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BP pledges Gulf of Mexico oil fields to spill fund

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2010

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Militants set fire to NATO tankers in Pakistan

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2010

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KARACHI (Reuters) – Suspected militants in Pakistan set fire to three dozen tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, a day after three soldiers were killed in a cross-border NATO air strike.

Angered by repeated incursions by NATO helicopters over the past week, Pakistan has blocked a supply route for coalition troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistan is a crucial ally for the United States in its efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, but analysts say border incursions and disruptions inNATO supplies underline growing tensions in the relationship.

A senior Pakistani intelligence official said the border incursions could lead to a “total snapping of relations.” But U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke told a forum in Washington the current tensions were unlikely to “change the fundamental relationship between our two countries.”

Senior local officials blamed “extremists” for the attack on the tankers in the southern town of Shikarpur. About 12 people, their faces covered, opened fire with small arms into the air to scare away the drivers and then set fire to 35 tankers.

“Some of them have been completely destroyed and others partially. But there is no loss of human life,” Shikarpur police chief Abdul Hameed Khoso told Reuters.

In a separate incident, two unidentified men fired on a NATO tanker traveling through a town in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province toward Afghanistan. Two people burned to death after the vehicle caught fire, security officials said.

Police arrested 10 people after the earlier attack, including five netted from a raid on an Islamic seminary, or madrasa.

The tankers were parked at a filling station on their way to Afghanistan from Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi.

Thursday, three Pakistani soldiers were killed and three wounded in two cross-border incursions by NATO forces chasing militants in Pakistan’s northwestern Kurram region.

It was the third cross-border incident in a week, the Pakistan military said. NATO said the helicopters briefly crossed into Pakistan airspace after coming under fire from people there.

OTHER OPTIONS?

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, speaking in parliament, said Pakistan was a partner in the war against Islamist militancy, but would allow no infringement of its sovereignty.

“I want to assure the entire nation from this house that we will consider other options if there is interference in the sovereignty of our country,” Gilani said without elaborating.

Pakistan’s ambassador to Belgium lodged a protest with NATO’s deputy general secretary over the incursions, the Pakistan embassy said in a statement.

Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told the Washington Ideas Forum the border incident was “very unfortunate” and that the NATO secretary general had expressed his regrets, which Holbrooke echoed.

Despite tensions, analysts say a rift is unlikely between Pakistan and its Western allies as each side needs the other.

The European Union said it had decided to more than double its Pakistan flood aid to 150 million euros ($205 million).

Thursday, hours after the cross-border attack, Pakistani authorities halted tankers carrying supplies for the NATO forces passing through the Khyber tribal region on the Afghan border.

About three-quarters of the cargo for NATO forces in Afghanistan moves through Pakistan, mostly via twoborder crossings: Chaman north of Quetta in Baluchistan and Torkham at the Khyber Pass.

Another third flows into Afghanistan through the northern distribution network across Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Sensitive gear like ammunition, weapons and critical equipment is flown in.

Officials say supplies through Chaman continue uninterrupted.

Holbrooke said it was “inconceivable” that border crossings in the Khyber region would face any long closure because of the “colossal effect” it would have on the surrounding area.

PAKISTAN UNDER SPOTLIGHT

Pakistan has again come under the spotlight after Western intelligence sources said a plot to stage attacks in Europe had been disrupted by an upsurge in missile strikes by U.S. drones.

Security officials said they had no evidence of a plot being hatched in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Most recent drone strikes have taken place in the northwestern North Waziristan region.

“It’s no secret that there are terrorists from all nationalities in North Waziristan. They are Arabs, Uzbeks, Pakistani, Afghan, Chechans, German, Brits, Americans, everyone. And they are threat to us, to their own countries and to the entire world,” a senior security official said.

“But to say that we have any specific information that they were plotting attacks against this country or that country, then sir, we don’t have any concrete information or intelligence about that.”

