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A Day of U.S. "Credibility" At Work

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Fake Intelligence Summaries, Rhetorical Peace Offers Enliven U.S. War Plan

By William Boardman  --  Reader Supported News 

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What would it look like if a government really knew what it was doing?

  Lacking a comprehensive, coherent account of rational beings acting in rational ways to work towards peaceful and reliable solutions to difficult questions, we offer here a fragmentary highlight reel of one day in the life of an American government   spinning in all directions toward no known goal in Syria.  

But first a note about the context of the current public debate about Syria: we're getting conned by the White House on intelligence assessments. Again. As reported by Gareth Porter for IPS on September 9:

"Contrary to the general impression in Congress and the news media, the Syria chemical warfare intelligence summary released by the Barack Obama administration Aug. 30 did not represent an intelligence community assessment".

"The evidence indicates that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper culled intelligence analyses from various agencies and by the White House itself, but that the White House itself had the final say in the contents of the document."

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In other words, the political document one might expect from the Director of National Intelligence was replaced by an even more politicized document created in the White House to justify acts of war.  This suggests that the phrase "American credibility" is an oxymoron and the political vaudeville that played out publicly early this week is a pretty accurate reflection of an administration doing handstands and backflips to distract the audience from the glaring contradictions of its Syria policy. 

Kerry: when I say something it's likely I mean something else

Monday madness began early for Americans on September 9, when Secretary of State John Kerry gave a news conference in London while most of his fellow citizens were still asleep, literally.  At that news conference, Kerry set off a tizzy by saying this about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad:  

"Sure, 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 the full and total accounting, but he isn't about to do it and it can't be done."

Reporters promptly spun this as the U.S. giving Syria a one-week deadline.  Reports mostly ignored the possibility that Kerry's assertion ("it can't be done") could mean that it's logistically impossible, or that the U.S. will attack anyway, or anything else. 

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Also Monday morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called a news conference in Moscow to announce that Russia was urging Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control in order to head off an act of war by the United States. 

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem, in Moscow for talks, said that: "The Syrian Arab Republic welcomes the Russian initiative, motivated by the Syrian leadership's concern for the lives of our citizens and the security of our country, and motivated by our confidence in the wisdom of the Russian leadership, which is attempting to prevent American aggression." 

The Russian and Syrian foreign ministers also call for UN inspections now. 

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