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Friday, February 13, 2015

OBAMA ASKS CONGRESS TO AUTHORIZE WAR THAT’S ALREADY STARTED

After the fact approval for yet another bogus, illegal war - sound familiar?

THE INTERCEPT
By Cora Currier
02/12/2015

As the U.S. continues to bomb the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, President Obama asked Congress today to approve a new legal framework for the ongoing military campaign.


The administration’s draft law “would not authorize long-term, large-scale ground combat operations” like Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama wrote in aletter accompanying the proposal. The draft’s actual language is vague, allowing for ground troops in what Obama described as “limited circumstances,” like special operations and rescue missions.

The authorization would have no geographic limitations and allow action against “associated persons or forces” of the Islamic State. It would expire in three years.



Speaking at New York University School of Law this afternoon, Harold Koh, the State Department’s legal adviser until 2013, said that the Obama administration is currently on shaky legal grounds, tying the airstrikes to a law passed days after 9/11.

Koh said that stretching the law like that is inconsistent with Obama’s stated goal of bringing the U.S. off of “perpetual wartime footing.” Acting without a new authorization from Congress “doesn’t promote the end of the ‘Forever War,’” Koh said.



Since August, the U.S. and other nations have carried out more than 2,300 airstrikes, according to data released by the U.S. military and compiled by journalist Chris Woods.

The administration currently justifies those airstrikes by invoking self-defense and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. Passed one week after the September 11th, 2001 and just 60 words long, that law in broad language gave the White House the power to go after anyone connected to the 9/11 attacks.

Thirteen years on, it is still the main legal backing for the war in Afghanistan and for the targeted killings of alleged Al Qaeda affiliates in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia–though there is now a growing consensus among legal scholars and some members of Congress that the law is being used to justify military action it wasn’t originally intended to cover.




Tying ISIS to the 9/11 attacks on the basis of a tenuous relationship to Al Qaeda is probably taking things too far, Koh and others argue.

Obama maintains that he too would like to see the 2001 law narrowed and eventually repealed. But the White House ISIS proposal doesn’t address it, although it would roll back the 2002 law underpinning the war in Iraq.

Congress decided to postpone debating an ISIS authorization until after the midterm elections last fall—voting either way on a new war seemed politically dicey to both parties.

It’s possible that legislators won’t come to an agreement on the White House proposal, with many Democrats saying it’s still too open-ended, and some Republicans chafing at the idea of adding more restrictions.




Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., said in a statement that he was “concerned about the breadth and vagueness of the U.S. ground troop language” in the White House draft. It says that it does not permit “enduring offensive ground combat operations,” without further clarification.

In his letter to Congress, Obama wrote that the administration’s goal was to “degrade and defeat” ISIS. That may be the rhetoric, Koh said, but the actual strategy is probably closer to, “drive them out of Iraq and back into Syria, which is a country that is already in total chaos.”




Koh also expressed concern that airstrikes against ISIS have the side effect of bolstering Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in the country’s civil war, even though the U.S. position is still that Assad “must go.”

“The future of Syria is a horrible thing to contemplate,” said Koh.



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The Futile And Frustrating Efforts To Save Kayla Mueller : McCain's Bogus Role

Now CNN, MSM jump on chance to "sanitise" McCain for his illegal meetings with Syrian FSA murderers by claiming he was "meeting with Syrian opposition in an attempt to gain Mueller's release.."

WASHINGTON POST
By Lindsey Bever
02/11/2015

Who was Kayla Mueller, and exactly what was she doing in Syria?

Her parents reportedly wrote to President Obama, pleading for a prisoner swap. The U.S. military raided a compound where she was believed to be held captive — but wasn’t. A man pretending to be her husband reportedly went to a prison and demanded her release — but she wasn’t in on the plan and told militants she wasn’t married, an Arizona congressman claims.


Kayla Mueller
Although it’s still not clear exactly how or when, 26-year-old aid worker Kayla Mueller was killed while in captivity, U.S. officials confirmed Tuesday. The Islamic State blames a Jordanian airstrike in Syria, but U.S. and Jordanian officials question that claim. Still, another American hostage is dead despite numerous efforts to save her life.

“I don’t think it’s accurate to say the United States government hasn’t done everything we could,” President Obama told BuzzFeed in an exclusive interview Tuesday. 


