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Deja Vu All Over Again

Seymour Hersh writing in The New Yorker informs the world of the new stupid White House tactic in his piece, Shifting Targets.

The US is going to bomb Cambodia Iran to stop the flow of assistance to the Viet Cong al Qaeda.

Oh, I’m sorry, this is nothing like the Vietnam War – Cambodia was to the west of Vietnam, while Iran is to the east of Iraq.

There has been no credible evidence provided that the government of Iran is providing aid and assistance to anyone other than the current government of Iraq. A military attack on the territory and armed forces of another sovereign nation is an act of war, and only Congress can declare war.

5 comments

1 Ken Larson { 10.01.07 at 1:13 pm }

I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak. I believed another Vietnam could be avoided with defined missions and the best armaments in the world.

It made no difference.

We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). If you would like to read how this happens please see:

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703

Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control. Government and industry are merging and that is very dangerous.

There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

For more details see:

http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com/2006/11/odyssey-of-armaments.html

2 Cookie Jill { 10.01.07 at 11:23 pm }

Bryan…speaking of “deja vu”…..any “correlation” between these two events or am I just a tad nervous because the interceptor missile was sent outta my “back yard”

http://xnerg.blogspot.com/2007/10/coinkydink.html

russian warplanes staged at least seven exercises outside u.s. airspace near alaska this summer, and each time u.s. or canadian fighter jets were dispatched to escort them, u.s. military officials said monday.

..they used to have them from time to time, but not nearly in this frequency,” herritage said. “these exercises used to be more common during the cold war.”- ap

an important test of the system to defend against long-range ballistic missiles was rated a success friday when an interceptor collided with a mock warhead high over the pacific, pentagon officials said.

a target missile was launched from kodiak island, alaska, and tracked by radar at beale air force base, near sacramento. the interceptor missile was fired from vandenberg air force base, north of santa barbara, calif., striking the target warhead about eight minutes later, officials said. – san luis tribune

3 Bryan { 10.01.07 at 11:48 pm }

The Tu-95 flights have resumed because Putin wants to remind the Shrubbery that the US is not the unchallenged leader of the world, and it is very good for internal Russian politics. Both sides did this for years with the Russians occasionally overflying Alaska, but no one got too upset, even during the middle of the Cold War.

Russian scientists are just as good as US scientists in the field of ballistic missiles and know the anti-missile system won’t work, so they don’t get too nervous about it. They enjoy watching us waste the money.

4 Badtux { 10.02.07 at 7:23 pm }

Now now, Bryan. The anti-missile system works just fine, as long as the Russians put a locator beacon onto their warheads so that it can properly lock onto them.

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

5 Bryan { 10.02.07 at 10:42 pm }

When I heard that they had done that I really wanted to cry. How could they compromise a test like that. Testing and refining guided weapons was my Dad’s job in the Air Force beginning with the razon and tarzon bombs that were used in Korea.

He would have had a fit if he heard about that kind of mickey-mousing a test.