cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


the trap is laid, but who will step in it?

1. Obama's Afghan surge, Pakistan's moment of truth, and death of the US dollar

I believe that the US President’s recent announcement of a dramatic increase in US troops to be sent to occupied-Afghanistan was camouflaged with psychological ploys. This was hardly surprising since those who truly control power in USA – power to choose someone, anoint him and make him President – are a people who have PhDs in deception.

The media use of the soft word ‘surge’ for example, is a clever ploy detracting attention from the harsh reality of significant and very dangerous US military escalation in that volatile region of the world. Readers must know that Afghanistan is the heart of ancient Khorasan, and it has the unique distinction of never having submitted to western occupation. They must also know that the power-brokers who control the White House are recklessly plunging all of mankind into an abyss the likes of which was never before experienced in history – certainly far worse than anything experienced under George Bush.

read more @ imran nazar hosein

2. indeed. the PhDs even have a book about it, The Israel Projects 2009 Global Language Directory

tiny excerpt of elaborate instructions on how to manipulate the stupid goyim:

21) Concede a point. Look for opportunities in every TV debate or interview to concede a point to the interviewer or debate partner. It doesn’t have to be a major point. The point isn’t to undermine some essential plank of Israel’s foreign policy platform. But the simple words “you make a good point” do wonders among an audience.

22) Never, never, NEVER speak in declarative statements. Never. Americans and
Europeans think in shades of gray – especially when it comes to conflict in the Middle
East. They believe both sides are to blame, both sides are responsible for making
sacrifices for peace, and both sides do have a positive story to tell. So every time you say “every,” totally,” “always,” “never,” or the like, the reaction is immediate and negative. Soften the tone just a little bit and you’ll keep them tuned in.

read it here (pdf) (bring a bucket)

3. US silent on Taliban's AQ offer -- not sure the Israeli-controlled US puppet state would want to give up their CIA controlled puppet enemy al Qaeda because that might put a crimp in the war plans, so this is a little bit of a troubling development. ideally these things should be like the Middle East "peace" process -- neverending, completely intractable, kick the can down the road forever and ever and ever...nobody is ever supposed to get SERIOUS about it sheesh. what good is peace?

By Gareth Porter

WASHINGTON - The Barack Obama administration is refusing to acknowledge an offer by the leadership of the Taliban in early December to give "legal guarantees" that they will not allow Afghanistan to be used for attacks on other countries.

The administration's silence on the offer, despite a public statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing skepticism about any Taliban offer to separate itself from al-Qaeda, effectively leaves the door open to negotiating a deal with the Taliban based on such a proposal.

The Taliban, however, have chosen to interpret the Obama administration's position as one of rejection of their offer.

The Taliban offer, included in a statement dated December 4 and e-mailed to news organizations the following day, said the organization had "no agenda of meddling in the internal affairs of other countries and is ready to give legal guarantees if foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan".

read more @ asia times

4. NATO chief in Moscow for Afghan talks

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has arrived in Moscow for talks expected to focus on Afghanistan and Moscow's potential assistance to the alliance's efforts there.

On his three-day trip to Russia, Rasmussen is to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Relations between NATO and Moscow have improved significantly since they were frozen for six months in the aftermath of the August 2008 Russia-Georgia war.

Moscow has repeatedly expressed its willingness to help the war effort in Afghanistan, due to fears that any return to power by Taliban extremists would destabilize Central Asia and endanger Russia's own security.

Russia has allowed NATO nations to use its territory for the overland transport of supplies to Afghanistan.

source: taiwan news

5. US clandestine ops intensified -- putting pressure on Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. special operations in Afghanistan have been strengthened as part of a strategy to get faster results in fighting the Taliban insurgency, officials said.

The Special Forces, on the orders of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, are now mainly targeting key Taliban figures, instead of largely going after al-Qaida figures as they did prior to the strategy shift, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"We've refocused their mission and increased their op tempo," a senior military official told the Times.

The number of raids by the Army's Delta Force and Navy's SEAL Team Six jumped to 90 in November from 20 in May, the report said.

The move, the first of its kind since 2001, comes at a time when only a few dozen al-Qaida operatives are believed to be holed up in the Taliban strongholds of eastern and southern regions, which are the special forces' areas of operation, the report said. The strategy change may go against the thinking of U.S. lawmakers and others who want the military to concentrate on eradicating al-Qaida, the report said.

However, senior military leaders say retaking Taliban gains is now the overriding short-term priority.

"This is Gen. McChrystal's play," one official told the Times. "They have to show they can reverse momentum. He has to show he is making headway."

President Barack Obama's Afghan strategy calls for reduction of troop levels beginning in 2011 based on ground conditions. A spokesman for the command in Afghanistan declined to discuss the special operations forces' mission, except to say pressure has been increased on the insurgency.

"We target all insurgent networks who are causing casualties either to our forces or the Afghan people," he told the Times.

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6. NATO chief hails 'new beginning' on first Russia visit

On the first visit to Moscow by a head of the Western alliance since the Georgia crisis, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen hailed a "new beginning" in high-level talks.

"I think that this autumn represents a new beginning in our relationship," said Rasmussen at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

High-level contacts between Moscow and the alliance were broken off in the wake of Russia's war with Georgia in August 2008. The Kommersant daily newspaper, citing an unnamed Russian diplomat, reported that Rasmussen would be seeking to expand an arrangement which NATO uses to ship supplies to Afghanistan by railroad via Russia. "Given the announcements by the new NATO secretary general about increasing the quality of partnership with Russia, special attention will be put on activating cooperation to increase trust," the Kremlin, the Russian goverment said in a statement ahead of the visit.

It said the two sides would discuss important international issues including Afghanistan, Iran's nuclear program and the so-called Mideast peace process. Rasmussen is to meet all of Russia's key players in a packed schedule of meetings on Wednesday, including Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, President Dmitry Medvedev.

source: al manar tv

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