On Thursday, American media reported that an urgent meeting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council… reportedly called by Russia… ended in less than an hour without any indication of progress or agreement on the crisis in Syria following last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack. It was the second time in two days that the five permanent Security Council members… the USA, Russia, the UK, France, and China… came out of a meeting with no apparent progress. On Wednesday, Russia blocked a British resolution seeking the authorisation of military force, saying there isn’t evidence that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for a chemical weapons attack. The USA and its allies say that they’re convinced that the Assad régime was behind the attack. Late Thursday, in a stunning defeat for British Prime Minister David Cameron, the British Parliament voted against endorsing military action against Syria. The White House said that Thursday’s Security Council permanent member meeting was the latest effort by Moscow to prevent the UN from holding Syria accountable for the alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus on 21 August. The Syrian government denied using chemical agents.
White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest in a briefing with reporters said that the USA believes “strongly” in the UN process, however, “What we’ve seen at the UN is a repeated willingness on the part of the Russians to block action… They’ve done it three times, looks like they’re doing it again”. The UN Security Council hasn’t authorised any military intervention in the Syrian crisis, which began in early 2011. Previously, Moscow, along with Beijing, vetoed three UN Security Council resolutions condemning Assad’s government. Marie Harf, US State Department spokesman, said to the media, “We’ve seen two years of Russian intransigence on the Syria issue at the UN… We’ve haven’t seen a shift in two years, I’m not sure why we’d expect one today”. According to the Syrian opposition and the international medical humanitarian NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) more than 350 people, many of them women and children, died in the chemical weapons attack.
Earnest said that if he received UN approval, US President Barack Obama would “make a decision about an appropriate response based on the national security interests of the USA”, which takes into account that Syria is perhaps the most volatile country in one of the most volatile regions of the world. He added, “This country borders a NATO ally in Turkey, it borders one of our most important partners in the region, Jordan, and it is in close proximity to the nation of Israel, a country whose security we’ve vowed to protect… so, there are a number of ways in which the national security interests of USA are at stake here”. On Thursday, the White House appeared to be broadening its efforts to build a consensus with American lawmakers for action against Syria with an unclassified phone briefing between senior administration officials, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, and leaders of Congress from both political parties.
On Thursday, two leading members of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence who’d seen a classified assessment of the attack said that they believe the Assad régime was responsible. In a statement, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “I’ve been briefed by the intelligence community on last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria, and I believe the intelligence points to an attack by the Assad government, not the opposition”. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Vice Chairman of the same committee, noted in a statement, “Based on available intelligence, there can be no doubt the Assad régime is responsible for using chemical weapons on the Syrian people. It’s time for the USA to act in a serious way, and send a clear message to Assad and his allies that the world won’t tolerate chemical or biological attacks. Continuing to do nothing isn’t an option”.
However, on Wednesday, 116 House lawmakers sent a letter to Obama requesting consultation with and authorisation from Congress before he orders the use of American military force against Syria. In a separate letter, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) also wrote to the president saying, “It’s essential that you provide a clear, unambiguous explanation of how military action… will secure American objectives and how it fits into your overall policy”. Boehner further called on Obama to make the case to the American people for how such action “will secure American national security interests, preserve America’s credibility, deter the future use of chemical weapons”. White House spokesman Earnest said that whilst Obama believes that it’s important for his administration to consult with Congress about Syria “in a very robust way”; he also feels there is a limited time-frame in which to decide on the best course of action, saying, “It’s important for the Assad régime and other totalitarian dictators around the globe to understand that the international community won’t tolerate the indiscriminate, widespread use of chemical weapons, particularly against women and children as they’re sleeping in their beds”.
30 August 2013
Earnest is a bloviating untrustworthy sack of shit. Notice what he said:
It’s important for the Assad régime and other totalitarian dictators around the globe to understand that the international community won’t tolerate the indiscriminate, widespread use of chemical weapons, particularly against women and children as they’re sleeping in their beds.
In 2008, the USA supported its puppet state client Georgia in a war of aggression against South Ossetia. The opening of that war was a sneak Grad bombardment of civilians in Tskhinval sleeping in their beds at 22.00 in the evening. The American-Georgian plan was to seize South Ossetia before Russian forces could arrive to relieve the besieged garrison of Tskhinval. There’s been a flood of specious American propaganda trying to justify the Georgian attack. You see, the USA thought that they could attack Russia with impunity using a surrogate. The plan failed because the Georgian forces weren’t only incompetent, they were cowardly in the extreme. The paucity of Russian casualties told the tale… there wasn’t much fighting once the two Russian mechanised divisions arrived on the scene. By the way, the Russians didn’t employ “overwhelming force” as the Americans claimed. There were six Russian manoeuvre brigades committed against four Georgian… taking into the terrain-multiplier given the Georgian defenders by the mountains and scarce road network, the Russians didn’t have enough forces to compel the Georgians to leave. However, the Georgians ran away, leaving all of their American-supplied equipment to fall into Russian hands. Therefore, VVP could’ve said:
It’s important for the Bush régime and other totalitarian dictators around the globe to understand that the international community won’t tolerate the indiscriminate, widespread use of imprecise area weapons, particularly against women and children as they’re sleeping in their beds.
Do you hear the yelping? That’s the Americans screaming for being found out as liars and cheats. Don’t forget, Langley has a history of deceit. Remember Maximos Vaportzis… Langley didn’t scruple at toppling an Ecumenical Patriarch, so, it’s no stretch to see that they’d kill innocent civilians to advance their cause. Ponder that…
A Note to Orthodox People:
Do note that Victor Potapov, James Paffhausen, Alexander Webster, and Leonid Kishkovsky all have ties to the American intelligence, foreign policy, and defence communities of one form or another. In short, they’re apologists for Western aggression and support the enemies of the Orthosphere. Caveat auditor…