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Weissman writes: "If George W. Bush's war in Iraq was 'one of the greatest historic blunders ever in U.S. foreign policy,' why won't Barack Obama learn from it in his response to Syria?"

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina 10/19/08. (photo: Jim Young/Reuters)
President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina 10/19/08. (photo: Jim Young/Reuters)



How Obama Fans the Flames of Islam's Holy Wars

By Steve Weissman, Reader Supported News

26 May 13

f George W. Bush's war in Iraq was "one of the greatest historic blunders ever in U.S. foreign policy," why won't Barack Obama learn from it in his response to Syria?

Many observers believe he has. In sharp contrast to his faith-based predecessor, Obama worries publicly about real-world dangers, such as surface-to-air missiles falling into the wrong hands, and he regularly counsels caution and restraint. But Iraq offers a more general lesson about the arrogance and stupidity of getting involved in civil wars, especially those with a sectarian twist.

Besides fear-mongering about weapons of mass destruction that did not exist and hoping to control vast oil resources that do, Vice President Dick Cheney and his neo-con supporters claimed they were marching into Iraq to overthrow a bloody dictator and save the majority Shia from oppression by the Sunni minority. In time, newly elected Shia governments in Baghdad oppressed the Sunnis, who continue to the present day to respond with terrorist violence. The new Iraqi governments also allied themselves with Iran, the war's ultimate winner.

Cheney eventually saw the folly of his ways and shamelessly did a U-turn. Instead of saving and democratizing the Shia in Iraq, he and Saudi national security adviser Bandar bin Sultan persuaded the Bush administration to join with the region's Sunni leaders in a new sectarian alliance against Iran and its Shia allies in Syria and Lebanon. Most of those Sunni leaders were hereditary monarchs with little democratic about them. Sy Hersh reported this "redirection" in The New Yorker, and Obama picked up where Cheney left off. How embarrassing for them both!

In the shadows and out, Obama has continued to ally the United States with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Turkey, all Sunni-led nations, some with large and strategically positioned Shia populations. This fuels the sectarian strife in Syria, with its Sunni majority ruled by an Alawite Shia minority. Far more dangerous, it strengthens the Sunni bloc in its insane urge to escalate its regional competition with Iran.

Ample evidence - much of it in the British press - shows that the CIA and probably the late Ambassador Chris Stevens started as early as April 2012 to back the Sunni rebels in Syria and help supply them with Libyan arms. In this effort, they worked closely with the Qataris, who had given a huge quantity of arms and money to a wide variety of Libya's anti-Kadhafi rebels. The recipients included Islamists from the extremist Salafi strand of Sunni Islam, quite possibly including Ansar al-Sharia, the group suspected of leading the Benghazi attacks. As one private arms dealer complained, the Qataris imposed no controls on who got the weapons. "They just handed them out like candy."

With the Syrian war heating up during 2012, the candy flowed north. According to a report this month in London's Financial Times, "The gas-rich state of Qatar has spent as much as $3bn over the past two years supporting the rebellion in Syria, far exceeding any other government, but is now being nudged aside by Saudi Arabia as the prime source of arms to rebels."

In Syria as in Libya, the Qataris have given to a wide variety of groups, and many observers believe this includes Jabhat-al-Nusrah, which is reportedly linked to al-Qaeda. The Qataris insist they have never backed Nusrah, while in December, the Obama administration pointedly added the group to its list of global terrorists.

No surprise, Washington has shown little transparency about its own role. Government sources, named and anonymous, have regularly told reporters that the CIA was supplying only humanitarian aid, intelligence, logistic support, communications equipment, and non-lethal military equipment, and trying to see that the arms shipments got to trustworthy groups.

The truth was otherwise. As The New York Times reported in March, the CIA has played a major role. "From offices at secret locations, American intelligence officers have helped the Arab governments shop for weapons, including a large procurement from Croatia," wrote C.J. Chivers and Eric Schmitt. The CIA also helped Arab governments and Turkey to organize a massive airlift to ferry the arms to Turkey and Jordan, from which they were passed to Syrian rebels. Citing a former U.S. official, the Times credited CIA director David Petraeus with helping to get the airlift started and prodding various countries to work together on it.

"These countries were going to do it one way or another," the former official said. "They weren't asking for a 'Mother, may I?' from us. But if we could help them in certain ways, they'd appreciate that." In other words, don't blame us for the escalation. Our allies would have done it anyway.

