Does USA Seek World War III? Agitating Iran, DNA Farming

By John Stanton

These are gruesome days: the Single Bullet Doctrine rules.

The world is truly adrift and on the brink of a global “something”. Everyone can feel it here in the USA.

The US system of government is often described as a layer cake: federal on top, state in the middle, and local at the bottom. That cake is a mess. The frosting—the sweet taste of the American Way of Life–has melted away; the bitter taste of economic insecurity/uncertainty is everywhere in the country. The federal government has slid off the top of the cake and occupies a place completely disconnected from the remaining two layers–state and local. The state and local layers of the cake are drying up and crumbling as the economic crisis in the USA is causing them to jettison all sorts of labor and safety net programs. And cost to care for returning military personnel and the heavy burden on communities that involves makes life all the more difficult in 2011.

Listening to America’s “leaders”, one is tempted to think that their grand solution to all of the USA’s problems is to start World War III. Is there a better way to do that than invade Iran based on divine or mythological guidance? Will Obama look to George W. Bush for guidance leading up to the invasion? Is the country being prepared for a “longer war”?
As the country continues to fragment, truth’s role in the political-military-economic-media milieu, as Gianni Vattimo points out, has vanished. The USA is devolving into religion, sorcery and mythological practices of times past as fear and the national security consciousness breeds visions of the unknown evil lurking everywhere. No one can be “trusted.” Technological Shamanism has appeared. Neil Whitehead of the University of Wisconsin has a very interesting take on UAV/Drone, Night Operations and the USA’s role as a night stalking killing machine.
And now the USA is engaging in the interesting practice of taking the corpses of dead “terrorists” offed in SWAT like kill-capture raids for DNA retrieval purposes.

A Mid-Summer’s Daydream

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta—described early in his career by a veteran Washington, DC politico as a “dangerous idiot”—trots off to Iraq and tells the US soldiers there that “you guys” are here because of 911. Great!

What is CIA Director David Petraeus going to say next? Fortunately, the former General’s version of the Iraq “success” is being challenged from within. Nonetheless, if Obama ascends to the Presidency again, Petraeus will likely become Secretary of Defense.

A daydream here: perhaps President Barak Obama is secretly negotiating with Iranian leaders behind the scenes and as the USA’s election cycle starts to spin fast we’ll hear the “Breaking News”, a sort of “Nixon in China” announcement that a breathtaking series of agreements have been signed between the Iranians and Americans. Can you hear Obama speaking on national television at the post-breakthrough press conference? “I am pleased to announce that, at long last, we have come to terms with Iran. It is in America’s strategic interest to work with the Iranians. It has been far too long since we sat directly across from each other and extended hands of friendship across the table. The negotiations were brutal for both sides. But, talk was not cheap in this case. But make no mistake……”
That would be a groundbreaking event that Obama and all Americans could take a lot pride in. The fallout would be stunning as it would change the global geopolitical balance and put the USA one-up in the Great Game underway in South Central Asia.

Imagine it.

In the daydream world, the US and Iran could work together in Iraq and help diffuse the violence in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and other countries in the region. A solid relationship would counterbalance the nefarious interests of Saudi Arabia and its support of violent Sunni extremists. It would force Israel to the negotiating table and with the USA and Iran leading the way, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinians may be resolved peacefully. Economically, the USA and Iran, teaming up with Turkey, Russia, China and India, could bring to bear massive investments in the region stretching from Iran to Egypt and other countries on the North African continent, employing millions/creating new markets. On that note, it may alter, to the USA’s advantage, the peer competition between the USA and China.

There are so many positives that a USA and Iran partnership would produce that it seems to be a no- brainer for both sides to “get it done”. But that’s exactly the point: there are no-brains, apparently, on both sides, willing to give up living in the past.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

So, instead of diplomatic breakthroughs, we get a press conference in which Obama stated, “We killed Bin Laden last evening”. Is that the stuff of national celebration, pride? To literally blow one man’s brains out, take a blood sample from the corpse for DNA purposes, and then dump the guy in the ocean? Did they retrieve any internal organs (like the brain) for study? What happens to his children/wives? Are they imprisoned for life, stuck in a Dungeon, for fear that they would avenge the father? Where did their DNA end up?

And, for that matter, what becomes of all the DNA samples and bodies that JSOC, CIA, et al, pick up after a kill-capture raid? Is there a “Terrorist DNA Database”? Is the USA sequencing genetic material at a university defense contractor like Johns Hopkins? At some point the DNA, the bio-scans, the cultural data from Human Terrain Teams, Female Engagement Teams, Provincial Reconstruction Teams, and Village Stability Operators will make its way into many Geospatial Maps in intelligence agencies, military commands, and executive offices. This is Joshua Project meets Global Human Terrain Map. Makes sense, the way things work these days.

Getting back to Panetta, the US State Department had to put him in check for his statement suggesting that the USA would respond militarily to Iranian meddling in Iraqi affairs. Where has that guy been?

