Throughout this long and very productive association the former CIA agent became the President of Panama and George the First became President of the USA and both owed their meteoric rise to fame and fortune to the illegal sale of drugs and guns in a global scandal marked by the number of its characters still active in this government today. (2)
When Noriega began to resist the ham-handed directives he was getting from his former partner in crime; he began to seek alliances among the other nations within the Central and South American states that were also beginning to resist the corruptions that Washington was imposing on their countries, in exchange for American "assistance." This was too much for Bush-the-Wimp to tolerate. So in 1989 Bush declared Noriega "the Dictator" and began to lay on the lies, and the sanctions, and the shallow justifications (without a shred of proof or facts) that would lead directly to the invasion of Panama-supposedly to capture "Noriega the Dictator."
This was the first trial run. It was very bloody and the first phase lasted four days under a near total news blackout. The body count was never confirmed, but it's clear that about the same number of innocent people died there as were killed here on 911 - and most Americans are still unaware of what went on there!
As in Iraq, Noriega the target of the first Invasion was not immediately captured. But the military had a field day trying out new weapons: one of which literally melted the people that it hit, which made identification nearly impossible. Identification was further complicated by the use of tanks to crush people inside their vehicles, not to mention those who were burned alive in their homes. This last tactic was used because the Panamanian Defense Forces were very familiar with the slum dwellings from which they were resisting the impending US occupation-so the attacking American Forces methodically burned those areas to the ground. Hence the conflicted death toll; further complicated by the takeover of all media outlets, all the hospitals and local government offices, as well as the official blackout of foreign press coverage. The lame-stream media here reported none of this at the time. But there is a documentary called "Panama Deception," for those who want to know the details.
Noriega was finally captured and is now serving his life sentence in the Dry Tortugas down in Florida, where he will never be able to tell the true story of his life or his associations with the American Dictator that put him there.
The second attempt to crush the other Bush-collaborator, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, was also undertaken by Bush the First, but he was stopped short of his goal when he complied with the UN, and left Saddam alive. Junior however was determined to save the honor of the Bush family Dynasty, and so five years ago the USA went after Saddam again. In both these efforts the performance of US military forces owed more to the weapons and tactics practiced by the Nazi SS than it ever did to American military traditions. And the aftermath was definitely not something that could have been shown to the American public in yet another John Wayne movie.
This brings us to the leaked news of the next US attack that is still pending against Iran, scheduled for 4 am on the morning of April 6th that is scheduled to last until 4 pm of that same day. "The first reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, where Russian engineers are working, is supposed to be spared from destruction. The US attack plan reportedly calls for the Iranian air defense system to be degraded, for numerous Iranian warships to be sunk in the Persian Gulf, and for the most important headquarters of the Iranian armed forces to be wiped out.
The attacks will be mounted from a number of bases, including the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Diego Garcia is currently home to B-52 bombers equipped with standoff missiles. Also participating in the air strikes will be US naval aviation from aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, as well as from those of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Additional cruise missiles will be fired from submarines in the Indian Ocean and off the coast of the Arabian peninsula. The goal is allegedly to set back Iran's nuclear program by several years, writes Uglanov, whose article was reissued by RIA-Novosti in various languages, but apparently not English, several days ago. The story is the top item on numerous Italian and German blogs, but so far appears to have been ignored by US websites.
Observers comment that this dispatch represents a high-level orchestrated leak from the Kremlin, in effect a war warning, which draws on the formidable resources of the Russian intelligence services, and which deserves to be taken with the utmost seriousness by pro-peace forces around the world." (3)
This 'sounds very American' but it leaves out the other half of the story. Iran has not been sleeping, because they have already experienced US Democracy, back in 1953 we overthrew their elected government and replaced it with our own puppet, the Shah of Iran. We also gave the people of Iran the Savak: The Shah's very secret and very deadly Secret Police. That American puppet state came to an end with the Islamic Revolution that overthrew the Shah then seized the American Embassy and its people for the last 444 days of the Carter Administration.
The end of that stand-off was negotiated by none other than the Vice-President in waiting George HW Bush. His President, Ronald Reagan, took office and as the hostages were released, the Iran-Contra Affair was born, with 'Poppy' at the helm, assisted by Manuel Noriega who oversaw the Central American leg of everything that moved through this affair upon its way into the USA. So Iran knows both what and who they're dealing with, and they have prepared a welcome that befits our former actions against them.
They have new allies, and new weapons of all types. Tehran is protected by the same air-defense-system that protects Moscow. Its missiles and shore-to-ship batteries are beyond state-of-the-art, and they have more than just the usual collection of worn-out 1980's planes and weapons, against which the US has always enjoyed overwhelming advantages. They also have an army with experience: they fought Saddam (and us) to a standstill in an eight year slaughter that cost Iran dearly in both blood and treasure. So Iran is under no illusions, despite what the Tarnished House continues to try to tell the world.
Iran has also tried to talk to us on several occasions, but "We don't talk to Terrorists!" is all they ever get for a reply. This is fascinating, since when you remember their history with us-it would seem that it is we that have been the terrorists on too many occasions in the long history we have shared with that nation. (4)
Of course this obscenity could be halted, and that could save all of us from ourselves. But given the impassioned greed and hatreds of Cheney and Netanyahu and the global levels of the new financial meltdowns now underway: it would appear that the impending War upon Iran cannot be denied. However, the outcome might actually prove to be Apocalyptic in ways that US war planners might not have expected.
If Iran's missile systems in tandem with their airdefenses function as advertised, this scheduled US-Israeli offensive attack might very quickly be turned into something that is much more defensive in nature than anyone has yet suggested. Iran can hit every key military location in the Middle-East, which includes the Green Zone, Qatar, Kuwait, along with everything we have in Gulf, while they are repelling a US-Israeli air attack. Moreover if we do unleash the dogs of war upon Iran, the one sure thing that will also happen is that every nation in the area will use this opportunity to grab what each of them most wants; from all that chaos we shall soon set in motion.
This has always been unthinkable in any of our colonial operations before. It was why the Cold-War worked so well, because Russia could and would answer our aggressive moves, as we would answer theirs: hence for forty years there was Détente! Now with the American example of International Piracy that remains vigorously alive and above the law, the crumbling of order around the world will be our lasting legacy for whatever follows us.
America has become the evil-empire that threatens the dreams of children everywhere. Once we were the guardians of freedom but today we have become a military wolfpack that hunts by night from positions of stealth and lurks in every shadow. In the last eight years, we have become that unvarnished monster that we used to fight against and with over 200,000 nukes we have become the most dangerous nuclear-presence in the world today. We lack only that final Apocalypse to seal the power of our greed and to proclaim our special-status to the whole wide world: or to the ashes that will be all that's left of many places, once we've begun this final global war upon the people of the planet.
Go back and look very hard at the first two wars that the Bush Dynasty has given us then ask yourselves if these idiots have learned anything at all since they first began to play at war and conquest! They have destroyed the United States as surely as they have delighted in bringing us all to our knees; yet this time their efforts might just reverse everything they've been working for, in their unflinching service to the multi-national money-lenders that have grown very tired of waiting!
We have shattered every law of man and of the institutions that were created to serve the great number of societies. But no nation can shatter the laws of nature, and in just a few days that Apocalyptic Piper might just demand this long-overdue payment for the arrogance of this failed nation that became too self-absorbed and has finally fallen into that age-old trap of believing every word of our own PR. . .