ISIL atrocities CLEARLY demonstrate that such provocation of Western delicate sensibilities to the horrors of war (only when the victim looks like THEM) results in a predictable, continuous escalation of media hysteria to keep the US war machine engaged in both Syria and Iraq.
So why would “ISIS” continue such counter-productive provocations, especially adding OSCAR-worthy high production values for “Technical Achievement in a Propaganda Snuff Video”?
Are wars won by repeating counter-productive stupidity? Is that how the Moors conquered Spain? So why continue behavior that provokes ever-increasing retaliation?
Obama was definitely planning to leave Iraq, and insistent NOT to start a war with Syria, and NOT have more boots on the ground. Suddenly, within days of actual troop withdrawals, there are chemical weapons used in Syria, (blamed on Assad, but later proven to be US-supported rebels) and war against Assad is averted ONLY by intervention by Vladimir Putin to dispose of the weapons and eliminate the WMD threat. Less than three weeks after their complete disposal, the
ISIS, IS, ISIL(?) phenomenon is announced… with ample brutality and beheadings, and more beheadings, and now, burning alive caged prisoners of war.
OF COURSE THIS ISN’T a war against Assad (wink)…. just his country, and infrastructure, and multi-ethnic culture: Christians, to Yazidis, to Shias. Against everyone. But strangely, not against the “hated Jews”.
ISIS—the perpetual false flag– appearing wherever it’s needed for US to intervene militarily, or persuade the population that “No one is safe. No one. Not even in the Homeland.” Maybe soon to appear in a political theater near you.
The Slippery-Slope Timetable to Regime Change in Syria; ISIS; and the Permanent Destruction of Mid East Culture. In his own words.
The following timetable demonstrates the evolution of a President who was elected on the basis of ending American involvement in unending Mideast and Asian wars, only to reverse position and lobby repeatedly for an aggressive, interventionist, hegemonic policy in multiple other countries, including Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine, Egypt, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and intentionally provoking confrontation and potentially expanded proxy war with the Russian Federation, regarding Ukraine, against Russia’s natural, historic regional vital interests . The following timetable deals only with Syria.
The question remains unanswered. In his rise from obscurity, did he mislead the public, simply to get into a position of power? Was he selected, inserted and subsequently influenced by the same shadow government forces that expanded its hegemonic agenda under Bush 41, and completely monopolized foreign policy under Bush 43? Claiming to be an “anti-Bush,” he has gone far beyond what Bush ever did, and has done it in a consistently dissembling manner. One wonders whether he is really in charge of his government and military industrial complex, or a convenient figurehead. His selection of representatives, like former State Department Press Secretary Psaki, now White House Communications Director, have caused derision, disrespect, and contempt for American credibility and veracity.
While protesting America’s peaceful and altruistic intentions. The record, in contrast to the slick keyword rhetoric, is quite clear. What he says, is not what he does. Either he has no moral, ethical or political position, or he is the most disingenuous, misdirecting, projecting, compulsive liar in the history of the American Presidency.
October 2, 2002
“Iraq was a dumb war….a rash war” http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99591469
January, 2007 – Anti-surge
“I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”
Obama introduced the “Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007,” which, if it had passed, would have removed all U.S. troops from Iraq by March, 2008.
“ the U.S. presence in Iraq is “illegal,”
Dec 15, 2011
Iraq War is ‘Part of What Makes Us Special As Americans’
August 20,2012 – Syrian redline
“We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.”
April 30, 2013
“We’ve got to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to protect the Syrian people.
August 21, 2013 The Ghouta Chemical Attack kills 1400 (EXACTLY One year After the “Red line” Speech)
“War weary” Obama: We are certain Assad is responsible. Attack requires a military response – US considers cruise missiles fired from U.S. Navy ships at Syrian command targets .
Within hours… Kerry: “We have no evidence the rebels have that capability. Therefore, we believe it was Assad. ”
(Later actual investigation shows it was the Syrian rebels supported by the US, that transported previously captured women and children from Latakia to an already deserted area of Ghouta and gassed them. Photos of hundreds of suspiciously aligned and shrouded bodies were posted on the internet within hours of the “attack” while rescue efforts were still happening. Obama and Kerry continue to blatantly implicate Assad in subsequent speeches.)
September 12, 2013 – Vladimir Putin Op-Ed Article – New York Times
PUTIN: A US military strike against Syrian Government would be “act of aggression”.” We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.’
