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Obama announces to Senate yesterday a continuation of Bush-era 'emergency' policy in Iraq.


As outlined in Obama's words here, so the current government can settle the outstanding debts of the previous government with respect to the oil industry.  For the US, those are the 'relevant' issues.

Human lives and the environment do not constitute emergencies.

Issues Pages: 

His statement mentions peace, briefly, but prioritizes money, the Central Bank of Iraq, debt, and oil:

"The Iraqi government continues to take steps to resolve debts and settle claims arising from the actions of the previous regime. Before the end of the year, my Administration will review the Iraqi government's progress on resolving these outstanding debts and claims, as well as other relevant circumstances, in order to determine whether the prohibitions contained in Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003, as amended by Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004, on any attachment, judgment, decree, lien, execution, garnishment, or other judicial process with respect to the Development Fund for Iraq, the accounts, assets, and property held by the Central Bank of Iraq, and Iraqi petroleum-related products, should continue in effect beyond December 31, 2010, which are in addition to the sovereign immunity ordinarily provided to Iraq as a sovereign nation under otherwise applicable law.

   Barack Obama.

   The White House, May 12, 2010."

It seems that now there is question that Bush's financial steamroller may fail, and the US may lose control of Iraq's money and oil.

Others might be able to describe more of the debt and banking issues here.



as noted in the thread on 'emergency preparedness',

"the term ‘emergency’ means—(A) a major market disturbance characterized by or constituting—
(i) sudden and excessive fluctuations of securities prices generally, or a substantial threat thereof, that threaten fair and
orderly markets; or  (ii) a substantial disruption of the safe or efficient operation of the national system for clearance and settlement of transactions in securities, or a substantial threat thereof; or (B) a major disturbance that substantially disrupts, or threatens to substantially disrupt—(i) the functioning of securities markets, investment companies, or any other significant portion or segment of the securities markets; or (ii) the transmission or processing of securities transactions...’’ p.982.  This statement is a recent amendment to an existing specific Act, and as part of the so-called US financial 'reform' indicates current US priorities.

Current US direction considers the key 'emergency' in Iraq to be a threat to US financier transactions in securities and investment companies.

'Peace' therefore means where US financier transactions in securities and investment companies have no 'emergencies'.

'Emergency prepardness' is like pre-emptive aggression; Iraq 'had' to be invaded to keep monies flowing to US investment companies.



Human Rights Group: Mossad Does Interrogations in Iraqi Jails

"The Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR) said on Saturday that Israel's intelligence agency Mossad is interrogating Arab prisoners in Iraqi jails...The prisoners said Mossad gives them the option to work with the agency as their agents and thus be able to leave the prisons or remain in jail.."


Nimrud's Lamentations Nimrud's Wrath V

"Never in the history of Mesopotamia has Iraq suffered as much damage to its civilization and culture as it has today..."


We Are Not Special and There is No Happy Ending

"even after the criminal catastrophe of Iraq, the myth prevails. Death and devastation becomes 'success'--and that 'success' then becomes another justification for yet another campaign of death and devastation in Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and perhaps in Iran.."

and we are the evil empire's little creature that does its bidding and pretends to be better...


more info also upthread #4:

Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima

"the consequences of a US war crime.."

and yes, Canada was most certainly involved in Iraq, (see Yves Engler's Black Book)


How Many Iraqis Did We 'Liberate' from Life on Earth?

"Is there a man or woman in America today who is willing to stand at noon in the public square and claim that demands to bomb, invade and occupy other people's countries have anything to do with human liberation?"


The Iraq Withdrawal: An Orwellian Success

"The symbolic end of America's involvment in the war has arrived but the propaganda rages on...Thus it should come as no surprise that $9 Billion of oil revenue intended for restoration has gone missing.."


US Withdrawal Plan Marks 'Privatization of Military Occupation'

"My reaction is that this is just another media stunt...."


Back to the Heart of Darkness in America's Unended War in Iraq

"Let this be a lesson to all the cannon fodder out there: don't get above you raising, don't emulate your betters. Law's for the lowly, not the great and good.."


Back to the Heart of Darkness in America's Unended War in Iraq

"Let this be a lesson to all the cannon fodder out there: don't get above you raising, don't emulate your betters. Law's for the lowly, not the great and good.."


