Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Obama's Syria War: a bad idea badly executed

UPDATE September 10, 2013

NYT: Assault on Christian Town in Syria Adds to Fears Over Rebels

U.S. Going to Kill Syrians to Show Syria that Killing Syrians is Wrong

It's all about regime change

Rebels oppose any deal that avoids US strike on Syria


Tony Cartalucci: Plot by Syria Terrorists to Carry out a “False Flag” Chemical Weapons Attack against Israel and Blame it on Bashar Al Assad, Says RT

UPDATE September 9, 2013

Putin: What if it's proved that US-backed rebels did the Syria gas attack? What will the US do then?

Kerry outlines ’unbelievably small’ strike on Syria

All we're gonna do is kill Assad's cat.

"If Americans Could Read Classified Documents They'd Be Even More Against Syrian War"

Assad Interview: Denies Role in Chemical Weapons Strike

Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press

How the United States views the future of Syria

Is the globalist war party about to get its come uppance? Aangirfan has an excellent post, rather obscurely headed Hollande Panics, that draws attention to straws in the wind suggesting that the US/Israeli war for global hegemony is running into serious resistance.

But such optimism may be premature. Over at the White House, what they're planning for Syria is not a punitive raid but the total destruction of Syria's entire military establishment.

Congress Members Who Have Seen Classified Evidence About Syria Say It Fails to Prove Anything Insane McCain: No one can touch the US of A,
we have a force field the Russians cannot penetrate.

Manufacturing Dissent: The truth about Syria

UPDATE September 7, 2013

Mish: End of U.S. Imperium—Finally!? Obama About to Suffer Glorious Defeat in Congress?

The Nation: Obama's Syria War Is Really About Iran and Israel

JePo: Polls: Israelis want US, Europe to attack Syria, but against IDF intervention

Atzmon: AIPAC Is A Grave Threat To World Peace

CounterPunch: No War for Bernard Henri Lévy

France Defects: Coalition of the Willing to Attack Syria Before the Facts Come Out Down to One

French fries off the menu again.

The Onion: Poll: Majority Of Americans Approve Of Sending Congress To Syria

Mish: The Dick Cheney-Syria Oil Connection

Telegraph (August 21, 2013) US 'will not intervene in Syria as rebels don't support interests', says top general

NYTimes: Obama Stymied in Bid to Rally World Leaders on Syria Strike
The only countries that supported Mr. Obama’s plan, the Russian leader said, were Canada, France, Saudi Arabia and Turkey...
Oh, good. We in Canada are on the same side as those freedom loving Saudis and Turks.

I guess that's the price Harper's willing to pay for Obama's approval of the XL pipeline to carry tarsands oil to the US Gulf coast. But even for that, we won't actually participate in any military strike on Syria. No, we're just cheering the US on: Bam, O'Bomber, Bam.

Obama hints he may abandon Syria strike

Syrian Woman Rips Into Warmonger McCain

Source: Aangirfan

Canada has two NeoCon warmongering national newspapers, the Globe and Mail and the National Post, aka the Globule and the Pustule. Unlike the G and M, the NatPo has the merit of being hard-headed about the business of war as the following excerpts from articles by George Jonas and Marc Steyn make clear.

In brief, what they're saying is, if you're gonna make war, do it to win, not to impress the world with your superior moral standing. And what that means is to wage war like Ghengis Khan or Adolph Hitler, not like some limp-wristed advocate of political correctness.

Threaten Assad with the total annihilation of Damascus, the spot to be marked only by a mountain of skulls and he'll maybe show some deference to the wannabe global hegemon. But threaten to do no more than the international community including Russia and China will tolerate guarantees only failure.

Trouble is that doing what Russia and China will not tolerate could result in devastating consequences for the Neocon warmongers: US warships sent to the bottom by supersonic Russian or Chinese anti-ship missiles, for example, plus the downing of America's stupendously expensive warplanes by by Russian-supplied anti-aircraft missiles. And, as Putin is supposed to have threatened, a rain missiles on Saudi Arabia's oil terminals, which would put the hydraulics under the price of gasoline.

Vasily  Vereshchagin (1842-1904), Apotheosis of War, 1871.
So in fact the United States has no useful way forward in the war with Syria. Obama would have done better to nix US intervention in Syria than to pussyfoot around seeking a popular basis for what promises to be an ineffectual assault on a country that has done the United States no harm.

Marc Steyn: Obama the Timid Warmonger

What the British people are sick of, quite reasonably enough, is ineffectual warmongering, whether in the cause of Blairite liberal interventionism or of Bush’s big-power assertiveness. The problem with the American way of war is that, technologically, it can’t lose, but, in every other sense, it can’t win. No one in his right mind wants to get into a tank battle or a naval bombardment with the guys responsible for over 40% of the planet’s military expenditures. Which is why these days there aren’t a lot of tank battles. The consummate interventionist Robert Kagan wrote in his recent book that the American military “remains unmatched.” It’s unmatched in the sense that the only guy in town with a tennis racket isn’t going to be playing a lot of tennis matches. But the object of war, in Liddell Hart’s famous distillation, is not to destroy the enemy’s tanks (or Russian helicopters) but his will. And on that front America loses, always. The “unmatched” superpower cannot impose its will on Kabul kleptocrats, Pashtun goatherds, Egyptian generals, or Benghazi militia. There is no reason to believe Syria would be an exception to this rule. America’s inability to win ought to be a burning national question, but it’s not even being asked.

