• "God invented war so Americans could learn geography" -- Mark Twain.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The NYTimes Scoops Pentagon Strategy of Security through Chaos

The News:
According the New York Times, a secret directive signed last September by General Petraeus "authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran..."

The order, says the Times, is more than a cabbage patch secret op; rather, it is designed to “prepare the environment” for future attacks by American or local military forces and to build networks that could “penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy” variable opponents.

A key element of the directive is to configure troops in the field to conduct their own agency-independent intelligence ops so as to provide “persistent situational awareness,” while forging ties to local indigenous groups.

Otherwise, "The document, a copy of which was viewed by The New York Times, provides few details about continuing missions or intelligence-gathering operations."


Such a scoop! We chipsters are left breathless. Oh, to be the Times with shadowy contacts in darkened parking garages, who will allow us surreptitious glances at unauthorized microfilms.

OR... one could read the Woodchipgazette:

here: Obama's Jihad - Defending Zones of Democratic Freedom 2009

or here: Thug Politik 2003

or here: War for Bananas Part VIII 2003

or here: Fear and Loathing in the New American Century 2002

or here: American Kampf 2002

Failing that... the Times could always have surreptitiously interviewed its own editorial board member Billy Kristol whose defence-industry funded P.N.A.C. conjured up the doctrine of security through chaos back in 2000 which now manifests itself under the title Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Execute Order,


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mainstream Media Catches on To Goverment's Plan to Wreck Yours Son's Brain

The News:
ABC's Frontline reports that: Since the Iraq War began, soldier arrests in the city of Colorado Springs, Colo., have tripled. At least 36 servicemen based at the nearby Army post of Fort Carson have committed suicide, and 14 Fort Carson soldiers have been charged or convicted in at least 11 killings. Many of the most violent crimes involved men who had served in the same battalion in Iraq. .... FRONTLINE tells the dark tale of the men of 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry, and how the war followed them home. It is a story of heroism, grief, vicious combat, depression, drugs, alcohol and brutal murder; an investigation into the Army's mental health services; and a powerful portrait of what multiple tours and post-traumatic stress are doing to a generation of young American soldiers.

The Note: The Woodchipgazette reported on this two years ago [ here ] and explained the causes of "Wrecked Brain Syndrome" as elucidated by none other than St. Thomas Aquinas. But we are glad the mainstream media is catching up...and on.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Missing Elephant

It is no surprise the the New York Times should once again emit a clarion call for punitive isolation of Iran. What never ceases to amaze is the bald-faced hypocricy with which they do it.

In an editorial entitled “Fixing the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty”, the Times calls for strenthening the treaty by:

1. requiring that all treaty members accept tougher nuclear monitoring,

2. penalizing any state that violates its treaty commitments and then withdraws from the pact, as North Korea did.

3. refusing to allow any more “India-like exemptions from nuclear trade rules” and requiring that any state that tests a weapon would be denied nuclear trade.
Since, as the Times admits, North Korea has withdrawn from the treaty and since India and Pakistan are not signatories, who is left but Iran?

Of course, as the Times also admits, amending the treaty is something that “could take years of votes”. So, in the meantime, the Queen of 42 Street calls for the stop gap of “a strong political document” reflecting the above points.

In other words, the Times wants the United States and its allies to gang up and issue “robust commitments” for intrusion and isolation of Iran.

This, it might be noted, is the same strategy of indignation, intrusion and isolation that was the runner up to Shock and Awe.

Of course, when it comes to the Times, the astonishing thing is not the elephant in the room, but the elephant left out of the circus. The Times is mum on the issue of Israel which it avoids with a dismissive sneer.

"Egypt, which leads the Nonaligned Movement, is also playing games by pressing for a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East that seeks to force Israel to give up its nuclear arsenal. That is not going to happen any time soon. All states need to ante up and reverse the treaty’s slide. The world’s security depends on it."

Most people, whose minds are not in hock to the Zionist enterprise, would fairly understand that a nuclear free Middle East or, for that matter, world, includes Israel.

While no one makes light of proliferation, most people understand that if the U.S. or India had the bomb it was natrual and forseeable that Russia or Pakistan would seek to get one too. The editorial mavens on 42nd Street understand this, so that what they are really indulging in is simply a species of partisan ethnic arrogance.

From the Times, that too, is unsurprising. Perhaps what warrants note is the depraved cynicism with which they foist their petard.

The Times knows that India, like Israel, is not a signatory to the NNPT. The primary rule of all international law is that: No sovereign is bound unless it wants to be bound. It is as simple and naked as that.

Accordingly the NNPT sought to provide a certain amount of “public pressure” to non-signatory states by providing for a sub-set of trade embargos on party pooping states: you don’t play; we don’t play. But rules were never anything to deter Bullyboy Bush and, in a much noticed snub to the non-proliferation ideal, the United States went ahead and sold a whole bunch of nukie goodies to India, notwithstanding its open and notorious nuclear activities.

Technically, the Times’ call for getting rid of India-like exemptions would encompass getting rid of Israel-like exemptions too, because any actual amendments to the treaty would have to be even-handed. However, interim political measures are another thing and, as the Times reminds us, “that is not going to happen.”

Perhaps not, but how much crystalline in its clarity was Pope Benedict's statement (not reported by the Times) to the World Day of Peace conference in January 2006.

"The truth of peace requires that all -­ whether those governments which openly or secretly possess nuclear arms, or those planning to acquire them ­- agree to change their course by clear and firm decisions, and strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament. The resources which would be saved could then be employed in projects of development capable of benefiting all their people, especially the poor. "

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pope Takes on Vampire Squid

The News:
Addressing the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences , Pope Benedict directly assailed the neo-liberal political economy of the Chicago and Austrian schools. The Pope said,

"[The economic crisis] has also shown the error of the assumption that the market is capable of regulating itself, apart from public intervention and the support of internalized moral standards. This assumption is based on an impoverished notion of economic life as a sort of self-calibrating mechanism driven by self-interest and profit-seeking. As such, it overlooks the essentially ethical nature of economics as an activity of and for human beings.'"
Mary Ann Glendon, president of that academy, summarized the most salient conclusions the Academy had reached in its several days of sessions. In particular, participants in the working groups "spoke of a shift from an economy based in the real production of goods to an economy dominated by speculative activities driven by greed." In addtion, two speakers cautioned against the "danger of the 'financialization' of human relations, in which human activities, even in the family, are reduced to a merely commercial dimension."

"Such a 'financialized' approach to the social order not only narrows the vision of the human person, but creates instability in the economy," Glendon said.

The Note: Gee, could they have had NINJA loans and the Abacus 2007-AC1. in mind? But wait! Blankenfein said he was doing "God's work". Must be a different God. Or maybe it was just a "giant vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity." (No, the Pope didn't put it i quite those words).


Monday, May 3, 2010

The Spiritual Significance of Nuclear Weapons

Delivering a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Ahmadinejahd had this to say about the nature of nuclear weapons.

"Regrettably, due to distancing of some States from the teachings of the Divine Prophets, the shadow of the threat of nuclear bombs is cast over the whole world,

"The nuclear bomb is a fire against humanity rather than a weapon for defense.

"The possession of nuclear bombs is not a source of pride; it is rather disgusting and shameful. And even more shameful is the threat to use or to use such weapons, which is not even comparable to any crime committed throughout the history."

Without engaging in ad homs as to Ahmadinejad's motives, what he said is right on target.