(Additional reporting by Hamid Shaikh and Zeeshan Haider, and David Alexander in Washington; Writing by Zeeshan Haider; Editing by Chris Allbritton and Ron Popeski)

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Assailants in Pakistan launched two separate attacks Friday on vehicles carrying fuel for NATO and American forces in Afghanistan, highlighting the vulnerability of the U.S.-led mission a day after Pakistan closed a major border crossing.

A truck driver and his assistant were burned alive in the second attack on a single tanker in the parking lot of a restaurant in southeastern Baluchistan province, said police officer Mohammad Azam. He said “anti-state elements” were behind the attack.

That term could refer to Islamist militants or separatist rebels active in the region.

Earlier Friday, suspected militants torched 27 tankers carrying oil for troops in Afghanistan in Sindh province.

Around 80 percent of the fuel, spare parts, clothing and other non-lethal supplies for foreign forces in landlocked Afghanistan travels throughPakistan after arriving in the southern Arabian sea port of Karachi. The alliance has other supply routes to Afghanistan, but the Pakistani ones are the cheapest and most convenient.

The Pakistani government shut the Torkham border crossing in the northwest on Thursday in apparent protest of a NATO helicopter incursion that killed three of its soldiers on the border. It kept open the Chaman crossing in Baluchistan, where it seemed likely the vehicles attacked Friday were heading.

The closure raised tensions between Pakistan and the United States, which have a close but often troubled alliance in the fight against militants.

Islamist militants regularly attack NATO supply tankers in Pakistan, mostly in the northwestern border region where their influence is stronger.

In Sindh, around 10 gunmen attacked the tankers when they were parked at an ordinary truck stop on the edge of Shikarpur town shortly after midnight. They forced the drivers and other people there to flee before setting the fires, said police officer Abdul Hamid Khoso.

Another officer, Nisar Ahmed, said the tankers had arrived in Shikarpur from Karachi and were heading to Quetta, a major city in the southwest. From there, the road leads to Chaman.

Attacks on NATO and U.S. supply convoys in Pakistan give militants a propaganda victory, but coalition officials say they do not result in shortages in Afghanistan. Some of the attacks are believed to be the work of criminals or in Baluchistan, separatists. Some officials allege truck owners may be behind some of them, perhaps to fraudulently claim insurance.

The vast majority of the convoys, however, through the country unharmed and the frequency of attacks reported in the media does not appear to have risen much, if at all, over the last two years.

In recent years, the alliance has sought to shift more of the supplies through Central Asian countries north of Afghanistan and Russia, aware of the problems of relying too much on Pakistan, which some argue does not share America’s strategic goals in the region.

There is a risk, albeit small, that militant attacks could one day seriously squeeze supplies. But the overriding concern is that hosting the supply routes gives Islamabad immense leverage in its relationship with Washington. The United States cannot force Pakistan to, say, crack down on militants in the northwest behind attacks in Afghanistan because Islamabad holds a trump card: it can cut off most of the supplies to the war whenever it wants.

Pakistani security forces provide guards for the trucks and tankers in the northwest, but generally do not do so in southern and central Pakistan, where attacks are rarer. Pakistani security officials had warned after two alleged NATO helicopter incursions last weekend that they would stop providing protection to NATO convoys if it happened again.

In Brussels on Friday, Pakistani Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani met with NATO leaders and lodged a formal protest over the border incursions. In Pakistan, government officials said they had to take a stand.

“If the NATO forces keep on entering into Pakistan and carrying out attacks, then (the) only option we have — we should stop the movement of the containers,” Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said.

Opinion polls show many Pakistanis regard the United States as an enemy, and conspiracy theories abound of U.S. troops wanting to attack Pakistan and take over its nuclear weapons. The Pakistani government has to balance its support for the U.S. war in Afghanistan — and its need for billions of dollars in American aid — with maintaining support from its own population.

The decision to close to the border has underscored the uneasy relations.

