Bombs Away! Washington Has Gone Stark Raving Mad

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Submitted by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog,

America’s spanker-in-chief is at it again - threatening to bomb Syria owing to the uncivilized actions of its inhabitants. And when it comes to Syria, Washington avers that there are punishable malefactors virtually everywhere within its borders.

Exactly one year ago Obama proposed to take Bashir Assad to the woodshed because he had allegedly unleashed a vicious chemical attack on his own citizens. That was all pretext, of course, because even the CIA refused to sign-off on the flimsy case for Assad’s culpability at the time—-a reluctance corroborated since then by the considerable evidence that hundreds of Syrian civilians were murdered during a false flag operation staged by the rebels with help from Turkey. The aim of the rebels, of course, was to activate American tomahawk missiles and bombers in behalf of “regime change”, which was also the stated goal of the Obama Administration.

Now the White House is threatening to bomb Syria again, but this time its “regime change” objective has been expanded to include both sides! In 12 short months what had been the allegedly heroic Sunni opposition to the “brutal rule” of the Assad/Alawite minority has transmuted into the “greatest terrorist threat ever”, according to the Secretary of Defense.

So Obama has already unleashed the drones and surveillance apparatus to identify targets of attack that will help bring down a regime in northern and eastern Syria—the so-called Islamic State—which did not even exist a year ago. And a regime that is now armed to the teeth with America’s own latest and greatest weaponry as previously supplied to the disintegrated Iraqi army and the Syrian rebels trained by the CIA in Jordan.

Adding to this blinding farce is the warning of Syria’s Foreign Affairs minister that Obama should please to request permission before he rains destruction from the sky on the Opposition—-that is, the opposition to the very same Damascus regime which the White House has vowed to eradicate. Needless to say,  the Washington apparatus is having nothing to do with aiding the enemy of its new enemy:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday tried to tamp down the notion that action against the Islamic State group could bolster Assad, saying, “We’re not interested in trying to help the Assad regime.” However, he acknowledged that “there are a lot of cross pressures

In fact, there is apparently an option emerging from the bowels of the war machine that calls for an odd/even day plan to bomb both sides, thereby making clear that Washington is an equal opportunity spanker. Apparently, whether you use a 12th century sword or 20th century attack helicopter as a means of rule, you will be bombed by the “indispensable nation”, as Obama put it, adding that “no other nation can do what we do”.

Well, that involves some “doing”. According to AP, it appears that Syrian airstrikes are imminent, but could be carried out under the odd/even day plan:

“In an effort to avoid unintentionally strengthening the Syrian government, the White House could seek to balance strikes against the Islamic State with attacks on Assad regime targets.”

Is any more evidence needed that Washington has gone stark raving mad than even the possibility that such an absurd option could  be under consideration? Has not the imperial city on the Potomac become so inured to its pretensions of global hegemony and to instant resort to deployment of its war machine that any semblance of rationality and coherence has been dissolved?

Indeed, in the context of Syria’s fractured and riven tribal, religious and political splinters how could anyone in their right mind think that a bombing campaign without boots on the ground will accomplish anything other than function as a potent recruiting tool for ISIS, and a generator of jihadist blowback for years to come. By the same token, the White House’s polling machine surely documents that an outright Iraq-style invasion of the Islamic State is overwhelmingly opposed by the American people, and rightly so.

Accordingly, the silly, hapless man in the Oval Office stumbles forward, apparently unaware that he’s not merely playing video games during his sojourns in the Situation Room. Indeed, the make-believe “nuanced” bombing options that are likely to be ground out by the national security machinery are destined to fail and drag Washington ever deeper into the violent cauldron of Mesopotamia and the Levant. The trillions of treasure wasted, the millions of lives lost and the venomous tribal enmities resulting from Washington’s misbegotten ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan provide all the proof that is needed.

The fact is, the artificial states created by the Sykes-Picot map drawn up by the French and British foreign offices in 1916—- as they carved up the Ottoman empire— are now destined for the dustbin of history. The fracturing remnants of Syria and Iraq cannot be fused back together by means of lethal deposits of metal and chemicals delivered by tomahawks and F-16s.

