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USA And The Future Of The World
<b>Obama Team Mulls Aims Of Somali Extremists</b>?<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Some in the Defense Department have been frustrated by what they see as a failure to act. Many other national security officials say an ill-considered strike would have negative diplomatic and political consequences far beyond the Horn of Africa. Other options under consideration are increased financial pressure and diplomatic activity, including stepped-up efforts to resolve the larger political turmoil in Somalia.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
US is back to its pre 9/11 mentality.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Is it just me?
Gerald Warner
<b>Barack Obama: President Pantywaist - new surrender monkey on the block</b>
Posted By: Gerald Warner at Apr 10, 2009 at 10:20:05 [General]

President Barack Obama has recently completed the most successful foreign policy tour since Napoleon's retreat from Moscow. You name it, he blew it. What was his big deal economic programme that he was determined to drive through the G20 summit? Another massive stimulus package, globally funded and co-ordinated. Did he achieve it? Not so as you'd notice.

Barack is not the first New World ingenue to discover that European leaders will load him with praise, struggle sycophantically to be photographed with him and outdo him in Utopian rhetoric. But when it comes to the critical moment of opening their wallets - suddenly it is flag-day in Aberdeen. Okay, put the G20 down to inexperience, beginner's nerves, what you will.

On to Nato and the next big objective: to persuade the same European evasion experts that America, Britain and Canada should no longer bear the brunt of the Afghan struggle virtually unassisted. The Old World sucked through its teeth, said that was asking a lot - but, seeing it was Barack, to whom they could refuse nothing, they would graciously accede to his wishes.

So The One retired triumphant, having secured a massive contribution of 5,000 extra troops - all of them non-combatant, of course - which must really have put the wind up the Taliban, at the prospect of 5,000 more infidel cooks and bottle-washers swarming into the less hazardous regions of Afghanistan.

Then came the dramatic bit, the authentic West Wing script, with the President wakened in the middle of the night in Prague to be told that Kim Jong-il had just launched a Taepodong-2 missile. America had Aegis destroyers tracking the missile and could have shot it down. But Uncle Sam had a sterner reprisal in store for l'il ole Kim (as Dame Edna might call him): a multi-megaton strike of Obama hot air.

"Rules must be binding," declared Obama, referring to the fact that Kim had just breached UN Resolutions 1695 and 1718. "Violations must be punished." (Sounds ominous.) "Words must mean something." (Why, Barack? They never did before, for you - as a cursory glance at your many speeches will show.)

<b>President Pantywaist is hopping mad and he has a strategy to cut Kim down to size: he is going to slice $1.4bn off America's missile defence programme, presumably on the calculation that Kim would feel it unsporting to hit a sitting duck, so that will spoil his fun.

Watch out, France and Co, there is a new surrender monkey on the block and, over the next four years, he will spectacularly sell out the interests of the West with every kind of liberal-delusionist initiative on nuclear disarmament and sitting down to negotiate with any power freak who wants to buy time to get a good ICBM fix on San Francisco, or wherever. If you thought the world was a tad unsafe with Dubya around, just wait until President Pantywaist gets into his stride.</b>

1. Don't know if this was posted here already. Older news.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Tripura CM: CIA supporting Christian Militancy in India's North-East</b>

Posted January 5, 2006
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Times of India

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has accused the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of backing Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) to foment trouble in India's northeast.

"It's not only ISI but also CIA that is responsible for aiding and abetting rebels in the northeast," Sarkar said.

<b>"ISI is still active in Bangladesh and continue to back rebels of the northeast with CIA's support,"</b> Sarkar was quoted as saying by Guwahati-based news portal northeasttribune.com .

"The main objective of this assistance is to destabilise the country," he said.

Sarkar said he had informed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about this and also the existence of anti-India rebel camps in Bangladesh.

The Border Security Force and the central government have submitted a list of rebel camps in Bangladesh to Dhaka and urged it to dismantle them. But Bangladesh has denied the presence of such camps on its soil.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
2. Very old and familiar, but pasting in full since it is related to the above:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Church backing Tripura rebels</b>
Tuesday, 18 April, 2000, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
<b>'Church backing Tripura rebels'</b>

By Subir Bhaumik in Calcutta
The government in India's north-eastern state of Tripura says it has evidence that the state's Baptist Church is involved in backing separatist rebels.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said state police had uncovered details of the alleged link after questioning a church leader.

Nagmanlal Halam, secretary of the Noapara Baptist Church in Tripura, was arrested late on Monday with a large quantity of explosives.

