"... Now, she is going back to help poor Ryan Crocker, the US Ambassador, who must need help, I guess. and to keep military people like Fallon, Petraeus and Odierno in line..." says Col. Lang. Read more here at Sic Semper Tyrannis.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Reuters President Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday, ... to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Director of media affairs at STATE says "much of our audience either doesn't listen or perceives our efforts to be meaningless U.S. propaganda"
Monday, May 28, 2007
Welch - Abrams - Cheney et al. have violated federal law, including, but not limited to, several provisions of the US Patriot Act
4. Welch Club offers further proof of the pathos and disintegration of the USG in regards to ME foreign policy. On one hand, we support Sunni terrorists cells with ideological ties to Al-Q. On the other hand, we support Shia factions in Iraq. Futhermore, we green light -- and fund with US taxpayer money -- the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, without even safeguarding beforehand thousands of American citizens in Beirut and elsewhere. Then the USG channels US taxpayer money to Lebanon to help with the cost of repairing the country ravaged by American bombs.
Where is Joseph Heller of Catch 22 fame when we need him?
5. No evidence exists Welch-Abrams et al. are attempting to out "G" the guerrilla. If the USG does not do so, then odds increase greatly that we lose. Questions arise: Does divide and conquer -- as well as exterminate an entire people -- have any role today in the American-British post WWII military tradition? Does it fulfill the maxim that to win, "you out 'G', the guerrilla"?
Iraq beginning to export fighters and the tactics they have honed in the insurgency to neighboring countries and beyond
European "cracks" in the isolation of Lebanon's President: Poland's Presidential emissaries at Baabda
Stand against "rationalization of Israeli butchery toward Lebanon" by Rutgers' Trivers, gets him canceled at Harvard
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Al Qaeda's Abu Jandal, in audio message calls upon the Syrians to "strike the Alawis hard" because they are worse than the Jews and the Christians
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon confirms that the 4 Saudi members of Fath el Islam killed "are indeed members of Al Qaeda"
Saturday, May 26, 2007
‘That’s too bad,” Feith said.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Terje Larsen's spot as Spec. Coordinator for the Mideast Peace Process goes to the UK's Michael Williams
"Unanswred phone" prevented the coordination between Army Intelligence and the "new US trained & equiped" Internal Security Forces of Wissam Hassan
Cheney to Constrain Bush's Choices on Iran Conflict: Staff Engaged in Insubordination Against President Bush
"The zinger of this information is the admission by this Cheney aide that Cheney himself is frustrated with President Bush and believes, much like Richard Perle, that Bush is making a disastrous mistake by aligning himself with the policy course that Condoleezza Rice, Bob Gates, Michael Hayden and McConnell have sculpted.According to this official, Cheney believes that Bush can not be counted on to make the "right decision" when it comes to dealing with Iran and thus Cheney believes that he must tie the President's hands." (Read Steve Clemons full piece here.)
L'erreur strategique de Saad Hariri
Les forces de se©curite ont decouvert des fevrier des preparatifs terroristes dans les camps palestiniens du Liban. Mais les leaders sunnites leur ont demande de ne pas reagir.
Selon nos informations, le service de renseignement des Forces de securite interieure (FSI), commandee par wissam al-Hassan, en coordination avec la Direction du renseignement militaire (DRM) du general Georges Khoury ont saisi, le 3 mars, une trentaine de detonateurs electrochimiques aux abords du camp palestinien d'Ain-Heloue, Ã l'est de Saida, au sud du Liban. L'enquete a ensuite montre que ces systemes sophistiques en provenance d'Europe de l'Est appartenaient Ã un reseau terroriste infiltre dans le camp et operant sous le nom de Jund al-Sham. Celui-ci aurait eu pour mission de preparer une attaque contre la Finul.
