Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bombing of Syria Will Not Be That Subtle (H/T to the Rude One) And When Did Syria (Like Iraq) Attack U.S.?

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The Rude Pundit makes some telling points about those running the White House under the Bush junta. Remember back that far? Funny how it all seems so familiar again. Almost like an exact rerun (but who will play Rove this time?).


Rude Pundit: At Least Now They Use a Scalpel and Not a Shiv

The detention of Guardian reporter and columnist Glenn Greenwald's partner for questioning in London, as well as the search of Bolivia's president's airplane for Edward Snowden, seem like a more subtle, nuanced approach to intimidation by this administration (and its allies). That's as opposed to the previous administration, which used to go after enemies with all the subtlety of a hatchet-wielding psychopath. Let's take a trip down memory lane, back to March 2004...

Karl Rove's Sodomizin' Stormtroopers:

God, how the roads of Washington are littered with the anally-violated bodies of those who cross the Bush Administration and Karl Rove's Sodomizin' Stormtroopers. Dressed in black outfits, with black helmets and large black strap-ons, the Sodomizin' Stormtroopers are sent out, like flying monkeys, to ass-fuck anyone who dares question the word of George Bush and his minions.
Ask former weapons inspector Scott Ritter, entrapped in an online chat with an "underage girl" and arrested at a diner, handed over to the SS, who roughly fucked the mainstream credibility out of him. Ask Paul O'Neill, who dared to say that Bush was a shallow, uninterested leader.

Characterized as a kook who was unworthy of his Treasury Secretary position, Rove dispatched the SS to bend him over a stack of classified documents and fuck him until his ass bled and he cried that he would disappear. That'll teach him to cavort with Bono.
The SS takes photos that they send to Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and others so that they can giggle at the bleeding sphincters of those who have met the fate of a Rovean rogering. Colin Powell is a tough bastard, still able to stand up after all the ass fuckings he's received.
And now, oh, delicious rectum, they're at it again, going after Richard Clarke, who had the temerity of having fairly unimpeachable credibility in being in the inner circle of national security in the two decades prior to 9/11.

So, having seen the semen-stained asses of others, why would Richard Clarke write his book?

Why would he say all the things he has said, about the monomaniacal heights of Rumslove's obsession with Iraq, about Condi's inexperience, about the unmitigated evil that is Dick Cheney, about the way in which the Republican's gleeful obsession with Clinton's cock was one of the essential reasons that 9/11 happened, about the way in which the President pressed him to connect 9/11 to Iraq despite all evidence to the contrary?
On 60 Minutes, Clarke admitted that he knew the fate that awaited him. When he said, "I'm sure they'll launch their dogs on me," you could see in his eyes that he knew the Stormtroopers had already sanded the strap-ons for rough anal insertion. Leslie Stahl looked almost sympathetic when she asked if he should be loyal to the President and Clarke answered that he should proabably think about the safety of the country first.

Let's remember a couple of things here: when one takes an oath of office as a federal appointee, one is asked to uphold the Constitution, not the President: ''I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
Sure, it's idealistic to think that one won't back one's employer, but let's be clear here: a public official's first duty is to the Constitution and all that that implies. It ain't to be loyal to a particular president or party. It's why Clarke could be well-regarded in three administrations prior to this Bush.

And when pundits and administrators ask, "Why wait till now, when there's an election going on?" as they are doing consistently now, part of the answer is, "No, shit, he wants to sell books." But the other, rather interesting and more complex answer, is found is yesterday's piece of crap article by Judith Miller that was buried by the New York Times: the "manuscript was screened for classified information by White House lawyers before its publication."
One might wonder how long such a screening takes, considering what happened with the Paul O'Neill. One could say that perhaps Clarke, sensitive to national security, wanted to make sure that he didn't disclose classified info, and, perhaps, that process of being careful to protect the nation and the Constitution, takes time. After all, he didn't leave the administration until a year ago.
And maybe, just maybe, Clarke wrote the book for that very reason: he might have worked at the discretion of the President, but he owes his allegiance to the country, not the man, something Bush and his people forget at every turn of a lying word.

It doesn't really matter, though. Rove's SS is out in full force, denouncing Clarke, picking the location for the ass fucking so that it's as public as possible. Hell, wasn't it just so cute when Scott McClellan called Clarke's book "Dick Clarke's 'American Grandstand'"? God, those witty motherfuckers.

