“In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”
James Madison – Speech, Constitutional Convention (1787-06-29), from Max Farrand’s Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, vol. I (1911), p. 465
Whaddya know — new report from Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, affirming what some of us knew all along: Obama & Kerry blatantly lied to the American public, and the world, about the “undeniable” intelligence they supposedly had showing Assad’s regime was responsible for the chemical attacks in Syria.
Of course it was all simply a pretense for U.S. intervention in order to advance the West’s geopolitical & economic interests in the region–it had nothing to do with youtube videos of children suffering from sarin gas. It had everything to do with pipelines that would run through Syria on their way to Europe, where they’ll supply much of that continent’s oil & natural gas & thus represent a large piece the global energy picture for the 21st century. Several countries are maneuvering themselves for dominance of the energy market that runs through Syria. Our oil/gas-exporting allies in the area (who help prop up the petrodollar) are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey…all desperately want Assad gone. Assad entered agreements w/ Russia and Iran in 2009 re: a massive underground gas pipeline planned to run through Iran, Iraq, Syria, then on to Europe…undermining Qatar’s strategic energy power & cutting Turkey (a NATO member) out of the pipeline flow–all of which hurts Western energy interests & ultimately threatens the petrodollar system (which ensures the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency).
So there’s a million reasons why they wanted to get involved, none of which involve sob-stories about suffering children or the inhumane use of chemical weapons… that was simply a red herring–the sort of smoke screen gov’t must employ when it needs to garner public support for military action. It’s necessary in order to get the public riled up enough to be willing to support going to war. It failed to work this time, though not because they didn’t try their damndest.
Saudi Arabia literally offered to foot the entire bill for a U.S. invasion of Syria…and this administration would have you believe they offered this because, hey, they too were outraged about some fuckin youtube videos! It’s amazing how stupid they think you really are.