As the Obama Administration began bombing in Syria under questionable legality, a sweetener was thrown in to the propaganda campaign to get the US involved in the civil war in Syria – the Khorasan Group. Though President Obama never mentioned the group in his speech to the nation, the Khorasan Group became another part of the justification for expanding the war from Iraq into Syria.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday September 28, 2014 8:59 am|
US news media were excited this past week. US-led military forces began to launch air strikes in Syria, which is what they had been anxiously waiting to see happen for weeks.
But with that eagerness to get on with another US war, there have been a set of myths. One fundamental myth involves President Barack Obama being cast as the “Reluctant Warrior.” He did not choose this war. The war chose him. How could Obama shirk from his duty to defend the “homeland”?
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 25, 2014 6:20 pm|
Today makes a rather problematic anniversary for President Obama. It was one year ago today that Gallup conducted their last tracking poll which actually found Obama with a positive job approval rating.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 25, 2014 11:11 am|
One of the bothersome aspects of the war escalation in Iraq and Syria has been the commitment of President Barack Obama’s administration to using language to conceal their war plans.
The White House has insisted this is not a war. The attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are a part of a “counterterrorism strategy.” The US has not launched a war because it has previously been dropping Hellfire missiles on suspected terrorists in various countries. Those strikes, though they have killed hundreds of civilians and were questionable in their legality and success in bringing about “security,” were part of a “strategy.”
|By: DSWright Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:07 pm|
In what may be one of the most well publicized acts of cognitive dissonance in history US President Barack Obama, leader of the most powerful empire in the world, told the United Nations General Assembly that “the cause of empire leads to the graveyard.”
|By: DSWright Wednesday September 24, 2014 7:35 am|
Despite rhetoric that invoked terrorism and threats to the “homeland,” President Barack Obama has found little support for his unilateral decision to enter America into a war in Syria. Either the magic of saying “terrorism” has worn off or the public just does not believe this president when he says it. Regardless, the bombing in Syria has led to traditional war cheerleaders to stay silent or even voice opposition.
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 23, 2014 3:35 pm|
Remember when the reason for expanding this military campaign from Iraq into Syria was because ISIS was in both countries? It wasn’t so long ago. Well, now President Obama has announced that he also targeted a non-ISIS group in Syria. Mission creep in real time.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 23, 2014 1:22 pm|
US Central Command, in a press release which formed the basis for most US reporting on the air strikes, reported the US had “taken action to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qaeda veterans – sometimes referred to as the Khorasan Group – who have established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations. These strikes were undertaken only by US assets.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 23, 2014 6:43 am|
Yesterday the US began bombing yet another country in the Middle East with strikes targeting ISIS forces in Syria. According to the Pentagon, the strikes were aimed at 20 different ISIS targets within Syria. US government officials also told ABC News that strikes were joined by Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. What extent those Arab nations participated military remains unknown though given the US militarily equipment those nations have purchased over the years they should be theoretically capable of participating.
|By: DSWright Friday September 19, 2014 6:50 am|
Following the House, the Senate voted yesterday to approve President Obama’s plan to arm and train the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels. They vote was 78-22 with 9 Democrats, 12 Republicans, and independent Senator Bernie Sanders voting no. Congress has now authorized another military adventure in the Middle East, what could go wrong?