New Eastern Outlook
by Phil Butler
Secretary of State John Kerry met last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting in Moscow was to discuss potential US-Russia cooperation on destroying ISIL. Despite the billing, this was a final scene for a Barack Obama détente finale, a useless gesture to put on a show. The world chaos drama that Barack Obama produced and directed, it winds down with no hope of a lasting peace anywhere on this planet. The carnival act that is United States diplomacy, it registers in the sardonic grin of Putin. The Obama plan to “join” Russia in blasting ISIL together is nothing more than a ploy to detract attention away from America’s role in the spread of terror to Europe and beyond.
“I have resisted calls for military action, because we cannot resolve someone else’s civil war through force, particularly after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The situation profoundly changed, though, on August 21st, when Assad’s government gassed to death over a thousand people, including hundreds of children.” – Barack Obama, September 10th, 2013 (No inquiry, so far, has proven Assad used deadly saran gas on his own people. On the contrary, the presence and testimony of extremists like Georgian war-fighter Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, better known as Abu Omar al-Shishani, is systemic of the lies of Washington)
Three years ago Vladimir Putin wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times entitled, “A Plea for Caution from Russia”. It was an appeal to the American people not to invade Syria over still more “weapons of mass destruction”. Back then, the Obama administration assured us Syria’s President Assad was using on his own people. The Congress, and Obama relented, agreeing to a Putin plan for Syria to destroy any and all chemical weapons. Putin should have won a Nobel Peace Prize for the effort. The White House strategy to get rid of Assad remained in tact. America’s allies simply boosted aid and intelligence for “so-called” freedom fighters, instead of invading. There was no news, no administration revelation that the CIA or the White House were arming the same Al Qaeda Bush had labeled our enemy. Bush orchestrated the circus of death that became the fictitious “war on terror”, this quote is illustrative:
“You can’t distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam [Hussein] when you talk about the war on terror.”
Barack Obama has doubled down on the lies and subversion George W. Bush and Dick Cheney unleashed on us. In the wake of the notorious Benghazi affair, Obama has described Al Qaeda as having been “decimated,” “on the path to defeat” dozens of times. As Vladimir Putin was pleading with the American people to stay out of war in Syria, alternative media began informing us of what was really going on. This Washington Times article ten days after the Putin one tells us of Obama’s resolve to destroy Syria’s Assad. The American president was resolute, even if it meant arming America’s bitter enemy. In any other period in America’s history, an American president turning traitor would have been on every front page on this world. Barack Obama resended a law designed to prevent weapons being given to terrorists. In his efforts to arm Al Nusra (Al Qaeda), the president circumvented Congress. Another president might have been impeached for such a break with morality and law. But Obama’s team used a loophole to aid and abed the same people killing Europeans, Russians, Belgians, Americans and 100 nationalities around the world. It is vital that the people of the world come to terms with what I am saying here.
“This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.” – Barack Obama, September 10, 2014 – (Until Russia began air operations against ISIL, Central Command essentially flew air cover for ISIL oil transportation)
Two years after the Putin plea, USA Today caught up with the news ISIL and other jihadists in Syria and Iraq were getting aid in one form or another. Two years, and a footnote tells some Americans their president is either criminally negligent, or a war criminal and traitor to the dead buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In the report, a U.S. Central Command officer responds to the notion “U.S.-trained rebels in Syria handed over American-supplied vehicles and ammunition to an al-Qaeda linked group”. Two years after every Syria researcher on this world knew Obama was arming ISIL, and the Pentagon first denied, then admitted arms and the jihadists carrying them were ending up with ISIL. Let this sink in. Barack Obama and the western leadership effectively swapped sides in the so-called “war on terror”. This report (PDF) by the Citizen’s Commission on Benghazi (CCB) is based on a former CIA officer’s revelations about “gun running” by the US in the Arab Spring revolts. The details of the report are damning not only for Barack Obama, but for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well. This was released in 2014, a year before USA Today began telling America about our nation having changed sides. Libya and Syria are the equivalent of Reagan’s “Iran-Contra” debacle, only a million times worse, and with the arms going to barbarians who chop off heads. The Reagan administration sold guns to Iran, to hide the money the US gave the guerillas fighting in Central America, supposedly against Communism. The Iran-Contra scheme saw President Ronald Reagan apologizing openly to the American people for his responsibility in the mess. Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense, was indicted on two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice on June 16, 1992, and then pardoned by George H. W. Bush, the father of George W. Bush, who invaded Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. I’ve not space for a history lesson here, so pointing out the lack of accountability in Washington today is my end point on this.
