Thursday, July 2, 2015

Obama Hones His War Criminal Credentials

-Michael S. Rozeff

I consider Obama another war criminal like Bush who preceded him and Clinton who preceded Bush. U.S. presidents are officially-designated murderers. The ground for saying that is that they conduct killing campaigns that have no connection with the defense of this country. To underscore that contention, consider the fact sheet put out by the White House on U.S.-Saudi relations. It states

“Counterterrorism: Saudi Arabia has been a strong U.S. counterterrorism (CT) partner, particularly on disrupting Al Qaeda (AQ) elements. We work closely with Saudi authorities on a range of CT issues, including countering terrorist financing (CTF), and the United States and Saudi Arabia work together to help various nations in the region counter shared terrorist threats.”

This is bullshit. A day doesn’t go by without a report of the growth of terrorist forces in Yemen as a consequence of the Saudi bombing campaign. The Washington Post on June 4 wrote “Al-Qaeda affiliates are significantly expanding their footholds in Syria and Yemen, using the chaos of civil wars to acquire territory and increase their influence, according to analysts, residents and intelligence officials.” Today there is news of a prison escape of 1,200 suspects, including al Qaeda militants. There is also news of an ISIS bombing in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has not been concerned with the terrorist ramifications of its bombing campaign or even welcomes them in order to destabilize Yemen. The Saudis have supported anti-Assad forces with the blessings and cooperation of the U.S., knowing full well that they included fighters who have joined with ISIS or who could join in the future.

The whole idea of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East is ludicrous propaganda. It has all been based on wild-eyed neocon and Washington ideas of Iran being a terrorist state, and before that of Iraq being such a state. The actual result of U.S. strategy has been to provide a mammoth recruiting tool for ISIS and to open the way for its expansion elsewhere.