Pakistan said two NATO choppers fired on one of its border posts in the northwest’s Kurram tribal region, killing three Pakistani soldiers Thursday. NATO said its helicopters entered Pakistani airspace and hit a target only after receiving ground fire. The alliance expressed condolences to the families of the soldiers and said it would investigate the incident.

It was the third alleged incursion by NATO helicopters into the northwest in the last week.

A lengthy closure of Torkham would place intense strain on the U.S.-Pakistani relationship and hurt the Afghan war effort. But that is seen as unlikely, as neither Islamabad nor Washington can afford a meltdown in ties at a crucial time in the 9-year-old war.

At Torkham, some 150 containers were waiting Friday for the border to reopen. The truck drivers were getting impatient and worried about the prospect of militant attacks.

“I might have not come here with NATO material if I knew that I will have to face this problem,” said Shalif Khan. “We are forced to spend the day and the night in the open. We do not have any security here.”

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Associated Press writer Riaz Khan in Torkham, Pakistan, contributed to this report.

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Cammeron of Arcturus

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2010

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Arcturus Star in Comparison to Our Son

Greetings to all our Earth-walker cousins. The events of the last year, especially the last six months have been foretold as a type of prophecy, for many a decade. The next three to four months will see much more unfolding rapidly and many more upside down institutions will be shaken by the Great Awakener. The Great Awakener in this sense refers to the sweeping wave of the Jesus The Christ consciousness which is working intimately with God‘s NESARA to embrace this planet now and forever more in His Divine Love. With each passing moment evidence of this is becoming blatantly apparent even to those who have their heads steadfastly stuck in the sand and do not have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. It is time for all this to occur. The time is NOW.

You will have by now noticed the many Earth changes which have been presenting themselves as the finale of all the wakeup calls to the walking asleep. Look away from the “disaster” point of view and see the necessity of all these occurrences. All deep seated pockets of negative-negative energy and the last vestiges of dark control are being torn, ripped and when Universally possible, passionately persuaded to either change and evolve or to hasten their exodus from this planet. Yes, this includes ALL the Illuminati’s human counterparts. All areas that have deep seated, karmic induced pockets of mayhem and disorganized chaos prevailing, are being quite literally shaken apart and yes, put on trial for their lack of desire to change. These people, cultures and religions true colors are being aired for all the Universe to see. Which continents will survive, who will survive, which ones will be .allowed to survive the planetary changes is solely up to the populaces of the areas concerned. And please, do not be naïve and think that it is only the third-world countries that apply to this statement. It is rampant everywhere. Choose wisely now to evolve or forever live with your choice of abstaining from MAKING a choice.

There is much to be thankful for. Areas like America, Africa, the Middle East, even the European nations, all who had a vested interest in the re-creation of patterns and ideas that do not resonate with the higher frequencies shall be shaken. Please remember, all these areas have generation upon generation of people who continue to do the same things time and time again while expecting different results. These problems were not created overnight nor will they be vanquished instantly, or in many cases willingly.

Although the Earth Star Planet is ascending into the higher vibrations at an accelerated pace, that does not mean that all of Earth’s inhabitants will ascend with her and the people no longer hiding in plain sight and issues previously overlooked or problems ignored will be solved overnight. The only thing that is guaranteed for sure is that the Illuminati influences will no longer be present to persuade you, to tempt you to follow their self-serving destructive doctrines anymore. It will take many a year to right all the wrongs and misperceptions which have been accepted as normal or accepted as various levels of the casualties of war up until now.

Furthermore, we wish you to be aware of some things that will affect you personally. Among these are the severe problems surrounding contaminated aquifers and massive shortages in water itself. Your water sources all over this planet have been in many cases intentionally contaminated. Isn’t it interesting how some people can become accustomed to dangerous situations because of prolonged exposure to lassitude and lack of empathy? Over drilling of water wells and wells for gas and oil exploration top this list of probable reasons for the contaminations; however they are not the only problem. The overuse of pesticides, the dreadful use of chlorine and fluoride and other pollutants have affected your planet as well. If you wish to avoid the disastrous “Black Blizzard” days of the Dust Bowl era, we suggest you heed our warning and stop misusing your water supplies. You must absolutely stop planting the same crops on the same land(s) year after year. One of the many things in your biblical texts that is a classic example of mistruth is: “ON the Seventh Day God Rested.” God did NOT rest! This planet was Created as a cooperative venture through the Creative processing. All “time” exists as spatial (Universal) time; therefore all things happen simultaneously because there IS NO time. This above biblical quotation was how the origins of what was known as the blue laws came into effect. These laws required everyone to not work ON THE SEVENTH DAY and go to church services instead.