'End of Combat Mission in Iraq': Another Charade

"The west is leaving Iraq in a pool of blood, dust and dollars. It remains wedded to Iraq's twin sister in folly, Afghanistan"



In Abu Ghraib Women were Raped by the Americans and Tortured Much Worse Than the Men

"In Abu Ghraib, women were tortured by the Americans much more than the men,' Lina Nabil told the Independent. 'One woman said she witnessed five girls being raped. Most of the women in the prison were raped - some of them left prison pregnant.."

America the Exceptional

"A federal appeals court on Wednesday, ruled that former prisoners of the CIA could not sue over their alleged torture in overseas prisons because such a lawsuit might expose secret government information..."



Fallujah, A Disgrace for the USA, An Eternal Curse on Humanity

"The demands of the people of Fallujah, formulated in the 'Testimonies of Crimes Against Humanity in Fallujah - Towards a Fair International Criminal Trial' report, are highly justified and should be obligatory, advocated and put high on the agenda of all Human Rights Organisations and peace movements worldwide.."

In this regard it is appalling, how the invasion and occcupation of Iraq has been seemingly wiped from the public mind. Even progressives have 'moved on'. 'Eternal Curse on Humanity' indeed. And yes, Canada, we WERE involved.


WikiLeaks Exposes Deeper Deeper Political Crisis in Iraq

"The largely Sunni-based Iraqiya coalition which holds 91 of 325 seats in the new parliament, has called for an investigation of acting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The Wikileaks documents confirm what millions of Iraqis already knew that Maliki's Shiite fundamentalist and Kurdish nationalist dominated government collaborated in a campaign of mass killing to suppress opposition to the US occupation.."


Torture Orders Were Part of US Sectarian War Strategy  -  by Gareth Porter

"General David Petraeus was a key figure in developing the strategy of using Shia and Kurdish forces to suppress Sunnis in the full knowledge that they were torturing Sunni detainees, as the reports released by WikiLeaks show..."


The Common Ills: Iraq Snapshot

"Chaos and violence continues. Iraq buries Sunday's dead today as Baghdad's slammed with multiple bombings, the political stalemate continues...

'Iraq was once a remarkable melange of beliefs, customs and traditions; the killings on Sunday drew another border in a nation defined more by war, occupation and deprivation. Identities have hardened, diversity has faded...

Jane Arraf (Christian Science Monitor) quotes an unnamed official with the Ministry of the Interior stating 'We don't know what's happening, right now. There are so many explosions and reports we're overwhelmed...'

A police source is stating the death toll 'could pass 100'."


See what America has wrought...



Saskatchewan Uranium, Fallujah's Children

"Radioaactive armaments used by the US army in Iraq [and Afghanistan] have been highlighted in a recent study as a probable cause for the region's increase in birth defects, infant deaths and cancer. Unavoidably some of the uranium that made these weapons came from Saskatchewan..

The largest single source of uranium for the US military is Saskatchewan.."

Please stop thinking Canada 'wasn't in Iraq'

"In Sept. 2009, Fallujah General Hospital, Iraq had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first 7 days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed..'

this is also happening in Afghanistan where 'our' uranium is also killing both the living and yet unborn - these are some of the worst war crimes imaginable and they are done in your name Canada. Do something to stop it. All Out Now!


Operation Silent Partner: Canada's Quiet Complicity in Iraq War

"General Walt Natynczyk led 35,000 US troops in Iraq...

'Fiercely proud' Lt Gen. Peter Devlin in Iraq 2006-2008...Canada captured and handed over Iraqis to US forces.."


The UN Security Council on Wednesday lifted sanctions that prohibited Iraq from pursuing a civilian nuclear program, in a symbolic step to restore the country to the international standing it held before Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Read more:


Bloody Trophies - by Linh Dinh

"We have an unprecedented capacity to absorb scandals. WikiLeaks or no, Americans [and Canadians] wake up each day to a new set of outrages, yet nothing changes..

'Dad, what did you do in Iraq?'

'Oh, nothing much. I broke chemical lights and poured the phosphoric liquid on prisoners; beat prisoners with a broom handle and chair; threatened male prisoners with rape; sodomized a prisoner with a chemical light, perhaps a broom stick. Now what would you like for Christmas, Son?'"


