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Putin: Kerry Lies Beautifully

Russian president Vladimir Putin puts into words what most of the rest of the world is thinking about Obama's mad dash to bomb Syria. Putin, like the rest of us, sees the absurdity in the US regime blatantly breaking international law and overtly violating the Nuremberg Principles prohibiting wars of aggression. The US government seeks to punish the Syrian government for violating "international norms" but in the process is itself breaking international law.
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John Kerry Steals Wolfowitz's Iraq Lines for Syria War

Secretary of State John Kerry at the House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Syria war authorization Today
“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs...the answer is profoundly yes. They have. That offer is on the table.”
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, March 23, 2003 on the eve of the Iraq war, before the House Appropriations Committee:
 "The oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years. Now, there are a lot of claims on that money, but ... We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon."

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Why No One Backs Washington's Push for Syria War

McClatchy is among the last objective mainstream media sources. The news service actually bothers to question conventional wisdom and do actual reporting. Yesterday it published a devastating deconstruction of the Obama administration's "evidence" animating its push to war on Syria. 

Clearly, the Obama "evidence" is far, far more flimsy than the Bush administration's dog and pony show in the lead up to Iraq. 

Writes the McClatchy report:
The Obama administration’s public case for attacking Syria is riddled with inconsistencies and hinges mainly on circumstantial evidence...

The case Secretary of State John Kerry laid out last Friday contained claims that were disputed by the United Nations, inconsistent in some details with British and French intelligence reports or lacking sufficient transparency for international chemical weapons experts to accept at face value.

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Ex-CIA Giraldi: Intel Colleagues Don't Buy Chemical Attack Story

Phil Giraldi, a former career CIA operations officer, is interviewed on Scott Horton's excellent radio program today. Giraldi, a unique and valuable source of information and insights on how the US intelligence community works, told Horton that he and his current and retired CIA buddies are not buying the Obama administration's Syria chemical attack story.

Will someone in the US military or intelligence community risk total destruction to go public and debunk the Administration's lies on Syria?
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Rep. Cantor Steals Condi Rice's Iraq Lines for Syria

Today House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) directly channeled then-President Bush's National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, spouting the same lying propaganda to get us into Syria that Rice spouted to get us into Iraq.

Leader Cantor today: "No one wants to be asking why we failed to act if the next time Sarin is used it is in the Paris or New York subway."

Condoleeza Rice, Sept 8, 2002: "The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."
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Who Gave Kerry The Syrian 'Smoking Gun'?

Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray wonders why a "crown jewel" in the British government's signals intercept network, the facility on Mount Troodos in Cyprus, did not intercept the alleged "smoking gun" telephone conversation beween the two Syrian government officials about the August 21st gas attack. This alleged conversation is key to the US case that the Syrian government is responsible and Obama's decision to attack is based on it.

It was precisely the type of conversation that the facility was intended to intercept, as it is tasked to monitor "all radio, satellite and microwave traffic across the Middle East, ranging from Egypt and Eastern Libya right through to the Caucasus.  Even almost all landline telephone communication in this region is routed through microwave links at some stage, picked up on Troodos."

It is this UK facility, writes Murray, that makes up the core of the US/UK intelligence cooperation in the region; therefore, he writes, it is strange that John Kerry somehow had access to the intercepts while the British Joint Intelligence Committee did not. The reason the UK did not intercept the conversation, he concludes, is that the intercepts were falsified by Israeli intelligence.
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US to Launch Chemical Attack on Syria in Retaliation for Alleged Chemical Attack?

As RPI pointed out last week, reported US plans to bomb Syria's purported chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for the alleged Syrian governmental use of chemical agents would, ironically, result in the release of massive amounts of nerve gas on the civilian Syrian population and could kill orders of magnitude more innocent civilians than were allegedly killed in the August 21 incident.

So says several experts on chemical and nerve agents interviewed by AP.
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RPI Board Members Speak Out Against US Attack on Syria

RPI Advisory Board Members Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich are speaking out in opposition to a US military attack on Syria.

US Rep. Duncan, in a television interview in his home state of Tennessee, engages the issue with clear, straightforward comments as he often engages legislation on the House of Representatives floor. Among other comments in the short interview, Duncan notes that "We don't need to be getting involved in a civil war in Syria. We don't have a vital national interest over there," and "We seemingly are almost in a state of permanent war, and I don't believe that our people want us to be in a state of permanent war, and I don't believe we can afford it."
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Obama Taps the Clapper to Present Syria Intelligence Dossier

President Obama, stung by the defection of the British government from his very tiny "coalition of the willing" to attack Syria, has decided to push on ahead without allies. To go it alone. Perhaps it is meant to look decisive, but in reality it looks rather foolhardy. Everyone else thinks it's a bad idea, even the rabidly anti-Assad Arab League, but he does not care. Attacking Syria is a matter of the US national interest, he told PBS Wednesday. 

Today he promises to release a declassified version of an intelligence dossier he says will prove to the highly skeptical American people and their -- with few exceptions -- war-eager but politically cautious representatives in Congress, that without a doubt chemical weapons were used in Syria on August 21 and that it was the Syrian government that used them. This should be a neat trick, as the UN investigative team actually on the ground doing the testing will not be able to make a determination until Saturday.
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