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Offline oyashango

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Secret order prepares new US wars in Middle East and Central Asia


By Hiram Lee
26 May 2010
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/petr-m26.shtml

A front-page article in Tuesday’s New York Times reveals the existence of a secret directive signed by Gen. David Petraeus, chief of the US Central Command, ordering the expansion of covert military operations throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa. The seven-page document, entitled “Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Execute Order,” essentially provides the US military with a blank check to carry out aggressive acts against virtually any country.

Issued in September 2009, the order calls for the creation of a network of covert task forces and intelligence-gathering units which will “penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy” any target within any country designated by the US military. These forces will carry out clandestine operations which “cannot or will not be accomplished” through other military means.

Once inside the targeted country, US forces will also “prepare the environment” for full-scale military assaults. In addition to military personnel, the Times reports, Petraeus’s order enlists “foreign businesspeople, academics or others” in “persistent situational awareness” efforts—in other words, in spying.

The US will target countries considered hostile as well as countries with which it has maintained friendly relations. Among the countries cited by the Times as potential targets are Iran, Saudi Arabia and Somalia. The Times also reports that the document “appears to authorize specific operations in Iran, most likely to gather intelligence about the country’s nuclear program or identify dissident groups that might be useful for a future military offensive.”

While the Obama administration publicly indicates it will counter the supposed nuclear threat from Iran by calling for greater UN sanctions and trade embargoes, the Petraeus order clearly suggests that Obama has something far more sinister in mind. The Times cites US officials who say the order “also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.”

The secret order is already believed to have laid the groundwork for the US military’s offensive in Yemen, which began in December 2009. US Special Forces troops entered that country to provide its military with training and join with them in attacking Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, said to be the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. President Obama ordered air strikes on alleged militant compounds in December that claimed the lives of dozens of civilians. US Naval ships have also sent missiles raining down on the country.

The Times acknowledges that it agreed to withhold information contained in the Petraeus document, a copy of which the newspaper says it viewed. Citing “concerns about troop safety raised by an official at United States Central Command,” the newspaper reports that it agreed to suppress details on troop deployments.

Thus the liberal “paper of record” does its part to further the aggressive designs of the US military and keep the American people in the dark about the most vital details of the covert operations.

While the Times does not say so, the covert operations order, which goes beyond similar directives under the Bush administration, could not have been issued without the approval of President Obama. This underscores the fact that the Obama administration is continuing and expanding the policies of militarism and war carried out under Bush, and preparing to extend US military aggression well beyond the confines of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The use of military special operations forces as intelligence operatives throughout the Middle East and Central Asia allows the administration to place spy operations under the jurisdiction of the US Central Command and General Petraeus. In contrast to the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency, the military’s covert spy operations will not by law require presidential approval or be subject to congressional oversight.

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Re: Secret order prepares new US wars in Middle East and Central Asia
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2010, 11:26:19 am »
Trade with all; entangling alliances with nobody. War is a racket.

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Here's the New Your Times article:

U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Actions in Mideast
By MARK MAZZETTI
Published: May 24, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/world/25military.html

WASHINGTON — The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.

The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.

While the Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities far from designated war zones, the new order is intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term, officials said. Its goals are to build networks that could “penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy” Al Qaeda and other militant groups, as well as to “prepare the environment” for future attacks by American or local military forces, the document said. The order, however, does not appear to authorize offensive strikes in any specific countries.

In broadening its secret activities, the United States military has also sought in recent years to break its dependence on the Central Intelligence Agency and other spy agencies for information in countries without a significant American troop presence.

General Petraeus’s order is meant for small teams of American troops to fill intelligence gaps about terror organizations and other threats in the Middle East and beyond, especially emerging groups plotting attacks against the United States.

But some Pentagon officials worry that the expanded role carries risks. The authorized activities could strain relationships with friendly governments like Saudi Arabia or Yemen — which might allow the operations but be loath to acknowledge their cooperation — or incite the anger of hostile nations like Iran and Syria. Many in the military are also concerned that as American troops assume roles far from traditional combat, they would be at risk of being treated as spies if captured and denied the Geneva Convention protections afforded military detainees.

The precise operations that the directive authorizes are unclear, and what the military has done to follow through on the order is uncertain. The document, a copy of which was viewed by The New York Times, provides few details about continuing missions or intelligence-gathering operations.

Several government officials who described the impetus for the order would speak only on condition of anonymity because the document is classified. Spokesmen for the White House and the Pentagon declined to comment for this article. The Times, responding to concerns about troop safety raised by an official at United States Central Command, the military headquarters run by General Petraeus, withheld some details about how troops could be deployed in certain countries.

The seven-page directive appears to authorize specific operations in Iran, most likely to gather intelligence about the country’s nuclear program or identify dissident groups that might be useful for a future military offensive. The Obama administration insists that for the moment, it is committed to penalizing Iran for its nuclear activities only with diplomatic and economic sanctions. Nevertheless, the Pentagon has to draw up detailed war plans to be prepared in advance, in the event that President Obama ever authorizes a strike.

“The Defense Department can’t be caught flat-footed,” said one Pentagon official with knowledge of General Petraeus’s order.

The directive, the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Execute Order, signed Sept. 30, may also have helped lay a foundation for the surge of American military activity in Yemen that began three months later.

Special Operations troops began working with Yemen’s military to try to dismantle Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an affiliate of Osama bin Laden’s terror network based in Yemen. The Pentagon has also carried out missile strikes from Navy ships into suspected militant hideouts and plans to spend more than $155 million equipping Yemeni troops with armored vehicles, helicopters and small arms.