Peu auparavant, les memes services avaient releve des mouvements inhabituels d'ambulances frappees du sigle du Croissant-Rouge, ainsi qu'une affluence d'ulemas et de femmes voilees aux entrees du camp palestinien de Nahr al-Bared, pres de Tripoli, au nord du pays. Les investigations ont montre que les services syriens de renseignement militaire avaient infiltre des elements aguerris agissant sous le nom de Fatah al-Islam et positionnes en vue d'affrontements futurs avec l'armee libanaise. L'operation aurait ete dirigee par un Syrien, veteran de la guerre en Irak et proche de la mouvance salafiste de Tripoli, Chebab Kaddour, connu sous le nom d'Abou Harira.
D'apres une source securitaire bien informee, le leader sunnite Saad Hariri avait ete prevenu des fevrier par wissam al-Hassan de cette arrivee massive de combattants. Cependant, le fils de l'ancien premier ministre assassine, qui contrele politiquement la region de Tripoli, a demande de ne pas intervenir, avec l'argument suivant : "Nous aurons besoin de leurs fusils pour faire face Ã l'influence grandissante des chiites du Hezbollah". Mais c'est contre l'armee libanaise que ceux-ci ont ouvert le feu la semaine derniere.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Subject: Fwd: Possible Targets in Beirut (UN Report)
I'm clogging up your email --with a cause.
I'd like to share the below info as a staff member of GRID and as the international deputy warden for Zone 7 (Ain Mreisseh), which was forwarded to me by the National Security Officer at the International Medical Corp. in Beirut just now:
"Here are some possible targets in Beirut. Please restrict your movement & avoid being in Gemmayzeh & Monot.
ABC Mall Achrafieh
ABC Mall Dbayeh
Giant Casino Mall Dora
Casino du Liban Jounieh
Local transportations (buses)
Big schools & universities
Any other business centers & shopping streets."
All the best,
While Bush "floats a post-surge" strategy in Iraq, his Administration requests quick assistance to Lebanese Army
Monday, May 21, 2007
Colonel Lang points to the fact that "the "players" in the Siniora/Hariri coalition do not have clean hands in the matter of the creation and encouragement of Sunni zealotry in Lebanon. Lebanese political leaders have "played" to the Sunni Lebanese of the north for many years, seeking their support in the maze of Lebanese politics. Did they think that the Sunni Palestinians in the camps would not hear the same message?"Read Lang's full comment on SicSemperTyrannis here
Sunday, May 20, 2007
In "off the record", Siniora to foreign journalist: “Our attitude allows Al Qaeda types to have a presence in Lebanon, to offset "Shia'a scheme"
and as a further reminder, a most distinguished US Intelligence Official, Bruce Riedel, has this to say in June's Foreign Affairs, "... al Qaeda is well placed to threaten global security in the near future. Because it thrives on failed and failing states, it will have opportunities to set up new operations. One appealing option may be Lebanon, where extremist Sunni groups have long operated, particularly in the country's second-largest city, Tripoli, which was controlled by a Sunni fundamentalist group during much of the 1980s, before Syria cracked down. If the Lebanese state is further weakened or civil war breaks out, al Qaeda may seek a foothold there. The United Nations force stationed in Lebanon is likely to be a target, since the jihadists consider it to be another crusading army in the Muslim world."
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
British UN diplomat "guarantees stability" in Lebanon while President Lahoud's written objections are concealed by "inside job"
Iraq-Iran Increasing Bilateral Ties: Iran to Build Pipeline, Invited to Bid on Refinery Construction
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Harper's: assassins of Hariri should be held to account,and there should be some senior figures from "other governments" in the dock right beside them
Analysis: The Saudis, above all else, "crave stability", skepticism reigns as to the kingdom's willingness to help the US in Iraq
Israel’s strongest supporters chastised the leadership for failing to solve conflict with neighboring Arabs
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
CENTCOM's Adm. Fallon vows privately "there would be no war against Iran as long as he was chief of CENTCOM"
To all those "wicked" people who thought that Secretary Ban was the worst choice for UN Sec-Gen at this time of heightened conflicts most notably in the Middle East, read below (and the full "off the cuff" interview).
Q: Do you support a referendum regarding Lebanon, since the Lebanese people are totally split, and the Government is not representative of the people of Lebanon, and it is not constitutional, as Mr. Lahoud has put it in his letters. Do you support a referendum on the Tribunal in Lebanon, ... (and) I am sure you saw the picture full of flame on the top of the front page of this morning's New York Times (in Gaza) ... have you been in touch with any of the principals involved, and is there anything you think that the UN can do to use its good offices to get this situation back on track?
