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War whore McCain: Syria intervention could be done 'easily'

John McCain
© (AFP Photo / Pool / Franck Robichon)
US Senator John McCain
Sen. John McCain on Thursday announced that he no longer trusts President Obama's word on Syria, and believes that military intervention in the war-torn country could be launched quickly and "easily".

The Arizona Republican told CNN's Kate Boulduan that the US military could destroy Syrian President Bashar Assad's runways and aircraft within "a couple of days", quickly arm rebels and establish a no-fly zone easily.

"There would be no boots on the ground," he said. "We would use standoff weapons just as the Israelis have four times as they've taken out targets inside Syria. We would not put a single life at risk."

McCain, a ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, said the president's failure to take action in response to the violent turbulence in Egypt shows that the US has no policies or strategies that can be trusted.

"There is no policy. And there is no strategy. And therefore we react and we react poorly," he said. "One of the best examples is Syria where the president said Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons, that's a red line. He's used them and we have done virtually nothing in response to that."


Snipers shoot at UN chemical inspectors in Syria - UN spokesman

Chemicals weapons experts in Syria
© (Reuters / Khaled Al Hariri)
United Nations (U.N.) vehicles transport a team of U.N. chemical weapons experts to the scene of a poison gas attack outside the Syrian capital last week, in Damascus August 26, 2013.
A UN inspection team vehicle in Syria has been shot at by snipers, a UN spokesman says. The team returned to the government checkpoint to replace the damaged vehicle, and is currently meeting the victims of the attack and taking samples.

The inspectors' car "was deliberately shot at multiple times by unidentified snipers in the buffer zone area," the spokesman for the UN secretary-general, Martin Nesirky, said.

Despite earlier reports that the inspection will be suspended, the team went to the inspection area after replacing the vehicle, which is no longer serviceable, at the checkpoint.

The inspectors are now meeting the victims of the attack and taking samples, medics said.

Syrian state TV has issued a statement accusing rebel fighters of carrying out the attack, quoting Syrian information ministry.

Magic Hat

More fake terror plots: US arrests man at JFK airport 'with uranium for Iran in shoes'

A man was arrested in New York City's international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said.

Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to act as an intermediary to sell Iran 1,000 tons of purified uranium, in violation of US law.

The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an ad on the site Alibaba.com by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake.

The buyer was actually an undercover US immigration officer.

Asked to supply 1,000 tons of uranium -- disguised with other types of ore to escape detection -- Campbell promised to ship the product, disguised as chromite, from Sierra Leone to the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran.

Comment: Yellow cake from Alibaba.com... The SOTT editors are trying hard to keep a straight face here...

Would that be the same Yellow Cake that the Bush gang told us Iraq was after?

Bush and Iraq: Follow the Yellow Cake Road

Star of David

Killing with Impunity: Israeli troops kill three Palestinians in predawn raid: hospital

Mourning of dead Palestinians
© Reuters/Mohamad Torokman
Relatives mourn the deaths of two Palestinians shot dead by Israeli troops, at a hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah August 26, 2013.
Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians and wounded about a dozen in an early morning raid on Monday to arrest a suspected militant in a refugee camp near Jerusalem, Palestinian medical sources told Reuters.

Witnesses said Israeli armored jeeps entered the Qalandiya camp at around 3 a.m. (0000 GMT) and were met by stone-throwing local residents. The Israeli forces responded with gunfire and left the camp before daybreak.

An Israeli police spokesman said a clash erupted when border police carrying out an arrest raid were confronted by Palestinians who threw firebombs and rocks at them. The incident was being investigated, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Comment: The "poor" Israelis are always being portrayed as the victims and as simply defending themselves.

Comment: Israel will make sure that nothing comes of any peace talks.


British Special Forces, CIA and MI6 supporting armed insurgency in Syria


Remember these two British SAS personnel caught 'dressed in Arab garb' shooting up a police checkpoint in Iraq from a car loaded with explosives?
Several articles in the British media confirm that British Special Forces are training Syrian rebels.

The underlying pattern is similar to that of Libya where British SAS were on the ground prior to the launching of NATO's military intervention.

A Responsibility to Protect (R2P) NATO intervention modelled on Libya is contemplated. The Free Syrian Army is a de facto paramilitary creation of NATO.

The reports confirm that British military and intelligence operatives are already on the ground inside Syria:
"There has been growing chatter indicating that British Special Forces are in some way assisting forces aligned against the Syrian regime.

Reports from late November last year state that British Special forces have met up with members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the armed wing of the Syrian National Council. The apparent goal of this initial contact was to establish the rebel forces' strength and to pave the way for any future training operations.

More recent reports have stated that British and French Special Forces have been actively training members of the FSA, from a base in Turkey. Some reports indicate that training is also taking place in locations in Libya and Northern Lebanon. British MI6 operatives and UKSF (SAS/SBS) personnel have reportedly been training the rebels in urban warfare as well as supplying them with arms and equipment. US CIA operatives and special forces are believed to be providing communications assistance to the rebels." (emphasis added)

Comment: Syria: 120 French Troops Captured Fighting With Al Qaeda Terrorists

British Government's Agents Provocateur Exposed


Syria: 120 French Troops Captured Fighting With Al Qaeda Terrorists

The government of Syria has reported a brigade of 120 French soldiers part of a transmission unit came to support the rebels were caught by forces loyal to the Syrian regime in the region of Zabadani, after they took control of a key neighborhood in the city of homes.

