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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ridiculous rises to ridiculously ridiculous ─ U.S. foreign policy prime-time performance

Unprincipled, dangerously inept political leaders
What to do
Excerpting, editing, two comments by Carolyn Bennett

Writers chime in on mendacity, belligerence, wrongheadedness

Bill Van Auken writes: “Kerry’s ‘blunder’ delays, but does not end, Obama’s drive to war”

The Obama administration has presented nothing but assertions and accusations about the August 21 attack to link it to the Syrian government, he says.

President Barack Obama was elected “thanks in large measure to the immense hostility of the American people to war based on lies [yet his government] is already far down the same road. Like his predecessor, he is determined to provoke a war on false pretenses to pursue U.S. imperialism’s strategic aim of hegemony over the oil-rich and strategically vital regions of the Persian Gulf and Central Asia.

“Even more than Iraq,” Van Auken writes, “the war against Syria, which is aimed as well against its [Syria’s] allies, Iran and Russia, poses the threat of a regional and even global military conflict.”

Intelligence veteran Ray McGovern spoke to the same war-on-lies motif in his RT interview:  ‘CIA fabricated evidence to lure U.S. into War with Syria’: Ray McGovern”

UN Security Council 15
permanent members
non-permanent members
McGovern was among veteran intelligence professionals who signed a letter to President Obama warning that President Bashar Assad was not responsible for the chemical attack and that “CIA Director John Brennan was perpetrating a pre-Iraq-War-type fraud on members of the U.S. Congress, the media, [and] the public.”

In his interview responses McGovern said the reason the Obama government does not offer proof of its claims against Assad is because their “evidence” would not stand up, not only in a court of law but “it also would not bear close scrutiny.”

In his article today “‘Funny things’ keep happening on the way to the war on Syria: the whole world is on a dangerously slippery slope,” Montreal-based journalist Jooneed Khan reproduces the government’s own words: “Evidence ‘not irrefutable,’ says White House.”

White House Chief of staff Denis McDonough said on Sunday, “The administration does not have ‘irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence’ that the Syrian régime used poison gas on its people. ‘This is not a court of law, he said. Intelligence does not work that way.’” 

McDonough added that “the proof the U.S. has ‘stands the common-sense test’” – meaning, Kahn comments, “sufficient to pass and execute the death and destruction sentences on countless Syrian civilians!”

And as millions of people pour out of Syria and the region, adding to already stressed countries struggling to handle  refugees from Libya and Gaza and Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Pakistan, and other countries, even threatening Cyprus ─ even as Western countries complain violently about and persecute immigrants from everywhere, and fail miserably to take proper care of their basic domestic needs ─ the Obama government repeats the ridiculously mendacious statement that strikes on Syria “will be electronic and remote-controlled, targeted, limited, with no boots on the ground in Syria.” However, Kahn correctly judges that “any strike will precipitate the whole world on a dangerously slippery slope – and no one knows where that will lead.”

The ultimate “‘Funny Thing’ … on the Way to the War on Syria,” he says, in light of all the setbacks and inconsistencies and vacillations in the warmonger’s camp, some idiots are spinning the idea “that Obama’s strategy from the beginning may have been not to attack Syria at all …, the ‘proof’ being that he is doing everything to undermine support for his War on Syria policy!”

The Secretary of State then throws out what he says he does not expect (was it a foreign policy joke?) that “Syria can avoid being attacked by turning over its chemical weapons to ‘the international community’!” Kahn notes appropriately that this pompously dangerously hypocritical representative of the Obama government does not, however, suggest that “Israel hand over its WMDs [weapons of mass destruction] including its nuclear arsenal to open the way for a peaceful Middle East!”


nd no matter what anyone says or does in the United Nations, the UK or the United States, France is still pushing for war.

“France,” Jooneed Khan recalls, “is the former colonial master of Syria; and (socialist) President François Hollande does not plan to ask the National Assembly for a vote. He is ready to attack…”

Without evidence and without the cooperation of two of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, France is reportedly invoking Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations to push another war on Syria as they did most recently on Libya.


Article 39: The Security Council shall determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles 41 and 42, to maintain or restore international peace and security.

Article 41: The Security Council may decide what measures not involving the use of armed force are to be employed to give effect to its decisions, and it may call upon the Members of the United Nations to apply such measures. These may include complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, and the severance of diplomatic relations. [SANCTIONS warfare]

Article 42: Should the Security Council consider that measures provided for in Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security. Such action may include demonstrations, blockade, and other operations by air, sea, or land forces of Members of the United Nations.

Article 46: Plans for the application of armed force shall be made by the Security Council with the assistance of the Military Staff Committee.

Is the United States of America not subject to Chapter VII for its actions across the Middle East, Africa and South Central Asia? It's a fair question that the "international community" ought to be asking and answering. [My comment]

UN Security Council: Inordinate power, undemocratic process

N SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS as of September 10, 2013

The UN Security Council is composed of 15 Members:

First UN Security Council
Five permanent members
Five permanent members: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States

Ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly (with end of term date): current non-permanent ten:

  • Argentina (2014)
  • Australia (2014)
  • Azerbaijan (2013)
  • Guatemala (2013)
  • Luxembourg (2014)
  • Morocco (2013)
  • Pakistan (2013)
  • Republic of Korea (2014)
  • Rwanda (2014)
  • Togo (2013)

Non-Council Member States (undemocratic practice)

More than 70 United Nations Member States have never been Members of the Security Council.