Pulling back from his Sunni allies seems unlikely for Obama, even though helping supply arms to the rebels has already led to more bloodshed - and much more lasting bitterness.

As always happens, groups on both sides defend their own escalation as a response to the buildup on the other side. Given free passage by their new Iraqi allies, the Iranians continue to supply Bashar al-Assad and his militia supporters, while the Russians are now providing coastal defense batteries with anti-ship cruise missiles and anti-aircraft systems complete with Russian military advisers to deter Israeli strikes. The escalation has also increased the flow of foreign fighters - Shiite holy warriors, mostly from Iran and Lebanon, and Sunni extremists from all over.

The ultimate danger is obvious and intended by some - that all this will lead to the long predicted and long delayed U.S. and Israeli bombardment of Iran. This would create massive death and destruction, strengthening whatever ambition leading Iranians may have to create "a nuclear capability," which is less than a completed nuclear weapon, but dangerously close to it. The attack would also ensure the escalation of violence of all kinds throughout the region.

If only Obama would learn from the Bush administration's folly in Iraq and work to defuse rather than escalate Islam's sectarian wars. It's not likely, I know, but Inshallah!

 

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-30 # cordleycoit 2013-05-26 13:55
Obama has working knowledge of the Muslim faith.He spent a lot of time living in a Muslim country, going to Muslim schools. He cannot be rock stupid like W.Bush. If we are arming our enemies he must know and approve of our stupid actions. There is something wrong with his thinking besides having the same morals as Richard Nixon.
 
 
+26 # Quickmatch 2013-05-26 15:21
I wonder how ddeply Obama understands the Muslim faith? But, regardless, that's like saying I was brought up in th Catholic tradition so I must have a working knowledge of Christian faith. Would a working understanding of how the Muslim people of Indonesia think give insight to the way Muslim people think in Saudi Arabia, North Africa or Detroit, MI? Dont confound culture with religion.
 
 
+5 # kalpal 2013-05-27 06:00
Since your analysis is simplistic, ignorant and ephemeral it goes a long way to explain why you draw the unwrranted conclusions you do.
 
 
+27 # walt 2013-05-26 15:14
Sadly Obama marches to the beat of the same neocon lobby drums. He is owned by them.

He talked a good line to get elected, but he is of the same ilk as the rest of them who will keep the USA in permanent war unless the American people demand otherwise. Will they? I'm not optimistic since the people have done nothing about the crimes of the Bush administration.
 
 
+11 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-05-27 05:40
Bingo, walt! Penalize the law breakers (yes, the law we once believed in and enforced, before its being tossed in the toilet), and support/reward the true people servers. Sanders and Kucinich lead the pol. list, and Julian Assange, Brad Manning, Chris Hedges and all the great, brave and dedicated to truth telling and outing plaintiffs in Hedges, et. al. v. Obama, et. al. lead the 'let's praise and reward them' list.
 
 
-2 # Trueblue Democrat 2013-05-27 07:03
Walt, I believe you are essentially correct, but I would add to the "neocons lobby drums” another onerous holdover: our bankrupt policy of marching lockstep with the fascist state of Israel.

Whether or not strife in the Near East is primarily a function of Sunni-Shia hostilities – which Weissman focuses on to the exclusion of Israel’s mischief making, the fact remains that the United States will never be seen there as an honest broker, given the "Israel uber alles" mentality of our presidents, our congresses, and our mainstream media. As for President Obama, few Islamic leaders can be ignorant of his genesis -- he is the creature of a small cabal of Chicago Zionists, a phony Democrat sold to the American people by practiced hucksters whose ethics, like their patriotism, would be hard to demonstrate.
 
 
+12 # SeniorCitizen31 2013-05-27 13:58
Trueblue, you might have mentioned as well how odd is is that Weismann would make a tour d'horizon (as the striped-pants set at DepState like to say) of the Moslem world without a single mention of the part Israel has played in fomenting wars, attacking refugee centers, violating international agreements on the rights of captive peoples, etc. It cannot be that he is unaware of the part Israeli military misdeeds and civilian "settlement" issues have kept the pot boiling.
 
