Congressional Veto to Syria Intervention Would Be a Victory for Obama, Not a Fiasco

If politicians would tell the truth…Clinton would have said: “I had sex with that woman”, Berlusconi would have been convicted to lifelong in prison a dozen times by now, and Obama would have admitted he actually does not want to intervene in Syria.

Of course he claims he does, as the world was shocked by the horrendous images of the chemical attack on 21 August – a ‘moral obscenity’ as Kerry put it. Obama’s previous declarations about ‘the Red Line’ that Assad cannot pass – namely the use or movement of chemical weapons. If Assad does cross this line, ‘grave consequences’ would follow.

Cold war with Iran not behind us yet

Negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5+1 – the US, China, Russia, France, the UK, Germany, and, oh yes, Catherine Ashton could come too – have failed to produce an agreement. Part II will take place on the 20th of November, but less important people will show up there. Don’t get your hopes up.

So what went wrong? First, the rumor said France was to be blamed. As a result, dozens of disappointed Iranians, eager to have the sanctions lifted, “bombed” – appropriate choice of words? – Laurent Fabius’ Facebook page with indignant messages. John Kerry later said that it was actually Iran that pulled the plug out of the negotiations. Did he receive an angry phone call from Fabius or something?

A Fairy Tale For Syria

“It is regrettable, Ladies and Gentlemen, that seated amongst us today in this room, are representatives of countries that have the blood of Syrians on their hands, countries that have exported terrorism along with clemency for the perpetrators, as if it was their God given right to determine who will go to heaven and who will go to hell.” – Walid Al-Moallem, Syrian Foreign Minister.

Geneva II is off to a rocky start. The absence of Iran looms over the conference and the Syrian regime sounds far from conciliatory.The words of the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moallem, blaming several countries for having blood on their hands, sound unbelievably hypocritical considering the hands of the Assad regime are bloody as hell. Human Right groups have documented the various forms of extreme violence and forced disappearances that even increased since the international outrage over the chemical attack in August, and they are pointing fingers?

What Rasmussen is really saying

I have convened the North Atlantic Council today because of Russia’s military action in Ukraine. And because of President Putin’s threats against this sovereign nation. Sovereignty is the most important principle of the UN. The only principle all UN members agreed on, really. They also agreed that if a country violates this holy principle military intervention is desirable. This sentence already warns Putin not to cross the line.

What Russia is doing now in Ukraine violates the principles of the United Nations Charter. A clarification of the above. The UN is the ultimate authority, the one and only (limited) authority when it comes to global peace and conflict. Also note the irony. Putin loves to refer to the UN and more specifically the principle of sovereignty. Think of Syria. Russia also enjoys being in the “driver seat” of the UN a.k.a. the Security Council. So the focus on the UN is clearly a smart way to deal with this. Getting them at their own game.