Everyone needs time to replenish their Spiritual Self. Every seventh day is not nearly enough, especially in the times you are living in. You need to take a few moments each and every day. I should like to add something else for your consideration. “On the Seventh Year the Land is to Rest.” In this sense what I am referring to and what should have been included in your “sacred texts,” is the fact that all lands need to lay dormant every seventh year in order to replenish themselves or they will become devoid of nutrients and will subsequently be unable to support life. No amount of fertilizer or plowing under the topsoil will do. Allow the soil the time to breathe, just as we suggest you do for yourself from time to time.

We ask you, how is it that so many of you still believe that one potentially harmful chemical or poison can eradicate the effects of another toxin? Thankfully you have left the “dark ages” when being bled and the use of other toxic substances such as Mercury for healing purposes were considered commonplace. We encourage you to find a good water filtration system for you and your family, YOU will need it. Please keep in mind that your pets and livestock animals as well as food producing plants (gardens and the like) fit into this category as well. If you contaminate the food you eat what good will it do for you to filter the water? That process of filtering your drinking water only will not limit your exposure to other potentially harmful ingredients that may just weaken your immune systems as well. While we on the subject of weakened immune systems please be aware that there are deadly manufactured viruses which are currently circulating on your planet. These viruses are designed to impact upon the immune system. Not everyone who contracts these will recover completely as they have in times past. While we, (those of us who are of the Spirit world and Star Keeper races) can take care of most intentionally introduced invasive viruses, we can not stop them all. The viruses that survive have the capability of impairing your immune system for the rest of this incarnation. Taking proper care of yourself and utilizing ample amounts of supplements such as antioxidants, aloe, magnesium, electrolytes, etc., will assist in keeping you healthy and strong. Celest and David have posted a section on their Awakened Hearts website, a “To Your Health,” section in order to share with you the information they know about, as well as information we have passed along to them to assist them in keeping healthy in the days ahead. We suggest you take the time and read it carefully.

You have inadvertently been your own worst enemy by creating your own problems. Due to the lack of proper planning and the lack of exercising discernment in the actions you have taken in your haste to expand upon your societies, you have almost caused your own demise. Is some of this due to global warming? What you term global warming is a natural progression in Earth’s ascension process. Obviously we are not referring to the manufactured harm brought upon this planet through manmade devices. Earth is God’s Eden. As such she was intended to be habitable in all areas and this is the direction she is currently following. Her ascension. In order to do that there will be some changes in all landmasses over time, as the oceans rise and the rivers and streams erosion process gives way to following new pathways. This will not happen overnight and people will be given ample time to relocate as necessary. The problems you have to deal with relating to this are vast in number. Your air, ground and water supplies are contaminated with dry blowing dirt, pesticides, those obnoxious chemtrails and so much more. The solution to some of these problems is simple. Stop over farming areas, allow the natural ground cover to return, stop using water wastefully and do so until abundant supplies return. And find ways to stop the contamination of these vital resources in order to insure your survival on the planet’s surface. Ever heard the old saying, “what goes up must come down.” Although this is not always accurate, in the case of spraying pollutants into the air you need in order to survive and then allowing the contamination to seep down into the Earth’s surface, then that quote is most certainly accurate.

