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Freedom Rider: Obama Comes Undone

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    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Russia has been a stalwart for peace in the Syria crisis. “It is their insistence on defending Syria which has brought the world from the brink and forced the president to postpone the congressional vote that he so badly wanted.” The contrasts are striking. “Vladimir Putin is trying to stop a wider war but the Nobel Peace Prize winning Barack Obama is trying to start one.”

    Freedom Rider: Obama Comes Undone

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Even if a diplomatic process begins, the United States and the other NATO nations will try something else to bring about the regime change.”

    The United States is the clear loser in the battle to destroy the Syrian government. For the past two weeks the president and the secretary of state have publicly said that a military attack on Syria was imminent. They kept up the steady drumbeat of claims that the Syrian government committed atrocities against civilians and they tried to round up support for military action both in the American congress and around the world. Now the president has announced that he is postponing a congressional vote and sending John Kerry off to Russia to talk to the Russians who so shrewdly stopped them in their tracks.

    The support part of the equation didn’t quite work out the way they planned. First the British parliament refused to take part in the scheme. The ghosts of Tony Blair and George W. Bush had yet to be exercised and the representatives of the British public were unwilling to give another American president carte blanche to include them in an act of criminality.

    The feelings of the American people range from skepticism to outright hostility to the idea of yet another military action. Their reasons may not have the purity of opposition to American aggression and notions of supremacy, but as the president and secretary of state repeated ad nauseam, people are sick of war and they weren’t shy about telling their elected representatives how they felt.

    Fortunately for everyone on planet earth, there are nations willing and able to resist the American empire. President Assad’s army was able to resist the American and gulf monarchy onslaught, which is why the Syrian president now stands accused of carrying out the chemical weapons attack. Humanity is also fortunate that Assad has a reliable ally in the Russian Federation, which used diplomatic skill and American stupidity to get the administration to back off from its plan to kill more Syrians.

    The White House and State Department back pedaled furiously from Kerry’s comment.”

    Evidence of sketchy claims and lack of support for them came very early on in the propaganda process. The president and secretary of state made their initial appeal by claiming there would be no “boots on the ground.” The horrendously Orwellian phrase was meant to give them cover from criticism and get hesitant congress members on board. But when asked at a Senate hearing, Kerry hedged. “ I don't want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to a president of the United States to secure our country.” The so-called gaffes were constant. When a reporter asked if the United States would be amenable to forsaking an attack if Assad gave up weapons, Kerry initially said it would be acceptable.

    “Sure, if he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community, in the next week, turn it over. All of it, without delay and allow a full and total accounting for that, but he isn't about to do it, and it can't be done, obviously.”

    The White House and State Department back pedaled furiously from Kerry’s comment. His own spokesperson said that the secretary “was not making a proposal." The evil doers had exposed themselves as the aggressors that they are. They admitted to the world community that the stated reason for going to war is a sham and that there is nothing Assad can do to call off the dogs. Even if a diplomatic process begins, the United States and the other NATO nations will try something else to bring about the regime change that they claim not to want in Syria.

    Assad must know this better than anyone else. He watched Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi give up efforts to achieve nuclear capability, only to be picked off when the United States determined it was time for them to go. The Russians aren’t stupid either and it is their insistence on defending Syria which has brought the world from the brink and forced the president to postpone the congressional vote that he so badly wanted.

    “There are serious cracks in the support the president would need in order to pull off getting rid of Assad.”

    The talking heads on American networks tried to put the best face on the president’s remarks and come up with nonsensical claims that president got what he wanted all along when in fact he had his head handed to him. Lack of support first from the British parliament, a skeptical American public, and an intransigent Russia caused the president to back off from his pronouncements and keep talking.

    The White House isn’t fooling anyone who matters. Despite claims of knowing what Assad has done, they refused an Associated Press request for proof of the intelligence they said was so clear. The constant shifting in what will be acceptable shows that there are serious cracks in the support the president would need in order to pull off getting rid of Assad.

    Assad lives another day but our government is desperate to continue making war. Notions of good and bad must be forgotten if the world is to be free of American aggression. The former head of the KGB, Vladimir Putin, is trying to stop a wider war but the Nobel Peace Prize winning Barack Obama is trying to start one. The supposedly evil Russians offered to assist in giving up Syrian chemical weapons but the virtuous Americans initially said no to the offer. The ironies abound.

    The common phrase among American politicians is that Russia “sticks its finger in America’s eye.” That is true and something to be grateful for. We must be grateful for our own opposition within but also to the people outside of our country who will stand up to the bully that is Uncle Sam. The sight of an American president coming on television and announcing that there won’t be a war is a singular event. It is not what our system demands but then we all live to see another day.

    Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)

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    Dear Keith,

    The problem is not just white supremacy, it is male supremacy.

