How Germany NOT the US Screwed up the invasion of Iraq.

Okay let me clarify a few things first about my position on Iraq etc.

1. I was opposed to the war in Iraq
2. I believe the International Community now have a role in ensuring Iraq does not become a Failed State

okay on with the post. I found this on Speigel Online via Toytown

How German Intelligence Helped Justify the US Invasion of Iraq
By Erich Follath, John Goetz, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark

Five years ago, the US government presented what it said was proof that Iraq harbored biological weapons. The information came from a source developed by German intelligence — and it turned out to be disastrously wrong. But to this day, Germany denies any responsibility.

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Ah we all remember this now dont we? Well it turns out the source is here in Germany (down south from me) and is still being protected by the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst – German Intelligence agency). Now personally I don’t think this is much of issue if Germany had supported the was, it would just be egg on their face, but NOW they just look hypocritical and that is far worse.

Gerard Schröder, along with Chirac in Paris and Putin in Moscow vehemtly opposed the war in Iraq, but why did the German Chancellor, who’s office is responsible for the BND allow them to give this ‘eveidence’ to the US. Surely it should have been surpressed given his stance on Iraq.

Schröder knew about the information along with the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Joschka Fischer, and Minister for Defence, Peter Struck. (The current Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the head of the BND, Ernst Uhrlau, also held important poistions under Schröder). If “Serious doubts were expressed” why was not the evidence given a health warning?

Rafed aka Curveball, as he has become known, is still living under BND protection. Despite the fact that he lied to them. He conned the German State, and then the Germans helped Con the US into going into Iraq which Germany OPPOSED!

I think this saga has provided a wakeup call to the intelligence community and more information is needed for states to go to war. Funnily enough this wake-up call hasnt arrived yet in Germany, then again, German soldiers arent under attack in Afghanistan, German public opinion is still against the war, most German people dont know that their government provided the information for the US to invade Iraq. Spiegel might help change that.

Morning Briefing, 21st February

Dia Duit!

Well between the Govt. delaying the Civil Union Bill 2006 and the Polish President making homophobic remarks in Ireland (RTÉ) I’m really pissed off!

The UK are to make an announcement on withdrawal of troops from Iraq (RTÉ) It is thought likely that Mr Blair will make any announcement in an oral statement to the House of Commons following his regular weekly appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions. I hope he does pull ’em out

At 5:00pm this evening the Seanad will debate the Mental Capacity and Guardianship Bill 2007, please if you know a senator ask them to vote for it.

The Civil Unions Bill 2006 also goes to a vote this evening after the continuation of the debate at 7:00p, tonight.

Trocaire has launched an online neworking site called ‘Just World’

Thats all i can find for now!

Slán

Morning Briefing, 19th January

Dia Duit,

The Govt is to publish the Children’s Rights Amendment today (Breakingnews). Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he will only go ahead with the referendum if he gets all-party consensus on the wording.

The 5 axle ban comes into effect in Dublin (RTÉ) AA Roadwatch says the introduction of a ban on five-axle trucks travelling through Dublin city centre has had an impact on M50 traffic this morning.

The US Senate is try and find new avenues of limiting Bush’s power in Iraq (France 24) Leading Democrats touted a proposal that would revoke the October 2002 authorization that allowed Bush to invade Iraq.

Germany is the latest country to cancel footbal games over hooliganism (BBC)

Germany has also jailed a Holocaust denier (Al Jazeera)

A prominent far-right acvtivist has been sentenced to five years in prison for Holocaust denial by a German court.

Ernst Zuendel was extradited from Canada and on Thursday was handed the maximum possible sentence under German law for the crime in the southwestern town of Mannheim.

The court said it had counted 14 instances on Zuendel’s Internet homepage where he denied the historical facts of the Holocaust and incited anti-Semitism

The 67-year-old has previously published works entitled The Hitler We Loved and Why and Did six million really die?

Thats it for now, have a good day!!

Senate didn’t vote on objection to troop buildup

Senate Democrats failed to garner the 60 votes they needed to consider a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq.

The vote was 56-34, with seven Republicans crossing the aisle to vote with senators who oppose the troop surge in Iraq.

The Democrats have a razor thin 51-49 majority in the Senate so mustering 60 votes will require at least 9 Republicans to cross the floor, that is if all the Democrats turn up to vote.

Some quotes from the debate (CNN)

“We are policing a civil war in Iraq,” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, said before the vote. “American troops should not be in the middle of that war.

“This nonbinding resolution, as a practical matter, doesn’t do anything, but was designed to try to disapprove of the new mission,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said after the vote. “Our view is you cannot discuss the new mission in Iraq without discussing funding for the troops.”

Morning Briefing, 17th January

Cork City is to get a new Central Library (Cork City Council) Wooo!

RTÉ viewers choose our song for the Eurovision last night. Its a John Waters/ Tommy Moran composition called ‘They can’t stop the Spring’.

The PD’s continue their conference today (Breakingnews, RTÉ) Among the guest speakers are Liam Doran of the Irish Nurses Organisation and Anne-mie Neyts, President of the European Liberal Democrats.