What do we want in Syria? Obama can’t say, other than for him to look muscular without being mocked

Let us stipulate that many of those war-weary masses are ignorant and myopic. But at a certain level they grasp something that their leaders don’t: For a quarter-century, from Kuwait to Kosovo to Kandahar, the civilized world has gone to war only in order to save or liberate Muslims. The Pentagon is little more than central dispatch for the U.S. military’s Muslim Fast Squad. And what do we have to show for it? Liberating Syria isn’t like liberating the Netherlands: In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy. Yes, those BBC images of schoolchildren with burning flesh are heart-rending. So we’ll get rid of Assad and install the local branch of al-Qaeda or the Muslim Brotherhood or whatever plucky neophyte democrat makes it to the presidential palace first — and then, instead of napalmed schoolyards, there will be, as in Egypt, burning Christian churches and women raped for going uncovered.

So what do we want in Syria? Obama can’t say, other than for him to look muscular without being mocked, like a camp bodybuilder admiring himself in the gym mirror.
George Jonas: A Strange Time to Ask Permission
If the former constitutional scholar is right and congressional approval is unnecessary, the current Commander-in-Chief is grievously wrong. Delaying a necessary military response for an unnecessary legislative approval is an error of judgment bordering on incompetence. What if Congress refuses to consent to what the Commander-in-Chief thinks is necessary? Do what the House or Senate majority want rather than what he thinks is right? Boy, that’s not the way to an equestrian statue; it’s more like dereliction of duty leading to a court martial. Or will he ask the legislators’ advice only to reject it if it’s different from what he wants to hear?

This would be like asking a cop if you can cross a street without having to do so, and if he answers no, crossing it anyway. This would be a good way of turning a legal act of crossing a street into an illegal act of obstructing police. For Mr. Obama to seek congressional approval for something he believes (a) doesn’t require their blessing in the first place, and (b) is right and necessary, must in fact mean (c) that either (a) or (b) isn’t true.
See Also:
Jon Rappopport: War in Syria: Evidence? We don’t need no stinkin’ evidence

Tony Cartalucci: US Planned Syrian Civilian Catastrophe Since 2007

RT: No law will stop Obama’s democracy-bombs over Syria

Mish: Separating Politics and War From Oil and the Economy

Paul Craig Roberts: The US Government Stands Revealed to the World as a Collection of War Criminals and Liars

Steve Sailer: "Obama Promises Syria Strike Will Have No Objective"

Russian investigation: Syria Rebels Responsible for Gas Attack

Putin: Kerry Is Cold-Blooded Liar

NYTimes: Brutality of the Syrian Rebels a PR Headache for Their American Backers

DC Clothesline: US Military Against Fighting for Al Qaeda in Syrian Civil War

WaPo: Kerry: Arab countries offered to pay for invasion

If the Arabs are that keen, why don't they do the fighting as well as pay for it?

Breitbart:Ted Cruz: US Is Not 'Al-Qaeda's Air Force'

The Economic Collapse Blog: Russia Has Equipped Syria With Their Most Advanced Anti-Ship Missiles

Mish: Warmongers Unite (As They Always Do)

A Century of American Lies: The Rationales for Engaging in Foreign Wars, A Century-old White House Tradition

Mondoweiss: AIPAC comes out for strike on Syria– and mentions Iran more often than Syria

Syria would strike back at Turkey, Deputy FM warns

Pravda: The Liars Case for War on Syria

Bloomberg: US Jews for War on Syria

Putin to Obama: War on Syria Without UN Approval Would Be (Criminal) Aggression

UN Secretary General: Any Attack on Syria, Unless Authorized by the UN Is War Crime

Telegraph: First Syria rebels armed and trained by CIA 'on way to battlefield'
Uh-uh. O'Bomber joins the NeoCon gang of War Criminals, along with Rummy, Condi, Bush, Brown and Blair.
RCP: Pelosi Uses Conversation with her 5-year-old Grandson to Push for Attack on Syria
She must think a five-year-old is the ideal subject to test out the latest warmongering line before taking it to the public at large.
Patrick Buchanan: Obama Is an Untutored Simpleton

General Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff doesn't know WTF the US Wants in Syria

Forbes Mag: Obama's Battle Plan For Syria Could Backfire Badly

Meantime (The Independent Reports): America's last humanitarian intervention has left the beneficiary, Libya, a lawless ruin

CanSpeccy: Americans Neither Believe Their  Own Government Nor Support Its Violent Intentions (The Drudge Poll, as of September 4, is running 91% against US intervention in Syria)

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