Showing posts with label Assad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Assad. Show all posts

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Ray McGovern Pays Tribute to Obama's Heroic Personal Cowardice

"Now, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground. Instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope. But I’m confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out.

Our military has positioned assets in the region. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has informed me that we are prepared to strike whenever we choose. Moreover, the Chairman has indicated to me that our capacity to execute this mission is not time-sensitive; it will be effective tomorrow, or next week, or one month from now. And I’m prepared to give that order.

But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests, I’m also mindful that I’m the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And that’s why I’ve made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.

Over the last several days, we’ve heard from members of Congress who want their voices to be heard. I absolutely agree. So this morning, I spoke with all four congressional leaders, and they’ve agreed to schedule a debate and then a vote as soon as Congress comes back into session.

In the coming days, my administration stands ready to provide every member with the information they need to understand what happened in Syria and why it has such profound implications for America’s national security. And all of us should be accountable as we move forward, and that can only be accomplished with a vote.

I’m confident in the case our government has made without waiting for U.N. inspectors. I’m comfortable going forward without the approval of a United Nations Security Council that, so far, has been completely paralyzed and unwilling to hold Assad accountable. As a consequence, many people have advised against taking this decision to Congress, and undoubtedly, they were impacted by what we saw happen in the United Kingdom this week when the Parliament of our closest ally failed to pass a resolution with a similar goal, even as the Prime Minister supported taking action.

Yet, while I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective. We should have this debate, because the issues are too big for business as usual. And this morning, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell agreed that this is the right thing to do for our democracy."

- Obama Practices War Avoidance,
(and/or Personal Cowardice, I don't really care which),
August 31st 2013

Monday, 29 September 2014

Why Iraq Will Lose and Why Syria Has Won.

"It will give our young people a comprehensive education... to make up for their Comprehensive Education."
- Hacker

The universally maligned, slaughtered and abused Iraqi Armies of 1990-1 and 2003, (at the time of Desert Storm, the fourth largest Army in the world), was comprised for it's enlisted ranks almost entirely of teenaged conscripts, commanded by experienced, battle-hardened officers, schooled in Soviet war doctrine, who were all veterans of a major and very attritional war.

Demolished Iraqi vehicles line the Highway of Death on 18 April 1991.

Demolished vehicles line Highway 80, also known as the "Highway of Death", the route fleeing Iraqi forces took as they retreated fom Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. The tank visible in the center of the picture is either a Type 59 or a Type 69 as evidenced by the dome-shaped ventilator on the top of the turret and the headlamps on the right fender.

They are all dead now. 

Most of them, very violently, and long before their proper time.

The Syrian Arab Army, still, is organised along almost exactly the same principles - they are the same set of principles upon which the Israeli Defence Forces have been organised since [about 46 years before] the foundation of the Zionist State;

That is to say, compulsory National Service, a fully deputised civilian citizenry of potential reservists with military training to call on in the event of invasion, attack or other national emergency, and a firm and central indoctrination into all citizens of the Republic of "the Myth of the Nation", as NeoConservatives term the Social Contract.

Military colleges use the term "Nation Building", and the Anglo-American Power Structure and Military-Industrial-Entertainment Complex have agreed in universal, lock-step consensus that this is something that they should never-ever try to do - anywhere. 


Because it is "not our job".

In other words, the Monopoly of Law and Force, which is the hallmark of all modern Nation States, and not the hallmark of the Global Zionists of the New World Order, or absolutist tyrannies, military juntas and dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, ThailandNorth Korea or rural Nevada.

The Iraqi Army doesn't have that.

Fortunately, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard absolutely does...