We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

US scheming to extend Iraq adventure

by Gareth Porter from Asia Times Online

The US ruling class is currently trying to plan how it will fool the American public into believing that they are withdrawing completely from Iraq next year. 

The Empire's intentions of staying indefinitely in Iraq and Afghanistan have been known for years by honest journalists after witnessing the expensive, huge military and embassy constructions occurring in these countries. See this (you may need to scroll down to "Security Lies in Securing Bases").
A special envoy from President Barack Obama raised the possibility in a secret meeting with senior Iraqi military and civilian officials in Baghdad on September 23 that his administration would leave more than 15,000 combat troops in Iraq after the 2011 deadline for US withdrawal, according to a senior Iraqi intelligence official familiar with the details of the meeting.