Hillary Clinton Must Resign (Op-ed)

Hillary Clinton Must Resign (Op-ed)

Cites false reports regarding Syria “massacre” to call for UN Chapter 7. Irresponsible warmongering leaves American credibility irrevocably damaged.
editorial by Tony Cartalucci

Image: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has attempted on numerous occasions to leverage fabricated atrocities to stampede UN resolutions through the Security Council to allow the same destructive, tragic military campaign against Syria that was waged against Libya. Her latest outburst was so overtly fraudulent and patently false, her continuation as Secretary of State risks a permanent and exponentially accelerating decline in US legitimacy worldwide. 

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July 14, 2012 – The unhinged state of US foreign policy is exemplified best by this week’s Tremseh, Syria “massacre.” Before any confirmations could be made, and based solely on “activist” accounts, Hillary Clinton penned a US State Department statement that read:

I was deeply saddened and outraged to learn of reports of yet another massacre committed by the Syrian regime that has claimed the lives of over 200 men, women, and children in the village of Traymseh. Credible reports indicate that this unconscionable act was carried out by artillery, tanks, and helicopters – indisputable evidence that the regime deliberately murdered innocent civilians. Syria cannot be peaceful, stable, or democratic until Assad goes and a political transition begins. We call for an immediate ceasefire in and around Hama to allow the UN observer mission to enter Traymseh. Those who committed these atrocities will be identified and held accountable.

As long as the Assad regime continues to wage war against the Syrian people, the international community must keep increasing the pressure on the regime to halt the violence and allow for a political solution to go forward. The Security Council should put its full weight behind the Annan plan for an immediate ceasefire and a political transition and make clear to the Syrian regime that there will be consequences for non-compliance. History will judge this Council. Its members must ask themselves whether continuing to allow the Assad regime to commit unspeakable violence against its own people is the legacy they want to leave.

The Security Council of course would be putting its “full weight” behind Kofi Annan’s “peace plan” with Chapter 7 provisions in place – meaning that sanctions and military intervention, as it was in Libya, would be subsequently implemented.

What US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attempted to do, was propose a UN Security Council resolution authorizing military intervention (and by consequence, long sought after regime change), then used fabricated reports to sell the resolution in the court of global public and diplomatic opinion. It constitutes an overt crime against peace, and conspiracy to wage aggressive war -both Nuremberg offenses.

Tremseh was a Battle, Not a Massacre  
As the facts emerge as to what really happened in Tremseh, Syria, it becomes evidently clear the US State Department, along with its British, French, German, and Australian counterparts, has attempted to sell yet another NATO war of aggression based on a patently false pretext. The New York Times in their article, “New Details of a Battle Challenge Reports of a Syrian Massacre,”reported that “activists,” the so-called “Free Syria Army” (FSA), and the Western-backed “Syrian National Council” (SNC) all gave conflicting reports.
What could be verified by UN monitors who arrived at the scene, is that the vast majority of those “massacred” were men of fighting age, with some opposition figures conceding that they were indeed militant fighters. The number “200” that Clinton cited, was actually the number of militants that had gathered in Tremseh to plot the next leg of their terrorist activities. Locals had passed the information on to the Syrian Army who surrounded the area and neutralized the fighters during a pitched battle the FSA ultimately lost.

Not only that, but the UN confirms that Syrian security operations targeted “specific” rebel locations rendering Clinton’s accusation that government forces “deliberately murdered innocent civilians” a bold-faced lie.

In other words, Hillary Clinton falsified her statement, given before the entire “international community,” claiming “200 men, women, and children” were deliberately massacred, when in reality it was the Syrian military restoring order in the face of armed terrorists. After the military secured the Tremseh area, they put on display a vast cache of weaponry found in the area, as well as captured FSA militants including both Turkish and Libyan fighters – meaning that those not killed in the fighting, were not “executed” as earlier reports falsely stated.
Hillary Clinton Must Resign
The generation preceding Hillary Clinton’s, those of World War II, swore “never again” to the tragedy of that global conflict. They also swore “never again” to the lies and manipulations that maneuvered millions of people across the globe into deadly conflict with one another. Hillary Clinton’s fabrications and attempts to foist yet another war constructed upon falsehoods betrays that promise made – and thus betrays and jeopardizes the very foundation of all the West stands for.

