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Mr. President, Focus here, not over there

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By Michael Collins

The United States of America is struggling with economic problems that leading economists call a depression.   When you count all of those without jobs  seeking one, unemployment is 22%.  That figure defines a serious crisis.  While we wait for the Obama administration to do something for the people, we can be comforted to know that the president is wasting his time meddling in Syria by supporting rebels who count al Qaeda among their comrades.  This was all a secret until Reuters told us about it yesterday. (Image)

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, sources familiar with the matter said.

This and other developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, support for Assad's armed opponents - a shift that intensified following last month's failure of the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government.  Reuters, August 1   (Alternate link)

The term intelligence finding used to describe Obama's action on Syria is a neologism.  The more accurate term is stupidity finding.  Why?

The citizens of the United States strongly oppose meddling in Syria.  They said so in a March poll.  More than 60% said no to any aid to rebels or military involvement.  Are these people in Washington, DC deaf?  The people know that the nation is in a depression.  When problems of that magnitude arise, we don't want our chief executive wasting time overseas.

Anyone paying attention to unfolding events in Libya knows that the Syria plan will be bad for the people of Syria.  Libya's infrastructure is destroyed.  Grotesque torture is common.  Revenge killings are not uncommon and ethnic cleansing occurs even if Western media insists on cloaking the story as a mystery?

While the president is supposed to be hard at work at the business of the nation, he is spending time on Syria (when he's not too busy helping select individuals to knock off in Afghanistan and Pakistan).

"Precisely when Obama signed the secret intelligence authorization, an action not previously reported, could not be determined." Reuters, August 1   (Alternate link)

Mr. President, you are obligated to tell us these things when they happen.  You work for us and we pay your salary.  Committing the nation to this attack on a sovereign nation with the human and financial cost involved is a major event.  But why should Obama be any different than the imperial presidents before him.   If he'd told us, we would have objected given the popular support for staying out completely.  We're the first to pay and the last to know.

"The White House is for now apparently stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, even as some U.S. allies do just that." Reuters, August 1   (Alternate link)

This is the mandatory lie in orders from the top of the U.S. power pyramid.  How can I be so cynical?  I'm not.  In the very same article, we find this news

"Last week, Reuters reported that, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Turkey had established a secret base near the Syrian border to help direct vital military and communications support to Assad's opponents.

"This "nerve center" is in Adana, a city in southern Turkey about 60 miles from the Syrian border, which is also home to Incirlik, a U.S. air base where U.S. military and intelligence agencies maintain a substantial presence."  Reuters, August 1   (Alternate link)

What could the function of that center be?  Training rebels is one of the key roles played by the base according to Haaretz.

"The presence of the secret Middle East-run "nerve centre" [at Adana] may explain how the Syrian rebels, a rag-tag assortment of ill-armed and poorly organized groups, have pulled off major strikes such as the devastating bomb attack on July 18 which killed at least four key Assad aides including the defense minister."  Haaretz, July 27

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