Archive for the ‘Middle East’ Category
A secret contact at the US Department of State just emailed me this! For a pdf version of this amazing document click here.
Syrian Rebel Group Application Form for US Arms
As of 17 September 2014, all Syrian insurgents wishing to receive US weapons shipments must complete the following application form.
What kind of rebels are you (circle only one): Good Bad Not sure
Do you promise not to give these arms to Al Qaeda, ISIS, or Hamas? Yes No
And not to sell them to anonymous buyers on the black market, despite the fact that doing so you could make millions, retire, buy a yacht, have a harem, move into a Dubai penthouse, and live in luxury for the rest of your life? Yes No
And ‘promise’ not to use them against the Assad regime, at least for now. But when you do use them against Assad, you’ll tell Russia that we didn’t know anything about it? Yes No
And you’re not pulling our leg? Yes No
You promise to help us, even though everybody in the Middle East hates us? Yes No
And don’t think we’re complete idiots for doing this? Yes No
You’ll give us back the arms when you’re done? Yes No
You’ll be nice to Israel, no matter how fast they gobble up the occupied territories? Yes No
Um, those other arms — you know, the ones we gave you before and that ended up in the hands of ISIS. That was just an accident, right? A little administrative error on your part, and you promise not to let it happen again? Yes No
Are you a CIA plant working for the US? Yes No Rather not say.
Congratulations! Your arms request is approved!
USDS form 2014_0232 (rev. 09/2014
Re: ** Your Response Concerning Syria **
Dear Rep. Lois Capps
California’s 24th US Congressional District
Thank you for informing me of your position on Syria.
May I remind you:
1. That there is a legitimate possibility that the Syrian rebels were responsible for the use of sarin gas in a Damascus suburb recently, with the precise intent of drawing the US into the conflict. And that the UN investigators have not made their report. And that it is foolish in the utmost for the Obama administration to commit itself before sufficient data are available with which to draw reliable conclusions.
2. That there is near unanimous consensus that the figure of 1,429 deaths is exaggerated, and that the actual number killed is significantly lower.
3. That even if there is a moral imperative to address the use of nerve gas in Syria, there is *not* a moral imperative for the US to act precipitously and unilaterally. Indeed, there *is* a moral imperative to respond in a responsible way, namely by dealing with the problem as one member of a community of nations.
4. There are far worse humanitarian calamities, such as mass starvation, which the US government pays no attention to. And that this double-standard reveals that President Obama is using the recent sarin gas event as a pretext for military intervention motivated for other reasons.
5. That in any case there is no such thing as a limited military action. Mission creep is a brute fact. Once released, there is no calling back the dogs of war, and one would be both extremely naive and ignorant of history to believe otherwise.
Text of letter:
Dear John Uebersax:
Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to U.S. military involvement in Syria. As your Representative, I appreciate hearing from you.
This is a deeply troubling and complex issue. As you know, several reports revealed the use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict between the Assad regime and armed rebel forces in Syria. On August 30th, the White House released an unclassified summary of U.S. intelligence reports, which assessed the Syrian government’s mass use of chemical weapons on a Damascus suburb, as well as other smaller suspected chemical weapon attacks. The assessment determined the most recent attack on August 21st resulted in approximately 1,429 deaths, including at least 426 children. In addition to the unclassified evidence released by the Administration, I have since reviewed further evidence regarding the attacks through classified briefings in Washington.
Clearly, the Assad regime’s deployment of chemical weapons violates a long standing international norm, in place for nearly 100 years, that has greatly deterred their use. The question before me is what actions should the U.S. take to reduce the likelihood of those weapons being used again in Syria and by others in the future. As such, I am reviewing the Administration’s proposal for targeted action in Syria very carefully, including meeting with government, military and foreign policy experts, but I have yet to determine whether this action would achieve that goal. As someone who voted against the Iraq war, I believe that any commitment of U.S. military forces must always be considered with the greatest of care and, furthermore, be the last resort to achieving the goal of safeguarding our national security. Indeed, that is one reason I wrote to the President urging the Administration to seek Congressional authorization prior to committing any military force in Syria so that we, as a nation, could have this critical debate.
I will continue reviewing information on this issue and am monitoring the situation within Syria closely, as it continues to evolve. Moreover, I will continue to listen to my constituents as you make your voices heard on this difficult issue. Rest assured, I will certainly keep your views in mind on this critically important topic.
Member of Congress
It appears that AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is hell-bent on getting the US into another war. AIPAC is the most powerful lobby in Washington. By massive campaign donations and unscrupulous principles, they own virtually every member of Congress. Every candidate must meet with them before running and win their approval — that’s an indication of their power.
In theory AIPAC is supposed to “inform” (i.e., pressure) Congress in ways that support the interests of the Israeli people. That itself is somewhat questionable (remember George Washington’s warning about the dangers of foreign nations influencing our government.) But what’s much worse, today AIPAC is a completely dysfunctional organization. It exists now to perpetuate itself, and to protect the jobs of its staff.
War would be bad for Israel. Assad has never attacked Israel, and probably never would. With a regime change, anything could happen. AIPAC is pushing for war because that’s the only thing they know how to do. They’re good at it. It’s all about inertia, power, and control.
In the final analysis, AIPAC is anti-Semitic, because it hurts Israel and hurts Jews. It takes advantage of the sympathies and good-will of American Jewish donors, who naively think they are helping Israel. Instead they are feeding a monster.