    That includes you.


    Wrong again

    The problem is anthropocentrism, of a particularly virulent strain called White supremacy, which for the record, includes both white men and white WOMEN.

    Admittedly, I was once a male supremacist and a human supremacist. Not anymore, I humbly accept my place at the bottom of the Natural Order -- behind the non-human beings I share the earth with and behind all things Nature.   

    What about you,

    are you a female/human supremacist since you seem to view maleness itself as a problem?   


    I agree TOTALLY!

    Thank u for adding that to my brain.

    Qaddafi was not the issue

    The reason why the Russian didn't act with Libya had nothing to do with who Qaddafi was supposedly "cosy" with.  What it had to do was with bad policies by the Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev who got "cosy" with Obama only to have it blowback into his face.  Medvedev was more moderate in his attitude towards the Americans and beleive that the Americans were going to impose a "no fly zone" in order to abate the violence in Libya.  However Dmitry Medvedev got double crossed. This time with Putin in charge there is no such failure of understanding the true face of the Zionized USA.

    I think you missed it

    Russia ceased to be an ally of Libya after the fall of the Soviet Union.  Qaddaffhi made a mistake when he started cavorting with Blair, Sarkozy, and Berlusconi. He could have re-established such ties but he miscalculated.  When he got rid of his nuclear program, he should have invested in better weaponry instead he was lulled into a false sense of security by trying to but the wolves out with money. Medved was President at that time but Putin still ran the show; Medved was handpicked by Putin to be his successor. Understand, Russia was weak then and Gaddaffi was not strategic to their plans.  Even when NATO attacked their cousin the Serbs while Russia was weak, there was nothing they could do. Russia was not deceived with Libya.  They knew very well what NATO was all about but Libya was not their geopolitical asset.These days, they are still not the Soviet Union but they have regained some leverage.  Syria touches closely to their existence so they are vigilant.  Gaddaffi did not have any friends.  Even the Iranians wanted him out.  He counted on Africa whose leaders could only beg without any leverage for a diplomatic solution.  The Chinese always stay out of foreign entanglements.

    "Gaddaffi did not have any friends."

    You   are right.  Even  South  Africian  President  Jacob   Zuma voted in favor of the United Nations resolution for a no-fly zone that led to the NATO bombing campaign.

    Zimbabwe's  President  Mugabe said  he  warned  him about  getting  too  close  to  Tony  Blair,  etc.  Gaddaffi    ignored  the  advice. In  fact,  his   son Saif received a   Ph.d from the London School of Economics. Saif is   currently in a Libyan  jail  and  will   very   likely   be  executed   following   his    trial.

    A China or  Russian  veto   of  the   no-fly  resolution may  have    save   Gaddaffi,  but  why should   they  have  to   protect  him   from  his   euro-american   friends?

    Blame Gaddafi

    He was busy cuddling Sarkozy and Berlusconi and Tony Blair, in effect snubbing his old Russian allies.  Also, understand Putin was not President.  That Medved guy was the same person who refused to give Iran the s-300s after they had paid for it.  Well, Putin just released those weapons.  The U.S is really complicating things for themselves.  Russia may not be the Soviet Union but they can mess them up big time.  The Russians have some 'badass' weapons but they are willing to hold them off if the U.S will respect working within laid down international legal framework.  Putin today bluntly assailed Obama for saying Americans are 'exceptional'.  Sad that Obama has to resort to white supremacist narratives to sell a war.  Vlad really has stolen the show.  He wants peace but he is prepared to give Syria and Iran better defensive weapons.

    And u know what else?

    I cannot get anybody white, in this country, right, left, progressive, crazy, homeless, or rich to admit that white supremacy is THE problem.  


    This proves that this country has NO true white believers!

    Christianity today has been so perverted to individual salvation that none of Jesus' teachings survive in the congregations.

    white/pale people are not superior

    white supremacy does not exist-the FALSE notion of white supremacy exist........

    I know that white supremacy is a false notion.

    The point I am making is that white European people and their progeny have been enslaving people of color for way too long.


    I assume this is what u mean.  I was not indicating, at all, that white's are superior in anyway except maybe for hatred.


    It is zionism packaged as christianity.  Jesus said you shall know them by their fruits.  Zionist christianity does not teach people 'what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses its soul'.  It is a sad story.  These folks cannot handle the truth.  Have you seen any of these zionist christian leaders come out to tell the government it is unchristian to bomb women and children?  I suppose we will have to work our own personal salvation since most of us love lies.  I told one Pastor friend of mine that if he cannot see Obama for who he is then he cannot decipher the 'devil' himself if the devil appears at his front door.  Now, we have an ex-KGB man telling us we are full of shit; and we still don't know why.