Hillary Clinton reafirma compromisso dos EUA para continuar criando conflitos em África e no Oriente Médio

POR LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | JANEIRO 26, 2013

Enquanto os grandes conflitos no Oriente Médio começam a diminuir, os Estados Unidos estão preparados para apoiar as guerras e conflitos em outras regiões do mundo. Na verdade, a história mostra que o intervencionismo dos EUA tem sido uma série de tentativas de desestabilizar governos através da ativação de grupos terroristas que fazem o trabalho sujo em nome de Washington.

Se as palavras de Hillary Clinton realmente refletem o que está por vir nos próximos meses e anos, o mundo vai ver uma continuação da atual política exterior dos EUA, a qual consiste de ataques militares, assim como guerra econômica e financeira.

Em sua última aparição como Secretária de Estado, Hillary Clinton advertiu ao Congresso nesta quarta-feira que os Estados Unidos vão ter que lutar contra a Al-Qaeda no norte da África e lidar com a instabilidade e a insegurança causada pelas revoluções em vários países árabes, que o mesmo EUA ajudou a organizar. Na opinião de Clinton, o governo dos EUA será forçado a participar diretamente na prevenção da propagação do terrorismo na região. Clinton se esqueceu de dizer que a maioria, se não todos os atos de terrorismo são realizadas tanto por forças especiais dos EUA e membros da comunidade de inteligência como por grupos terroristas armados e financiados pelo governo de Washington.

“O ataque terrorista em Benghazi ocorrido em 11 de setembro de 2012, que matou quatro americanos valentes é parte de um amplo desafio estratégico para os Estados Unidos e nossos aliados no norte da África”, disse Clinton à Comissão dos Exteriores do Senado que investigar os fatos. Nenhum membro da Comissão pediu explicações para Clinton sobre o papel das forças especiais norte-americanas ou de outros grupos no conflito, nem porquê as forças dos EUA foram obrigadas a retirar-se, mesmo estando perto para ter intervindo durante o ataque ao escritório consular dos EUA em Benghazi, na Líbia.

Clinton assumiu a responsabilidade pessoal por quaisquer erros que possam ter sido cometidos e que, inevitavelmente, facilitaram a morte de norte-americanos na Líbia, mas disse que não foi um evento isolado, atribuível à falta de medidas de segurança no consulado em Benghazi, mas a uma ampla ofensiva contra a qual os EUA está obrigado a responder com urgência. “O que significa,” ela disse, “é que devemos redobrar os nossos esforços para combater o terrorismo e para encontrar formas de apoiar a democracia nascente no Norte da África e em outros lugares.”

“Nós enfrentamos”, lembrou, “a um ambiente ameaçador que muda rapidamente, e temos que trabalhar para aumentar a pressão sobre a Al-Qaeda no Magreb Islâmico e outros grupos terroristas na região. Nós quase acabamos com Al-Qaeda no Afeganistão e Paquistão, mas seus membros se dispersaram para outros países “, acrescentou. Conforme relatado pela mídia, grupos terroristas filiados à Al Qaeda na Líbia e na Síria foram patrocinados pelos EUA como parte de um movimento terrorista internacional que trabalhou com grupos de oposição para derrubar Kadafi e agora estão trabalhando para destronar Bashar al-Assad.

A Secretária de Estado referiu-se, em particular a Mali “, onde a instabilidade”, disse ela, “criou um santuário para terroristas, que têm por objectivo alargar a sua influência e preparar novos ataques como o que vimos na semana passada na Argélia” .

Clinton não se referiu à operação militar francesa no país, mas disse que “é importante que os EUA mantenham a sua liderança no Oriente Médio, Norte da África e no resto do mundo. Atingimos muitos objetivos nos últimos quatro anos e não podemos sair agora “, disse ela, reafirmando o compromisso dos EUA para ocupar algumas das regiões mais voláteis do mundo, onde, de acordo com a BBC, a França e outros aliados voltaram para recuperar o que era uma vez parte de suas colônias.

EUA começou a ajudar a França através de transporte aéreo de tropas francesas e equipamento militar.