SG: This is something which the Lebanese people should decide on I am of the view that,... asking the Security Council to take necessary action ... (and) I am gravely concerned about all this continuing violence in Gaza, particularly among the Palestinian people (not the Basque in Gaza!), and I was going to talk to President [Mahmoud] Abbas to take the necessary measures to control the situation ."
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
"Falsified documents" circulated by former Beirut Iran Embassy guard, suggest Gen. Asgari "defected"
"Dear Pat: I have been busy working on the Balkans, but wanted to provide some data about Chalabi and Iran.According to more than half a dozen CIA operatives, including former clandestine DO officials, "Agency people became aware that Chalabi had probably been a long-time agent for Iran," in the words of one. These sources, including Whitley Bruner, say that Chalabi was long ago working for Iran in Lebanon, even before the agency recruited him in 1991 and stuck him in as head of the INC. Bruner said of Chalabi: "He never gave the agency any intel on Iran, never submitted to being debriefed.' adding, "He was Iran’s guy."Bruner and others claim that Chalabi "wanted to start low-intensity war with Iraq. He hoped we would get sucked in." The plan was that the INC would "appeal to US benefactors and we would rescue our proxies."Former CIA agent, Bob Baer who went into Kurdistan in 1994, said that Chalabi always came into Kurdistan from Iran, where he had a villa. He said Chalabi was very close to Iranians, and covert operators said IRG folk were often at his house in Salauddin.The INC was totally penetrated by Iranian and Iraqi agents but the CIA didn't care. Chalabi was never entrusted with any secret operations. He was the day to day manager of INC which was putting out anti-Saddam gray propaganda. We wanted Saddam to know about the INC just to keep the pressure on him.In 1996, the CIA was trying to organize a serious attempt to overthrow Saddam using the INA, headed by a former Saddam hit man, Iyad Allawi who had broken with Saddam and walked in to work for MI-6 in the late 1970s. The Brits eventually brought him to the CIA in 1992. Allawi had assets inside Saddam's military but Chalabi betrayed the coup out of jealousy. The INA was the preferred CIA instrument, its intelligence was being checked out by technical means, and its success would have meant the end of Chalabi's funding. In any case, Chalabi got caught fabricating information and the CIA cut him off. He merely went to the Pentagon and the checks kept coming because his fabricated intelligence on Iraq's WMD was so essential to selling the war, this from a man who had already failed four CIA polygraphs so that the agency had issued a "burn" notice on him by the late 1990s. In 2004, Chalabi betrayed to Iran the fact the NSA was listening to mail belonging to Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). Milt Bearden called me in real distress the day the Iranian channel went off the air.But Chalabi's real goal was to get rid of the Baathists in Iraq, and get rid of the army. In spite of promises we had made to senior Iraqi military, some of whom facilitated our entry into Iraq in 2003, Bremer, Wolfowitz and Chalabi broke all those promises and the Iraqis joined the insurgency.
All the best,
Sunday, May 13, 2007
In his comment "The Axis Of Ineptitude", Col. Pat Lang calls Bremer a "sycophant (s) and self-serving careerist (s), ... Bremer has been allowed by the neocon leadership of the Washington Post to place a whining, mendacious piece in this Sunday's paper. It is filled with evidence of his stupidity, ignorance and willingness to deceive in self defense. As an example, his characterization of the old Iraqi Army is nonsense. That army was a NATIONAL army that stood at the very center of whatever NATIONAL institutions Iraq possessed."
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Lebanon: Urgent calls for the formation of a National Unity Government comes from the "oddest" of places
Thursday, May 10, 2007
"Deputy National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams told a group of Jewish communal leaders last week that the president would ensure that the process does not lead to Israel being pushed into an agreement with which it is uncomfortable." Read full Forward article here.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
"The heart of the U.S.-Saudi alliance is a new effort to combat Iran and its proxies in the Arab world. This began after last summer's war in Lebanon between Israel and the Iranian-backed Shiite militia, Hezbollah. Working closely with the United States, the Saudis began pumping money to Lebanese Sunni, Christian and Druze political groups that could counter Hezbollah's influence... The Saudis support the (US's) new effort, ... by Rice, to seek Syrian help in stabilizing Iraq... began moving to ease tensions with Syria at the March Arab League summit..."