 
+22 # Colleen Clark 2013-05-26 15:27
I think this piece has a simplistic notion of Islam and also of the varied reasons for conflicts in different countries. In Syria the opposition to Assad, and the history of the Assad family, is not based on their being Alawites but on their repressive politics. To be sure, most of the opposition groups are Sunnis but it's a political, not a sectarian, fight. Why, for example, do many Christians in Syria support Assad? In part, because they think he protects them against the Sunnis. I've been to several serious discussions at Harvard and the experts, not all agreeing on everything, never describe it as a purely sectarian fight. Obama is smart to be keeping us out of it.
 
 
+10 # RMDC 2013-05-27 06:36
I agree -- simplistic and basically wrong. What is happening in the middle east is good old fashioned colonialism. The conquerer nations -- US, UK, France, Israel -- divide the population into whatever factions they can find and provoke fighting among the factions by false flag bombs, murders, terrorism.

The modern, secular, pluralist states like Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon are the immediate targets. Iran is more modern, democratic, and tolerant than the fascist regimes the US loves in Saudi Arabai, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait.

If there were no intervention by the white Christain and Jewish nations, the middle east would be peaceful and prosperous. Arabs and Muslims would settle their differences. THey have a history of doing that. It is the christian Euro-American who have started wars all over the face of the earth -- and then blamed indigenous peoples for those wars.
 
 
+35 # cwbystache 2013-05-26 15:30
ALL wars are un-holy.
 
 
-23 # tahoevalleylines 2013-05-26 15:32
Mohammedanism is united on one big thing: elimination of Israel. After President Truman supported a Jewish State contrary to promises made by Roosevelt 3 years prior, at Malta, America has been considered an enemy of Islam.

Palestinian schoolchildren are taught a map with no visible sign of Israel. Science classes in Islamic nations show evolutionary development of humans, with Jews at the bottom, exactly as Hitler had in his grade schools. Racism is directly attributable to Darwin...

As incendiary as drones are, Bin Laden has to be taken at his word: "When you (America)leave, we shall follow you back home". Islam now has a score to settle with the Great Satan, stopping the drones gives respite, that is all.

Steve Weissman speaks truth about dire results of US/Israeli attack on Iranian Nuclear sites. Not mentioned are recent reports of $5 Billion Iranian deal with North Korea for three nuclear warheads, presumably fitted to delivery rockets. Passive Israel being attacked brings far worse results!

Because North Korea aligns with Israel's enemies, N.K. has now got itself into greater danger than anything previously seen. Harming Israel is a suicide mission, for countries as well as individuals.

Because ancient Hebrew Scripture aligns so perfectly with modern Strategic Think Tank Middle East War Assessment articles, all hands see "The Burden Of Damascus" -Chuck Missler- www.khouse.org Saturday January 5, 2013
 
 
+11 # tomo 2013-05-26 18:27
If you really want to find out what the End Times will look like, all you have to do is line up behind tahoevalleyline s. If a sufficient number of us do, it's quite possible all of us will find out in the near rather than the distant future. As Einstein said, the FOURTH world war is likely to be fought with sticks and stones.
 
 
+1 # bingers 2013-05-29 06:34
Quoting tomo:
If you really want to find out what the End Times will look like, all you have to do is line up behind tahoevalleylines. If a sufficient number of us do, it's quite possible all of us will find out in the near rather than the distant future. As Einstein said, the FOURTH world war is likely to be fought with sticks and stones.


Back in the late 60s the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band put out an album with a track titled "The First Anniversary of World War III." I was 3 mintes of silence.
 
 
+11 # Dion Giles 2013-05-27 02:13
Much of that stuff is simply made up. Where, exactly, is Bin Laden recorded as saying al Qa'eda intended to conquer America? Islam is an extremely authoritarian, anti-democratic cult but the conflict with Israel is a conflict between colonialism and its victims just as 1950s conflict in Kenya was essentially to rid the people of British colonialism notwithstanding some bizarre behaviour by the Mau Maus.
 
 
+11 # RMDC 2013-05-27 07:49
"Islam is an extremely authoritarian, anti-democratic cult"

This is not true at all. Islam is more toleerant and pluralistic than its sister monothiestic religions (Christianity and Judaism) have ever been. The origin of this is the way God is described in the Koran versus the Bible. In the former, Allah is tolerant, forgiving, and loving. In the latter, Yahweh is vengeful, jealous, and destructive. Political systems follow this lead.

