I'm not stupid enough to believe DC went to those countries only or even mainly for their oil reserves, but it is a definite ingredient in the "drug cocktail" of reasons put forth to explain the stinking debacle, but exoteric and esoteric. Tell 'em Blacklisted News:
<br style="font-weight: bold;"><div style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(102, 0, 0);" ="title">Mission accomplished! ExxonMobil-led consortium nets 'supergiant' Iraq oil field</font>
</div> <div style="color: rgb(102, 0, 0);">An
ExxonMobil-led consortium has beaten rival Russian, French and Chinese
groups to bag initial rights to develop Iraqâ€™s West Qurna field, the
Oil Ministry said.</font></div>
They wanted to establish a Globalist presence for Big Oil, the Z.O.G & for NWO empire building. I've heard (in Afghanistan) there's alotta profit from the poppy/smack output (as well).
Two all-time crushing stories!
<h2 style="color: rgb(102, 0, 0);">War Criminal Admits: I Would Have Invaded Iraq Anyway</h2><div style="width: 274px; : rgb(204, 204, 204); float: left; margin-right: 10px; color: rgb(102, 0, 0);"><div style="padding: 2px; text-align: center;"></div><div align="center">Tony Blair</div></div>
Tony Blair has said he would have invaded Iraq even without evidence of
weapons of mass destruction and would have found a way to justify the
war to parliament and the public. The former prime minister made the
confession during an interview with Fern Britton, to be broadcast on
Sunday on BBC1, in which he said he would still have thought it right
to remove Saddam Hussein from power. </span> http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/de...blair-iraq-chi lcot-inquiry<br style="color: rgb(102, 0, 0);">
<div ="title">Shell wins 'gold rush' Iraqi oilfield auction
</div> <div style="color: rgb(102, 0, 0);">Royal
Dutch Shell, the Anglo-Dutch energy company, won the right to develop
Iraq's giant Majnoon oilfield yesterday, beating Total of France which
had long coveted the prize.</div>
Don't miss this one either:
<h1 style="color: rgb(102, 0, 0);" align="left">Surprising Results of CFR Survey </font></font></h1><h1 style="color: rgb(102, 0, 0);">What the U.S. Elite Really Thinks About Israel </font></h1>
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Why We Fight: Iraq Opening to BP, Exxon Mobil, Shell for 1st time since 1972</font><br style="color: rgb(102, 0, 0);">
03-04-2010 </font> </font>Bloomberg.com</font><br style="color: rgb(102, 0, 0);">Western
producers havent had access to oil fields in southern Iraq since 1972,
when the country nationalized production including concessions owned by
the companies now known as BP, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Exxon. </font><br style="color: rgb(102, 0, 0);">
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<DIV>More Troops Lost to Suicide than Combat in 2010
<DIV>For the second year in a row, the U.S. military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.</DIV>
The reasons are complicated and the accounting uncertain — for instance, should returning solders who take their own lives after being mustered out be included?</DIV>
<DIV>But no matter how you count it, the suicide rate is a further indication of the stress that military personnel live under after nearly a decade of war.</DIV><A href="http://ssomail.charter.net/do/redirect?url=http%253A%252F%252Fcapwiz.com%252Fc&# 111;ngressorg%252Futr%252F1%252FDGTJOIZJZJ%252FOTF POJCZGS%252F6366433391" target="_blank">
Read more about the suicide rate among soldiers.</DIV></A></DIV>
<DIV> http://www.congress.org/news/2011/01...roops_lost_to_ suicide</DIV>
Figures released by the armed services last week showed an alarming increase in suicides in 2010, but those figures leave out some categories.
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Overall, the services reported 434 suicides by personnel on active duty, significantly more than the 381 suicides by active-duty personnel reported in 2009. The 2010 total is below the 462 deaths in combat, excluding accidents and illness. In 2009, active-duty suicides exceeded deaths in battle.
Last week’s figures, though, understate the problem of military suicides because the services do not report the statistics uniformly. Several do so only reluctantly.
Figures reported by each of the services last week, for instance, include suicides by members of the Guard and Reserve who were on active duty at the time. The Army and the Navy also add up statistics for certain reservists who kill themselves when they are not on active duty.
But the Air Force and Marine Corps do not include any non-mobilized reservists in their posted numbers. What’s more, none of the services count suicides that occur among a class of reservists known as the Individual Ready Reserve, the more than 123,000 people who are not assigned to particular units.