“Shortly after NATO officially entered the Libyan revolt on the side of the rebels on 19 March 2011, former Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi expressed willingness to discuss directly with AFRICOM the possibility of abdication, exile, and an end to hostilities.” – Rear Admiral Charles R. Kubic, CEC, U.S. Navy on Qaddafi’s white flag to discuss abdicating and exile – Hillary Clinton and the orchestrators ignored him – his fate was sealed)
First, money and aid was hidden by US allies in this Arab Spring scheme. Jihadists against Qaddafi, and then Assad were armed and trained outside Syria. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan were used part of the new “war for terror” Obama’s people cooked up. This all comes to light now, but by the time Putin penned a NYT article, the cohesive Middle East reboot had been years old. Iraq and Afghanistan were as much a test of the American people’s resolve (and gullibility) as anything. Then in 2015 hundreds of millions of people around the world are affected by these “strategies” bent on unlimited chaos. The US role in killing ISIL off is clearly a charade by now. It becomes clear by this time that Allied Central Command is bombing sand dunes. The roles of Turkey and Saudi Arabia prove central in the plan to oust Assad. Meanwhile, Central Command still claims to be decimated ISIL, when only the Russians show the proof of blasting ISIL to hell. Putin made utter fools out of Obama’s strategists, and his military commanders. By televising the destruction of thousands of ISIL oil tankers in route to Turkey, the Russians broadcast the truth. I wrote on my personal blog, while RT ran stories about the Russian Ministry of Defense’s YouTube broadcasts. Western media was mute, if you will recall. Then Central Command and the Obama team tried to take credit for Russia’s efforts, and later criticized Putin for killing Al Nusra. If not for the ownership of corporate media, there would have been world revolution by the time the Paris attacks occurred in November, 2015. It is fair to say America’s leadership cause the whole mess, and that Obama will leave a legacy of a new Cold War for our grandchildren to enjoy.
When Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi was overthrown by the Obama administration, everyone in his cabinet know of the close affiliations the al-Qa’eda-dominated rebel militias we supported in the 2011 rebellion. Qaddafi’s opposition openly spoke beneath the familiar black flag banner of jihad. Obama, and Hillary Clinton in particular, would have had to have been deaf and dumb to ignore the implications. Their refusal to even talk with Qaddafi to orchestrate a peaceful settlement on the eve of his death, that fact galvanizes their absolute intentions to overthrow the government. America put on the black hat out in the open for the first time ever in our history. Now Syria is a bloodbath. Today Europe bleeds not just money stability over refugees, but real red blood from victims in Paris, Brussels, and now Nice. Having created this chaos for myriad business and strategic reasons, now Obama’s foreign relations lackey goes to Moscow to do nothing. Nothing will come of his meetings with Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov last week. The US is simply jockeying for PR positioning for when the world realizes what has really gone on. “We tried” is always the rationale of losers, and America is going to be the biggest loser in all this chaos. The killing and discord is already started, racial tension being sparked, in a land where constitutional law has been suspended. Many looking on agree, the American hegemony is crumbling. News that Turkish President Recep Erdogan has blamed Turkish leader in exile Muhammed Fethullah Gülen for the coup attempt is a harbinger. Turkey is set to peel off from NATO, and if it does the United States will have lost the grand strategy game after all. Some say Erdogan concocted this “quasi-coup” himself, in order to realign with the greater Middle East, and with Russia too. Other experts think Erdogan will make a final play on Syria, and that the break with the US will only be to distance Washington from the coming fray. Whatever the the cloak and dagger script is, there is no obscuring the fact Barack Obama and his administration stand behind. This is world war in the digital age, and his planned successor’s Clinton Foundation takes contributions from all over. Hillary Clinton should be in jail, this is the moderate American stance. No one out there has really investigated how the Clinton money machine truly operates. I was even astonished to learn, that money from Fethullah Gülen flows to the Clinton Foundation.
The war on terror is nothing more than an expansion on the ideology that delivered Korea, Vietnam, and the other “police actions”. America has been in a constant expansionist state since WW II. Every president since JFK has contributed incrementally, to the clear malfeasance of leadership we see metastasized today. Americans have thrived in a way, being afforded cheap commodities and entertainment these last decades. However, the final cost of subsidized super-capitalism are laid bare now. The desperate measures we see Obama taking, these are curatives of the symptoms of a dying organism. That is another story though. What is significant here is the utter abuse of power we see. With the solution to the “terror” situation so close at hand, America’s leadership persists in failed world policy. Nice streets run red with innocent blood because American, British, French and Russian jets did not unleash hell onto the barren deserts of Syria. The enemy was not hidden. ISIL oil tankers were bumper to bumper, carrying stolen oil to Turkey, then Israel, and on to Europe. America’s policy of overthrow, is more important than innocent lives. This is now irrefutable. America is not for anyone, she is against everyone, and I challenge anyone to argue otherwise. You cannot name any nation better off today, because of the policies of Barack Obama. Not even America. This latest diversion with Kerry in Moscow is simply aimed at deflecting French and European ire over Obama’s role in fueling terror, rather than destroying it. Look for the “unified” command being set up near Jordan to muck up Russia’s effective bombing. Then Russia will be blamed for being spoilers once again.
Come November, the situation will grow more ominous.
Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.