Not the original doctrine, of course, but the neocon modified version. The original attempted to prevent intervention in South and Central America by European powers, at the time ruled by monarchs and autocrats. This was a failure because at the time (1823), the US didn’t have the means to enforce the doctrine.
Mark Hertsgaard argues the Monroe Doctrine was from its inception designed to intervene in Latin America and establish an American empire in the hemisphere:
The United States has acted like an empire from the beginning, repeatedly using force to expand its territory. It started by pushing Native Americans off their land. In the War of 1812, it drove the British into Canada once and for all, a display of strength that convinced Spain to give up its claim to the Southwest. With the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, the United States declared unofficial control over the entire western hemisphere. In 1898 it expanded overseas, “liberating” Cuba and the Philippines from Spain but making them virtual American colonies; it also chose an “Open Door” strategy of relying on economic more than military strength to dominate overseas. The first half of the twentieth century included dozens of foreign interventions to ensure friendly governments and protect U.S. business interests, especially in Central America.
Ensuring “friendly governments”—or rather governments “friendly” to neoliberal economic policies—is the underlying premise behind the neocon version of the Monroe Doctrine.
When Bolton talks about “democracy,” he’s talking about returning to the status quo prior to the rise of socialism in Latin America, that is to say mass poverty and the strip mining of natural resources.
It is true Venezuela’s economic problems are in large part due to that country’s socialist command economy, but this overlooks the role played by the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union.
Over the last five years, the US has imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela. It has cut it off from western financial markets and this has resulted in oil production shortfalls. Venezuela is unable to raise capital to address deficiencies in the oil sector of its economy. This situation was exacerbated when the price of petroleum fell sharply around the world. Venezuelan debt instruments are banned by the US Treasury, thus preventing it from acquiring loans to address its severe economic problems and feed the people.
The pattern has become rote. Nations that are not captive to neoliberalism suddenly find they have a terrorist problem. If the nation in question is communist or quasi-communist, no terrorist false flags are required, the evil venality of Leninism and Stalinism are enough to gain consensus for economic warfare followed by a physical invasion if the leader in question does not fall or acquiesce.
Trump’s national security adviser has tweeted in Spanish:
Al alto rango militar venezolano, ahora es el momento de estar al lado del pueblo de Venezuela. ¡Es su derecho y responsabilidad defender la constitución y la democracia para Venezuela! https://t.co/3z0R4XtSAU
This is unprecedented—Bolton publicly announcing a military coup (usually with hundreds if not thousands of deaths). He deliberately showed off his notebook with scribbled invasion plans, so there would be no question about the agenda.
But that’s how the neocons operate. Lies, falsifications, grandiose claims, and invasions to forcibly install “democracy,” which is nothing of the sort.
Bolton’s “democracy” is doublespeak in action. It’s a thinly disguised euphemism used to obscure the actual objective—the destruction of entire nations, cultures, and societies at the cost of hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives. Untold millions of lives have been destroyed by the sort of “democracy” Bolton is talking about. It was put into action when Bolton was a toddler.
Let’s get real. Bolton doesn’t care about the people of Venezuela. If he did the US would not be imposing harsh sanctions that are resulting in malnutrition and starvation. Bolton is using the age-old technique of starving and depriving people so they will overthrow the government (this tactic rarely works—leading me to believe it is inflicted out of pure sadism—leading to the exact opposite reaction).
The people know the rule of the elite in Venezuela results in endless poverty and a large underclass of desperate people. This is primary reason they voted for Hugo Chávez and his version of the Bolivarian Revolution. His Bolivarian missions provided access to food, housing, healthcare, and education. Standard socialist nationalization took control away from transnational corporations and banks eager to financialize everything in sight.
At this point it appears Trump’s neocon and CFR wizards will strive to get the military to go against Maduro, who is dedicated to not backing down. Trump may convince (bribe, threaten) the generals to go over to the self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaidó, but there is one very large obstacle—the National Boliviarian Militia and the so-called Peasant Militia, the latter “responsible for protecting poor farmers from mercenary groups organized and financed by ranchers and wealthy landowners,” that is to say the people supporting Guaidó.
