First I just want to quickly say that Benazir Bhutto's fear of future foreign military intervention will happen and by Bush
Now the meat and potatoes of the developments as we head to an increasingly unavoidable World War three in Bush's created Forever war. Russia and Venezuela will hold key elections with major implications for two rivals of U.S. influence and interests abroad who seek to strengthen their grip on internal power.
Russians voted Sunday in a parliamentary election so dominated by President Vladimir Putin's party that the only question was whether it would win a strong majority of seats or a gargantuan, crushing share. they have certainly stacked the deck to do so. Also Venezuelans will head to the polls to vote on a package of constitutional reforms that would allow '21 Century Socialist' President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election in South America's leading oil exporter past his current 2012 term limit. Russia's election follows months of increasingly acidic rhetoric aimed against the West and efforts, by law and by truncheon, to stifle opponents.
A huge win for Putin's United Russia party could pave the way for him to stay at the country's helm once his presidential term expires in the spring. Putin is constitutionally prohibited from running for a third consecutive term as president in March. But he clearly wants to keep his hand on Russia's levers of power, and has raised the prospect of becoming prime minister; many supporters have suggested his becoming a "national leader," though what duties and powers that would entail are unclear.
Putin is constitutionally prohibited from running for a third consecutive term as president in March. But he clearly wants to keep his hand on Russia's levers of power, and has raised the prospect of becoming prime minister; many supporters have suggested his becoming a "national leader," though what duties and powers that would entail are unclear. Read about this setup
It would be laughable if all of this was so serious. If Bush wants more power he simply takes it or steals his power. He secretly passes another power grabbing law in our so called Democracy while others are forced to play by the rules. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his opposition pledged to accept the results of today's referendum on his bid for a new constitution as voters lined up at polling stations across the county. ``We have to accept it, the results, whatever they may be,'' Chavez, 53, said after casting his ballot in the neighborhood of 23 de Enero, in downtown Caracas, dressed in a red shirt and carrying a baby. ``I expect all of us, the opposition, us, to accept the results in a democratic manner.''
Chavez stepped up attacks against the U.S., foreign investors and the media in his final speeches before the vote. He told tens of thousands of supporters at a Nov. 30 rally that he's prepared to cut off exports of oil to the U.S., Venezuela's biggest trading partner, should the U.S. government try to stir up violence in the country after the referendum. He also said he may nationalize Spanish banks operating in the country to defend the ``dignity'' of Venezuela, prompting cheers from the crowd.
Chavez said last week that if voters approve his plan, he's prepared to stay in power until 2050. ``It's still too early for me to go,'' said the former army lieutenant colonel. ``I'll give my life for Venezuela until the last day.'' Chavez wants power till 2050
As those against Bush lobby to get themselves into permanent control and Bush being the decider simply wrests more control over us as they prepare for this Forever War the excuse to get it going, war with Iran just got another step closer as Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has taken command of Iranian naval operations in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military has revealed.
That means U.S. naval forces are operating in the same waters as an organization the United States considers a major supporter of terrorist activity. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the disclosure Wednesday at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he was answering questions from military students.
The move is of concern to the U.S. Navy, which has long viewed the IRGC's forces as more antagonistic than Iran's regular navy. Mullen said Iran made a "strategic decision" in recent months to "essentially give the entire Gulf to the IRGC over the next four or five years." "That's a big deal, because I think part of the leading-edge challenge with Iran is the IRGC specifically," Mullen said. In recent years, the Iranian military has recognized that, in a toe-to-toe fight with the U.S. military, "they'd get squashed," Samii said.
In response, it has been focusing more on alternative tactics, in which the Revolutionary Guards excel, such as setting mine fields and using large numbers of small boats either packed with explosives or manned by personnel carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers. The thinking is that at least one would be able to get close enough to a large enemy military vessel to attack it, Samii said. "Iran is trying to send a signal that it is ready for any military eventuality and that it is prepared to defend itself aggressively," he said.
But the move could backfire by driving Iran's Gulf neighbors into the arms of the United States, which has guaranteed the security of Arab states in the Gulf for decades, Samii said. US shares Gulf with Iranian terrorists
Bush is already supplying Iran's neighbors with $Billions in advanced weaponry. Iran's plan will merely serve to further the excuse for war between Iran and the US. I am afraid too that the IRGC will create a lot more damage than we think and they will only be the smallest part of what we will be facing as Russia and China join Iran and the 135 non aligned Nations to defeat Bush. World war Three is getting closer and will not be avoided.