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You owe us, Bush says

Tim Dunlop January 15, 2007

In amongst admitting that maybe they’d made a few mistakes in Iraq,President Bush also dropped this assessment of his country’s efforts in Iraq:

"(The) Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude." Mmmmm. CNN Correspondent Arwa Damon probably wasn’t aware of Mr Bush’s comment when she posted this story on the CNN blog In the Field:

"Baghdad is dying, we are all just waiting in line." Khaled—not his real name to protect his life—one of our Iraqi employees, said the words softy, his eyes glossing over.

It was during a conversation with our Bureau Chief Cal Perry, talking about work in the bureau, and I was helping out translating. But the conversation had quickly shifted from business to life.

"It’s so hard for me Arwa. This skull won¹t absorb English," he said, smacking both palms against his head. "I just have too much on my mind. I’m supporting three families, most of them women, each time my phone rings my heart sinks thinking that one of them was killed."

Khaled is a well-built man, proud and softly spoken. But like too many others, utterly broken by the hardship of life in the capital. Helpless in the face of the violence. Moving mechanically through each day, just hoping to reach tomorrow.

There absolutely nothing to say. Reassuring words ring hollow. And so I just said "I know." And his eyes glossed over even more.

Iraqis are strong and proud. You won’t often see their suffering in their actions or in their voices. You see it in their eyes. Baghdad is dying.

Something tells me Khaled isn’t feeling "a huge debt of gratitude".

UPDATE: Here’s an actual transcript of what the President said. So much for the public diplomacy the US spends millions on:

SCOTT PELLEY: Do you think you owe the Iraqi people an apology for not doing a better job?

BUSH: That we didn’t do a better job or they didn’t do a better job?

PELLEY: Well, that the United States did not do a better job in providing security after the invasion.

BUSH: Not at all. I am proud of the efforts we did. We liberated that country from a tyrant. I think the Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude, and I believe most Iraqis express that. I mean, the people understand that we’ve endured great sacrifice to help them. That’s the problem here in America. They wonder whether or not there is a gratitude level that’s significant enough in Iraq.

PELLEY: Americans wonder whether . . .

BUSH: Yeah, they wonder whether or not the Iraqis are willing to do hard work.

Good God. The man is delusional.

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Russia Delivers Surface-to-Air Missiles to Iran — Defence Minister

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Russia has delivered new anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran and will consider further requests by Tehran for defensive weapons, the Reuters news agency quoted Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov as saying on Tuesday.

“We have supplied the modern short-range anti-aircraft systems TOR-M1 in accordance with our contracts,” Ivanov told reporters “Iran is not under sanctions and if it wants to buy defensive ... equipment for its armed forces then why not?”

A defence ministry source later told Reuters deliveries of hardware under the $1 billion deal, which has been criticised by the West, have not yet been completed. Russia Launches Air Defense Deliveries to Iran

Russia has begun delivery of Tor-M1 air defense missile systems to Iran, a Defense Ministry official said Friday, confirming that Moscow would proceed with arms deals with Tehran in spite of U.S. criticism, The Associated Press reports.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue, declined to specify when the deliveries had been made and how many systems had been delivered.

Ministry officials have previously said Moscow would supply 29 of the sophisticated missile systems to Iran under a $700 million contract, according to Russian media reports.

The United States called on all countries last spring to stop all arms exports to Iran, as well as ending all nuclear cooperation with it to put pressure on Tehran to halt uranium enrichment activities.

Tehran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but the United States and its allies suspect Iran is trying to develop weapons.

The U.N. Security Council, where Russia is a veto-wielding permanent member, is currently stalemated on the severity of sanctions on Iran for defying its demand to cease uranium enrichment.

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Iran: Pieces in Place for Escalation "The fuel for a fire is in place".

by Colonel Sam Gardiner

I do not accept the notion that the first casualty of war is truth. (Col. Sam Gardiner)

The pieces are moving. They’ll be in place by the end of February. The United States will be able to escalate military operations against Iran.

The second carrier strike group leaves the U.S. west coast on Tuesday. It will be joined by naval mine clearing assets from both the United States and the UK. Patriot missile defense systems have also been ordered to deploy to the Gulf.

Maybe as a guard against North Korea seeing operations focused on Iran as a chance to be aggressive, a squadron of F-117 stealth fighters has just been deployed to Korea.

This has to be called escalation. We have to remind ourselves, just as Iran is supporting groups inside Iraq, the United States is supporting groups inside Iran. Just as Iran has special operations troops operating inside Iraq, we’ve read the United States has special operations troops operating inside Iran.

Just as Iran is supporting Hamas, two weeks ago we found out the United States is supporting arms for Abbas. Just as Iran and Syria are supporting Hezbollah in Lebanon we’re now learning the White House has approved a finding to allow the CIA to support opposition groups inside Lebanon. Just as Iran is supporting Syria, we’ve learned recently that the United States is going to fund Syrian opposition groups.

We learned this week the President authorized an attack on the Iranian liaison office in Irbil.

The White House keeps saying there are no plans to attack Iran. Obviously, the facts suggest otherwise. Equally as clear, the Iranians will read what the Administrations is doing not what it is saying.

It is possible the White House strategy is just implementing a strategy to put pressure on Iran on a number of fronts, and this will never amount to anything. On the other hand, if the White House is on a path to strike Iran, we’ll see a few more steps unfold.

First, we know there is a National Security Council staff-led group whose mission is to create outrage in the world against Iran. Just like before Gulf II, this media group will begin to release stories to sell a strike against Iran. Watch for the outrage stuff.

The Patriot missiles going to the GCC states are only part of the missile defense assets. I would expect to see the deployment of some of the European-based missile defense assets to Israel, just as they were before Gulf II.

