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Kerry: If Ceasefire Fails, Partition of Syria is ‘Plan B’

by Jason Ditz

Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested the latest push for a ceasefire in Syria could amount to the last chance for one, and suggested that the US would see a partition of the country as “plan B.”

Kerry didn’t offer any details on how this would work, of course, but that fact that the US is mentioning partition at all is a huge step, as the US has fiercely resisted similar considerations in neighboring Iraq, which itself is facing a near identical war with many of the same combatants.

Kerry said if the ceasefire didn’t get into place, it would soon be “too late” to allow Syria to remain whole, and that the partition of the country could form an “eventual solution” to the civil war, which has raged for the past five years.

Though a de facto partition has existed in Syria for months now, with fighting along the margins, it’s unfathomable that the international community could recognize it as a de jure separation so long as ISIS controls around half of the country, and al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front has its own contiguous statelet in the north.

Though “partition” is meant to suggest a split on government-rebel lines, the reality is the rebels don’t hold enough territory to be a country, and the partition would amount to a recognition of the ISIS caliphate as a state of its own.

Kerry: US Not Seeking Regime Change in Syria

by Jason Ditz

During his visit to Moscow, Secretary of State John Kerry talked at length with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and came out of those talks with a shocking declaration that “the United States and its partners are not seeking regime change in Syria.”

The declaration is not only bizarre, in that many of America’s “partners” in Syria are rebel factions formed explicitly to oust the government, but because Kerry himself, as well as other high-ranking US officials, have been openly demanding unconditional regime change for several years now.

Kerry went into his Moscow visit saying Assad’s future would be a topic of discussion with Russian officials, which itself raised eyebrows since US officials have long insisted Assad has no future. Kerry doubled down on this, however, insisting that the US and Russia see Syria’s future fundamentally the same way.

Russian officials have been much more forthcoming about their specific view of Syria’s future than the US previously has, offering proposals for a settlement between Assad and secular rebels leading to the drafting of a new constitution and free elections. The US had previously been seen objecting to that plan on the grounds that it didn’t rule out Assad and other key government officials participating in future elections, with Russia has long maintained they don’t want to dictate who is allowed to run.

The US has previously had officials hint that their stance on Syria could change, but this is the first time such a high-profile official has openly renounced regime change. That it was Kerry is particularly noteworthy since Kerry led the failed 2013 effort to get Congress to approve of a US invasion to impose regime change there, repeatedly likening Assad to Hitler during the effort

TransCanada Seeks to Suspend Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal

The Canadian corporation responsible for the Keystone XL pipeline has asked the U.S. government to temporarily suspend the review process for the controversial project.

The Keystone XL pipeline was dealt a blow earlier this year when President Obama vetoed legislation that had been approved by Congress. The Senate later failed to override the veto in March. The pipeline would transport oil from Canada’s tar sands to pipelines in refineries in Houston and other locations on the Gulf of Mexico.

[RELATED: Sioux Tribal Leader Calls Keystone XL Pipeline an Act of War]

On Monday, TransCanada Corp sent the US. Department of State a letter asking for a delayed review. TransCanada may have sought a delay rather than an outright rejection from the Obama administration. The State Department told Reuters it had received the letter from TransCanada but the review would continue for now.

Mark Cooper, a TransCanada spokesman, said that TransCanada was not interested in speculating on what decision might be made. If the Obama administration halts the review process, the next U.S. president would be responsible for the future of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The pipeline has been resisted by landowners in Nebraska, as well as indigenous communities in Alberta, Canada. Critics also say the pipeline’s purported increasing of jobs is false. There have also been disputes over official documents related to the permitting of the pipeline.

In early July, Truth In Media reported that Secretary of State John Kerry was issued a subpoena seeking the release of all “reports, recommendations, letters and comments received by the State Department from the advising agencies pursuant to Executive Order 13337 regarding the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.”

[Read more: Secretary of State John Kerry Subpoenaed Over Keystone Pipeline Documents]

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters February 24th and June 15th attempting to get the same documents, but the State Department has refused to release the reports.

In a statement accompanying the subpoena, Commitee Chairman Jason Chaffetz stated that the State Department has been “uncooperative” and “shown an unwillingness to recognize the Committee’s legitimate interest in obtaining information.”

Stay tuned to Truth In Media for updates on this developing situation.