You should study Islam by reading people who really know it. I'd suggest Sayid Qutb's "Policital Justice in Islam." Or "Voices of Resurgent Islam." There are very many good books on Islam, but most are not known in the US. Mostly the US gets vicious tracts from christians and jews who do what they always do -- try to make people afraid of other religions.
 
 
+12 # tomo 2013-05-27 10:44
Let me add some voices to your list, RMDC, if I may. Westerners John L. Esposito, Karen Armstrong, and Huston Smith have all been of eye-opening, heart-opening help to me in the understanding of Muslims. (So have my incredibly charming and thoughtful Muslim students.) I'd particularly recommend, for those of us who like me were born in darkness when it comes to Islam, the poems of Rumi. True, there have always been reservations within Islam about the Sufis and about Rumi; but a few hours pouring over the dazzling poems are a good antidote. One comes away not only with a very positive sense of who Rumi was but also with a near indestructible sense of what lies at the core of Islam. (It is not hatred.)
 
 
+7 # RMDC 2013-05-28 02:58
Thanks, Tomo. John Esposito and the others at the Islmaic Center (forgot actual name) at Georgetown are really very good. Esposito has a book called "Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality." It is from the pre-9-11 era, however. Still his points are very good.

Rumi is terrific. Should be required reading for all Americans.

I did not know much about Arab or Muslim history until 9-11 but the event blamed on Muslims drove me to study Arab and Muslim history. It is far different from what US media portray. Clearly, the US propaganda machine has been working double time to create false idea about Islam. I cited Qutb because he is one of the most demonized Islamic scholars of all, and yet if you read his work or study his life, you will see something quite different. The propaganda machine needs "poster boys" they can terrorized Americans with.
 
 
+13 # kalpal 2013-05-27 06:03
Ignorance seems rife in what you consider to be an analysis of islam. Best to avoid right wing publications. They contain nothing of value to anyone with a functioning brain.
 
 
+6 # Activista 2013-05-27 11:00
Palestinian schoolchildren are taught a map with no visible sign of Israel ???..
Maps of Israel and Palestine - If Americans Knew
www.ifamericansknew.org/history/maps.html‎
Historically, the land of Palestine was populated by a people known as the Palestinians. Palestinians have always been religiously diverse, with the Muslim ...
 
 
+6 # grandone@charter.net 2013-05-26 17:11
Criticism, for the sake of writing a column, is not legitimate. Perhaps I read your words wrong (there are a lot of them)but you seem to be criticising the president to be criticizing the president. The situation in Syria is a mess to be sure, but the U.S. has no national interests at stake in it. Certainly, helping overthrow yet another sovereign state in the Middle East is not at all in our interests.
 
 
+9 # Douglas Jack 2013-05-26 19:15
This article is excellent but being short doesn't cover 1/20th of it. Middle-east nations are ecologically & war destroyed areas having small national economies. Western war-games finance, arms & training, form some of their largest budgets. They've little in the way of local arms or munitions production so warriors within are very dependent upon the hell we maintain.

There are many governments which run the USA. Professional bureaucrat civil servants CS form para gov't which outlast all presidents & congress-people . CS are strategically placed by corporate leaders, visibly or invisibly part of a revolving door patronism. Military & other civil servants, with the lion's share of the US budget, are those who direct & finance & choose political candidates as well as deciding policy. Part of corporate gov't ownership by the Finance-Media-M ilitary-Industr ial-Complex is deciding which countries are to be destabilized for our war games & what the people are allowed to be misinformed about. US, Canada, NATO & Israel are actively arming dissidents in over 80 countries worldwide for the purposes of energy & materials resource acquisition or just for benefit of our permanent war economy. 40% of these export economies are tied to arms, munitions & security, dependent upon war livelihood. Officially our gov'ts aren't arming Syrian dissidents while the corporate sector is & has been for over 60 years. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/2-satyagraha
 
 
+9 # tomo 2013-05-26 18:18
"...Iran, the war's ultimate winner." "..a new sectarian alliance against Iran and its Shia allies in Syria and Lebanon." "...the CIA and probably the late Ambassador Chris Stevens started as early as April 2012 to back the Sunni rebels in Syria and help supply them with Libyan arms." This series of phrases is wonderfully provocative. Somehow, they ring true. Steve credits Chivers and Schmitt with breaking a large chunk of this in the NY Times a couple months ago; but the story for some reason hasn't acquired legs. The phase following the turnaround goes some distance in explain why the assassination of Chris Stevens won't go away. There's been a furor over "talking points." The real story, the virtually uncovered story, is I suspect the one suggested here--which can explain the motivation for going after Chris Stevens. It can explain too why the White House hasn't explained.

