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“The United States is being sucked into a new Middle East war,” says The New York Times. And the Times has it exactly right.

Despite repeated pledges not to put “boots on the ground” in Syria, President Obama is inserting 50 U.S. special ops troops into that country, with more to follow.

U.S. A-10 “warthog” attack planes have been moved into Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, close to Syria.

Hillary Clinton, who has called for arming Syrian rebels to bring down Bashar Assad, is urging Obama to establish a no-fly zone inside Syria.

Citing Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, John McCain is calling for a no-fly zone and a safe zone in Syria, to be policed by U.S. air power.

“How many men, women and children,” McCain asks, “are we willing to watch being slaughtered by the Russians and Bashar al-Assad?”

Yet, if we put U.S. forces onto sovereign Syrian territory, against the will and resistance of that government, that is an act of war.

Would we tolerate Mexican troops in Texas to protect their citizens inside our country? Would we, in the Cold War, have tolerated Russians in Cuba telling us they were establishing a no-fly zone for all U.S. warplanes over the Florida Strait and Florida Keys?

Obama has begun an escalation into Syria’s civil war, and not only against ISIS and the al-Nusra Front, but against Syria’s armed forces.

Mission creep has begun. The tripwire is being put down. Yet, who authorized Obama to take us into this war? The Russians and Iranians are in Syria at the invitation of the government. But Obama has no authorization from Congress to put combat troops into Syria.

Neither the al-Nusra Front nor ISIS has an air force. Against whom, then, is this Clinton-McCain no fly-zone directed, if not Syrian and Russian warplanes and helicopters?

Is America really prepared to order the shooting down of Russian warplanes and the killing of Russian pilots operating inside Syria with the approval of the Syrian government?

In deepening America’s involvement and risking a clash with Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces, Obama is contemptuously ignoring a Congress that has never authorized the use of military force against the Damascus regime.

Congress’ meek acquiescence in being stripped of its war powers is astonishing. Weren’t these the Republicans who were going to Washington to “stand up to Obama”?

Coming after Congress voted for “fast track,” i.e., to surrender its constitutional right to amend trade treaties, the capitulations of 2015 rank as milestones in the long decline into irrelevance of the U.S. Congress. Yet in the Constitution, Congress is still the first branch of the U.S. government.

Has anyone thought through to where this U.S. intervention can lead?

This weekend, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regained full control of the parliament in a “khaki election” it called after renewing its war on the Kurdish PKK in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq.

ORDER IT NOW

Erdogan regards the PKK as a terror group. As do we. But Erdogan also considers Syria’s Kurdish fighters, the YPG, to be terrorists. And Ankara has warned that if the YPG occupies more territory along the Syrian-Turkish border, west of the Euphrates, Turkey will attack.

Why should this concern us?

Not only do we not regard the YPG as terrorists, they are the fighting allies we assisted in the recapture of Kobani. And the U.S. hopes Syria’s Kurds will serve as the spear point of the campaign to retake Raqqa, the ISIS capital in Syria, which is only a few dozen miles south of YPG lines.

Should the YPG help to defeat ISIS and become the dominant power in northern Syria, the more dangerous they will appear to Erdogan, and the more problems that will create between the Turkish president and his NATO ally, the United States.

Not only does a Congressional debate on an authorization to use military force appear constitutionally mandated before we intervene in Syria, but the debate itself on an AUMF might induce a measure of caution before we plunge into yet another Middle East quagmire.

When Saddam fell, we got civil war, ISIS in Anbar, and a fractured and failed state with hundreds dying every week.

And, as of today, no one knows with certitude who rises if Assad falls.

The leading candidates are Jabhat al-Nusra, the front for an al-Qaida that brought down the twin towers, and the butchers of ISIS, who captured another town on the Damascus road this weekend.

Monday, The Wall Street Journal wrote that Erdogan’s regrettable victory is “a reminder of what happens when America’s refusal to act to stop chaos in places like Syria frightens allies into making unpalatable choices.”

Now there’s an argument for America’s plunging into Syria: Send our troops to fight and die in multisided civil war that has cost 250,000 lives, so Turks will feel reassured enough they won’t vote for “strongmen” like Erdogan.

America needs an America First movement.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

 
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  1. Realist says:

    “Yet, if we put U.S. forces onto sovereign Syrian territory, against the will and resistance of that government, that is an act of war.”

    That’s what hegemony is all about.

    “Weren’t these the Republicans who were going to Washington to “stand up to Obama”?”

    Not against the wishes of the Israeli government. The Republican Congress is an Israeli sycophant, as are most of the Democrats.

  2. David says:

    Two columns ago, Mr Buchanan, for whom I would fetch water from the well of Bethlehem, put cold-warriorism ahead of the preamble to the US Constitution as a “cause” for Americans to unite around. But good news, today he wants an America-First movement. Welcome back, Mr Buchanan.

