Deal Or No Deal: John Kerry’s Historic Diplomatic “Mistake” Proves That Obama Does Not Want Peace

When it comes to diplomacy, Russia is playing chess, Syria is playing checkers and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is playing tiddlywinks.  On Monday, Kerry said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid having his country bombed into oblivion by turning over “every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week.”  Of course Kerry just assumed that Assad would never do such a thing, but the Russians immediately pounced on his statement.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov quickly announced that Russia would encourage Syria to turn over their chemical weapons to international control in exchange for a guarantee that the U.S. will not attack, and subsequently Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem stated that his government was prepared for “full cooperation with Russia to remove any pretext for aggression.”  Later on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that he is thinking about asking the UN Security Council to support such a deal.
Do you know what they call such a move in chess?
Checkmate.

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We were originally told that the primary goal of a U.S. military strike on Syria would be to prevent them from using chemical weapons in the future, and then John Kerry said that Assad could avoid a conflict by giving up all of his chemical weapons.

Well, the Russians and the Syrians have called the bluff.

So does this mean that we will have peace?

Unfortunately, the Obama administration does not seem to want that.  The State Department has already come out and announced that what John Kerry said was a mistake.  They insist that it was a “rhetorical argument” instead of an actual peace proposal.

But why wouldn’t the Obama administration grab such a deal?  The American public does not want this war and neither does Congress at this point, so this could be a way out for Obama.

Wouldn’t getting Assad to give up all of his chemical weapons be a major coup?

And it certainly sounds like Syria wants peace

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told reporters in Moscow that his nation “welcomes” a proposal by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during talks on Monday: put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control to avert a U.S. military response over an alleged poison gas attack last month.

“I declare that the Syrian Arab Republic welcomes Russia’s initiative, on the basis that the Syrian leadership cares about the lives of our citizens and the security in our country,” Moallem said. “We are also confident in the wisdom of the Russian government, which is trying to prevent an American aggression against our people.”

We already know that a military strike would not get rid of Assad’s chemical weapons.

So wouldn’t a diplomatic solution that got rid of those weapons be far more preferable?

You would think that would be the case, but the sad truth of the matter is that this was never about Syria’s chemical weapons.  This conflict is about money, religion, a natural gas pipeline, and looking out for the interests of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.  The Obama administration is not going to be able to achieve what they really want in Syria without military conflict.

And Obama seems to have developed a real appetite for military action.  In fact, Business Insider has pointed out that the attack on Syria will be the eighth military conflict during Obama’s presidency…

In 2011, America was more or less kicked out of Iraq. By then, Obama had surged troops in Afghanistan and increased cross-border strikes in Pakistan.

He took what was a one-off cruise missile strike in Somalia in early 2008, and expanded it into a concerted military operation against Boko Haram. That’s four.

He also cut a deal with Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi to conduct counter-terrorism operations and a bombing campaign in Yemen. That’s five.

He initiated a bombing and air campaign in Libya that ended in a boots-on-the-ground situation that was likely much bigger than anyone without a clearance knows. That’s six.

He then aided in French direct operations in Mali by providing surveillance drones and transport. That’s seven.

Now he’s pitching the idea of a cruise missile attack and possibly even a aerial bombing campaign in Syria, one that could conceivably lead to further escalation.

That’s eight.

But of course the Obama administration is promising that the assault on Syria will be very “limited”.  On Monday, John Kerry even went so far as to claim that the attack would be “unbelievably small“.

So precisely how does the launching of hundreds of cruise missiles constitute an “unbelievably small” strike?

I think that John Kerry will end up deeply, deeply regretting that statement.  He is an incompetent bumbler that is making the United States look like a total fool.  Instead of being our top diplomat, he should be mopping the floors in a Dairy Queen somewhere.

When the U.S. attacks Syria, there is a very good chance that we could be starting World War III.

