A Climate of Unaccountability

They’re back! John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Bill Kristol, Dick Cheney – the people who pushed the U.S. into the devastating mistake that was the 2003 invasion of Iraq, have discovered yet another existential threat ready and able to destroy the world. Back then it was Saddam Hussein and his mythical cache of Weapons of Mass [...]

Strategery

I wishes to engage in a bit of “I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO.”

It was a bad idea to bomb Assad and I said so last year.

Read today’s headlines and fucking weep:

US giving Syria intelligence on jihadists, sources say

The key to successful   strategy is to always have more [...]

Jordanian warplanes hit convoy entering from Syria

Jordan took the rare step of using airstrikes to stop a convoy of vehicles entering Jordan from Syria.

UPI, By Ed Adamczyk, April 17

Amman – In defending its border with Syria, Jordan took the unusual move of firing upon vehicles from the air that were crossing the border, destroying a convoy of three trucks.

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USA kicks out Syrian diplomats

SMH –

The State Department on Tuesday announced the official closing of the Syrian Embassy in Washington and said that Syrian diplomats there and in consulates elsewhere in the United States must leave by the end of this month.

Daniel Rubinstein, the Obama administration’s special envoy for Syria, tied the decision to this week’s three-year [...]

Flyover Country

A no-fly zone is an act of war http://t.co/IvQHKWzLcA

— Patrick Lang (@pat_lang) February 21, 2014

 

Pretty soon we can add Syria to a long list of countries destroyed by the American inability to mind its own fucking business, especially when it has no vital national interests at stake. And yes, I am quite [...]

Aleppo, Yabrud, and the end of the war on Syria

Syrian Arab Army troops celebrate recent victory (liveleak.com)

The Syrian Arab Army may be on the verge of another set of victories that go far beyond those gained in the summer of 2013 when the Syrian army and Hezbollah took the rebel held city of Qusayr. The hotly contested battles rage in [...]

Assad – Saudi ideology threat to the world

(Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned during a meeting in Damascus on Wednesday with Iran’s foreign minister that Saudi Arabia’s political and religious ideology is “a threat to the world,” state television reported.

He was referring to Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim tradition which is predominant in Saudi Arabia, a key backer [...]

Gul makes his move in Turkey – the voice of ‘dialog and empathy’

Turkey’s President Gul is making a bold move to calm the political chaos in Turkey. Will he succeed or will the paranoid Prime Minister Recep Erdogan decide that Gul’s efforts are part of the conspiracy to remove Erdogan from power? (Image: Turkish Presidential Seal)

Since December 17, scores of Erdogan cronies have been arrested for [...]

Finnegan begin again – Syria and the cycle of recursive violence

James Joyce began Finnegans Wake with this passage:

“riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s from swerve of shore to bend of bay bring us back by a commodious vicus of recirculation back to Howrth Castle and Environs.”

Those sturdy enough to navigate the hallucinogenic, recursive, rhythmic prose to the very last page [...]

Before the NYT on the Syria sarin attack, there was the Who Attacked Ghouta blog

The only plausible scenario that fits the evidence is an attack by opposition forces. Following is a description of the main findings, with each one linked to the evidence that backs it. Who Attacked Ghouta blog, Nov 1

The New York Time article casting doubt on the blame Syria interpretation of the chemical weapons [...]

NYT: New Study Refines View of Sarin Attack in Syria

New York Times, By C. J. Chivers, December 28

A new analysis of rockets linked to the nerve-agent attack on Damascus, Syria, in August has concluded that the rockets were most likely fired by multiple launchers and had a range of about three kilometers, according to the two authors of the analysis.

The authors said [...]

Exceptional writing from Edward Dark in Syria

Aleppo’s bloodiest week By Edward Dark, Al Monitor

ALEPPO, Syria — Aleppo has seen its bloodiest week since the Syrian conflict began more than 32 months ago. I’d even venture to say it’s the bloodiest in its entire recent history, a grotesque carnival of mayhem, death and carnage, perpetrated against the hapless and helpless citizens [...]

Cameron must answer for deaths in Syria

PM Cameron must answer for his role in Syrian deaths Image

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for answers from the Syrian government for the death of a British doctor in a Syrian jail. In a letter to the doctor’s mother, the PM said: “Abbas’ death is a sickening and appalling tragedy and it [...]

Syria Inferno – Country burns while UN and West fiddle

Syria is a swirling cauldron of battles and tragedies as the thirty-day countdown begins for the January 22, 2013 United States-Russia sponsored peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland. (Image)

Syrian government sources reported between 80 and 100 killed in Adra, an industrial town northwest of Damascus. Al Qaeda aligned Al Nusra rebels and the Saudi sponsored [...]

Assad will be around says West to Syrian Opposition

Survivor – President Bashar al-Assad, Syria

Reuters just broke an exclusive indicating that the U.S. and NATO powers expect Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to continue as president. Portions of the exclusive are quoted below with comment in italics.

Exclusive: West signals to Syrian opposition Assad may stay Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Dec 18

AMMAN [...]