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MUHAMMAD: Obama Dodges Bullet after Syria Bungle

Askia Muhammad | 9/18/2013, 3 p.m.
President Obama meets Aug. 31, 2013, in the Situation Room with his national security advisers to discuss strategy in Syria. (Pete Souza/The White House)

You see, that red line business was just a ruse in the first place, an excuse to force reluctant warrior Obama to declare war, not against America’s enemy, but Israel’s. Believe it or not, there has been a neo-conservative plan in effect for more than a decade to take down countries which Israel (and therefore the U.S.) doesn’t like.

In the Pentagon back in 2002, there was “a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years,” Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Commander told Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now!” in a 2007 interview, “starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off with Iran.” Aha!

So, red-line, bread-line, it does not matter. Any old excuse would do. The Master Plan was all that mattered, and so now, look at that list of former U.S. targets that are all failed states, with Syria about to join them.

But this time, who knows how it might have played out? So, I’m reckoning that it was not President Assad who was “saved by the bell” with this 11th hour agreement, but rather it was President Obama who was in fact “dodging a bullet” that’s been causing all the commotion lately.