Signs of the Times – part 16

Signs of the Times – part 16


Originally posted March 1, 2012

Quotes of the Times:

“About ten days after 9/11 I went to the Pentagon… One of the Generals called me in, he said, ‘Sir you have to come in and talk to me a minute… we’ve made the decision, we’re going to war with Iraq.’ This was on or about the 20 of September.  I said, ‘We’re going to war with Iraq, why?’ He said, ‘I don’t know, I guess they don’t know what else to do…’  I came back a few weeks later I said to him, ‘Are we still going to war with Iraq?’ He said, ‘Oh it’s worse than that.’  He reached for a piece of paper, he said, ‘this is a memo that has just come down from upstairs, it describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finishing off with Iran.’”  General Wesley Clark (retired).


“The consequences (of a military attack on Iran) will be extremely grave.  It’s not going to be an easy walk.  It will trigger a chain re-action, and I don’t know where it will stop.”  Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, Press Conference, Jan. 18, 2012.

On March 5, Benjamin Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister) and Barack Obama (American President) will be meeting in Washington D.C. – they will have much to talk about.  Maybe Lebanon will be on the agenda.  After all, Netanyahu said on Feb 23, that there “would be no Lebanon in the new world map.”  Maybe Obama would like a clarification – maybe he has not heard of the “new world map” that does not include Lebanon.  Maybe the government and people of Lebanon have not heard of it either – maybe they would like a clarification too.

Perhaps Obama will be too distracted to give much attention to Lebanon.  Maybe the discussion will go something like this:   Obama:  “Benjamin, do you realize that we persuaded our European allies to stop importing Iranian oil by June this year – and what do those Iranians do? – they stop exporting to Europe immediately!”  Netanyahu:  “Yes, Barack, but not all of Europe, only a few of them, right?”    Obama:  “It doesn’t matter, they are all bleating at me, about security of supply, higher oil prices, economic recovery etc. etc., – now we have to scramble and find them alternative supplies – it’s just a hassle I don’t need right now.”   Netanyahu:  “Forget Europe, can we talk about something serious now?”   Obama:  “Yeah, yeah I know what that means, you want to talk about the Iranian bomb, but if you want to talk about serious issues, there is something much more serious than Iranian nuclear weapons going on.” Netanyahu:  “Do you mean the situation in Syria?”  Obama:  “No, no, no… much more serious than that!  But it is those Iranians again – they have just escalated things to a new level.  They have announced that they are going to refuse American dollars as payment for their oil, starting in 15 days-time, the 20 of this month – that’s the issue that we’re really concerned about.”  Netanyahu:  “I see, so they have finally played the ‘Saddam Hussein card’ – it didn’t work out so well for Saddam.  So, are you going to apply the ‘Saddam solution’?”   Obama:  “Well you’re concerned about the bomb, and we’re concerned about the dollar – maybe it’s time to bring in our military guys to broaden the discussion a bit here…”


God bless, Bruce Telfer.

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