A Two-President, Three-Term Policy Coup

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This YouTube has been getting some belated attention. In it, Wes Clark reveals he heard, on roughly September 21, 2001, that Bush had a plan to take out 7 countries in 5 years. Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

He told this story about 6 years later. He called it a policy coup.

That was 5 years ago. Since that time, largely in response to the Arab Spring, we “liberated” Libya. We’re preparing to (if have not already done so) arm al-Qaeda related rebels in Syria. We’re inventing reasons to sanction a Lebanese terror-related political party. We’ve been violating sanctions to wage war in Somalia, including with drones, and have fiddled with several incarnations of government. And our Iran sanctions–which are fairly clearly about regime change–are really beginning to hurt the Iranian people.

Sure, while the US has helped birth South Sudan, we didn’t overthrow it. But throw in Yemen, where we’ve hand selected the President who will be a partner in our drone strikes in his country, and we’ve been fighting in almost the same 7 countries Bush’s NeoCons picked out in their impotent response to 9/11.

Syria? Check. Lebanon? Check. Libya? Check. Somalia? Check. Sudan Yemen? Check. Iran?

The methods may be different. But I’m not sure how the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s objectives, at least, are all that different.

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bmaz No, the War in Afghanistan Did Not End https://t.co/RqcgCiLUeM
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bmaz @nancyleong Still, I see no reason couldn't try for better force guidance for lesser nonviolent crimes+petty offenses.
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bmaz @nancyleong Maybe. Also would probably often just say arresting for something more serious+depend on prosecutor to charge lower.
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bmaz @jacklgoldsmith @JamesFallows It really is a fantastic piece by Mr. Fallows.
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bmaz RT @jacklgoldsmith: Outstanding essay by @JamesFallows. "everyone 'supports' the troops but few know very much about them." http://t.co/2K
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bmaz @nancyleong Not if there was a statute specifying allowable use of force.
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JimWhiteGNV No, the War in Afghanistan Did Not End https://t.co/tlAKVIM9zL
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bmaz NFL Scouts Impressed By College Quarterback’s Ability To Elude Criminal Justice System http://t.co/oD6LyJCwOP
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bmaz RT @econjared: Without a currency chapter, the Trans-Pacific Partnership should not be ratified: http://t.co/rNGiua1iFi #TPP
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bmaz @Schmitt_ILaw @just_security @rgoodman If you changed the word "airstrikes" to "sex" you would be accepting rape. This is bogus "consent".
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bmaz @BradMossEsq Temecula is a worthless and horrid place any time of year.
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bmaz @benwizner @dangillmor @JamesFallows Seconded. Extremely good.
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