June 30th, 2008

Chris Keeley

(no subject)

"By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before."— Edwin Elliot


You are the gift you came to give the world. Wrapping yourself in someone else's definition of what you should be is like wrapping a treasured gift in used paper and twine. Not only is it misleading, it does nothing to honor the gift inside. Be yourself and let the outer wrapping be as radiantly beautiful as the gift.

"May you always remember that you are the gift you came to give."

~ a friend ~"By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before."— Edwin Elliot
"By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before."— Edwin Elliot


You are the gift you came to give the world. Wrapping yourself in someone else's definition of what you should be is like wrapping a treasured gift in used paper and twine. Not only is it misleading, it does nothing to honor the gift inside. Be yourself and let the outer wrapping be as radiantly beautiful as the gift.

"May you always remember that you are the gift you came to give."

~ a friend ~
Chris Keeley

seymour hersh

Preparing the Battlefield

The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.

by Seymour M. Hersh July 7, 2008

Operations outside the knowledge and control of commanders have eroded

Operations outside the knowledge and control of commanders have eroded "the coherence of military strategy," one general says.

L ate last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country's religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran's suspected nuclear-weapons program.

Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since last year. These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of "high-value targets" in the President's war on terror, who may be captured or killed. But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials. Many of these activities are not specified in the new Finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature.

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