The Ferguson Report; Was It Planned?
The Ferguson Report, sponsored by a former conservative Republican senator,
gives, in "Was It All Planned" by Jon Basil Utley. interesting background
on the military build-up and planning that culminated in the March, 2003, attack
on Iraq. The author writes that Saddam Hussein was possibly suckered in moves
that led to the first Gulf War. For the full text, see http://fergusonreport.myonlinepublication.com/list.asp?pop_id=161.
Randy Black comments: "I believe that there may be some confusion herein.
The Ferguson Report is published not by a former conservative United States
Senator, but by a former state senator from Maryland who represented two counties
in that state’s legislature. To simply declare that he is a “former
Republican senator” without clarification may give the impression that
he is something that he was not.
Other interesting quotes from Tim Ferguson’s Report include: “Throughout much of American history, governments openly stated that gun control laws were useful for keeping blacks and Hispanics "in their place" and for quieting the racial fears of whites.”
And this rather puzzling excerpt about how the Federal Reserve is destroying America: “I have warned for a long time that the Federal Reserve is planning to destroy the U.S. economy by printing the U.S. dollar in exponentially riskier quantities until it blows off the charts and crashes, and by easing credit and rates until the average individual and corporate debt loads are so enormous that the resulting massive distortions in the economy suddenly bring on an economic heart attack, leaving no possibility of a short or even medium-term recovery.
That day is here! There is nothing more important in your life right now than the exceedingly dire economic crisis unfolding as I write, and the state of your soul!! In other words, if your spiritual house is not in order, the building financial collapse will be so horrible that you will not be able to emotionally or mentally endure it, and I am addressing the healthy and strong here.
...That great criminal enterprise -- the Federal Reserve -- has accomplished
step #1, trashing and ending the dollar system, culminating a multi-year, massive,
insane inflation of money supply and credit. The Illuminati corporations such
as Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Farmer Mac, FHA, GM, Ford, and GE (which are actually
banks), worked hand-in-hand with the Bank Cartel on this sickening, twisted
game, switching from pumping credit cards and cars (which have gone to zero
percent financing 12 months ago) to a last-ditch horrendous push into mortgage
lending. This insane lending will destroy the lending institutions themselves,
as Ford and GM are well aware, but the elite do not care, as after this collapse,
there will only be one corporation in the world, and they are all pulling together
to put everyone as deep into debt as possible, to assure than no American state
or corporation or region will survive when the debt mountain suffocates all
RH: I thought the Federal Reserve was a sacred cow, but perhaps it does not deserve its sanctity. Can some economist, perhaps Robert Crow, tell us if this broadside makes sense? Are we heading for a second Great Depression?
Randy Black reports that Putin Says Russia Gave U.S. intelligense on Iraq,
By Bagila Bukharbayeva
Astana, Kazakhstan (AP 6/18/04) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said his government warned Washington that Saddam Hussein's regime was preparing attacks in the United States and its interests abroad - an assertion that appears to bolster President Bush's contention that Iraq was a threat. Putin emphasized that the intelligence didn't cause Russia to waver from its firm opposition to the U.S.-led war last year, but his statement was the second this month in which he has offered at least some support for Bush on Iraq. "After Sept. 11, 2001, and before the start of the military operation in Iraq, the Russian special services ... received information that officials from Saddam's regime were preparing terrorist attacks in the United States and outside it against the U.S. military and other interests," Putin said. "Despite that information ... Russia's position on Iraq remains unchanged," he said in the Kazakh capital, Astana, after regional economic and security summits. He said Russia didn't have any information that Saddam's regime had actually been behind any terrorist acts. "It's one thing to have information that Saddam's regime is preparing terrorist attacks, (but) we didn't have information that it was involved in any known terrorist attacks," he said.
Putin didn't elaborate on any details of the alleged plots or mention whether they were tied to al-Qaida. He said Bush had personally thanked one of the leaders of Russia's intelligence agencies for the information but that he couldn't comment on how critical it was in the U.S. decision to invade Iraq. In Washington, a U.S. official said Putin's information did not add to what the United States already knew about Saddam's intentions. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Putin's tip didn't give a time or place for a possible attack.
lBill Ratliff asked Cameron Sawyer what he thought about Putin's comments on
Bush. From Moscow, Cameron replies: "
I believe that Putin is just being his wily self -- staking out an independent line, preserving what remnants of great power status he can, while cultivating good relations with everyone. Putin has been vastly more successful than Schroeder or Chirac in the Iraq affair -- he harshly criticized the American decision to go to war and did what he could to prevent it, improved relations with Germany and France, and all without burning any bridges to the U.S. Quite a trick, I would say -- Putin came out quite a winner. Schroeder and Chirac were big losers -- failed to prevent the war, and seriously damaged relations with the U.S. As a result of all this, the Russians are poised to get all kinds of goodies in Iraq, unlike the French and Germans. Russia has a lot at stake in Iraq -- Russia is one of Iraq's biggest creditors and has lots of economic interests like power plant contracts, oil field concessions, etc. Lastly, don't forget that Russia, as a major target of Islamic terrorism, is also a very interested party in the war on terrorism, and wants to be a partner, without, however, giving up its own strategic interests, which are not always in harmony with America's.
Putin badly wants Bush to protect Russian interests in Iraq. Putin also wants good relations with the U.S., which is a more compatible trading partner for Russia than the semi-socialist EU. Why shouldn't he help Bush? To me it seems quite logical. Putin is a much more skillful diplomat than Schroeder and Chirac, with their temper tantrums. Putin is just doing what's best for Russia. He can't stop the invasion now, so instead of sulking, he's just trying to get the best deal possible, and he seems to be making out pretty well.
For a Russian take on all this, see Pavel Felgenhauer's Moscow Times piece from a couple days ago: http://www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2004/06/22/008.html. Felgenhauer is an interesting but eccentric commentator, and you shouldn't think his views representative, but there are a fair number of Russians who think like that. The widespread hatred of Bush in Western Europe is less prevalent in Russia, where the current political establishment is basically Reaganite. And there is a great deal of press in Russia about the nasty election campaign against Bush".
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