“The peasant militia will also assist the regular army ‘against any foreign aggressor,’ wrote Chavez, who has warned that the U.S. military could invade Venezuela in order to seize control of its vast oil reserves,” explains Kiraz Janicke.
“The peasant militias, which are active in rural areas, will complement the primarily urban-based Bolivarian Militias, which were incorporated into the reform of the Armed Forces Law that came into force on October 22, 2009.”
In short, if the US invades, it won’t be a clean sweep like Bush the Elder’s invasion of Panama. It also won’t be a “cakewalk” like Iraq where the army was defeated in short order. It will be guerrilla warfare in a rugged tropical environment, not a sprawling Iraqi desert where there is no place to hide.
John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser and a neocon’s neocon, recently said the US will “use any means necessary” to push back against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its commitment to punish war crimes. Bolton warned the US will sanction and arrest individuals investigating war crimes and the torture of detainees, the latter conducted by “patriots,” according to Bolton. He added that frustrating prosecution of war crimes “remains one of my proudest achievements.”
In 2002, the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and China refused to sign the ICC’s founding document, thus indicating they would continue to use siege warfare, famine, torture, ethnic cleansing, rape, and wholesale murder of innocent civilians.
For more than 70 years, Israel has shot, bombed, and ethnically cleansed Palestinian Arabs. Saudi Arabia has produced the worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory as it continues to viciously attack Yemen with the help of the United States. China continues its “strike hard” campaign against Uyghur opposition, the ethnic cleansing of Tibetan monastics, and the expansion of its laogai forced labor camps (where consumer goods are manufactured and then sold to Walmart shopping Americans).
A normal, non-psychopathic person would undoubtedly recoil at the thought of Iranian children starving, but then we’re talking about neocons responsible for the engineered murder of 1.5 million Iraqis, including 500,000 children under the Bush-Clinton sanctions regime.
Hillary Clinton isn’t considered a card-carrying neocon, yet she stands shoulder to shoulder with Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and John Bolton when it comes to killing recalcitrant Arabs, Muslims, and other enemies of Israel and Saudi Arabia, and prevent what the late Zbigniew Brzezinski described as vassals and barbarians coming together in organized resistance to neoliberal geostrategy of domination and exploitation.
Mike Pompeo’s psychopathic ultimatum was not widely covered by the corporate media. The apathy and intellectual laziness of the American people make genocide, siege warfare, starvation, and other crimes against humanity possible, mostly due to incessant lies and distortions produced by a corporate media acting as a propaganda ministry for the war state.
There has not been a viable—or even visible—antiwar movement since the days of George W. Bush, thanks in large part of the political voodoo of Barack Obama and his CFR, Trilateral Commission, and Bilderberg insiders, basically the same folks now calling the shots for the geopolitical ignoramus, Donald Trump.
I filled up today. Unleaded had gone from $2.65 to $2.75 overnight. It will go even higher as Trump’s sanctions imposed on Iran go into effect and markets are restricted.
Once again, we have to pay for a neocon foreign policy apparently welded into place for good in Washington.
The EU is resisting this act of war. It’s working on ways around the sanctions. This elicited the ire of the resident neocon, John Bolton.
“We do not intend to allow our sanctions to be evaded by Europe or anyone else,” the national security adviser, John Bolton, said about Iranian sanctions. The European Union is still trying. https://t.co/FZ6dUY2JOS
All but a select few will be expected to sacrifice.
Pompeo said India will be given a waiver. China and India import half of Iran’s oil. France was denied a waiver, so if the EU doesn’t find a way around the sanctions quandary, its industries and people will be required to suffer so the neocons might realize their dream—complete US and Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.