  3. Only Americans can save America and here’s a hint, the threat is from within not without. There was a coup back in ’63 and having never rooted out the culprits the infection has spread. “Dumb Yanks” had it so good that all that was needed to smooth things over was a good dose of cognitive dissonance, same goes for the Reichstag Fire that was 9/11. So much has been swept under the rug that an accident is sure to happen, maybe the next false flag will be nuclear.

    In The Art of War, Sun Tsu made it clear that war can be the death of a nation and should be avoided whenever possible. A wise leader conserves his military strength. Does that sound like America? He goes on to state that when war is unavoidable there are five criteria deemed essential for success. By my reckoning wars like Afghanistan and Iraq only meet at best two of the five, hence the evident failures. The conclusion is that when less than all of the five are present the war must be swift and decisive or corruption will thrive, finances will soar out of control, the people will suffer causing anger towards the leadership and the nation itself will be imperilled. It’s not hard to recognise this reality yet the traitorous swine responsible for this state of affairs remain at large and in positions of influence and time is running out.

    The US needs to clean out it’s own garbage and see to it’s own affairs (America First) and realise than nobody including Russia and China will invade the USA, ever. Why would they? It’s for sale and cheap. I lived in the US for a long time and left once I smelled the coffee, I plan to never return.
    Post 9/11 it is NOT the land of the free nor the home of the brave.

    The gods of America plan to use it just as a parasite uses a host and then it will be killed off (Deflated to third world ranking) after the military might has been used to create a New World Order. Yanks will soon be mere serfs in a feudal nightmare. Only Americans can stop it but I doubt that it will happen, in which case, que sera.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  4. Jim says:

    It’s long past time to stop pretending that the US Constitution is anything other than a historical relic.

  5. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says: • Website

    “Yet, who authorized Obama to take us into this war?”

    Jews.

    “Weren’t these the Republicans who were going to Washington to ‘stand up to Obama’?”

    Not when he is serving the Jews.

    GOP didn’t stand up against ‘gay marriage’ either.

    Why not?

    Jews wanted it.

    If Jews want, Jews get.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  6. @NoseytheDuke

    we could all discover our long-lost Jewish roots and move to Israel.

  7. I understand what Washington is trying to do, and, in the larger scheme of things, trying to conquer the world is more or less fair game; but this is not the way. It’s not working and it’s too dangerous. It is not wise to go around sponsoring Nazi psychos and terrorist-cannibals. Creating Frankenstein monsters leads to blowback.
    Besides, the strategy the Neocons have implemented is not working on a purely pragmatic level. The coup in Kiev accomplished the impossible – it handed Crimea back to Russia on a silver platter. The actions across the Middle East have ruined the entire region, and created all sorts of long-term problems.

    The Neocons are not merely malicious, lying, hypocritical, and downright evil. They are also incompetent from a pragmatic point of view.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  8. Mulegino1 says:

    So Hillary is urging Obama to establish a “No-Fly Zone” in Syria. Can she really be that ignorant? Apparently so, as she appears to be completely oblivious to the fact that Russia has already established a “No-Fly Zone” in Syria, and for the U.S. to attempt to do so would result in a shooting war with Russia. The lack of perspicacity and the ignorance of the mediocre, yet bloodthirsty Mrs. Clinton is no doubt a symptom of the collective insanity which seems to have taken a hold of the Washingtonian elite, thereby calling to mind those famous words of Euripides: “Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”

  9. “Would we tolerate Mexican troops in Texas to protect their citizens inside our country? ”

    I wouldn’t bet against it.

    Why would anyone expect Ryan or the Republicans in Congress to act in the best interests of the U.S., or to uphold the Constitution? When do they do either? The corruption is so obvious that you have to ask if they are being paid or blackmailed.

    America needs a nationalist movement and a movement to harshly punish government corruption and a better definition of treason, so we can hold our politicians accountable for their treasonous actions.

    • Replies: @Realist
  10. Rehmat says:

    Obama is using the 50 Marines as guinea pigs to save the rebels who are on the run to Turkey and Israel. Both Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain are voices of Israel. They want to create a new war between Russia and Turkey in order to destroy another Muslim nation.

    Israel just punished Putin by killing 224 Russians in the air over Sinai Peninsula.

    http://rehmat1.com/2015/11/01/did-israel-just-shot-down-a-russian-passenger-plane/

  11. @jimbojones

    Neocons are only incompetent by your thinking but by theirs they are very successful. The actual goal is chaos, everywhere. Then the true NWO can be constructed amid the ruins with the approval/submission of all.

    Before you can build a new house the old one must be torn down and all that remains of it removed. Simple as. Has anyone here watched the doco The Esoteric Agenda? Interesting.

    Blaming Jews en mass doesn’t help even though many support what they don’t understand. The irony is that the crazies are likely at some point to foster anti-semitism in the US to encourage them to move to Israel where they will never have what they have in the US now.

    Know your enemy. Many Jews do not support this madness so to lump them all together just makes the situation more intractable. Jews don’t all think alike and never have, like everyone they can be easily manipulated. The people who are undermining the US are not in hiding but out in the open confident that Americans are too stupid and timorous to oppose them in meaningful ways. Hint, it’s not the Russians or Chinese. I would say that Britain and Israel are the nations that are the most harmful to the US.