So let the region rearrange itself without Washington’s unwelcome meddling and mayhem. If Turkey and an independent Kurdistan can make mutually acceptable political and economic arrangements, which are already well-advanced, so be it. If the Shiite south in Iraq and the  Alawite/Shiite southwest in Syria break-off from their present Europe-bequeathed boundaries and form independent regimes, how does that jeopardize the safety and security of the citizens of Lincoln NE and Spokane WA?

And, yes, if the Islamic State temporarily manages to coalesce within the Sunni lands of the Euphrates Valley and the upper Tigress why is that really a national security threat which requires launching an unwinnable war, a new round of hostility to America in the Islamic world and the blowback of legions of jihadi with a score to settle?

Now that you know about the Yazidis, did you ever hear of the Sheitaat tribe of Sunnis who inhabit the minor oil province around Deir al-Zor in northeastern Syria?  There appear to be about 100,000 members of that sect in the region and they have been declared apostates by the medieval butchers who run ISIS:

Hundreds of members of the Sheitaat clan have been executed after their tribe refused to submit to Islamic State. The entire tribe have been deemed “hostile apostates” by the group, an offshoot of al Qaeda that has declared a “caliphate” in the territory it holds.


Islamic State has declared the Sheitaat tribe “an unbelieving sect” that should be fought as if they were infidels, according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence in the Syrian war.


At least 700 hundred members of the tribe have already been executed, the Observatory reported on Aug. 16.


Another 1,800 are still missing after being detained by Islamic State, according to the Observatory, which gathers information from all sides in the Syrian war. Its efforts to pledge allegiance to Islamic State have been rebuffed.


Pictures of the bodies of men apparently slain by Islamic State fighters in Sheitaat areas are surfacing every day, said Rami Abdelrahman, founder of the Observatory. “We have repeatedly expressed concerns about extermination,” he said.


“It is the first time that the Islamic State has used these (religious) concepts against an entire tribe,” he said.


Three Sheitaat villages seized by Islamic State have been designated as a military zone, the rebel and another activist from the area said. The clan’s property and livestock have also been seized, another person from the area said.


Islamic State has declared that no truce is possible with the Sheitaat, that its prisoners can be killed, and its women are unfit for marriage, according to the Observatory.


“We’re still seeing Islamic State trucks loaded up with furniture and rugs from Sheitaat homes in those villages, which are now totally abandoned,” said one person from the area contacted by internet link, speaking on condition of anonymity.


Islamic State has started to use house demolitions as a punishment. A video posted over the weekend shows what appears to be the detonation of a rural home as the narrator, who identifies himself as from Islamic State, explains that the home belongs to Sheitaat “apostates”.

Why would you believe that a viable state can be built in today’s world on the tactics of Genghis Kahn? The Islamic State, such as it is, is not rich, does not have enough oil to make a difference, will soon be bogged down in the insuperable problems of governance by the sword and will flounder on the impoverished economics of the dusty villages and desert expanse which comprise its natural territory. And it will eventually mobilize its neighbors—-Turkey, Hezbollah, the rump regime of Assad’s Alawite Syria, Kurdistan, the Shiite alliance of Iran and lower Iraq, and even Saudi Arabia and the oil sheikdoms—to contain its external ambitions.

So Washington should call off the bombers and get out of harm’s way. The American Imperium has failed and the prospect of bombing both sides of an irrelevant non-country’s ancient tribal wars ought, at last, to make that much clear.

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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:56 | 5152042 papaswamp
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Holy disfunctionality bitchez......

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:58 | 5152046 kaiserhoff
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Because Obama...,

  and because we don't have enough enemies in the world?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:05 | 5152072 max2205
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These people have to go home now....we have had enough of this bullshit

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:31 | 5152155 Charles Wilson
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"Any farmers or crops or anything being produced in the area we just obliterated?"

"No, commanders, all blown to shit."


"Good.  Mission Accomplished...We'll call it "Building Infrastructure".  Let's call in our boys to parachute in some food supplies.  That'll help'em...Promoting Nation Building...That's just what we do..."

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:38 | 5152187 DavidPierre
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Bomb Vietnam !

Bomb Cambodia !

Bomb Loas !


Oh Shit ... wrong decade ... sorry !