Hillary Clinton, to continue in her capacity, like the entire Bush Administration before her, compromises and forever stains the credibility and integrity of the United States. It is ironic that the very violence unfolding in Syria today, which Clinton would have the world believe is the work of the “Syrian regime,” was first blueprinted and orchestrated by the US during Bush’s term in office.

Indeed, according to Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” the US, Israel, and the Gulf State despots plotted to assemble and unleash a front of sectarian extremists to overthrow the government of Syria. It was during that time that the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood began receiving funding and support from the West while fighters and weapons were assembled in northern Lebanon under the watch of Saad Hariri.
Not only has the Barack Obama administration, with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, inherited and perpetuated this violent conspiracy against the Syrian people, it has inherited and perpetuated the dishonor and straining of America’s remaining integrity and global good will. For America’s economy which cannot shoulder another military adventure, for America’s honor which cannot find space to fit another scar, Hillary Clinton must resign and those in Congress and throughout industry must remove support for those squandering the last of America’s once vast potential in pursuit of global hegemony.

Surely Clinton’s resignation would be more symbolic than a serious blow to a system that is in reality driven by corporate-financier interests from amongst their think-tanks, lobbying networks, and media empires, but it would be the beginning of a new paradigm that signaled the days of impunity for these special interests drawing to a close.

For the people of America, who most likely will not witness their Secretary of State resign in the wake of the disgrace and irreparable damage she has brought upon her nation, now more than ever they must be resolved to identify, expose, boycott and replace the corporate financier interests for whom Hillary Clinton works. We as a people must begin creating our own, local institutions that serve our interests directly, and begin engaging in real “wrench-turning” activism in place of our current domesticated consumerist attitude towards politics and progress.
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Japan probes alleged cover-up at nuclear plant

Japan probes alleged cover-up at nuclear plant

By David Guttenfelder, AP

Workers in protective suits wait to enter the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma, Japan, on Nov. 12.

 

TOKYO (AP) – Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant to underreport the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay on the job longer.

Labor officials said Sunday that an investigation had begun over the weekend following media reports of a cover-up at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters.

A subcontractor of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, acknowledged having nine workers cover their dosimeters with lead plates late last year so the instrument would indicate a lower level of radiation exposure.

The investigation marks the first time the government has looked into the case, believed to be part of a widespread practice at the plant since it was hit by the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl.

The government more than doubled the emergency radiation exposure limit soon after the accident, but lowered it back to the previous level in December. The law now sets the exposure limit at 50 millisieverts per year, or a five-year total of 100 millisieverts.

Dosimeter readings are crucial personal records that determine how much longer a worker can stay on a plant job. Work at highly contaminated areas could quickly eat up a worker’s quota.

The issue reflects a growing concern among the government and TEPCO about how to secure a continuous flow of workers to finish cleaning up the plant. Officials say it will take about 40 years to decommission the plant’s four wrecked reactors — three with melted cores and another with a spent fuel pool in a shattered building.

Labor officials made onsite inspections at the Fukushima plant to examine dosimeter readings of the workers and other records, said Yasuhiro Kishi, an official at the Fukushima Labor Bureau.

Health and Labor Ministry officials repeatedly issued warnings to TEPCO during the first few months of the crisis about the company’s lax oversight of workers’ exposures. Officials have also said TEPCO had several workers share a dosimeter not just early in the crisis when the equipment was in short supply due to tsunami damage, but even after a full stock had been regained.

Takashi Wada, president of Fukushima-based subcontractor Build-Up, acknowledged this weekend that the dosimeter falsification had taken place. He said a supervisor of the group of nine workers came up with the idea when his dosimeter alarm went off during his short preview visit to the area where the workers were assigned.

“We should have never done that,” Wada told an interview with TBS network broadcast Saturday.