Speaking of Bolton, you can bet he will have a direct hand in choosing the next UN ambassador, one that will be part of the neocon club, not a pretend neocon like Nikki Haley. I’m sure her belligerence—much of it unprecedented—aimed at Russia and Iran was sincerely appreciated by dyed-in-the-wool neocons like Bill Kristol and the Kagan brothers.
#IranSanctions working | “The fear (#Iran’s) now is whether the person who replaces her will take an even tougher line against the UN, especially with National Security Adviser John Bolton now in the White House” https://t.co/Q1uArY1TKq
I’d say the attention she drew to herself during a short tenure is a PR effort ahead of a 2020 presidential run.
John Bolton and Mike Pompeo now run US foreign policy. Both want to starve the people of Iran until they are so desperate they revolt, thus allowing the MEK cult of personality—the favored neocon choice—to take over and set-up a bizarre form of totalitarianism, part Marxist and part Islamic. A new version of Savak, the Shah’s brutal secret police, will not be far behind.
In Bolton’s Orwellian world, up is down and black is white. In regard to terrorism, Iran does not remotely approach the decades of evil behavior by Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabi cousins sitting on a bounty of oil in the Persian Gulf.
Viewed through the neocon lens, terrorism becomes counterterrorism. In Syria US counterterrorism kills innocent men, women, and children in the thousands. Counterterrorism slaughtered 30,000 Libyans. It destroyed Iraq—before 1991 the most advanced nation in the Middle East—after two family dynasty invasions killed around 1.5 million Iraqis.
Finally, it’s fairly obvious the neocon endgame for is in fact a repeat of the Iraq sanctions between the two Bush invasions. After the International Court of Justice said the US must allow humanitarian and medial supplies into Iran, Pompeo announced termination of the six decade old Treaty of Amity between the two countries (two years after the CIA overthrow the democratically elected leader of the country).
Pompeo said that while the United States is “disappointed the court failed to recognize it has no jurisdiction,” he framed the ruling as a defeat for Iran.
“Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes, and their case, as you can see from the decision, lacked merit,” he said. “Given Iran’s history of terrorism, ballistic missile activity and other malign activity, Iran’s claims under the treaty are absurd.
Pompeo and Bolton believe endangering Iranian aviation and impeding the delivery of humanitarian aid are chock full of merit. They plan no less than to malnourish and starve the people of Iran—similar to the way Iraqis were starved and allowed to die as a result of sanctions imposed on medicine and water purification technology targeted as dual-use.
But then crimes against humanity and flaunting the laws of war are now the norm in America, and have been in one form or other since at least the end of the Second World War.
Prior to George W. Bush illegally rolling into Iraq based on a passel of lies, Bill Clinton oversaw Papa Bush’s medieval sanctions on the country. The sanctions were not intended to stop Saddam Hussein from building WMDs as we were told by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
They were put in place to starve the Iraqi people, deny basic medical supplies, and turn the country into a failed state. The process resulted in the death of half a million Iraqi children.
Madeline Albright, Clinton’s Secretary of State, went on national television and said the murder of 500,000 Iraqi children was a price worth paying.
Now we have Mike Pompeo, Trump’s secretary of state, demanding similar sanctions imposed on Iran.
On Wednesday, Pompeo said the US will terminate a treaty with Iran put into place in 1955, two years after the CIA engineered a coup ousting the democratically elected leader Mohammad Mosaddegh.
The long forgotten Treaty of Amity was brought up by the International Court of Justice when it ruled the US must lift sanctions that affect the import of humanitarian goods and products.
The Hague said in a preliminary decision the US must “remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments arising from” sanctions that affect exports to Iran of medicine, medical devices, food, agricultural commodities and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of civil aviation, according to a report at Fox News.
The ICJ’s attempt to prevent the Trump administration from engaging in massive crimes against humanity, according to Pompeo, is “meritless” and accused the international court of “attempting to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions necessary to protect our national security and abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes.”
Trump and his top neocon adviser John Bolton insist the International Criminal Court has no authority. “As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority,” Trump told the General Assembly at the United Nations. “The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.”
