Obama Will Launch a Huge Propaganda Blitz — and May Attack Syria Even If He Loses the Vote in Congress

Norman Solomon Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/01 Grassroots pressure has forced President Obama to seek approval from Congress for an attack on Syria. But Obama is hell-bent on ordering a missile assault on that country, and he has two very important aces in the hole. The administration is about to launch a...

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Iran, Not Syria, Is the West’s Real Target

Robert Fisk The Independent/UK http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/iran-not-syria-is-the-wests-real-target-8789506.html Before the stupidest Western war in the history of the modern world begins – I am, of course, referring to the attack on Syria that we all yet have to swallow – it might be as well to say that the cruise missiles which we...

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Killing Civilians to Protect Civilians in Syria

Marjorie Cohn and Jeanne Mirer Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/28 The drums of war are beating again. The Obama administration will reportedly launch a military strike to punish Syria’s Assad government for its alleged use of chemical weapons. A military attack would invariably kill civilians for the ostensible purpose of showing the Syrian government...

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Does Obama Know He’s Fighting on al-Qa’ida’s Side?

Robert Fisk The Independent/UK http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/does-obama-know-hes-fighting-on-alqaidas-side-8786680.html If Barack Obama decides to attack the Syrian regime, he has ensured – for the very first time in history – that the United States will be on the same side as al-Qa’ida. Quite an alliance! Was it not the Three Musketeers who shouted “All...

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The Question Americans Can’t Ask About Egypt And Syria

Ira Chernus History News Network http://hnn.us/blogs/mythic_america/153131.html What does the Obama administration really want in Egypt and Syria? “To reduce the risk to U.S. interests,” writes Washington Post blogger Max Fisher. The administration wants “to play the middle and to avoid any strong positions” because it values “above all, an aversion to risk.”...

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My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank: Echoes of Our Civil Rights Movement

Jeff Cohen Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/27-3 As I prepared for a grueling fact-finding trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (occupied for 46 years), Secretary of State Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume peace talks without preconditions. On the day my delegation flew to the region,...

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The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East

Robert Scheer TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_prince_meet_the_man_who_co-opted_democracy_in_the_middle_east_20130826/ Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era. How slick for this head of the Saudi Intelligence...

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No, Thanks: Stop Saying “Support the Troops”

Steven Salaita Salon http://www.salon.com/2013/08/25/no_thanks_i_wont_support_the_troops/ Compulsory patriotism does nothing for soldiers who risk their lives — but props up those who profit from war My 16-month-old son was having a bad day. When he doesn’t sleep in the car, he usually points and babbles his approval of all the wonderful things...

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