A Two-President, Three-Term Policy Coup


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 Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell are probably the only two legal "talents" that could have made Dershowitz sympathetic. https://t.co/tg7t9tkBlV
emptywheel @jonruttenberg I made a call FROM CFP and person I called used his name. @CathyGellis
bmaz @mucha_carlos @jbarro Now yer just cracking me up. We've done this before, where is the esteemed Mr. Barro. https://t.co/QUhj101xVy
emptywheel RT @ddayen: DoJ has massively expanded prosecutions for immigration violations, massively dropped them for corporate fraud https://t.co/Md0
bmaz @mucha_carlos @jbarro ....very much do not. Maybe legal whiz kid Barro can weigh in. Won't hold my breath, cause I don't think he's up to it
bmaz @mucha_carlos @jbarro That said, the Burwell case has problems on the merits I very much think unilateral Exec Action in face of Art 1 §7-8
bmaz @mucha_carlos @jbarro Yes, that ruling has been patently obvious from the get go under AZ Redistricting discussion, and frankly, long before
bmaz @mucha_carlos @jbarro No, I think under Art I Section 7, the House, alone, very arguably has its own jurisdiction+standing without Senate.
emptywheel @dandrezner Fed appointments would be damned sexy, I agree. @andersoncooper
emptywheel @dandrezner Do you even think O'Malley would be prepped to talk sanctions? "I'll do a white paper on that in 6 months." There. Sanctions.
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