Joint Chiefs of Staff rejected ludicrous rush to war
Paul Joseph Watson
June 19, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry called for “immediate” air strikes on Syria last week following the Obama administration’s claim that President Bashar Al-Assad had used chemical weapons, a rush to war that was soundly rejected by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
After Kerry called for Syrian airfields to be attacked, the “Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey “threw a series of brushback pitches at Kerry, demanding to know just exactly what the post-strike plan would be and pointing out that the State Department didn’t fully grasp the complexity of such an operation,” reports YNet News.
According to the report, Kerry seemed ignorant of the fact that Syria has a sophisticated air defense system that would have to be neutralized – with almost inevitable loss of life – before any air strikes could be conducted.
Kerry was told by Dempsey that the US Air Force could not simply “drop a few bombs” on Syria without first carrying out some 700 sorties to disable the country’s integrated air defense, and that without any kind of exit strategy the Pentagon would not back the plan.
Kerry’s ludicrous rush to war – which experts have warned could ignite world war three – underscores the fact that the Obama administration is acting wildly and against the national security interests of the United States itself by embroiling the nation in a dangerous and unnecessary conflict while handing over heavy weaponry to Al-Qaeda terrorists who have vowed to attack the US and Israel once they are finished with Assad.
The former presidential candidate’s appetite for war also belies his controversial anti-Vietnam war activism during the early 1970’s.
Despite the Obama administration’s claim that the Syrian regime – with no discernible benefit aside from invoking the wrath of the international community – used chemical weapons – the preponderance of evidence actually suggests that the rebels used such weapons.
In May, the United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria reported “strong, concrete suspicions” that the US-backed rebels had deployed sarin gas.
“This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” said commission member Carla Del Ponte.
The Obama administration is seemingly intent on involving the United States in yet another unaffordable, unwinnable war despite significant opposition to such a venture amongst the American people.
A recent Pew poll shows that 70% of Americans oppose arming the Syrian “rebels,” a figure which marks the highest level of opposition since the conflict began two years ago.
In addition, other polls show that the vast majority of people in other NATO countries such as the UK and France oppose arming the rebels, who have repeatedly been caught carrying out atrocities, the most recent of which involved the slaughter of a 14-year-old boy for insulting Islam.