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WHAT ARE THEIR REAL MOTIVES?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 15, 2013) — While in London on September 9, putative Secretary of State John Kerry lobbied for Great Britain and other countries to join the U.S. in its intent to carry out a military strike on Syria for allegedly gassing more than 1,400 people to death on August 21.
Kerry said that failure to stop Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad would “give license to other dictators…to engage in similar behavior and make things worse for everybody.” He said that “years of effort” have been expended to “bring the parties to the table” to find a political solution to Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.
Secretaries of State normally have purview over diplomacy, not going to war.
A former Iraqi Air Force general and former adviser to Saddam Hussein has claimed in a book and on television that Hussein sent his chemical weapons to Syria prior to the U.S. military intervention which began in March 2003. In an interview with Fox News, General George Sada said that in late 2002, the chemical weapons were “were moved by air and by ground, 56 sorties by jumbo, 747, and 27 were moved, after they were converted to cargo aircraft, they were moved to Syria.”
Four days after the alleged August 21 attack, the Obama regime reportedly was attempting to “ascertain the facts” as to who the perpetrators were. The U.S. State Department has said that there is “overwhelming evidence” that Assad has a chemical weapons stockpile and has used the weapons in the past. Assad denied using the weapons on August 21 in an interview last week with Charlie Rose of ABC News.
Since late last month, Obama and Kerry had been pushing for U.S. military intervention, stating that attacking Syria was in the national security interests of the United States. However, just prior to his meeting with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague on September 9, Kerry appeared to indicate that U.S. military intervention might be delayed until a United Nations weapons inspectors’ report was issued.
Prior to the G20 meeting on September 5, Putin called Kerry “a liar.” Assad and Putin have said that the Syrian rebels, who have been battling against Assad for more than two years, used chemical weapons on August 21.
An Israeli publication has stated that the anticipated United Nations report has been leaked, at least in part, to a publication entitled “Foreign Policy” which The Post & Email believes may be sympathetic to the Obama regime. Ynet quotes French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius as having said that “the inspectors have found a ‘wealth’ of circumstantial evidence on the use of chemical agents by Syrian President Bashar Assad.”
During his September 9 press conference with Hague, Kerry answered a question which asked what the U.S. would require to table its plans for a military attack in Syria. “…he [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week – turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting, but he isn’t about to do it and it can’t be done,” Kerry said, stating that “military action was needed to get Assad to enter into negotiations.”
Reuters reported that Kerry’s words on disarmament did not constitute “a serious offer” to Syria.
Kerry was opposed to the Vietnam and Iraq Wars and called American soldiers “war criminals” in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971. In 2011 and until he became Obama’s secretary of state in 2013, Kerry headed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and urged a “joint resolution authorizing the limited use of United States Armed Forces in Libya.”
According to Wikipedia, Kerry’s anti-war activities during the early ’70s were carried out based on “patriotic themes.”
Congress did not approve a resolution to intervene in Libya, but Obama did so anyway.
Obama had also opposed the U.S.’s intervention in Iraq under President George W. Bush and used the issue to “win the Democratic nomination in 2008, and later the White House.”
Of the Syrian civil war, Reuters reported that “The conflict has unfolded as world powers vie to advance their interests in the region. Russia, one of the Assad government’s strongest allies, has repeatedly stymied western governments’ efforts to find a political solution” in Syria.
However, Putin, who has been a staunch ally of Syria, took the apparent lead several hours after Kerry’s “rhetorical” UK comments were made to suggest that he would be willing to negotiate with Assad to give up his chemical weapons in a way that would satisfy the international community. On Saturday, the U.S. State Department announced that a “framework” has been developed for Syria to become a signatory to an international agreement to ban chemical weapons through the “joint determination” of the Russian Federation and the U.S.
In a television speech on Tuesday, Obama said that “Russia has indicated a new willingness to join with the international community in pushing Syria to give up its chemical weapons…” and appeared to take credit for promoting a new plan for diplomacy, stating that “our goal” is to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and that “indications of progress” have been made.