Sec. Kerry: We Don’t Want Netanyahu’s Visit Turned into “Political Football”

House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress about nuclear negotiations with Iran has created controversy, due to the fact that it was extended without the knowledge of the White House. Despite the lack of protocol, Netanyahu’s speech is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, and he said that the White House does not want to see Netanyahu’s visit turned into “some great political football.”

While Kerry said that Netanyahu is welcome to speak in the United States, he admitted that the fact that the negotiations surrounding the visit went through the speaker of the House, instead of the White House was odd.

We don’t want to see this turned into some great political football,” Kerry said. “Obviously, it was odd, if not unique, that we learned of it from the speaker of the House and that an administration was not included in this process.”

Kerry maintained that the Obama administration was “not seeking to politicize” Netanyahu’s visit, and claimed that the U.S. and Israel have the same goal in mind, which is trying to “prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”

Regarding comments from Iran about whether Netanyahu’s speech serves Iran’s interests, Kerry said he is not going to play the game of “walking into a debate about Iranian propaganda with respect to this visit,” and he emphasized the “unparalleled close security relationship” the U.S. has with Israel.

On Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner appeared on CBS’s Face The Nation. Although he was the one who invited Netanyahu to address Congress without notifying the White House, Boehner claimed that it is the White House’s response that has hurt relations between the U.S. and Israel.

What I do wonder is why the White House feels threatened because the Congress wants to support Israel and wants to hear what a trusted ally has to say,” Boehner said. “It has been, frankly, remarkable to me to – the extent to which, over the last five or six weeks, the White House has attacked the prime minister, attacked me for wanting to hear from one of our closest allies.”

On Saturday, Politico reported that the number of Democrats who have pledged to boycott Netanyahu’s speech has risen to 30, with many of the members coming from the Congressional Black Caucus and claiming that Netanyahu’s visit without Obama’s consent is both an insult and a breach of protocol.

Hagel Doubts State Dept Claim of 6,000 ISIS Killed

Kerry: ISIS Momentum ‘Halted or Reversed’

by Jason Ditz, January 22, 2015

The State Department’s key talking point on the ISIS war today is that everything is going swimmingly. Secretary of State John Kerry declared ISIS’s momentum “decisively halted” while other officials bragged of 6,000 ISIS fighters, and half of the ISIS leadership, killed in their air war.

The State Department was claiming the death toll was based on a private tally kept by Centcom, though Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressed serious doubt about the figure.

“We do know that thousands of ISIS fighters have been killed, and we do know that some of ISIS’s leadership have been killed,” Hagel said, saying he hadn’t seen any verification of exact numbers on either.

Hagel also insisted that numbers of people killed was not “the measurement” by which the war should be judged, noting that in the Vietnam War there were big body counts every day.

Senate Report on Torture Won’t Use Word “Torture”

The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to release the highly controversial CIA “torture” report on Tuesday, and government officials are predicting widespread violence overseas as a result.

Citing these security concerns, some in the Obama administration are reportedly trying to stall the documents release. The 6,000 page report has been heavily redacted and sanitized. Even then, only a 480 page summary, again heavily redacted, will be released. Most interesting, this report, which took 3 years to compile and has cost taxpayers over $40 million dollars will reportedly not use the word “torture”.

In the video below, Ben Swann interviews RT’s Gayane Chichakyan about claims that Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t ask Sen. Dianne Feinstein for a delay in the release, he was only talking about timing and implications.

U.S. Officials Fear Sanitized, Heavily Redacted Release of Senate Torture Report

The United States Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing to release a condensed, redacted version of the report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture methods that were used on al-Qaida hostages following the terror attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

CBS News reported that the findings from the documents show that the CIA “routinely went beyond what was legally allowable in using techniques, including waterboarding, to get information from terrorism suspects,” which were not effective, and that the agency “systematically lied to itself, to the White House, the Department of Justice, and to Congress about how well it worked to keep it going.”

According to The Guardian, the report will be “in the form of a 480-page executive summary,” which is just a portion of the 6,200-page report compiled by Democrats on the committee, who spent six years “reviewing millions of secret CIA documents.”

VICE News reported that on Thursday, the Department of Justice “provided the first official confirmation” that the redacted report might be released as early as Tuesday.

According to The Atlantic, the report was “only approved by the committee’s Democrats,” while Republicans on the committee “plan to release their own report.”

On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry reached out to Dianne Feinstein, a Senator from California, and the chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, and asked her to delay the release of the report. During the phone call, Kerry expressed concern about the release causing complications in the U.S.’s relationship with foreign countries.