Iraq to Buy $26 Billion Worth of Armaments From US  - Novosti

"Iraq will buy armaments worth $13 Billion from the United States by 2013 and will spend another $13 Billion on weapons later, a Baghdad newspaer reported citing an Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesperson.."


Chilcot Enquiry May Provoke Legal Action (and vid)

"Former British PM Tony Blair has been said to have given false evidence to the Parliament about the US-led invasion of iraq and will appear before the Iraq inquiry on Friday.."

Open Letter to Iraq Inquiry

Wars to Go On Until US Economy Busts

As usual, Canadians are largely ignorant of their country's participation in the Iraq war, which was extensive. Why have we not yet had any inquiry into this?



Tony bLIAR Round-Up (and vid)

"The Telegraph has posted video of Tony Blair admitting that he lied to Parliament on the legality of attacking Iraq, explaining that hs statement was not legal but political...???"


Clear 'Evidence For Criminal Case Against Blair' (and vid)

"A leading QC tells Channel 4 there is enough evidence for the ICC to mount a case against Tony Blair."



Tony Blair's Testimony Before Iraq Inquiry: One War Criminal Amongst Many

"Former British prime minister Tony Blair's second appearance last week before the Chilcot inquiry into the lessons of the Iraq war again branded him as a war criminal...

The Labour government and the then Conservative opposition voted to support a war they knew to be illegal on the basis of 'dodgy dossiers' that everyone knew to be a pack of lies and used Goldsmith's 'advice' to cover their exposed rears. Parliament would do the same again. Blair knows this and put the political elite on notice, warning of a 'looming and coming challenge' from Iran..."


Sociocide: Iraq is No More

"As we approach the 8th anniversary of a US invasion of Iraq, and having just passed the 20th anniversary of another, it's worth reflecting on what's been accomplished.."

and yes Canada we WERE involved...


Protesting Iraq  -  by Layla Anwar

"Oh so now the Iraqi's are protesting...protesting what? Go protest all you like. But you may need to remember one thing -- it is not bread, jobs, electricity and water you need to protest for...You need to protest against being occupied first. That would be a good start."


Imperial Sunset: Wave of Awakening Hits American Satrapy

"Muammar Gaddafi is not the only Arab tyrant using deadly violence against his people when they speak out against the destitution, repression and corruption that plague their country. In Iraq, the sectarian thugs put into power by American invaders are gunning down citizens in the streets...

But what will our stalwart defenders of freedom and human rights say about the killing of ordinary civilians by security forces in a country controlled by tens of thousands of American soldiers? And will these soldiers be called in to defend 'stability' if it looks like Maliki will go the way of Mubarak?"


Western Media Ignore Iraqi Demand for Freedom  - by Dr Gideon Polya

"US and Zionist-beholden Western media have been reporting the Arab Revolutions underway in countries including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and Bahrain. However, while pro-Zionist, Western media and politicians admirably support the courageous protests for democracy  in these countries, there is extraordinary silence in relation to the demands for democracy in Occupied Palestine and Occupied Iraq in which the indigenous inhabitants live under the tyrannical rule of genocidal European invaders rather than under they tyrannical rule of Western backed indigenous dictators..."


The Rosy Crucifixion: Iraqi Reality Behind the Filter  - by Chris Floyd

"First, notice that US media, especially the New York Times and Washington Post, cover Iraq with barely a mention that the country is occupied and has been occupied since 2003. Second, notice that every article about repression and protests in Iraq has to maintain that the country is a 'democracy', as if to express amazement at the willingness of Iraqis to protest against it...

Thirdly, notice that any protests against the occupation and its puppet forces are instantly conflated with Al Qa'ida terrorism.."


Operation Silent Partner: Canada's Quiet Complicity in the Iraq War


ElBarradei Urges ICC Trial of BUsh

"Former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei says former US President George W Bush and his administration's top officials should be put on trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for waging war on Iraq.."

Bush is visiting Surry BC on May 2, demos and protests are planned as Canadian law calls for 'credibly suspected' war criminals to be turned away from entry or arrested and tried. The law is scrupulously unenforced in such cases - the last time Lawyers Against War attempted to interest parliamentarians, they receieved communications from Jack Layton that 'no further communications will be entertained on this matter'.


Iraqis get another reminder of what democracy looks like.


