The AUMF.....the Authoritization to Use Military Force....passed immediately after 9-11, to "legalize" what's turned into 12 years of U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan....will lose it's potency at the end of 2014. That is when President Obama says most of our combat troops will leave the Afghan region. In effect, removing our combat troops from Afghanistan, will render the AUMF null and void.
What that means is that the U.S.......if the War on Terror is to continue another decade or two as we've been told by those in the know......needs another Authorization to continue the "long war."
And the Senate is rushing to grant that new Authorization. The wording of the Senate "attack Syria" resolution may just do the trick.
As Americans are being distracted by Very Serious discussions over WMD and sarin gas and how many missiles the Empire should launch into Syria.....the truth is that attacking Syria and removing Assad is part of a larger neo-con plan to remodel the middle east in America's interests. 9-11 was the "New Pearl Harbor" event that the Project for the New American Century needed to begin implementing their two-decade-old strategy.
After recounting how a Pentagon source had told him weeks after 9/11 of the Pentagon’s plan to attack Iraq notwithstanding its non-involvement in 9/11, this is how Clark described the aspirations of the “coup” being plotted by Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and what he called “a half dozen other collaborators from the Project for the New American Century”:
Six weeks later, I saw the same officer, and asked: “Why haven’t we attacked Iraq? Are we still going to attack Iraq?”
He said: “Sir, it’s worse than that. He said – he pulled up a piece of paper off his desk – he said: “I just got this memo from the Secretary of Defense’s office. It says we’re going to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years – we’re going to start with Iraq, and then we’re going to move to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.”
Further.....Paul Wolfowitz told Wesley Clark in 1991.....
“But one thing we did learn [from the Persian Gulf War] is that we can use our military in the region – in the Middle East – and the Soviets won’t stop us. And we’ve got about 5 or 10 years to clean up those old Soviet regimes – Syria, Iran [sic], Iraq – before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us.”
Remember the words of Donald Rumsfeld immediately after 9-11?
"Go massive," the notes quote him as saying. "Sweep it all up. Things related and not."
We're told that our "long war" is about those pesky and dangerous "terrorists". The "terrorists" made excellent cover for PNAC warriors to "go massive", "sweeping it all up", "cleaning up those old Soviet regimes".....like Syria. Twelve years later and the Senate and House are considering a new AUMF to authorize the next chapter in our "long war."
Which leads to the real question......why? Why go through all this AUMF kabuki? Why remodel numerous middle eastern nations?
As most oil will be produced in the Middle East, the US has "motive for maintaining stability in and good relations with Middle Eastern states":
"The geographic area of proven oil reserves coincides with the power base of much of the Salafi-jihadist network. This creates a linkage between oil supplies and the long war that is not easily broken or simply characterized... For the foreseeable future, world oil production growth and total output will be dominated by Persian Gulf resources... The region will therefore remain a strategic priority, and this priority will interact strongly with that of prosecuting the long war."
The U.S. military is involved in multiple middle eastern countries to "defend" our right to control energy reserves and pipelines.
A Syrian AUMF....if passed by Congress....will give the U.S. stamp of approval for another decade of our long war to control energy in the middle east.
Meanwhile, Very Serious People are working overtime at this moment to convince you that the "credibility" of the U.S. is on the line if we don't attack Syria because of their alleged use of sarin gas.
They're not telling you the truth.
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