by David Stockman
Exactly one year ago Obama proposed to take Bashar Al Assad to the woodshed because he
had allegedly unleashed a vicious chemical attack on his own citizens. That was all
pretext, of course, because even the CIA refused to sign-off on the flimsy case for
Assad's culpability at the time -- a reluctance corroborated since then by the
considerable evidence that hundreds of Syrian civilians were murdered during a false
flag operation staged by the rebels with help from Turkey. The aim of the rebels, of
course, was to activate American tomahawk missiles and bombers in behalf of "regime
change", which was also the stated goal of the Obama Administration.
Now the White House is threatening to bomb Syria again, but this time its "regime
change" objective has been expanded to include both sides! In 12 short months what had
been the allegedly heroic Sunni opposition to the "brutal rule" of the Assad/Alawite
minority has transmuted into the "greatest terrorist threat ever", according to the
Secretary of Defense.
So Obama has already unleashed the drones and surveillance apparatus to identify targets
of attack that will help bring down a regime in northern and eastern Syria -- the so-called
Islamic State -- which did not even exist a year ago. And a regime that is now armed to the
teeth with America's own latest and greatest weaponry as previously supplied to the
disintegrated Iraqi army and the Syrian rebels trained by the CIA in Jordan. . . .
David A. Stockman is former Michigan Congressman and Director of the US Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan.
["This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five
years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing
off, Iran."--Wesley Clark, "Seven
Countries in Five Years," Democracy Now, March 2, 2007]
"Another Western War Crime In The Making,"
The Wisdom Fund, August 27, 2013
"An Attack on Syria Neither Lawful Nor Just,"
The Wisdom Fund, September 7, 2013
"ISIS a CIA/NATO 'Dirty War' Op?,"
The Wisdom Fund, June 24, 2014
[Again, we're always coming to save someone - and we always leave them worse off after
we're done.--Jeff Sparrow, "Another war in the
name of humanitarianism," theguardian.com, September 2, 2014]
Peter Baker, "New Military Campaign Extends a Legacy of War,"
nytimes.com, September 10, 2014
VIDEO: "Rouhani: Iran is 'against terrorism'," cnn.com,
Robert Fisk, "Why is there such an
explosion of violence across the Middle East?," independent.co.uk, October 31, 2014
"World War III for Dummies,"