There's great danger of unintended consequences in playing footsie with the Third World War. We may think that because we have the most weapons, we will necessarily end the winner. Ain't necessarily so. As that smart god-father to the atomic bomb, Al Einstein, suggested, there may not be any winners.
As another pretty smart guy, Noam Chomsky, has suggested, it should give no comfort that the nuclear arsenals of the world are controlled by computers. Indications that Obama is fooling around just as Cheney did add to my sense he's not up to the job.
 
 
+8 # ladymidath 2013-05-26 19:24
The biggest problem in the Middle East is that most of the countries are run either by a dictatorship or a monarchy and between them there is no difference. Yes Saudi Princes I am looking at you.
The people want freedom and they are fighting for it. But Bush's war in Iraq and Afghanistan complicated the process.
The West was a primitive craphole at the time that the Middle East was a enlightened civilization, but that was centuries ago. The West then had a Restoration and a Reformation not to mention a plague and many many wars that forced society to evolve and change. Other than the Holy Wars and the Ottoman's push into Europe, the East was reasonably peaceful for its time. Now it's the Middle East that need it's own Restoration and this is the form that it's taking but America's continual interference is screwing up the process. Yes it will be long and bloody as was the West's but there is no quick fix. It's heartbreaking to watch but this is the legacy of religion, sects and tribal loyalties. The Middle East will evolve, they have to to survive but America's continual attacks are not helping and are hurting this. There will be peace eventually but how high the price is up to America's dealing with the Middle East and with how it understands the Islam faith.
 
 
+10 # motamanx 2013-05-26 19:57
"1f George W. Bush's war in Iraq was "one of the greatest historic blunders ever in U.S. foreign policy," why won't Barack Obama learn from it in his response to Syria?"

Perhaps some of Bush's (and Cheney's) people were retained by the Obama Administration.
 
 
+2 # vgirl1 2013-05-26 21:42
"If only Obama would learn from the Bush administration' s folly in Iraq and work to defuse rather than escalate Islam's sectarian wars. It's not likely, I know, but Inshallah!"
________________________________________
I see no evidence that Obama is trying to escalate Islam's sectarian wars. Indeed, I think the POTUS is doing all he can to try to address this situation diplomatically by working the Russian angle to see Syria survive as a nation as much as possible in the hope of finding an agreeable international, a diplomatic versus military solution.

I think the author stretches the facts to further his own notions and to try to lead us to his misguided conclusion.

Asaad may indeed need to go, but we should all be concerned that whoever or whatever replaces him does not destabilize Syria for the future by letting one majority sectarian group overtake all the remaining peoples that occupy Syria today. Syria needs to remain a sovereign state, peaceably able to accommodate all of its people or the region will be even more destabilized than it is now.
 
 
+4 # Jaysson Brae 2013-05-26 22:13
Obama is FANNING the very flames that he FIGHTS.

Sounds exactly like what a presidential puppet of the US military-indust rial complex would do.

Is it likely that he's being this stupid all by himself.....?
 
 
+10 # Edwina 2013-05-27 06:54
From the perspective of the Middle Eastern countries where we are waging war, it must seem that it is "the Christians" who are waging a Holy War. Re: History, the U.S. halped oust the democratically elected Mossadegh, and installed the Shah in Iran. Re: Israel, it has attacked its neighbors far more often than it has been attacked by its neighbors, and with a far superior military.
 
 
+2 # Activista 2013-05-27 11:11
CIA is supplying only humanitarian aid, intelligence ... with Israel to the "rebels" aka terrorists....
and war propaganda about chemical weapons.
Like US AWACS pointing bombing targets on Tehran to Saddam under the Reagan ...and CIA training cat bombers to hit Kabul market.
When car bomb explodes in Damascus school - CIA and brother Mossad from Tel Aviv is likely to provide "intelligence".
CIA Expands Role in Syria Fight - WSJ.com
online.wsj.com/.../SB1000142412788732437320457837659187490943...‎
Mar 22, 2013 – The extent of the CIA effort to provide intelligence to Syrian rebels remains ... The U.S. also relies on Israeli and Jordanian spy agencies, which ...
 