You see, it won’t just be a matter of Syria retaliating against the United States.  Assad put it this way during an interview with Charlie Rose

“You should expect everything. Not necessarily from the government”

So what does Assad mean by that?  Debka gives us a clue…

The Syrian and Hizballah armies Sunday, Sept. 8, finished supplying rockets to dozens of Palestinian groups, some invented ad hoc, and deploying them on the Syrian and Lebanese borders facing Israel, debkafile’s military sources disclose. An array of Katyushas, Grads and Fajr-5s, with ranges of up to 70 kilometers, is now in place. This development prompted the first deployment in the Jerusalem region Sunday night of an Israeli anti-missile Iron Dome battery.

The information reaching Israeli intelligence is that the newly-armed Palestinian groups fully intend targeting the Israeli capital, following the example of Hamas, which aimed missiles from the Gaza Strip at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in November 2012.
In his interview to PBS’s Charlie Rose Show airing Monday, Bashar Assad spoke of “people aligned to Syria” carrying out “some kind of retaliation” for an American attack.

It now turns out that he intends using pro-Syrian and amorphous Palestinian groups as his instruments of retaliation, while at the same time disavowing responsibility for their actions.

In the south, likeminded Hamas and Jihad Islami groups in the Gaza Strip may try and join the rocket offensive against Israel. It will be hard for them to stand aside and watch, although Egypt’s counterterrorism offensive in Sinai is cutting into their resources.

In addition to what the Palestinians have, the Syrians have approximately 100,000 rockets that they can fire at Israel and Hezbollah has approximately 70,000 rockets that they can fire at Israel.

If thousands of rockets start falling in Israeli cities, and if especially if any of those rockets have unconventional warheads, Israel will respond with absolutely overwhelming force and the number one target will be the city of Damascus.

Then we will have World War III, and the rest of the world will blame the United States and Israel.

Anyone that claims that this upcoming conflict will be good for the U.S. or for Israel is not being very smart.

There is so little that could be gained from a war with Syria and so much that could be lost.

And at this point, the American people are overwhelmingly against attacking Syria.

A brand new CNN poll has found that the American people are opposed to a military strike by a 71 percent to 27 percent margin if Congress does not approve it.

And if the vote was taken right this moment, it would almost certainly fail in the U.S. House of Representatives.  If you doubt this, just check out the chart in this BBC article.

And a different survey has found that the American people are against military action in Syria by a 63 percent to 28 percent margin…

Opposition to U.S. airstrikes against Syria is surging, a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll finds, despite a White House campaign to convince Americans it is the right course ahead.

By more than 2-1, 63%-28%, those surveyed Wednesday through Sunday say they are against U.S. military action against the Syrian regime for its reported use of chemical weapons against civilians. In the past week, support has declined by a percentage point and opposition has swelled by 15 points, compared with a previous Pew Research poll.

Hopefully Obama is listening.

If the American people were told the actual truth, those numbers would probably be even more lopsided.  At least that is what U.S. Representative Justin Amash thinks

If Americans could read classified docs, they’d be even more against action. Obama admn’s public statements are misleading at best.

So will the American people get to see the “evidence” that the Obama administration has been touting?

Of course not.

In fact, a request by the Associated Press to see the evidence has been denied

The Associated Press ran a skeptical piece Sunday about the Obama administration’s public case for military intervention in Syria in response to a reported Aug. 21 chemical attack.

The AP’s Zeina Karam and Kimberly Dozier wrote that “the U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it, but the public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence produced by U.S. intelligence — no satellite imagery, no transcripts of Syrian military communications — connecting the government of President Bashar Assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack last month that killed hundreds of people.”

The Obama administration has released videos to make its case, but the AP noted that its requests for additional evidence the government claims to possess have been denied

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Instead, we are being told to “trust” Barack Obama and John Kerry as they lead us toward World War III.

And Obama seems absolutely obsessed with making this conflict happen.  According to Politico, an unprecedented media blitz is planned to drum up support for this war…

Obama will tape interviews Monday afternoon with anchors from ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as with PBS, CNN and Fox News, the White House said.

The interviews will be conducted by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CBS’s Scott Pelley, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Fox’s Chris Wallace, NBC’s Brian Williams and PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

The interviews will air that night, ahead of Obama’s Tuesday speech on Syria.

So what do you think?

Should we attack Syria and potentially start World War III?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below.