Mr Sarkar said that allegations about the close links between the state's Baptist Church and the rebel National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have long been made by political parties and police.

Now for the first time, he said, hard evidence supporting the allegations had been found.


Mr Sarkar told the BBC that Mr Halam was found in possession of more than 50 gelatine sticks, 5kg of potassium and 2kg of sulphur and other ingredients for making explosives.

Image caption: Chief Minister Sarkar says he has proof

He said that two other junior members of the same church, arrested last week, had tipped the police off about the explosives which were meant for the NLFT rebels.

The chief minister said that Mr Halam confessed to buying and supplying explosives to the NLFT for the past two years.

Another church official, Jatna Koloi, was arrested in south Tripura last week.

Police say Mr Koloi had received training in guerrilla warfare at an NLFT base last year.

<b>Conversion </b>

Guards have been placed outside the headquarters of the Baptist Church in Tripura's capital, Agartala, to prevent possible attacks on it once the news of Mr Halam's arrest spread.

The NLFT is accused of forcing Tripura's indigenous tribes to become Christians and give up Hindu forms of worship in areas under their control.

Last year, they issued a ban on the Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja.

The NLFT manifesto says that they want to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura.

The Baptist Church in Tripura was set up by missionaries from New Zealand 60 years ago.

It won only a few thousand converts until 1980 when in the aftermath, of the state's worst ethnic riot, the number of conversions grew.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
So they banned Hindu festivals. Can the Christian terrorists explain to me again why Hindu's should show them tolerance like the Pope keeps lecturing us. You want to destroy my religion and use terror tactics and then cry like you are the victim. We don't buy it. You wanted war, you got it!

Seems like Christian missionaries got active during/ after WW-II as Western troops had a growing presence in the North East to fight against the Japanese.

<!--QuoteBegin-Husky+Apr 12 2009, 06:17 PM-->QUOTE(Husky @ Apr 12 2009, 06:17 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->
Guards have been placed outside the headquarters of the Baptist Church in Tripura's capital, Agartala, to prevent possible attacks on it once the news of Mr Halam's arrest spread.

The NLFT is accused of forcing Tripura's indigenous tribes to become Christians and give up Hindu forms of worship in areas under their control.

Last year, they issued a ban on the Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja.

The NLFT manifesto says that they want to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura.

The Baptist Church in Tripura was set up by missionaries from New Zealand 60 years ago.

It won only a few thousand converts until 1980 when in the aftermath, of the state's worst ethnic riot, the number of conversions grew

<!--QuoteBegin-agnivayu+Apr 12 2009, 07:31 PM-->QUOTE(agnivayu @ Apr 12 2009, 07:31 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->You wanted war, you got it![right][snapback]96356[/snapback][/right]<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->The ONLY war that will work against christianism is exposing it in public for the terrorist ideology that it is.

Anything else and it will only whine "persecution" "boohoo" "look at me" "waaaaah wehhhhh" (and more annoying wailing/playacting).
When angelsk-speaking Hindus stop being apologists for christianism and start repeatedly providing exposure to what christianism FACTUALLY entails, more pseculars will become aware and stop being psecular. And when that happens, the psecular (Angelsk-speaking) Hindus will actually start defending the conscious Hindus who are being massacred in Orissa and all the NE states.
- Psecular army may stop being psecular and do something about the terrorised NE (breath-holding)
- And the knowledge of what christianism really means will spread around to the rural areas and people there learn to always be on guard about christianism and to avoid all christian contact. And when that happens, those goodytwoshoes Hindus stand a chance: no more accidentally sending their little ones to schools and other places to be attacked by christian paedophiles. No more naively being tricked into visiting "free service" christian 'charity' hospitals for eye operations only to be literally blinded by vengeful christian 'doctors' when the patients refuse to convert.
<!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo--> Prepared by the Department of Homeland Security, the report says that Barack Obama's election as the first black president, rising unemployment because of the economic crisis, and resentment against rising India and China could revive right-wing radical extremism in the US.

Granite City in Obama's home state of Illinois had witnessed protests this week over the use of Indian steel to build 1,600-mile (about 2570 km) pipeline from Canada to Oklahoma.

U.S. win in Iraq, but lose the anti-war online

In 2007, al-Qaida has launched 97 online video productions, six times more than in 2005!