“We devoted enormous resources, and have always devoted enormous resources, to freeing captives or hostages anywhere in the world.”


Attempts by Mueller’s family to free her came to nothing. Months after Mueller was kidnapped, the Islamic State contacted her parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, saying they had taken the young woman hostage. They provided proof she was still alive in May. Her parents looked for help in Arizona — namely, from Sen. John McCain (R) and Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R), a congressman in their hometown of Prescott, some 90 miles from Phoenix.


McCain was in no way involved with attempting to secure the release of Mueller; CNN, "mainstream media" opportunists simply jumped on the chance to "sanitise" U.S. traitor when this convenient incident presented itself

McCain met with Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and the emir of Qatar. He tapped sources at the Syrian National Council and the Free Syrian Army, the Arizona Republic reported. Gosar worked angles as well.


McCain with murdering Syrian cowards, who had
nothing to do with Mueller case
“All of these leaders and intelligence people pledged to me they were doing everything they could,” McCain told the newspaper. “Some few details did emerge from these sources, but obviously not enough.”

A major rescue effort came during Fourth of July weekend last year. The U.S. military raided an oil refinery near Raqqa in Syria, hoping to find James Foley, Mueller and other American hostages. But the hostages had been moved, and the soldiers returned empty-handed. The next month, Foley was beheaded.



“I deployed an entire operation — at significant risk — to rescue not only her but the other individuals who had been held, and probably missed them by a day or two, precisely because we had that commitment,” Obama told BuzzFeed.

An unnamed military official told the Wall Street Journal that, after the failed rescue mission, Mueller’s family members told the U.S. government and U.S. military they didn’t want another risky rescue attempt. However, a family representative denied those claims, saying they just wanted to be told before it happened.

“The family did not make that request to the White House,” an unnamed individual speaking for the family told Politico. “They just wanted to be notified beforehand if there was a plan to go in.”


CNN's in-house pedophile, CIA informant/asset Anderson Cooper jumped on the chance to exploit Mueller death in bogus attempt to exonerate McCain for his role in supplying CIA/FSA murderers with U.S. arms and munitions

At the time of Mueller’s death, Pentagon officials told Politico, there were no active plans in place for another rescue mission.

Mueller’s family did, however, write a letter to Obama requesting a prisoner exchange, Gosar said. The family was told negotiations had begun to trade Mueller for Aafia Siddiqui, the woman dubbed “Lady al-Qaeda.” Siddiqui, a 42-year-old neuroscientist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was convicted of attempting to kill U.S. soldiers. The Islamic State already attempted to negotiate her release in exchange for Foley and American journalist Steven Sotloff, according to Politico. An Islamic State video showing Sotloff’s murder was released in September.


A spokesman for the family could not confirm the parents’ request to the Arizona Republic. Gosar’s spokesman told Politico that another negotiation, perhaps a second one, involved cash, though the specifics are not known.


CNN lying, bogus "journalist," token fraud Errol Barnett
immediately follows Anderson's lead, claiming McCain
travelled to Syria "specifically" in an attempt to gain the
release of Mueller
The Islamic State had also demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom for Mueller. An unnamed person involved in those negotiations told the Wall Street Journal that the terrorists wanted $6.6 million. Gosar said it was $5 million. But the U.S. government refuses to pay ransoms. “The one thing that we have held to is a policy of not paying ransoms with an organization like ISIL,” Obama told Buzzfeed, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “And the reason is once we start doing that, not only are we financing their slaughter of innocent people and strengthening their organization, but we’re actually making Americans even greater targets for future kidnappings.”


After 18 long months, Mueller’s family lost its fight this week. “I feel in a way that I’ve failed them,” McCain said.




Still, Mueller’s family said Tuesday in a statement they are “proud of the person Kayla was and the work that she did while she was here with us.”

“Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian,” it said. “She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace. … She lived with purpose, and we will work every day to honor her legacy.”



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Iraq’s Children : Ever Expendable – From Madeleine Albright To Tony Blair And “Save the Children"

What happened to the war crimes tribunal?

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Felicity Arbuthnot
02/08/2015

“It’s a hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it. “ (Madeleine Albright, then US Ambassador to the UN, on the “embargo related” deaths of half a million Iraqi children, 12thMay 1996.)

