“Assad Must GO!”

Remember those days?

Nothing better than a good slogan to lull the people into a false sense of hope….slogans make the world a safer place (that is sarcasm)……..

I can remember Obama, Boehner, Graham, et al were all on the same page at the beginning of this situation.  The civil in Syria has raged on for over 4 years now and what has been accomplished?  Assad still in power.  Country divided and destroyed.  People fleeing the violence and causing a humanitarian nightmare.  Billions of dollars wasted on trying to accomplish one simple end….Assad must go!

I recall when a few people called on the world to attempt tot all this death and destruction by using diplomacy….of course they were scoffed and mostly laugh at because they were what some call….”head in sand” people.

But after four years of a basic stalemate there are some people asking the question…..why not try some form of diplomacy to end this situation?

The Prez of Germany or whatever her title is…..has mentioned that maybe some peace talks should be considered……

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that President Bashar al-Assad should be involved in any Syrian peace talks amid pressure from the rising number of refugees from Syria.

Merkel made the comment on Thursday after a European Union summit on the asylum seeker crisis.

“We have to speak with many actors; this includes Assad, but others as well,” Merkel said. “Not only with the United States of America, Russia, but with important regional partners, Iran, and Sunni countries such as Saudi Arabia.”

Has the refugee problem forced governments to look past their past demands?

The US, as you would expect, is not on-board with a settlement….especially one made by Russia……

For the past several months, there have been reports that the US is increasingly coming on board with Russian calls for a “unity government” made up of the current Syrian government and secular rebels to fight against ISIS. It was therefore unsurprising that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov brought the matter up again in comments today.

The US has let such comments come and go several times, but today angrily rejected the report, saying that America’s position on Syria, and its opposition to Russia’s involvement in the fight against ISIS, remain wholly unchanged.

It could be that Western governments are warming up to the notion that Assad could be part of a government after all.

The latest round of comments from Western officials could be summed up as “Bashar Assad has to go, but,” with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former Assad ally turned outspoken Assad opponent, saying that the “process” by which Assad is eventually removed from power could give Assad a role, even though “nobody envisages a future” where he isn’t gone eventually.

Openly the US is still defiant toward Syria and Russia……

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, Kerry said he had told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov the United States was worried by Moscow’s military backing for Assad in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year.

“These actions could provoke a further escalation of the conflict and lead to the loss of more innocent lives, increasing the flow of refugees and risking a confrontation with the anti-ISIS (Islamic State) coalition operating in Syria,” Kerry said.

Kerry’s comments are what I would expect from a SecState…..but what is being said behind the doors of meetings around the world?

Why would I be suspect of what is being said?

Our plan for fighting the “bad guys” is inadequate and basically a failure…..even our so-called ISIS War Czar sees it……

The official announcement isn’t expected for some time, but State Department officials are confirming that retired Gen. John Allen, who has held the position of ISIS War Czar for the last year, will resign in November because of his growing frustration with the White House’s policies.

Officials said that Gen. Allen had been pushing the White House to escalate the war on numerous levels, in particularly on the Turkish call to establish a “safe zone” out of northern Syria and the deployment of more ground troops to pick targets for airstrikes.

Again…I ask….what is really being talked about behind closed doors?

Apparently something not at all what we hear in the media….to answer the question…….

In an interview on Syrian state media today, top Syrian government adviser Bouthaina Shaaban claimed that there is a “tacit agreement” between the US and Russia on coming to some sort of agreeing on the ongoing civil war, and that some sort of negotiated settlement could happen soon.

But of course the Pentagon crapped on the idea of a deal…….

If that wasn’t confusing enough, Pentagon officials are now talking up the idea that there are “overlaps” of interest between the US and Russia on Syria, suggesting the two sides could work together. They also, however, talked up the need for a “transition” to a new pro-US government.

After all the death and destruction…a poll was taken of the few Syrians left in the country…….

Syrians are overwhelmingly opposed to the division of the country and believe a political solution is still possible, according to a new poll.

In spite of the continuing carnage and a spiralling refugee crisis, the survey by ORB International said that 64 percent of Syrians believed that a political solution was still possible “despite the differences that exist between the Syrians”.

The survey also revealed that 70 percent of Syrians were opposed to the division of the country, with only the Kurds being divided on the issue, split evenly 48 percent in favour and against.

The poll, which surveyed a cross section of 1,365 people across all of Syria’s 14 governorates – including areas controlled by IS – also suggested that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was slightly more popular among ordinary Syrians that any of the opposition groups – though no one was ranked as having a net positive influence.

– See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/new-poll-suggests-syrians-believe-civil-war-resolvable-despite-social-strife-1647775093#sthash.nubeGJAH.dpuf

Odd thing is the Kurds have weighed in to the debate on Assad…….an interesting turn……
While I was in the process of writing this piece another situation developed…..
But they seem to be getting flexible on that matter suddenly, with British Premier David Cameron now reportedly in favor of keeping Assad in power for the sake of forming a “unity government,” which is the exact same Russian plan that the US and Britain have been repudiating for months
What has happened to last year’s mantra?  Assad Must Go!
At what point does the world realize that may not be the answer?
Now I return to a question I have asked time and time again……..Should Assad go or should he stay?

Beyond Partisan Bickering: Key Questions About U.S. Strategy in Syria

Syria!  Now here is a subject that will keep the average person scratching his/her head for an eternity.

I spend a lot of time researching conflicts and their management and solution…..the one that has me working overtime is the situation in Syria.  It is a fascinating event.  Most reports are conflicting, chaotic and confusing…..and that is on the good days.

Source: Beyond Partisan Bickering: Key Questions About U.S. Strategy in Syria | Center for Strategic and International Studies

Everyone has an opinion on Syria and what to do….the problem is few are willing to go on Congressional record with those solutions and opinion…..

