While some wax nostalgic about the Obama regime, what I remember most about the year 2016 was how close the world came to Armageddon. Americans will be lost in irrelevant noise and recall nothing about it, but an incident in Syria brought the world’s two top nuclear powers into direct conflict with a direct risk of escalation. This was the Cuban Missile Crisis they didn’t want to tell you about on corporate TV.
Barack Obama’s Air Force bombed and killed Syrian government forces inside Syria. That itself was a war crime, an act of aggression forbidden in the UN Charter. The Russian allies of Syria responded as follows (Oct. 6).
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This was escalated again by Britain-which for some reason was also illegally flying over Syrian airspace: RAF given green light to shoot down hostile Russian jets in Syria (Oct. 12).
The Russians were the ones invited in by the legitimate government of that country, while the US and UK were illegal invaders.
The world used to understand Mutually Assured Destruction ( MAD) and why attacking nuclear-armed powers was a no-no. Has that fear of the Apocalypse diminished over time? Was the Obama Administration completely psychotic?
They seemed to have no problem treating Al Qaeda in Libya and in Syria as valuable allies, rather than sworn enemies. The accommodation of Al Qaeda went straight to the top and to Barack Obama himself, as revealed in a 2013 phone call to Turkey’s Erdogan.
By February of 2012, Hillary Clinton and her State Department had been informed, “AQ is on our side in Syria.” That simple sentence packed so much into an email subject line. The United States had declared war against Al Qaeda on September 14th of 2001, blaming them solely for the 9/11 attacks. Any “aid and comfort” to that group would then be considered Treason.
Secondly, there was an “our side” in Syria in February of 2012? Where exactly was that Congressional authorization? By what right did Barack Obama covertly attack UN member state Syria?
The pattern of attacking Russia’s allies one by one continued into Ukraine. That country, and its Russia-friendly elected President were destabilized completely. A civil war erupted, and the country split into three sections.
This is the “normalcy” that is encoded in Joe Biden’s pronouncements. This is the “global leadership” his new team of war promoters envisions. It is likely to be a rough ride… not that Americans will notice at all unless missiles begin dropping on their hometowns.
Joe Giambrone is an American dissident and author.