An "armed propaganda" of 50,000 people

<!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo--> for a tax-day "tea party." The event I saw was a genuinely grassroots one, spawned on Facebook by a 23-year-old restaurant worker who managed to draw 1,000 folks on a blustery day. The speeches echoed the same apocalyptic themes the GOP will sound in the capital when Congress returns this week: that Obama and the Democrats are on a spending spree that will bankrupt the nation and rob us of all that's left of our freedom.

Obama is busy with his apology tour. I am waiting when he will visit India. I hope his apology list includes Kashmir, Terrosim, Nuclear Deal, poverty, 9th fleet, Plaque infected wheat to India, San Francisco based commies.....
Love in the time of recession

Mon Apr 20, 12:03 pm ET

As this year's wedding season approaches, you may be finding fewer invitations filling up your mailbox. But don't worry; it's probably not because you've been a bad friend.

The $60 billion-a-year wedding industry is hurting as much as the rest of the economy, according to a recent Bloomberg article. And with couples spending an average of 24% less on tying the knot than in '07, they are scaling back on everything from the number of guests to meal selections to flowers. A recent survey done by David's Bridal entitled "What’s on Brides' Minds" reports that 75% of weddings are being downsized in order to save money.

Sandra Chavez, who is getting married in September in Pleasanton, Calif. told Fox News:

"I would be embarrassed to spend thousands and thousands of dollars when people are losing their jobs, homes, cars, etc. We understand that this is just one night."

But what happens after that night? The recession is making its mark on marriages, too—in somewhat surprising ways.

It's not too shocking that a slumping economy puts a strain on most marriages; it's common knowledge that financial stress is one of the top causes of divorce. But according to a recent article in Yahoo! Finance, 37% of matrimonial lawyers report seeing a decrease in divorcing couples during economic downturns. The reason, the article posits, is because getting a divorce is the "worst thing you can do financially."

"Attorney fees and court costs compete with setting up a second household as the largest expense in a divorce. A simple divorce can cost $5,000 to $25,000 in attorney fees and court costs while the average complex divorce runs $20,000 to $100,000, says Bruce Hughes, an attorney and certified public accountant in Tustin, Calif."

So maybe the frugal thing to do these days is just stay single? Not so fast.

The Economist and CNN are both reporting that matchmakers and online dating websites like eHarmony.com and OKCupid.com are prospering during the recession.

<b>Oil and the origins of the ‘War to make the world safe for Democracy’ </b>
By F. William Engdahl, 22 June, 2007
<b>British Empire’s onset of economic decline</b>

<b>Behind her apparent status as the world's pre-eminent power, Britain was slowly deteriorating internally. </b>After <b>1850 </b>a sharp rise in <b>British capital flowing overseas </b>took place. After the US Civil War and with the emerging of German and Continental European as well as Latin American industrialization in the early 1870’s, this <b>flow of capital out of the City of London became massive. </b>Britain’s wealthy found returns on their money far greater abroad than at home. It was one consequence of the 1846 Corn Law Repeal, the introduction of free trade in agriculture to force cheaper wages and to feed that labor with cheaper foodstuffs imported from Odessa, the United States, India and other foreign suppliers.[9] Buy Cheap, Sell Dear had become the dominant economic pattern.[10]

After 1846, wage levels inside Britain began falling with the price of bread. The English Poor Laws granted compensation for workers earning below human subsistence wage, with income supplement payments pegged to the price of a loaf of wheat bread. As bread prices plunged, so did living standards in England.

<b>As a consequence, while the merchant banks and insurers of the City of London thrived, domestic British industrial investment and modernization, </b>which had allowed England to lead the industrial revolution after the introduction of Watt’s improved steam-powered engine in the 1760’s, <b>stagnated and declined after 1870.</b>

One consequence was the shift in economic weight from the industrial north of England—Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool-- south to London and the financial and trade services tied to the growing role of the City in international finance. From trade in “visibles” like coal, machines and steel products, <b>Britain shifted to a nation earning from what were termed “invisibles,” or financial return on overseas investment and services.</b>

Britain increased its dependence on imported goods following the introduction of free trade. From 1883 to 1913 the Sterling value of her imports rose by 84%. The real efect of the shift to import dependence was obscured by the phenomenal success of earnings from invisibles. In <b>1860 </b>Britain led the world in coal production, the raw material feeding her industry and fuelling her navy, with almost 60% of the total.By <b>1912 </b>that fell to 24%. Similarly, in <b>1870 </b>England enjoyed an impressive 49% share of total world iron forging output. By <b>1912 </b>it was 12%. Copper consumption, an essential component of the emerging electrification transformation, went from 32% of world consumption in 1889 to 13% by 1913.[11]

<b>The final quarter century of the 1800’s was the beginning of the end of the hegemonic position of Britain as the world’s dominant economic power.</b>
In 1873 a severe economic depression, dubbed in English history the Great Depression, spread, persisting until 1896, almost a quarter Century, </b>a decisive period in the development of the forces leading to the Great War in 1914. The 1873 depression led to the further decline of British industrial competitiveness. Price levels went into steady fall or deflation, profit margins and wages with it. Huge sums of capital remained idle or went abroad in search of gain.

