Robert Gates: He’s no Rumsfeld, but he’s no sweetheart either.

Originally published 11/25/06:

Luz Mabel Lumb Rizo, then age 2, in Jinotega, Nicaragua after losing her arm in the El Cedro contra attack of December 1986. Photographed in February 1987 by Paul Dix.

Great… Robert Gates, this administration’s nominee for Secretary of Defense has more dirt in his past that shows he has been part of the murderous secret combination machinery from way back. 

In 1984, he apparently made his mark by creating the idea of US Air Force bombing Nicaragua.  He said that our approach was too half-hearted (killing thousands by funding and directing the Contra’s and terrorizing a nation into abject poverty just because they had elected a marxist into office was, “half-hearted” in Gate’s book), and needed to be more decisive.  The girl and her missing arm are a product of our half-hearted approach in Nicaragua.

http://www.ups.edu/x2408.xml

“In a memo to CIA Director William Casey dated Dec. 14, 1984, Gates said his proposed airstrikes would be designed “to destroy a considerable portion of Nicaragua’s military buildup” and be focused on tanks and helicopters.”

“He said the United States should acknowledge that the existence of a Marxist-Leninist regime in Nicaragua closely allied to Moscow and Havana “is unacceptable to the United States and that the United States will do everything its power short of invasion to put that regime out.” (remember, this was a democratically elected government he was speaking about).

“Economic sanctions should be considered, “perhaps even including a quarantine,” Gates wrote.”  (remember, we’re talking about further impoverishing the second poorest country in the hemisphere, meaning not just merely putting people out a bit by making them short of change, but directly taking life, but cutting of their lifeline).

The article found at:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15881205/

goes on to spout a few familiar falsehoods which I shall not adress here.

The vote of 1984 was won by a large margin by Ortega of the Sandinistas in an election widely declared to be fair by over 400 international election observers:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/november/5/newsid_2538000/2538379.stm

The US was later found guilty by a UN court of:contravening law by training, arming and financing paramilitary activities in and against Nicaragua.

These activities included the laying of mines in Nicaraguan waters in early 1984, as well as attacking a naval base and patrol boats.

The court held, by 12 votes to three, that the US was “in breach of its obligations under customary international law not to use force against another State, not to intervene in its affairs, not to violate its sovereignty and not to interrupt peaceful maritime commerce”.

It ruled the US was under an obligation “to make reparation to the Republic of Nicaragua for all injury caused” by the breaches.”

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/27/newsid_2520000/2520169.stm

The amount later arrived at was 17 billion dollars.  The US has not paid a penny.

Gates is part of the great secret combination of the latter-days.  It is amazing that he is viewed as a moderate compared to Rumsfeld.  This is the era at which we have arrived.  We call good, evil and evil, good.  We strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.  When Gates is confirmed, America had better swallow hard to get the hump past the adam’s apple.

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