September 14, 2013 – Washington Post
US & Russia Agree on Syrian chemical Weapons Disposal. Putin proposal allows to Obama back off from Attack Threat.
AUGUST 18, 2014 – WASHINGTON POST
Obama announces: Syrian chemical weapons completely destroyed by US Military
But Three weeks later,
September 10, 2014 [exactly ONE YEAR after the Agreement with Russia]
Obama’s Introduces “New” Terror Threat – “ISIS/ISIL/IS” – after purported video beheading
Thanks to our military and counter-terrorism professionals, America is safer.
“Still,” he said, “we continue to face a terrorist threat.” “Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”
1. A systematic campaign of airstrikes against “ISIL” [not against Assad, of course]
a. we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq.
2. Increased support to forces fighting ISIL on the ground
In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces. Now that those teams have completed their work –- and Iraq has formed a government –- we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission – we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.
In Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I call on Congress again to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people — a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.
3. Drawing on our substantial counter terrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks
Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.
4. Providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians displaced by ISIL
We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.
Oct 22, 2014 – CBS NEWS
US air drops weapons to ISIS – “meant for Kurds”
December 31, 2014 – US Again drops weapons to ISIS
February 11, 2015 – New Proposed AUMF *Authorization to Use Military Force
…Whereas, ISIL leaders have stated that they intend to conduct terrorist attacks internationally, including against the United States, its citizens, and interests;…
…Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled…
…The President is authorized, subject to the limitations in subsection (c), to use the Armed Forces of the United States as the President determines to be necessary and appropriate against ISIL or associated persons or forces…
…In this joint resolution, the term ‘‘associated persons or forces’’ means individuals and organizations fighting for, on behalf of, or alongside ISIL or any closely-related successor entity in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners…
February 11, 2015 – Letter to Congress
The authorization I propose would provide the flexibility to conduct ground combat operations in other, more limited circumstances, such as rescue operations involving U.S. or coalition personnel or the use of special operations forces to take military action against ISIL leadership. It would also authorize the use of U.S. forces in situations where ground combat operations are not expected or intended, such as intelligence collection and sharing, missions to enable kinetic strikes, or the provision of operational planning and other forms of advice and assistance to partner forces.
February 17, 2015 – Wall Street Journal
U.S. to Give Some Syria Rebels Ability to Call Airstrikes
After training, moderate rebels to get pickups, with gear to call for American B-1B bombers
February 18, 2015
Coalition forces ROUTINELY air drop military supplies to ISIS fighters in Syria
Minister of Propaganda and Perpetual War
United Fascist State, Inc.
While the world and the American public focused on a potential military escalation in Syria, the Government of the US experienced a silent Coup d’état.
Obama is “now determined to put more emphasis on the ‘degrade’ part of what the administration has said is the goal of a military strike against Syria—to ‘deter and degrade’ Mr. Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons,” the New York Times reported Friday, citing unnamed Pentagon officials.
There is something classically interesting about this wording. Pure, sinister propaganda in its most insidious form.
The New York Times. Trial balloon center of the world. Unnamed PENTAGON officials, not White House.
I am convinced more than ever that every word is now important in the public persuasion / manipulation / deception agenda, and collaboration of mainstream media. Instead of the public’s watch dog, media is now the Elitists’ lap dog.
“Obama is NOW determined” —NOW? DETERMINED? This was the Pentagon gameplan all along. Obama is definitely NOT determined. His reluctance to follow the clearly dubious Mid East military ‘solution’ is palpable. He knows it will make the situation worse, but he is getting narrow selective advice that he “MUST” do it or weaken “the Presidency.”
Anyone with doubts, read or watch the movie “Thirteen Days”. You will understand perfectly. This is deja vu all over again.
This is the inevitable conclusion that has been eating at me during this whole Syria episode.
There has been a COUP of the United States Government. Obama being the amateur that TPTB have been looking for to manipulate – The profiteers, militarists, CIA and NSA – have usurped the Government of the United States. They have not yet told Obama or the American People. The media simply reports the reality, in code-speak.
Brennan at CIA, and Clapper, the unindicted perjurer at NSA, along with some (possibly sub- ?) JCOS military, under the guise of giving “PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY” to the CinC, have so filtered Obama’s information, that he is making decisions against his core beliefs, and his better judgement. He may even believe that the evidence he is provided, in terms of “government conclusions” (not intelligence agency-verifiable evidence) has not been dog-wagged.It is obvious to me that he is making all these warmongering decisions reluctantly. Regardless of what your prior impressions of the man were, this is not his standard operating procedure.
