Archive for June 23rd, 2014

by lizard

Ochenski commends John Walsh in his weekly column today for speaking from experience regarding Iraq:

As the only Iraq War veteran in the Senate, Walsh brings a unique perspective to Congress, where wealthy old men and women send largely poor young Americans to suffer and die in dubious wars. A prime example is the Iraq War, initiated by President George W. Bush in 2003. That war was supposedly brought to an end by Obama in 2011. Truth is, despite his best efforts to keep American troops on Iraqi soil, both the government and people of Iraq decided to stick with the agreement they had with Bush to pull our military out, and Obama couldn’t convince them otherwise.

But three years later, as that unfortunate nation disintegrates back into the sectarian violence that has plagued it for more than a thousand years, President Obama as well as the legion of congressional warhawks are trying to convince us that America’s role in Iraq has not come to an end. And although Obama promised not to put “boots on the ground,” he sent in 300 so-called “advisers” late last week.

Ochenski goes on to remind us that “advisers” is the precise term used a generation ago when non-booted Americans were sent to Vietnam to, you know, “advise”.

There is no appetite, globally or domestically, to see America re-involve itself in Iraq. The region is already coming apart at the seams due primarily to US meddling. Here is b at Moon of Alabama with a post titled Iraq: The U.S. Has No Role In This, which opens with this:

The ISIS/former Baathist/Sunni alliance in Iraq is consolidating its position in north-west Iraq. It has captured border post towards Syria and now also towards Jordan. The last item will let red lights flash in Washington and elsewhere.

The ridiculous position of the United States, supporting, arming and training Jihadi insurgents in Syria while seeing them as a danger in Iraq and elsewhere, is coming more to the front. What are we to think of such lunatic headline? Kerry Arrives in Cairo on Trip to Help Form New Iraqi Government.

Yes, lunacy. Here is an article about Kerry’s visit:

US Secretary of State John Kerry says president Barack Obama is working with Congress to resolve differences on delivering withheld financial aid to Egypt. Kerry was speaking at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on Sunday, following a meeting with the new Egyptian President Abdel- Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.

Kerry praised al-Sisi for his approach to the discussions, which centered on bilateral ties, strategic partnership and security. He called the current situation a moment of “high stakes” and “great opportunity” for Egypt. Kerry says all Egyptians want better economic opportunities, greater freedoms, a free press and the rule of law.

Kerry said al-Sisi appeared to be serious about achieving those goals and he voiced America’s support for rights and freedoms in Egypt, including the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Rights and freedoms in Egypt? Like sentencing 3 Al Jazeera journalists to 7 years of prison?

Egypt’s judiciary has dealt a shocking blow to the principle of free speech after three journalists for Al-Jazeera English were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in jail on charges of aiding terrorists and endangering national security.

The former BBC correspondent Peter Greste, from Australia, the ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy, and local producer Baher Mohamed were jailed for seven, seven and 10 years respectively. Four students and activists indicted in the case were sentenced to seven years.

The judge also handed 10-year sentences to the British journalists Sue Turton and Dominic Kane and the Dutch journalist Rena Netjes, who were not in Egypt but were tried in absentia.

The courtroom packed with journalists, diplomats and relatives erupted at the verdict which came despite what independent observers said was a complete lack of evidence.

While Egypt was busy jailing journalists, another great pal of America, Israel, decided to bomb Syria while Americans watched the World Cup:

The Israeli military has carried out airstrikes on a number of military targets inside Syria in response to a cross-border attack that left an Israeli teenager dead, authorities have said.

In a statement early on Monday, the military said nine targets were struck and “direct hits were confirmed.”

A monitoring group said that the strikes on Syrian military positions killed at least ten members of Syria’s army.

“At least 10 members of the Syrian army were killed,” said Rami Abdurrahman from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group that collects information from activists in Syria.

The region is a tinderbox where any little spark could start a wider conflagration that could quickly get out of control. A good case can probably be made that the situation is already out of control.

America has no credibility left with its incoherent, dangerously destructive foreign policy. This sentiment was summed up succinctly by the Polish Foreign Minister, who referred to Poland’s alliance with America as “worthless”:

According to a transcript of excerpts of the conversation that was published by Wprost on its Internet site, Sikorski told Rostowski: “You know that the Polish-US alliance isn’t worth anything.”

“It is downright harmful, because it creates a false sense of security … Complete bullshit. We’ll get in conflict with the Germans, Russians and we’ll think that everything is super, because we gave the Americans a blow job. Losers. Complete losers.”

We will be lucky if we get through this summer without WWIII starting.




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