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Syria: Barack Obama’s White House at War from Within
By: Chip Jones on September 3, 2013
While political pundits scratch their heads about the seeming Presidential about-face on Syria, a story of conflict emerges from within the White House. While heated debate rages on about allegations Bashar Assad’s Syrian government used sarin gas against rebel strong-holds, a different debate is raging within the cloistered halls of the White House, which has functionally handcuffed an already weak-kneed President.
On one side of the argument is the President himself, whose sole personal and international ally is Turkey.
Turkey’s immediate interest is to see the al Assad regime toppled, because of its self-interest in controlling the regional gas supplies. Syria holds one of the world’s largest reserves of natural gas on the planet. Strategically, it is in Turkey’s interest to partner with the rebels to overthrow Assad, and provide the pipeline to the Mediterranean to ship gas to a petroleum starved world. This plan is also backed by the Qatar and, oddly Israel.
Then to support this, we look to our new CIA Director, John Brennan who has well-known “pro Saudi Arabia” leanings.
The Saudi’s have had open animosity with Iran, even to the point of favoring a pro-Israeli policy. So, our pro-Saudi (anti-Iran) CIA Director favors policy supporting the Syrian rebels, while Assad finds support form Iran, and Russia.
This alone draws into question “intelligence reports” that assert beyond a shadow of a doubt, Assad’s fingerprints on the chemical weapons. We also have Secretary of State John Kerry championing Brennan’s factually flawed, and geo-politically motivated intelligence, supporting a tactical-intervention by the US against Assad’s assets. This developed into the now virtual fait accomplis of a US attack on Syrian rebels.
Then, in walks “president by proxy” Valerie Jarrett.
A simple look at her pedigree shows her sympathies fall toward Iran. Valerie was born in Shiraz, Iran, to parents who lived there for years. Little more need be said about her alliances, but what is of interest here is the breadth of her power. In the face of administration stated policy, walked out by Secretary of State John Kerry, and supported from behind by CIA Director, and in the shadow of the President’s own personal allegiance to Turkey, the battle was waged and obviously won by Valerie Jarrett.
A President who had already made his intentions clear that he would unilaterally authorize the attack of Syrian arms sites took a walk in the Rose Garden with his Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough. At the end of that walk, the President made an about-face, and turned decision-making over to Congress.
It is clear. The noses are counted. The Sunday talk shows had Congressional leaders on & the votes are not there to take offensive action against Syria. To blunt the embarrassment that President Obama will experience, he did not call Congress back into session to deal with his issue in a pressing manner.
Two weeks of media silence, Barack Obama once again shows his eager support of Islamic fanatics during yet another war, the Congress is allowed debate, and will likely a vote “not to attack Syria” and the citizen apathy that three weeks engenders a victory — for President Valerie Jarrett, once again.