The Iranians are ascendant in Iran. This comes on the heels, or at the same time, as the US Congress held a session with the MEK, listed as a terrorist group by the US State Department. The National Iranian American Council in Washington, DC reported extensively on that event and a visit to their website should be in order for anyone interested in a balanced view of Iran and US relations, their tireless efforts to prevent a US-Iran war, and their activities for American Iranians.
NIAC reports this on the MEK “A decision is imminent regarding whether the MEK will stay on the terrorist list or if it will be permitted to receive U.S. Government funding and support. The State Department has been ordered to review the MEK’s terrorist designation as result of a legal appeal by the MEK and a decision is expected in August 2011. The MEK has spent millions of dollars on lobbyists, PR agents and communications firms to orchestrate an unprecedented political campaign to pressure its way off the terrorist list. High profile former U.S. officials have received payment to advocate publicly for the MEK, and Members of Congress have introduced resolutions calling for MEK to be removed from the FTO list. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to issue a decision on whether the MEK will continue to be listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in August 2011.

If MEK is removed from the State Department’s list, the NIAC correctly notes that the USA will be repeating the war formula for Iraq. “Disastrous repercussions in Iran and the US will take place to include empowering anti-democratic hardliners in Iran and devastating the pro-democracy movement in Iran; paving a pathway to covert action and war, repeating the mistakes of Iraq; empowering pro-war hardliners in Washington and destroying US credibility among Iranians; and enabling the MEK to control US policy towards Iran and silencing the Iranian-American community.”

John Stanton is a Virginia based writer specializing in national security matters. Reach him at cioran123@yahoo.com

Israel signs $2.75bn F-35 fighter deal

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine stealth multirole fighters.

Israel signed a USD 2.75 billion deal on Thursday with the United States to buy about 20 radar-evading Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, calling it the world’s most advanced combat plane.

Israel is to receive the jets from 2015 through 2017, according to an Israeli statement at a signing ceremony at the consulate in New York. The Jewish state is the first buyer outside the aircraft’s nine-nation co-development group.
The agreement was signed after years of talks on such issues as aircraft price, Israeli industrial participation in F-35 production as well as integration of Israeli capabilities on its own F-35 fleet.

The cost was put at about USD 96 million per aircraft, including the engine. In addition, the deal includes simulators, spare parts and maintenance — making the total value $2.75 billion, the Israeli statement said.

At least 19 F-35s are expected to be part of the first batch. The total value could be as high as USD 15.2 billion if all options are exercised, the Pentagon told Congress in an initial notification in September 2008.

“The signing … is an event of great strategic and historic significance,” Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, said in a separate statement.

Describing the F-35 as the world’s most advanced fighter, Oren said it would boost Israel’s ability to defend itself, “by itself, against any threat or combination of threats, from anywhere within the Middle East.”

Retired Major General Ehud Shani, director-general of the defense ministry, signed for Israel. US Navy Vice Admiral David Venlet, head of the Pentagon’s F-35 joint program office, signed for the United States.

Contrary to the written statement, Shani told reporters the F-35 would start arriving in 2016, a one-year discrepancy with the press release that was not immediately explained.

The statement did not say how many jets were involved, possibly because this could depend on the ultimate cost of incorporating home-made Israeli technology.

When asked if Israel planned to buy more than an initial 20, Shani told reporters Israel had an option to buy a “couple of dozens” more.

Company representatives referred questions about the number of F-35s to be supplied and their configuration to the U.S. government, which is brokering the deal under the US Foreign Military Sales program.

The US Defense Department had no immediate comment.

Asked about Israel’s arch-foe Iran, he said Tehran is “a problem for all the democratic and free world, and one of the answers … concerning this problem is the F-35.”

The contract had been delayed by Israel’s push to build in its own electronic warfare, communications and other high-tech systems — changes that US officials generally opposed as overly costly and potentially counter-productive.

“The F-35 is a system where all these subsystems are fused and integrated,” Richard Genaille, deputy head of the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, told Reuters a month ago. “And integrating something that wasn’t originally planned in the design will be very costly and will take a significant amount of time.”

Moreover, it “probably will not be in the best interest in the long run of our partners,” he told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in Washington September 9, 2010 Lockheed Martin, the F-35’s prime contractor, said it was “very pleased” Israel was moving forward.

Tom Burbage, general manager of Lockheed’s F-35 program, said the aircraft, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, would strengthen Israel’s national security posture both militarily and industrially.

Israel has discussed building the wings for about 25% of the more than 3,000 F-35s that Lockheed expects to build for the United States and partner countries over coming decades, an Israeli official told Reuters in August.

The United States is co-developing the F-35 with eight foreign partners Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway. Together, the partners have been projected to buy about 730 planes.

BAE Systems Plc and Northrop Grumman Corp are Lockheed’s chief F-35 subcontractors.

Competing engines for the fighter are being built by United Technologies Corp on one hand and a joint venture of General Electric Co and Rolls-Royce Group Plc, on the other.

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