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Published On: Tue, Jun 18th, 2013

Views on Syria from President Obama and Ron Paul

With the recent allegations by the White House of Syria’s use of  sarin gas on 100-150 people and the President’s subsequent decision to get the United States “involved” in the Syrian civil war by supplying “small arms” to the rebels, there are varying views on this move.

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Of course, those such as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), not surprisingly think supplying the rebels (despite really knowing little about them) with small arms is not nearly enough. The duo calls for more “decisive action”, “That alone is not enough to change the military balance of power on the ground against Assad. The President must rally an international coalition to take military actions to degrade Assad’s ability to use airpower and ballistic missiles and to move and resupply his forces around the battlefield by air. This can be done, as we have said many times, using stand-off weapons such as cruise missiles.”

President Obama expressed his thoughts on the matter with Charlie Rose this weekend saying we have “serious interests” in Syria.

“Now, on the other side there are folks who say, you know, ‘we are so scarred from Iraq. We should have learned our lesson. We should not have anything to do with it,'” Obama said. “Well, I reject that view as well because the fact of the matter is, is that we’ve got serious interests there.”

Obama said that [unspecified] lethal assistance  must be done “in a careful, calibrated way”.

Discussing the “evidence” of chemical weapon use, the President said, “The goals are a stable, non-sectarian, representative Syrian government that is addressing the needs of its people through political processes and peaceful processes.

“We’re not taking sides in a religious war between Shi’a and Sunni. Really, what we’re trying to do is take sides against extremists of all sorts and in favor of people who are in favor of moderation, tolerance, representative government, and over the long-term, stability and prosperity for the people of Syria.”

Not everyone is on board with the President’s recent sarin gas revelations, in fact, one former congressman says it smells of Iraq and Vietnam.

Retired Texas Congressman Ron Paul said in a “Texas Straight Talk” Monday that the process [alleged sarin gas use and the “red line”] was identical to the massive deception campaign that led us into the Iraq war. Remember the famous quote from the leaked “Downing Street Memo,” where representatives of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s administration discussed Washington’s push for war on Iraq?

Here the head of British intelligence was reporting back to his government after a trip to Washington in the summer of 2002:

“Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

This is exactly what Obama is doing with Syria–fixing the intelligence and facts around the already determined policy the Congressman writes.

“We found out shortly after the Iraq war started that the facts and intelligence being fixed around the policy were nothing but lies put forth by the neo-con warmongers and the paid informants, like the infamous and admitted liar known as “Curveball.” But we seem to have learned nothing from being fooled before”, Paul said, also noting that Congress just went along for the ride.

Paul closes out his article by saying:

“So Obama now plans to send even more weapons to the Syrian rebels even though his administration is aware that the main rebel factions have pledged their loyalty to al-Qaeda. Does anyone else see the irony? After 12 years of the “war on terror” and the struggle against al-Qaeda, the US decided to provide weapons to the allies of al-Qaeda. Does anyone really think this is a good idea?

“The Obama administration promises us that this is to be a very limited operation, providing small arms only, with no plans for a no-fly zone or American boots on the ground. That sounds an awful lot like how Vietnam started. Just a few advisors. When these few small arms do not achieve the pre-determined US policy of regime change in Syria what is the administration going to do? Admit failure and pull the troops out, or escalate? History suggests the answer and it now appears to be repeating itself once again.

“The president has opened a can of worms that will destroy his presidency and possibly destroy this country. Another multi-billion dollar war has begun.”

 

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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  1. Pine 4 Better Daze says:

    Is the ‘false flag’ of chemical weapons in Syria part of Senator John McCain’s effort to get
    the U.S. into war there??
    See the Global Research report, ‘The Forbidden Truth: The U.S. is Channeling Chemical
    Weapons to Al Qaeda in Syria, Obama is a liar and a Terrorist’
    (Who has Crossed the “Red Line’? Barack Obama and John Kerry are Supporting a Terrorist Organization on the State Department List) (June 14. 2013)
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-forbidden-truth-the-u-s-is-channelling-chemical-
    weapons-to-al-qaeda-in-syria

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