‘War on chemical weapons’: Obama traps himself into Syrian combat
The dogs of war bark and the caravan… is Tomahawked. Amid
out-of-control hysteria, the proverbial “unnamed US
officials” spin like demented centrifuges.
Obama’s “kinetic operation” on Syria will fall out of the
sky “in the next few days.” It will be “limited,”
lasting only “three days,” or “no more than two
days.” It will “send a message,” a “short, sharp
attack” against less than 50 sites on a list of targets.
But then long-range bombers may “possibly” join the Tomahawk
barrage, and all bets are off.
A proverbial, anonymous “senior administration official”
even stressed the “desire to get it done before the president
leaves for Russia next week.”
That’s it; we bomb a country like dialing a pizza delivery, and
then we go to a G20 summit with the world’s emerging powers
hosted by no less than Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. Just
because we need to prove that the president of the United States
meant what he said: chemical weapons are a red line. And to hell
who’s responsible for deploying them.
I’m not making this up. This is the core of White House spokesman
Jay Carney’s message, when he said, in faultless Newspeak:
“The options that are being considered do not contain within
them a regime change focus.”
So the administration of “constitutional lawyer” Barack
Obama is mulling how to attack Syria, bypassing the UN Security
Council – which will veto, via Russia and China, the new
resolution proposed by the UK; bypassing always-docile
NATO; and with 91 percent of Americans against it, just to send
an (explosive) political message. And all because a US president
was foolish enough to get trapped in his own rhetoric.
Call it a 10th anniversary special: it’s Iraq 2003 all over
The attack dog presumably in charge of the Obama administration
war brigade is Secretary of State John Kerry. Here, Gareth Porter thoroughly debunks
Kerry’s game – and lies. No wonder Kerry’s “Powell moment”
has gone viral – as in “deceived” Colin Powell in his
infamous February 2003 UN presentation telling the world Saddam
Hussein had tons of WMDs. Unlike Powell though, Kerry knows
exactly what he’s doing.
The White House promises a “revelation” from above this
Thursday, “above” being the Office of the Director of
National Intelligence. Yet the heart of the matter is that the UN
chemical inspectors have had no time to identify what sort of
chemical weapon is involved in the Ghouta attack (sarin or
something else); where it was manufactured; how it was delivered
(possibly by DIY rockets); and last but not least, who did it.
It’s imperative to remember that Russia presented an 80-page report last month to the UN Security Council detailing serious evidence about the “rebels” being behind the March 19 attack in Khan al-Assal. That’s why the inspectors are in Syria now. So the Obama administration is lying when it insists that it's “too late” for the inspectors to investigate the latest attack.
This time though, Russia may not have collected enough evidence; it's too early. Otherwise Ambassador Vitaly Churkin would be talking to the press, like he did last month.
These investigations take time. And the results cannot be fixed around the policy.
‘Fixing’ the facts
Let’s follow a track that is much more plausible than
Washington’s official narrative.
Israeli intelligence has leaked to a Kuwaiti newspaper that
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Benny Gantz handed
over to his good pal US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey
“documents and pictures” as evidence of the Syrian government’s
culpability. Arguably, this will be the core of the White House
“revelation” this Thursday.
The evidence points to rockets launched from a “Syrian army post near Damascus” – which Finnish researcher Petri Krohn, currently conducting a meticulous investigation, conclusively placed as occupied by the “rebels”since June. (scroll down to “Qaboun rocket launches”)
Add to it the Defense Ministry in Baghdad, one month ago, dismantling an Al-Qaeda cell in Iraq that was planning to launch attacks in Iraq and “abroad,” as in Syria, using chemical weapons.
According to Iraqi national security advisor Faleh al-Fayyadh, Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria) would have free access to these chemicals.
So here we have all the elements of a sophisticated false flag operation. Jabhat al-Nusra jihadis, mostly mercenaries, connected to al-Qaeda in Iraq, but with no connection with Syrian civilians, including women and children, use an area formerly occupied by the Syrian army to launch a chemical attack – perhaps using chlorine – under the cover of a Syrian offensive (admitted by the government). The offensive was codenamed “Operation City Shield.” Damascus had solid intel about scores of “rebels” trained by the CIA and the Saudis in Jordan converging to the area and planning a massive attack on the capital.