Whoever comes out next against the Bushkoviks better be careful: the SS can make it a short, effective ass fucking or a long, drawn out reaming. The Sodomizin' Stormtroopers are waitin' for the word from Rove on how to go after David Kay or Hans Blix, neither of whom was shilling for a book when they defied the will of Bush (yes, Blix has a book out now, but that's a recent development). Don't you worry, America. Rove's SS will make every thing grey all nice and black and white once again.

// posted by Rude One @ 8:34 AM

Good luck to the rest of US now.

Steve Lendman has the details.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

War on Syria Looms

by Stephen Lendman

Russia's gone all out to prevent it. Best efforts aren't working. Last Wednesday's false flag explains. It's pretext for waging war.

Dmitry Rogozin is Moscow's former NATO envoy. He's currently Deputy Prime Minister.

He said belligerent Western powers treat Muslim countries like a "monkey with a hand grenade." Earlier he criticized "Anglo-Saxon" plans to attack Syria.

NBC and CNBC headlined "US strike against Syria 'as early as Thursday.' " Unnamed senior US officials were cited.

They said "three days" of attacks are planned. They'll be limited in scope. They'll send Assad a message.

Command and control bunkers, airfields and artillery will be targeted.

Reuters said US forces are "ready to go." They can attack as soon as ordered. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was cited.

On Monday, Syrian opposition leaders met with Washington and other anti-Assad officials. They did so in Istanbul. They were told military action is imminent. According to one source:

"The opposition was told in clear terms that action to deter further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime could come as early as in the next few days, and that they should still prepare for peace talks at Geneva."
Following Ghouta's incident, opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) secretary general Badr Jamous abandoned peace discussions.

He called for "punish(ing) this dictator, Bashar the Chemist and then we can discuss Geneva."

He wants to negotiate from strength, not weakness. Death squad insurgents are no match against Syria's superior military. He hopes air power will change things. Token strikes won't accomplish much.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ghouta was strategically timed. It "suited" the opposition. They "obviously do not want to negotiate peacefully." They want talks "sabotage(d)."

"Why go to a conference if you believe that the regime's infrastructure will all be destroyed anyway by allies, and then you can just march into Damascus unopposed, and take control," he asked?

Russia Today suggested attacks aren't likely until UN inspectors leave. They're scheduled to remain until Sunday.

On August 27, London's Telegraph headlined "Syria: Russia evacuates citizens ahead of military strikes in the 'next few days,' " saying:

"A Russian emergency situations ministry aircraft carrying aid landed in Syria on Tuesday, and is set to take Russians and other CIS citizens out of the country on its return flight."

"The Ilyushin-76 jet landed at the Latakia airport with 20 tons of humanitarian aid, mostly consisting of tinned foods and sugar, a ministry spokeswoman said."

"About 180 people who 'have expressed a desire to leave Syria,' 100 of them Russian, are set to leave on the return flight."

"Russia said it had evacuated all of its defence personnel from Syria in June, but a foreign ministry spokesman said at the time that about 30,000 other Russians were still living across the country."

Downing Street confirmed plans for war. A separate Telegraph report headlined "MPs demand a vote on Syria as No. 10 considers recalling Parliament."

More than 50 MPs demanded debate. Eighty-one Tories signed a letter before recess. They said parliament must be consulted before Britain becomes more deeply embroiled.

MP Andrew Bridgen said:

"We live in a parliamentary democracy, not a dictatorship."

"I would imagine that if colleagues wanted to have a debate about arming rebels they would certainly want to have one about the potential for a cruise missile or tomahawk missile strike."
Prime Minister David Cameron can authorize force with or without debate. He can do so whether or not parliament approves. Doing it risks vote of confidence ouster. It's unlikely. It's a small risk to take.

On August 27, Itar Tass headlined "NATO might hold emergency meeting on Syria on August 29," saying:

It's planning "to discuss the situation in Syria in the wake of the chemical attack in suburban Damascus on August 21."

Perhaps war plans will be finalized.

"NATO's press service told Tass it could not confirm this information as yet."

"The leading NATO countries including the USA, France and Great Britain, have announced that they have been considering possible options of military intervention in Syria."