The US is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Bill Clinton signed the Rome Statue in 2000, but it wasn’t sent to the Senate to be ratified. The Bush administration sent a note informing the Secretary-General that it would not ratify the Rome Statute and did not recognize any obligation toward it. Like the Trump administration, the Bush administration openly demonstrated hostility toward the idea of holding nations accountable for war crimes.
The US backed up this defiance by passing the American Service Members Protection Act in 2002 ahead of the Iraq invasion. The law includes a provision to “use all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release of any U.S. or allied personnel being detained by, on behalf of, or at the request of the International Criminal Court.” Additionally, the act permits the president to order military action against the Court, which resulted in critics calling it the “Hague Invasion Act.”
However, the Bush administration and its neocons decided the ICC would be of use on a selective basis—against its official roster of enemies.
The former Bush UN ambassador (by recess appointment) and current top Trump administration neocon John Bolton declared war on the ICC after it announced it would investigate war crimes in Afghanistan. Bolton said the US will level sanctions against the international organization if it proceeds.
Trump and Bolton are clearing the decks in preparation of military action against Iran. They would like to see a return of brutal sanctions used for over a decade in Iraq.
Iran understands what this means: rapid deterioration of health, targeting water purification (a primary objective in Iraq), communications, agriculture, and medical infrastructure.
The US stated sanctions would remain in place even if Saddam Hussein decided to cooperate with the United Nations, thus demonstrating the sanctions and subsequent second invasion were not about WMDs and unfounded threats to America. The objective was to destroy Iraq, kill its people, and reduce the country to failed state status.
Neocon “creative destruction” is focused on making certain Iran does not pose a challenge to the hegemonic rule of the United States and Israel. Both Israel and the fossilized Sunni-Wahhabi emirates in the Persian Gulf avidly support destroying Iran and killing millions of its people.
The covert war inside Iran continues. The latest episode occurred on Saturday when a military parade in Ahvaz was attacked by gunmen, later said to be Islamic State terrorists. 29 people were killed, including women and children.
I’m not buying the Islamic State angle, and neither are the Iranians. Iranian officials accused “a foreign regime” backed by the United States of staging the slaughter. They didn’t say whom they thought this foreign regime is, but it doesn’t take rocket science to figure who is more than likely responsible—the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
The Islamic State is simply a convenient scapegoat. The real culprit is the Mojahedin-e Khalq, aka MEK, the neocon funded terror group that wants to get rid of the mullahs and replace them with its cult leaders, namely Maryam Rajav and her associates, otherwise known as the personality cult of Rajavi. This cult is a syncretic blend of Islam and Marxism, as improbable as that may seem.
Neocons love MEK terrorists despite the fact they have killed Americans. John Bolton, the president of American foreign policy, said a few months ago the US should bomb Iran into submission (no doubt the mullahs will receive the Gaddafi treatment) and place MEK in power. He promised to make this so by 2019.
It is entirely possible the Islamic State are responsible for killing men, women, and children during the military parade in Ahvaz, although they have nothing to gain beyond killing more Shi’a Muslims.
It is now common knowledge the US and Saudi Arabia have armed the Islamic State with sophisticated weapons. Conflict Armament Research, a UK-based independent weapons research organization, discovered “as early as 2013 to 2014 much of the Islamic State’s advanced weapons systems as well as small arms were clearly sourced to the United States and the West,” writes Zero Hedge.
This was eventually admitted by the corporate media, years after the fact.
Even though it’s now suddenly acceptable and fashionable to admit – as does one recent BBC headline (“The Jihadis You Pay For”) – that the US and Saudi covert program in Syria fuelled the rise of ISIS and various other al-Qaeda linked terror groups, it must be remembered that only a short time ago the mainstream media openly mocked analysts and writers who dared make the connection between the West’s massive covert Syrian rebel aid programs and the al-Qaeda insurgents who so clearly benefited.