Then there is Saudi intel tsar Bandar bin Sultan, aka Bandar Bush’s threat to President Putin in
their notorious four-hour meeting earlier this month: The
military solution is the only one left for Syria. Bandar, a
master of the dark arts, is in charge of “winning” Syria
to the House of Saud by all means available, chemical or
Any serious UN chemical weapons inspector would be following this
lead as we speak. They might not – because of US political
pressure (as in “It’s too late”). They might not because
Washington wants the inspections over barely after they started –
as in a lightning quick remix, once again, of Iraq 2003; fixing
the facts around the policy.
Deconstructing Obama’s game
So we have to come back to the policy – as in “we bomb because
we want to.” What exactly is Obama’s game?
Tel Aviv's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, as I reported earlier, badly wants
Washington to attack Syria’s chemical weapons sites – regardless
of possible, horrible, “collateral damage”, not to mention
the possibility of al-Qaeda-linked jihadi outfits taking control
of some of them.
Israel’s agenda is Syria bleeding in total chaos for the foreseeable future. Which is not the same as the House of Saud’s agenda: regime change. Which is not the same as the Obama administration’s agenda. At face value, it’s regime change, but Plan B calls for “leveling the playing field,” and that melts into the Israeli agenda.
As for President Obama, establishing a hazy “red line” with no context, just to appease clueless but influential neo-cons, not to mention the liberal hawks/humanitarian interventionists that surround him, and without regard for the consequences; this has to be construed as criminal irresponsibility.
Granted, Obama’s IQ in theory would equip him to know that yet
another war of choice in the Middle East is the last thing he
needs. At the same time, when we look at his record, we know he
doesn’t have the balls to confront the awesome War Party Hydra –
also featuring the mini-coalition of the willing, ranging from
nostalgic opportunists such as Britain and France to cold-blooded
actors pursuing their specific agendas, like Israel and the House
And all this after Obama announced he would weaponize the “rebels” – in fact that’s been going on for ages, now fully supervised by Bandar Bush. The infinitely fractious rebel gangs have fractioned even further into sub-gangs of looters and assassins, with the more organized jihadis promising that after the Ghouta attack, they will kill any Alawite in sight.
Obama knows these are bit players; the only factor that can
deliver another one of his red lines – “Assad must go” –
is a US military attack. Crucially, Assad also knows it; that’s
why the notion that Assad would sanction a chemical weapons
attack is beyond ludicrous.
So if we take the Obama administration at their word – at our own
peril – they couldn’t care less about who deployed chemical
weapons. Yet at the same time they don’t want regime change. They
want a bombing to fulfill a “moral obligation,” and to
boost Washington’s horrendously shattered “credibility.”
American exceptionalists are even carping on “purity of intent” –
as if purity was inherent to cold-blooded, hardcore geopolitical
Both US and Israel assume they have perfect intel – as in knowing
exactly where all of Syria’s chemical weapons are stored. Yet if
anything could go wrong, it will. We all thought that the “war
on terror” could not be topped as a meaningless concept.
Wrong: meet the “war on chemical weapons.”
Amid all the hysteria, we’re not even talking about a counterpunch from Damascus itself, Hezbollah, Iran or, crucially, Russia. Moscow and Tehran are playing the chessboard like ninjas – as they clearly see the possibility of Washington being bogged down in a net of its own. All it takes would be a single Onyx SS-N-25, also known as Super-Sunburn SS-22, the fastest hypersonic anti-shipping missile in the world – which is part of Syria’s arsenal – to sink a US warship. Then what? Shock and Awe all over again?
So if we take the White House at its word, this “limited”
kinetic whatever will end in a couple of days. Or it could spiral
into something more hellish than Iraq 2003. And then, the
clincher; only a few days before the 12th anniversary of 9/11,
Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama is fighting side by side with…
al-Qaeda. Why? Because, together, they can.
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