"When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people, that is not just a matter of one nation's internal affairs -- it breeds human suffering on an order of magnitude that affects us all."
is why we supplied chemical weapons to Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein in
order to get the job done right back when he was one of our buddies?
Which is why we overthrew the democratically-elected leader of Chile and
replaced him with a brutal autocrat who then proceeded to kill tens of
thousands of his people? Of course, I could go on with many more
examples. But it's tedious and pointless, as hypocrisy is apparently now considered one of the great virtues in the Empire of Chaos.
"Assad reacted to peaceful protests by escalating repression and killing that, in turn, created the environment for the current strife."
Really? Is that the whole story? Or just the one the U.S. creates for its fairy tale version of every uprising it seeds and supports to overthrow governments it doesn't like?
Oh yes . . . about those crazy Muslims running around beheading people, driving tens of thousands to flee their native lands and seek refuge in Europe:
"We know that ISIL -- which emerged out of the chaos of Iraq and Syria -- depends on perpetual war to survive."
Like the U.S. military-industrial complex? Or the U.S. itself which can't stop bombing countries into complying with its dictates?
Credit where credit is due, however: Our president did stumble into the truth a few times. Thus, here is absolutely my favorite quote from his speech . . .
"On this basis, we see some major powers assert themselves in ways that contravene international law. We see an erosion of the democratic principles and human rights that are fundamental to this institution's mission; information is strictly controlled, the space for civil society restricted. We're told that such retrenchment is required to beat back disorder; that it's the only way to stamp out terrorism, or prevent foreign meddling."
. . . because it perfectly describes the United States of America, in particular the policies aggressively promoted by Mr. Obama himself.
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