HOLY DRONES ABROAD! Saddam’s WMD found in Syria!??! (Didn’t we just do this?!!?) The headline in yesterday’s TruthOut newsletter (August 25, 2013) was “UN Experts in Syria to visit site of poison gas attack.” I posted a link to the article on Facebook accompanied by this retort:
“Oh, right! Now we’re supposed to trust those UN guys who couldn’t find any bloody weapons of mass destruction, forcing us to invade Iraq! Hey, I remember if nobody else does …”
That post was followed an hour later by a second Facebook posting from me that blared:
“NEW HUNT FOR NEW ALLEGED “WMD” (OR, HOW THE HELL DID SADDAM DO IT THIS TIME—AND IN SYRIA?!?)”
Holy drones at home!
I wrote the sentence in the previous post (that starts with “Oh, right!” below) while sipping my first cuppa coffee and glancing at the emailed newsletters that I had received yesterday and today.
While pecking at the keys, I heard the thump of my newspaper landing at my doorstep. Here is the headline in todays Seattle Times (August 26, 2013): “Syria agrees to inspection, but U.S. says it’s too late.”
Holy Drones At Home! George W. Bush and the Project for a New American Century have possessed President Obama! It’s bloody Iraq all over! All we need is a return engagement from April Glaspie to make this perfect. 1
Pencil dicks aside, to be fair to both Bush and Obama, each president MUST meet the insatiable needs of the US military industrial complex, regardless of his campaign promises.
I acknowledge that, like probably every other person in the world I have no idea what occurred in Syria. But if they are opening up their country to an independent inspection by the United Nations, that alone tells me that something is not kosher with the saber-rattling news-bits that have been circulating in the US media and on the Internet.
“Secretary of State John Kerry assured the public that the Obama administration’s summary of the intelligence on which it is basing the case for military action to punish the Assad regime for an alleged use of chemical weapons was put together with an acute awareness of the fiasco of the 2002 Iraq WMD intelligence estimate.
Nevertheless, the unclassified summary of the intelligence assessment made public August 30, 2013, utilizes misleading language evocative of the infamous Iraq estimate’s deceptive phrasing. The summary cites signals, geospatial and human source intelligence that purportedly show that the Syrian government prepared, carried out and ‘confirmed’ a chemical weapons attack on August 21. And it claims visual evidence ‘consistent with’ a nerve gas attack.
But a careful examination of those claims reveals a series of convolutedly worded characterizations of the intelligence that don’t really mean what they appear to say at first glance.
The document displays multiple indications that the integrity of the assessment process was seriously compromised by using language that distorted the intelligence in ways that would justify an attack on Syria.”
That this looks almost EXACTLY like a replay of Bush and Iraq in 2003 should alert even the lowest of “low information voters” to potential less-than-subtle subterfuge and more of the same, this time from a “liberal” (hoo-hah!) Democrat instead of the usual compassionately conservative Republican. 2
1 If you do not know who April Glaspie is, you probably should not have an opinion on anything involving the US in the Middle East during the past thirty years or so …
2 This post was inspired by my friend Eric Locke. And finally, to quote a brilliant curmudgeon of the last century, “So it goes …”