Foreign Policy

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike. A U.S.-led military coalition has been bombing Islamic State © Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

Syria wants the US and its allies to pay for the destruction of Syrian infrastructure and to bear legal responsibility for “illegitimately” bombing civilian targets, Damascus has told the UN, demanding that the American-led coalition strikes stop.

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In a late-June session of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) successfully added an amendment to a Defense Appropriations Bill that would repeal the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF).

The passage of this amendment sends a positive signal that America’s war-making capabilities will finally be the subject of a debate, at least on the House floor. On July 12, Lee even met with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss the matter. Unfortunately, it appears that Lee’s amendment is being threatened by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who has offered up a replacement bill that, instead of repealing the 2001 AUMF, would ask Congress to clarify war powers and goals.

read more at http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/911-doesnt-justify-todays-wars/

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WAYNE MADSEN | 14.07.2017 | WORLD

Return of Pentagon Mercenaries Worries US Active Duty Military

During the time that U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster are reviewing the U.S. military policy in Afghanistan, The New York Times ran a story on July 10, 2017 that exposed a threat that will upend U.S. defense strategy and return it to a bitter past. The Times story was centered around the following paragraph:

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The way things are going soon Seymour Hersh will only be able to publish from China…or Russia
Tue, Jul 4, 2017

Where is this going?

This is where we are at lads. Seymour Hersh—the guy who broke My Lai, Noriega drug trade, and Abu Graib torture and many, many other scandals—can no longer be published in the US. But we knew that. His second-to-last historic bombshell—the expose on the 2013 sarin false-flag attack in Syria—was published only in the London Review of Books.

But now he can’t publish there either. Regarding his latest bombshell

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read more at http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/americas-best-reporter-being-run-east/ri20216

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Hollywood buys into yet another lie
Philip Giraldi

I actually forced myself to watch the documentary The White Helmets, which is available on Netflix. It is 40 minutes long, is of high quality cinematographically speaking, and tells a very convincing tale that was promoted as “the story of real-life heroes and impossible hope.” It is overall a very impressive piece of propaganda, so much so that it has won numerous awards including the Oscar for Best Documentary Short this year and the White Helmets themselves were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. More to the point, however, is the undeniable fact that the documentary has helped shape the public understanding of what is going on in Syria, delivering a Manichean tale that depicts the “rebels” as always good and Bashar al-Assad and his government as un-redeemably evil.

read more at https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/the-fraud-of-the-white-helmets/

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By Sarah Knuckey, Ole Solvang, Jonathan Horowitz and Radhya Almutawakel
Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 2:55 PM

In a transcript of a Pentagon Press Briefing, released this week by Airwars, Central Command’s Deputy Director for Operations made a striking admission about U.S. investigations into civilian casualties in Syria:

Q: Okay. So, you didn’t talk to anybody on the ground and nobody visited the site. Is that — that correct, right?

GEN. BONTRAGER: That is correct, Bill, and that’s common. It’s a rare thing with strikes like this that we can get on the ground in person, or that we can talk to anybody on the ground is not uncommon at all.

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There are so many holes in the US pre-emptive claim of a chemical attack by Assad in Syria, Dr. Ron Paul makes a legitimate comparison to George W Bush’s weapons of mass destruction.

By
Claire Bernish

June 28, 2017

In a peculiar move, the White House announced Monday evening a chemical weapons attack in Syria will be carried out soon by the regime of Bashar al-Assad against civilians — the second government-launched attack on his own people in the past few months — and that the U.S. would pulverize Syrian forces as retribution.

read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ron-paul-cnn-trump-syria/

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26 June 2017

(Updated below)

Veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the man who exposed the Mai Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and the US military’s abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib in 2004, is probably the most influential journalist of the modern era, with the possible exception of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the pair who exposed Watergate.

read more at http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2017-06-26/hershs-new-syria-revelations-hidden-from-view/

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By
Marko Marjanović

June 23, 2017 not over yet.

If Trump admin officials have their way, the next US war will be to block the Syrian army from retaking Syria’s Euphrates valley

When the US shot down the Syrian Su-22 jet Sunday this may have been intended as a warning to Syria that US intends to take eastern Syria for itself — and that a Syrian push into eastern Syria will be violently opposed.

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https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/first-shots-americas-new-war-eastern-syria-already-fired/

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Another Middle East debacle

By GARETH PORTERJune 22, 2017

Three-term Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a member of both the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, has proposed legislation that would prohibit any U.S. assistance to terrorist organizations in Syria as well as to any organization working directly with them. Equally important, it would prohibit U.S. military sales and other forms of military cooperation with other countries that provide arms or financing to those terrorists and their collaborators.

read further at http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-america-armed-terrorists-in-syria/

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By DANIEL LARISONJune 19, 2017, 12:39 PM

I mentioned the illegality of U.S. actions in Syria in an earlier post, but I wanted to say a bit more on that point. There has never been a Congressional vote authorizing U.S. military operations in Syria against anyone, and there has been scant debate over any of the goals that the U.S. claims to be pursuing there. The U.S. launches attacks inside Syria with no legal authority from the U.N. or Congress, and it strains credulity that any of these operations have anything to do with individual or collective self-defense. The U.S. wages war in Syria simply because it can.

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http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/syria-and-our-illegal-acts-of-war/

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