Enter the United Mercenary States of America

By JC

I guess that nation-building/dictator-deposing democracy and freedom-exporting thing is rearing its ugly head once more. This really sickens me. The current administration really is no better than Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. Democrat, Republican… it makes no difference.

Via the Washington Post:

Secretary of State John Kerry said at Wednesday’s hearing that Arab counties have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily.

“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” Kerry said. “They have. That offer is on the table.”

Asked by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) about how much those countries would contribute, Kerry said they have offered to pay for all of a full invasion.

“In fact, some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost,” Kerry said. “That’s how dedicated they are at this. That’s not in the cards, and nobody’s talking about it, but they’re talking in serious ways about getting this done.

“Not in the cards” — then why bring it up?

“nobody’s talking about it” — except the Secretary of State of the new Mercenary States of America.

“they’re talking in serious ways about getting this done” — yep, just like we did in Iraq.

I think that poli-speak on this would be something like: we’re just warming up the populace to our real intentions, and floating the real scenario, so when the invasion begins, we can say we told you so.

What was it that Wolfowitz said about oil in Iraq paying for the war? Oh yeah: “Well, the Iraqi oil revenues will pay for all of this, basically.”

Same story, new decade.


  1. Well put. We are the hired guns for the princes. Yes, it has made my stomach hurt too. We have some seriously screwed up and not terribly bright or evolved people working on this. And Kerry really looks scary with all that HD TV makeup on. Is he channeling Cheney ?
    And what’s with the “they ‘ll carry the cost” language. We are talking about a lot of people dying, ours and theirs. That’s the real cost. All this corporate talk is disgusting.
    Take the case of chemical weapons to The Hague where it belongs. missiles will not solve that problem. And sit everybody down in Geneva and engage in the really tough work of diplomacy not this Operation Ballsack as Susie Madrak calls it.

  2. lizard19

    gotta read this: We Need to Talk About Prince Bandar

    • Also a needed read: Understanding the Syrian Civil War – http://consortiumnews.com/2013/09/03/understanding-the-syrian-civil-war/




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