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Iraqi Government Officials Involved Illegal Arms Deal

Posted by nytexan on August 12, 2007

We all know how Bush keeps saying that Iran is meddling in Iraq, Iranian weapons are being used against American soldiers in Iraq and how Cheney is marching us closer to an all out war in Iran. Consider this for a moment, what if Iranian weapons are in Iraq but they are not from the Iranian government, they are from illegal arms dealers. Its entirety possible that Bush and Cheney are playing another shell game to get America into yet another unjustified war and Iran is the battlefield.

It has been uncovered that Iraqi officials have been engaged in purchasing Russian and Chinese weapons from Italian arms dealers. What if the Iranian arms found their way into Iraq through illegal arms dealers? If you go along with the Bush Cheney logic of Iran weapons equals meddling and war is ahead; then weapons from Russia and China being sold by Italy should mean war ahead for all. Flawed logic don’t you think?

Here’s another interesting point from the article; U.S. weapons are being smuggled into neighboring Turkey and Iran and creating problems, probably the 190,000 plus weapons the U.S. can’t account for. I think the Bush/Cheney private army is at work here. Interesting how the American MSM always misses the story.

Excepts from Huffington Post:

PERUGIA, Italy — In a hidden corner of Rome’s busy Fiumicino Airport, police dug quietly through a traveler’s checked baggage, looking for smuggled drugs. What they found instead was a catalog of weapons, a clue to something bigger.

Their discovery led anti-Mafia investigators down a months long trail of telephone and e-mail intercepts, into the midst of a huge black-market transaction, as Iraqi and Italian partners haggled over shipping more than 100,000 Russian-made automatic weapons into the bloodbath of Iraq.

As the secretive, $40 million deal neared completion, Italian authorities moved in, making arrests and breaking it up. But key questions remain unanswered.

For one thing, The Associated Press has learned that Iraqi government officials were involved in the deal, apparently without the knowledge of the U.S. Baghdad command _ a departure from the usual pattern of U.S.-overseen arms purchases.

The purchase would merely have been the most spectacular example of how Iraq has become a magnet for arms traffickers and a place of vanishing weapons stockpiles and uncontrolled gun markets since the 2003 U.S. invasion and the onset of civil war.

Some guns the U.S. bought for Iraq’s police and army are unaccounted for, possibly fallen into the hands of insurgents or sectarian militias. Meanwhile, the planned replacement of the army’s AK-47s with U.S.-made M-16s may throw more assault rifles onto the black market. And the weapons free-for-all apparently is spilling over borders: Turkey and Iran complain U.S.-supplied guns are flowing from Iraq to anti-government militants on their soil.

In the documents, Razzi describes it as “strange” that the U.S.-supported Iraqi government would seek such weapons via the black market.

Investigators say the prospect of an Iraq deal was raised last November, when an Iraqi-owned trading firm e-mailed Massimo Bettinotti, 39, owner of the Malta-based MIR Ltd., about whether MIR could supply 100,000 AK-47 assault rifles and 10,000 machine guns “to the Iraqi Interior Ministry,” adding that “this deal is approved by America and Iraq.”

The go-between _ the Al-Handal General Trading Co. in Dubai _ apparently had communicated with Bettinotti earlier about buying night visors and had been told MIR could also procure weapons.

“We are in a hurry with this deal,” an impatient Waleed Noori al-Handal, Jordan-based general manager of the Iraqi firm, wrote the Italians on Nov. 13 in one of the e-mails seen by AP.

He added, in apparent allusion to the shipment’s clandestine nature, “You mustn’t worry if it’s a problem to import these goods directly into Iraq. We can bring the product to another country and then transfer it to Iraq.”

By December, the Italians, having found a Bulgarian broker, were offering Russian-made goods: 50,000 AKM rifles, an improved version of the AK-47; 50,000 AKMS rifles, the same gun with folding stock; and 5,000 PKM machine guns.

Reached at his office in Amman, Jordan, Waleed Noori al-Handal denied the family firm had done anything wrong in the Italian arms case.