I would expect deployment of additional USAF fighters into the bases in Iraq, maybe some into Afghanistan.

I think we will read about the deployment of some of the newly arriving Army brigades going into Iraq being deployed to the border with Iran. Their mission will be to guard against any Iranian movements into Iraq.

As one of the last steps before a strike, we’ll see USAF tankers moved to unusual places, like Bulgaria. These will be used to refuel the US-based B-2 bombers on their strike missions into Iran. When that happens, we’ll only be days away from a strike.

The White House could be telling the truth. Maybe there are no plans to take Iran to the next level. The fuel for a fire is in place, however. All we need is a spark. The danger is that we have created conditions that could lead to a Greater Middle East War.

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WHISTLEBLOWER MAGAZINE PREMEDITATED MERGER How leaders are stealthily transforming USA into North American Union

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It seems unthinkable. But then, so did 9/11 before it happened.

Can it really be possible that Americans are witnessing a governmental program designed to merge – slowly but surely – the United States, Mexico and Canada?

That question is generating a major amount of below-the-media-radar buzz. In recent months, e-mails and telephone calls have poured into radio talk shows and congressional offices asking: Is there a plan to create a "North American Union"? Will a new currency, the "amero," replace the dollar? Is it true that Mexicans will now get Social Security?

Yet Congress (except for a few representatives like Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul) as well as the establishment press (with notable exceptions like CNN's Lou Dobbs) turn a blind eye – despite major evidence mounting daily.

Just recently, for example, confirmation surfaced that the U.S. government is indeed planning on providing full Social Security benefits to Mexicans – which critics predict will bankrupt the already-shaky system. And a report by the powerful Council on Foreign Relations, regarded by many as something of a "shadow government," has called for a massive transfer of wealth from the U.S. to Mexico and the establishment of a "security perimeter" around North America – rather than securing America's borders with Mexico and Canada.

So, while many dismiss plans to integrate the three North American countries as wild Internet "conspiracy theories," the January edition of WND's acclaimed Whistleblower magazine – titled "PREMEDITATED MERGER" – boldly lays out the disturbing evidence for all to see.

"The idea that our own government could be engaged in compromising U.S. sovereignty in such a radical way is hard for people to contemplate," said WND Managing Editor David Kupelian. "After all, Americans are already reeling from a stunning immigration problem – stunning not only because of the effect 12-20 million illegals have on America's economy, values and crime rate, but also because of the government's refusal to do anything about it. And now they're hearing that perhaps their government has a secret globalist agenda that actually encourages an invasion from the south."

Veteran newsman Lou Dobbs described the merger controversy this way in a recent CNN broadcast: "For any American to think that it is acceptable for the president of the United States and … our government, to proceed without the approval of Congress or a dialogue and a debate and a public voice from the people of this country is absolutely unconscionable. … What they're doing is creating a brave new world, an Orwellian world, in which the will of the people is absolutely irrelevant."

So take a deep breath, and then fasten your seat belt for this guided tour of what the U.S., Mexican and Canadian governments, as well as behind-the-scenes power brokers, have planned for America. Your Whistleblower "tour guides" will be Joseph Farah, Jerome Corsi Ph.D., Lou Dobbs, Rep. Tom Tancredo, Rep. Ron Paul, Patrick Buchanan, Joe Kovacs and David Kupelian.

Highlights of "PREMEDITATED MERGER" include:

"Merger with Mexico" by Joseph Farah

"U.S.-Mexico merger opposition intensifies" by Joseph Farah, who surveys congressmen, newscasters and others aghast at secret efforts to scrap the dollar, end U.S. sovereignty and combine nations.

"A North American United Nations?" by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul

"Lou Dobbs: 'What they're doing is creating a brave new world'"

"The North American Union: How close are we?" by Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., who lays out the troubling evidence for a multi-government plan to merge the U.S., Canada and Mexico

"Mexico ambassador: We need North American Union in 8 years"

"Documents reveal 'shadow government,'" on how a Freedom of Information request resulted in 1,000 pages of confirming documentation

"The NAFTA superhighway: Coming soon" by Patrick Buchanan, on why Mexico seeks 'complete integration' with the U.S.

"Texas congressman: Superhighway all about North American Union," on U.S. Rep. Ron Paul's concern over a common currency, borderless travel and even bigger bureaucracy

"Why China dominates NAFTA" by Jerome R. Corsi

"How to survive the NAFTA dollar crisis," by Jerome R. Corsi, including economic advice in the age of the "amero"

"The CFR's vision for a new North America," revealing excerpts from the Council on Foreign Relations' radical 59-page blueprint for "North American community"

"Mexican drug cartels take over U.S. cities" by Joseph Farah, in which U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo reveals how Mexican gangs buy businesses, politicians, power and police departments

"It's the drugs, stupid" by Joseph Farah, on the profound impact Mexico's multi-billion-dollar drug trade exerts on America's immigration crisis

"'Bush doesn't think America should be an actual place,'" by Joe Kovacs, whose interview with Rep. Tom Tancredo reveals that the president believes the U.S. should be merely an 'idea' without borders

"North American students trained for 'merger,'" on why 10 universities are participating in a "model parliament" in Mexico to simulate the "integration" of the three nations

"North American Union major '08 issue?" – a look at a new coalition that is mobilizing grass roots support and targeting Washington lawmakers

"Are globalists evil?" by David Kupelian, on why so many apparently "good people" are so attracted to global government "As bad as this North American Union plan is," said WND founder and Editor Joseph Farah, "it does succeed in making much more understandable exactly why our government isn't stopping illegal immigration. It doesn't really want to."