I wrote "Drinking the Koolaid." It was published in "Middle East Policy" in 2004. The article is analysis of the deliberate deception employed by yhe Bush Administration in lying the United States into war with Iraq.
The same methods are being used now to drag the American people into another Middle Eastern war. The corporate, self-servng media are leading the effort to "brainwash" Americans into acceptance of war against Syria.
The latest polling indicates that there is little support among Americans for ANY KIND of military intervention in Syria. Perhaps people are tired of being lied to.
I seldom agree with Eliot Cohen but he has an opinion piece linked to below in today's Washington Post in which he sensibly makes the point that Air Power is a brittle instrument and that the use of any level of missile strike against Syria will inevitably lead to greater and greater measures in order to avoid the appearance of weakness that failure of effect will create. Richard Haas, president of the CFR said today that polling indicating a 25% level of support in the USA for intervention is flawed vecause the polling might suggest a big war and Haas thinks it will be a small war. In fact, the 25% level of support in the poll is contingent on proof that it is the Syrian government that did the deed. Without that proof the level of support for intervention is around 12%.
Where is the proof that the Syrian government killed all these people in the eastern suburbs of Damascus? Where is the proof? Show us the proof. The Obama Administration says it has no doubt. This is a matter of war and peace, of life or death. Show us the proof. Senator Corker stated this weekend that all the social media indicate that the Syrian government is guilty. Is that the proof? Social media?
"Based on photographs, videos and witness accounts
that emerged last week, U.S. officials said they have“little doubt” that Assad’s forces carried out the attack." (Washpost)
Is that the "proof?"
We can't be shown the proof because of "sources and methods?" BS. The USG was eager to display satellite photography before it invaded Iraq. Let's see the incriminating pictures. Do they have SIGINT indicating a command to use to such weapons? Issues of war and peace require the disclosure of intelligence secrets. Do the rebels say that the government did it? That would be interesting.
Is there a "Syria Group" to match the Bushies "Iraq Group?" pl