On May 28, soldiers in four Humvees and two other unmarked vehicles approached the offices of the human rights group Where Are My Rights in Baghdad's Bab al Mu'adham neighborhood, as members met with fellow protest organizers from the February 25 Group. Members of both groups told Human Rights Watch that soldiers raided the building with guns drawn, took away 13 activists in handcuffs and blindfolds, and confiscated mobile phones, computers and documents.

Iraq: Protest Organizers Beaten, Detained


I've been looking through the archives...

sheep wrote:


Wait a minute. Didn't Afghanistan used to be, prior to the American invasion, this country full of fierce and mythical warriors that no foreign invader could ever conquer? I mean, I must have heard about 3000 times how they drove out the British (twice) and the Russians, and with the aid of their "trusty Kalishnikov's" (actual babble quote) they would do the same to the Yanks.

Now they're a bunch of pushovers? A defenceless country against which the US was sure to prevail? My how things change.

edited to add

Didn't they say the same thing in Gulf War 1? Iraq had, at the time, after all, the world's fourth largest army, and I can recall pundit after pundit going on about how, the casualties the US used to see each week in Vietnam, they were going to see each day in Iraq.

Pro-war rally!


minigun wrote:


If there is nothing to hide, then why has Saddam refused the inspectors for years when admitting them would have cleared the air immediately AND gotten the sanctions lifted?

This is a man who is capable of paving over live human beings (Kurds) with asphalt. He has started muliple wars, invaded his neighbors and threatened to annihilate Israel. Iraq is linked conclusively with the first WTC bombing, and suspected in hundereds of terrorist incidents before and after. As for "Daddy", well Saddam tried to assassinate George Sr. Wouldn't you be at least a tad pissed off at the person who tried to off one of your parents?

Let me ask you this: why are you so eager to take Saddam's side rather than believe what is supposed to be your "closest ally"? How would you feel if we questioned your every move, doubted your honesty, and denounced you in front of the whole world on a regular basis? Is your (seeming) assumption that Saddam is just a misunderstood old grouch after all really worth the risk to millions of lives if you are wrong?


U.S wants Canadian troops for Iraq war


It Might Be Stolen! US Continues Searching For $7 Billion Oil Money  - by Dina Al-Shibeeb

"Around $7 billion of Iraq oil money channeled to rebuild the country may have been stolen..."

A Wound That Will Never Heal  -  by Layla Anwar

"...What for is the question I keep asking myself...No WMDs, no ties to Al Qaeda...literally an innocent people and an innocent country...What for? Oil, your alternative websites cry...drink the fucking oil. Drink it."

#2, #3 Yes, Canada, You WERE There Too




Iraq: 'We Are Ruled By Criminals!'

"And the horrible crimes of the [Western imposed puppet] criminal Iraqi government against Iraqi people continue. Is this how Iraq has become the 'Number ONE country in the field of Human Rights,' as stated by the UN Envoy in Iraq?

warning: graphic video and pictures attached

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Rachel Maddow on Letterman just now: "Invading Iraq was idiotic".  :applause   


And she said tax cuts in a time of war (ten years so far) doesn't make sense - her point being if the military is going to make sacrifices fighting these wars, then, at home, citizens and corporations need to make sacrifices as well to pay for these wars.



(if the country had instead raised taxes to pay for these wars - instead of just adding them to the national debt -  then the outcry might have put an end to these wars)


US Iraq War, Greatest 'Modern Atrocity' (and vid)

"The US war on Iraq is the 'greatest atrocity' of the modern era and the past decade by far and the 'legacy of the US government', an American Iraq war veteran tells Press TV.."


Persistence Behind Shadows  -  by Layla Anwar

"...You will not get away with it. Not yesterday, not today, not tomorrow, not after the famous deadline for a 'withdrawal'...your good conscience Coitus Interruptus, when we are to swallow the morning after pill...abort monsters before they are due...the new birthpangs of your New World Order..of your new Middle East..that you are forever trying to invent and reinvent...

A bit of democracy here and there, toilet paper publications and congresses for the good abiding Arab/Muslim. Lulling us with religion, handpicked scholars and 'open minded' preachers, shoving band aids on our some comedian being ushered on a stage, at gunpoint - make them smile and laugh - he is ordered.

No, and a thousand No's. Iraq is not a clown.