 
+6 # RMDC 2013-05-28 03:02
All of those car bombs in Syria, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere have explosives that must have come from somewhere. The explosives are not some primitive stuff. They appear to be military grade. The best guess is that the explosives come from the CIA. Sometimes the explosives are tracked and always it is the CIA or US military. Mossad too is a provider of explosives to terrorists.

Follow the bomb materials.
 
 
+6 # geraldom 2013-05-27 11:48
There is an article on the internet where the U.S. is attempting to talk Russia into arranging some peace deal in the Syrian conflict.

It was the U.S. that helped escalate the violence in Syria. I do not condone how the pres of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, has conducted himself, but Russia has to know that the U.S. agenda for Syria, assuming that Bashar al-Assad is deposed by us, will be to put in his place another puppet leader under U.S. control as we've done in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The new Syrian pres will be jumping thru U.S. hoops as Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq are doing.

If Russia actually believes that the U.S. truly cares about the best interests of the Syrian people as we claimed to have cared about the best interests of the Iraqi people and the Afghan people when we illegally invaded their countries, then Russia and its leaders are damn fools.

If Bashar al-Assad is deposed and Syria falls to the rebels, at least to the rebels that the U.S. is supporting, Syria will come under U.S. influence just as Afghanistan and Iraq have, and, if you think that there is going to ultimately be peace in Syria if Bashar al-Assad does fall, then you better take another look at what's happening in Iraq right now.

Saddam Hussein may not have been the nicest guy in the world, but the U.S. currently supports some leaders who are worse than Saddam, and more people have died under Maliki since the U.S. illegally invaded Iraq than under Saddam.
 
 
+4 # Activista 2013-05-27 15:19
Agree - except that USA has much control in either Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya ... after the mission was "accomplished".
What was accomplished was a perpetual civil war ... perpetual killing ... destruction of the nation.
 
 
+1 # geraldom 2013-05-27 18:25
Quoting Activista:
Agree - except that USA has much control in either Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya ... after the mission was "accomplished".
What was accomplished was a perpetual civil war ... perpetual killing ... destruction of the nation.


But, we still got our man to control each of those countries you mentioned even if those countries are currently unstable and probably will remain so for decades to come.

We will do the same with Syria if we can succeed in deposing Bashar al-Assad, and in Iran as well if the U.S. can succeed in regime change in that country as we are attempting to do.

I would say that both Russia and China better get their acts together real fast if they don't want to end up completely isolated and alone in the world without any real friends to speak of. They will be the final targets of the United States in the very end.

In any case, the war in Syria is about to take a turn for the (much) worse. Members of the Euro Zone have decided to cancel their embargo on weapons to the Syrian rebels. They now plan on arming them to the hilt. If they do that, than Russia and Iran (and perhaps even China) will begin arming the Syrian government to the hilt as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon. Then watch the fireworks in the middle east.

I'd bet you dollars to doughnuts that the decision by the Euro Zone members was heavily influenced underneath the table by the United States.
 
 
+1 # Activista 2013-05-27 20:44
Agree Harold - Euro Zone members was heavily influenced underneath the table by the United States and Israel .. Catch 22 - Israel/AIPAC controls United States...
War on Syria is a proxy war on Iran .. and Putin is smart - with morals of ex-KGB man - supports anything that pushes oil price up (does not give damn about Syrian People) - oil is 40% of Russia revenue ..
And Putin learned the Soviet Empire lesson in Afghanistan.
USA is bankrupt - morally and economically by militarism - Putin must be laughing how USA neocons are self-destructiv e.
Take Libya - NATO pushed Russians out .. but Al-Qaeda is in .. like in Afghanistan long time ago ..
It costs $1 million per year to keep one soldier in Afghanistan ... check National (military debt) per capita of Russia and USA ... Jun 4, 2012 – Russia is in 99th place in the ranking of the world's debtors, so it seems ... In the US the debt is $49.8 thousand per resident, and this number is only growing...
 
 
+5 # Activista 2013-05-27 15:30
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain, a proponent of arming Syrian rebels, quietly slipped into Syria for a meeting with anti-government fighters Monday and EU - Great Britain etc. are now arming terrorists in Syria.
US senator goes to Syria part taken over by terrorists and pledges support - NATO bombing, arms, more car bombs?
This is more than SICK - it is immoral.
 

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