“We don’t have anything to hide,” he told the AP.

Citing the names of “friends” in top U.S. military ranks in Iraq, al-Handal said his company has fulfilled scores of supply and service contracts for the U.S. occupation. Asked why he claimed U.S. approval for the abortive Italian weapons purchase, he said he had a document from the U.S. Army “that says, ‘We allow al-Thuraya Group to do all kinds of business.'”

In Baghdad, the Interior Ministry wouldn’t discuss the AK-47 transaction on the record. But a senior ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity, acknowledged it had sought the weapons through al-Handal.

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Posted in Arms Trade, Bush, Cheney, illegal arms, Iran, Iraq, Italian, Italy, Mafia, Middle East, military, National, News, Russian, Waleed Noori al-Handal, War | 2 Comments »

Congress To Stop Missile Defense Plan

Posted by nytexan on July 5, 2007

Finally, Bush will be stopped on his idiotic missiles plan for Poland. Bush in another one of his destructive ideas which not only threading peace in the region but has pushed Russian into a corner with the threat of another cold war.

  • Washington Post: Democrats in Congress are building a legislative roadblock to the Bush administration’s plan to place elements of a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.
  • The Senate is expected to join the House next week in reducing funds in the fiscal 2008 Defense Authorization Bill for construction of 10 interceptor missile sites in Poland and for deployment of an X-band radar in the Czech Republic. The House, in passing its version of the legislation last month, cut $40 million from the bill, which would have funded preparation of the Polish sites next year. The move prevents the White House from proceeding unless President Bush vetoes the measure.

Should Bush pull his spoiled brat trick and veto this bill he will put the entire defense budget in jeopardy. But you know it will be someone else’s fault.

  • The Senate Armed Services Committee, justifying its decision to delay funding for the European antimissile sites, emphasized not only foreign policy concerns but also technical issues surrounding the interceptor missiles.
  • The panel also noted that moving ahead without NATO participation in a system that is in part intended to protect Europe from Iranian missiles would cost the United States an estimated $4 billion through fiscal 2013. “NATO, which has not yet decided to pursue missile defense of its territory, has not endorsed or rejected the proposed deployment,” the panel’s report added.

In typical Bush style of spending money on an imaginary threat, doing outside of NATO and the fact that nobody in the region wants it. Now lets look at some more of information the Senate committee uncovered on Bush’s little brainstorm.

  • The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has told the Senate panel that construction and deployment could not begin until the two countries ratify agreements with the United States, estimating that such actions “would not take place before 2009,” according to the report. Polish officials, hearing Russian objections to the U.S. system so near their border, have also raised questions about the additional U.S. military support that would come with placement of the interceptors on their soil.

We won’t know if everyone agrees until Bush is out of office. So does Bush plan on hanging around the West Wing for the meetings to conclude? No, Bush will leave another mess for the next president.

  • The Senate panel also noted that the interceptor to be placed in Poland “has not yet been developed or tested, and is not currently planned to be flight-tested until 2010.” Therefore, the committee concluded, “it could be several years before it is known if the interceptor will work in an operationally effective manner.”

Brilliant, upset a region, put the U.S. and Russia on verge of another cold war and spend money we don’t have, for a project that still on scratch paper. I wonder what Bush’s “plan B” look like.

Here’s another little nugget Bush neglected to tell anyone.

  • Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III, director of the Missile Defense Agency, recently testified before the panel that U.S. intelligence misjudged North Korea’s ability to launch a long-range missile in 1998. “Right now, the experts are saying that Iran will not have an ICBM until the 2010-2015 time frame,” Obering said.

Bush the true weapon of mass destruction.

Posted in Bush, Cold War, Congress, Headlines, Iran, Missile, Missile Shield, NATO, News, Nuclear, Poland, Politics, Putin, Russian, World | 3 Comments »

Bush: ‘What exactly did I say?… I said, deadline?’

