Archive for April, 2006

Colin Powell tries to wash his hands

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Riding the coattails of several other retired generals, former Secretary of State and retired Army general Colin Powell has joined the chorus denouncing Rumsfeld’s misguided Iraq War plans. (more…)

Bolivia, Cuba, Venezuela sign pact

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

More big news from South America. (more…)

Immigration and narcissism

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Two recent news stories have caught my attention. While seemingly unrelated I think there is a connection. Here are excerpts from the stories, and links to the full articles: (more…)

The IAEA and Iran

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this week released a report on the Iranian uranium-enrichment project. IAEA was tasked with determining whether Iran was complying with agreements it had made with IAEA. I quoted some of the agreement in a previous post. The report, titled Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran, is restricted and cannot be read by the public. (more…)

Rags to riches, or freedom to tyranny?

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

A cognitive disconnect occurs when your perceptions disagree with what is right before your eyes. Two recent articles excerpted below point out the yawning gap between American reality and Americans’ perception. (more…)

What’s really happening with Iran?

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Iran and the United States continue to engage in an escalating war of words. While the Pentagon makes plans to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities, Iran threatens to attack U.S. interests on American soil and around the world. Bush’s goal is regime change in Tehran, but as usual, we aren’t being told the truth about his motives. (more…)

Executive Compensation

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

A friend and I were discussing the gap between executive and worker compensation, which has increased ten-fold in the last decade. His opinion was that executives are worth their pay because they make money for the shareholders, and that workers have few grounds for complaint because they don’t own the company for which they work. This led me to do a little research. Here’s what I found. (more…)

Rumors of war

Monday, April 17th, 2006

No less an authoritative source than the Jerusalem Post today reports that:

While Israel officially continues to back diplomatic efforts to stop Iran’s race to the bomb, the IDF [Israeli Defense Forces, or Israeli Army] and particularly the IAF [Air Force], have been working on assault plans for an attack against the Iranian nuclear sites. With numerous sites spread throughout the country, the attack, officers have admitted, would be difficult although feasible.

In a recent interview, a high-ranking air force officer told The Jerusalem Post that the IAF would be able to overcome Iranian air defenses including the country’s relatively primitive air force. According to foreign media reports, Israel has already put an F-15 squadron on standby in preparation for a military offensive against Iran.

While Israel is preparing for the possibility that military action might be the only way to stop Iran’s nuclear program, officials said they preferred that America carried out the attack. “We wouldn’t mind using our F-15 jets,” one officer recently said, “but only if an American pilot was sitting inside.” (“Israel Beiteinu,” the political party mentioned in the article, is translated as “Israel Our Home.”)

So, while Bush officially states we are not planning military action, the U.S.-underwritten IDF is making plans. An attack by Israel would give Bush plausible deniability for the attack. (more…)

Regime changes

Monday, April 17th, 2006

In early 2001, both then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and then-National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice (now Secretary of State) publicly stated that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, and that his aspirations for regional power were contained. A few months later, both had changed their stories to support the administration’s goal of unseating Saddam and seizing control of Iraq. The stories we were told about Saddam’s capabilities and intentions were fabricated to frighten us into going along with Bush’s war plans. (Actually, Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s war plans; it’s unlikely Bush could plan a picnic, much less an invasion.)

Now we’re hearing similar propaganda regarding Iran. (more…)

The Day of the Generals

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

The Washington Post notes that several recently retired generals are calling for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation. They include (more…)