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Former Pentagon Chief Gates criticizes Obama’s war policy against Syria

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Former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates criticizes Obama’s Syria policy.

Although the former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates is certainly anything else than an innocent lamb, his recent remarks at a forum in Dallas about the war policy by US President Barack Obama against the Syrian government are indeed smarter than the most statements by many current members of the U.S. administration in Washington.

The former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates said at this forum in Dallas for example, that any US-led military strike against Syria would be like throwing a gasoline on an extremely complex fire in the Middle East and this comparison by Robert Gates is certainly valid and understandable.

Not to mention that any military action against Damascus would only increase the violence in the Arab country as well as the suffering of the Syrian people. Such a US-led military strike against Syria would also have dire consequences for the entire region of the Middle East and even boost the terrorism.

The former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates held his speech at this forum in Dallas yesterday and it is to hope that there is a video of his speech on YouTube. Gates also pointed out in his speech from yesterday that the last US-led military interventions (in principle wars of aggression) in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya already showed that such military actions can lead to unintended consequences.

The former US Secretary of Defence also rejected the idea of attacking the Syrian nation in order to enforce the “red line” by U.S. President Barack Obama. Robert Gates dismissed attacking Syria in order to enforce Obamas “red line” against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. Gates said that he believes “I believe to blow a bunch of stuff up over a couple of days to underscore or validate a point or principle is not a strategy.”

As stated, Robert Gates is himself no innocent lamb and it is probably the situation that such statements are now easier for him than when was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under George H.W. Bush. So or so, the statements are valid, but the former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates deserves no honour for it, he has himself already much to answer for.

Syrian soldiers are executed by US-backed terrorists in Syria.
Syrian soldiers are executed by “selected rebel groups” in Syria.

Gates, who was also the chief of the Pentagon under Barack Obama and also under the former U.S. President George W. Bush, added in his speech at the forum in Dallas that the most recent presidents of the United States have become “too quick to reach for a gun to solve an international problem.” It is too mention, that Robert Gates was among the groups that were responsible for some of such events and some would designate these events as crimes.

The former US Secretary of Defence also hinted that the U.S. administration of President Obama sends arms to “selected” terrorist groups in Syria and that Washington should in principle push for Bashar al-Assad to be labelled a war criminal, for warrants to be issued for his arrest and for a seizure of his family’s assets abroad.

His speech in Dallas was a kind of self-adulation after his official time at the Pentagon. This is probably simply the way these former politicians and power holders act when they retire.

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  1. John McCrillis

    There seems to be a vast consperiacy to get rid of Assad. This is a very foolish endever. Assad was the first leader in the world to combat terrorism on a grand scale when he slammed the eygyptian brotherhood into the dirt with an “Iron Fist”. Remember who attacked the trade center first. No matter how many the council of over educated morons parade around for the american public all who have collaborated with Al-Quida are guilty of treason.

    • Arklight

      Hi, John. President Assad certainly recognized the dangers inherent in Muslim Brotherhood, and other such rat packs, but recall that prior to the second Gulf War there were no living al Qaeda or MB in Iraq. Saddam killed them as quickly as they popped up. Libya got bad rapped as a blood thirsty dictatorship because Colonel Gaddafi prosecuted a vigorous campaign against jihadist rats of any description, as did President Mubarak of Egypt. Syria, Egypt and Libya, as well as Syria presented a stable, secular and in some instances very prosperous State, but Libya, Iraq and Syria dumped the US dollar as the sole currency for commerce, or were in the process of doing so, which is why they became infested with rabid rats. So. Russia, Red China, India and a couple of others are prepared to drop the dollar at any time and then what? How about we declared Red China as a bloodthirsty dictatorship and bomb the livin’ sh*t out of Red China? Or, how about the same treatment for Russia? If Obama tries it, he’ll be left with this thumb up his *ss, wondering what happened. Personally, I think that almost all American politicians are ripe for a drumhead court and the gallows, but that’s just me.


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