Officials said that many top commanders, General Petraeus among them, have advocated an expansive interpretation of the military’s role around the world, arguing that troops need to operate beyond Iraq and Afghanistan to better fight militant groups.

The order, which an official said was drafted in close coordination with Adm. Eric T. Olson, the officer in charge of the United States Special Operations Command, calls for clandestine activities that “cannot or will not be accomplished” by conventional military operations or “interagency activities,” a reference to American spy agencies.

While the C.I.A. and the Pentagon have often been at odds over expansion of clandestine military activity, most recently over intelligence gathering by Pentagon contractors in Pakistan and Afghanistan, there does not appear to have been a significant dispute over the September order.

A spokesman for the C.I.A. declined to confirm the existence of General Petraeus’s order, but said that the spy agency and the Pentagon had a “close relationship” and generally coordinate operations in the field.

“There’s more than enough work to go around,” said the spokesman, Paul Gimigliano. “The real key is coordination. That typically works well, and if problems arise, they get settled.”

During the Bush administration, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld endorsed clandestine military operations, arguing that Special Operations troops could be as effective as traditional spies, if not more so.

Unlike covert actions undertaken by the C.I.A., such clandestine activity does not require the president’s approval or regular reports to Congress, although Pentagon officials have said that any significant ventures are cleared through the National Security Council. Special Operations troops have already been sent into a number of countries to carry out reconnaissance missions, including operations to gather intelligence about airstrips and bridges.

Some of Mr. Rumsfeld’s initiatives were controversial, and met with resistance by some at the State Department and C.I.A. who saw the troops as a backdoor attempt by the Pentagon to assert influence outside of war zones. In 2004, one of the first groups sent overseas was pulled out of Paraguay after killing a pistol-waving robber who had attacked them as they stepped out of a taxi.

A Pentagon order that year gave the military authority for offensive strikes in more than a dozen countries, and Special Operations troops carried them out in Syria, Pakistan and Somalia.

In contrast, General Petraeus’s September order is focused on intelligence gathering — by American troops, foreign businesspeople, academics or others — to identify militants and provide “persistent situational awareness,” while forging ties to local indigenous groups.


Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt contributed reporting.

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Offline Scarbo

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Re: Secret order prepares new US wars in Middle East and Central Asia
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010, 04:04:57 am »
WWIII is already under way then. I can barely stand to think about this, and I don't see any way of stopping these insane people.

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Re: Secret order prepares new US wars in Middle East and Central Asia
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2010, 04:26:50 am »
Is it just me or is the morale beat out of the American people for fighting these wars?

If nukes went off, who would send their kids to go die for Obama?

I mean it's so ridiculous.

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Re: Secret order prepares new US wars in Middle East and Central Asia
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2010, 06:22:00 am »

Enemys have been made, nations have turned against us. How many wars, 5 , going on 6!

It is not a question of who will fight for the NWO, it will be boil down to survival. The elititists have nurtured this, what choice will there be. War is basic to depopulation, Iraq for one example and Bushy's WMD deception resulted in over one million killed, these people who have lost family want revenge. The slaughter of ones family is not easily forgotten.

The neighborhood bully has his day, but at some point he looses, his enemys outnumber him. This plan of global dominance and mutltiple wars has resulted in a vast numbers of enemys. The masters have left no alternative, this is a segment of their plan. The young will be drafted, perhaps they will label it with a differnt name such as involuntary service, but it will happen.

I had hopes the military brass and a portion of politicians would not betray their oath and soul, I was wrong on both counts.

The voice of the American citizens has been silenced, our so called leaders have instigated a third world war, domestic dominance and the retribution for dissenters is obvious.

RP said it, remove the troops today, bring them home! The one and only solution, the problem is we leave behind enemys  in mass (nations)who will seek revenge. The masters knew this, planned it, want it.
                  Redemption, is it possible?  Is peace a possibiltity?

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Re: Secret order prepares new US wars in Middle East and Central Asia
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010, 06:45:34 am »
Well, obviously, there will be only one honorable choice then: To desert the nation that had been hijacked, to refuse to follow orders. Will it be possible to stage mass desertions, even in the face of a prospect of an invasion? And will it be possible to do on BOTH sides? This is the only way how to beat a plan such as you have predicted.

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Re: Secret order prepares new US wars in Middle East and Central Asia
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2010, 06:08:25 am »
Well, obviously, there will be only one honorable choice then: To desert the nation that had been hijacked, to refuse to follow orders. Will it be possible to stage mass desertions, even in the face of a prospect of an invasion? And will it be possible to do on BOTH sides? This is the only way how to beat a plan such as you have predicted.
Hi Michal Ptacnik .
The forces at work domestically are mind boggling, the nations fiscal are in ashes,our national debt irequires every citizen $30,000 indebtness, massive illegal migration, joblessness, criminal bailouts, home reposessions, healthcare,constitutional disregard, the patriot act, homeland security, the voice of the people ignored, representative democracy does not exist, to name only a few. These domestic issue are the shadow of the ongoing wars.
Its a certainty that the majority are being focused on these issues rather than the fact we are in a mutliple wars and the regime is priming us for another. The controllers are well aware that the wartime powers have given them the edge, they have used this in every aspect of the takeover. FEAR, has been driven into the mids of the masses, the terrorists, in all truth our regime has invaded 5 nations the enemys have been created and multiplied, the masters fear tactics are no longer based on deceptions they are now a reality, the parasites made sure of this.