The Trial of Saddam Hussein and The Fallout of The War

The Trial of Saddam Hussein


The fallout in the Middle East from the regime change in Iraq

Friday, May 25, 2007

Cheney Organising Coup

Those of you who are fed up with the Iraq war, may be "pleased" to know that there will soon be another war to occupy your waking hours.

It would seem that Dick Cheney is trying to organise, in all but name, a coup against President Bush and start a war with Iran.

Source: The Washington Note

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Eye of The Storm

President Bush said, during a commencement speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy:

"It is tempting to believe that the calm here at home after 9/11 means that the danger to our country has passed.

Here in America, we are living in the eye of a storm.

All around us, dangerous winds are swirling and these winds could reach our shores at any moment

He added:

"Victory in Iraq is important for Osama bin Laden, and victory in Iraq is vital for the United States of America."

Herein lies Bush's fundamental error, bin Laden would not be in Iraq were it not for Bush's invasion. Had Bush concentrated his efforts on tracking and eliminating bin Laden and his network in Afghanistan, instead of invading a non combatant country, the terrorist infestation would have been neutralised and would not have spread.

As long as Bush chooses to send more Americans to die in Iraq, the terrorists will be unified and grow in strength.

Like it or not, Bush should pull all US forces out of Iraq now and let nature take its course. The terrorist groups will lose their focus of hatred, and kill each other.

Unfortunately Bush seems unwilling or unable to grasp that point.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Cost of Kick Backs

Australian wheat exporter AWB Ltd is now suffering "payback", for the kick back allegations that engulfed it.

First-half profits fell 72%, to $9.7M, the company blamed Australia's worst drought in 100 years and costs from a scandal related to kickbacks to Iraq to win wheat contracts.

AWB paid $2.2M towards the cost of a government inquiry into the kickbacks scandal.

The Australian government has promised to reform the Australian wheat market after an inquiry last year concluded that AWB paid $220M in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime between 1999-2003, to secure lucrative wheat contracts under the discredited U.N. oil-for-food scheme.

What goes around, comes around!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Chaos Predicted

Two intelligence assessments from January 2003 predicted that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and subsequent US occupation of Iraq, could lead to internal violence and provide a boost to terrorists in the region.

The two assessments, "Principal Challenges in Post-Saddam Iraq" and "Regional Consequences of Regime Change in Iraq," were produced by the National Intelligence Council.

The assessments were delivered to the White House and to congressional intelligence committees before the war started.

The committee chairman, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV , Democrat of West Virginia, said that the panel had asked Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell to declassify the report for public release.

The assessment on post Hussein Iraq included judgments that while Iraq was unlikely to split apart, there was a significant chance that domestic groups would fight each other and that former regime military elements could merge with terrorist groups to battle any new government.

The second assessment discussed "political Islam being boosted and the war being exploited by terrorists and extremists elsewhere in the region," one former analyst said. It also suggested that fear of US military occupation of a Middle East country would attract foreign Islamic fighters to the area.

It seems that Bush and his cronies chose to ignore the advice. How very foolish of them!