Daily Archives: April 19, 2004

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Who Removed Aristide?

[ News about Haiti and the U.S.’ anti-democratic influence there continues to be overshadowed by the “major stories.” The Associated Press reports today that the U.S. State Department is demanding that CARICOM — the 15-nation Caribbean Community — recognize the interim government, non-democratically set up by the U.S. CARICOM and much of the world still see Aristide as the rightful president of Haiti. In another story, Reuters is reporting that Haiti’s new U.S.-backed leader said on Sunday he had dropped a “ridiculous” demand by ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide for France to return $22 billion he said the Caribbean nation was forced […]

Invade Iraq? It’s a no brainer

Terry Jones on what makes our leaders tick April 19, 2004, The Guardian Everyone agrees that President George Bush’s lobotomy has been a tremendous success. Dick Cheney, the vice-president, declared that he was fully satisfied with it from his point of view. “Without the lobotomy,” Mr Cheney told the American Academy of Neurology, “it might have proved difficult to persuade the president to start wars all around the world without any good pretext. But the removal of those parts of the brain associated with understanding the outcome of one’s actions has enabled the president to function fully and without hesitation. […]

Saudi envoy had knowlege of Iraq invasion

April 19, 2004, The News International (Pakistan) by Nayyar Zaidi Washington: Saudi Ambassador to Washington for last two decades, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was informed of US decision to invade Iraq, a full 48 hours ahead of the briefing to Secretary of State Colin Powell. On January 11, 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney invited Ambassador Sultan to the White House where Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Richard B Myers were also present. Sitting on the “edge of the table”, General Myers took out a large map labeled “TOP SECRET: NOFORN”. The term […]

US holding 200 Iraqi ‘mutineers’

[ According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Reuters reports that “US forces have detained around 200 Iraqi paramilitary” who refused to kill their fellow Iraqis in Fallujah. “They were bombing the city with warplanes and using cluster bombs. I could not be a part of this,” a Kurdish soldier said. –BL ] April 18, 2004 | Sydney Morning Herald / Reuters US forces have detained around 200 Iraqi paramilitary soldiers who refused to take part in a US offensive against the Sunni Muslim city of Fallujah, their former comrades said on Saturday. The US military declined to confirm whether the men […]

Prince Bandar’s Election-Time Gift to Bush, Cheney’s “War Fever,” & Bush’s Illegal $700 Million

[ Must read! From the article (based on the April 18 episode of 60 Minutes), on Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book, Plan of Attack: [Saudi] Prince Bandar enjoys easy access to the Oval Office. His family and the Bush family are close. And Woodward told 60 Minutes that Bandar has promised the president that Saudi Arabia will lower oil prices in the months before the election – to ensure the U.S. economy is strong on election day…. That’s the Saudi pledge. Certainly over the summer, or as we get closer to the election, they could increase production several million barrels a […]