The news of the arrests follow admissions from the Syria rebels to journalists earlier in the week that the US and France were supplying anti-aircraft missiles and other arms to the opposition forces.

So far French and western media outlets have not reported on the claims but instead have been awkwardly silent.

Given recent calls by many European nations to provide the rebels with ammunition and other support, the idea of foreign forces can not be ruled out.

In fact, there have been many rumors and intelligence reports that British special ops are in fact on the ground, directly and arming the rebel forces.

Earlier today the AP reported that the London based SNC, which has been recognized by the EU as the true representatives of people of Syria, was formed in response to EU calls to unify the rebel forces under a single umbrella so they could be supplied with European arms.

It should be noted that at the beginning of the civil war in Libya, which saw the fall of Gaddafi, the loyalist troops had arrested eight members of the British intelligence services initially before releasing them.


Saudi spy chief hails UK role in persistent Syrian civil war

Syrian mayhem
© Unknown
Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan has in a secret meeting briefed Britain's MI6 chief Sir Robert Sawers on Riyadh's role in stoking the Syrian civil war and thanked London for its strategic cooperation to that end.

"At the meeting, the Saudi intelligence chief briefed Sawers on Riyadh's latest moves on Syria, including the supply of over 400 tons of weapons to the militants in Syria via Turkey," Fars News Agency quoted unnamed sources as saying.

"We have made the Syrian army engage in a civil war and of course this strategic mission could not be accomplished without your (MI6) cooperation," the source quoted Prince Bandar as saying during the meeting.

Comment: Causing death and mayhem and inciting peaceful people to fight against each other is the psychopath's game. Creating hatred within Muslim groups against each other is also an Israeli dream. So who are the real pay masters? Who benefits?


Obama picks Cass Sunstein, America's Joseph Goebbels, to serve on the NSA oversight panel

"It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion."

"We shall go down in history as the greatest statesmen of all time, or as the greatest criminals"

- Joseph Goebbles, Head of Hitler's Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda
Only under the Obama Presidency, in which every appointment, minor or major, is handed only to the most corrupt, devious crony to be found, can a man like Cass Sunstein be appointed to serve on the NSA oversight panel. Cass is a noted propagandist, who has advocated that government agents should infiltrate groups and discussions that push "conspiracy theories" (read my article on how to know if you are a conspiracy theorist) in order to delegitimize them. But don't take my word for it. The Washington Post wrote the following a couple of days ago:
The Obama administration is reportedly proposing Cass Sunstein as a member of a panel to review the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency (NSA), among other former White House and intelligence staffers. Sunstein was the head of the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs until last year, when he returned to teaching at Harvard Law School.

Cass Sunstein: Agent of COINTELPRO

Cass Sunstein, Wikileaks And The Public Right To Know

Take 2

Russian journalist exposes lies about Houla Massacre


Russian journalist Marat Musin
Going to war depends first on selling it. Gaining public support is vital. Previous articles discussed it. Walter Lippmann coined the phrase "manufacture of consent."

Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky discussed the "propaganda model" in their book titled "Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media."

Media scoundrels use it to manipulate and control public thinking and perceptions. News and information are filtered. Acceptable "residue" only is reported.

Dissent is marginalized. Government and dominant private interests are prioritized.

Michael Parenti explained:
"The enormous gap between what US leader do....and what American's think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments...."

Comment: See also this Press TV interview with Stephen Lendman:


"Military intervention in Syria", US training "rebels" since 2011 and the complete grand pan - the March 2012 leak

Syria files
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Wikileaks 'Syria Files' page on their website
For all those still shocked by the "developing events" in Syria, here is the full rundown as it was orchestrated back in 2011, and as it was released in March 2012 by Wikileaks.

From Wikileaks, released 3/6/2012, typos and grammar errors as in original.

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INSIGHT - military intervention in Syria, post withdrawal status of forces

Released on 2012-03-06 07:00 GMT

A few points I wanted to highlight from meetings today --

I spent most of the afternoon at the Pentagon with the USAF strategic studies group - guys who spend their time trying to understand and explain to the USAF chief the big picture in areas where they're operating in. It was just myself and four other guys at the Lieutenant Colonel level, including one French and one British representative who are liaising with the US currently out of DC.

They wanted to grill me on the strategic picture on Syria, so after that I got to grill them on the military picture. There is still a very low level of understanding of what is actually at stake in Syria, what's the strategic interest there, the Turkish role, the Iranian role, etc. After a couple hours of talking, they said without saying that SOF teams (presumably from US, UK, France, Jordan, Turkey) are already on the ground focused on recce [ZH: "recce" means reconnaissance] missions and training opposition forces. One Air Force intel guy (US) said very carefully that there isn't much of a Free Syrian Army to train right now anyway, but all the operations being done now are being done out of 'prudence.' The way it was put to me was, 'look at this way - the level of information known on Syrian OrBat this month is the best it's been since 2001.' They have been told to prepare contingencies and be ready to act within 2-3 months, but they still stress that this is all being done as contingency planning, not as a move toward escalation.