Obama: Judge, Jury, Executioner.
"Obama recommitted America to war in Afghanistan for the sake of prestige, political reputation, and our vaunted “credibility.” Those are the same reasons the Vietnam War carried on for so long. They are the same reasons the Afghan war will go on past our supposed 2014 withdrawal date. And they are the same reasons we are being set up for another debacle in Syria." - John Glaser, "War for Political Prestige: Lost Causes in Syria and Afghanistan" AntiWar.com, August 28, 2013.
"Obama is already breaking the UN charter by shipping arms to rebels, by training them, and by introducing covert CIA and mercenary operatives into Syria. He has already made the US an outlaw nation. Perhaps having already crossed the Rubicon of illegality, he doesn’t care if he advances further into that territory. Perhaps he feels that he can sell an aggressive attack on Syria on the basis of its being defensive and his being in the right. But since America is not threatened, there is no such rationale on the basis of defense possible." - Michael S. Rozeff, "How Will White House Find Legal Grounds to Bomb Syria?" LewRockwell.com, August 28, 2013.
"Make no mistake, U.S. military action against Syria will be fragrantly illegal (not that President Obama’s senior advisors, most members of Congress, or much of the American public will care). Nevertheless, the Obama administration is gearing up for precisely such action—and for entirely self-generated reasons. It was Obama who declared that Assad “must go.” It was Obama who declared that chemical weapons use was a “red line.” It was Obama who put himself in a position where he can’t entertain the possibility that Syrian oppositionists used chemical weapons, because that would destroy his administration’s Syria policy. And because Obama took these ill-considered and illegal positions, he must now use American military power to preserve his “credibility.”" - Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, "Obama’s Looming War of Aggression in Syria and the Pathologies of America’s Iran Debate" GoingToTehran.com, August 27, 2013.
"Since 2011, the West has feigned indecision over whether to support the "rebels" or not. In reality, it has been sending untold of millions in cash and literally thousands of tons of weaponry into the country along side thousands of foreign fighters drawn from extremist circles run by US-Saudi-Israeli intelligence networks.
It was the West, on record, that engineered the staggering civilian death toll it is now attempting to use as a pretext for further bloodshed. With public support at an unprecedented low, a mere 9%, the West has clearly exhausted its legitimacy and has entered into uncharted, desperate and very dangerous waters, bringing with them their war-weary populations, their decimated and crumbling economies, and their various shareholders, who if were wise, would begin searching for either the brakes or the exits." - Tony Cartalucci, "Remember Curveball: Dangerous, Familiar Twaddle Precedes US Military Assault on Syria" ActivistPost.com, August 28, 2013.
"Assume, however, that the Assad regime used chemical weapons. The best U.S. response would be no response. First, President Barack Obama has no legal authority to strike Syria, absent an imminent threat, without congressional approval. Second, the use of chemical weapons does not justify war. Syria is not a party to the claimed “international consensus” against chemical weapons, having never joined the Chemical Weapons Convention. Secretary of State John Kerry called chemical weapons “the world’s most heinous weapons.”
Actually, nuclear weapons, of which America has the largest arsenal, are far more destructive and barbaric." - Doug Bandow, "America's Syria Folly" TheNationalInterest.com, August 29, 2013.