Cheney.Iran.China and Pakistan

July 17, 2007 § Leave a comment

 Will we ever get the Cheney story? Is it him who puls his off, and gets us to attack Iran?  This is one of the most bizarre episodes in american histoy. Only Burr’s attempt to take over the US from the south rivals it.

KBR, formerly a division of Halliburton, has received $20 bn. in mostly no-bid US government contracts for work in Iraq. Dick Cheney is the former head of Halliburton. Recently KBR tried to charge $110 mn for work on bases that no longer exist.

quote from Informed Comment \

On Iran

Brave new world of Iranian cooperation

The Iranian uranium enrichment issue is close to being resolved after a high-level International Atomic Energy Agency visit to Tehran, which led to agreement on opening facilities to inspection and other issues. No matter how the anti-Iran hawks spin it, the breakthrough has taken the wind out of the sails of new UN sanctions. It’s time for the US to compromise, or risk further alienating its allies. – Kaveh L Afrasiabi

China and Pakistan

After the latest slayings, Beijing again went public with its condemnation of the “violent attack”. Its ambassador to Islamabad, Luo Zhaohui, told Pakistan in a public statement to investigate the attack, “round up the culprits, properly handle the follow-up issues, and take effective measures to protect the Chinese in Pakistan”. In a show of further concern, Zhaohui rushed his deputy chief of mission to lead a team of diplomats to Peshawar to “deal with the issue”. President General Pervez Musharraf’s order to storm the mosque was in part Pakistan’s response to China’s pressure.

China is acting as a repressive regime, tough towards revolt. This is important because the likely future belongs to regimes that will follow this approach. The US is at a crossroads on this issue: maintain its economic centralism or open up to democratic decentralization.


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