The Nobel Peace Prize recipient of 2009 is threatening to expand his ever widening “War on Everything” from formerly Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, Mali, Al-Awlaki and his son and nephew, Snowden, Manning, Assange, Rosen, and now Syria. Mr. President, is killing everything but the 1972 Miami Dolphins the answer?
Based on the unqualified success that the President and his predecessor have enjoyed in establishing Islamic Republics in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and soon Turkey, Lebanon and Mali, perhaps he should take a breather from all that Islamic nation building. The guys at Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon must be exhausted pumping out all those guns and butter - and counting all those profits! And let’s not forget all the drone pilots and cyber-warriors.
In September 2001, the Congress in its infinite wisdom, passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which authorized the President to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons HE determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorists that attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001. The AUMF gave the executive branch the ability to exact punishment for those who harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.
Presidents 43 and 44 have used AUMF to wage their global “War on Terrorism” for more than a decade. Originally, we were fighting Osama bin Laden and his terror syndicate al Qaeda. But strangely, after killing OBL in Pakistan in May 2011, we did an about face. Now we are content to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, after all they did harbor and support OBL’s al Qaeda. However the Nobel recipient changed sides in Libya, and America began supporting al Qaeda directly in its war for regime change in Libya. The successful consortium resulted in the killing of Colonel Qaddafi aka leader of Libya and former chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the ascension of Abdel Hakim Belhadj, a former rendition and torture victim of the CIA that we also turned-over to the Qaddafi regime for some additional torture. Belhadj rose to lead Libya’s de facto government post-Qaddafi and also claimed to have knowledge about Ambassador Stevens' death (I refer you to the series on Benghazi).
Once the al Qaeda/Islamic rebels took control of Libya (to the extent anyone can control Libya), the CIA then partnered with al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar (the Sunni contingent) to traffic arms from the Qaddafi stockpiles in Libya to Prime Minister and Caliph hopeful, Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan. Erdogan then arranged delivery into Syria to our new friends, al Qaeda, in their struggle to overthrow the Shiite government of Syria, resulting in the unfortunate but necessary deaths of 100,000 Syrians.
Syria, which regrettably becomes the battleground state for the Islamic war between Sunni and Shiite true believers, is the place where the President wants to commit US armed forces to aid the Sunni. It just so happens that Shiite President Bashar Assad seems to have recently taken the upper hand against the jihadists which caused Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UK, and France to demand intervention on behalf of “our” friends, the Sunni al Qaeda jihadists and against the WMD wielding Assad (so far there is no credible evidence of Assad's complicity in the use of gas - which is not surprising as Assad is winning and, as he said, it would make no sense to use chemical weapons).
If this seems confusing, imagine what it sounds like in the detail it truly deserves. From fighting against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Saddam Hussein for more than a decade collectively, we are now fighting to aid the al Qaeda elements that are loyal to the Salafis, Wahhabists of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who really believe al-Saud should become the Caliph of the Islamic world - once the Shiite pretenders are eliminated.
So after the loss and wounding of tens of thousands of American and allied forces, the expenditure of trillions of dollars, and oh yea, the loss of hundreds of thousands of the other guys, gals, and children, we are now shifting sides to aid the enemy.
Tying this all back to AUMF, where is the connection to American national interests that justifies an attack by the United States against these Syrian dogs of war? If Syria poses a threat of WMD to the region, why is the region just sitting around committing jihad all over the place when they should be issuing a good old-fashioned fatwa to get rid of the WMDs?
Now I understand the Arabian proverb says my enemy's enemy is my friend, but did it actually mean my enemy is my friend if my friend is also my frenemy? Hope this clarifies the foreign policy of the U.S. in Syria.
Guest OPED by Colonel William O'Brien
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