Brett H. McGurk is an American lawyer and diplomat who was appointed by President Barack Obama on 23 October 2015 as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
Here’s an excerpt of McGurk’s statement at a recent press conference,
Unanimously, nobody wants the Syrian regime to come back. Regime symbols, regime military forces. In terms of administrative services, teachers, hospitals, who pays those salaries, that is something where the Syrians are going to have to work that out. We are not in the business of, as I said, nation building operations. ~ RT, May 21: 10:14
As i mentioned our visit was cut short by 24 hours maybe because they were worried that the Castello road to the north might close again, not sure. Day before yesterday 2 suicide bomber vehicles were intercepted by air to ground missiles inside the northern perimeter of the western area of Aleppo.
Terrorist hell cannon activity has increased in response to the Russian and Syrian strikes particularly in the Ramousie area which is where the terrorists claim to have taken ground. (Unfortunately, they did) The reports from inside Aleppo tell us the opposite, that the SAA lured terrorists out into the open before deploying air strikes which wiped out over 2000 terrorists.
Terrorists used chemical weapons in an attack on the old city on the 2nd August. 4 died including one REAL Syrian Civil Defense worker [not the fake White Helmets] and 25 women were affected by the toxic gas…described to be similar to Chlorine or Mustard.
I noticed the following in this morning’s Foreign Policy newsletter:
“Jordan’s stability is a high priority for the United States. It is a main partner in fighting the Islamic State, in confronting Iranian expansionism, and in supporting a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Jordan’s quiet cooperation with its treaty partner, Israel, is a plus for U.S. regional interests. Domestic instability in Jordan — especially turmoil that threatens the leadership status quo — would endanger these important U.S. interests. Mounting pressures on Jordan’s meager resources from refugees — as well as corresponding austerity measures — could feed destabilizing anti-regime sentiment. Although Islamic State-inspired terrorist attacks in the kingdom would likely produce a rally-around-the-flag effect, security incidents could further damage an already strained economy. Any further flow of refugees could tip the scales, triggering a crisis — potentially from malcontents among the refugee population and/or from disaffected Jordanians.” (emphasis is mine)
So they actually consider ISIS attacks as a way to shore up the rule of the puppet Jordanian KIng. Hmmmmm. What to do – what to do?
You could turn the minuses into plusses and replace the name Jordan with Syria to see the planning of the status quo. I have written it below.
Let me say this about the State of the Union. As usual President Obama is spot on when he celebrates the inherent beauty of diversity and openly rejects the sinister nature of identity/tribal politics. I also appreciate his call for American citizens to wake up and finally retake control of their nation. As he powerfully reminded us, “We the people” are the three most important words in our Constitution.
That said I am perplexed by the President’s invocation of Dr. King and his call for a nonviolent revolution based on the power of “unarmed truth and unconditional love.” These words are absolutely meaningless in light of what he said about hunting down and destroying human beings who engage in terrorism . . . . please stop summoning the name and legacy of Dr. King to endorse a worldview that advocates justified warfare. “Unarmed truth” does not mean having “the strongest military in the world. Period.”
I prepared the Fact Sheet below to distribute at a film being shown at the High Falls Film Festival. ‘Yemeniettes‘, a documentary film made by a Lebanese film company, follows a group of teenage girls who win a regional science contest from their enthusiastic invention to a local contest in Sana’a and then on to Doha, and then through the events that follow their winning this international contest. It is a delightful scenario with many unspoken contradictions, Though a level of the background violence is reflected in the film it mostly focuses on these very liberal Yemeniettes with their innocent capitalist (as well as nationalist) aspirations.
Sadly, current events have overrun the context of this film and it seems unlikely there will be any more Yemeniettes (or Yemenis of any stripe) entering, much less winning, regional science contests any time in the foreseeable future. This is pertinent because the United States is providing all kinds of support to our Saudi allies in their war effort. If you enjoy this film, you should understand that.
- This US backed, Saudi led campaign is an intrusion into the internal politics of Yemen
- This US backed, Saudi led campaign has embroiled Yemen in an unnecessary civil war
- The US backed, Saudi War against Yemen constitutes a Crime Against Peace and is the site of numerous War Crimes
We in the US are complicit in the Saudi crimes against the People of Yemen!
The US media has made a very big point that the Kurds are the only viable force on the ground in Syria capable of fighting ISIS. This is a convenient half truth. In fact, the strongest force on the ground in Syria is the Syrian Arab Army, which is often portrayed as a kind of personal militia of the President. This is far from the truth. The Syrian army is a national army drawn from the population and tasked with protecting the people, and they have fought the longest war to save their nation. The US determination to delegitimize Syrian President Bashar Assad has led to some very distorted analysis of events on the ground as well as poorly framed battle plans and unstable alliances.
The so called “EU Migrant Crisis” has received heavy news coverage, but little contextual information has been forthcoming. Over the last several months, there has been increasing coverage of the flow of migrants coming across the Mediterranean, mostly from Libyan ports. The current crisis of thousands of refugees flooding into the EU through Turkey and Eastern Europe has not […]
Please read this and come out one more time to tell Congress “We want peace and We want to start now!” Henceforth I’m going to refer to the Iran Accord. ‘Iran Nuclear Deal’ sounds crass and not necessarily positive! If we are talking about ‘Peace’ lets use the language of ‘Peace’ We will Vigil to support those members of the […]
This is an open letter from the National Iranian American Council, a moderate, politically active group of Iranian Americans. It is signed by a number of U.S. Experts on International Relations. The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Plus for Regional Stability Statement from Middle East and International Relations Scholars The nuclear deal with Iran (The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action […]
On August 26th, Rochester activists joined a national call to stand up for the Iran Nuclear Deal as an example of successful diplomacy. More than 50 people showed up at the Federal Building for a rally and some enthusiastic protesting. Members of Senator Gillibrand’s staff join us for a while, and conversed with members of the crowd. After listening to […]