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Robin Alexander

Posted on April 13, 2018 17:21

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The answer: Defense Contractors. Any time the entire establishment agrees on something, especially when the subject is war – like just before the Iraq invasion – we the people must be skeptical and answer Defense Contractors. So, what exactly is the question?

Republicans, Democrats, intelligence agencies, and most media pundits are aligned on one issue: America must overthrow Assad. (It’s interesting that Boeing advertises on news shows where politicians, ex-intelligence officials and retired Generals all appear. Cozy). Assad’s latest crime is a chlorine gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. Oh really?

Trump said we’ll respond “forcefully”; Lindsay Graham, Howard Dean (neo-liberal posing as progressive), and Andrea Mitchell all called for a military strike where Joe Scarborough opined, “we can make a difference.” Oh really?

First, we don’t know Assad was responsible. Both sides possess chemical weapons, the “other side” being ISIS. (Yes, these are the “moderate rebels” we support – the ones who want to establish Sharia Law and eradicate the Shi’a and Alawi Muslims – the ones we’ve trained and armed although we’re fighting them. Don’t ask).

The point is, it would be counter-productive for Assad to play the gas card now. He’s winning, and Trump recently announced plans to leave Syria very soon. In the identical scenario last April, a poison gas attack prompted a U.S. military response. Assad has nothing to gain by provoking the U.S. at this moment.

Second, Defense Secretary Mattis recently admitted that we still have NO evidence Assad perpetrated the first gas attack. It was propaganda then and it’s propaganda now, just as Weapons of Mass Destruction were used to manipulate us into invading Iraq fifteen years ago. (Interesting tidbit: The FBI director who swore to the Senate in 2003 that Iraq had WMDs was Robert Mueller.)

Third, poison gas is an arbitrary “red line”. We’re currently helping Saudi Arabia commit genocide in Yemen, where tens of thousands of civilians, including children, are killed daily; our drones killed thousands of civilians in Syria. The fact is, we tolerate and commit atrocities all the time. If we “cared”, we’d split from Riyadh and provide health care for every U.S. citizen.

Fourth, we haven’t learned anything from Iraq and Libya. Regime change in Syria would result in deadly chaos, not to mention the expense. It wouldn’t make us safer. It wouldn’t make the Middle East more stable. There’s no one poised to take over, aside from the Islamic State, and we’re still writing letters that say, “Yes Virginia, there is a magical Muslim Middle Eastern democracy”.

This mess has made for uncommonly strange bedfellows. Progressive Jimmy Dore and Fox News host Tucker Carlson both made arguments similar to these. Carlson even suggested that Congress pass a law: “Congress shall topple no government until it is finished rebuilding the last government it toppled. And furthermore, talk-show Generals shall be required to personally visit the battlefield of every war they advocate for.”

Dore added, in regard to Generals and all war supporters, “And they must answer, who’s paying them?” That’s the question.

Because war is predatory capitalism’s very best friend. And that Virginia, I can vouch for.

Robin Alexander

Posted on April 13, 2018 17:21

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