“We are not just going to take Russia and Assad’s word for it,” Obama added during his speech. “A dictator must not be allowed to gas children in their beds with impunity,” Obama said.
He said that U.S. “military posture” will be maintained to act as a deterrent to Syria. Navy ships have been positioned in the Mediterranean Sea since before August 21.
Obama has failed to answer questions as to why a “military posture” was not maintained in the Mediterranean in September of last year after rising militancy in Libya threatened U.S. personnel stationed in that country and culminated in a terrorist attack which killed four Americans, including Amb. Christopher Stevens.
On Saturday, Kerry thanked Putin for his assistance in advancing “diplomacy” to solve the Syrian crisis. “As I said at the outset of these negotiations, there can be no games, no room for avoidance or anything less than full compliance by the Assad regime. We have reached a shared assessment of the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the Assad regime, and we are committed to the rapid assumption of control by the international community of those weapons. The United States and Russia are committed to the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons in the soonest and safest manner…”
Kerry added that a solution “has to be political” rather than military.
Former PLO terrorist Walid Shoebat has reported evidence that the rebels came into possession of chemical weapons through Saudi Prince Bandar. Shoebat additionally asked if Obama is “so ideological that it would sacrifice innocent people to push its agenda” and cites the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation supporting his question.
In a post dated September 13, 2013, Keith Davies, Executive Director of Shoebat’s foundation, contends that Obama is of the “Muslim faith” as evidenced by his praise for the Koran and ridicule of Christianity and the Bible. Davies believes that Obama has supported The Muslim Brotherhood, which is committed to establishing an Islamic Caliphate throughout the world.
Obama’s half-brother Malik has been linked to The Muslim Brotherhood in recent Egyptian news reports.
Kerry and Sen. John McCain, who urged congressional approval for attacking Syria two weeks ago, relied on information from 26-year-old Elizabeth O’Bagy, who was fired from The Wall Street Journal and The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) on Wednesday for reportedly misrepresenting her credentials. O’Bagy remains Political Director of a Syrian rebel support group, the SETF, which “organized McCain’s trip to Syria.”
Shoebat reported that the SETF staff has been reduced from four to two in the last ten days.
O’Bagy said in an interview that she opposed designating the Syrian rebel group “Jabhat al-Nusra” a terrorist organization because it might “damage the rebellion against Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship.” On September 6, CNN reported on September 6 that “Jabhat al-Nusra pioneered the use of suicide bombing, targeting both civilian and military targets.”
Before the apparent agreement by Assad to hand over his weapons, Obama stated in a videotaped interview with ABC News that Putin “doesn’t share American ‘values’ in Syria” and that Assad must leave office.
Obama had also said that Muommar Gaddafi of Libya “must go” and that Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak “must go.” The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the Syrian civil war “now threatens the stability of the entire Mideast.”
Shoebat’s brother, Ted, wrote in December of last year that the “Syrian Revolution is for the establishing of an Islamic state” and that Christians were being killed in high numbers. “The fall of Assad will mean a mass cleansing of anybody who believes in the Bible, since the Assad regime protects the Christian population,” Ted Shoebat wrote. He further claimed in a January 21 article that “The foreign majority of the terrorist organization, Jabhat al-Nusra, which is heavily involved in Syria, are Jordanian and Iraqi. Once these battled hardened fighters return to their homes in Jordan, they will begin to partake in Islamist activities, and will demand for a nation controlled under Sharia.”
Libya and Egypt are presently destabilized, with Islamic militants, including Muslim Brotherhood members, reportedly increasing in strength. On September 13, Davies wrote of Obama, “His political objective is not about weapons of mass destruction but to again empower his Sunni Muslim Brotherhood brethren in Syria and overthrow Assad.”
Obama is reported by his former pastor to have been a Muslim before attending a “Christian” church.