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On to the Next: Leaning Toward Lebanon

Robin Alexander

Posted on November 1, 2019 12:40

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What surprises me is that I didn’t predict the requisite horror story designed to galvanize American support for another illegal war. But it’s here, before I’ve even had a chance to get through one day.

This morning I tapped the cell-phone and up came Lee Camp’s podcast “General Clark and 7 Countries in Five Years.”

Wesley Clark: retired four-star general, West Point valedictorian, Rhodes Scholar, Supreme Allied Commander Europe-NATO, closest thing we’ve got to Smedley Butler.

The story:

General Clark recaps a visit with an unknown Joint Staff officer, Pentagon, 9/20/2001:

Officer: Sir, you gotta come in and talk. We made the decision; we’re going to war with Iraq!

Clark: We’re going to war with Iraq!?! Why? Did they find information connecting Saddam to Al Qaeda?

Officer: No … I don’t know why. I guess they don’t know what else to do. We can take down governments … if what we’ve got is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail.

Several weeks later, returning to that General’s office:

Clark: Are we still invading Iraq?

OfficerOh, it’s worse than that. I just got this memo from upstairs (referring to the Secretary of Defense’s office). We’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing with Iran.

Clark: The truth about the Middle East is … the presence of petroleum has sparked … this attitude that we could intervene and use force in the region.

Iraq: Check

Syria: Check.

Libya: Check

Somalia and Sudan (yes, we have troops there to destabilize those countries while we install our preferred leaders; it’s just that no one reports it): Check and check

Yemen: Just to show solidarity with the Saudis and protect the petro-dollar

Iran: Too dangerous, so . . .


Camp paraphrases a Washington Post piece: “We did what we could with Syria, it’s time to move on, let’s go to Lebanon.” In other words, Camp says, “Now that we’ve contributed to the unrest in Syria, trained and armed ISIS and killed numerous civilians, it’s time to bring our form of freedom and democracy to Lebanon!”

A search of WAPO articles about Lebanon reveals no less than 10 dating from October 22. There’s an economic crisis, there’s protests, the government seeks reforms, the population doesn’t trust it, Hezbollah is still there – the scene is being set.

What surprises me is that I didn’t predict the requisite horror story designed to galvanize American support for another illegal war. Flashbacks:

  • Gulf War PR fiasco: false testimony by Nayirah before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, and widely publicized, in which she claimed to witness Iraqi soldiers taking Kuwaiti babies from incubators and leaving them to die. Tears and everything.
  • Iraq War PR super fiasco: false testimony by Secretary Colin Powell to the UN Security Council, widely publicized and supported by numerous government officials including one Robert Mueller, in which he claimed Hussein had WMDs which he could gift to Al Qaeda.

Within two hours of Camp’s podcast, while listening to CNN (or was it MSNBC?), I heard about someone’s father illegally being held and tortured in Lebanon. Tears and everything. It’s called manufacturing consent.

I mean propaganda.

Robin Alexander

Posted on November 1, 2019 12:40


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