Very early in the Libyan fiasco I’d smelled a rat on our real intentions in Libya… ‘Intervention – Disaster For Libyans’

‘Al-Qaeda bogeyman of choice for West’

Press TV: There’s always talk of al-Qaeda bogeyman whenever there is any report on Yemen in the Western media. Yet this al-Qaeda affiliate was very quiet since the start of the revolution in Yemen. What does that show?

Steinberg: Al-Qaeda is the buzzword to justify any kind of criminal activity imaginable from military intervention to brutal suppression of a genuinely popular and peaceful revolt against a corrupt and completely bankrupt regime and of course the Saudis in particular have carried out a whole series of brutal campaigns violating the borders of Yemen over a long period of time using this al-Qaeda pretext.

It is noteworthy that according to Colonel Gaddafi in Libya the two main sources of the uprising there are the CIA and Osama Bin Laden so it is almost getting to be comical that this bogeyman is used to justify all kinds of illegal behavior. We are going to find out at some point in the very near future the Saudis are engaged in massive “rendition operations” going into certain neighborhood in Bahrain and picking people off the streets and this is a desperate effort on the part of [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council countries to basically hold onto these Sunni regimes. It is not going to hold. Either there are going to be some very genuine and legitimate and verifiable concessions or one after the other these regimes are going to go under. The Libya situation has become more complicated by the fact that it is about the American and European interest in Libyan oil.

So that situation is somewhat different when you have a much larger criminal violation going on right now. The whole terms under which the UN Security Council resolution, which was halved with abstention rather than vetoes from Russian and china, has been proven to be a complete sham. The discussion among American and European leaders from day one was not about the humanitarian aid to the people in Benghazi but it was regime change, plain and simple. President Obama went on national television on Monday night and knowingly and systematically lied through his teeth about the nature of the operation was there. So al-Qaeda is the bogeyman of choice for justifying violation international law, and human rights and everything else.

As I noted over a year ago in my Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi post…

‘Remember, these weapons that came into Benghazi were permitted to enter by our armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea,’ Lopez claimed. ‘They were permitted to come in. … [They] knew these weapons were coming in, and that was allowed..

‘The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress – if they were briefed on this – also knew about this.’ {…}

‘The White House and senior Congressional members,’ the group wrote in an interim report released Tuesday, ‘deliberately and knowingly pursued a policy that provided material support to terrorist organizations in order to topple a ruler [Muammar Gaddafi] who had been working closely with the West actively to suppress al-Qaeda.’

‘Some look at it as treason,’ said Wayne Simmons, a former CIA officer who participated in the commission’s research.

I also cited this article at the time… ‘Arms smuggling to Syria’ From Benghazi When US Ambassador Was Killed

In Tuesday’s Mashup, I’d mentioned this explosive new report… 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime”

Today, both, b at MoA, and, Harper at Sic Semper Tyrannis, wrote about it…


While the DIA was not the only agency that had real-time accurate accounts of what had happened in Benghazi, the DIA established a clear track record of honest and blunt assessments of the unfolding crises throughout the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. An August 2012 DIA assessment of the Iraq and Syrian insurgencies, also released this week to Judical Watch, explicitly warned of the creation of an Islamic State in the Iraq-Syria border region.

It is widely believed that DIA’s intelligence was critical in enabling Gen. Martin Dempsey and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to push back against plans for the bombing of Syrian government and military targets in August 2013, based on concerns that the ouster of Assad could lead to the takeover of large parts of Syria by Al Qaeda-linked jihadists.

In May 2014, the head of the DIA, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and his deputy David Shedd were fired. Was the DIA targeted for failing to keep up with the White House spin doctors? The newly released DIA documents would seem to raise such questions, and the DIA Benghazi account will surely be a major included feature in the ongoing House select committee probe. Stay tuned…

In wrapping up, as Trevor Timm wrote at the Guardian… Congress must not abdicate its duty to authorize or declare war

Congress has all but given up on voting to legally authorize the war against Isis, despite the fact that US-led military strikes against the group have been going on for nine months already and span multiple countries. By doing so, our representatives are saying to the next president, whether he or she is a Republican or Democrat: feel free go to war wherever you want, against whomever you want. We have no power to stop you.

Despite the fact that the US plans on conducting airstrikes on Isis in Iraq and Syria for years, the Chicago Tribune reported on Monday that key members in the House and Senate have resigned themselves to the fact that there’s virtually no chance of Congress agreeing on any sort of bill to constrain or legalize the Obama administration’s bombing campaign in the Middle East.

Out of cowardness or worry they might actually have to make a consequential decision, Congress has abdicated their responsibility under Article II, Section 8 of the Constitution – not to mention the War Powers Act – to authorize or declare war. So when President Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio decides to unilaterally bomb Iran in 2017, remember this moment, when members of Congress willingly gave up one of the most important responsibilities they have because they were too terrified to take a stand one way or another.

Also, remember that it was a Democratic president who decided to initiate this potentially decades long war without getting approval from the American public first. It was a Democratic president who treated congressional approval like icing on top of the cake and told them he would continue airstrikes indefinitely whether Congress approved it or not…

Just follow the Money…!





