The Middle East is badly in need of democratic examples. In the modern age, it cannot be that an entire region is essentially without democratic governments with very, very few exceptions.
Iraq has been one of the worst tyrannies of the 21st century. That the Iraqis might be able to make their transition to democracy from their terrible tyranny that was there; but they might be able to do it in a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional society with Sunnis, Shia, Kurds and others all working together in a democratic institutions.
That will be new in the Middle East; and, there are some signs that they are doing precisely that and they have a long way to go and we are all holding our breath for the elections in March, that they will be open and fair and that all people would be represented.
But when I look at the campaign that is going on there, when I look at the brutal criticisms of their own government and other governments, I think they have quickly taken to some of the most important habits of democracy, which is not to be fearful of your own government.
That's Condi Rice, still not getting it Abuja, quoted by Sufuyan Ojeifo (This Day). Condi No One Could Have Guessed Rice still doesn't get it. She thinks democracy has taken hold in Iraq? What kind of idiot is she? The smartest thing she could do is just stop speaking in public. No one needs to hear from her, no one wants to her from her unless it's on the witness stand as she's tried for her role in War Crimes. The woman still has no clue. The only thing more ludicrous than Condi Rice are idiots like Rachel Maddow shoring up War Criminal Colin Powell and his flunky. There should no rehabilitation for the War Criminals. Isaiah's "The 'Fashionable' Conoleeza de Vil" from June 22, 2005.
The blood of the dead drips from her. She needs to take her lying ass and sit it down, there is no need to hear from her again until her death bed confession.
And it's not as though she has anything to offer. She's still lying. Iraq's falling apart, there's no chance in the world at "fair and free" elections there currently but she just can't stop lying.
The illegal war started in March 2003 and it continues. Mike Clary (Florida Sun Sentinel) reports that Florida National Guard members have completed their training in Texas and will be deploying to Iraq next week and "there is a seriousness of purpose among these men – and about 20 women – in the battalion, part of yearlong deployment of 2,500 members of the 53rd Combat Brigade. That represents the largest deployment of Florida National Guard troops since World War II." Jodi Baker (WOWT -- link has text and video option) reports on the over 700 members of the Nebraska National Guard who are preparing to deploy in the summer to Iraq or Afghanistan. John Tompkins (The Facts) reports on Ryan McDonald's preparing for Iraq deployment in a few weeks with McDonald explaining that right now, "I'm just visiting with my family as much as I can." Bryan Horwatch (Dunn County News) reports that Mary Lemke's three sons -- 19-year-old Lance Lemke, 21-year-old Greg Lemke, Jr. and 27-year-old Curtis Anderson -- are gearing up for deployment to Iraq along with other members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
Sgt Tresa L. ALlenmang (Town Talk) reports from Camp Shelby on the Louisiana National Guard training for deploying to Iraq and quotes Command Sgt Maj William E. Migues stating, "Though our mission in Iraq is very important, our biggest mission is to ensure that everyone gets home safely." Sandy Davis (Advocate) reports on the Camp Shelby training as well while the Daily Advertiser (link has text and video) reports of the training:
A convoy of armored vehicles, led by a pickup marked as an Iraqi police vehicle rolled into view.
Role-players dressed as Iraqi citizens, some of whom actually are expatriots, talked excitedly and motiioned to the convoy with fruits, rugs and other wares for sale.
A sudden explosion from an improvised explosive device threw the scene into action as troops opened fire on insurgents in the staged training exercise.
Fittingly called ambush training, it was all part of the drill for Guard troops preparing for a variety of duties in a deployment likely to last about 400 days.
CNN, AP and Iran's Press TV report on yesterday's helicopter crash which claimed the lives of 2 US service members. The Hillsboro Journal-News reports that Sgt Heath Theriac was injured serving in Basra on Sunday, February 14th along with a "Sgt. Simmons" from an explosion "which struck each of the humvees the men riding in as gunners."
And Condi wants to pretend she and her ilk accomplished a damn thing? She wants to pretend she 'gifted' freedom when all she did was start a never-ending blood bath? And she wants to lie the same way she lied while Secretary of State that things are going swimmingly? In this morning's Washington Post, Jackson Diehl offers a take on those wonderful elections Condi's so jazzed over and who is one of the prime moves in them:
First among these is Iran, which has a simple strategy for the coming months: Turn the elections into a bitter sectarian battle -- and thereby ensure that the next government will be led by its hard-line Shiite allies.