The reforestation of this planet will not come overnight much to the tree hugger’s chagrin; please do not think that everything that is as barren as you see it will become pristine and beautiful with a wave of our magic wand. What may be considered to be a convenient timeline for many people, may not be what the planet herself deems to be realistic. The intrinsic beauty and restoration of this planet and the better than it is at this time welfare of the human species will occur moment by moment now, as more Souls awaken to the continued inevitable evolutionary leap in consciousness and the unstoppable power of change. Many of you will be prompted to move to urban areas, to areas of safety, where you can become more self-sufficient. In the years ahead you will find the self-sufficiency aspect of your lives to be paramount to your survival. Businesses will be closing, there will be disruptions in food sources, transportation, grid-power and the like…. so be prepared. Get yourself a good pair of shoes, you may be needing them.

We also urge you to be ever aware of your surroundings. People’s characteristics are being amplified by the influx of the two predominant energies; the dying winds of change and the God inspired NESARA Wave. People will act out, they will be confused and off balance by a world they no longer understand. Please also make note that “Hungry People are Desperate People.” Do what you can to help others without drawing undo attention to yourselves. You do not want to become a target nor a martyr. Life may seem as if it is upside down, however please take note that these changes are long overdue and much needed, for all of you, if many of you are to continue to be allowed to survive as a species. Much of your technology has outpaced your humanity and your Spiritual growth. All of this needs to be brought into proper perspective. Once all is completed you will find a much simpler, less complicated, more fulfilling way of living well and expressing yourselves. You will no longer be consumed by “keeping up with the Jones” and the “me, me, me,” attitudes that are ever present here now. This is a good thing too. Your focus will alter to being of service to the needs of everyone for the common good.

You are learning a valuable lesson here. Well, some of you are anyway. You are learning to walk with one foot in both worlds, one that is the Spiritual world and the other that is the physical world. You are also learning what it means to be Human. We are here to help in these transitioning times but please do not become foolhardy or aloof and think that we will make everything right and do it all for you. Remember, you, all of you, all of your varied races and cultures of people have allowed this need for sweeping change to happen, so stop pointing fingers at others. It must be you, the people, who correct the past by learning to live in the moment, not for the moment and then move de-light-fully unencumbered into the future. I think now would be a good time for each of you to contact your government representatives, your community leaders and tell them that the abuse of one human being, of one life form is too much. Let them know that the chemtrails they are allowing to be sprayed into your atmosphere in every country, is harmful and doing nothing to reinforce your ozone layer, much less slow down the manufactured parts of global warming. Let them know of the Divinely inspired plan for this world that was originally conceived allowed the plants, trees, pollution free air and water to heal this world – when it was in need of healing. Let them also know that there is no practical reason behind the engineering of genetically modified seeds. Everything on this world was designed just so, so that everything worked in complete harmony with one another, year after year after year. Modifying one aspect disrupts the natural order. This is but another in a long list of control issues that needs to remedied and soon I might add, before it is too late. Terra (Earth) will no longer permit this type of action and you, yourself, should not either. That is if you wish to (1) be able to eat, and (2) if you wish to transition with her as she continues her ascent from the denseness of the lower vibrations your planet was previously enveloped in. Life as you know it there on Earth will never be the same again, you may as well get used to the idea. This IS a good thing. Trust US on that one.

The time honored sheltering and protecting process of keeping people in the dark so that they fear no evil, has left many, actually far too many, people on this planet completely unprepared for the times they are living in. Now I call it “sheltering,” whereas others may refer to it as “dumbing-down” a population. They do this by keeping the truth from the people while simultaneously conditioning them to respond with an anticipated, preconceived response. What happened to good old fashioned spontaneity? There are far too many who fear what they do not know. They also fear those whom they erroneously perceive as better or more powerful than they believe they themselves are. This time is changing, the elected officials in all countries are beginning to fear their constituents and rightly so. It is the few who control your media, which I am sure you know. I am wondering how many of you are wondering what is going on presently. The amount of actual quality news has been suppressed more than usual of late. This I call sheltering.. In other words dear Souls, they are treating you like children because big brother, mother, father and sister, believe they know what is best for you. Unlike the children of yesteryear, today’s generations and the upcoming generations of human beings will not take kindly to being pampered and fed placebos any longer. If the truth was to come out about exactly how many Souls are leaving this planet each and every day, because they no longer desire to be here and they are no longer able to fulfill their original Soul Contracts, the domino effect would be devastating. This would cause many others to simply give up and stop trying.

