US control by participating in meetings outside of the US political purview with China, Russia and even in this agreement, which included Iran and Pakistan. The construction of this pipeline was due to start last month. Russia and China see this new pipeline as crucial to their retention of power in the region and will make the necessary military movements to insure their investments.
Financially crippled due to our continued wars for empire and the printing of billions of new dollars to repay political cronies in the financial world has left us in a precarious position in Afghanistan. We will try to counter the financial prowess of China, to whom we owe billions and their military ties to Russia with the blood and lives of tens of thousands of new US cannon fodder. When China tires of Hillary’s ‘knob-polishing’ offers and calls in our financial markers, what will become of our country?
We are escalating a war we cannot win. How long will it be before Americans realize that their blind patriotic/political allegiance, along with their lives, liberties, and property are all being taxed and exploited for the Racket of their political and financial masters.
Erudio, Strenuus, Restituo
Restore the Republic!
End the Fed.

Chinese Automakers May Buy GM and Chrysler

By Bertel Schmitt

November 18, 2008 –

Chinese carmakers SAIC and Dongfeng have plans to acquire GM and Chrysler, China’s 21st Century Business Herald reports today. [A National Enquirer the paper is not. It is one of China’s leading business newspapers, with a daily readership over three million.] The paper cites a senior official of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology– the state regulator of China’s auto industry– who dropped the hint that “the auto manufacturing giants in China, such as Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) and Dongfeng Motor Corporation, have the capability and intention to buy some assets of the two crisis-plagued American automakers.” These hints are very often followed with quick action in the Middle Kingdom. The hints were dropped just a few days after the same Chinese government gave its auto makers the go-ahead to invest abroad. And why would they do that?

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Thinking we should attack Iran? Don’t forget China

China and Russia reap the benefits of sanctions

Talks with Iran have reached another impasse. The Islamic regime recently rejected yet another package of incentives that the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany put together in an effort to coax Tehran from ending its nuclear enrichment program. Intelligence agencies fear the Iranians will soon reach the critical “point of no return” when they will have the technological know-how to develop a nuclear weapon.

That apprehension has set off a flurry of rumors that Israel or the United States will attack Iran before it is able to reach that threshold.

In this environment, one would think that the international community would be doing everything in its power to press Iran into accepting a compromise. And the developed world is rightly ratcheting up the pressure on the Iranian government.

Yet two countries – China and Russia – are not only undermining the effort, they are actually profiting from the rest of the world’s sanctions.

This past spring, China’s state-run oil company announced it would move forward on its $70 billion contract to purchase liquefied natural gas and develop the Yadavaran oil field in southwest Iran.

Russia continues to sell Iran billions of dollars worth of nuclear technology as well as some of the most advanced radars and surface-to-air missiles in the world. These systems, including the SA-400 Triumf, would radically improve Iran’s missile defense capabilities and complicate any attack on the Islamic regime.

As European businesses pull their investments out of Iran, in line with current EU sanctions, the Chinese and Russians have been happily stepping in to fill those lucrative vacancies. In essence, they are reaping the benefits of other governments’ efforts to stave off the disaster that a nuclear Iran would be.

Officially, the Chinese and Russians say they do not support stronger sanctions because they don’t believe in their effectiveness. Off the record, however, both countries recognize that any form of sanctions that restrict their own business ventures is not going to stop the Iranians from pursuing their end goal of acquiring nuclear weapons.

Thus in the meantime, the Russians and Chinese are angling themselves to maximize the economic benefits of such a precarious state of affairs in the Middle East.

Tehran has warned Israel and the United States against targeting Iran, declaring that such a move would cause Iran to set its enemies “ablaze.” These comments come amid more calls by Iran’s leadership for Israel to be destroyed.

Actions, however, speak louder than words. Iran recently test-launched a number of missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction and hitting targets as far away as Israel or Eastern Europe, reinforcing its status as an international pariah. This comes on the heels of a U.S. Navy drill in the Gulf and a major Israeli air exercise mimicking an attack on Iran.

Interestingly, both the Chinese and Russians are loath to see the emergence of a nuclear Iran. Yet, along with many European countries, they recognize that their threshold for what constitutes a “point of no return” in Iran’s nuclear program is much higher than the standards applied by the United States or Israel. So in the meantime, they will continue to keep the pressure off Iran. At worst, this approach could ensure that a diplomatic solution will not be achieved and a military attack on Iran will be required.

China and Russia may be enticed into supporting stronger sanctions against Iran if the United States and other parties in the negotiations can demonstrate the greater economic benefits available to them all once a deal with Tehran is reached. This would require some creative maneuvering on the part of the Western powers, but it is imperative that the Chinese and Russians understand they have much more to gain from an end to the conflict with Iran than they do from a complete meltdown.

If a military attack happens, the aftermath will be disastrous: The Israelis will be battered; the Iranians bloodied; the Americans left to clean up the mess; and the Chinese and Russians will sit back and call once again for diplomacy to prevail, as they once again reap the benefits of complacency.

Joshua Gleis is an international security associate at the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School and a visiting scholar at Columbia University.