Politics………. a game played by fools!

What’s Next For AIPAC?

Now that the Iranian nuke deal is facing all the challenges that can possibly be found by those whores in Congress at the behest of their Sugar Daddy, AIPAC…….games on top of games will be played by those wanting to kill the deal and move to a more aggressive footing….neocons will not go quietly into the night…..they must do as they are told.

After the announcement of the deal AIPAC went batcrap crazy throwing money at those in Congress that could kill the deal…..hoping to head off the deal at the proverbial pass….they crapped out hard.  The deal will go through……is it possible that AIPAC has lost its pull?

Source: AIPAC Spent Millions of Dollars to Defeat the Iran Deal. Instead, It May Have Destroyed Itself. | The Nation

Yep, AIPAC is licking its wounds but believe me when I say that they are far from finished with their opposition to the deal.

Source: Next Hurdle for Iran Deal: AIPAC’s Plan B (Endorsed by Post) « LobeLog

Never count the GOP out…..they will play games for as long as it takes…..and they are good at it……once they lick their wounds they will be back and verbal as ever……

Implementing the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Since I refuse to post on the Pope and his visit….I think I will resurrect a subject from the recent past……the Iran Nuke Deal!

Last month the big “end of days” scenario was the Iran nuke deal…..this month it is refugees and the dude in the white robe….what it will be next month is just tiring imagining the prospects….but let us talk about that damn deal that so many are having a stroke over…..at least last month.

President Obama has a win on the foreign policy front…..he negotiated a nuke deal with Iran and he won a veto proof vote count and in the later days he got the filibuster proof vote count….I guess some will say that he has his win-win scenario……

But do not count the Repubs out….they will find a way to cause trouble for the deal ….I mean they have to….Israel has paid good money to them for their opposition and they, Israel, will expect some form of progress for the cash……

Do not count on them rolling over…..they tried to sue over Obamacare…..why not try the same tactic for the nuke deal?

My point is that it is an election year and the GOP needs all the friends it can muster…..the opposition to the deal may be far from over….

But let us say that all goes well with the nuke deal….next will come the implementation of the deal……and how will we accomplish that?

As attention turns to implementing the Iran nuclear agreement, questions remain regarding future inspections, Iran’s legacy technical capacity, and what the United States should do to ensure Iran stays off the nuclear path.

Source: Implementing the Iran Nuclear Agreement | Center for American Progress

Once the agreement is a done deal there will be setbacks……and there will be antics and games played before and during the implementation…..

Source: Now Comes the Hard Part on Iran « LobeLog

I know that many hate the word diplomacy…….but if we can control nukes without going to another protracted war then I say……why not?

No Peace Through Politics

I admit it….I am no libertarian….however I will agree with them on one issue….foreign policy…..I do not think that every international situation needs to be approached from a military solution point of view.

When Rand Paul went to Congress and started his lip service to Obama about the failure of US foreign policy…I applauded him.  His speeches were good and fill with ideas that I could grasp ….maybe not all but most….

I have been a student of war since my return from my first tour in Vietnam……I studied at university Conflict management and resolution….so I have been interested in anything that relates to the subject.

Source: No Peace Through Politics by Dan Sanchez — Antiwar.com

In the beginning there was hope….I had hoped that Rand Paul would be a voice for reason in our dealing with international situations…..and I have been sadly disappointed in his actions…..

He has spouted good sounding speeches but in the end he has caved to the neocons and gone along for the ride……

That is what I get for showing a little faith in a politician…..now I know why my grandfather would not stay in the same room with a preacher or a politician…..

“Gib” was a wise man!

Foreign Policy: Thank You For Shopping Walmart

I know that we are months away from the grits and the gravy of the 2016 election…..but now is as good of a time to point out the BS that the GOP pretends that it cares about and its candidates give lots of lip service but few details on solutions…..

Foreign policy should be at the forefront of any campaign….domestic issues are important but this country is ass deep into armed conflicts worldwide……the voter needs to know how the next prez will deal with all this destruction and violence.

Since the days of Ronnie Reagan our foreign policy is being outsourced, privatized if you will, to for profit companies that sole desire is to see their profits rise by leaps and bounds…..not searching for a safer more peaceful world.

Our foreign policy is now in the hands of a Walmart-esque group that looks for solutions in the amount of money they can make…..and the corners it can cut………

Read on……

Source: The Neocon Foreign Policy Walmart by Daniel McAdams — Antiwar.com

The militarization of the refugee crisis

It has been a helluva week for international news….so much happening and few care….why is that?

The issue du jour is …..refugees.

That means that people cannot get past the headlines……

It is today’s hot button topic that will drive some into a fit of batcrap crazy rants…..and others to check their humanity…..

With that comes all the misinformation and even worse the lies.  Few will look beyond the headlines and try to understand the situation……instead they want to paint these people as some sort of threat in the making.

I have read some pretty racist stuff…..some compassionate stuff……and a bunch of just plain HATRED!

To me I see the situation as a crisis of our own making……I mean think about it…..would you be searching for a better life if you had to live like this…….

If that does not answer the question…..then how about this….?

If a person cannot understand the refugee crisis then there is nothing left of their souls…….if they ever had one….

Source: The militarisation of the refugee crisis – Al Jazeera English

I can understand the people that are concerned about things…..but I can also understand why these people are doing what they are doing…..but I refuse to pretend that this situation is the fault of the people that are looking for a better life…..they are not trying to take over a country….just trying to find a place they can live without worrying about which group will bring death to their door…..

I pray that none of my detractors ever have to face a situation where they have to make a decision that we have just discussed…..or ever have to feel the distrust and in some cases the hate that these people are facing today…..

Can anyone else understand that?