In a short time many truths will come out as one honest reporter after another dares to confront and challenge the Beast. The truth about the origins of money, religions, life on other planets, will be leaked quietly at first to the general populace and then mainstream media will grab a hold of the information as if it was something new. This new, news unlike other late breaking news stories, will not fade away as it has in times past, the people will not allow it. The poisoning of this planet and of the minds and hearts of the people will no longer be tolerated. It will be a grand day indeed.

We know many of you are wondering about the lack of oxygen in your air. There are many reasons for this. Oxygen depletion should be one of your greatest concerns. This depletion affects not only the moisture in your air; it seriously damages the physical vehicle, the body. And if it is having this effect on you, imagine what it is doing to the plant life, the inhabitants of the oceans and other waterways, and to all the other limitless life forms that inhabit this planet. You are the Caretakers of this planet. You plant the seeds for the next generations to come. It is your responsibility to be far wiser and more prudent in your decision making than those who came before you. You have the unique opportunity to do it right this time around. Use the knowledge you have gained and Create a better tomorrow – today. The midnight hour is upon you and the bell is tolling. Be ever mindful of this fact.

I AM Cammeron of Arcturus and proud of it.

Know this….We are here and We are watching. When the day comes, and come it will, that our races are re-introduced to you once again, do not for a nanosecond let your mind wander to the possibility that we are here to enslave this world. This world may not be our primary home, yet it is a world we helped to Create. We have always been here, every generation of since the creation of the human race. Believe it or not, we do speak the truth.

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Emanuel gone, Rouse in as chief of staff

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2010

The White House

The White House Makeover?

Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday said a bittersweet goodbye to the energetic and fierce manager of his White House, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and elevated a quiet and seasoned adviser, Pete Rouse, to the most important gate-keeping job in American politics.

“We could not have accomplished what we’ve accomplished without Rahm’s leadership,” Obama said. Emanuel is departing after nearly two grueling years to run for Chicago mayor.

The announcement was such a poorly kept secret that Obama joked it was “the least suspenseful announcement of all time,” but it represented an important moment of transition for the presidency.

What Emanuel leaves behind is more than a staff job. It is the most demanding and influential position in the White House — save for Obama’s. The person who holds it is entrusted to help shape thepresident’s thinking, prioritize his time, manage scores of egos and issues and keep the White House focused on its goals.

The mood at the White House reflected that this was no ordinary staff change. Cabinet members and senior staff members packed the ornate East Room, a setting often reserved for visits of heads of state, for the official word that Emanuel, the hard-charging leader of the staff, was on his way out.

Rouse, named interim chief of staff, is a calm, trusted senior adviser to Obama who has spent much of his career as a chief of staff in the Senate.

“There is a saying around the White House: `Let’s let Pete fix it,’” Obama said. “And he does.”

In a nod to the political sensitivities of Emanuel’s move, he never directly mentioned that he was running for mayor, and Obama didn’t touch that, either. Emanuel, sure to be cast as an outsider by his competitors in the upcoming mayoral campaign, did not want to announce his run from Washington.

But Emanuel did call Chicago “the greatest city in the greatest country in the world.” And he told Obama, “I’m energized by the prospect of new challenges, and eager to see what I can do to make our hometown even greater.” The president and Emanuel, confidants and friends, hugged three times during the event.

“Mr. President, I thought I was tough,” Emanuel told Obama. “I want to thank you for being the toughest leader any country could ask for in the toughest times any president has ever faced.”

In an unusual display of emotion, Emanuel appeared to choke up as he spoke of his family’s immigrant background, and the opportunities he himself has been afforded.

