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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:27

How Obama enables atrocities

How Obama enables atrocities

US President Barack Obama seems so scared of offending the Saudis and their Israeli allies that he will tolerate almost any outrage, including Saudi Arabia’s mass beheadings and/or shootings of the regime’s enemies or even opponents including a senior Shiite cleric who dared criticize the monarchy.


Writer of the book“America’s Stolen Narrative” and an American investigative reporter, Robert Parry, has more on the story of how US President Barack Obama enables atrocities.

As the New Year dawns, the neocons and their liberal interventionist sidekicks remain firmly in control of Official Washington’s storylines – on Syria, Russia and elsewhere – even as their policies continue to wreak havoc across the Mideast and threaten the stability of Europe and indeed the future of civilization.

The latest proof of this dangerous reality came when Saudi Arabia’s repressive monarchy executed prominent Shiite leader Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr for criticizing the nation’s kings and princes. Before the killing, the Obama administration held its tongue in public so as not to antagonize the Saudi royals. Nimr’s nephew awaits Saudi “crucifixion” for his role as a teenager in Arab Spring protests.
After the Nimr execution, the US State Department issued a mild protest toward the Saudis while blurring the guilt by twinning it with criticism of Iran where a group of outraged protesters damaged the Saudi embassy, which led to Saudi Arabia’s hasty decision of breaking of relations with Iran.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said meekly “We believe that diplomatic engagement and direct conversations remain essential in working through differences,” while some senior U.S. officials remained silent over the latest Saudi provocations.

But the fact that the Obama administration could not voice its revulsion over the Saudi mass head-chopping along with some firing squads for 47 men, including Nimr, speaks volumes. President Barack Obama and other insiders continue to tip-toe around the unsavory U.S. “alliances” in the Mideast.

Over the past several years, Saudi Arabia sealed its impervious protection from U.S. government criticism by forming an undeclared alliance with the usurper regime of Israel around their mutual hatred of Iran, a cause picked up by American neocons and shared by the career-oriented liberal interventionists.

Some more “realist-oriented” U.S. officials, reportedly including Obama and some national security aides, recognize the havoc that neocon/liberal-hawk strategies continue to wreak across the region and now spreading into Europe, but they act powerless to do anything bold to stop it.
With Israel’s lobby siding with the certian states in their bloody rivalry with independent states, most U.S. politicians and pundits have scrambled to defend each recurring outrage by the Saudis, Qataris and Turks by trying to flip the script and somehow put the blame on Iran, Syria and Russia.

Thus, the Saudis, Qataris and Turks get mostly a pass for arming and enabling radical terrorists, including Al Qaeda and the ISIS. Israel also provides assistance to Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front along the Golan Heights and bombs allies of the Syrian government and, of course, faces no official U.S. criticism.

In 2014, when US Vice President Joe Biden blurted out the truth about Saudi support for terrorism inside Syria, he was the one who had to apologize. In 2015, when Saudi Arabia invaded and bombed Yemen after hyping Iran’s support for the revolutionaries, the Obama administration sided with the Saudis even as their wanton attacks on poverty-stricken Yemen claimed the lives of thousands of civilians and created a humanitarian crisis.

For more than a year after President Obama announced his air war against the ISIS in summer 2014, Turkey continued to let the terror group run an industrial-style oil smuggling operation from Syria and Iraq through Turkey. Only when Russia entered the conflict last fall was the U.S. government shamed into joining in bombing raids to destroy the truck convoys. Yet, Obama still defended Turkey and bought its promises about finally trying to seal a 100-kilometer gap in its border.
Then, when Turkey retaliated against the Russian anti-terrorist bombing raids inside Syria by willfully shooting down a Russian Su-24 plane whose pilot was murdered after bailing out, Obama again sided with the Turks even though their claim that the Russian plane had violated Turkish air space was dubious at best. By their account, the plane had intruded over a sliver of Turkish territory for 17 seconds.
In other words, whatever these U.S. “allies” do – no matter how brutal and reckless – the Obama administration at least publicly rushes to their defense. Otherwise, the neocon/liberal-hawk “group think” would be offended – and many angry editorials and columns would follow.

While this strange reality may make sense inside Official Washington – where careerism is intense and offending the Israel Lobby is a sure career killer – this cowardly approach to these grave problems is endangering U.S. national interests as well as the world’s future.
Not only has the neocon/liberal-interventionist obsession with “regime change” turned the Middle East into a vast killing field but it has now spread instability into Europe, where the fabric of the European Union is being shredded by dissension over how to handle millions of Syrian refugees.
The United Kingdom may vote to leave the E.U., removing one of the original anchors of the European project which — for all its faults — has deservedly gotten credit for replacing a history of European blood-soaked conflicts with peaceful cooperation.
The spreading disorder has had political repercussions in the United States, too, where panic over terrorism is reshaping the presidential race.

Yet, instead of practical solutions such as pressuring all rational sides in the Syrian conflict to engage in peace talks and hold free elections that give the Syrian people the power to decide who their future leaders will be, Official Washington instead generates “talking points,” such as baselessly calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “magnet for terrorism” who “must go”. This is while the Syrian forces, under President Assad, have done the most to stop an outright victory by Al Qaeda and ISIS.

However, as far as Official Washington is concerned, it doesn’t really matter what the elected Syrian president has or hasn’t done. What’s important is that “regime change” in Syria has been on the neocons’ to-do list since at least the mid-1990s.
And since the neocons are sarcastically ‘infallible’ – as far as they’re concerned – the goal can’t be changed. No matter how foolhardy and deadly these policy prescriptions have been, there is almost no way to dislodge the neocons and liberal hawks inside Official Washington, since they monopolize almost all levers of political and media power.
Even when President Obama tried to collaborate under the table with President Putin to reduce tensions in Syria and Iran in 2013, Obama was quickly outmaneuvered by neocons and liberal hawks inside the State Department who pushed for the putsch in Ukraine in 2014 that effectively destroyed the Obama-Putin cooperation.
Obama and his national security team could either release evidence to confirm the accuracy of the “group thinks” or puncture that self-certainty. Instead Obama has chosen to withhold what the U.S. intelligence community knows about ground realities, all the better to protect the dominant propaganda narratives under the pro-Zionist lobby.

So, as it seems, the Obama administration continues down a road of tolerating or condoning outrages by its so-called Mideast “allies” as the President and his timid intelligence bureaucrats do nothing to empower the American people with the truth. Yes, “it is a recipe for worldwide catastrophe”.
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