Good article (item 1) though it contains only a passing reference to GMOs - a telling one - "This bill will give $14.5 billion in tax breaks to such progressive entities as Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips, coal and nuclear power corporations, not to mention the corporate corruption poster child, Archer Daniels Midland, to make ethanol from all that genetically modified corn they grow." Item 2 raises questions (and then some!) of the kind raised by the recent revelations about the bombing of the Greenpeace ship, the Rainbow Warrior, being ordered from the very top - despite all the denials.
2.U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba
Lets call the whole thing off, shall we?
by Alan Bisbort - August 4, 2005
"Who are these people with such low self-esteem that they need a war to feel better about themselves? Can I recommend, instead of a war, some sit-ups, maybe a fruit cup." -- Bill Hicks
After London police fired seven bullets into the head of Jean Charles de Menezes -- who, in fact, was not a terrorist; he only played one in their fantasies -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair told Menezes' family he was "desperately sorry" about the mixup.
We know exactly what you mean, Mr. Blair. A lot of people in this country fantasized that Mr. Bush was presidential timber. Twice. The number of those folks are dropping daily, of course, with the latest Quinnipiac poll showing 41 percent of the American people approve of the job Mr. Bush is doing. But the rest of us have been feeling "desperately sorry" about the state of political affairs since January 2001 when a blatantly partisan Supreme Court inserted Mr. Bush into the White House by a 5 to 4 vote, thus nullifying the will of the people.
Since then, we've been "desperately sorry" about so many things that we can no longer keep track of them. Which I guess is the point of the Republican "Abuse The People" campaign -- keep hitting them with fresh new outrages, and they'll forget the ones that happened the day before yesterday.
Lately, for example, this illegal war in Iraq has left us feeling "desperately sorry." It sidetracked the real war on terror, increased the number of terrorist attacks around the world -- like that unpleasantness in your public transportation conveyances, Mr. Blair -- and left Osama bin Laden a free man. We're also "desperately sorry" for the 1,800+ troops who've been killed, the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who've had their lives and families destroyed by collateral damage and the billions of dollars of our money pissed down that sandy hole.
And, we're going to continue to be "desperately sorry" about Iraq for years because, according to a survey just released by the surgeon general of the U.S. Army, 30 percent of our soldiers have developed symptoms of mental disorder months after returning home. These include anxiety, depression, nightmares, anger and an inability to concentrate -- tedious little things that won't clear up for years and may worsen into the dreaded malaise, developed by Persian Gulf War vets now living underneath interstate bridges, called post-traumatic stress disorder. (They're living there partly because the Bush Administration has severely cut Veterans Administration's budget and veterans' benefit, thus inspiring the new Army recruitment slogan "Support Our Troops My Ass").
We're "desperately sorry" about the CAFTA bill that just squeaked through the Congress and the so-called "Energy Bill" that's on the fast track. This bill will give $14.5 billion in tax breaks to such progressive entities as Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips, coal and nuclear power corporations, not to mention the corporate corruption poster child, Archer Daniels Midland, to make ethanol from all that genetically modified corn they grow. We're also desperately sorry that the EPA chose this week to delay the release of its report on fuel economy, which would have shown cars and trucks are much less fuel efficient than even a decade ago. Funny, that energy bill doesn't even mention regulations on fuel economy.
We're "desperately sorry" about Mr. Bush's nomination of John Roberts for the Supreme Court and "desperately sorry" the Republicans in the Senate have browbeaten the Democrats into asking Mr. Roberts only "appropriate" questions. The blogger Atrios suggests that this browbeating is so bad that the only permissible question for Mr. Roberts will be "What is your favorite ice cream flavor?" I don't agree with Atrios. There are other questions those tough-as-leather Democrats can ask: Which is your favorite of the Three Stooges, and why? And, while we're on the subject, we're feeling "desperately sorry" for the spinelessness of the Democratic Party.
Ultimately, we're "desperately sorry" because we know what would end the war on terror, but it's something that won't happen. That is, the war on terror will be over when Bush and Blair are removed from office.
2.U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba
Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba
By David Ruppe
N E W Y O R K, May 1, 2001 In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.
Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban emigres, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.
The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.
America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation." Details of the plans are described in Body of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by investigative reporter James Bamford about the history of America's largest spy agency, the National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected to the agency, he notes.
The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years.
"These were Joint Chiefs of Staff documents. The reason these were held secret for so long is the Joint Chiefs never wanted to give these up because they were so embarrassing," Bamford told ABCNEWS.com.
"The whole point of a democracy is to have leaders responding to the public will, and here this is the complete reverse, the military trying to trick the American people into a war that they want but that nobody else wants."
Gunning for War
The documents show "the Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up and approved plans for what may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government," writes Bamford.