"Until recently, NATO, as an organization, has adhered to the position of noninterference in this conflict."

Perhaps policy's about to change.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi strongly "warn(ed) against any military attack in Syria. There will definitely be perilous consequences for the region," he stressed.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said all means will be used for self-defense. "We will not hesitate to use any means available," he stressed.

On Tuesday, Moallem again said Syria didn't use chemical weapons any time throughout months of conflict.

"I assure the residents of Damascus that the objective of the Armed Forces' military efforts taking place currently is to ensure their safety, so the endeavor will not be halted, and (Western and regional opposition) will not limit the Army's victory," he added.

He called Washington's accusations "categorically baseless."

"Since the beginning, we have doubted the US intentions towards Geneva Conference, and we told our Russian friends we trust you but we do not trust the USA because it does not want a political solution and the reason is clear which is that Israel does not want this solution, but rather it wants the continuation of violence and terrorism."

"If the countries which want to launch a military strike against Syria believe that such a strike will affect the military operations in Ghouta, then these countries are mistaken."

They "aim firstly at launching preemptive strikes to the schemes of invading Damascus and secondly protecting the civilians in Damascus neighborhoods from the terrorist rockets launched by the terrorists."

On August 26, CBS News headlined "Obama orders release of report justifying Syria strike," saying:

It's coming by around mid-week. On Saturday, his national security team met. Members unanimously agreed. A military response is necessary, they said.
Obama ordered legal justification prepared. Doing so turns fundamental law principles on their head. It doesn't matter. Hegemons do what they please.

Their rules alone matter. What America says goes.
Attacking Syria's virtually certain. Only its timing remains unknown.

Cruise missile diplomacy won't be announced. Explosions will explain when attacks begin. So will mass casualties. Civilians always suffer most.

Extremist neocons run the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI). It's the Project for the New American Century's successor organization.

On August 27, it headlined "Foreign Policy Experts Urge President Obama to Respond to Assad's Chemical Weapons Attack," saying:

"Sixty-six former US government officials and foreign policy experts sent a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama today"
They want war, not peace. "Left unanswered, the Assad regime's mounting attacks with chemical weapons will show the world that America's red lines are only empty threats," they said.

"It is therefore time for the United States to take meaningful and decisive actions to stem the Assad regime's relentless aggression, and help shape and influence the foundations for the post-Assad Syria that you have said is inevitable."

A rogue's gallery of scoundrels signed it. They include:

Ammar Abdulhamid

Robert Kagan

Elliott Abrams

Lawrence F. Kaplan

Fouad Ajami

James Kirchick

Michael Auslin

Irina Krasovskaya

Gary Bauer

William Kristol

Paul Berman

Bernard-Henri Levy

Max Boot

Robert J. Lieber

Ellen Bork

Former Senator Joseph Lieberman

Paul Bremer

Tod Lindberg

Matthew R. J. Brodsky

Thomas G. Mahnken

Eliot A. Cohen

Michael Makovsky

Former Senator Norm Coleman

Ann Marlowe

William Courtney

Clifford D. May

Seth Cropsey

Alan Mendoza

James S. Denton

Joshua Muravchik

Paula A. DeSutter

Former Governor Tim Pawlenty

Larry Diamond

Martin Peretz

Paula J. Dobriansky

Danielle Pletka

Thomas Donnelly

David Pollock

Michael Doran

Arch Puddington

Mark Dubowitz

Karl Rove

Colin Dueck

Randy Scheunemann

Nicholas Eberstadt

Dan Senor

Eric S. Edelman

John Shattuck

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Lee Smith

Abe Greenwald

Henry D. Sokolski

Christopher J. Griffin

James Traub

John P. Hannah

Mark D. Wallace

Bruce Pitcairn Jackson

Michael Weiss

Ash Jain

Leon Wieseltier

Kenneth Jensen

Khawla Yusuf

Allison Johnson

Robert Zarate

Robert G. Joseph

Radwan Ziadeh

War appears virtually certain. It's America's option of choice. It's longstanding policy. Iran awaits after Syria's destroyed.

A permanent cycle of violence persists. Big Lies facilitate it. No end in sight looms.

Either ways are found to end wars or they'll end us. Mushroom shaped cloud finality may have final say. Forewarned is forearmed.

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