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Leaked CIA Memo: use Obama as puppet for continued war support

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March 29, 2010 – Comments (7)

Investors are ignoring the possibility of bad news on the war front. I wrote about that here.  First off, I don't wish for troop deaths. Let me remind you that I served in the Marines and it wasn't so long ago that people I served with are not in harm's way.  My politics aside, I want good things for our troops.  But you know my politics already.

This summer could be very bloody.  More relevant to investors, the war could continue to widen, as America is already taking aggresive action in Pakistan and a very hawkish stance against Iran, while aggression in Palestine heats up as usual.  That means higher oil prices, higher gold prices, and a shaky market.  Of course, it means a lot of other things too.

That brings me to this interesting story.  A leaked CIA memo is up on Wikileaks, perhaps the greatest liberty protecting website around.  The memo in pdf is here.  The memo talks about how the French and German governments rely on popular apathy to continue their support for the Neocon war in Afghanistan.  However, since that apathy is slowly turning into resolve, it's imperative to manipulate public opinion.  Enter Barack Obama:

"The confidence of the French and German publics in President Obama's ability to handle foreign affairs in general and Afghanistan in particular suggest that they would be receptive to his direct affirmation of the ISAF mission...."

The CIA's plan is appearantley to use Obama as a puppet to maintain support for wars that the European public does not support.  Brilliant.

I leave the discussion to you.  I've talked about the CIA here, and the neocons here and here (comment #7) but this is a bit too much for an investing website. 

But this is an interesting and developing story with investment implications.  A flight to oil and gold this summer is not out of the question should things turn for the worse.  And I think we all know that a turn for the worse is not out of the question either.

David in Qatar

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#1) On March 30, 2010 at 2:53 PM, nzsvz9 (< 20) wrote:

War without end.

No tag for nzsvz9.

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#2) On March 30, 2010 at 11:39 PM, MikeMark (29.47) wrote:

Hey! So now the WHOLE WORLD wants to use Obama to keep their country riled up? What's the DEAL! He's our's, not theirs!

:-)

 

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#3) On April 01, 2010 at 10:00 AM, whereaminow (21.14) wrote:

Remember the CIA isn't exactly Google, bringing in the best and the brightest.  Those words do not apply to Statist stooges that wish to play power politics instead of actually solving problems.  The CIA thought the USSR was a productive nation for crying out loud.  It was Bangladesh with missiles.

Here's Jesse Ventura's take on Afghanistan. 

David in Qatar

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#4) On April 03, 2010 at 1:02 PM, whereaminow (21.14) wrote:

Debate With a Solider Posted by Laurence Vance on April 3, 2010 09:27 AM

From a reader in LA comes this account at a debate of his debate with a soldier who claimed he was defending our freedoms.

To be brief, the debate was about the morality of having U.S. troops continue to be garrisoned in Iraq and Afghanistan. I took to the mic and pointed out that we should not have been there in the first place, and that the ONLY sane, legal, and moral thing to do was get out. A young soldier in the audience stood up to protest my position using the standard boilerplate sloganeering we’ve come to expect from the Cheney-O’Reilly-Hannity-Limbaugh-Beck crowd. At the end his tirade which included Neocon gems like “I fight for your freedom” and “we’re there so we won’t have to fight them here,” I offered the young warrior the chance to give me the name of the group who was trying to take my “freedom” away from me. He stumbled for a moment, then (almost shouting) stated “those people hate you and would as soon cut your throat as look at you.”  I told him my question was “who was trying to take my freedom from me,” NOT “who was trying to cut my throat.” He then said “are you going to let them get away with 9-11″?  I replied, “who is THEM, young man?”  I told him, “if you are suggesting the Iraqis had anything to do with 9-11 then you are woefully misinformed.” After going back and forth trading salvos (actually, it was just about me debunking one boilerplate statement after another ), he really got my ire by grabbing the collar of his shirt and stated “It’s people like you who disgrace MY uniform.”

At this point, I never had so much clarity descend upon me. It was like some power reached into my brain and told me what to say. Without even thinking, I said, ”Let me tell you something, SON! I know ALL about the service, even if I was never in it myself. My entire family on both sides has served in a military at one time or another.  Both sides of my family fought for the Confederacy, my grandfather fought in France in WWI, My father was a decorated Marine, and my Uncle is a Bataan Death March survivor. So, I’m no stranger to the military. However, I can tell you this, you are ALL WET about WHOSE uniform that is and WHAT IT MEANS! My father, who was a peaceful and gentle man, came home from WWII with the Navy Cross and a revulsion of war – as did my uncle. They both became staunch advocates of non-interventionism and a belief that to defend your own shores is the highest calling. Anything else is simply premeditated warmongering. I learned many things from my father, but the most important thing he ever told me about being a soldier was this…,and I’m going to pass it along to you.

 

That uniform you wear is MINE! I ALLOW you to wear in on MY BEHALF. It belongs to ME and represents MY WISHES. If you DISHONOR IT, you dishonor ME! And if I SAY you DISHONOR it, then there is no question YOU HAVE.  Every deed you do while in MY uniform reflects on ME, either GOOD or BAD. And, if you deny anything I just said, then you are NOT an ‘American Soldier!’

I did not enjoy putting this kid in his place, but I have seen this swaggering demand that “our” troops have for our unconditional and fawning deification of the military. I respect the military and those who serve to a point. After that, however, they must earn any additional respect.  And, so far, “our boys” have lost mine.

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#5) On April 05, 2010 at 12:54 PM, nzsvz9 (< 20) wrote:

The soldiers do not deserve our wrath. They do represent us, and most serve honorably with the good intentions as the best and bravest who volunteer; like your family members, and David in Qatar. It is the corruptician-in-chief and those who would rule us with an ever-increasingly iron fist which deserve our ire. I did not serve, however my brother is a captain in the Navy - and I have a deep respect for what he does - as I do for every soldier, sailor, marine.

Should we dismantel the American Empire? Yes, absolutely. And we should welcome every volunteer home - with parades and fanfare - as everyone who serves deserves.

While we're at it we should probably saw around the U.N. building and cast it adrift off into the Atlantic.

And the Fed too.

Known as the Non-Empirial nzsvz9

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#6) On April 05, 2010 at 3:12 PM, MikeMark (29.47) wrote:

David,

As I learn more about you and your background, my respect grows. If there is anything I can do to increase your peace, just ask.

God Bless You.

Respects,

-MikeMark

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#7) On April 06, 2010 at 12:13 AM, whereaminow (21.14) wrote:

MikeMark,

Thanks a ton Mike!  This blog and the great response I get from the readers here is the best I could have ever hoped for.

All the best,

David

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