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Obama Preparing To Launch War In Syria (Again)

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President Obama’s Syria Speech on September 10th, 2013.

Now that the public has been subjected to a shock and awe terror campaign by the media, ISIS has become the new existential threat in the public mind that must be destroyed or we’re all gonna die. Consequently, President Obama now feels he has enough public support to finally get the US directly involved in the Syrian Civil War – a war Obama has been relentlessly trying to stumble into for over a year.

Obama Administration officials have leaked to the press – in what will surely lead to DOJ prosecutions – details about the president’s upcoming speech tonight in which he will disclose that he will authorize airstrikes on Syria. Unlike last time when he planned to target the Assad regime under weak evidence of a chemical attack on civilians, now Obama plans to strike ISIS – the group fighting the Assad regime. Yes, that’s right.

President Obama had already been supplying so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels with US weapons only to later claim that arming the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels has “always been a fantasy.”

President Obama is prepared to authorize airstrikes in Syria, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, taking the military campaign against the Sunni militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, into new and unpredictable terrain.

But Mr. Obama is still wrestling with a series of challenges, including how to train and equip a viable ground force to fight ISIS inside Syria, how to intervene without aiding President Bashar al-Assad, and how to enlist potentially reluctant partners like Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

There’s a lot of dishonesty and ridiculous assertions in the Times piece which was clearly heavily influenced by Obama Administration talking points that take liberties with reality. As is well known, Saudi Arabia is already funding Al-Nusra/Al Qaeda rebels in Syria and has been for some time. And far from, as the piece later alleges, “resisting military engagement” Obama was thwarted by Congress and popular opinion from striking the Assad regime last year.

The New York Times’ misreporting aside, there are real questions about what happens when the US starts bombing. If the arming the moderate rebels adventure was any indication, US actions in Syria are lacking in effectiveness. Obama may finally have a strategy, but likely not a workable one. Keep bombing and hope for the best?

There’s also the larger point of where ISIS’ support comes from. ISIS gained a foothold in Iraq because the central Shiite government had discriminated against them much as the Assad government had disenfranchised the majority Sunni population of Syria. Obama can say that this is not a war against Sunni Muslims all he likes, but the reality is he is bombing Sunnis in Iraq and soon in Syria. Sunnis caught up in sectarian battles are facing US firepower supporting the other side. I guess they should just hope for change like everyone else.

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Obama Preparing To Launch War In Syria (Again)

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President Obama’s Syria Speech on September 10th, 2013.

Now that the public has been subjected to a shock and awe terror campaign by the media, ISIS has become the new existential threat in the public mind that must be destroyed or we’re all gonna die. Consequently, President Obama now feels he has enough public support to finally get the US directly involved in the Syrian Civil War – a war Obama has been relentlessly trying to stumble into for over a year.

Obama Administration officials have leaked to the press – in what will surely lead to DOJ prosecutions – details about the president’s upcoming speech tonight in which he will disclose that he will authorize airstrikes on Syria. Unlike last time when he planned to target the Assad regime under weak evidence of a chemical attack on civilians, now Obama plans to strike ISIS – the group fighting the Assad regime. Yes, that’s right.

President Obama had already been supplying so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels with US weapons only to later claim that arming the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels has “always been a fantasy.”

President Obama is prepared to authorize airstrikes in Syria, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, taking the military campaign against the Sunni militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, into new and unpredictable terrain.

But Mr. Obama is still wrestling with a series of challenges, including how to train and equip a viable ground force to fight ISIS inside Syria, how to intervene without aiding President Bashar al-Assad, and how to enlist potentially reluctant partners like Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

There’s a lot of dishonesty and ridiculous assertions in the Times piece which was clearly heavily influenced by Obama Administration talking points that take liberties with reality. As is well known, Saudi Arabia is already funding Al-Nusra/Al Qaeda rebels in Syria and has been for some time. And far from, as the piece later alleges, “resisting military engagement” Obama was thwarted by Congress and popular opinion from striking the Assad regime last year.

The New York Times’ misreporting aside, there are real questions about what happens when the US starts bombing. If the arming the moderate rebels adventure was any indication, US actions in Syria are lacking in effectiveness. Obama may finally have a strategy, but likely not a workable one. Keep bombing and hope for the best?

There’s also the larger point of where ISIS’ support comes from. ISIS gained a foothold in Iraq because the central Shiite government had discriminated against them much as the Assad government had disenfranchised the majority Sunni population of Syria. Obama can say that this is not a war against Sunni Muslims all he likes, but the reality is he is bombing Sunnis in Iraq and soon in Syria. Sunnis caught up in sectarian battles are facing US firepower supporting the other side. I guess they should just hope for change like everyone else.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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