Activist Wednesday: The MIC Who Cried Wolf
Posted September 4, 2013on:
I have watched with a growing sense of deja vu as the Military Industrial Complex gears itself up to sell yet another quagmire in the Middle East to the bleary-eyed American public. Look, there’s John Kerry on the TeeVee saying there’s proof of chemical weapons use in Syria!
Unveiling a U.S. intelligence report on Syria’s use of chemical weapons, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Friday the evidence shows President Bashar Assad’s government killed at least 1,429 of its own citizens in a “crime against humanity” that demands an international response.
Kerry, trying to overcome doubts about the Obama’s administration’s anticipated military strike on Syria, said the intelligence community has documented with “high confidence,” from “thousands of sources,” that Syrian forces prepared for days to attack entrenched rebel forces and then, on Aug. 21, fired gas-filled shells that killed at least 426 children, as well as adults.
“This is evidence,” Kerry said in an appearance at the State Department. “These are facts. The primary question is what are we … going to do about it?”
Wow. Dare I say that this evidence appears…indisputable?
“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” – Dick Cheney, August 26 2002
Six days before the U.S. sent troops to Iraq, Cheney said “We believe Iraq has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons” [Meet the Press, 3/7/03]. This echoed his June, 2002 speech in which he said the same thing. He made these claims while offering no evidence, and despite the fact that “the CIA sent two memos to the White House in October voicing strong doubts about a claim President Bush made three months later in the State of the Union address that Iraq was trying to buy nuclear material in Africa” [Washington Post, 7/23/03]. As ex Cia analyst Ray McGovern has asserted , falsified documents which were meant to show that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein regime had been trying to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger can be traced straight back to Cheney’s office.
According to McGovern, former CIA Director George Tenet told his “coterie of malleable managers” at the CIA to create a National Intelligence Estimate “to the terms of reference of Dick Cheney’s speech of August 26, 2002, where Dick Cheney said for the first time Saddam Hussein could have a nuclear weapon in a year, he’s got all kinds of chemical, he’s got all kinds of biological weapons.”
Here’s how widespread this reaction must be: When I searched for the Dick Cheney quote, I clicked on a link to CNN from 2002. The link re-directed me to the home page of CNN, which had this headline: “Kerry on Syria: This isn’t Iraq, we’ve got the proof.” The comparisons are that obvious.
The only difference is that this time, a “Democratic” President and Secretary of State are pushing this horrifying attempt to add to our presence in the Middle East. I’m guessing they are trying to hit the “trifecta” Bush spoke about after 9/11, but with a slightly different spin. This trifecta is: Oil (Iraq), Minerals (Afghanistan) and Natural Gas (Syria).
Why has the little nation of Qatar spent 3 billion dollars to support the rebels in Syria? Could it be because Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world and Assad won’t let them build a natural gas pipeline through Syria? Of course. Qatar wants to install a puppet regime in Syria that will allow them to build a pipeline which will enable them to sell lots and lots of natural gas to Europe. Why is Saudi Arabia spending huge amounts of money to help the rebels and why has Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan been “jetting from covert command centers near the Syrian front lines to the Élysée Palace in Paris and the Kremlin in Moscow, seeking to undermine the Assad regime”? Well, it turns out that Saudi Arabia intends to install their own puppet government in Syria which will allow the Saudis to control the flow of energy through the region. On the other side, Russia very much prefers the Assad regime for a whole bunch of reasons. One of those reasons is that Assad is helping to block the flow of natural gas out of the Persian Gulf into Europe, thus ensuring higher profits for Gazprom. Now the United States is getting directly involved in the conflict. If the U.S. is successful in getting rid of the Assad regime, it will be good for either the Saudis or Qatar (and possibly for both), and it will be really bad for Russia. This is a strategic geopolitical conflict about natural resources, religion and money, and it really has nothing to do with chemical weapons at all.
Did any name jump out at you when you read that paragraph? It did for me. Believe it or not, we’ve re-hired Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, otherwise known as “Bandar Bush.” But to be fair, I know if I wanted to start a war in the Middle East, I’d definitely call this guy up. His creds in this area are…indisputable.
We have said many times on this blog, that Obama was Bush III. We said he ended up agreeing with Bush about the Iraq War (and admitted it on TeeVee). We said his efforts in Afghanistan had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda. But I don’t know that any of us realized he would manufacture a war for natural resources, and have the gall to lie about it to the American people.
What’s next – John Kerry shows up at the UN with a vial of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and a bad attitude? Someone please wake me up when that happens! In the meantime, I remain unconvinced (to put it mildly) that a) Syria did use chemical weapons and b) If they did, we should overturn their government because of it. The problem with crying wolf is that eventually, people do stop believing your bullsh*t. And I think I, and millions of other Americans, are already there.
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