To an alarming extent, the campaign is succeeding. Tehran's leading agent, as both Hill and Odierno noted, is Ahmed Chalabi, a Shiite who in 2002 played a major role in persuading the Bush administration to go to war. Now he has managed to have hundreds of candidates eliminated from the election on the mostly bogus grounds that they were or are loyalists of Saddam Hussein's Baath party. His targets are not just Sunni leaders but secular nationalists -- the two most important banned candidates are leading members of cross-sectarian alliances. The success of those tickets would be a triumph for Iraqi democracy -- and a huge setback for Iran.
Chalabi aims to become prime minister of the next government, which would be a disaster for Iraq and for Washington. And worse outcomes are possible. Also angling for power are Bayan Jabr, a Shiite who oversaw the interior ministry when it was infamous for torture and death squads; and Ibrahim Jaafari, who as prime minister oversaw the eruption of the sectarian war of 2006-07.
But don't worry, Condi's constituency was Big Business, not the Iraqi people and Big Business cleaned up good. For example, GE announced a $200 million contract just last week:
BAGHDAD, IRAQ -- February 17, 2010 -- GE (NYSE:GE) today announced the signing of contracts totaling approximately US$200 million to supply power generation equipment and services for two independent power projects in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq. The two projects will help support the region’s current and future power needs and the country’s overall efforts to develop its energy infrastructure.
Located in the Dohuk and Sulaimaniyah provinces of Kurdistan, both projects are being developed by Mass Global Investment Company, a leading developer of independent power plants. When the new projects are completed, it is expected that the total electricity capacity of Mass Global-developed power plants in the Kurdistan region will reach 1,750 megawatts, to help meet the increasing power demand.
GE will supply four Frame 9E gas turbine-generator units for the 500-megawatt, simple-cycle power plant in Dohuk; and two Frame 9E gas turbine-generator units to add 250 megawatts of capacity to the plant in Sulaimaniyah, for a total generating capacity of 750 megawatts. The two plants are scheduled to enter commercial service in the second half of 2010.
“These two projects are the latest in a series of independent power projects we are developing to help cover the shortage of power within the Kurdistan region. They also support the Kurdistan regional government’s initiative for the private sector to help meet the energy requirements in this region,” said Ahmad Ismail, chairman of Mass Global.
"Today’s announcement for the two private power projects in the Kurdistan region reflects GE’s continuing commitment to support energy infrastructure growth in Iraq and builds on our recent power generation agreements with the government of Iraq. This latest agreement also builds on our growing relationship with Mass Global to support their efforts to add much-needed electricity generation capacity in the Northern region of the country,” said Joseph Anis, GE Energy’s president for the Middle East.
Over the last four years, GE has supplied gas turbines for independent power projects developed by Mass Global in the Kurdistan region, which would help to add approximately 1,000 megawatts of generating capacity.
The latest contracts with Mass Global follow an announcement in 2008 that GE will supply the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity with power generation equipment for projects throughout Iraq that will help to add approximately 7,600 megawatts of electricity to support the country’s future economic growth.
GE has a long history of supporting Iraqi infrastructure needs in power generation, oil and gas, water processing, aviation and healthcare and over 120 GE power turbines are installed in the country today.
As the world’s leading supplier of gas turbines, GE is well positioned to help Iraq with its future needs for reliable and stable power generation. More than 6,000 GE gas turbines are installed worldwide and have accumulated more than 200 million of operating experience at high reliability levels. GE’s Frame 9 gas turbines, which will be used for the Iraqi projects, have demonstrated high reliability and performance in more than 450 applications around the world.
GE has been active in the Middle East since the 1930s and has management and project management offices as well as local repair and service facilities to serve customers throughout the region.
GE is a diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company that's built to meet essential world needs. From energy, water, transportation and health to access to money and information, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide.
GE serves the energy sector by developing and deploying technology that helps make efficient use of natural resources. With 60,000 global employees and 2009 revenues of US$37 billion, GE Energy www.ge.com/energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies. The businesses that comprise GE Energy—GE Power & Water, GE Energy Services and GE Oil & Gas—work together to provide integrated product and service solutions in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels.
For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.ge.com GE is imagination at work.
For more information, contact:Cynthia Mahoney White
GE Power & Water
+1 518 385 5892
Ken Darling or Howard Masto
Masto Public Relations
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Bonnie reminds that Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Barack, Corporate, Tauzin and Baucus" wemt up last night. Meanwhile AmpedStatus offers "Part IV: The Financial Coup d'Etat - The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America" -- part four of their six-part series:
The entire bailout is strategically designed to eliminate the US middle class. Every time you hear the word "bailout," you should think "coup d'etat." [Read More]
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Perspectives on Zionism by Paul Balles
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