Afghanistan Seeks To End Rain of Pakistani Rockets

MPs seek end to Pakistan incursions

by Abasin Zaheer

onJul 22, 2012

KABUL (PAN): In its first session after the summer recess, theWolesi Jirga on Sunday asked the government of President Hamid Karzai to break its silence on missiles strikes into eastern Kunar province from Pakistan.

Lawmakers decided to arrange fateha for their colleague Ahmad Khan Samangani, who was assassinated in a suicide bomb attack on his daughter’s wedding party in Aibak last week. At least 21 people were killed in the assault.

As MPs returned from the 45-day break, Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said a condolence ceremony for Samangani would be held at the Eidgah Mosque in Kabul on Tuesday, July 24. He directed the relevant house panel to make the requisite arrangements.

Continued rocket and missile incursions into Kunar from Pakistani territory also figured at the session, with legislators stressing an end to the displacement of civilians and material losses resulting from the cross-border aggression.

Pakistan forces have been firing a barrage of rockets and missiles into villages on the Afghan side of the border over the past three months. Hundreds of families have been forced from homes as a result.

Last Thursday, Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf held comprehensive talks with President Karzai during his first official visit to Kabul.

At a joint press conference with Karzai, Ashraf said Pakistan and Afghanistan were two brotherly Muslim nations, with a commonality of interests and many historical bonds. At least 300 missiles were slammed into the Dangam district on Saturday, killing four people and injuring six others.

A public representative from Kabul, Alami Balkhi, deplored the incursions persisted even after the visit of the Pakistani premier. The Afghan government should take its case against the neighbour to the United Nations.

The United States had to deal with threats to Afghanistan’s defence under the Strategic Partnership Agreement, he said, explaining: “We don’t want the US to attack Pakistan. Talks could produce useful results.”

Another lawmaker from southeastern Khost province, Mirbat Khan Mangal, believed the US had not reacted to the Pakistani strikes because the Karzai administration was yet to enlist American support.

If the government in Kabul had sought its assistance, the US would have responded, he said, adding that Afghanistan should not remain silent on the cross-border attacks.

Haji Sakhi Mashwani, an MP from Kunar, said he had shared public concerns with provincial officials, but they had not received any instructions from the central government on how to deal with the attacks.

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US Abandons UN On Syria, Moves To Form Another “Coalition of the Willing”

US abandons diplomacy as way to end Syria crisis

Increasing aid to rebels to oust Assad’s regime

By Eric Schmitt and Helene Cooper

NEW YORK TIMESWASHINGTON — The Obama administration has for now abandoned efforts for a diplomatic settlement to the conflict in Syria and instead it is increasing aid to the rebels and redoubling efforts to rally a coalition of like-minded countries to forcibly bring down the government of President Bashar Assad, US officials say.

Administration officials have been in talks with officials in Turkey and Israel over how to manage a Syrian government collapse. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is headed to Israel in the next several days to meet with Israeli defense counterparts, following up on a visit last week by President Obama’s national security adviser Thomas E. Donilon, to discuss, in part, the Syrian crisis.

The administration has been holding regular talks with Israel about how it might move to destroy Syrian weapons facilities, administration officials said. The administration is not advocating such an attack, the officials said, because of the risk that it would give Assad an opportunity to rally support against Israeli interference.

The White House is now holding daily high-level meetings to discuss a broad range of contingency plans — including safeguarding Syria’s vast chemical weapons arsenal and sending explicit warnings to both warring sides to avert mass atrocities — in a sign of the escalating seriousness of the Syrian crisis following a week of intensified fighting in Damascus, the capital, and the killing of Assad’s key security aides in a bombing attack.

Administration officials insist they will not provide arms to the rebel forces. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar are already financing those efforts.

But US officials said that the United States was likely to supply some intelligence support and provide more communications training and equipment to help improve the combat effectiveness of disparate opposition forces in their widening, sustained fight against Syrian army troops.

By enhancing the command-and-control of the rebel formations, largely by improving their ability to communicate with one another and their superiors and to coordinate combat operations, US officials say they are seeking to build on and fuel the momentum of the rebels’ recent battlefield successes.

