Zero Dark Thirty, Manhunt and Obama Admin. Justify Use of Torture
For more than two centuries it was understood that torture corrupts everything it touches. It allows sadistic psychopaths to coerce false testimony, getting “suspects” to say whatever they want said. That’s why this abomination is banned right in the US Constitution, 8th Amendment. It is a serious crime, one of the most serious there is, and not to be misunderstood or casually dismissed.
This conspiracy has broken the Republic, perhaps beyond repair.
“The vice president was recklessly disregarding the truth, and he did so in a way calculated to maintain support for the administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq.” -Sen. Carl Levin
In the draft of his remarks, Levin asserted that there was other “critically relevant information” in the cable that had been “denied to the public in order to protect those in the Bush White House who are responsible” for “playing games with intelligence.”
“Win Without War” says…
It’s not too late to stop an endless war in Iraq and Syria. We’ve spent over $1.1 billion bombing Iraq and Syria since August 2014, yet Congress has not debated or authorized our latest war.
It will take grassroots pressure to move Congress. We can start by popularizing the possible steps towards a political solution. Instead of another endless war, Members of Congress should stand up in support of effective alternatives. Below are possible ways for the U.S. government to take action NOW! These are examples of the many alternatives available to move towards a political solution.
From November 11-16, over twenty national peace and justice groups will join together to press Congress in their offices, online, and in the streets to take action.
The United States Congress can:
- Insist that President Obama seek congressional authorization for continued military intervention, and then vote to oppose our latest war in Iraq and Syria
- Cosponsor measures like H. Con. Res. 114, offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, to require Congress to debate, vote, and constrain U.S. military intervention
- Support measures to prohibit U.S. ground troops, sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (the bills that authorized U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan), and bolster the alternatives listed below
The United States can take immediate unilateral action to:
- Tighten loopholes in existing sanctions to help cut off ISIS’s funding streams:
- ISIS profits from selling petroleum, archaeological artifacts, and wheat
- Condition U.S. support for the Iraqi government on success in stopping sectarian violence and promoting inclusive governance. This can undermine the roots of ISIS’s hold in Iraq
- Cut off U.S. government contracts with anyone doing business with ISIS
- Increase humanitarian funds for acute needs. The UN’s Syria Regional Refugee Response Plan for 2014 is only half-way funded. As winter approaches, the key World Food Program has run out of funds: rations will be cut and some refugees will go without any WFP aid
- Stop channeling weapons into the war. ISIS has captured and used U.S.-made weapons
- Support civil society efforts to build peace and reconciliation at the community level
The United States can support multilateral efforts to:
- Ensure that all parties to the armed conflict in Syria allow unfettered access to humanitarian organizations and agencies to provide assistance to civilians
- Build regional stability and security through aid for refugee host nation communities to reinforce stressed health, education, and housing infrastructure and to encourage job creation
- Keep the conflict from spreading to Jordan, Turkey or Lebanon etc. by encouraging a global effort to share responsibility for resettling refugees from Iraq and Syria
- Restrict ISIS’s access to the international financial system
- Support a political solution to Syria’s civil war:
- With the UN and regional powers, press the regime and rebels to support truces to reduce non-combatant deaths and increase the focus on defending against ISIS
- Re-energize diplomacy for negotiation on a political transition that would include all parties to the conflict as well as outside parties, such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and the U.S. A regional Contact Group could lay the groundwork for peace talks
- If necessary, the UN General Assembly could assume responsibility under the Uniting for Peace procedure (to circumvent possible Security Council inaction)
- Begin discussions and planning for a possible international peacekeeping or stabilization mission in Syria (and possibly parts of Iraq)
The United States can work with regional states and organizations to:
- Engage in strategic outreach to Sunni communities in both Iraq and Syria to address political and economic grievances and thus undermine crucial political support for ISIS
- Work to impose an arms embargo against all armed actors in Iraq and Syria. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait have provided weapons to the opposition, including ISIS, in Syria
- Work with the states near ISIS territory to close the borders leading into and out of ISIS areas, thus depriving the jihadists of supplies
- Conduct a social media campaign that exposes the grotesque nature of ISIS ideology
- “It is only when we contest ISIL’s presence online, deny the legitimacy of the message it sends to vulnerable young people and expose ISIL for the un-Islamic cult of violence it really is… that ISIL will truly be defeated,” said retired U.S. Gen. John Allen.
What they don’t talk about are the numerous partners or allies who currently fund, train and arm various factions of ISIS. Without that bigger picture, the policy makes no sense. So the military has no comprehension, or at least isn’t allowed to talk about, their understanding of the larger picture.
It seems like this “short leash” the US military is on plays into the idea of not bombing your allies’ favorite pet terrorists.
“Pentagon leaders tell The Daily Beast, is the ISIS war’s decision-making process, run by National Security Adviser Susan Rice. It’s been manic and obsessed with the tiniest of details. Officials talk of sudden and frequent meetings of the National Security Council and the so-called Principals Committee of top defense, intelligence, and foreign policy officials (an NSC and three PCs in one week this month); a barrage of questions from the NSC to the agencies that create mountains of paperwork for overworked staffers; and NSC insistence on deciding minor issues even at the operational level.”
There is a fraud here. It’s not a “war on ISIS” as the US public is being sold. Far from it. It never was. It never will be. ISIS is the most valuable asset Washington and friends have at this point. The terror state is WINNING, making gains, moving the ball downfield. They have rolled back Shia and Iranian influence in Iraq, no small matter. The Shiite government of Iraq is the one that kicked the US military out in the first place. Does no one remember anything prior to last week?
ISIS is also trying like hell to kill Bashar Al Assad, Washington’s enemy. In that matter they are allies. What’s more, ISIS is the most successful of the allies in the terror war on Syria.
These reasons explain the “micromanagement” and “short leash” the US military is now put on.