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Instead of Fixing the U.S. Economy or Creating Jobs for AMERICANS, Obama Will Spend The Money in Afghanistan and Iraq
Posted By admin On November 25, 2009 @ 5:20 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Washington’s Blog 
Wednesday, Nov 25th, 2009
America is in the most severe unemployment crisis since – and perhaps including – the Great Depression .
And yet Obama, like Bush, has done virtually nothing to create more jobs. Instead, they both gave trillions to the biggest banks (who are not loaning it out to the little guy) and for waging wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Obama is apparently escalating  – not ending – the wars. And its not cheap.
According to the White House , the cost of deploying new soldiers to Afghanistan could be $1 million per soldier. Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says that the Iraq war will cost $3-5 trillion dollars. 
But deficits don’t matter, right? Wrong .
But We Had No Choice … We Had to Fight Those Wars
But – you may say – we had no choice, we had to fight those wars because of 9/11.
Well, top British officials say  that the U.S. discussed Iraq regime change long before 9/11. In fact, they say that regime change was advocated one month after Bush took office:
The chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee in 2001 told investigators Monday that elements of the Bush Administration were pushing for regime change in Iraq in early 2001, months before the 9/11 attacks and two years before President George W. Bush formally announced the Iraq war.
Sir Peter Ricketts, now-Secretary at the Foreign Office, said that US and British officials believed at the time that measures against Iraq were failing: “sanctions, an incentive to lift sanctions if Saddam allowed the United Weapons inspectors to return, and the ‘no fly’ zones over the north and south of the country.”
Ricketts also said that US officials had raised the prospect of regime change in Iraq, asserting that the British weren’t supportive of the idea at the time.
***The head of the British Foreign Office’s Middle East department, Sir William Patey, told the inquiry that his office was aware of regime change talk from some parts of the Bush Administration shortly after they took office in 2001.
“In February 2001 we were aware of these drum beats from Washington and internally we discussed it,” Patey said. “Our policy was to stay away from that.”
The Brits previously revealed that intelligence and purported facts of Iraq’s weapons programs were “fixed around” the pre-set policy  of invading Iraq.
It’s not just the Brits.
Former CIA director George Tenet said that the White House wanted to invade Iraq long before 9/11, and inserted “crap” in its justifications for invading Iraq. 
Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill also says  that Bush planned the Iraq war before 9/11.
Everyone knew the WMD claims were fake. For example, the number 2 Democrat in the Senate, who was on the Senate intelligence committee, admitted  that the Senate intelligence committee knew before the war started that Bush’s public statements about Iraqi WMDs were false. And if the committee knew, then the White House knew as well.
The CIA warned the White House that claims about Iraq’s nuclear ambitions (using forged documents) were false , and yet the White House made those claims anyway.
Cheney was largely responsible for generating fake intelligence about Iraq in order to justify the war. For example:
And see this .
And you may have heard that the Energy Task Force chaired by Cheney prior to 9/11 collected maps of Iraqi oil fields and potential suitors for that oil . But you probably don’t know that a secret document  written by the National Security Council on February 3, 2001 directed the N.S.C. staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy: “the review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.
In other words, it is difficult to brush off Cheney’s Energy Task Force’s examination of Iraqi oil maps as a harmless comparison of American energy policy with known oil reserves because the N.S.C. explicitly linked the Task Force, oil, and regime change. Indeed, a former senior director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs at the N.S.C. said :
If this little group was discussing geostrategic plans for oil, it puts the issue of war in the context of the captains of the oil industry sitting down with Cheney and laying grand, global plans.
(and see this ).
Cheney’s role in getting the U.S. into unnecessary military confrontations is not new. According to former high-level intelligence officer Melvin Goodman, during the Ford administration, Cheney orchestrated  phony intelligence for the Congress in order to get an endorsement for covert arms shipments to anti-government forces in Angola.
