Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Israel Took Out Syrian Nuclear Base Circa 2007

Believe It or Not, Syria Could Be In Even Worse Shape

Syria is a bloody mess. Its cities lie in ruins. Its antiquities have been destroyed. And the Syrian leader continues to kill his own people. The death toll may be as high as a half million people. Some 10 million Syrians have been displaced. Reporters working there have described it as hell on earth and the images they've provided support their portrayal.

It's hard to imagine how things could be ghastlier. And yet, if not for a stealth nighttime attack a decade ago, the situation today would almost certainly have been worse. Syria might well have been a young nuclear power.

On Sept. 6, 2007, Israeli fighter jets screamed through the skies of western Syria to drop their payloads on the al-Kibar nuclear facility and end, at least temporarily, the secret nuclear program of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. The buildings that housed Syria's budding nuclear efforts, unknown to the world, had been the focus of a mad, behind-the-scenes diplomatic scramble for several months, as the Israelis tried to enlist U.S. support for the pre-emptive strike.

INTELLECTUALS by Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson's masterpiece of the underappreciated angle of history - the self-appointed "experts" who worm their way into setting the debate - always with disastrous results.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Syria And Iraq's Chemical Weapons

The "Bush Lied" talking point was never credible, and now it appears some of the N-B-C weaponry Iraq built and then shipped out to avoid discovery is now being used by Syria.

The State Department Knew a Year Ago That Syria Likely Still Had Chemical Weapons

Obama just keeps getting exposed as worse and worse

Despite repeated public pronouncements from President Obama, Susan Rice, and others in the Obama administration that a 2013 deal with Russia and Syria had eliminated Syria's declared chemical weapons program, the evidence from continued attacks increasingly and overwhelmingly contradicts this assertion. As recently as Jan. 16, former national security advisor Susan Rice told NPR in an interview, We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.

Rice's statement is being roundly mocked in light of last week's chemical attack in Idlib province. But a year-old report released by the Obama administration's own State Department, which received little attention at the time, also undermines the claims regarding the success of the 2013 deal. The April 2016 report, titled Compliance With the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction Condition 10(C) Report, was not limited to Syria, but also covered Iran, Iraq, and Russia, which may explain why it was underreported. The report's section on Syria specifically, however, is fairly devastating to the Obama administration's case.

Related to all this is this look by Victor Hanson at the bizarre qualities involved in Syria.

Monday, April 03, 2017

The PLO's Balfour Fraud

The Palestinian Authority pushes a myth about the Balfour Declaration to justify continuing hatred of Israel. The record as usual proves the Arabs are the enemy here.

EPA's Unreliable Self-Analysis

Ten problems are shown when the EPA is asked to justify its Clean Power Plan. We also get a look at the flawed models used to justify the myth of global warming.

Debunking The Fascism As Right Wing Myth

Attacks on Donald Trump as another Adolf Hitler show stupidity and laziness, and also trivialize Naziism; also worth attacking is the myth that Naziism/Fascism was in some way a "right wing" ideology - in sober reality fascism was a left-wing belief system, an advocate of state intervention in the economy and the kind of social welfare that in the West is personified by the multi-trillion dollar bankrupcies of public pensions and the overall entitlement state. Shari Berman, in trying to portray fascism as a right-wing ideology, inadvertently shows it was the opposite.

Finding Victims for Trump Budget Cuts

The Mainstream Media goes looking for "victims" of Donald Trump budget cuts

Equal Payday And Ignoring The Market

Equal Pay Day is celebrated as a way to push the myth that women are shafted out of salary earnings. Market reality as usual proves the opposite.