May 8th, 2008

Trajedy... for YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

OF COURSE military conquest was the Neocon plan all along.

Three weeks after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not only removing the Saddam Hussein regime by force but overturning the regime in Iran, as well as in Syria and four other countries in the Middle East, according to a document quoted extensively in then-under secretary of defense for policy Douglas Feith's recently published account of the Iraq war decisions.

Feith's account further indicates that this aggressive aim of remaking the map of the Middle East by military force and the threat of force was supported explicitly by the country's top military leaders.

Feith's book, War and Decision, released last month, provides excerpts of the paper Rumsfeld sent to President George W Bush on September 30, 2001, calling for the administration to focus not on taking down Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network but on the aim of establishing "new regimes" in a series of states by "aiding local peoples to rid themselves of terrorists and to free themselves of regimes that support terrorism".

Of course it's always been about conquest.

And the game's not over yet, either:

That war-cheerleading neoconservatives of this strain are completely unbound by the truth is not news. Obviously, the war they unleashed in Iraq is the most compelling proof of that. But sometimes when the lying is so blatant, one can't help but note it.

This isn't just a matter of documenting guilt with regard to what happened with Iraq. The Washington Post's David Ignatius today became just the latest establishment spokesman to warn (or celebrate) that "judging from recent statements by administration officials, there is also a small, but growing, chance of conflict with Iran."

The neoconservative war-lovers behind this effort have not changed, nor have their tactics. They realize, as many of them acknowledge, that they will have four more years in power if John McCain is elected. But they also realize that he may not be, and that their last hope for their long-desired attack on Iran lies in convincing the current administration to provoke one before its tenure ends. As much as one wishes it weren't true, as much as the fixation on petty election issues might obscure it, the truly depraved extremist group that brought us the invasion of Iraq still exerts substantial influence and is quite busy trying to exert it.
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Teens having trouble buying M-rated games.

Teenagers in the U.S. are having a more difficult time buying mature-rated games in stores than in past years, according to the results of an undercover operation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

This is interesting to me, because on Monday night I went to buy a copy of The Orange Box for my little brother's birthday, and for the very first time ever... I got carded! Yes, I got carded to buy a video game. The guy behind the counter also asked me if the person I was buying it for was over 17.

For years I've looked at the video game ratings as being totally unenforced. But maybe the video game industry really IS getting serious about enforcing ratings now...

P.S. How did The Orange Box get rated M? I don't remember nudity or sexual situations in any of: Portal, Half Life 2, HL2: Ep 2 or Team Fortress. There's some violence, yeah. But it's not bad at all compared to... just about any other first-person shooter ever, really.