18 June 2013

Get Ready for the Next Undeclared War




Who knows why this country wants to keep provoking Russia? And which unconstitutional and immoral war will be the bridge too far? I post this piece by Pat Buchanan under the file named Fatima (general):

A Reluctant Warrior Tiptoes to War
By Patrick Buchanan

Barack Obama has just taken his first baby steps into a war in Syria that may define and destroy his presidency.

Thursday, while he was ringing in Gay Pride Month with LGBT revelers, a staffer, Ben Rhodes, informed the White House press that U.S. weapons will be going to the Syrian rebels.

For two years Obama has stayed out of this sectarian-civil war that has consumed 90,000 lives. Why is he going in now?

The White House claims it now has proof Bashar Assad used sarin gas to kill 100-150 people, thus crossing a “red line” Obama had set down as a “game changer.” Defied, his credibility challenged, he had to do something.

Yet Assad’s alleged use of sarin to justify U.S. intervention seems less like our reason for getting into this war than our excuse.

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He has been under severe political and foreign pressure to do something after Assad and Hezbollah recaptured the strategic town of Qusair and began preparing to recapture Aleppo, the largest city.

Should Assad succeed, it would mean a decisive defeat for the rebels and their backers: the Turks, Saudis and Qataris. And it would mean a geostrategic victory for Iran, Hezbollah and Russia, who have proven themselves reliable allies.

To prevent this defeat and humiliation, we are now going to ship arms and ammunition to keep the rebels going and in control of enough territory to negotiate a peace that will remove Assad.

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What is the likely reaction to our escalation from humanitarian aid to military aid? Counter-escalation. Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are likely to rush in more weapons and troops to accelerate the progress of Assad’s army before the American weapons arrive.

And if they raise and call, what does Obama do?

Already, a clamor is being heard from our clients in the Middle East and Congress to crater Syria’s runways with cruise missiles, to send heavy weapons to the rebels, to destroy Assad’s air force on the ground, to bomb his antiaircraft sites.

All of these are acts of war. Yet under the Constitution, Congress alone authorizes war.

When did Congress authorize Obama to take us to war in Syria? Where does our imperial president get his authority to draw red lines and attack countries that cross them?

Have we ceased to be a republic? Has Congress become a mere spectator to presidential decisions on war and peace?

As Vladimir Putin seems less the reluctant warrior, what do we do if Moscow answers the U.S. escalation by delivering on its contract to provide S-300 antiaircraft missiles to Damascus, which can cover half of Israel?

Obama has put us on the escalator to a war already spilling over Syria’s borders into Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, a war that is now sundering the entire Middle East along Sunni and Shia lines.

He is making us de facto allies of the Al-Qaida-like al-Nusra Front, of Hamas and jihadists from all across the region, and of the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi just severed ties to Syria and is demanding a “no-fly zone,” which one imagines the United States, not the Egyptian air force, would have to enforce.

Our elites shed tears over the 90,000 dead in Syria. But what we are about to do will not stop the killing, but simply lengthen the duration of the war and increase the numbers of dead and wounded.

At the top of this escalator our country has begun to ascend is not just a proxy war with Iran in Syria, but a real war that would entail a disaster for the world economy.

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3 comments:

Andrew said...

Bush & Blair destroyed the Christian community in Iraq, and Obama & the EU seem intent on doing the same in Syria. God bless Russia! It would seem to be the only major Christian country left. Who would have thought thirty years ago? One wonders if Russia's emerging role as defender of Christians was part of why Our Lady told us to pray for Russia's conversion.

Jeanne Holler said...

What are we to do ????

My prayer: deliver us from evil!

God deliver us from "this" evil !

X said...

"Have we ceased to be a republic?"
What a jerk. America hasn't been a Republic for 100 years. With the Creation of the privately owned Federal Reserve, Congress became nothing more than a marionette show. Reluctant warrior? Give me a break. No one loves war more than Empires and Banks, and America is a Banking Empire, if you can call such gangsterism banking. It doesn't matter which meat puppet is in office. The only real question is is Buchanan trying to be coy or can he still possibly be this dense? Either way he serves his Masters well, which is probably the secret to his success.

Wait, I just heard a knock at my door. NSA? NSA who? Uh, yeah I paid my taxes. Hold on I'll open the door you don't have to knock it dow................. end of line.