U.K. Parliament Report Details How NATO’s 2011 War in Libya Was Based on Lies

U.K. Parliament Report Details How NATO’s 2011 War in Libya Was Based on Lies:

A new report by the British Parliament shows that the 2011 NATO war in Libya was based on an array of lies….

The Libya inquiry, which was launched in July 2015, is based on more than a year of research and interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and more. The report, which was released on Sept. 14, reveals the following:

* Qaddafi was not planning to massacre civilians. This myth was exaggerated by rebels and Western governments, which based their intervention on little intelligence.

* The threat of Islamist extremists, which had a large influence in the uprising, was ignored – and the NATO bombing made this threat even worse, giving ISIS a base in North Africa.

* France, which initiated the military intervention, was motivated by economic and political interests, not humanitarian ones.

* The uprising – which was violent, not peaceful – would likely not have been successful were it not for foreign military intervention and aid. Foreign media outlets, particularly Qatar’s Al Jazeera and Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya, also spread unsubstantiated rumors about Qaddafi and the Libyan government.

* The NATO bombing plunged Libya into a humanitarian disaster, killing thousands of people and displacing hundreds of thousands more, transforming Libya from the African country with the highest standard of living into a war-torn failed state.

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Assad’s Death Warrant

Assad’s Death Warrant:

The war in Syria did not begin when the government of Bashar al Assad cracked down on protestors in the spring of 2011. That version of events is obfuscating hogwash. The war began in 2009, when Assad rejected a Qatari plan to transport gas from Qatar to the EU via Syria.

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Standing with Syria

Standing with Syria:

President Obama has gotten a pass for almost eight years from self-styled anti-war elements that back his proxy war against Syria. Phony anti-warriors blame the Syrian government for resisting jihadist head-hunters in the pay of Washington and its allies. They have become supporters of state terror, and cannot comprehend that “there would not be bombs of any kind, sieges, starving children, or refugees” if the Obama had not launched his war.

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Philippines Officials Try to Reassure US as Duterte Ends Joint Patrols

Philippines Officials Try to Reassure US as Duterte Ends Joint Patrols:

High-profile Philippines officials are trying to reassure the US that long-standing military ties between the two countries are to remain intact irrespective of comments by President Rodrigo Duterte. Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla insisted Duterte’s demands that the US withdraw from the southern Philippines were an expression of “concern to the US servicemen in Mindanao.”…

[Duterte] announced he is ending joint naval patrols with the US in the South China Sea, and also suggested historical reliance on the US for military gear was waning, saying the Philippines would soon send officials to China and Russia in efforts to shop around for military equipment.

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Al Qaeda’s Ties to US-Backed Syrian Rebels

Al Qaeda’s Ties to US-Backed Syrian Rebels:

The new ceasefire agreement between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which went into effect at noon Monday, has a new central compromise absent from the earlier ceasefire agreement that the same two men negotiated last February. But it isn’t clear that it will produce markedly different results.

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False Victory: Obama Hasn’t Stopped DAPL

False Victory: Obama Hasn’t Stopped DAPL:

To understand that this isn’t the victory it’s being billed as, you have to read the fine print in the presently lauded joint statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior…

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The Lingering Costs of Clinton’s Libyan War

The Lingering Costs of Clinton’s Libyan War:

Clinton owns the Libyan war as much as any member of the Obama administration after the president himself, and as recently as this spring she touted it as an example of “smart power at its finest.” The truth is that it was an example of almost everything that is wrong with our foreign policy, and Clinton’s proud support for it is an indictment of her judgment… The administration strained and damaged relations with other major and rising powers for the sake of toppling that government and destabilizing the surrounding region… The U.S. and its allies went far beyond the mandate that it had been given, and pursued a war for regime change after explicitly disavowing regime change as a goal. As a result, Libya was handed over to militias and chaos, and its neighbors were left to cope with the serious and violent consequences of a reckless military intervention.

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Syria: How Long Will The New Cessation of Hostilities Hold?

Syria: How Long Will The New Cessation of Hostilities Hold?:

This new Cessation of Hostilities is unlikely to hold for more than a few weeks.

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Whose Nukes to Worry About?

Whose Nukes to Worry About?:

North Korea carried out its fifth nuclear test on Friday, September 9. President Obama has condemned the action while the Pentagon called it a ‘serious provocation.’

Ho-hum, here we go again.

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