Clinton disse que a diplomacia dos EUA está operando furiosamente na área – o que significa que há infiltração militar – o que sugere que outras medidas mais fortes serão tomadas nos próximos meses. “Quando os EUA está ausente “, disse Clinton,” o extremismo se enraíza, e nossos interesses de segurança no país estão ameaçados. ”

A Secretária de Estado admitiu que os movimentos revolucionários ocorridos nos últimos dois anos no mundo árabe “têm uma dinâmica complicada e que eles ajudaram a destruir as forças de segurança na região, o que estabeleceu as bases para a propagação do terrorismo. Ela disse que “muitas das armas usadas por terroristas na Argélia e Mali vêm da Líbia, onde as autoridades atuais são incapazes de controlar todos os grupos armados que surgiram durante a revolta contra Muammar Gaddafi.” Na verdade, as armas poderosas das que Clinton fala foram fornecidas por EUA, e estes mesmos grupos terroristas as usaram para realizar ataques contra civis inocentes na Líbia.

Apenas os senadores John McCain e Rand Paul mostraram o seu desagrado sobre as desculpas dadas por Clinton. O senador Paul disse a Clinton que dada a sua falta de liderança, ele a teria demitido de seu cargo no Departamento de Estado. No entanto, Paul e os outros membros da Comissão dos Assuntos Externos falharam miseravelmente porque não fizeram perguntas pertinentes sobre o que realmente aconteceu em Benghazi.

O democrata John Kerry irá substituir Clinton no Departamento de Estado, uma vez que seja confirmado pelo Congresso.

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Hillary Clinton reaffirms U.S. commitment to continue stirring conflicts in Africa and the Middle East

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | JANUARY 24, 2013

As major conflicts in the Middle East wane down, the United States prepares itself to ramp up wars and conflict in other regions of the world. In fact, history shows that U.S. interventionism has been a potpourri of attempts to destabilize governments by activating proxy terrorist groups that do the dirty work on behalf of Washington.

If Hillary Clinton’s words were to mirror what is coming in the next few months and years, the world will see a continuation of the current foreign policy, which in addition to military attacks, is also composed by financial and economic warfare.

In her latest relevant appearance as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton warned Congress on Wednesday that the United States will have to fight Al Qaeda in North Africa and the instability and insecurity caused by revolutions in several Arab countries, which the U.S. itself helped instigate. In her opinion, the U.S. government will be forced to become directly involved in preventing the spread of terrorism in the region. Clinton forgot to say that most if not all acts of terrorism are either carried out by U.S. special forces and members of the intelligence community or executed by terrorist groups armed and financed by the United States government.

“The terrorist attacks in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, which killed four brave Americans, are part of a broader strategic challenge for the United States and our allies in North Africa,” Clinton told the Foreign Affairs Committee Senate investigating those events. No one in the Committee questioned Clinton about the role of U.S. special forces or other groups in the conflict and neither did any congressman asked about why U.S. forces were ordered to stand down, even though  they were close enough to intervene during the attack on the U.S. office in Benghazi.

Clinton has taken personal responsibility for any errors that may have been made to prevent the death of Americans in Libya, but said it is not a single event, attributable to the lack of security measures at the consulate in Benghazi, but a broader offensive to which the U.S. is obliged to respond with urgency. “Which means,” she said, “to intensify our efforts to combat terrorism and to find ways to support the emerging democracy in North Africa and elsewhere.”

“We face,” she recalled, “a menacing environment rapidly changing, and we must work to increase the pressure on al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other terrorist groups in the region. We’ve decimated al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but its members have dispersed to other countries,” she added. As it has been reported by the media, U.S. sponsored al Qaeda-affiliated groups arrived in Libya and Syria as part of an international contingent of terrorists who worked with government opposition groups to bring down Gaddafi and who are now working to dethrone Bashar al-Assad.

The Secretary of State has referred particularly to Mali, “where instability,” she said, “has created a large sanctuary for terrorists, seeking to extend their influence and prepare new attacks like the one we saw last week in Algeria.”