An anonymous administration official told Bloomberg View that in Kerry’s conversation with Feinstein, his main concern was the timing of the release.

What he raised was timing of report release, because a lot is going on in the world,” said the official, who went on to explain that Kerry wanted “to make sure foreign policy implications were being appropriately factored into timing.”

On Sunday, Michael Hayden, the Director of the CIA from 2006 to 2009, appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation with a similar warning. Hayden said that the torture report contained false information, and if released, it could be used against U.S. citizens in foreign countries.

First of all, the CIA workforce will feel as if it has been tried and convicted in absentia since the Senate Democrats and their staff didn’t talk to anyone actively involved in the program,” said Hayden. “Second, this will be used by our enemies to motivate people to attack Americans and American facilities overseas.”

Hayden also claimed that there were “countries out there” who have cooperated with the U.S. thus far on its “war on terror,” and who are “relying on American discretion.”

At a news conference in August, President Obama acknowledged that the U.S. had crossed the line following the terror attacks on 9/11.

We tortured some folks,” said Obama. “When we engaged in some of these enhanced interrogation techniques, techniques that I believe and I think any fair-minded person would believe were torture, we crossed a line.

VIDEO: Rand Paul takes Sec. John Kerry to task on ISIS

WASHINGTON D.C., September 18, 2014 – On Wednesday, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) took Secretary of State John Kerry to task over the U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS.

Paul expressed disappointment with the Obama administration’s decision to bypass Congress in authorizing airstrikes in Syria, and blasted the administration’s attempt to employ the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force as an authorization for the President’s actions.

Paul stated, “The Constitution is very clear. It gave the power to declare war to Congress.” Paul went on to state, “What you are doing now is illegal and unconstitutional”.

You can watch the full video of Senator Paul’s statement here:

 

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John Kerry: Global Warming Possibly World’s Most Dangerous “Weapon Of Mass Destruction”

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US Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that climate change is as big a threat as terrorism.

Speaking to students in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kerry said, “Think about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It doesn’t keep us safe if the United States secures its nuclear arsenal while other countries fail to prevent theirs from falling into the hands of terrorists. The bottom line is this: it is the same thing with climate change.”

He continued, “The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”

Telling the students that climate change is a threat to their survival, Kerry said, “This city, this country, this region, is really on the front lines of climate change. It’s not an exaggeration to say that your entire way of life here is at risk. In a sense, climate change can now be considered the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even, the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

Kerry gave the speech while on tour in Asia — he stopped in three countries.

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McCain, Graham & Boehner Stand With Obama On Syrian Attack

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This Labor Day weekend played host to a meeting between John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and President Obama at the White House. Obama is seeking help from the two unpopular republican senators in an attempt  to rally Congress to vote for a Syrian attack.

McCain suggested to Obama that they must embolden the Free Syrian Army, which has direct ties to Al Qaeda, so that they may prevail over Syria’s President Assad. “It is my hope that even a limited military strike can degrade Assad’s ability to project force, particularly using chemical weapons,” said Graham.  Graham continues, “There seems to be a pretty solid plan from this administration to upgrade the opposition.”

According to an unrelated statement by Harry Reid, John McCain can get the job done in the Senate:

“See I don’t need a lot of Republicans to help me. And that’s why I so admire John McCain. John McCain and I came to the House together 31 years ago. We came to the Senate together at the same time. He and I have fought over the years but we’re also very very good, good friends. And he broke away from the pack. So, he doesn’t control the Republican caucus but he controls probably 10 people there. That’s all I need.”

If Congress is to block a strike on Syria it will almost certainly have to come from the House. However, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) are now at Obama’s side after a meeting today. Regardless of how Congress votes, a Syrian war may be inevitable. Secretary of State John Kerry says that Obama has already made up his mind. When asked if Obama would still strike Syria if Congress voted against intervention- Kerry refused to answer.

John Kerry’s War: Syrian Strike Means Big Money for Lawmakers

The Department of Defense’s missile and munitions budget is $9.2 billion so a missile strike on Syria means a big payout for defense companies like Raytheon and Boeing.

According to DefenseNews.com, the planned Syria strike wouldn’t be cheap. “A cruise missile strike against Syria could cost the Pentagon hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons,” according to experts and government documents.
A report by the Department of Defense states that the unit cost of a Tomahawk tactical missile costs $1.5 million.