It isn’t a whacky conspiracy theory to believe the CIA and the Pentagon manufacture terror groups from whole cloth. There is a documented history of this, beginning in Afghanistan in the 1980s (and before this in Iran when Kermit Roosevelt and the CIA organized “opposition” groups as part of a successful effort to overthrow the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953).
The United States is, either directly or indirectly, responsible for terror attacks inside Iran and also stirring up trouble in its Arab and Sunni communities.
But you won’t read this in The New York Times.
Well, you might in four or five years, after Iran is bombed flat, millions are killed, and the cult leader-terrorist Maryam Rajav sits on the throne.
Earlier this week, John Bolton—Trump’s national security adviser and basically the president of US foreign policy—told the Federalist Society he would see to punitive sanctions if the International Criminal Court at The Hague moves to charge American soldiers who “served” in Afghanistan with war crimes.
“If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly,” said Bolton. He said the US is ready to impose financial sanctions and go so far as to arrest members of the court.
“We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States. We will sanction their funds in the US financial system, and we will prosecute them in the US criminal system,” he said.
Bolton pointed to an ICC prosecutor’s request in November 2017 to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the US military and intelligence officials in Afghanistan, especially over the abuse of detainees.
Neither Afghanistan nor any other government party to the ICC’s Rome Statute has requested an investigation, Bolton said.
The US has occupied Afghanistan and handpicked its government for the last seventeen years, so obviously it will not bite the hand of its master.
Ashraf Ghani, the current president, will follow orders to the letter. The alternative is to be strung up by the Taliban.
Ghani isn’t a peasant who came up through the ranks. He was educated at Johns Hopkins University, worked for the World Bank, and gave a TED talk a few years back. Ghani was considered as a candidate to replace Kofi Annan as Secretary General of the United Nations in 2006.
As the exceptional nation, the indispensable nation, the United States believes it is above the law and arrogantly violates it in broad daylight.
The US was a serial violator well before the Geneva Conventions. It committed war crimes during the Philippine-American war in 1898 (most notoriously, executing children).
During the Second World War the US attacked rescue vessels, executed prisoners, and soldiers routinely raped women. Of course, this pales in comparison to firebombing Tokyo and Dresden, and dropping atomic bombs on civilians.
In Korea, the US is responsible for the No Gun Ri Massacre and other atrocities. The country was bombed back to the Stone Age.
In Vietnam, the brutality of the US was exposed with the My Lai Massacre (many of the victims were mutilated and raped). Of course, this might be considered a small incident when compared to the organized destruction of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The US organized death squads under Operation Phoenix.
But this was a long time ago, and the memory of the American public is short. Primary example: the late John McCain, a US pilot who bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam, is considered a “hero.”
The “war on terror” consists of non-stop crimes against humanity. Neocons in the George W. Bush administration flaunted international norms all over the place.
In 2002, Bush issued a memorandum permitting the military to deny protections under the Geneva Conventions. The Supreme Court challenged the internment of detainees and military tribunals held at the Guantanamo Bay gulag. But not even the court can put a stop to such psychopathic behavior.
Legal proceedings were held in Germany. Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, John Yoo, George Tenet, and others were accused of torture and prisoner abuse.
This behavior was subsequently legalized by the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which retroactively rewrote the War Crimes Act and abolished habeas corpus for detainees.
The Bush (actually the Reagan era) neocons had nothing but contempt for international law.
“When trying to disguise the emptiness of the ‘bomb them and just see’ approach, the neocons still like to appeal to the depth of the great 20th century German-Jewish emigre philosopher Leo Strauss,” writes Robert Howse. “In one attack on the supposed weakness of Obama’s foreign and security policy, Bill Kristol cited Strauss’s remark ‘the sorry spectacle of justice without a sword or of justice unable to use the sword.’”
The sword of justice—nukes (Hiroshima and Nagasaki), firebombing civilians (Tokyo and Dresden), killing one third of Korea’s population, slaughtering countless peasants in Vietnam, and the atrocities and illegality of the war on terror, the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, “special operations” in Africa and shipping jihadi maniacs and weapons into Syria, thus far resulting in over half a million dead.