While the crisis in England was severe, the effects outside Britain were short-lived. By the mid-1890’s the German Reich was in the midst of an economic boom unlike any before. The rival German and other Continental economies were rapidly industrializing and exporting to markets once dominated by British exports. [12]

<b>By the 1880’s Britain’s leading circles and advocates of Empire </b>realized that they needed to not only send their entrepreneurs like Cecil Rhodes to mine the gold to feed the banks of the City of London. Increasingly, they realized a revolution in the technology of naval power was required if the Royal Navy was to continue its unchallenged hegemony of the seas. That required a radical shift in British foreign policy. The revolution in technology was the shift from coal to oil power.

After the 1890’s, though little publicized, the search for secure energy in the form of petroleum would become of paramount importance to Her Majesty’s Navy and Her Majesty’s government. A global war for control of oil was shaping up, one few were even aware of outside select policy circles.

People's Daily, China
<b>U.S. May Create “SuperInflation” and Makethe World Suffer</b>
By Fou Zhe and Ma Jianbo

researcher Says:
April 13th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

“Although the U.S. has had many different presidents and political party changes, the U.S. deep down has a mentality of hegemony, a logic of power, and the natural instincts of a bully. This will not change.”

as an american I can state you nailed it.

do you have any idea how sad it is to be an american and watch you country that you love self destruct and cause suffering through out the world due to selfishness.

the concept of hedgemony is spot on. I cannot improve on that as a reflection of my beloved country.

we had such potential and we blew it but we will learn just as the japanese learned and the germans learned what not to do.

we are like a selfish teen it is all about us and only us.

few americans very few will understand your words. but keep loaning us money and we will continue being the bully in the world. takes two to tangle.

Cyberpresse/Le Soleil, Canada
<b>Army of Charm</b>
By Jean-Marc Salvet

Pakistan, a nuclear nation, is splitting despite lots of aid and support from the U.S.

Analysts who are very familiar with Iraq have announced that Iran is the strategic winner in Bush’s Iraq War, even though Washington’s troop surge seems to be a big victory. The Iraq War has encouraged Iran greatly by cultivating a new regional superpower, and it seems that Iran may become a major architect of the new Iraq.

It is unfortunate that people have forgotten during Bush’s age of arrogance that it is the military, economic and moral forces that uphold American superiority. The Abu Ghraib scandal, America’s invasion of a sovereign country without provocation and the stupidity that allowed radical Muslims to describe the U.S. as the enemy of 1.5 billion Muslims have all sent the moral superiority the U.S. possessed before 2003 up in flames.

Washington’s uncritical support of Israel at the expense of the Palestinians is considered excessive hypocrisy by lots of countries. Therefore, the conflict between the U.S. and Islam might be irreversible. Muslims believe that Islam will never lose its moral high ground - and they will not give it up easily.

Even The National Interest, a politically conservative publication, acknowledged these problems. Robert Pape stated in the latest issue that “The self-inflicted wounds of the Iraq War, growing government debt, increasingly negative current-account balances and other internal economic weaknesses have cost the United States real power in today’s world of rapidly spreading knowledge and technology. If present trends continue, we will look back at the Bush administration years as the death knell for American hegemony."

Now the U.S. economy is suffering from a large-scale reduction, and it is time to get rid of this spiritual shackle of superpower heritage and accept a more peripheral agenda. This doesn’t mean isolationism or retreat. The U.S. still needs of a large amount of high-quality military forces, but they can only be used when it is affordable and there are national interests at stake. The Iraq War does not conform to these requirements.

