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Jerry Holbert

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  1. AussieDownUnder

    AussieDownUnder said, over 3 years ago

    Could trip or fall over.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    We did sell precursor chemicals to Sadam with full knowledge of what those chemicals would be used for. It’s been pretty well documented that he used chemical weapons against the Iranians and Kurds.

  3. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    Republicans just want to bomb somebody. ANYBODY.

  4. phdtogo

    phdtogo said, over 3 years ago

    Only a little better than the state-controlled media like CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and ABC, Washington Post and NY Times. Neither is serving unvarnished facts, only political slant.

  5. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    The only thing wrong here is Obama would not be mad.

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    I bet that Obama will take some sort of limited military action short of full-scale war against Syria — perhaps an air-strike — sometime within the next three months. I’m not praising or blaming, just betting.

  7. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    You have one conservative network, that all the polling agencies say is the most balanced and you have six networks, phdtogo forgot PBS, who are neither, so who is insane, when everybody is afraid of the one.

  8. californicated1

    californicated1 said, over 3 years ago

    When it comes to Syria these days, a lot of history is being ignored over here on how this situation came to be and that we Americans probably had a hand in creating this situation as it is playing out nowadays.

    It Started back in the Summer of 1990, when Saddam Hussien in neighboring Iraq wanted to raise the price of Oil to raise money for Iraq and pay off its creditors, who were calling in their loans and asking for payments, but since the price of Oil was low at the time, thanks to the fact that other OPEC nations were also in the same financial squeeze and that the Saudis and Kuwaitis were the ones insisting on flooding the market with their Oil hoping that the volume of sales would offset their shortfall in revenue.

    But Iraq had this problem where they found that no amount of Oil sold would generate the monies needed to pay off their creditors, mostly banks and governments in the US and Europe.

    So Saddam invaded Kuwait in the hopes that by controlling the oilfields here, he could also affect the supply of Oil on the world markets and drive the price up—and even had US approval to do so, through a conversation between Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz and US State Department functionary April Glaspy in April 1990, who told Aziz that the US had no interests here and would not react, which of couse did not happen that way.

    In response to the invasion, the UN called for an Embargo on Iraqi/Kuwaiti Oil and that in turn also affected Syria, because Oil from Iraqi fields in Kurdistan was travelling through pipelines in Syria to get to ports like Latakia (al-Laddiqiyah) and Antioch and the Embargo shut down that flow, which Assad’s government in Dimashq (Damascus) relied on for revenue because the transport of Iraqi Oil through Syria was taxed and at one time was the largest generation of revenue for the Syrian government.

    And since Syria also had troops in Lebanon out there fighting in what was left of that civil war, as well as had to pay for the troops facing the Israelis in the Golan Heights, along with the lavish lifestyles of Hafez al-Assad and the rest of the leadership in the Syrian government, and caring for the welfare of the Syrian people, the loss of Iraqi Oil revenue pretty much brought down the Syrian economy.

    It was hoped that after the end of “Desert Storm” in 1991 that the flow of Iraqi Oil would resume as it did before the Summer of 1990 and restore revenue to the Syrian economy, but it didn’t as one of the terms the UN forced on Iraq was the limited sale of Oil, which meant that no Oil was flowing through Syrian pipes and into Syrian ports for export to the rest of the world.

    And when the Iraqi Air Force was ordering sorties over the “no-fly zones” defying the terms of the peace deal struck in 1991, the UN continued the sanctions against Iraq, and continued the Embargo on Iraqi Oil, which also made the economic situation in Syria worse.

    By the time that Bashir al-Assad succeed his father Hafez to head the government in 2000, the economic situation was so bad that government programs had to be gutted in order for Syria to honor its military obligations to Lebanon, who have been in there since 1976 when the government that was in power at the timein Beirut invited Syrian troops in.

    The leadership in Dimashq and in the provinces weren’t going to tone down their lifestyles by a little economic setback, so a lot of welfare programs had their funding cut and like the rest of the Middle East, where it is not uncommon to have 1/4th of the workforce unemployed at any given time, and that forced even more hardship on the Syrian economy and the people and the longer it went on, the more restless and impatient the people got.

    And then came 2011 and the goings on in Tunisia, Egypt and then Libya and that Syrians were also watching these events on TV like the rest of the world was, through al-Jazeera, and some of the Syrians decided to start their own rebellion and revolution in the hopes that it will topple the Assad government and change things for the better.

    Unfortunately, things may not change for the better no matter who is in charge in Syria, because the major source of revenue for Syria originates in Iraq and as along as there is still an embargo on Iraqi Oil or no Iraqi Oil flows through Syrian pipes and on Syrian tankers, the economy in Syria will still be bad for everybody in Syria.

  9. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    The source I wanted to give you is no longer available or retitled. (CIA-Freedom of Information Act) However, from the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Second Staff Report on U.S. Chemical and Biological Warfare-Related Dual-Use Exports to Iraq and The Possible Impact on the Health Consequences of the War:

    In October 1992, the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, which has Senate oversight responsibility for the Export Administration Act (EAA), held an inquiry into the U.S. export policy to Iraq prior to the Persian Gulf War. During that hearing it was learned that U.N. inspectors identified many U.S.- manufactured items exported pursuant to licenses issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce that were used to further Iraq’s chemical and nuclear weapons development and missile delivery system development programs.

    Under findings:

    3. The United States provided the Government of Iraq with “dual use” licensed materials which assisted in the development of Iraqi chemical, biological, and missile- system programs, including:(6) chemical warfare agent precursors; chemical warfare agent production facility plans and technical drawings (provided as pesticide production facility plans); chemical warhead filling equipment; biological warfare related materials; missile fabrication equipment; and, missile-system guidance equipment.

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