He is mouthing what his “advisors” are telling him must be done as President. Unfortunately, since he has NO experience for the position he holds, he has so far conceded decision authority to underlings. His true self came out, when right before announcing the original limited strike, he decided to get Congressional approval, indicating he still has a conscience, and hopefully, an internal BS/fraud detector.
HIS MINIONS… KERRY and Co., FIRST said he would go ahead and bomb anyhow, again forcing narrow options. Susan Rice did something similar last night. She was belligerent, after Obama had already indicated receptivity to negotiating international control of the CW. Next, Kerry AGAIN comes out and says Assad has ONE WEEK to DELIVER the weapons, an impossible requirement. Putin, meanwhile, says, the military option must first be off the table for negotiations to work. A new RED LINE, locking Obama into either admitting his representatives don’t speak for him (weakness) or forcing the options back to attack, now with a wider mission (for them the same mission as always.) Multiple mouthpieces shows conclusively Obama’s loss of control and inability to lead from the front.
Elements within the administration and the Pentagon are pushing a reluctant Obama into a war he doesn’t want. Even when he accidentally bumps into a non-war solution, courtesy of Vladimir Putin, the military or his aides maneuver him back into a narrow, military option corner, now better described as “the WAR option”.
NOW, the LIMITED ‘punishment’ scenario is off the table, according to the NYT. No doubt Obama’s personal, irrelevant purposeless military strategy, it was characterized by JCOS Chairman as available anytime (in Senate testimony) and then repeated by Obama, as a justification for his Congressional option. The military has also advised AGAINST a limited attack because it has no definable military objective. It had zero military or strategic logic, and therefore was probably Obama’s means of halfway buying into the concept.
OF COURSE the plan is to widen the war. For those that wanted it, it always was.
If Obama hasn’t yet figured out via his OTJ training this past week, that he is being maneuvered, he doesn’t deserve the job. He is the only person in the room who is President of the United States. His test is not whether he can go to war and/or not show himself to be indecisive internationally.
His challenge is whether he can recognize his weakness within his own administration, and find it within himself to become THE President. In this I wish him well, because if he can’t, the country is in grave danger for the next 3 years without a real leader. Putin sees Obama’s dilemma clearly and decisively. At this moment he is probably the ONLY one telling truth to power. The world isn’t just watching what happens in Syria. It is watching the internal politics at the White House.
If circumstances allow a diplomatic accommodation, what will be the next false flag concocted? Where will it be, and how much more serious the threshold of carnage to “force Obama to do the ‘right’ (sic) thing” – in the minds of the financial/military industrial cabal? It is also about time to acknowledge, and openly discuss, the role of Israel in every dubious requirement for American credibility and military involvement in the Mid East. Their fingerprints are all over this event, as the SOLE beneficiaries, other than the cabalists. They, too, have NOT ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention after 20 years. If Syria now signs, they will be the ONLY Mideast country NOT to. Unequivocal support for Israel and their illegal actions, occupations, and their own unpublicized atrocities, are a burden the US should reconsider, if there is ever to be any solutions in the area. Our self-image as egalitarian, fair and just does not stand the test of truth, when it includes “Israel, right or wrong”.
Perhaps at risk of his Presidency, or frankly, even potentially his life, if he challenges this cabal, or Israel, Obama needs to clean house, and take control. It is HIS Presidency. He alone is the man elected. He must identify and eliminate advisors who serve their own interests, not his nor America’s. These financiers, oil oligarchs, and militarists will not stop if they fail here. Another, more heinous event is already being planned if this fails, and the evidence for it is being manufactured in video studios. Obama needs to expose them as the liars, traitors and manipulators they are. Otherwise, the failure to do so will be recognized as his greatest failure of all, both internationally and domestically – the failure of a leader of a great power to adequately lead, on his vision, not the succumbing to the greed and perfidy of the shadow elite.
Obama must look inside himself and determine whether he can say to his Cabinet, as did Abraham Lincoln, “Twelve in opposition; one in favor. The Ayes have it!” Godspeed, Mr. President.