Comments

  1. Will it increase the price of silver? :)   j/k!

  2. Tonight… will we hear that Assad’s gov’t. is backed by Russia?
     
    Will we hear anything about the two (unfriendly to the U.S.) allies which represent the (rebels) against Assad?
     
    Will we hear that both Russia and China have a large protion of their navy’s parked in the proximity of Syria?
     
    To appease the natives in the region.  Could the behind the scenes deal include the idea of the third temple’s construction in Jerusalem?  If that one is mentioned, then, peace and safety will have an entirely new meaning.  Biblically speaking, those two words must be in place before the sudden destruction occurs.  The question is… do they occur before a limited localized war, or after?  We do live in interesting times, to say the least.
     
     

  3. “Instead, we are being told to “trust” Barack Obama and John Kerry as they lead us toward World War III”
    Well that sounds about like entrusting world diplomacy the high school janitor and his feckless assistant. Has anyone ever heard of a world superpower country being run by such incompetent amateurs before? I think there is no precedent for this.

    • “…The AP’s Zeina Karam and Kimberly Dozier wrote that “the U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it, but the public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence produced by U.S. intelligence — no satellite imagery, no transcripts of Syrian military communications — connecting the government of President Bashar Assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack last month that killed hundreds of people…”

      Yanno, some of us are still waiting to see proof that they really did get Osama when and where they said they did — yanno, like a picture or somethin’… and proof that Obama really does have a Kenyan… er, uh, … Oops!  …I mean Hawaiian birth certificate… and…. and… uh… I forget.  Flouride and that Fog of War are really getting to me… Good Heavens! How the heck can we trust these clowns? Seems the best thing they can do is go commit BarryKerry and finally live up to that Peace Prize!

  4. ‘Appen some day an even bigger bully boy will come along and force Obama to give up his stocks of chemical weapons…

  5. Why don’t they ask Syria for their nukes? Or is that out of style? Now Iran could have chemical weapons and USA doesn’t care, and Syria can play with nukes and USA don’t care. Do they just want to leave all option to bomb Syria back to the stone age? I know Israel wants to nuke it, but may wait for a strong wind from the southwest. They’ve been wanting to be attacked hard since 1945 and have had to do most of it by and to themselves.
    Is there some sort of consensus on what PM’s do in such a war? PM’s down when there is war, PM’s down when war is delayed due to diplomatic bureaucracy?

    • I noticed in the Guardian article they slipped and said “nuclear arsenal” in the first paragraph but never acknowledged it. I figured it was a Freudian slip.

  6. @ AGX! Like I said the other day. Now it is in Putin’s favor and I was right. Kerry ran his mouth and Putin seized the opportunity. In short if your going to do something? Do it! 
    U.S. Government has never heard so many American’s outraged with their war mongering ways. Bring all those American troops, businesses and close all these wasteful bases from overseas and arrest all these bankers and give a debt Jubilee. ,
    All debts are forgiven returning to a Gold & Silver standard. All “Money” will be minted per the United States Congress. Just that simple.

  7. You lot are so negative. I can picture you crying into your glass of whisky every night.

  8. All of the predictions on this site, Zero Hedge and others have been 100% complete wrong. There was never any intentions to strike Syria, right from the beginning. Now sit back and watch your gold and silver evaporate into thin air.

    • I am assuming you are referring to paper gold and paper silver.  How they are ever going to explain each gold and silver ounce being leased as many as 100 times will surely make page 16 news.  Physical P.M.’s will survive the fiat currency black hole.
       
      If there are no intentions of striking Syria, then we are surely Russia’s little puppet.  Which just might be true, so I might have to agree with you.

  9. @purplesky, your so right That’s why I’ve been staying away from Doc’s, Stacking has gone out the window and Politics, Religion and Current Affairs are taking over. I’m as Positive as they come but this site is getting so negative lately. Sorry folks but that’s how I feel. Keep Stacking.  Charlie

    • @ Marchas45 I still haven’t bought yet. It has been a while too. Which is weird in a way. However, I did state previously that I was all in a few weeks ago. However, I still have not bought anything. We shall see what happens. 

    • M45,
      My feelings exactly. I thought we talked about why, and when Silver would make moves, not the international news. I guess Sprott and the other main Gurus have gone underground.
       