<b>Obama gets ahead of prompter</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->“In addition to John – sorry, the – I just noticed I jumped the gun here,” Obama said, pausing for several seconds as he looked at the prompter. “Go ahead. Move it up. I had already introduced all you guys.” <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Shoes thrown at company shareholder meeting. very uncivilized.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->A meeting of shareholders at troubled Belgian-Dutch financial group, Fortis, descended into chaos when shoes and a voting machine were thrown at the company's chairman and chief executive. link link2<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

And that is what leads me to conclude that the best way to prescribe an approach to U.S. foreign policy in the unpredictable era to come is not to draft A, B, and C lists of our various goals and interests—we all pretty much agree on what a perfect world would look like—but to concentrate instead on the assets that make any sound foreign policy possible. Here, then, is an A list of conditions that make everything else possible:

1. A strong U.S. economy subject only to mild recessions and modest inflation.

2. A robust military boasting technological superiority, a full complement of well-trained and well-rested personnel enjoying high morale, able to project force worldwide, and sufficient to fight and win at least one regional war while supporting (but not dominating) U.N. peacekeeping: in short, a military designed to deter or defeat major threats to the U.S. and its allies, but only to assist in operations other than war.

3. Presidential leadership, which is to say a commander-in-chief with an ambitious, consistent, and prudent vision of America’s role in the world, skilled at communicating that vision to the public and foreign leaders, and self-confident and patriotic enough not to mortgage U.S. foreign policy to a political, much less personal, agenda.

4. A bipartisan internationalist consensus in Congress, which should not be difficult for a strong president to revive, but which is easily dissipated by an executive that is too arrogant, insecure or distracted to give Congress the attention and consultation it needs.

5. Sturdy regional alliances, because not even the United States can do everything that needs to be done by itself—but alliances, like Congress, require care and feeding, and nothing harms alliances more than taking them for granted, invoking them only when crisis erupts, asking them to do too little (as if their members really had few interests in common), or insisting they do too much (as if their members shared everything in common).

6. Engagement to promote balances of power in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, which means American efforts to help manage relations among Russia, China, Japan, India, Iran, Iraq, and their neighbors, because the prevention of war among the big powers is the most moral task the U.S. can undertake, and because we can scarcely hope for peaceful solutions to future crises over Korea, Taiwan, Central Asia, the Caucasus or Eastern Europe if Washington is not even on speaking terms with Beijing, Moscow, Delhi, or Tehran.

7. Finally—and this may surprise you—the U.S. must wield the asset of strong Pan-American institutions, including a broader and deeper NAFTA and Organization of American States, because the most predictable and direct challenges are liable to stem from the invasion of the U.S. by illegal immigrants and drugs on our southern tier or by the prospect of civil strife tearing Colombia, Mexico, and the lands in between, to shreds.

Note that nowhere on that A list does human rights appear, or free trade, or public opinion. As to public opinion, it is clay, made to be shaped by presidential leadership backed by Congress. As to human rights and free trade, they are goals that cannot be advanced in the absence of the seven assets on the A list.

Just remove any of them—one by one—and try to imagine progress toward our four goals of security, stability, free trade, and human rights. You can’t do it. A U.S. economy in reverse, a weak or demoralized military, a floundering president, a divided, partisan Congress, a crack-up of our alliances, a Europe or Asia gripped by wars cold or hot, with China or Russia checking U.S. diplomacy at every turn, or an America fixated on its own ethnic tensions and relations with the Hispanic world: if only one or two of these conditions exist, then America’s sermons and sanctions will suffice to control very little abroad.

It is on this questions of assets, therefore, that the realist and idealist positions ought to converge, and a new bipartisanship ought to emerge. Without ideals the United States of America would be just another selfish empire, standing for nothing and bound to decay. But without leadership, power, and unity America would become a ridiculous caricature of itself.

Mark Twain, ever the cynic, said statesmanship was a matter of getting the formalities right, and never mind the moralities. Edmund Burke expressed a similar principle when he defined statesmanship as “a disposition to preserve and ability to improve.” But the most telling observation, perhaps, is that of historian Arnold Toynbee: great empires, he wrote, do not die by murder, but suicide. And the moment of greatest danger is their moment of greatest strength, for it is then that complacency and hubris infect the body politic, squander its strength, and mock its virtues.

To be sure, we cannot know just what challenges will arise. But no nation in history has possessed more foreknowledge of how it needs to prepare, or more resources with which to prepare. We need only exercise the wisdom and will to prepare. And if, this time, we do it, then we may finally put to rest Winston Churchill’s dictum to the effect that Americans always do the right thing, but not until they have tried all the alternatives!

NFDaily, China
<b>Obama Seeks Leverage Against China in Latin America</b>
By Ching Wei Chang
Translated By Yung-Ting Chang
21 April 2009
Edited by Bridgette Blight
<b>Rapid Change in the U.S</b>.
By Geir Lundestad
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Russia
<b>Who Is Rocking theAmerican Tower?</b>

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