Barack Obama, the Nobel Peace prize winning president just added the Syrian people to his kill list this summer and it is a defense contractor’s dream come true. Wall Street has rewarded their lobbying efforts with a positive uptick.

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For example, according to Reuters, Raytheon generates more of its revenues overseas than any other large U.S. weapons maker. It has forecast a 20-percent increase in foreign bookings in 2013.

Congress loves the defense industry too because of their lobbying efforts and campaign contributions.

The defense sector’s biggest companies include Center for Responsive Politics “Heavy Hitters” Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Dynamics, as well as Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

One of the major recipients of the defense sector campaign contributions went to Sen. John Kerry (D) who was confirmed Secretary of State on Jan 29, 2013.

Recently, Kerry went to the Middle East and praised a $2.1 billion Raytheon deal in Oman.

Kerry thanked them for their decision to buy the ground-based air defense system from the Massachusetts company. “We’re very excited about that and very grateful for your confidence in Raytheon,” Kerry said.

According to Reuters, “an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the $2.1 billion deal included these elements – which are being funded with the help of U.S. government financing – as well as other items that Oman is buying directly from the arms maker.”

On January 8, 2013, Kerry pledged to sell stocks that would be considered a conflict of interest. This included his Raytheon stock. See document

However, according to Legistorm.com, Kerry’s most recent statement does not list Raytheon shares as being sold according to the February 8, 2013 financial disclosure. See document here.

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) certifies that government officials comply with these pledges, however, no report on Kerry has been published on their website. No one from the OGE has responded to our request as of this publication to show proof that he sold those particular stocks.

The Middle East crisis means lucrative business opportunities for defense contractors, and the demand never seems to end.

The U.S. taxpayer gives $50 billion dollars to foreign aid a year and most of this goes into the pockets of defense contractors who in return fund both political Parties in America through aggressive lobbying efforts.

For the rest of world, the real “shock and awe” is observing the indifference of Americans who lack the courage and political will to end this vicious cycle.

Sec. of State John Kerry Wrong About Syrian Weapons Claim

The claims made by Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday have been reported by many media outlets. Virtually none though are challenging the claims made by Sec. Kerry to the nation. Claims that are false.

Kerry, gave prepared remarks on Monday, explaining why the Obama Administration believes they must intervene in Syria. Kerry referenced the use of chemical weapons calling the use “a moral obscenity”, “inexcusable” and “undeniable”.

“What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality. Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard it is inexcusable, and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable.” said Sec. of State Kerry

The Secretary of State went on to say “I also want to underscore that while investigators are gathering additional evidence on the ground, our understanding of what has already happened in Syria is grounded in facts informed by conscience and guided by common sense.”

So to be clear, Sec. Kerry says that even though U.N. investigators had only been on the scene less than 24 hours, the Administration’s collective mind has been made up. Chemical weapons were used. What’s more, the use of those weapons, Kerry says can be traced back only to the Syrian government.

“Moreover, we know that the Syrian regime maintains custody of these chemical weapons. We know that the Syrian regime has the capacity to do this with rockets. We know that the regime has been determined to clear the opposition from those very places where the attacks took place. And with our own eyes, we have all of us become witnesses.

We have additional information about this attack, and that information is being compiled and reviewed together with our partners, and we will provide that information in the days ahead.”

As we reported yesterday, however the inference that only Syria possesses chemical weapons is flatly untrue. In May of this year, Turkish military seized 2kg of sarin from “rebel” fighters from al Nusra Front. As we have extensively reported, al Nusra is the largest, best funded and most organized opposition force to the Assad regime. On May 30, 2013 when Turkish security forces arrested those 12 members of al Nusra Front, they found not only the 2kgs of sarin but those authorities went on to say that the sarin was going to be used in a bomb.

In Secretary of State Kerry’s address on Monday, he pointed out that the “evidence” against the Syrian government included YouTube videos he had watched of the victims. Too bad while scanning YouTube for evidence Sec. Kerry didn’t do a simple Google search of the words “al Nusra Front sarin gas”. Had he done so, he would have known that his claims of only the Syrian government possessing chemical weapons is not only untrue but easily disproved.

That however, didn’t seem to be of much concern considering that no major media have pointed out this fact despite such incredible claims from the Secretary of State. Rather than simply repeat over and over the claims by Kerry to the American people, why aren’t media fact checking him?

To learn more about how strong of a force al Nusra Front actually is, watch: