On Allies and Enemies

A little thought experiment: imagine if Samantha Power had been running our foreign policy during WWII? In the quote below, replace Syria with USSR.

U.S. coordination with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the airstrikes: Syria, she said, is not a reliable partner. “You’re committing terror against your people, you’re the ones using chemical weapons and [...]

Inconvenient Questions

1. What’s the exit strategy? Is anyone discussing what that is? How do we get out? It’s simple to get in. Getting out is the hard part.

2. What are our political goals in Iraq in re: IS(IS)? What do we hope to achieve? And in what time frame? Will our means achieve the ends?

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History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce

Karl Marx wasn’t wrong about everything.

Tonight, President Hopey-McChange goes on the television to attempt the following (as expressed by Chris Nelson):

The President goes on nation/world TV tonight in what’s being billed as an effort to rally the people, and our allies, to a robust, long-term, strategically and historically essential battle to the death [...]

Obama forms New Coalition of the Willing

President Obama, in meeting with NATO leaders in Wails, has formed a new, improved coalition of the willing to combat ISIS, which is believed to be better than Bush’s coalition of the willing for Invading Iraq.

Better because of both Obama’s Golden Oratory, and his behind-the-scenes threats, were much more effective than Bush’s clumsy speechifying. [...]

Good Question, Terrible Answers

Digby asks the question I keep asking:

Everyone is aware that Russia is still a nuclear power, right? And that we spent more than 30 years avoiding war with it? #WTH?

— digby (@digby56) August 31, 2014

In all seriousness, I think the mindset of the National Security Elite has changed. First, Exceptional people [...]

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off To War MEE Go!

Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests..

(Palmerston, who was no slouch when it came to Imperialism).

Let’s examine the evidence:

Middle East in Chaos US Pushing NATO to Russian Borders US Oil & Gas Production rising sharply Russia major energy supplier to Europe & China Middle East Oil [...]

Obama Announces New War Plan for Iraq

Today, the White House has announced a new war plan for Iraq, with a new Secretary of Defense, a new commanding General, and the clear identification of the leader of ISIS (or ISIL), in Northern Iraq.

Obama announced:

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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 [...]

Seymour Hersh, Sarin, and the Obama Deception on Syria WMD

The people of the United States were subject to a deliberate deception by the Obama administration concerning the use of chemical weapons in Damascus, Syria on August 21 according to leading investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh. No stranger to big stories, Hersh has a successful track record of books and articles based on sources deep [...]

Reporting from Aleppo, Syria on the looming battle – Dark visions

Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, 2.5 million people.

Reporting from inside Aleppo makes the case for a government offensive, soon.

Shortly after the Syrian government victory at Qusayr, Operation Northern Storm was announced. In conjunction with Hezbollah fighters, the Syrian Arab Army would attack the rebel-controlled section of Syria’s largest city within days of a [...]

VoltaireNet – Truth as an Issue on Syria – View from the resistance

Interesting presentation of the history of the Syrian conflict. Meyssan reports from Damascus

Truth as an Issuez by Thierry Meyssan VoltaireNet Nov 21, Creative Commons

French President Francois Hollande and President Barack Obama full of themselves

What has been happening in Syria for the past three years? According to NATO and GCC media reports, [...]

Anti Syria Coalition Collapsing – Rebels and Patrons in Discord

The attack on Syria by outside powers and their proxies has gone on for over two years. The rebels fighting to overturn the Assad regime are a mixed lot but we know one thing for sure. Were it not for outside aid and thousands of recruits from neighboring countries, the so-called civil war would have [...]

The people spoke through the eloquence of unity on Syria

I rejoice that America has resisted William Pitt to Parliament, 1766

Sixteen years before the British gave up their war effort in the American colonies, William Pitt and others told King George III that he was absolutely wrong to kill and maim Americans seeking freedom. (Image)

Every day of every year from Pitt’s warning in [...]

What President Obama Said and Didn’t Say about Syria

Wishful thinking made me hear things not said in President Obama’s Rose Garden speech on Saturday afternoon.

Said: The U.S. government has made a “powerful case” that the Syrian government was responsible for the recent chemical attacks that killed over a thousand Syrians.

Not said: The case that the Syrian government is responsible for the [...]

Decline and Fall – Bill Clinton and the pathos of power

Clinton told Senator John McCain said that “Obama and other presidents run the risk of being seen as complete fools if they act only according to opinion polls…Nobody wants US troops in Syria. The question is how to help the rebels who represent the majority and balance out the battles there, when [...]