Posted by bosskitty on June 10, 2007

Thanks to Mark Silva of The Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau The Swamp

TIRANA, Albania – President Bush, making an historic and effusively praised appearance today in this former communist nation where no sitting American president has been seen before, pledged commitment to Albania’s admission to the expanding North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

But Bush appeared less certain here about his own stated commitment to the independence of neighboring Kosovo, with the president insisting that he will push for international agreement on Kosovo’s freedom from Serbia – yet questioning whether he himself had actually called for a deadline.

Asked today about a deadline which he had discussed just the day before in Italy, Bush, speaking Sunday at a joint press conference with the  Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, replied that he hadn’t used the term, ‘deadline.’

“A couple of points on that,” Bush said today. “First of all, I don’t think I called for a deadline…”

Yes, he had, the inquiring reporter reminded the president.

“What exactly did I say?” Bush said. Deadline, the reporter replied.

“I said, ‘deadline?” Bush said. “Okay, yes, then I meant what I said,” Bush said with a smile, and then laughing as he eyed reporters at the assembly in the sun-broiled courtyard of the Council of Ministers here.

“There just cannot be continued drift, because I’m worried about expectations not being met in Kosovo,” Bush said. “That’s what I meant. And, therefore, we’ll push the process.”

At a press conference 21 hours before with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi in Rome, Bush had been asked about a deadline for securing independence for Kosovo.

“In terms of the deadline, there needs to be one,” Bush had said Saturday. “This needs to come — this needs to happen. Now it’s time, in our judgment, to move the (special U.N. envoy for Kosovo’s) plan. There’s been a series of delays… Our view is that time is up.”

Had he been sampling their beer?

With a campaign-style appeal to the Albanian public, Bush lunged into a crowd in a public square in the nearby village of Fusche Kruje, where people kissed him, embraced him, grabbed the back of his head and cheered as the president, wearing shirtsleeves rolled up, worked the crowd that had turned out on a hot and sunny Sunday. Albania had commissioned a commemorative postage stamp with Bush’s face on it.

Don’t think he could have pulled this stunt in Germany or Italy  …

The prime minister pledged that his nation will offer whatever “modest and resolute” support it can in the war against terrorism.

But Bush offered little tangible hope of progress on an issue of great importance to his Albanian ally, the liberation of Kosovo from Serbia – whose people are largely ethnic Albanians. Asked what will happen if the U.N. plan is not accepted, Bush said leaders may need to seek a new U.N. Security Council resolution.

Russia remains the most significant opponent to Kosovo independence, and the final statement of the Group of Eight nations which met in Germany last week reflects this division. Russia is a member of the G-8, whose final communiqué on Kosovo from Heiligendamm stated: “While there continue to be different views on substance and on the way forward, we will remain engaged on the issue.”

While still part of Serbia, Kosovo remains an international protectorate of the United Nations, … NATO has 17,000 troops there now, including 1,700 U.S. troops, mostly National Guard.

“What’s important is for the people of Kosovo to know that the United States and Albania strongly supports independence, as did most of the people in the G-8,” Bush said.

Asked how he will pursue this, Bush said: “What you do is you get your diplomats working with Russian diplomats, as well as EU diplomats, to see if there is not common ground… And if you end up being in a position where you don’t, at some point in time, sooner rather than later, you’ve got to say enough is enough, Kosovo is independent.

“But if it’s apparent that that’s not going to happen in a relatively quick period of time, in my judgment, we need to put forward the (U.N.) resolution,” Bush said, with a closing smile for the press: “Hence, deadline.”

Where was script and teleprompter?  What kind of reassurance was that by someone adorning a new Albanian stamp in a language he can’t read? 

I know it’s hard to keep track of all your promises, can you imagine how hard it is to keep track of all your lies? 

Posted in Albania, Berisha, Bush, Democracy In Action, European Union, G8, Germany, Headlines, History, Kosovo, Legacy, National Guard, NATO, President, Prodi, Putin, Quotes, resonsibility, Rome, Russian, Sad, Serbia, Soldiers, United Nations, War, War on Terror | 2 Comments »