    A counter-offensive to re-infiltrate the US military and law enforcement bodies would be one place to start the clear out. I’ve never experienced such rabid anti-Americanism around the world as exists now and it will likely end in tears. Good luck y’all.

  12. Corvinus says:

    Finally, Mr. Buchanan gets something right. I can’t say that, however, for Realist and NoseyTheDuke.

    “The Republican Congress is an Israeli sycophant, as are most of the Democrats.”

    Could we please just drop the da Joos is behind everything meme? Just because you think this is the case does not make it necessarily accurate.

    “So much has been swept under the rug that an accident is sure to happen, maybe the next false flag will be nuclear.”

    And, right on cue, we have our resident political analyst claiming “false flag”.

    “I lived in the US for a long time and left once I smelled the coffee, I plan to never return.”

    Would this be considered “cleaning out it’s own garbage”?

    “…after the military might has been used to create a New World Order.”

    There it is, folks, the trifecta.

    “America needs a nationalist movement and a movement to harshly punish government corruption and a better definition of treason, so we can hold our politicians accountable for their treasonous actions.”

    Ok, Todd, I imagine you are front and center, right?

    “I’ve never experienced such rabid anti-Americanism around the world as exists now and it will likely end in tears.”

    Likely, or possibly, or maybe, or perhaps. In other words, you really don’t know. It’s all speculation.

  13. Realist says:
    @OilcanFloyd

    “Why would anyone expect Ryan or the Republicans in Congress to act in the best interests of the U.S., or to uphold the Constitution? When do they do either? The corruption is so obvious that you have to ask if they are being paid or blackmailed.”

    If they want money to get elected they better do as they are told.

  14. “The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” J. Edgar Hoover.

    Two lumps of cognitive dissonance with your coffee Bat Boy?

  15. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    What is so important about Syria to these people that it seems to have become such an obsession that they can’t let go of it? Sure, they have some master plan of eventually encircling and toppling Iran but these things have a way of not working out according to script. Perhaps it would be better for all concerned to leave others alone and give the suffering people of Syria some relief.
    These warmongers no longer even seem rational. They’ll drag us all to misfortune and disaster. When did the US become the owner of the planet anyway? Having a policy of doing what’s good for America first, trade and business with all but entanglement with few, sounds really good right now.

  16. “Ok, Todd, I imagine you are front and center, right?”

    What would be best for the nation, and what most people who see the problems can personally do are two completely different things, as you obviously know. However, I would work the gallows or guillotine if given the opportunity. I guess you think everything’s hunky-dory?

  17. Rehmat says:

    Pat Buchanan who was hanged on cross by the Organized Jewry for authoring the book, ‘Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2015?” know who is the ‘Elephant in the White House. Though he is a known Islamphobe, he is against US invading Syria or Iran. Not long ago, Buchanan claimed that Israel is a greater threat to America’s security than Iran.

    For his anti-Israel outbursts, Buchanan was fired by MSNBC three years ago.

    http://rehmat1.com/2012/02/29/why-msnbc-fired-pat-buchanan/

  18. nickels says:

    America will fall. Its our turn for 70 years of communism.
    We deserve it considering how far we have strayed.
    A pointless war will help destabilize us so revolution can take hold.

    We should have listened to Isaiah.

  19. Corvinus says:

    “What would be best for the nation, and what most people who see the problems can personally do are two completely different things, as you obviously know. However, I would work the gallows or guillotine if given the opportunity. I guess you think everything’s hunky-dory?”

    No, Todd, things aren’t “hunky-dory”, but they aren’t close to this “oblivion” that some posters here claim.

    Now, working the gallows is cowardly. Participating as a soldier, as in actually fighting in this impending “race war”, is what I meant by “front and center”. What say you?

    “America will fall. Its our turn for 70 years of communism. We deserve it considering how far we have strayed. A pointless war will help destabilize us so revolution can take hold.”

    Ok, nickels, are you ready to lead this “revolution”?

    • Replies: @OilcanFloyd
  20. pyrrhus says:

    Our leaders (and McCain) have apparently gone insane, while the Republicans have gone zombie… wake up America, our your future may be “all used up”…

  21. Rurik says:
    @Priss Factor

    “Yet, who authorized Obama to take us into this war?”

    Jews.

    : )

    that’s something I suspect Pat has known his entire adult life

    but unlike you, he can’t say it

  22. @Corvinus

    “No, Todd, things aren’t “hunky-dory”, but they aren’t close to this “oblivion” that some posters here claim.

    Now, working the gallows is cowardly. Participating as a soldier, as in actually fighting in this impending “race war”, is what I meant by “front and center”. What say you?”

    You know very well that there is not much that the average American can do to oppose the system. Guerrilla warfare could possibly be effective in a much weaker America, but that’s not happening now. The best that could happen is if one segment of the system turned on the corrupt part, and rooted out the traitors and the corrupt and punished them severely. Being an average American, I’d still be on the sidelines. Punishing the corrupt and treasonous isn’t cowardly.

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