“The most traumatized child population on earth.” (Professor Magne Raundalen, Centre for Crisis Studies, Bergen, Norway, February 1992.)

Tony Blair was, mind-stretchingly, presented with Save the Children’s Global Legacy Award, on 19th November 2014. His acceptance speech included that his: “… sense is that amidst all the challenges, and all the misery and deprivation that we seek to conquer and vanquish, there is something hopeful … something to be thankful for.”


Ironically, just two months earlier (15th August 2014) Save the Children released a Report (1) on the on the trauma amongst Iraq’s children in Northern Iraq alone, after eleven years of a Bush-Blair driven illegal invasion and ongoing resultant conflict. Iraq’s children, it was clear, had no hope and nothing “to be thankful for.”

Yet Blair was lauded by an organization that claims: “We envision a future in which no child will die from preventable causes and where every child has nutritious food and clean water.”


Without Blair’s claims of fantasy WMDs with which Iraq could wreak annihilation in “45 minutes”, a lie quoted by General Colin Powell at the United Nations exactly twelve years ago, 5th February 2003, for the children of Iraq a genocidal “preventable cause” might have been avoided.


Powell giving infamous UN "WMD" speech
“Nutritious food and clean water”, had, of course, been deliberately destroyed on US Central Command’s order to bomb all water facilities in Iraq in 1991. Food was poisoned by the use of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons, contaminating all fauna and flora. DU’s “half-life” is 4.5 Billion years. And it is not “depleted.”

The contamination nightmare was compounded in orders of magnitude by the further use of DU weapons in 2003, used again by the UK under Blair’s government. (2) Befoulment of air, water and food for infinity condemns future generations of unborn, newborn and developing children in Iraq and the region to a poisoned legacy of cancers and deformities for generations to come. War crimes unequalled in history.


Birth defects in Iraq attributed to DU
Moreover: “ The special investigator of the UN Sub-Committee on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights has declared DU munitions illegal under existing humanitarian law. DU weapons also produce a toxic metal fume (sic) that violates the Geneva Protocol on the Use of Gas in War, which the US signed in 1975.” (3)


Further, after thirteen years of the US-UK driven embargo resulting in the deaths of an average of six thousand children a month from “embargo-related causes”, according to the UN, Prime Minister Blair was integral in instigating a war against children:

In 2003 Iraq’s population was just twenty four million. Over forty percent were aged 0-14. The median age of the country was nineteen. (4)

By 2010, seven years in to an unending war, over a quarter of Iraqi children suffered from Post Traumatic Stress disorder. (War Child Report, May 2013.) 


In the five months prior to the Report’s publication, 700 children and young people had been killed, a figure, as all on Iraq, almost certainly a significant underestimate. Between financial constraints, fear of authority and the dangers of travel, numerous deaths are unrecorded.


Also in 2010 a study of cancers, leukemia’s and birth defects linked to the use of DU proved:“… that there are massive increases in cancer, a 38-fold increase in leukemia, 10-fold increase in breast cancer and infant mortalities are also staggering,” stated one of the authors, scientist Malak Hamdan. (5)


“We invest in childhood – every day, in times of crisis & for our future. 

We give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn & protection from harm”, states Save the Children on Facebook.




They should urgently research what their Global Award winner has unleashed on the child population of Iraq by viewing the eye watering, mind numbing UN Report on total deaths and injuries month by month, November 2012 to date. (6) 2014 was the “deadliest year since 2008”, which was the deadliest year since 2005 in Iraq’s never ending annual hell. The figures should be engraved on Blair’s tombstone.


As Tony Blair and fellow architects of the invasion celebrated Christmas and New Year it was announced, on 1st January 2015, that: “According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 1,101 Iraqis were killed and another 1,868 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in December.”

January 2015 saw no sign of improvement.

Of course, as recounted before, after the 1991 decimation, US and UK ‘planes bombed Iraq illegally, often daily, throughout the grinding deprivation of the embargo years until the 2003 blitzkrieg and invasion. 


That criminal onslaught intensified under Blair’s government.

As ever, children were the paramount victims. After one attack on Baghdad the children in the main orphanage refused to sleep in their beds ever again, huddling under them for pathetic perceived extra safety.


When the flocks of sheep and goats were routinely bombed – Iraqis were convinced they were to be deprived of all food since broadly fifty percent of all livestock were targeted and destroyed, as were precious date palms, in 1991- the child shepherds were blown to bits with their flocks.