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:44 | 5152206 actionjacksonbrownie
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Washington Has Gone Stark Raving Mad


Actually, it's not madness at all - it's pure genius! Assad refused to be the heinous dictator who would slaughter the defenseless, so the TRIBE has simply installed it's own batch of phycopaths in Syria as an excuse to bomb the entire country.


Miision Accomplished!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:52 | 5152239 phoolish
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US to play the role of Germany in the next war.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:55 | 5152437 COSMOS
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"Now the White House is threatening to bomb Syria again, but this time its “regime change” objective has been expanded to include both sides!"

Makes perfect sense, kill everyone in the country so the Jews can have Lebensraum in Syria, makes you wonder who the real Nazis were and are.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:14 | 5152483 Dave
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Cosmos, even though you pissed me off awhile back I have to give you a green arrow for this.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:05 | 5152579 Oh regional Indian
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Ye reap what ye sow....

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:53 | 5152770 Drunk In Church
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ISIS must be annihilated at all costs.  Let's set boots on the ground if need be.  Time to send those boys to their 72 virgins.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:51 | 5152937 Bangin7GramRocks
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Don't worry, it's almost September. The War on Christmas will begin again and we can all switch our focus back to the important issues.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:58 | 5152643 reset71
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The Jews the Jews, the scary Jews! Are you people kidding me.  This person wrote "makes you wonder who the real Nazis were" and you give it thumbs up.  I used to think ZHers were above average- things are going down hill.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:18 | 5152670 anonnn
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Absolute discretion is a ruthless master. It is more destructive of freedom than any other of man's inventions.

Wm. O Douglas, US Supreme Court Justice

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:52 | 5152240 asdasmos
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They are increasing the cost to renounce US citizenship to $2,350 after record renunciations.

The amount of people renouncing are undercounted. Waiting times around the world do not add up as they can process many per day. In Toronto, Canada, the amount they can process in a year is just about the same as the official number of renunciants and relinquishments for the wolrd per year.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:42 | 5152203 Oldwood
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These are all very busy people who will remain busy until someone stops them. We should be careful of what we wish for after years of complaining about wasteful, lazy inefficient government employees. We now have numerous agencies busily writing laws, making policies and generally fucking up the world. If they would only all go play golf.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:58 | 5152263 A Nanny Moose
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Apparently we have not. We keep voting in sufficient numbers to encourage them.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:58 | 5152448 COSMOS
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Your votes mean nothing, both sides or the spectrum have been groomed by the AIPAC.  They own the airwaves and Wall Street.  They are the PUPPET MASTERS

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:32 | 5152523 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Imagine the sick irony if Hitler was actually right. Not to say what he did was anything but evil, but if the alternative is even worse. I've read enough excerpts from the Torah to know the jews have a contemptable hate for non-jews and are obsessed with returning to the homeland to herald the return of god. Bottom line is the zionists may be far more brutal and crazy than Hitler and may just push this world to thermonuclear war.

What an irony, the type of sick irony this universe likes to play on us naked apes to fuck us up.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:03 | 5152650 reset71
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Whoa dude, imagine a bunch of crazy stuff that is racist and contemplate if it might be true.  How insightful.  

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:29 | 5152836 Burnbright
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The world is full of half truths. People do not distinguish Americans from the American government, nor Zionists from Jews. One group represents often what individually we resent. Sometimes it is hard for individuals to relent their hatred against a people when they view all of them as a whole rather than their individual moving parts. But that is the human mind for you.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:28 | 5152887 WOAR
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Is something racist if it is true?

Mind = Blown.

Up. (By Hamas/Israel/Dronebomba)

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:39 | 5152895 BringOnTheAsteroid
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The Jews are racist, don't kid yourself. Possibly one of the most racist groups on the face of the earth. This is not spoken about just as most Christians daren't speak too much of the Old Testament. Non Jews are hated by Jews, their Torah demands it . It's also permissible for a Jew to lie to a non Jew, a law most politicians steel.

The above is just a thought experiment, radical I know. If Americans don 't speak out against their governments wrong doing then they are equally culpable and deserve to be painted with the same brush the world paints the US government. Same with the Jews. If they don't speak up against Zionism they are tacit zionists.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:22 | 5152913 nmewn
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How do we define the word racist these days anyways?

If I said the Quran demands the same of muslims would that be racist or a statement of fact?