The Face of the Killer Who is Your President  by Arthur Silber

"...This is a man without a soul in any healthy positive sense. He murders - - and he's proud of it. More than a million innocent Iraqis were murdered as the result of the United States' criminal war of aggression on that country. Obama has heralded America's 'success' in Iraq as 'an extraordinary achievement.'


Saddam Hussein and Capital's Moral Defeat  -  by Richard Marsden

"Saddam Hussein threatened Anglo-American interests, not because he possessed WMD or because he sponsored global terrorism - he did neither - but because he was unafraid of Israeli-Anglo-American military might and was the only Arab leader to risk confronting its wrath by actively supporting the Palestinian cause.."


I can't think of one single country that is more democratic after years worth of US-led "democracy assistance." It's been nothing but one large human rights disaster after another since WW II. It's as if the Nazis won the second world war.


Impasse...    - by Layla Anwar

"Not a very nice title to start the new year. But an impasse it is. And it shall remain so. The deadlock of the Iraqi political process is not a coincidence, nor a mishap, nor wrong strategy, nor miscalculations. The Iraqi impasse is a natural outcome, a planned outcome, a wished outcome. Failure to understand that, will always lead to a skewed view...

What looks like our Impasse, is in fact yours."


Fallujah Babies: Under A New Kind of Siege  -  by Dahr Jamail

"Doctors and residents blame US weapons for catastrophic levels of birth defects in Fallujah's newborns. 'We have all kinds of defects now, ranging from congenital heart disease to severe physical abnormalities, both in numbers you cannot imagine', Dr Samira Alani told Al Jazeera at her office in the hospital, while showing countless photos of shocking birth defects.

'There are not even medical terms to describe some of these conditions because we've never seen them until now,' she said."

You were there Canada


Iraqi Torture Scandal Touches Highest Levels of NATO

"A scandal unfolding in Denmark over the transfer of Iraqi prisoners by Danish forces to Iraqi authorities, even as they knew they would be tortured, threatens to implicate the current Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, formerly prime minister of Denmark from 2001-2009.."

obviously, unlike Canada, not all the relevent parties agreed on an effective coverup strategy. Remember the Afghan detainee issue?


Extraordinary Measures: Shredding the Curtain of an Enduring Atrocity  - by Chris Floyd

"...Blum also quotes the Peace Laureate's final judgment of this vast swamp of carnage and corruption, in the Fort Bragg speech that Obama gave to some of the crime's factotums and cannon fodder on the occasion of the withdrawal of all the American armed forces (except of course for the ones, in uniform and out, who remain behind in their thousands):

'This is an extraordinary achievement, nearly nine years in the making. And today, we remember everything that you did to make it possible...Years from now, your legacy will endure. God bless you all, God bless your families, and God bless the United States of America.'

And as we noted here last month, the American war crime in Iraq just keeps rolling on.."


A Soldier in the Shadows: On the Dark Side in Al Doura (and vid)

Lethal allies - how they fight.

Yes, Canada, you were there...

* must watch *

"Ironically, the Canadians indirectly provide more support for us in Iraq than most of those 46 countries that are fully supporting us. It's kind of an odd situation.." - Paul Cellucci, US Ambassador



UN Rights Chief Shocked at Numerous Iraq Executions

"The top UN human rights official criticized Iraq on Tuesday for carrying out a large number of executions, including 34 on a single day last week, and voiced concern about due process and the fairness of trials...

'Given the lack of transparency in court proceedings, major concerns about due process and fairness of trials, and the very wide range of offences for which the death penalty can be imposed in Iraq, it is a truly shocking figure,' [UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, in a statement referring to executions carried out on Jan 19]"

But at least the UN and the West brought democracy and rid Iraq of that 'brutal dictator' Saddam Hussein who was 'killing his own people.'


One Million Killed

"OVER a million Iraqis are dead from America's war.

That sentence is a cognitive litmus test. Noam Chomsky one wrote that the 'sign of a truly totalitarian culture is that important truths simply lack cognitive meaning and are interpretable only at the level of 'Fuck You' so they can then elicit a perfectly predictable torrent of abuse in response.."

If Chomsky is right and I suspect he is - Canada is well possessed of 'signs.


Just watching Shadow Company right now, about private military companies in Iraq and elsewhere.

USG spent up to $25,000/month per man to keep these units in Iraq. Companies were awarded contracts with no bidding process. Wonder where the $3 trillion US debt came from?

Insane. Great doc.