Clinton did not refer to the current French military operation in that country, but said that “it is important that the U.S. maintain its leadership in the Middle East, North Africa and the rest of the world. We have come far in the past four years and we can not leave now,” she said, reaffirming the American commitment to occupy some of the most volatile regions in the world, where, according to the BBC, France and other allies have returned to reconquer what once was part of their colonies.

U.S. has begun helping France by providing air transport of French troops and military equipment.

Clinton said that American diplomacy is in full operation in the area — that means military infiltration — which suggests that other stronger measures will be taken in the coming months. “When the U.S. is absent,” she said, “there are consequences: extremism takes root, and our security interests at home are threatened.”

The Secretary of State has admitted that revolutionary movements occurred in the last two years in the Arab world “have complicated power dynamics and have destroyed the security forces in the region”, which provides the ground for the spread of terrorism. She stated that “many of the weapons used by terrorists in Argelia and Mali come from Libya”, where the current authorities are powerless to control all armed groups that emerged during the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi. In reality, powerful weapons were provided by the U.S. to those same terrorist groups to carry out attacks on innocent civilians in Libya.

Only John McCain and Rand Paul showed a bit more dissatisfaction about Clinton’s excuses. Congressman Paul told Clinton that given her lack of leadership he would have dismissed her from her position at the State Department. However, Paul and the other members of the  Foreign Affairs Committee failed miserably to ask real questions about what really happened in Benghazi.

Democrat John Kerry will be Clinton’s substitute at the State Department once he is confirmed in Congress.

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Hillary Clinton takes the blame on Benghazi in dramatic appearance before Congress

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | JANUARY 23, 2013

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on took full responsibility on Wednesday for the attack that killed 11 people, including the U.S. Ambassador in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September 11.

Clinton appeared at a hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and asked its members to work with her successor in office to respond to new threats in North Africa.

Clinton responded to several questions about security problems detected in the consulate in Benghazi, the measures taken to protect the U.S. response to terrorist threats in North Africa, and the reaction from the State Department to prevent similar attacks occur in the future.

“I take full responsibility and no one is more committed than me to learn the lessons of this attack,” said the secretary. Clinton said the State Department created an internal commission to determine the different measures that can prevent a similar attack and repeat all of them, a set of 65 strategic changes will be implemented by March.

“It is absolutely essential that this committee work with the new secretary of state to understand the challenges, that are increasingly complex,” said Clinton.

“You can not say we agree on everything, but let’s focus on what really matters.” Clinton has asked the committee to abandon confrontations such as those surrounding the statements of the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, that ended with her refusal to be considered as his replacement at the head of U.S. diplomacy.

The secretary strongly defended the role of Rice and her remarks four days after the attack on the consulate and asked the Senate Republicans to put aside their doubts about the time that that took the Administration to recognize that it was a terrorist attack.

“What difference does that make in a time when the government was still trying to determine the cause of the deaths of four U.S. citizens?” Clinton responded with great anger, and stroke the table with her left hand. “It took several days to get a clear picture of what had happened.”

The head of U.S. diplomacy answered several questions about the security measures taken by the Department to protect its representatives abroad, especially after the instability created by the Arab Spring in various countries in the region, which incidentally was sponsored by the United States government, among other Western nations. The U.S. actually armed much of the opposition that apparently took down Mubarak in Egypt, Gaddafi in Libya and that is now trying to take down Assad in Syria.

Several Republican politicians have argued since then that the secretary rejected requests from various embassies to increase security, something she has rejected by saying that she was “shocked” by such assumptions.

Clinton said at the beginning of her appearance, that the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens “is a personal matter, not just professional” and that she feels responsible for the lives of the 70,000 employees who work for the State Department.

Hillary Clinton had initially refused to appear before Congress alleging she was ill when the request was issued, but she later agreed to appear given growing political and popular demands to have an official explanation of the facts.

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Mitt Romney will continue Obama’s Plan to destroy the Middle East and North Africa

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | OCTOBER 10, 2012

The Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency, Mitt Romney said Tuesday  that if he wins the election next November, the United States will continue to arm the opposition in Syria to fight against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. This statement may be surprising for many who see Romney as an alternative to Obama’s failed ‘hope and change’ hoax. But the truth is that neither candidate seems to deviate significantly from the travesty administration of George W. Bush, who democrats blame for everything that Obama inherited; or from Bill Clinton who built carried out the same policies that Bush Sr., Bush Jr. and Obama support.

