The first of these steps will occur next month, when our coalition will transfer full sovereignty to a government of Iraqi citizens who will prepare the way for national elections. On June 30th, the Coalition Provisional Authority will cease to exist, and will not be replaced. The occupation will end, and Iraqis will govern their own affairs – George W. Bush, May 24, 2004, Carlisle, Pennsylvania (emphasis mine)
A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November.
The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq’s position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country.
But the accord also threatens to provoke a political crisis in the US. President Bush wants to push it through by the end of next month so he can declare a military victory and claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated.
Most Americans are so used to the endless violence between Israel and the Palestinians that has gone on for decades that it barely registers on the national conscience. It’s not that Americans don’t car, but rather the situation has gone on for so long that it has become almost background noise and certainly this president has made diplomacy in that area a very low priority. The situation that Bush and the extreme Right are about to put us in is very similar to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, never ending with lulls and peaks of violence. Americans, especially America’s service families should be outraged at the idea that the U.S. will have effectively bought and committed itself to the governing of a sovereign nation. Whatever the Iraqi president Maliki might be willing to bargain on much of the Iraqi parliament isn’t, Iraqi Parliamentarians Denounce The Bush-Maliki Permanent-Occupation Deal
al-Ulayyan, dressed in traditional tribal clothing, said he wanted to “salute the American people for their stand against the war, which we saw on TV in the form of demonstrations and protests.” He cautioned against unplanned withdrawal. “Any withdrawal that is not studied carefully will lead to impotence and flaws in the security,” he said through translation. “However, protecting Iraq does not require signing long-term agreements like the one proposed, because [the U.S. has] bases in surrounding countries like Kuwait, Jordan and so forth, and therefore, we dont see any importance or need for military bases in Iraq.”
Bush is well aware that redeployment of U.S. forces to Kuwait, the Kurdish area of Iraq and Jordan would be sufficient to respond to any emergency. As Scott Mcclellan reminded us the Bushies are all about campaigning all the time and have shown they’re quite willing to use the U.S. military to provide cover for their political agenda even as they maneuver to keep them in harms way so they can have the appearance of salvaging some kind of victory. Bush claimed as stated in the quote above that Iraqis were in charge of their own country in 2004 which was an obvious lie then and is even more obvious now. The occupation has caused as many as one million two hundred thousand Iraqis, over four thousand Americans all supposedly to save the Iraqi people. Proving that the Bushies are the last people to call in an emergency and the Iraqi people feel the same way, The majority of the people of Iraq are with the withdrawal. … Perhaps even about 70 percent.
Wind and nuclear power plants have the lowest potential impact on wildlife among the major U.S. electricity sources, according to a report examining several decades of research.
There are issues with bird deaths at some particular wind tower locations, but compared to the impact on wildlife from blowing off mountain tops to get at coal, the bird fatalities are minor.
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. ~ John Adams
Among the reports conclusions:
* Claims by President Bush that Iraq and al Qaida had a partnership “were not substantiated by the intelligence.”
* The president and vice president misrepresented what was known about Iraq’s chemical weapons capabiliies.
* Rumsfeld misrepresented what the intelligence community knew when he said Iraq’s weapons productions facilities were buried deeply underground.
* Cheney’s claim that the intelligence community had confirmed that lead Sept. 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta had met an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in 2001 was not true.