A State which is a Member of the United Nations but not of the Security Council may participate, without a vote, in its discussions when the Council considers that that country’s interests are affected.

Both Members and non-members of the United Nations, if they are parties to a dispute being considered by the Council, may be invited to take part, without a vote, in the Council’s discussions; the Council sets the conditions for participation by a non-member State. http://www.un.org/en/sc/members/
ntil the China-Russia veto on invasion of Syria, Jooneed Khan wrote, “The [France-UK-U.S.] Triad had maneuvered for 22 years within the UN, and often around it, to push its one-sided global military agenda – expansion of NATO, even into Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia after 9/11, two Iraq Wars, the “Silent Genocide” in the killing fields of the African Great Lakes region (Burundi-Rwanda-Congo), the dismemberment of Yugoslavia…”

No one should be forced to live the life of a refugee, a forced wandered, a displaced person, a stateless person, a homeless person -- camps are not homes! But this is the misery U.S.-led and Western wars cause all over the Middle East and Africa and South Central Asia. It is unspeakable cruelty. 

What to do?
UN General Assembly
192 Member countries

Time for real change, activist Michael Payne charges: “U.S. Foreign (War) Policy Outdated, Misguided, Self-Defeating”

n U.S. foreign policy, Michael Payne writes, “the art of diplomacy and negotiation has been replaced by the doctrine of ‘You're either for us or against us’ with no room for gray. The focus seems to be,” he
says, “‘why waste time with painstaking negotiations when force is so much easier and effective.’” But the flawed, self-defeating U.S. foreign policy, he advises, “must be brought to an end. It has not worked and never will. The world is changing in many ways and America and its leaders must now adopt new thinking.

“…It is high time American foreign policy undergo a significant transformation.” Leaders must “think deeply about what [they] are contemplating doing. Consider the pros and cons, the repercussions and end results.  Do away with the mindset of the bloodthirsty Washington War Hawks who are addicted to and obsessed with war and military interventions.”


oncluding his article Bill Van Auken called for genuine, nonpartisan antiwar movement.

“Another and even more catastrophic Middle East war can be stopped only through the revival of a genuine antiwar movement,” he says, one “based upon the mobilization of working people, students and youth” ─ operating “independently” of both major political parties and Capitol Hill ─ “in a struggle against the Obama administration and the capitalist system ─ the source of militarism, social inequality, and the relentless assault on democratic rights.”

Sources and notes

“Kerry’s ‘Blunder’ Delays, But Does Not End, Obama’s Drive to War” by Bill Van Auken, Global Research, September 10, 2013, World Socialist Web Site,  

“‘CIA Fabricated Evidence to Lure US into War with Syria’: Ray McGovern” by Ray McGovern
Global Research, September 10, 2013, RT Op-Edge, http://www.globalresearch.ca/cia-fabricated-evidence-to-lure-us-into-war-with-syria-ray-mcgovern/5349071

“‘Funny Things’ Keep Happening on the Way to the War On Syria. The Whole World is on a Dangerously Slippery Slope” by Jooneed Khan, Global Research, September 10, 2013

Jooneed Khan is a Montreal-based journalist, writer and human rights activist. He wrote on international affairs for the French-language daily La Presse for 35 years.


We the peoples of the United Nations determined to ─

Save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

Reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

Establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

Promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

And for these ends to ─

Practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and

Unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and

Ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and

Employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

“U.S. Foreign (War) Policy: Outdated, Misguided, Self-Defeating” by Michael Payne, OpEdNews Op Eds 5/30/2013 at 16:33:02

Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and a U.S. Army veteran.

“Damascus agrees to cede chemical weapons to international control – Syria FM,” published September 10, 2013 11:09, RT edited September 10, 2013 14:13, http://rt.com/news/syria-un-us-aggression-plea-285/ 

U.S. President Barack Obama proposed military intervention in Syria after an alleged chemical weapon attack in a Damascus suburb on August 21. Several hundred people were reportedly killed in the attack; U.S. officials claimed the death toll exceeded 1,400. Syria’s government and foreign-backed rebels blamed each other for the attack. The U.S. government said it had “high confidence” that President Bashar Assad’s government was responsible for the attack.  The U.S. said samples collected by first responders after the attack tested positive for the nerve agent Sarin.

The government of Syria responded that the evidence presented by the United States was without foundation and based on ‘terrorist lies’ and ‘media exaggeration.’ In response to the U.S. “findings,” President Barack Obama suggested a “limited” military strike against Assad to demonstrate that the U.S. would not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against civilians.

Russia accused Syrian rebels of being behind the alleged use of chemical weapons as a provocation designed to encourage a foreign-led strike against Assad’s government.

“U.S. policies in Middle East resulted in perpetual war,” September 9, 2013

In an interview with Press TV on Sunday, political director of Libertarian Party Carla Howell said the U.S. government’s policies during the past decades in the Middle East have resulted in perpetual war.

She said there is no need for Washington to attack Syria as the Middle Eastern country poses no threat to the United States.

“Any U.S. attack on Syria ‘illegal’ September 8, 2013, American anti-war activist and radio host Don DeBar says a possible U.S. attack on Syria is illegal under both international and U.S. law.

While the administration of President Obama has admitted that it lacks “irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence” for its claims that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in an attack last month, key members of the Obama administration continue their lobbying efforts to muster support for the White House’s war plans. 

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