And in the 1970’s, Cheney was instrumental  in generating fake intelligence exaggerating the Soviet threat in order to undermine coexistence between the U.S. and Soviet Union, which conveniently justified huge amounts of cold war spending. See also this . This scheme foreshadowed Mr. Cheney’s role in generating fake intelligence in Iraq by 30 years.
And Cheney was the guy who directed all counter-terrorism activities in 2001  and who directed the U.S. response on 9/11 , accidentally allowing hijacked planes to fly all over the place , and perhaps – as implied by Secretary of Transportation Norm Minetta – to slam into the Pentagon  (confirmed here ). Heck of a job, Dick …
But you don’t even have to even think about all of the complex facts discussed above. It’s really simple: when asked to specify exactly why we are still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama cannot really explain why we are still there.
The Wars Are Unnecessary and Are Killing the Economy
Bottom line: The wars are unnecessary, and they are draining resources which could be used to reduce unemployment and help the economy.
Note: This is not a Republican versus Democratic issue. For example, Bill Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act  in 1998, calling for regime change in Iraq. And Obama is escalating wars started by the previous administration.
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URLs in this post:
 Washington’s Blog : http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/11/instead-of-fixing-economy-or-creating.html
 since – and perhaps including – the Great Depression: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2007/08/unemployment.html
 escalating: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/79380.html
 White House: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/23/cost-estimates-of-afghani_n_367354.html
 $3-5 trillion dollars.: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/07/AR2008030702846_pf.html
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/11/confirmed-defense-spending-creates-less.html
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/11/military-spending-is-increasing.html
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/11/war-always-causes-recession.html
 Wrong: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/11/deficits-and-massive-debt-overhangs-do.html
 say: http://rawstory.com/2009/11/discussed-iraq-regime-change-month-bush-office-british/
 “fixed around” the pre-set policy: http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/memos.html
 Image: http://www.prisonplanet.com/2009_christmas_special.htm
 wanted to invade Iraq long before 9/11, and inserted “crap” in its justifications for invading Iraq.: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/27/AR2007042700550.html?nav=most_emailed
 says: http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/01/10/oneill.bush/
 admitted: http://web.archive.org/web/20070429045319/http://washtimes.com/national/20070427-124842-1706r.htm
 CIA warned the White House that claims about Iraq’s nuclear ambitions (using forged documents) were false: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3056626.stm
 can be traced back to Vice President Dick Cheney: http://rawstory.com/news/2007/ExCIA_analyst_Forged_yellowcake_memo_leads_0430.html
 “Cheney’s office was pulling the strings” on the shop which twisted Iraq intelligence: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0807-02.htm
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/04/5-hours-after-911-attacks-rumsfeld-said.html
 maps of Iraqi oil fields and potential suitors for that oil: http://www.judicialwatch.org/iraqi-oil-maps.shtml
 secret document: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2004/02/16/040216fa_fact?currentPage=5
 this: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1203-21.htm
 orchestrated: http://pubrecord.org/commentary/806/the-cia-and-its-history-of-bamboozling-the-congress/
 instrumental: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0213-28.htm
 this: http://www.counterpunch.org/golub03212003.html
 directed all counter-terrorism activities in 2001: http://web.archive.org/web/20030310053533/http://usinfo.state.gov/regional/af/security/a1050878.htm
 directed the U.S. response on 9/11: http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/09/11/ar911.king.cheney/
 all over the place: http://thememoryhole.com/911/911-flightpaths-bases.htm
 slam into the Pentagon: http://youtube.com/watch?v=bDfdOwt2v3Y
 here: http://www.youtube.com/v/u-5PKQTUz5o
 this: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4587368/
 this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1550366.stm
 this: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/24/world/middleeast/24terror.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
 this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7460-2005Jan13.html
 this: http://www.motherjones.com/news/featurex/2007/03/iraq_effect_1.html
 this: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/100102_against_war.html
 this: http://www.counterpunch.org/feingold09292005.html
 this: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JE07Ak01.html
 Iraq Liberation Act: http://www.fas.org/news/iraq/1998/11/01/981101-in.htm
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