John Bolton is undoubtedly well aware of these violations of international law, but can the same be said for the president-in-waiting, known for his ignorance of international affairs? And if he did understand, it wouldn’t matter. He has advocated “bombing the shit” out of small, recalcitrant nations, while knowing practically nothing about those nations.
Finally, as Russia has demonstrated, sanctions are not an effective form of punishment for defying the exceptional nation and its neoliberal globalist objectives. The only thing that works for the neocons is bombing and mass murder.
According to Bob Woodward’s latest book, Secretary of Defense Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis believes President Trump has the intellectual and emotional capacity of a fifth- or sixth-grader. Mattis, of course, denies saying this, but true or not the remark undoubtedly angered Trump, the midnight tweeter with a massive ego who never misses an opportunity to go after his political enemies, spewing invective and disparagement.
Now there are rumors circulating that Mattis will step down in the months ahead. If this happens, who will replace him?
According to The Washington Post, it may be four-star Army Gen. Jack Keane, or possibly the senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham.
“Depending on the party balance in the Senate after the November elections, Republican leadership may not want to risk losing one its caucus members, especially Cotton, who defeated a Democrat for his seat in 2014,” reports the Post. “Graham has said repeatedly he is not interested in serving in the Cabinet.”
However, if Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, has anything to say about the vacancy there will be a neocon in that position to compliment the one heading up the State Department.
Mattis put on the best face when Bolton was appointed. “He’s going to come over this week. Last time I checked he’s an American. I can work with an American… It’s going to be a partnership,” he said.
Arkansas senator Cotton (or Graham), Bolton, and Sec. State Pompeo would be an almost ideal triad for Israel and the neocons who faithfully do the apartheid state’s bidding in Congress.
For Cotton, it’s all about Israel and the Likudniks. He received $700,000 for his Senate campaign from the Emergency Committee for Israel.
“During the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza, when over 500 Palestinian were killed, Cotton called the Israeli defense force ‘the most moral, humanitarian fighting force in the world.’ In December he said Congress should consider supplying Israel with B-52s and so-called ‘bunker-buster’ bombs for a possible strike against Iran,” Medea Benjamin and Nalini Ramachandran wrote back in March, 2015.
Cotton, like Bolton and Pompeo, wants to bomb Iran. He called the nuclear deal with Iran, which was later trashed by Trump, akin to “appeasement of Nazi Germany.”
He called for a “war on Islamic Terror,” which of course means Iran, not Saudi Arabia, long known to support terrorists who are sadistic head choppers.
We can’t win the war on Islamic terror on defense, we have to win on offense,”Cotton told CNN. In a speech to The Heritage Foundation the day before, Cotton had compared the negotiations of the P5+1 (the U.S., Russia, China, the U.K. and France, plus Germany) with Iran to the appeasement of Nazi Germany.
Cotton shares a relationship with Bill Kristol, the uber neocon publisher of the Weekly Standard. “Kristol saw a kindred spirit in Cotton’s aggressive national-security hawkishness, and the men developed what Kristol describes as ‘a bond beyond pure policy,’” writes Molly Ball.
Cotton is not merely another opportunistic politician clawing his way up the political ladder. He is a dyed-in-the-wool neocon. Both Kristol and Cotton studied under Harvey Mansfield, a disciple of Leo Strauss, the grand daddy of neoconservatism.
Many of the donors to his Senate campaign are Likudnik hardliners, including Paul Singer and Seth Klarman. John Bolton’s PAC, also financed by Likudniks, dished out over $825,000 to support Cotton’s Senate run.
If Bolton has any say in the decision to replace Mattis, Tom Cotton will be the next Secretary of Defense.
Fortunately, it looks like Cotton probably won’t take the job because he believes it will frustrate his desire to be president.
