‘my dear friend’, nothing personal, ‘red line’, ‘credibility’ and all that…

Many know that famous, old saying, ‘A fool and his money are soon parted’. But not that many know that newly discovered, old saying, ‘A fool without his teleprompter will be the death of us all’.

The Alchemists of Chaos are bored. Not enough chaos in those uncowed Moslem/Arab countries, and latest polls show that ratings for respect not moving up. What to do? Here’s something. Syria, since it has long been on the agenda for destabilization, and, if possible, dissolution. Plus, there is that thing of some ‘red line’ uttered by some articulate world statesman (others would say, ‘clueless charlatan’), unguided by the ubiquitous teleprompter. And for that there must be a mandatory ‘shot across the bow’, otherwise all ‘credibility’ will be lost. And ‘credibility’ is the thing for fear and even respect to work. What to do? A conundrum. Or is it?

As skepticism of the motives of the defenders of democracy, freedom and justice deepens, and deepens despite the hysterical encouragement of the corporate media for real-time Shock and Awe II and ratings and commercials, aside the likes of RT and France24, blogs lay out the reality. And the reality is unpleasant.

Over at FDL, DS Wright has a look at US diplomacy at work with his Kerry Labels Assad ‘Hitler’ Despite Dining With Him, British Sold Syria Chemical Weapons For Civil War

It’s that time again. As the war drums start pounding the foe-of-the-moment starts being compared to Adolf Hitler. Unfortunately for Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently made the Assad-Hitler comparison, his realization seems to be quite sudden as photos have surfaced of Secretary Kerry and his wife dining with the Assads.


But don’t worry it seems the British have the Obama Administration beat on hypocrisy as the UK’s Daily Record revealed that Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after civil war began.

“Britain allowed firms to sell chemicals to Syria capable of being used to make nerve gas, the Sunday Mail can reveal today. Export licences for potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride were granted months after the bloody civil war in the Middle East began.

The chemical is capable of being used to make weapons such as sarin, thought to be the nerve gas used in the attack on a rebel-held Damascus suburb which killed nearly 1500 people, including 426 children, 10 days ago.”

Remember, it’s all about the children. The children.

The number of children? Over at emptywheel, Marcy Wheeler has a look at how uncertainty can be transformed into absolute certainty without any sense of embarrassment. And does so with her, The Case for War: Since When is Médecins Sans Frontières a Secret Intelligence Source?

The MSF 3,600 number was almost always reported with the 355 number. And the White House case quotes the MSF release, almost verbatim. If the 3,600 is credible, then the 355 number should be treated as credible too.

But the Administration used the 1,429 number, several times the casualties either the Brits or the French or either of the two highly credible NGOs cite.


Ultimately, the dispute over the number of dead is moot as to the seriousness of the attack (unless we have reason to believe the numbers got inflated through rebel propaganda and the US used it in their case).

It was a serious attack.

But it does demonstrate several fundamental credibility problems with the government’s case as presented.

Credibility, credibility, credibility.

Gareth Porter would provide a surgical dissection of the case for the delivery of chaos, How Intelligence Was Twisted to Support an Attack on SyriaHe leaves the reader with the choice of using the word, lies.

Ray McGovern is even more unsparing. A retired CIA analyst, who has been witness and active participant in much of the foreign policy adventures maleficence masked as truth, exposes in detail the illegality, amateurishness and imperial lunacy of the discredited, destructive actors in his Should We Fall Again for ‘Trust Me’? A key observation,

Under the United Nations Treaty, signatories like the U.S. pledge not to use – or even threaten to use – military force against another nation without U.N. Security Council approval or unless already attacked or in imminent danger of attack. None of those conditions apply here.

So, even if the “intelligence” against Syria were air-tight (which it isn’t) and if Congress approves a use-of-force resolution, the U.S. Constitution still requires that we abide by the U.N. Treaty and obtain Security Council approval. How can lawyers like Obama and Kerry ignore such basics?

The Secretary-General of the United Nations would make the official statement for the record, a statement and warning politely and purposefully downplayed by an enabling jingoistic corporate media.

And as the Denizens of Doom prepare for the march to chaos and worse, we can find a useful reminder from a post in counterpunch by Maximilian Forte, The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya. One of his reminders is the unapologetic association of exemplars of democracy, freedom and justice with their ‘dear friend’ who did ‘favours’ and about whom the previous Secretary of State would cackle, ‘We came. We saw. He died.’

…Gaddafi’s regime has many faces: some are seen by his domestic opponents, others are seen by recipients of his aid, and others were smiled at by the likes of Silvio Berlusconi,Nicolas SarkozyCondoleeza RiceHillary Clinton and Barack Obama. There are many faces, and they are all simultaneously real. Some refuse to “disown” Gaddafi, to “apologize” for his friendship towards them, no matter how distasteful, indecent, and embarrassing other “progressives” may find him. That needs to be respected, instead of this now fashionable bullying and gang banging that reduces a range of positions to one juvenile accusation: “you support a dictator”. Ironically, we support many dictators, with our very own tax dollars, and we routinely offer no apologies for this fact.

‘Red line’, ‘credibility’, ‘shot across the bow’.

And when the President-Winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace has to seek validation and support for death and destruction from world famous statesmen, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, not at all known as lusty warmongering supremacists, we know there will be peace in the valley, but nowhere in Syria. ‘Regime change’? Fame and fortune for the corporate humanitarian endeavour? Or stark reality finally confronts mindless power?