  10. Forbidden to have chemical weapons go off on your home soil, whoever fired them. The penalty is fully accepted humanitarian cluster bombs which will be fired to kill a multiple of the same civilian demographic that was hurt by the chemical bombs. 
    Then follows a tank invasion with solely uranium tipped rounds being fired at all that moves, plus soil and and structures that will be around a while to contain the nicely radiating uranium. Get USA as your enemy and many generations from now your people will have Tjernobyl offspring. The nuke killer that doesn’t throw a 10 mile high mushroom.
    Which % of Americans realize that they are now effectively Hitler’s second coming’s supporters? They voted these guys in place. And not electing Kerry doesn’t help. There he is, scheming a war out of a nationally focussed country that is not interested in international war. 

  11. I strongly disagree with Purplesky and to a lesser extent Marchas45. This is NOT the end of the Syria conflict, not even close. There is a lot at play here and the petro dollar is the ulterior motive. The current system, as it stands, requires these wars to perpetuate dollar strength. There is no doubt that the east is becoming more powerful and emboldened. The west does not like this as it makes it significantly more difficult to go about meddling in the Middle East. The east has delayed America’s plan. And this is yet another reason why the US would like to take out Syria–to weaken the loose Syria, Iran, Russian alliance.

    There is no question in my mind that TPTB sincerely wanted to strike Syria days ago. The problem is, conditions are not politically suitable for it at this moment i.e., their cover has been blown and they will face significant resistance. 

    A dismantling of the Assad regime is necessary to give more “fuel” to the petrodollar. 
    What I find most interesting in this is the reaction of the precious metals. From a fundamental perspective this new belief in “no war” is actually positive for the metals as the east has won, and the petrodollar was unable to obtain a much needed boost from Syria. However, as I have previously stated, I do NOT believe this is the end of it. The west will come back with more allegations, because they must.
    The only outcome I could see as PM negative would be if America and its allies moved forward with attacking Syria, successfully dismantled Assad’s government and faced no resistance from Russia, China and/or Iran. This would give more confidence to the current petro dollar system, and mean dollar strength is here to stay for a while longer. Some food for thought: the precious metals bear market started right as the Libyan conflict was nearing an end. Coincidence? You be the judge.

    As an aside does anyone know how much gold Syria has? Perhaps this could be another motive for the west?

  12. @Feed me the bull, Yes I am referring to the paper gold and silver price, but that matters not one jot because the paper price sets the physical price. It’s one really well executed system they have pulled off here. TPTB have full control over the price of everything. They don’t need to explain each gold and silver ounce being leased as many as 100 times – when you have full control over financials and media, you can do and say whatever you like.

  13. BEING FROM CANADA, WE DONT UNDERSTAND WHY TH U.S. IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A WAR. WELL WE ACTUALLY DO UNDERSTSTAND ITS ALL BUSINESS BUT I KNOW THAT YOU CANT HAVE PEACE BY DROPPING BOMBS ON PEOPLE, DOESNT WORK. I UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE U.S. DOLLAR DYNAMICS OF ALL THESE WARS BUT ITS REALLY SAD TO WATCH WHAT USED TO BE SUCH GREAT COUNTRY AS THE U.S. SLOWLY GOING DOWN HILL IN THIS MANNER.

  14.  
    Our so called leaders do not want peace, that would screw with the bottom line! We were duly warned in this farewell passage….
    “We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an ALERT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE CITIZENRY can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together….”
     
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
     
    http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html

  15. XC Skater – I agree with some of what you say about america, but come on dude, you guys are worse off over there…how is it europeans love to cower in the land of PC where the populace has bent themselves over to their give away welfare system and shown their bloomers to any foreigner that wants to come in there and have their way with ya’ll. Your disgusting PC is a lubricant for your demise. Foreigners are decimating europe culturally, financially, bullying its children, along with destroying the values of western civilization, while replacing western culture with middle east chaos!…..a rather disgusting display of cowardice going on over there, I’d say…..yep, bad news also goes on here in america with its politicians but at least with some of the american populace there is push back. you guys? not much. happy trails…..
     
     

  16. Kerry is the court jester, Obama is the putz king being made to look a fool.

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