Monday, November 10, 2008

John Wayne diplomacy: Rough, tough, and don't take no sh*t from anybody-and violate treaties whenever you feel like it…

posted by Bill Arnett @ 9:25 AM Permalink

…it has been plain as day that gw bush has absolutely no respect for American law; he just decides which which laws he will break and then breaks them.

Now comes word of "secret executive orders" authorizing the U.S. to willingly commit acts of war against other countries without a shred of proof that that country poses a threat to America.

Excerpts from the NYT:
The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials.

These military raids, typically carried out by Special Operations forces, were authorized by a classified order that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed in the spring of 2004 with the approval of President Bush, the officials said. The secret order gave the military new authority to attack the Qaeda terrorist network anywhere in the world, and a more sweeping mandate to conduct operations in countries not at war with the United States.

In 2006, for example, a Navy Seal team raided a suspected militants’ compound [emphasis added. Bill] in the Bajaur region of Pakistan, according to a former top official of the Central Intelligence Agency. Officials watched the entire mission — captured by the video camera of a remotely piloted Predator aircraft — in real time in the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorist Center at the agency’s headquarters in Virginia 7,000 miles away.[…]

But as many as a dozen additional operations have been canceled in the past four years, often to the dismay of military commanders, senior military officials said. They said senior administration officials had decided in these cases that the missions were too risky, were too diplomatically explosive or relied on insufficient evidence.

More than a half-dozen officials, including current and former military and intelligence officials as well as senior Bush administration policy makers, described details of the 2004 military order on the condition of anonymity because of its politically delicate nature. Spokesmen for the White House, the Defense Department and the military declined to comment.
Is anyone surprised that the very worst president in our history would willingly violate any law or treaty by which America is bound to certain legalities, up to and including committing acts of war by violating the borders of sovereign nations which pose no threat to America?

Is the standard for attacking sovereign nations now, "Well, we have no proof that you pose a threat, but you may have person/s on your soil that might harm us so, again, with no proof at all, we're going the send heavily armed military expeditions over your borders, maybe bomb a few places hoping to nail a terrorist, and if you don't like it, tough, even if we murder a lot of innocent women and children to do it,"?

Think that's not the standard? Read:
[…]For example, shortly after Ethiopian troops crossed into Somalia in late 2006 to dislodge an Islamist regime in Mogadishu, the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command quietly sent operatives and AC-130 gunships to an airstrip near the Ethiopian town of Dire Dawa. From there, members of a classified unit called Task Force 88 crossed repeatedly into Somalia to hunt senior members of a Qaeda cell believed to be responsible for the 1998 American Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

At the time, American officials said Special Operations troops were operating under a classified directive authorizing the military to kill or capture Qaeda operatives if failure to act quickly would mean the United States had lost a “fleeting opportunity” to neutralize the enemy.

Occasionally, the officials said, Special Operations troops would land in Somalia to assess the strikes’ results. On Jan. 7, 2007, an AC-130 struck an isolated fishing village near the Kenyan border, and within hours, American commandos and Ethiopian troops were examining the rubble to determine whether any Qaeda operatives had been killed.
So based on questionable information America cut loose with an AC-130 gunship (Called "Puff the Magic Dragon in Vietnam for it's ability to put a 20mm cannon round into every square foot of an area the size of a football field within seconds) and only afterwards sent in commando teams to see IF there were any dead terrorists amongst the innocent men, women, and children they had murdered? Now the AC-130s use electronically fired mini guns spitting out several thosands of rounds a second as well as a 105mm cannon that can be fired with pinpoint accuracy.

How can anyone not be surprised that when you're attacking countries at will America can no longer represent a force for good or an honest broker for peace in those or any other countries?

But, as usual, that's just my opinion and I could be wrong.

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At 11:26 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

the chasm between the elite and the rest of us has become so vast that the elite no longer care what we think. we can stomp our feet, raise our fists and rail against the machine as much as we can but it will make no difference. the power elite do as they wish and suffer no consequences. as a matter of fact, they benefit from their actions.

as i've said before, bush is not the worst president ever. he is the most amazing, powerful and brilliant president ever, as long as you're one of the power elite. to the power elite, he has done no wrong and has, quite frankly, moved their agenda so much farther along then they could have ever imagined possible.

he showed them the way, he plowed the field, he nurtured an environment conducive to the betterment of the elite.

to them, he is a great man who will be remembered with great fondness and respect.

yes, there are more of us than there are of them, but since they control the means of production, communication and everything else, no matter what we do, say, accomplish, dream, create, is meaningless dreck.

So when Bush does something 'in secret', it just means he wanted to do it and he didn't feel the need to mention it.

When Bush kills innocents using the US Military, he doesn't care because they matter not to him or the people he represents.

When Bush hits targets in other sovereign lands, he knows that sovereignty is meaningless in the global capitalist system.

The world is controlled by them and they see nothing wrong with anything he's done.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

While agreeing with you in principle I have to maintain hope that people can change, will change, and that when they do it will be the end of that ruling class forever.

Me, I plan to buy one of the 7,112 islands of the Philippines and say the hell with all of them!

At 6:34 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...

Hey Bill, can I join you? I'll bring the sailboat.


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