Barack Obama Now Expects His Ego to Avoid Disaster
Unfortunately, the same incredible determination that allowed John McCain to survive NVN captivity, is not serving him well now. As a former pilot, he still thinks he can solve ANY international problem with bombing people in countries who are mere pawns in superpower geo-politics. He is as “certain” as Kerry about the good democratic intentions of a few paid Qatari mercenaries who think they can run a country better than Assad. They can’t.
“I know these people” McCain says… HOW? After a nice arranged chat one weekend where people with ulterior motives tell you stuff you want to hear? Show you how they can raise their arms and shoot AK-47s over a wall at a target they can’t see? Does he know that these “nationalist patriots” are paid by Qatar and Saudi Arabia to CREATE this phony civil war? Was that not in the briefing memo? HOW and WHY and FROM WHOM do a band of rebels get access to major military weaponry? The Idaho Militia can’t get that much weaponry.
According to Kerry, “WE KNOW Assad did it” and “We have no subsequent role.” Really? You REALLY think the American people, and the world are that gullible? Even McCain and armchair warrior Lindsey Graham say we HAVE TO remove Assad. So, Mr. Secretary, Which is it? Plan A or, you’re LYING about the plan? They are either blatant liars, or senile if they believe it themselves. Either way, enough is enough of their useless posturing “humanitarian strategy.”
Obama is either the biggest Trojan Horse in American history, or the biggest patsy. His lack of experience, qualifications for the job, and leadership become more apparent each month, and, finally, may make America question how he really ever got to be amateur President, and who arranged it?
[This is being written PRIOR to the congressional vote on authorization to use military force in Syria.]
At this moment, Obama and Kerry are promoting passage of the resolution. There is still time for Obama to hold true to the “principles” he espoused while a Senator and a candidate. So far, he has repudiated them so completely, it appears either he HAS no principles, or he lied about them to get elected. Maybe he has made an incredibly astute political maneuver to AVOID the shadow government’s manipulation of him. However, whether Pawn or Provocateur doesn’t really matter now. McCain and Kerry are selling; whether Obama buys, against his stated better judgement, will determine the balance of America’s 21st century.
Will that future include expecting the following ‘specific limited objectives’? (subject to future DOS, DOD, OMB revision)
The 2013 America’s Humanitarian Crusade & Military Tour – Syria Venue
Step 1: “We will bomb pre-announced CW-capable targets with cruise missiles, without civilian casualties, economic ruin or refugee displacement. There will be no regional consequences, nor risk of escalation or expansion outside Syria. We will then go back to business as usual, and focus on national priorities, like increasing our debt. Regarding replacement of the cruise missiles we will have launched, we have exempted from the sequestration restrictions any expenses we may indefinitely incur during this operation, because Qatar and Saudi Arabia have graciously offered to reimburse the US for all expenses related to the overthrow of Assad (which may inadvertently occur during the execution of our humanitarian mission.) Their altruistic and eleemosynary participation in this
crusadeeffort is admirable.
Step 2: “We intend to leave Assad in power with 250,000 kg of randomly dispersed CW, to which we are committed to deny access by the regime, and/or discourage Assad from using again…. in order to be accessible to and protected by one or more of the rebel groups…. Al Queda??? The “nationalist rebels” from Turkey, Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, & Afghanistan??? We have not yet decided which rebel leader we will install as the new democratically elected president of the free Syrian Hezbollah Islamic Triumvirate (S.H.I.T.) government. We will study that and report back to Congress, in executive seSSion within the 90 day non-war schedule.”
Step 3: (with appropriate bewildered reluctance and humility)
“Well, we better go in with boots on the ground after all… WE COULDN”T (Didn’t? Refused to?) ANTICIPATE that our arrogant morality policing could make matters worse, because after all, WE’RE AMERICA, and I’M OBAMA . ‘I said, once we started this we would need to finish it, so America and our troops need to back me up so ‘the presidency’ doesn’t lose face.’
Unfortunately, some of our naval ships used in our cruise missile non-war punishment exercise have been attacked WITHOUT PROVOCATION, which obviously demands a measured, augmented retaliatory response, or we will look weak. We have not been able to confirm the identity of the perpetrators as either Syrian regime or one of the rebel groups we have been supplying weapons to, but have HIGH CONFIDENCE that WE KNOW from RELIABLE INTELLIGENCE provided from NSA sigintel intercepted from a cell phone in a regime-supported brothel in a suburb of Damascus, that it was Assad. That we know that we know is certain, and we will bring them to justice… when we know what and who.
We have NO doubt that this will CONTINUE to be a limited engagement, no matter how long it takes, and that the American people will always SUPPORT THE TROOPS.”
[Proceed to MSNBC Photo Op and private pre-set Q & A, with Reading-Head-of-the-Month]
“Since our ONLY objective has always been protecting the Syrian PEOPLE from more gas attacks, our original NON-EXISTENT PLAN B has now evolved, based on conditions on the ground. Therefore, acting within the authority of the War Powers Act and Congressional authorization, we have put an additional 75,000 of our soldiers, on leave from Afghanistan and Pakistan, into selected Green Zones inside Syria, so THEY will be exposed to the CW rocket attacks, instead of Syrian women and children (depending on the wind), regardless of which rebel faction is currently in possession of these horrific weapons, which we expect to determine soon.
In fact, we can assure the American People that, by identifying from which direction our troops are attacked with these munitions, we will be in a better position to find and confiscate them. This accomplishes the main objectives we originally set forth in seeking Congressional approval for this historic humanitarian crusade, seventeen years ago.
We have also ensured the provisional government that dollar-denominated IMF loans will be made available for economic revitalization projects, including construction of a new regional LNG pipeline, in cooperation with our Saudi and Qatari partners. Several of our most experienced engineering firms, like Halliburton, will be dedicated to rebuilding a vibrant Syria, especially for those few remaining native Syrians still alive, who have been living in refugee camps in so many other countries. We owe it to them to build the best pipeline in the world. Under joint American/UK /JPM/Goldman-Sachs supervision, we will guarantee that.”
…These are venal politicians with an agenda. The enthusiasm they are bringing to their false moral crusade is scary, and MORE THAN a little mentally unbalanced. I don’t see that same enthusiasm from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Maybe he can convince these amateurs to stand down, from an ill-advised suicide mission for the military and the American People. If the government ( I Do not use the word ‘we’ or ‘America’ here) …If the government proceeds further, then it is time to review the impeachment clauses in the Constitution.
Any member of Congress who votes yes.
Certainly Obama, Biden, Boehner, Pelosi AND Kerry, especially if Obama goes AGAINST the will of Congress (an issue unto itself).
Avoiding the frightening potential for misuse of the Presidential Succession with a sliding scale of available mediocrity is essential for any hope of restoration of rational American foreign policy.
So…. who is Secretary of Agriculture?
Senator Barack Obama (D-Il), then an Illinois state senator, delivered these remarks in Chicago, October 2002
I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.
What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income, to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.
That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics……
You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.
I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors…and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences……
I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.
Obama hasn’t sent troops to Libya. He hasn’t sent troops to Egypt. He didn’t act on the Green Movement in Iran. He had to be persuaded 3 times to go after Bin Laden. He campaigned on bringing troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq, and did so. He opposed the surge in Iraq.
Obama is big on his belief that whatever he “says” will be enough to make it actually happen. Hence his “red line”. He REALLY expected that would be all that was needed. He is, I believe, genuinely NOT in favor of putting US troops into foreign countries. That was one of his goals for “change”.
He also knows that he has no chance of passing any domestic agenda if he commits troops to another country. He also probably figures that Israel is manipulating the pro-Israel normalcy bias, trying to force his hand, which he has had a continuing tendency to resist, from the beginning, despite attempts to smooth over. That stripe hasn’t changed since his day one in office.
He does not want his legacy to be expanding wars against Muslim countries. In this, his gut feeling has been correct from the beginning. His naiveté in thinking his ‘pronouncements’ would have a real effect against entrenched US policy may be all he has left — hope against hope. Unfortunately, such blunders have consequences. He has put himself in a corner, and he will either have to play along or show America’s incredible foreign policy hypocrisy. He has been manipulated into this due to his lack of real experience. Conversely, he has the opportunity to show his personal integrity, if any. Who is Obama? What is he made of? What are his core beliefs? Until now, we do not know.
He is at THE critical stage of his presidency. How he handles this will determine many things:
- how many people die in Syria, how many American ground troops will die from gas in pre-Armageddon, the future of Arab Spring/ convergence of critical mass for emergence of Caliphate, the future of big-power resource wars in Century 21
He wanted the job. Now the world will see if he can handle it, and whether he can now legitimately earn his Nobel Peace Prize, or give it back. It is at such moments that world leaders either become great or forgettable. If they fail to rise to their moment in history, there are usually disastrous consequences for the world.