Rouse, befitting his style, stood quietly by the president and never spoke. Obama described him as never seeing a television camera or a microphone that he liked — unlike the boisterous Emanuel. The differences were even apparent on stage — Rahm with his trademark hands on hips, Rouse still and stoic.

Obama’s choice of a permanent chief of staff will come in the context of a personnel reorganization, with some key players already planning to leave the White House grind and others likely seeing changes in their portfolios. The results of the Nov. 2 House and Senate midterm elections will also be a factor.

The mantra in the West Wing is that no one who works for the president is irreplaceable. And yet that’s how they described Emanuel, a whirling force of ideas and energy with expertise in foreign policy, political campaigns, communications and the legislative process. Obama’s aides talk of an unquestioned loss.

More than 150 staff members filled the seats of the East Room, snapping photos. The atmosphere was more joyful than sad, though the mood turned sober as Obama ticked through the list of problems they tackled together in the first 20 months of the administration.

Any feel-good reflection came in contrast to the political realities of the day. No sooner had Washington veteran Rouse been introduced than the Republican National Committee condemned the president for the choice, calling it an expansion of an “insular and out of touch White House.”

Emanuel’s move pits him against a growing field of local politicians vying for the job that will be vacated next spring by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who announced in early September that he will not seek a seventh term. Emanuel’s victory in the race is no given, with rivals certain to attack the longtime political operative and former congressman as a brusque outsider who belongs more to Pennsylvania Avenue than Michigan Avenue.

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Associated Press writers Erica Werner and Julie Pace contributed to this story.

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Musharraf says to return to Pakistan politics

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2010

Musharraf says to return to Pakistan politics ... Fri, Oct 1 06:29 PM

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf said on Friday he will return to lead a new political party to tackle corruption, revive the sluggish economy and step up the fight against Islamist militants.

Musharraf, who quit office in 2008 to avoid impeachment charges, said he feared the nuclear-armed country could break up without a change of political leadership.

Pakistan is a frontline state in the United States‘ fight against Islamist militancy in the region, but questions about Islamabad’s commitment to the campaign have raised tensions between the two countries.

“When there is a dysfunctional government and the nation is going down and its economy is going down…there is a pressure on the military from the people,” he told BBC radio.

“There is a sense of despondency spreading in Pakistan. We cannot allow Pakistan to disintegrate. So who is the saviour? The army can do it. Nobody else can do it.”

London-based Musharraf, who took power in a military coup in 1999, denied that he faced arrest for treason if he returns to Pakistan, although he said he did fear assassination attempts.

“There is no charge against me, whoever thinks like that doesn’t know the reality,” he said. “There are other dangers.”

Asked when he would return, Musharraf said it would be before the next elections, due by 2013.

“I won’t wait until 2013,” he said. “The stronger I am politically, the more grounds there will be for me to go.”

He warned that a Taliban insurgency could engulf Pakistan unless the government takes a stronger stance.

“If we don’t curb it, there is a possibility that we keep going down and it could end up destroying (the country),” he told BBC radio. “If the armed forces of Pakistan don’t want that, it will never end up destroying Pakistan.”

Musharraf has talked of re-entering politics several times over the past year. Since leaving Pakistan, he has spent most of his time in Britain and the United States.

His popularity waned after he clashed with the judiciary and imposed a six-week stint of emergency rule in 2007 to thwart opposition to his efforts to secure another term. An alliance with the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks was also deeply unpopular with many voters.

Political analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi said Musharraf’s prospects in Pakistani politics were weak — at least for now.

“Traditionally, military rulers have not succeeded in popular politics, including those who went to the opposition,” he said. “He’ll have to come back and demonstrate his support. While sitting in London you can’t really do politics.”

Political commentator Najam Sethi said Musharraf’s new party faced big hurdles.

“Musharraf does have a constituency but since the two mainstream parties, the media and the judiciary are against him, the short-term prospects don’t look good,” he said.

(Reporting by Peter Griffiths in London and Augustine Anthony in Islamabad; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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