What Could Have Been

solar-system.gifThe September 18th issue of Newsweek has a thought-provoker by Jonathan Alter entitled “An Alternative September 11 History” describing post 9/11 events as they “could have been.” Who knows, perhaps this is the way events unfolded on an Earth in a parallel universe–the one through the wormhole. We always thought that the universe through the wormhole was the “evil twin” but perhaps it’s the other way around. I have it! We really are the good folks from the good Earth, but we’ve been sucked through the wormhole and have ended up on this evil mirror world where greed and hate, intolerance and fear are the underlying values rather than the compassion and openness, charity and peacefulness of our home world. Sigh. Now, how do we get back home? earth-1.jpg

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Bad Things Come in Threes

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Wonder how we got into this mess?  You may have heard your grandmother say something like "bad things come in threes."  Well, Granny wasn't kidding.  Call them what you will, the threesome of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, but check out this article, "U.S. endorsed Iranian plans to build massive nuclear energy industry, Cheney Rumsfeld & Wolfowitz behind Iran Nuclear Program initiated during Ford Administration" on Global Research.Ca (Center for Research on Globalization) by Ed Haas. 

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford signed a directive that granted Iran the opportunity to purchase U.S. built reprocessing equipment and facilities designed to extract plutonium from nuclear reactor fuel.

When Gerald Ford assumed the Presidency in August 1974, the current Vice President of the United States, Richard B Cheney served on the transition team and later as Deputy Assistant to the President. In November 1975, he was named Assistant to the President and White House Chief of Staff, a position he held throughout the remainder of the Ford Administration.[1]

In August 1974, the current Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld served as Chairman of the transition to the Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. He then became Chief of Staff of the White House and a member of the President's Cabinet (1974-1975)[2] and was the Ford Administration’s Secretary of Defense from 1975–1977.

The current President of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz served in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under President Gerald Ford.[3] Wolfowitz is considered as a prominent architect of the Bush Doctrine, which has come to be identified with a policy that permits pre-emptive war against potential aggressors before they are capable of mounting attacks against the United States.

[1] The White House, Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, http://www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident/, [Accessed March 4, 2006]

[2] United States Department of Defense, Biography – Donald H. Rumsfeld, http://www.defenselink.mil/bios/rumsfeld.html, [Accessed March 4, 2006]

[3] Washington Post, Realism, Rewarded, George F. Will, May 12, 2005, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/11/AR2005051101815.html, [Accessed March 4, 2006]

 And there we thought Gerald Ford's administration was dull!  Little did we realize that the boys were already setting things up.  They just needed a front man!  It would be interesting to count the "threes" we've had to deal with since the 2000 election.

 This is a lot like the Rumsfeld/Saddam connection that Julian Borger wrote about on Tuesday December 31, 2002 in The Guardian, titled "Rumsfeld 'offered help to Saddam'", "Declassified papers leave the White House hawk exposed over his role during the Iran-Iraq war." 

I could state the obvious, that here are two glaring examples of geopolitical hypocrisy, but I'm sure you are already there. 

Oh what a tangled web we weave,  when first we practise to deceive! 

–Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.   Scottish author & novelist (1771 – 1832)

Madman!

A quote from Bush's response to a question regarding the U.S. policy toward Iran in a speech given yesterday at Johns Hopkins University:

The doctrine of prevention is to work together to prevent the Iranians from having a nuclear weapon. I know — I know here in Washington prevention means force. It doesn't mean force, necessarily. In this case, it means diplomacy. And by the way, I read the articles in the newspapers this weekend. It was just wild speculation, by the way. What you're reading is wild speculation, which is — it's kind of a — happens quite frequently here in the nation's capital. (transcript of entire speech)

There is no way you can avoid the news today referring to Bush's "wild speculation" statement regarding the possibility of an air attack against Iran. Can no one stop this man??? What does he have that makes the citizens in this country afraid to question his actions? He lies and spies and people still blindly follow? There is documentation out there people, pay attention! This president is taking us into the apocalypse! Yes, I'm passionate! Yes, I may sound like a bloomin' radical but the evidence is out there. PEOPLE, PAY ATTENTION!!! He took us into Iraq based on faulty, manipulated bits and pieces of intelligence information that those whose job it is to gather and evaluate that very information were skeptical of and he's doing it again. This man has a messianic complex making him an easy puppet for Cheney and the boys to pull his strings. Now he's trying to get us into another war. President Bush declared himself as a "War President". Bush: "I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign-policy matters with war on my mind. Again, I wish it wasn't true, but it is true. And the American people need to know they got a president who sees the world the way it is. And I see dangers that exist, and it's important for us to deal with them." (from his February 7 [broadcast on 8th], 2004, hour-long Oval Office interview with Tim Russert on NBC's Meet the Press) So he sees himself as a "war president." I guess that means that if there isn't one, he'll start it. If we only have one war going, we'll start a second. If two is good, then three is better! If he attacks Iran we will ALL pay the price! There will be no homeland security. Wake up, people!