As for Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly made his position extremely clear, he will act aggressively in response to any overt move by America. Otherwise, HE will look like a paper tiger. He prefers to avoid such a move, because he holds yet-to-be-played financial “hole cards” he does not yet wish to reveal. He would prefer to act decisively when he has created a Machiavellian advantage WITHOUT conflict. I also believe that he wants Russia to act like the grown up, according to international law, rather than according to whatever the US wants.
His is not the blustering bravado of Soviet Russia, but his determination should not be underestimated. Russia has as much at stake in the Middle East as the West, and he will require that to be acknowledged before all the smoke settles. He will not be ignored without significant long-term consequences.
Well, Mr. Obama? Show us who you REALLY are. The stage is yours. “You want a fight, Mr. President?”
If Bashar Assad really has used chemical weapons on his own people in a big way, America MUST intervene” – Headline in The Economist Aug 22 2013
Days after arrival of a UN inspection team, now on the ground in Syria, ready to inspect earlier reports of chemical weapons use, new reports claim 1300 new dead, without visible trauma.
A year ago this week, President Obama said that use of chemical weapons by Assad would be a game changer for direct US involvement in the civil war.
According to Vladimir Putin, sarin gas use has an equal potential to be used by the Al Queda-backed rebels to trigger American involvement.
Without disputing the tragedy of 1300 people in a Damascus suburb being gassed by sarin, does it make sense that Assad would be the one to risk the apparently SOLE action that would bring the US into the war against him? He has managed to maintain the upper hand for a full year since Obama’s announcement without using gas and avoiding the inevitable fate of Libya’s Moammar Ghadaffi. Why would he do it now while there are inspectors readily available to become the authoritative accusers against him?
The rebels, those of ‘eat the heart of your enemy on TV” fame, have made no progress in a year, unless destroying a large part of the economy and infrastructure of Syria can be considered progress. Perhaps they need to stage a real or ‘made for youtube’ gas attack to get some desperately needed help for their cause.
The time has come to question EVERYTHING that the media reports not as fact, but as propaganda intended to persuade the public to a pre-determined opinion or to anesthetize them with contradicting exposures. There are no independent, trustworthy, authoritative sources able to confirm or deny whether such attacks actually happened, and if so, who perpetrated them. Or is it just one more “Wag the Dog” scenario being played out here, simultaneous to so many in Egypt? Is there ANY trustworthy journalism LEFT in the world media? Or is everything now propaganda with a purpose?
I think there is likely very little confusion in the real agenda playing out in the Middle East, which may have little to do with the sideshow on the ground. There is a long term geopolitical process continuing in the region, about Big Power spheres of influence and long-term control of increasingly scarce oil/energy for the latter half of the 21st century. It began prior to World War 1. Regional history since then, and since the discovery of the world’s primary oil reserve, have just been a sequence of moves on a chessboard.
Israel, Palestine, Algeria, Suez, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Arab Spring… Move, countermove.
Jew, Arab, Muslim, Shiite, Sunni… bluff, counterbluff.
None of the on-ground tragedy is relevant to the manipulators of these events. People on both sides are expendable, and it matters not whether gas was used against established political and moral convention. If the gas attack is true, it is a tactic. Whether true or not, media coverage is also a tactic. By whom, for what is yet to be seen.
The stakes are much greater here, and no one is backing down. Timing is important here. This a proxy for the real events to come. Is it coincidence that the world’s monetary system is now more precarious than in 2007-8? All Mideast countries having upheavals simultaneously? Is this all building to a crescendo? Or is that just what we are supposed to think?
China, America and Russia are laying the groundwork for the next (strategic economic) world war, maneuvering for control over the essential resources of Central Asia and Africa. The battle grounds are in the worlds commodity markets, Central Banks, and geo-political flashpoints played out by surrogates, who have been duped not to see themselves as pawns. If there are Syrian rebels, troops, or civilian women and children who are foaming at the mouth, writhing in asphyxiation, and dying a horrible death this week, they are just the latest collateral damage caught in the crossfire.
The ‘stage’ has been literally ‘set’ so that America not only ‘should’ intervene, but now we “MUST”!
Is this the Pearl Harbor of Armageddon? And is it a real or staged media creation designed solely to CONVINCE us we “MUST”, so that we don’t consider “Who WANTS it and WHY?