In context, but as also recounted before, when I telephoned Blair’s Ministry of Defence and asked why they were targeting these flocks, always tended by very young children whose ages were not even in double digits, the spokesman did not miss a beat: ”We reserve the right to take robust action when threatened”, he replied.




On receiving his Award Blair also said: “What we celebrate is the opposite of cynicism and the reason for optimism …” Not if you are a child in Iraq or Afghanistan, the latter also decimated and invaded with the help of his forces.


Blair shows off his Save The Children Award
In the UK, Miranda Pinch was outraged enough by the Award to instantly set up a petition condemning this honouring of Blair, which gathered 125,000 signatures. With Robin Priestly of the “38 Degrees” petition organization and writer Miranda Landgraf she delivered it to Save the Children UK’s Director of Policy and Advocacy, Brendan Cox on 13th January. Landgraf, who also crochet’s professionally: “handed Brendon Cox three baskets of 490 crocheted flowers with the name and age, where known, of a child victim in Gaza. 


Countless more flowers could have been produced to represent the innocent children that have died across the Middle East under Blair’s watch in his various roles”, writes Miranda Pinch, detailing the meeting. (7)

Brendan Cox agreed to make a public statement regarding the Blair debacle, and the “error of judgement” of his colleague Justin Forsyth.

Forsyth is a former special advisor to Blair and is now Chief Executive of Save the Children, UK. He delivered the Award invitation to Blair personally.




After the meeting and some negotiation, Miranda Pinch received a letter (8) from Brendan Cox, it included:

“As you know, this was a decision made by Save the Children US and although we were made aware of the decision, and we passed on the invite to his office at their request, we weren’t part of the decision making process. In retrospect we should have foreseen the controversy this might generate.” Indeed they should.


Fellow war criminal George W. Bush attempts to sanitise 
Blair by presenting with his own phoney "Peace Medal"
“For a number of reasons this is not a decision Save UK would have taken.”

The really mind bending bit is: “This isn’t because Tony Blair doesn’t deserve recognition for the leadership he showed on Africa – he does – but because his other actions, particularly those on Iraq, which Save the Children opposed strongly at the time, overshadow how the public see him in the UK.


Blair of course has made a mint from advising some controversial alleged human rights decimators in Africa. From his Africa Governance Initiative website:

“AGI works in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal at present, with new countries on the horizon. We work at two levels: At the political leadership level, Tony Blair draws on his ten years as Prime Minister to offer leaders the kind of advice on reform that only someone who has stood in a leader’s shoes can give.”

Apart from jaw dropping arrogance, how his “ten years as Prime Minister” which including erasing children and their families, engaging in mistruths justifying an illegal invasion, and enjoining another (Afghanistan) and the decimation of the former Yugoslavia qualifies him to “offer leaders the kind of advice on reform …”, surely only a psychiatrist could fathom.

His direct involvement in the Iraq embargo as Prime Minister from 1997, and the subsequent illegal invasion are not an “overshadow” but a genocide.




A truly astonishing phrase in Brendan Cox’s letter is that: “The intent behind the (Save the Children USA) Award was to incentivize and recognize political leadership on development.”

“Leadership on development”? Blair enjoined in destroying the “Cradle of Civilization”, outdoing the Mongol Hordes in their 1258 destruction of Baghdad.


Bush and Blair’s onslaught obliterated unique archeological gems, ancient libraries, manuscripts, monuments, throughout the country, with infrastructure, social structures, education, health, welfare, all civil records – births, deaths, marriages, land deeds, national archives – environment, normality.

Save the Children’s co-founder, Eglantyne Jebb, established the organization in the UK in response to Europe and Russia’s tragedies after World War One. 



She: “ …wanted to make the rights and welfare of children a major issue around the world. Her ‘Declaration of the Rights of the Child’ was adopted by the forerunner of the UN, The League of Nations and inspired the current UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.”




Having established by telephone that Save the Children International is still London based, I emailed: “My main query is fairly kindergarten. If, as I understand it, Orange Street (in central London) is, if you will, the ‘head office’ for StC International a) why were they not consulted regarding the Award to Tony Blair and b) why have they no say in rescinding it?”

So far, there has been no response.

Notes:













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The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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By Robert S. Finnegan

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