“You’ll notice in the last couple of months, the opposition has been strengthened,’’ a senior Obama administration official said Friday. ‘‘Now we’re ready to accelerate that.’’ The official said that the hope was that support for the Syrian opposition from the United States, Arab governments, and Turkey would tip the balance in the conflict.

Senior administration officials say the changes are in response to a series of setbacks at the UN Security Council, where Russia has staunchly refused to engineer the removal of Assad, as well as the turmoil that has left the Syrian government reeling, at least for the moment.

‘‘We’re looking at the controlled demolition of the Assad regime,’’ said Andrew J. Tabler, a Syria expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. ‘‘But like any controlled demolition, anything can go wrong.’’

Obama has come under criticism from some Republican hawks, who say that the United States should intervene militarily in Syria, and from the Republican presidential aspirant Mitt Romney, who has said that he would arm the Syrian opposition — a course which the administration has not taken.

Instead, Obama had been backing UN efforts and pushing Russia to join the United States in calling for Assad to step down. But Russia and China on Thursday blocked tougher UN action in the Security Council. This prompted Susan E. Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, to say that the Security Council had ‘‘utterly failed’’ Syria and to pledge that the United States will now work ‘‘with a diverse range of partners outside the Security Council’’ to pressure the Assad government.

But as last week’s unexpected turn of events indicate, planning for the end of the Assad government, which administration officials insist will happen without saying precisely when, is virtually impossible. ‘‘What is the end? That’s the dilemma,’’ said one senior defense official. ‘‘No one knows what the end is. So it’s all about mitigating the risks.’’

And the risks are legion.

The escalating violence has so far sent as many as 125,000 people fleeing across Syria’s border into neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq, according to the State Department. US officials are expressing fears that the implosion of the government could lead to a breakup of Syria, with Assad’s minority Alawite sect retreating to coastal mountain redoubts still armed with their chemical weapons.

‘‘It’s an outcome that contains the seeds of a war that never ends,’’ said Robert Malley, Middle East and North Africa program director at the International Crisis Group.

NATO Trucks Remain Stalled in Pakistan’s Southern Port

NATO Trucks Remain Stalled in Pakistan’s Southern Port

VOA

Sharon Behn

July 20, 2012

​​​KARACHI, Pakistan — Hundreds of NATO supply trucks are stuck in Pakistan’s southern port, Karachi, despite Islamabad’s decision to re-open routes to Afghanistan earlier this month.

Some trucks and drivers have been waiting for months to return to the road. Entry points to Afghanistan were closed after the United States mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in an airstrike last November.

But truck owners say they are not moving until they are compensated for the money lost during the shutdown that stranded more than 1,500 shipments on the road.

Muhammad Khan, who owns 310 trucks, said he and others deserve to get paid.

“The round figure for the 210 days that these trucks have been held up is $15 million,” said Khan.

High stakes, significant rewards

The NATO shipments are profitable for Pakistani transport companies, but the trip to Afghanistan is a dangerous one.

Israr Ahmed Shinwari, of the Pakistan Oil Tanker Owners Association, said that despite the risks, the truckers must get back on the roads.

“So far, 1,300 drivers and assistants have died. But the drivers have to go because everyone owes money on the trucks now. And security is better now,” said Shinwari.

Threats in the southwest province of Baluchistan have led Pakistan officials to provide enhanced security for NATO supply trucks crossing that area.

Some drivers are not convinced, though, that the route for the 10-day road trip is safe enough.

Driver Kabeer Ahmed, said he thinks security concerns are delaying the trucks’ movements.

“People are saying that loading has not started yet because of the Taliban and protests,” said Ahmed.

Crucial supplies, roads for NATO forces

Pakistan’s supply routes are seen as vitally important to NATO forces in Afghanistan. In Pakistan, they remain politically controversial – but not for drivers like Masood Afridi, who has made the trip to Afghanistan about 12 times.

“It’s dangerous but we have to do it, because there is no work in Pakistan. There is no money here. If the NATO supply roads are closed, there is no work, there is no money, diesel prices are going up. If they open the NATO supply, all our problems will be solved,” said Afridi.

For now, the drivers are getting their vehicles ready to go back on the road.