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:48 | 5157436 BringOnTheAsteroid
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This is tricky. Jews are a race, Muslims are not.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:59 | 5152644 Omen IV
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I think Obama and his handlers are calling it quits in the Ukraine -today the tone changed wIth the MSM reporting especially the NYT

For the first time they are telling the truth about the war on the ground in the East - so is CNN

Game changer coming !

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:06 | 5152080 nmewn
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See, if he bombs Assad once on Tuesday, he'll pay him back with two ISIS bombing runs on Wednesday. Its kinda like coming in late to work and telling everyone you're gonna leave early to make up for it.

Those whacky Haaahvahd Law are you gonna do with them ;-)

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:00 | 5152268 A Nanny Moose
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Sounds similar to Wimpy-warfare.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:05 | 5152296 nmewn
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You got it ;-)

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:26 | 5152882 WOAR
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I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday...

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:52 | 5152635 reset71
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I wonder if Obama voters feel ashamed yet.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:22 | 5153132 Moe Howard
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I doubt it. Think about some of them like Karl Dennigger and our own Banzai.


They feel no shame.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:58 | 5152048 boogerbently
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obama and the Dems have lied to EVERYONE.....not just here.

The world won't take it. There are no Dems there.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:53 | 5153266 V in PA
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Politicians have lied to EVERYONE!



Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:06 | 5152078 junction
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Obama the Mad Drone Bomber must obey the orders of the New World Order.  ISIS caliph Al-Bagdadi wears a bogus shoe polish black beard straight out of the CIA prop department.  The only way to put an end to Obama's deranged foreign policy is to bring to justice the master button pushers responsible for the drone jet attacks on the World Trade Center and the drone missile attack on the Pentagon.   

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:09 | 5152660 reset71
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Sorry, but drones did not attack the WTC.  I don't understand how there are 15 up vote imbeciles who agree with you.  But thank you that at least you agree that Obama is an impotent warmongering idiot.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:21 | 5154586 goneYonder
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And you know this because of the exhaustive investigation following the unprecedented collapse of 3 buildings from fire - and before all the evidence was destroyed and shipped across the globe. Right?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:18 | 5152110 Kirk2NCC1701
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When the Golfer's away... the Neocons will play.  And all others will pay or pray.

Another Exceptional Job.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:14 | 5152665 reset71
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Ha ha ha, trying to defend the Dems by criticizing their ability to govern.  Obama is 100% in control of these "new" wars.  Go to hell both parties.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:19 | 5152111 are we there yet
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The middle east is filled with false pride like a cat over a crappy culture and history, and is dumb as a room full of cats. And they live in a giant sandbox. What if the middle east is the Hindu destination for bad cats when they die? ISIS was also the god of cats.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:32 | 5152148 Ralph Spoilsport
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"ISIS was also the god of cats."

That was Bastet, her offspring. Isis was health, marriage and love.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:58 | 5152450 COSMOS
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Biff, is that you?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:04 | 5152653 are we there yet
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Thanks for the correction. So Isis represents health marriage and love.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:42 | 5152200 asiafinancenews
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Hey!  Don't pick on cats.  And ... "Bast" was the Egyptian cat god.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:59 | 5152775 James_Cole
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The middle east is filled with false pride like a cat over a crappy culture and history, and is dumb as a room full of cats. 

Wow this is some amazingly ignorant shit, even by zh standards. As a physicist you should be aware:

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:26 | 5152134 logicalman
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When I read this kind of thing I realize why I spend so much money on booze!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:02 | 5152290 holmes
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It is so comforting to know that these dumb ass ISIS terrorists will stay in Iraq/Syria and allow us to bomb the hell out of them. No way any of them would be smart enough to sneak into America through the Mexican border and retaliate. 

I know I'm sleeping well at night.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:08 | 5152311 KnuckleDragger-X
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Bomb'em all and let Allah sort'em out. Hell just load up a couple of B-2's with B-61 gravity bombs  and show'em just what kind of maniac their dealing with

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:49 | 5152936 doggings
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 "Kill them all, let Allah sort them out"  ? really? 

its definitely getting out of hand when dark humor from Special Forces memes become official foreign policy.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:24 | 5153139 Moe Howard
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It comes from a Crusader [Christian] warlord. Not green beanie babies.

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