Now that the noninterventionist president appears ready to give the go-ahead to kill more people in Syria, the corporate script reading media is providing the sort of necessary propaganda required to get the American people in the mood for mass murder.
There is NO EVIDENCE of this. But we no longer need evidence, merely the word of a “anonymous officials” and a crop of neocons who are demonstrable liars and deceivers in the name of state inflicted violence, what they call democracy.
A few days ago, Trump’s combative UN ambassador said the US will not help the Syrian people rebuild their country following its criminal destruction by CIA-Saudi Wahhabi murderers.
This has been the plan all along. It’s the same treatment Iraq and Libya received, turning those countries into failed states. Nikki didn’t come up with the idea. It was planted in her head by the Israelis and the neocons.
Here’s Haley on September 7:
Hardly comparable to the countless tons of rubble—and the dead buried beneath—the US has produced on a practically non-stop crime spree since the Vietnam War. In fact, this has been the state of affairs since the creation of the national security state after the Second World War.
It’s 2002 all over again, the same caliber of premeditated deception and lies are burbling up like acid reflux in the propaganda media, designed to convince us bombing Syria is the sane and logical thing to do in response to what are—and have been—fake chemical attacks, usually staged by the White Helmets.
Naturally, the most ardent neocons in Congress support the coming attack on Syria which will, this time, target al-Assad, his military, and his people.
We are about to potentially witness the wholesale slaughter of 100,000’s of innocent human beings in #Idlib#Syria. Not rebels or terrorists,but children, teachers, merchants, bakers, taxi drivers etc., regular people who find themselves trapped in a war zone with no escape. https://t.co/B5xO31oUbG
It looks like an improbable chemical attack really isn’t required as a pretext to turn Syria into the next failed state where ethnic and religious sectarian violence make sure balkanized states cannot challenge Israel and the United States.
Trump and Bolton have apparently decided it doesn’t matter one way or the other if the White Helmets are now in the process of staging a chemical attack. It’s not required.
The Trump administration is mulling whether or not to expand military strikes to include not just Syrian government forces but also the forces of #Syria‘s military allies in the conflict, Iran and Russia.https://t.co/nZKZW60GGB
Bombing the shit—as Trump so eloquently promised—out of Syria will be complimented with a new crop of US soldiers and bases. Trump’s Pentagon will stay there until the process of political and social disintegration is complete—and will (if Germany, Japan, and South Korea serve as examples) stay there indefinitely. That’s how democracy works.
For a large number of Americans, an organized kill fest soon to be committed in their name is far down on the list of concerns. In fact, it we can believe Gallup, there is virtually no concern about what this impeding war crime will produce.
The “situation with Russia” is directly tied to Syria. Russia has said it won’t permit the US to attack al-Assad, his government, military, and the Syria people. It has an armada of warships gathered in the Mediterranean. Putin and the Russians might actually do something this time despite increasing the odds of direct conflict with the US and its ultimate nuclear endgame scenario.
Of course, this “situation” is not about Syria. It’s about another fictional tale—Russian influence of the US election.
Americans are simply not all that interested in war and organized mass murder perpetuated by a government in cahoots with the most pathological of partners—Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Most Americans are worried about falling out of the middle class, availability and affordability of healthcare, and the economy. Nuclear war with Russia and the horrifying prospect of the end of life on planet Earth isn’t even a blip on the radar.
In a climate like this—where a majority of Americans can’t find Syria on a map—war and misery are inevitable.
Like the character Tommy Ray Glatman in the film Dreamscape, the neocons believe they can do whatever they want in this emerging nightmare.
Recall the observation of Republican political strategist and former Nixon dirty trickster, Karl Rove.
“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
An empire that may soon be reduced to radioactive ash.
I’ve said this for years. The neocon strategy in the Middle East is total, unrelenting war and mass murder, not the delivery of “democracy,” but rather to destabilize and remake nations into compliant client states approved of by Israel.
This is the Trump response to the battle for Idlib, where a US engineered proxy, al-Qaeda, is holed up.