  1. dubinsky
    May 21, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    for better results, perhaps you should

    get better sources than PRESS-TV and RT

  2. Bluedot
    May 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Potentially decades long war? In my mind I now think there is little doubt and I think Iran will be one target. Who knows maybe we will declare a truce with ISIS so we can unite Israel and the Sunnis behind the war with Iran. Fools.

  3. May 21, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Please put down the Koolaid, dub, you’ve had quite enough…! 8-(

  4. dubinsky
    May 21, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    well, tut, I think that one gets more kool-aide from PRESS-TV and RT than anything else.

    two propaganda sites controlled by two lousy governments…..and of course, PRESS-TV can not print anything without running it through the Iranian dictatorship’s government censorship bureau.

  5. Sally
    May 21, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    So now we are supposed to declare war, not on a country, but on a group of terrorists who have no home base and no country? Gee, Bush tried that,. and with such stunning results. You can’t declare war on an idea, not and send troops and weapons and such to fight ‘it.’ This will be eternal wart, which the GOP uses to get rid of poor uneducated minority kids, and to shore up the Halliburton, Blackwater, and their own coffers.

  6. jo6pac
    May 21, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you and yes the cool-aid is free to the true believers. I find interesting is after the gold of Libya goes missing even the Germans are having to wait. Then in the middle of the night.

  7. May 21, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    You do realize how childish you’re behaving, dub…?

  8. May 21, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Jo, how long have I been blogging about the MENA now…? 😉

  9. dubinsky
    May 21, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    tut, if you think that my urging you to seek out decent sources of information and to put aside PRESS-TV and other dishonest and often simply absurd sites is childish……

    …….. I got a book for you.

  10. May 21, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin suspects US Was Running Guns To Syrian Rebels Via Benghazi

  11. jo6pac
    May 21, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Not sure of your question on this subject but the first time as for as I know.

  12. jo6pac
    May 21, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I do love the fact I can listen to this while commenting. The retired general jerry boykins is the problem with lame stream media. This is dogs major player of religion inside of Amerikas military.
    This isn’t a problem in the fact the cia was running the show but no one went to jail but then again the so-called general belong in jail for war crimes. I do love his take on Syria but it’s not enough to give him any time anywhere in the media.
    We should be able to look into the dogs general back ground, he is a repug lover/dog lover:)

  13. May 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Boykins is a real piece of work, jo, certainly a Xionist that was also Socom Commander and worked closely with the CIA in the MENA…!

  14. Don Bacon
    May 21, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    You are large on cartoons but small on intelligent comments.
    Your reliance on news from the NYTimes and WaPo is an indicator that you have a closed mind, cartoon-oriented.
    In fact, the truth can be found anywhere, including outlets that you don’t approve of, and in fact these outlets are essential because the US mainstream media is totally controlled, repeating the same false stories, like the ones that RT and PressTV can’t be trusted, which you have obediently swallowed.
    How juvenile of you, how childish, you and your cartoons.

  15. May 21, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Aloha, don…! Great to see you in our new digs…! 😉

  16. dubinsky
    May 21, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    funny, Don. but I get little from the Times or WaPo…… get a lot more from The Guardian and a guy writing for them who used to be employed by Jane right here on FDL.

    if you and tut and anyone else want to ignore that PRESS-TV is a propaganda arm of the reactionary Iranian theocratic dictatorship…..
    you can go right ahead and enjoy yourselves.

  17. May 21, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Verry interesting… Tokyo wants ‘new level’ in relations with Moscow – PM Abe

    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he is ready to improve relations with Russia to a “new level,” adding that development of friendly ties with a major neighbor is a guarantee of stability and prosperity in East Asia in the 21st century.

    “Proceeding from a strategic and long-term point of view, I want to improve relations between our countries to a new level. I suggest we consistently continue efforts to solve the existing problems through dialogue and develop relations in all areas,” the Prime Minister said in his greeting message at the third Russia-Japan forum in Tokyo, TASS reported Thursday.


    “We will negotiate hard to solve the territorial issue and sign a peace treaty. And at the same time strengthen relations on a broad spectrum, including the economy, energy, security, culture and sport,” PM Abe was cited as saying by RIA Novosti. He also added that on an official visit to Moscow had a possibility to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed at strengthening bilateral relations.

  18. May 21, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I will say that we’ve lost many great ones over the years, dub, most of whom have all moved onto greener pastures, but, I’m still here, trying to keep the the fire alive…!

  19. dubinsky
    May 21, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Marcy was the best….and the one who now is national security editor for The Guardian (and who won a Pulitzer ) was pretty damn good as well.

    If I may ask, I have been out of touch with fdl since emptywheel decided that it could no longer stay, and last night picked up some idea that Hamsher may be out of touch or in poor health.

    is there anything that you might tell me about her? can you at least assure me that she’s OK?

    (as for you, tut, it was a pleasure to see you still here and handling the music gig. as well, seeing suzanne’s still around is also quite fine)

  20. Andy_Lewis
    May 21, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Oddly enuf, a website with that same title has better ME facts than any of the usual suckspects:

  21. dubinsky
    May 21, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    thanks for the link, Andy……

    (I also am fond of The Usual Suspects)