A Bosnian Court has sentenced a former Serb soldier to 34 years in jail for killing, enslaving and raping Muslim civilians during the country’s 1992-1995 war (France 24)

Proposed reforms of the Irish Criminal System are to be discussed by experts at an ICCL Forum (Breakingnews)

Lesotho goes to the polls today in a tight race for power (CNN)

$10 billion has been squandered by the U.S. government on Iraq reconstruction aid because of contractor overcharges and unsupported expenses (CNN) What a waste of money! All the people that it could be helping

House passes resolution opposing Bush’s Iraq policy 246-182

The Democratic-controlled House issued a symbolic rejection of President Bush’s decision to deploy more troops to Iraq on Friday, opening an an epic confrontation between Congress and commander in chief over an unpopular war that has taken the lives of more than 3,100 U.S. troops.

The vote on the nonbinding measure was 246-182.

Resolution criticized President Bush for his decision to send more troops to Iraq is a rare admonishment of a wartime commander-in-chief.

“The passage of this legislation signal a change in direction that will end the fighting and bring our troops home,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said before the vote when she endorsed the measure that takes issue with Bush’s decision to send an additional 21,500 U.S. troops into battle.

Full Story (CNN)

I’m delighted! An I hope Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, gets his legislation through that will limit spending and include a rest period between combat tours.

A survey in the US shows growing opposition to the War in Iraq. More than half of those surveyed say the Iraq war is a hopeless cause. A total of 38 percent wants to cut money for the additional troops that Bush is sending to Iraq, and 29 percent want to cut off all funding for the war.

Morning Briefing, 16th February

Dia Duit

An nuacht ar an maidin seo.

The row over the cost of the Mahon Tribunal continues today (Breakingnews) with Judge Mahon saying the tribunal will only cost €300m, maybe less. Also Labour are getting in on the act (RTÉ) saying that the government are trying to delay the tribunal. Well d’uh

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a former rebel as President of Chechnya (France 24) Pity he wasn’t elected.

Serbia has rejected the UN plan for Kosovo (CNN). Surprise surprise. I can’t see any Serbian parliament accepting independence, virtual or not, for Kosovo.

North Koreans are celebrating Kim Jong-Il 65th birthday (France 24). Though state media in north korea seam to warning about a military threat from the US. I don’t see how they can invade as the armed forces are stretched to the limit Iraq and Afghanistan.

The US House of Representatives is due to vote on a resolution against the troop surge in Iraq today. (CNN)Also House speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that “Bush lacks authority to invade Iran”

The European Parliament has adopted a report which implicates 13 member states in cooperating with CIA rendition flights (France 24) The national governments specifically criticised for their unwillingness to cooperate with Parliament’s investigations were those of Austria, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the UK. The report also gives detailed evidence of investigations of illegal rendition or CIA flight cases involving Germany, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Bosnia and Romania (EU Parliament Website)

Thats it for now!

Slán!

Morning Briefing, 18th January

Good morning (Im too tired to think as gaeilge let alone type it!)

The news this morning!

Shilpa has spoken out about being the victim of racism on Celeb Big Brother (BBC). I think racism is an abhorrent disease in todays society and the likes of Jade Goody should be treated with distain for their carry on!

Senators, both Republican and Democratic parties, have opposed the increase of US troops in Iraq (BBC)

Heres an article on my previous post (Entertainment Weekly)

Labour seam to love confusing the electorate and the media! (Breakingnews)

The European Parliament have elected the former leader of the EPP-ED grouping, Hans-Gert Poettering, as President of the Parliament (Al Jazeera)

Morning Briefing, 16th January

Earliest Morning Briefing yet, Thinking of shortening it down to MB but i might be infringing on trademarks 😛

An nuacht ar an maidin seo!

Feic ar mo dheireadh post le nuacht agus na bhuaiteora ag an Golden Globes areir!

(Wow look at my Irish!! Tell me if im wrong please

Looks like we’ll be a having a referendum in March (BreakingNews) I could have sworn someone had said no referendum before the election! eh typical government!

Castro could be on is way out (BreakingNews) 3 failed operations and an intenstinal infection ouch!

Bird Flu has hit Japan (BBC) That aint good! Will it be our version of the Spanish Flu?

Criticism has been growing over more executions in Iraq (BBC). Well im against Capital Punishment anyway so y’all know where i stand on this!

New plans for the Greencore site in Mallow (RTÉ) Should be an interesting development and a great boost for the town!

Morning Briefing, 15th January

Maidin Maith againn!!!

An nuacht ar an maidin seo!

Well the bastards (Bus Eireann) put up their fairs today and i didnt even know! really pissed off!!! Had the exact change ready and it had gone up. I last got a bus on firday and they had no signs up!

Any back on the news

Breakingnews reports on the confusion been made by Pat Rabbitte on wheather or not he would enter a coalition with FF.

RTÉ reports on more hangings in Iraq. When will they learn that will only make things worse.

EU Parliament now have 785 MEP’s with Bulgaria and Romania MEP’s attending for the first time! (BBC)

Some interesting debates are taking place on Right Wing World (hat tip: Sam) on various issues including the United Nations, the EU Constitution and others

Slán!