more on the Syria circus

In late additions to the subject of the present circus of bombastic lunacy surrounding “the Syrian crisis”, we have the following.

In an interview with ABC News, the president said:

Well, nobody around the world takes seriously the idea that the rebels- were the perpetrators of this…

…What I said is nobody around the world takes seriously the idea that the rebels perpetrated this attack.

In fact, there are people who consider it very seriously.

U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator | Reuters

12 U.S. Intelligence Officials Tell Obama It Wasn’t Assad

… just for a start.

Obama is either inexcusably ignorant about this, or just lying.

Consider things with the thought of the Latin phrase cui bono; basically translating to “who benefits?”. Why is there such a frantic determination to attack Syria?

Think about this a moment. The President of the United States makes big public declarations to the world that if the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war there, this would be a “red line” being crossed that would result in likely military assault on the Syrian government/military by the United States. Time passes, and, suddenly, after Syrian dictator Assad knows this threat that, if he uses chemical weapons, the US military will pay an unfriendly visit, he decides it’s a good idea to turn the poison loose on a bunch of women and children and general innocents of his people, and, to top it off, do it in a suburb of the capital city of Syria? Really? Assad is that stupid? Or something else is going on?

If the United States attacks the Syrian military and government, who might benefit from that?

Beyond that, in another note about the completely unsurprising, in another interview talking with Charlie Rose, former White House Chief of Staff (Clinton), former Secretary of Defense, former CIA Director Leon Panetta said all the expected things about Vladimir Putin’s New York Times note, including huffing and puffing about Putin’s questioning of American Exceptionalism, basically saying, paraphrasing, why, you impudent foreigner, of course we’re special, we’re exceptional, we’re the highest of the pure and righteous in human rights on Earth, don’t you know. (And so that’s why some of our political leadership in government wants so intensely to attack a country on the other side of the planet that hasn’t attacked us, has never shown any sign of doing so.)

I heard somewhere that John McCain was itching to get into the act more than he has already to write some sort of response to the Putin bit to tell old Vlad what’s what, and I might have missed something, perhaps he already has. I’m sure that will be a real wonder performance of chest thumping.

These people must believe that the American people and all the rest of the human race are fools. That, perhaps, along with a large helping of self delusion and monumental levels of hubris that seems to infect many people inhabiting the nation’s capital.

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