On the way into work this morning and listening to NPR, one of the interviews was about the “red-line” comments and the belief Assad had used chemical weapons in Syria. The gentleman said the evidence is inconclusive and better intelligence is needed. How photos of people foaming at their mouths while lying on the ground is inconclusive beats me. I guess since we (most of the world) know there is a thing called Hollywood (etc.) that make sets for movies and shows, the matter is deemed such that the photos were staged so as to provoke action against Assad.
My position in reference to the red-line and chemical weapons connection has three parts:
- The USA should not be the world’s police/military force. I know it has been used as such in the past and on principle I disagree with it. Our military is to be used for the protection of our nation which includes, if the citizens and Congress agrees, the support of allies if so requested – that is all.
- O had no logical or professional reason to make the sound-bite statements of huff-puffing, i.e. “red-lines” in reference to chemical weapons and Syria. That is something neighboring nations & the UN should comment on.
- But since the chief-empty suit did make the comments he needs to back them up or plainly confess he misspoke and should have never said such a thing. Point 3 is required because he has chosen to also use such rhetoric in reference to Iran and their nuclear program.
The world is watching….
“Israeli Air Force jets were reported flying over Damascus in the last few hours by foreign sources. According to debkafile’s Iranian and intelligence sources, Iran has been pushing Bashar Assad hard to let Hizballah have sophisticated weapons, including self-propelled SA-17 interceptor missile systems. Tehran is reminding the Syrian ruler of the debt he owes Hizballah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah who was ready to deploy 5,000 out of Hizballah’s 8,000 combat-ready fighters to Syrian battlefields to fight rebel forces and keep the Assad regime in power.
Assad is therefore in no position to spurn Tehran’s demand.
And so, preparations for sending those weapons systems across to Lebanon have been sighted in the last few days at Syrian military bases. Israeli Air Force are said to be overhead monitoring these movements after Israel repeatedly warned Damascus any attempts to make such transfers would draw a reaction.”
Rest of the article here.
Have you watched the movie Sum of All Fears? My point? Because of the actions of a few the escalation of fear and destruction pulled the super powers into a state of military action that would have led to the loss of tens of thousands of lives, if not more. It took the unlikely and grasping of one leader to try something however improbable to break the escalation which was only leading to devastation.
In Syria and the region of the Middle East we are watching the escalation of activities that with each move of the piece of the chessboard – is narrowing the options of others and self into what will be a devastating military series of battles and loss of lives. For example, with Assad’s proclivity in the past to use Hizballah to ensure and protect his power grip in Syria and Lebanon; it now puts him in the situation where to keep his norm he must do things that only escalate the instability in the region. Too in Iran with Ahmadinejed’s anti-Israel rhetoric in the past which has led Iran into its current dilemma involving nuclear aspirations and the repercussions and fears of the rest of the world based on believing the rhetoric of their president. Iran has a chance to break free and reset matters with its upcoming election. The Ayatollah who is ultimately the leader of the country has a choice to make as well and I believe he is in a quandary much like Assad. He has allowed things to roll and play out that never should have, all to maintain the grip of power in his country.
The reality in both of these actual scenarios is the rest of the world has to live here on Earth too and we can’t hope for a “Jack Ryan” to break through and reason with these leaders. Israel especially can’t afford to wait much longer without acting. Of course their foot into the sandbox will change matters greatly as well. What a horrible mess to come.
From Debka this morning:
“Israel and Turkey agreed last week to start pooling their incoming intelligence on the Syrian civil war, debkafile’s intelligence sources report exclusively. Exchanges will take place at the highest level between Mossad Director Tamir Pardo and Hakan Fidan, head of Turkey’s MIT.
The United States will also provide additional security for Syria’s southern neighbor by the relocation of US Patriot missile interceptors from West Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to northern Jordan opposite the Syrian border.
US Patriots were deployed on the Turkish-Syrian border last year.
The new Patriot deployment indicates that the Obama administration is now treating the peril to its allies from Syria as greater than the Iranian menace.”
The rest of the article is here.
Each day that now goes by with no tangible action in Syria and Iran; it paints O as the ineffectively slow so-called leader of the supposed free-world. See in reference to Iran, his decision not to use the military to stop their nuclear program build-up has been (stripped to the bottom-line) – no actionable intelligence that they are indeed manufacturing a nuclear weapon or have legitimate aspirations to do so. So he huffs and puffs “red-line” rhetoric and can not actually – act. He figures in reference to Syria, the same thing will work. You know the whole lead from behind and huff-puff and then lo and behold ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE verifies chemical weapons were indeed used and now he has to blow the house down but alas and to know surprise to those who have a discerning spirit/mind – he stumbles and stalls. Now each day of no action translates into the real world picture that the Iran position and promises may very well be – EMPTY. Is it not reasonable to see the parallel?
What is playing out is a parable for Israel as to an important lesson they must learn and take into consideration on the Iran nuclear situation. Up to now you have ignorantly or naively based your policy on O’s rhetoric and promises; now – what do you do?
From ourpresidents tumblr site.
Probably the wisest statement Carter ever made.
Noonan’s recent article “The Presidential Wheel Turns”.
O’s wobbling on Syria crossing “the red line”. Yes they used sarin about a month ago. About a month ago Debka reported such. Israel was pretty confident, now it is certain. But O which IMPLIED action would be strong on whomever did now wants to distant himself from those words and their implications. Of course Israel has to be looking and thinking about Iran and all the assurances (lies) he has given them about not allowing a nuclear Iran. Ladies and gentlemen you should know by now that you can not trust this empty suit.
My guess from what I’ve read is that the older brother was not in the young brother’s life for quite awhile. The younger one was normal and good in school and had a future, etc. After high school graduation he went to college. None of his high school friends knew that he had a brother. Apparently sometime in the past year or year and a half the brother comes back into his life and radicalizes him. Won’t be surprised because of the age gap that he might have idolized him and yadda yadda yadda.
Again though it is what is called radicalized/militant muslims who are the middle of the activity.
Again also be careful who is in your circle of influence…
For some reason (feigning ignorance with a dramatic waving of the hand), the FBI and the federal government refuse to audibly describe the men in the infamous photos. Even the former FBI investigator who was suppose to be contributing insight (he didn’t) for Fox News immediately after the press conference- refused to describe the men. Asked point blank by Hemmer, “how would you describe these individuals to someone who was blind” – and the description was that they wore hats. Can you freaking believe it! No guess-timate on their height, hair color, skin color, gait, weight, mass etc. I had told my wife as we were driving home from work just before the FBI press conference “they won’t describe them”. She laughed, after all I’m nuts.
Debka released on Tuesday that the FBI was looking at 3 Saudi nationals . One which was leaked had burns on his hands and was getting treated in the hospital. But our inept government refuses to call this for what it is. The same government that refuses to answer Senate questions about Benghazi while pontificating and dramatically acting exasperated by hearing the same questions. Hey idiots! If you would answer the freaking questions then they wouldn’t be asked. Dopes, give them the files/information they have been asking for. Our so-called leadership (hack! cough! horf!) has a central tendency to behave traitorously.