July 25, 2013 by History in a Hurry
Shamming into Syria
Written by Chris Floyd
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 22:49
Here is my latest column for the print edition of Counterpunch.
When I saw the news on June 13 that Bill Clinton had joined with John McCain in blasting Obama’s “inaction” on Syria and calling for direct U.S. military intervention in the conflict, I knew we would soon hear the other shoe dropping. And lo, just hours later, pat it came, with that reliable old house organ of the power structure, the New York Times, portentously reporting that “intelligence” had “confirmed” the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government — the flashing “red line” that Obama had declared would be the trigger for more American intervention.
One day later, the New York Times reported that the White House will now supply the rebels with arms — yet another loose, uncontrollable flood of weaponry washing through the most volatile region on earth, guaranteeing more death, more ruin, more terrorism, more needless suffering not only on the Syrian killing grounds, but far beyond as well — exactly as we saw in the Libyan intervention. And no doubt the Sunni militants in Iraq — currently killing dozens of people weekly in the sectarian hell created by the American invasion — will love the U.S. ordnance they’ll soon be getting from their al Qaeda allies in the forefront of the Syrian rebel campaign.