Read the Full WaPo opinion here.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
"is that hat from the Belfry Lizzy?"
Policy Focus no. 69
Col. W Pat Lang "SicSemperTyrannis" has these comments to a story in the WaPo:" ...Odierno has missed the possibility of the greatest threat of all to his outposts and to the continuation of the American presence in Iraq. Yes, the insurgents will continue to pound these posts ... Yes. The threat of a massive truck bombing is always present.Nevertheless, the biggest threat is that of a complex attack involving the use of one or more vehicle bombs employed as a substitute for artillery in a "breaching" role against the walls or a gate, followed by a ground assault taking advantage of confusion and under conditions of limited visibility (night, smoke, sand, etc.). An attack such as that would likely be supplemented with ambushes of the routes that reinforcements (QRF) would take on the ground or in the air.All of the elements of such an attack have been "tried out" by the insurgents thus far. Somewhere out there in "Insurgestan" a clever man is working out the details on how to "put it together... The wall of the compound has been reinforced with an outer wall and filler between the two barriers, .. but what lies just outside the outer wall is a mosque almost at the same level of height as the highest level of the post. Not good, folks, not good. If you are going to defend a place like this you have to have clear "fields of fire" around it. Bad choice of ground.A successful attack on a position like this will have a devastating effect on the political situation in the United States. The command in Baghdad should give the security of these posts even more attention. pl"
Mideast leaders worry whether Rice speaks for Bush and wonder if he is going to "pull out the rug from under her"
From Warandpiece and the Washington Post, "... Cheney's visit also might be an attempt to try to clear up what might be viewed as mixed messages from Rice by some leaders in the region...(who) wonder if Condi Rice really speaks for the president when she decides she's going to talk to the Syrians, or agrees to a conference that includes the Iranians," said David Mack, a retired diplomat, deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs and a consultant to the bipartisan Iraq Study group...They wonder if the president is going to pull out the rug from under her. The vice president, who is generally identified as having opposed (to engagment) can assure them that she speaks for the president as well, ..."
Monday, May 7, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
"Lebanon has significantly harmed or destroyed the political careers of nearly every Israeli politician that has touched it"
Saturday, May 5, 2007
" ... Does anyone still believe in the IDF ?For a decade or two it seemed like it could work, but then we were proven wrong. Somewhere between the West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron, Bnei Braq, the security zone in Southern Lebanon, Shenkin St. in Tel Aviv, and upscale Caesarea, we lost our direction and the bastards took over. Now we no longer have the energy to change anything, we don't believe anyone; we're already tired. Apparently, at the end they won't be taking over us with tanks. In two or three decades there will be no need for that apparently. And if they do attack, with ballistic missiles from Iran and Syrian Scud missiles, does anyone still believe that the IDF can handle it? After all, this is the same IDF that was unable to organize decent backpacks for every reservist in a war that we initiated on our own. The exact same IDF that has been pulverizing Hamas and Hizbullah for 20 years now – and look how nicely pulverized they are..." Read the full Ynet.Opinion here.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Dpty. Ntl' Security Adviser, man who devised and implemented strategy to build a "peaceful, stable and secure Iraq," resigns!
"Siniora is one Bush-supported pol desperately trying to hang on in the face of rising protests centered on the role he played in a Cheney-led war"
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Yossi Melman:"remain in Iraq is the worst decision, but improvement achieved only by dialogue-engagement with major players,including IRAN"
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Fmr. Senior Army Intell. Officer: CPA and Joint Task Force-7 refused tribes' assistance back in 2003'
"We don't want to recognize tribes in the new Iraq. The city folk want modern life - not tribes" is pretty much what Col. Lang calls the "Utopian nonsense" that permeated (and still does) the corridors of US policy makers in Iraq during this Administration.