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Kerry Meets With Kissinger. Yuck.

3:38 pm in Uncategorized by FeetToDaFire

Dr. Henry Kissinger

What Advice Could Kissinger Offer

It is difficult to trust the judgement or the veracity of what the Secretary of State John Kerry says. If it weren’t bad enough that his talking points don’t explain the real reasons he wants to drop missiles in Syria, the point is further made by the fact that he found it useful or proper to consult with the accused war criminal, Henry Kissinger. 

Based on his history, we can get a sense of what Kissinger’s position is on Syria. At least we can discern what doesn’t motivate him, which may be enough. He is not moved by a sense of compassion or a humanitarian interest in protecting the innocent people of Syria.

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Syria Update: Deja Vu All Over Again

4:39 pm in Uncategorized by FeetToDaFire

Bush, et al, lied us into the Iraq debacle in pursuit of “the blueprint for the Middle East.” Could it be that this administration is following the same whacko plan to invade 7 countries in the ME.

Whether this is their intent, I don’t know but I do feel confident that we are systematically being lied to. Here is a short list of the things that lead me to believe we are being deceived:

  • Assad delayed 5 days before giving authorization for the UN inspectors to access the site of the attack. What Really Happened: The formal written request was not delivered to Assad until Saturday. Authorization was granted on Monday. Depending on the times of request and reply this is only 2 days or less.
  • We were told that Assad stepped up conventional weapon use immediately after the gas attack in order to degrade the evidence. From what I understand it is not possible to degrade sarin gas. It stays in the ground for months, in tissue samples of the dead, as well in the survivors. Eye witnesses still have their memories intact. Physicians can still report what they saw and who they treated for what conditions. The idea that Assad was trying to tamper with evidence has little credibility.
  • Initially, there was a push to strike prior to the UN inspectors’ completion and their report. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon had to call President Obama to implore him to wait.
  • As Jason Hirthler remarks in his CounterPunch piece, “Nobody mainstream has bothered to point out that Assad would have to be suicidal to launch an attack with inspectors in-country, and with the use of chemical weapons being President Barack Obama’s vaunted “red line” across which no sovereign Shi’ite government can cross.” 
  • There is a story circulating around the web which revolves around a photo that John Kerry reportedly used to tug at heartstrings and bolster his position that the US MUST do something regarding Syria. It was identified as the moral reason we must act. I have spent a couple hours trying to confirm this story. So far, no luck. Turns out that the image was not taken in Syria, nor was it a recent photo. It was a photo taken in Iraq in 2003 or 2004. It has been reported that the photographer, Marco di Lauro, said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw it was being used to promote a war in Syria. Photo 

Can anyone here at FDL shed any light on this? Does anyone know if Kerry actually used the photo in question and in what context?

Syria: A Cautionary Note

9:11 pm in Uncategorized by FeetToDaFire

Fool Me Once…

Let’s not make the same mistake that we made in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. I grant that Assad is an awful person. Maybe he could use nerve agents to kill his own people. But this isn’t about “could,” either he did or he didn’t. There are some nagging questions about Syria and the chemical attacks.

Why would Assad pick the exact time that UN inspectors are already in Syria to launch a large scale chemical attack? Seriously, Assad is a bad guy to be sure but how could he run Syria for decades if he, his generals, and top advisors are all morons? This is what we are asked to believe. The regime is determined to retain power and they have the rebels totally outgunned. Why would he do the one thing that could instantly shift the balance of power? Read the rest of this entry →