Blaming the Assad regime is, of course, a foregone conclusion. And so? War, shall we?
Stumping for more war after more than a decade of it, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered another Syria speech today that many people have called into question on why it was delivered by Secretary Kerry and not, oh, ya know, our president Barack Obama.
Here are a few of the highlights from Secretary Kerry’s speech:
What do we know?
“And I believe, as President Obama does, that it is also important to discuss this directly with the American people. That’s our responsibility: to talk with the citizens who have entrusted all of us in the administration and the Congress with responsibility for their security.”
“But still, in order to protect sources and methods, some of what we know will only be released to members of Congress, the representatives of the American people. That means that some things we do know, we can’t talk about publicly.“
And still later
“So that is what we know. That’s what the leaders of Congress now know. And that’s what the American people need to know.”
Translation: You, the American People, are on a ‘need-to-know’ basis and you do not need to know. Trust us. We’re the government.
Wasn’t it Ronald Reagan who said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help'”?
They admit they knew for three days.
“We know that for three days before the attack the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons personnel were on the ground, in the area, making preparations. And we know that the Syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions associated with chemical weapons. We know that these were specific instructions.We know where the rockets were launched from, and at what time. We know where they landed, and when.”
So our government knew for three days before the chemical attack there was going to be a chemical attack, but they let 1,429 Syrians, including at least 426 children, die but now we’re going to bomb Syria for the chemical attack our government knew was imminent for days in advance?
They’ve made up their minds — it was Assad.
“This is the indiscriminate, inconceivable horror of chemical weapons. This is what Assad did to his own people.”
“We know this.”
And still later.
“…in all of these things that we know, all of that, the American intelligence community has high confidence, high confidence this is common sense, this is evidence, these are facts.”
Translation: Assad did it. No matter what, Assad did it. Did I mention Assad did it? It is indisputable. It does not matter if a bunch of people — from the Syrian Ambassador to the U.N. Bashar Jaafari presenting evidence that the Syrian rebels committed three more chemical attacks in the days following the initial chemical weapons attack — to U.N. weapons inspector Carla Del Ponte telling a Swiss TV station earlier this year they have collected evidence from Syrian citizens that the rebels were using chemical weapons against them — to Syrian rebels themselves who reportedly admitted to an AP reporter that they used the weapons (and claimed it was ‘an accident’) — say it was not Assad’s regime. Assad did it. Period.
So sayeth the U.S. government.
Evidence that contradicts the government’s official story was never truly discussed or even considered; the fact that there is competing evidence out there was never even brought up. In Kerry’s previous speech just a few days ago, he actually said you are terrible if you even question our government: “Anyone who could claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass.”
So there you go.
The U.N. weapons inspectors won’t tell us who used chemical weapons either way.
“But as Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general, has said again and again, the U.N. investigation will not affirm who used these chemical weapons. That is not the mandate of the U.N. investigation. They will only affirm whether such weapons were used. By the definition of their own mandate, the U.N. can’t tell us anything that we haven’t shared with you this afternoon or that we don’t already know.”
Yeah. Seriously. Kerry said that. Kinda backs up the assertion our government is just waiting for those U.N. inspectors to leave the country as they are scheduled to do tomorrow…
The U.S. government doesn’t really care what the U.N. says anyway.
“And because of the guaranteed Russian obstructionism of any action through the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. cannot galvanize the world to act, as it should.”
Get the picture now?
Kerry also made comments that Syria is not going to be like Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya, even though everyone else all over the world is drawing similarities between the current situation in Syria to Afghanistan, Iraq and especially Libya considering it is on record that Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., accused Libya of harboring and training Syrian rebels to take down Assad’s regime earlier this year. Reports followed that stockpiles of Libyan weapons were airlifted directly to the rebels to use in Syria.
Should we even mention the fact that, after Gaddafi was killed and his regime toppled, Libya’s stockpile of chemical weapons went mysteriously missing?
Ahem. As Secretary Kerry said, “And that’s what the American people need to know.”
By the way, where was our president?
Sure, Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama showed up later to make brief comments about how he is “war-weary” (guess even he is tired of his failed campaign promises of bringing the troops home) and to string things along with more “I have not made a decision” talk even as the Pentagon is reportedly moving our military assets closer to Syria as Obama was speaking… For someone who likes to tout his transparency, today was a rather cloudy day as requests for live media coverage of Obama’s newest Syria comments were denied.
Could that be because the comments weren’t live but pre-recorded?
President Obama did manage to say, “But as I’ve already said, I have had my military and our team look at a wide range of options,” just before “We have consulted with allies. We’ve consulted with Congress.”
Didn’t realize the American military forces were literally all employed by Barack Obama himself.
So there you have it. Call it a limited military engagement if you want, but we’re on the brink of war, war that could possibly lead to World War III with the number of countries involved on all sides of the debate, and what do we get?
We get a speech from our Secretary of State that should have come from the president who, instead, gave us a short pre-recorded statement.
Maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on Kerry after all.