The thought that a Romney presidency will further help set up the Middle East and North Africa ablaze is not so strange. Mitt Romney himself has said it clearly in his speech at the  Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. He assured the audience that if elected on November 6, he will work with U.S. allies to “identify and organize the Syrian opposition members” who share their values “and to ensure they get the weapons they need to defeat tanks, helicopters and planes from the Assad government”. This statement is revealing indeed. Mr. Romney has confessed that his administration shares the same values of the Syrian opposition groups.

The Syrian fighters are admittedly, US and NATO supported members of Al-Qaeda and its affiliate terrorist groups, so in a sense, Romney has admitted to supporting the use of terrorism to bring about change in Syria. As The Real Agenda has reported before, the terrorist militias that attack innocent people in Syria are the same groups that operate from across right across the border on Turkish territory. These are also the same groups that launched a false-flag attack against Turkey — the weapons used belonged to NATO — to blame Syria for it, so Turkey would have an excuse to fire its weapons against Syria. The government of Turkey has officially approved legislation to attack Syria and it has been doing so for the past 7 days. The move has been praised by NATO, the UN the United States government and of course Mr. Romney himself.

During his speech in Virginia, the former governor of Massachusetts criticized the “passive policy” of President Barack Obama in the Middle East conflict, and the absence of a strong reaction to the attack on an American consulate in Libya last month that killed U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three other U.S. officials. So for Romney the killing of hundreds of people by US allies and guerrilla groups that operate clandestinely in Libya and Syria, and which are funded with American taxpayer dollars is way too passive. As it has now been revealed, the attack on the American consulate was at the very least overlooked by the Obama administration after receiving multiple requests and warnings that the attack was coming.

According to Romney, Obama has failed both Israel and the Palestinians, as “what should be a negotiation process has become a series of heated disputes in the United Nations,” said Romney. “In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new president will bring the opportunity to start over. There is a yearning for American leadership,” said the candidate, who gave no details of his plan for the region.

Romney said that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which incidentally happened on September 11, was probably the work of “the same forces” who bombed the US in 2001. “You can not blame this attack on a video that insulted Islam even though the government has tried to convince us of it for so long,” he added.

Regarding the Iranian threat, the Republican to occupy the White House said it would take in “new sanctions and tighten” existing ones to bring Iran to its knees. “I will restore the permanent presence of aircraft carrier task forces in both the eastern Mediterranean and in the Gulf region, and work with Israel to increase military assistance and coordination,” he added. In other words, Romney intends not only to sustain the current murderous campaign being carried out by Barack Obama, but also to increase the level of aggression against non aligned nations.

Obama is credited — wrongfully many argue — with the death of the leader of the terrorist network Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, the end of the war in Iraq, a limited military intervention that ended the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya with intensified air attacks with drones against suspected terrorists, and the gradual reduction of troops in Afghanistan.

As a political candidate, Romney has adopted the concept of many conservatives in the United States according to which political systems of Europe, especially the French, are socialists and contrary to the “free market” American style. This is true, just as it is true what Romney said about self-entitled, government-dependent people who can never get enough welfare and who knowingly choose to support the bribery system sponsored by the central government.

But the similarities between Obama and Romney do not stop at speeches given to brainwashed supporters. Both the US president and the Republican candidate believe that government can and should Bailouts, ‘too big to fail’ entities, provide free money to banks and corporations in the form of stimulus packages, use quantitative easing and deficit spending as development policies, send troops to protect others borders and sending taxpayer money to foreign dictators, intervene in the affairs of other nations, restrict gun ownership, surveil and oppress citizens with tools such as the Patriot Act and warrantless wiretaps and so on.

Both presidential candidates also support the indefinite detention of American citizens without charge, trial or legal counsel. They both support the assassinations of American citizens or anyone else without due process and socialized healthcare, among others.

Choosing the least dangerous option this time around is just not a viable way to go this time for the American people, because Romney and Obama as equally dangerous.

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