Suicides by veterans who have left the service entirely after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan also are not counted by the Defense Department. The Department of Veterans Affairs keeps track of such suicides only if the person was enrolled in the VA health care system — which three-quarters of veterans are not.
But even if such veterans and members of the Individual Ready Reserve are excluded from the suicide statistics, just taking into account the deaths of reservists who were not included in last week’s figures pushes the number of suicides last year to at least 468.
That total includes some Air Force and Marine Corps reservists who took their own lives while not on active duty, and it exceeds the 462 military personnel killed in battle.
The problem of reservists’ suicides, in particular, has been a major concern to some lawmakers. A Pentagon study this year confirmed that reservists lack the support structure that active-duty troops have.
Some types of reservists are more cut off than others. Rep. Rush D. Holt, a New Jersey Democrat, says that members of the Individual Ready Reserve and other categories of citizen-soldiers do not receive a thorough screening for mental health issues when they return from deployments.
One of those soldiers, a constituent of Holt’s named Coleman S. Bean, was an Army sergeant and Iraq War veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder but could not find treatment. He took his own life in 2008.
Moved by Bean’s story, Holt wrote a bill requiring phone contacts with these reservists every 90 days after they come home from war. The House adopted Holt’s provision as part of its defense authorization bills for both fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011. But conferees writing the final version of the bills took it out both years.
Holt said in December that Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain was responsible for that decision in the most recent bill. A spokeswoman for McCain, Brooke Buchanan, would not state his position on the provision. Instead, she said House members had removed it.
A House Armed Services Committee spokeswoman, Jennifer Kohl, said the House reluctantly pulled the provision from the bill because of the opposition of senators, whom she did not name.
Holt said a fuller reckoning of the number of suicides among military personnel and veterans is needed not so much to tell lawmakers and the public that there is a problem — that, he says, they know. Rather, it is needed to more accurately gauge the extent to which programs to help troubled troops are having an effect.
"In order to know whether the steps we’ve taken work," Holt said, "we’re going to have to have more detailed knowledge of who’s out there."
John Donnelly writes for CQ.</DIV></DIV></DIV>
<DIV>The Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Effexor, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, Haldol, Risperdal, Seroquel, Ambien, Lunesta, Elavil, Trazodone War
As it approaches its tenth year, our nation’s longest war is showing signs of waning. Meanwhile, our soldiers are falling apart.
<DIV>By Jennifer Senior Published Feb 6, 2011 </DIV>
From a series of portraits documenting the stress faced by Marines patrolling Afghanistan's Helmand Province. The men in these pictures have no known health problems themselves.
<DIV>(Photo: Louis Palu/Zuma Press) </DIV>
<DIV>The first time I meet David Booth, a 39-year-old former medic and surgeon’s assistant who retired this past spring after nineteen years in the active Army Reserve, I make the awkward mistake of proposing we go out to lunch. It seems a natural suggestion. The weather is still warm, and he has told me to meet him in the lobby of his office downtown, so I assume he wants to go out, not back to his desk, when I show up around noon. But it turns out that in the six months he has been at his job, Booth has never left his office in the middle of the day, except to run across the street, and he is simply too polite to say so. From the moment we step outside, it’s clear how unusual this excursion is for him. As we walk, he hews close to the buildings on his right (“If a building’s to my right, no one is going to walk by me on my right”), and when we arrive at the restaurant, he quietly takes a seat at the table closest to the door, his back against the wall. His large brown eyes immediately start darting around. </DIV>
<DIV>“How’s your sleep?” I ask him.</DIV>
<DIV>“I don’t,” he answers.......</DIV>
Though, the environment and the way the government has been treating the rank and file military personnel probably leads to many suicides. Ruling a death a suicide can be a way to hide murders, especially with all the gang members being let in, and to lower combat deaths. Just because the government claims a death is a suicide doesn't make it a fact.
An article entitled "Cheap Afghan heroine making it to USA."
http://cofcc.org/2012/01/cheap-afgha...ing-it-to-usa/In 2000, the Taliban had almost eradicated poppy farming in Afghanistan.
Now the Obama administration is ordering US soldiers to provide direct support to poppy farmers in Afghanistan. Dozens of US soldiers have now blown the whistle that they were ordered to provide direct support for poppy farmers.
The Obama administration is officially ignoring the astronomical surge of poppy farming. However, dozens of whistle-blowers have said that they were ordered to provide direct support to poppy farmers.