However, it probably isn’t fair to call this a Trump decision. The Donald doesn’t make foreign policy calls—unless his daughter is upset about something like staged chemical attacks—and he has delegated foreign policy strategy and decisions to the Pentagon and his neocon national security adviser, John Bolton, and the former CIA boss, now secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.
Recall Trump saying our only business in Syria is the fight to eradicate the Islamic State. However, this threat was largely suppressed by Russia and Iran, not Trump, Pompeo, and Mad Dog.
According to The Washington Post, Trump’s secretary of defense and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo made this “rediscovery” of Syria while the nation was distracted by the death of John McCain.
Sergey Lavrov is defending Syrian and Russian assault on #Idlib. The Russians and Assad agreed not to permit this. The U.S sees this as an escalation of an already dangerous conflict.
Trump’s neocon national security adviser, John Bolton, “warned publicly last week that the United States would respond ‘very strongly’ if President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons,” in other words, if the elected leader of Syria tries to remove the last vestiges of US-Saudi Wahhabi mercenaries from his country, the US will respond “very strongly,” that is to say more bombs will fall, more innocents will die, and Russia may very well be targeted in Syria.
The alliance between US and Israel has never been stronger. I look forward to discussing a range of challenges and opportunities – Iran chief among them – that confront our two nations. pic.twitter.com/JOgQ4tzy3U
U.S. goals in Syria have been sketched publicly by Pompeo and Mattis: withdrawal of all Iranian-commanded forces from the country, rather than just from a 50-mile buffer zone along the Israel border, as in the deal Russia arranged; and a political transition that can prevent Syria from becoming a terrorist base again and stabilize it enough that refugees can return to their homes. Pompeo and Mattis want more U.S. involvement in the Geneva deliberations on a political transition, too.
In short, Syria’s capitulation to Israel and the neocons.
This is not going to happen and Bolton, Mattis, and Pompeo know it. The ultimate plan for Syria was formalized decades ago by Israel and later adopted by a gaggle of Israel-first neocons.
Israel, however, knows it does not have the military resources to push into Syria and depose al-Assad and drive out the Iranians, so that job will be completed by the United States. “Israeli officials say they’ve concluded that only the United States can drive Iranian commanders from the field,” reports the Post.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said last week the al-Qaeda associate Levant Liberation Committee planned a false flag chemical attack “in the northern Idlib province, and that it would be filmed by first-responders known as the White Helmets, who Russia has accused of fabricating past attacks,” the Associated Press reported.
According to Russian Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov, British special services were to be used for the false flag.
That brought a heated denial Tuesday from Britain’s U.N. ambassador. “Even by the egregious standards of Russian propaganda, this is an extraordinary allegation,” Karen Pierce said during a Security Council session on the humanitarian situation in Syria. “It is wholly untrue.”
However, considering the history of British intelligence and centuries of brutal colonialism and violence by the United Kingdom, Ms. Pierce’s denial holds little water. As the findings of the Chilcot committee revealed, the UK is up to its neck in collusion with the US and its wars.
How to counter Tsygankov’s accusation? Denounce it as “fake news,” the now preferred method of countering all that challenges the narrative, in this case a fictional account that lacks any evidence to turn it into a fact.
She said the claim was either aimed at disseminating “fake news” or “as a smoke screen for a possible impending attack by the Syrian regime, once again against its own people, in Idlib.”
It’s own people?
The Levant Liberation Committee (Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham) is a terrorist group that wants to establish a Salafist caliphate in Syria. It is led by Abu Mohammad al-Julani, the emir of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, who also led its predecessor, al-Nusra Front, otherwise known as al-Qaeda in Syria.
Bolton and Pompeo must now decide how to proceed. The false flag chemical attack was exposed by the Russians, but that doesn’t mean the Trump neocons will jettison the plan.
The neocons rely on The Washington Post and The New York Times to put the appropriate spin on things in order to keep the American people in the dark.