Obama Declares War on Syria

By Stephan Lendman

The Islamic State is the pretext. Syria is the target. At issue is regime change.

It’s replacing its sovereign independence with pro-Western stooge governance. It’s wanting unchallenged regional control.

It’s wanting Big Oil exploiting its resources. It’s wanting Iran isolated. It’s aiding Israel’s Greater Middle East agenda.

It’s making the world safe for war profiteers. It’s about colonizing nations.

It’s advancing America’s imperium. It’s about carving up whole continents belligerently. It’s doing so for dominance and profits.

It’s about justifying might over right. It’s about destroying nations to save them.

It’s about calling imperial exploitation economic development. It’s about glorifying war in the name of peace.

It has nothing to do with democratic values. It’s not about humanitarian intervention or responsibility to protect.

It’s expanding Obama’s Iraq aggression cross-border. It’s violating core international law.

No nation may attack another except in self-defense. None may do so without Security Council authorization.

None exists. Obama added more crimes to his rap sheet. He’s a war criminal multiple times over.

Washington uses the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and other extremist groups as both allies and enemies. It does so in different war theaters. At times simultaneously.

Morning headlines reflect what’s likely. Obama authorized surveillance flights over Syria. He did it lawlessly.

Violating another country’s air space without permission is illegal. Doing it as likely precursor for airstrikes reveals Obama’s real intention.

According to The New York Times:

“(D)rones and possibly U2 spy plane (surveillance) flights are a significant step toward direct American military action in Syria…”

“Administration officials said the United States did not intend to notify the Assad government of the planned flights.”

“(T)he Pentagon is drafting military options…” On Monday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki justified unilateral US action, saying:

“(W)hen American lives are at stake, when we’re talking about defending our own interests, we’re not looking for the approval of the Syrian regime.”

“(W)e’re not going to be restricted by borders…And certainly we would not view (confronting the Islamic State in Syria) as being on (its) side just because there is a common enemy.”

The so-called “common enemy” has been Washington’s ally throughout many months of conflict. Regime change remains official policy.

Washington won’t work jointly with Syria against the Islamic State. According to deputy national security advisor Benjamin Rhodes:

“It is not the case that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Joining forces with Assad would essentially permanently alienate the Sunni population in both Syria and Iraq…”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said “entire wings” of the Pentagon are “dedicated to making sure the president has a range of plans and options that they can present to him when – if and when necessary.

“(A) lot of cross pressures (are in play) here. There’s no doubt about that.”

“But our policy as it relates to pursuing American interests in this region of the world are actually really clear, that we want to make sure that we are safeguarding American personnel.”

False! Official US policy prioritizes regional dominance. It’s resource control. It’s eliminating independent governments.

It’s replacing them with pro-Western ones. It’s waging wars of aggression to do it.

It’s ravaging and destroying one nation after another. It’s America’s dark side writ large.

It has nothing to do with “safeguarding American personnel” or protecting national security.

It has everything to do with advancing Washington’s imperium.

Earnest falsely claimed Obama has constitutional authority to violate another nation’s air space or territory to protect US citizens or interests.

No such authority exists. Or international law authorization.

On Tuesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said his government “is prepared to cooperate and coordinate on the regional and international levels to combat terrorism as per Security Council resolution no. 2170 within the framework of respecting Syria’s sovereignty and independence.”

On August 15, 2014, SC Resolution 2170 was unanimously adopted. It “condemn(s) gross, widespread abuse of human rights by extremist groups in Iraq (and) Syria.”

It “called on Member States to take national measures to prevent fighters from traveling from their soil to join (terrorist) groups…”

“It expressed readiness to consider putting on the sanctions list those who facilitated the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters.”

It left unexplained Washington’s direct responsibility. That rogue NATO partners, Israel, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states and Jordan share it.

Al-Moallem correctly called “any violation of Syrian sovereignty (by) any party (an act) of aggression.”

At the same time, he welcomed all countries willing to fight terrorism in Syria cooperatively with the Assad government.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow supports Syrian and Iraqi efforts against Islamic State terrorists.

Washington claims a unilateral right to operate extrajudicially. To target any country for any reason. To violate international law unaccountably.

Lavrov said “each military effort cannot be granted without the consent of the country concerned.”

“We will be fully prepared to work together and coordinate efforts with the countries which came under direct terrorist threats, and here I particularly mean Iraq and Syria, which we will be helping to consolidate their capabilities against armed terrorism.”

“We will stand firmly for all anti-terrorism operations to be conducted in agreement with the country concerned and in full respect to its sovereignty.”

The White House declined comment on its strategy. According to National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden:

“We’re not going to comment on intelligence or operational issues. As we’ve been saying, we’ll use all the tools at our disposal when it comes to the protection of our people.”

Other US officials said US policy doesn’t make Syria an ally.

On August 25, Washington Post editors headlined “The Obama administration must put boots on the ground to stop the Islamic State,” saying:

Kerry calls it an “evil” that must “be destroyed. Chuck Hagel says it’s “as sophisticated and well-funded as any groups that we have seen.”

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey says it “will have to be defeated” by attacking it cross border in Syria.

Unexplained is US support for Islamic State fighters and likeminded extremist groups. It’s been US policy throughout three and a half years of Obama’s proxy war on Syria.

It includes importing death squad killers from dozens of countries. It’s about funding, arming, training and directing them.

It’s using them to pursue regime change. It’s doing so without Security Council or congressional authorization.

It’s without popular support. It’s at a time when the vast majority of Americans want peace, not war.

They want popular needs addressed. They want long neglected social justice.

They want what they’ve long been denied. They want what they won’t get.

Obama is the latest in a long line of warrior presidents. Permanent war is official US policy. So is waging it preemptively.

Rule of law principles don’t matter. Or democratic values. Advancing America’s imperium is longstanding official policy.

Millions of lost lives are a small price to pay. So is unspeakable human misery. America’s so-called war on terror is a war of terror.

It rages extrajudicially. It does so against largely defenseless populations. Direct US intervention against Syria appears likely. War on humanity may follow.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.  His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html  – Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com .  Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. – http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

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