The hypocrisy of this administration continues to amaze me.
“The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity,” said Secretary of State John Kerry, full of false moral superiority.
How many women, children and innocent bystanders have been slaughtered in the Middle East by American drones, missiles, bombs and troops during the last decade? Or is it OK to slaughter the innocent so long as you use conventional, rather than chemical, weapons? Kinetic weapons kill just as painfully as chemical ones.
It is also hypocritical of the United States to complain about Syria’s chemical weapons when the United States itself maintains a chemical weapons stockpile in violation of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention.
Syria, by the way, has not signed the treaty. So the United States signed the treaty, but has yet to fulfill its terms, while Syria, being more honest, simply refused to sign the treaty. Who has the moral high ground there?
Nor has the United States been so quick to denounce the use of chemical weapons when it serves its purpose. In the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war, the United States provided Iranian position reports to Iraq knowing Iraq was going to use chemical weapons against Iran. Nor did the United States sanction or bomb Iraq when it used chemical weapons against its own people in the late 1980s.
The United States used chemical weapons in World War I. And Let’s not forget Agent Orange and Agent Blue (to kill food crops) during the Vietnam War. And is napalm any more humane than poisonous gas? The United States is the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons against an enemy. Twice. And the U.S. government intentionally chose civilian targets rather than military ones in those attacks.
Granted, the above examples were against enemies during wartime.
However, the United States has committed atrocities against its own people as well. From the 1940s to the 1970s, thousands of U.S. citizens became the innocent victims of more than 4,000 secret and classified radiation experiments. Millions of Americans were exposed to radioactive fallout from the continental testing of more than 200 atmospheric and underground nuclear weapons and from hundreds of secret releases of radiation into the environment.
How many men, women and children were slaughtered by federal goons in Waco, Texas, in 1993? And who can forget the siege of Boston earlier this year.
The federal government spends more than $3 billion a year turning local police departments into armies and cops into soldiers. That includes giving the city of Keene, N.H., with a population of less than 25,000, $285,933 to buy an armored counter-attack vehicle called a BearCat. This town has had three murders since 1999.
The Syrian hypocrisy goes all the way to the top.
In 2007, Vice President Joe Biden, then a senator running for president, threatened to impeach President George W. Bush if he attacked Iran: “And I want to make it clear, I want it on the record, and I want to make it clear, if he does, as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and former chair of the Judiciary Committee, I will move to impeach him.”
Then there is Obama.
“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat,” Obama told the Boston Globe in 2007.
Yet, that did not stop Obama from illegally attacking Libya in 2011 and now he is on the verge of doing the same thing in Syria, if he hasn’t already by time you read this. Remember, Syria poses no threat to the United States.
Indeed, the only reason we are going to do so is because Obama, speaking off his teleprompter last year, made the offhand remark that the use of chemical weapons will mark a red line.
In the end, the United States is going to bomb Syria and kill people simply because Obama can’t undo his stupid comment. And Kerry labeled Syria’s actions a “moral obscenity”?
Give me a break. This administration is a moral obscenity.