April 2007

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Credibility Test for 2008 Candidates: Iraq is only a reflection of US bipartisan foreign policy that is unchanged from WWII. It can be summed up as an aspiration for unqualified US dominance.The plan to achieve dominance has involved actions  supporting anything anti-Soviet (anti-communist), and unqualified support for Israel (regardless of US interests or moral/legal justification), and supprtive of US corporate/commercial interests(even when at the expense of local populations). The political smokescreen has always been selling altruistic motives of spreading freedom and democracy and US security(absurd) to the US public. If you are looking for a litmus test for a candidate with a policy based on the pursuit of US interests, but  guided and constrained by international law/justice and humanitarian/moral values, then find one advocating the US sever its support for the racist apartheid Israel. None exist.Worst, if he/she existed they would commit political suicide for advocating such action. So real change must begin with public education. Then true alternative policy candidates will reveal themselves and can be elected. 2008 is just going to be the latest democratically elected US fascist government. Vote a third party and lay the groundwork for future change.If you insist on voting the lesser evil strategy, then vote for Dennis Kucinich in the primaries as the closest to a passing grade,but I believe he also fails my litmus test for true change.[Add Mike Gravel of Alaska to the top of the lesser evil category of democrats.] Until then US foreign policy will continue to have no credibility. Withdrawal of military and financial support for racist apartheid Israel policies,and taking a positive pro-Palestinian position to solve that conflict will immediately establish a credible US foreign policy.

Don't Forget the Real Reagan Bastard.(Iran Contra).. {Republicans hold up Reagan as their gold standard; well what can we say about that}Ortega Calls on US to Respect World Court Ruling.......
The Bush administration’s roots in supporting military repression in Latin America during the 1980s has played a prominent role in the reaction to Bush’s visit. In Nicaragua, president Daniel Ortega called on the US to respect the 1986 judgement of the World Court that said the Reagan administration should pay Nicaragua $17 billion for committing unlawful aggression.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega: "The court said that the United States should cease these aggressions against Nicaragua and should compensate Nicaragua with $17 billion dollars. And if President Bush recognizes this debt and withdraws its troops from Iraq then we would be dealing with a state that could accept that they cannot be aggressors."
President Bush is in Mexico today for the last stop of his Latin America tour. ..{most media manipulated americans don't know of that World Court guilty verdict and US refusal to pay up....this is the Republican gold standard}

North Korea: As it did with the 1994 Clinton North Korean nuclear disarmanment deal, the Bush administration is undercutting the latest deal. North Korea (DPRK) has made it clear that the initial step in the phased process requires the US to release its sanctions on the Bank of Macau it deals with which has resulted in some $25 million dollars being frozen. The US has dumped the specific issue in the lap of the Macau government while issuing a decree that no US banks are to deal with the Macau bank. This in no way unencumbers the North Korean foreign financial problems. Not being stupid, expect North Korea to balk at completing the agreed upon followon phase involving shutting down their plutonium producing nuclear reactor. Recognizing this, China at once noted the US ploy. The US will use the DPRK failure to do so in an attempt to put the failure of the process on them, just as they did with the earlier process whose failure the US initiated by accusing  them of pursuing a high enriched uranium bomb production program, which has not been proved. The duplicitous behavior of the US in these negotiations parallels that in the ongoing Iran nuclear issues. [3/24/07 update: DPRK has realized their funds are not available and put a hold on further talks until they are truly available.Afterwards they are likely to discover there remain US instigated roadblocks to their international finances beyond the initial $25 million.Not sure that will scuttle process or not.] [Update:4/16/07: DPRK seems to have awakened that the mere release of the pittance $25 million will not halt the US instigated roadblocks to its utilization of normal international financial transactions.So it has not begun shutdown of its reactor;and expectedly the US is acting as if it truly met their obligation.Same old ploys.][Update 4/18: detailed article on mechanics of US bank matter]

Iran: Further Iran UNSC resolution to halt legal enrichment builds on the illegality of the 1st such resolution, and digs a deeper diplomatic hole to achieve resolution. Simply, Iran should continue to ignore the baseless resolution and speedup Natanz in order to make their own fuel in a few years and start their Bushehr nuclear plant up.They should abandon unreliable Russian nuclear supply. By "tricking" the UNSC into passing the illegal resolutions the US has achieved its goal of reducing the UNSC to irrelevance by undermining its legality and credibility through the backdoor. We know domestic US politicians are untrustworthy, gullible, and generally not too smart (ie. stupid);now it appears the gullibility extends to most international diplomats also.[Update 9 April: Iran announces it has advanced to 3,000 centrifuge stage;just the expected and previously announced scaleup path to 54,000 devices for an industrial plant;expected misinformation and media scare tactics for public Nuclear Standoff With Iran: The Only Way Out    The Case For Nuclear Iran

Eight Anti-War Democrats Vote Against War Funding
A total of 14 Democrats voted against the bill including eight who oppose any more funding of the war. The eight anti-war Democrats were, Maxine Waters, Lynn Woolsey, Diane Watson and Barbara Lee, all of California, Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, John Lewis of Georgia, Mike McNulty of New York and Mike Michaud of Maine. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi managed to secure passage of the spending bill because she received the support of many Democrats who had voted against previous supplemental spending measures. The Senate is taking up a similar spending bill this week.(from http://www.democracynow.org of 3/26/07) [Hurray for this small group for not supporting continuation of the war. They support a resolution HR508 that truly ends the war,but Pelosi is blocking the resolution from even reaching open debate.]{lots of congressional "bullshit" surrounding emergency war funding;just don't do it; cutting off funding ends warmaking;military has more than enough money for "tickets home" for every troop and piece of equipment. Troops are only endangered if administration continues to prosecute the war instead of wrapping it up;in such case we need to hang those "bastards".

Kucinich on Iran    Dem's Me-Too Iran Talk     US to Develop New Hydrogen Bomb    The Must Do List     Dump the Democrats and Unite   What Would You Do If You Were Iran    Hillary Vows to Bomb Iran For Israel   Swedish Solidarity With Palestinians   Chomsky Connects the Dots   McGovern to Cheney:Resign   Cuba: A Shameful Injustice     God's Dupes    Clinton Says She Would Keep US Troops in Iraq as President    Bush/Blair Could Face ICC War Crimes Charges   77% Of American Jews Against War     Are We Politicians or Citizens?     Democrats War Funding Debacle   No Good 2008 Choices    Democrats:Broken Promises and Bald-Faced Lies   US Policy Heading to WW3   US Terrorism    Venezuela: Good Going      Time to Quit Democrats    US; Israel's Zionist Puppet   Chomsky: The Iran Effect  Beware Neocon Takeover at PBS   Iacocca:Where Have The Leaders Gone?    BYU Students Reject Cheney Commencement;Raise Money For Alternate Speakers/Venue