Chris Hedges: We Don’t Have a Legal or Moral Right to Drop Cruise Missiles on Syria

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges
August 31, 2013

TheRealNews on Aug 31, 2013

Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss President Obama’s statement that he has decided to attack Syria and seek authorization from Congress…even though he says he doesn’t need it.


The Real News Network
Aug. 31, 2013


JAY: So what do you make of President Obama’s statement? He’s authorizing the attack, except he’s kind of not authorizing the attack, ’cause he’s kind of going to give Congress a vote, except he made it clear in a statement he was only doing that sort of because he thought it would be a more effective message to Syria, not because he actually thinks he’s actually bound by such a vote.

HEDGES: Well, I mean, that’s the first disturbing point of the rise of our imperial presidency, where the executive branch abrogates to itself the right to declare war, which is, of course, traditionally the role of Congress.

But more importantly, we’re talking about a military strike which will have consequences that will ripple outside of the boundaries of Syria itself.

These explosive devices–cruise missiles–are never used surgically. I’ve been around them on the receiving ends when they are fired. So we’re talking about inevitable what they will euphemistically call collateral damage. We’re talking about civilian dead. That’s without question.


via Transcript

From the archives:

Obama: You Cannot Start a War by Yourself by Ralph Nader

Chemical Hallucinations by William Bowles

Western Pathological Liars Hold World To Ransom by Finian Cunningham

Opposition to Iraq War May Save Syria by David Swanson + Gareth Porter: US intelligence has no hard proof Assad used chemical weapons

US-Israeli False Flag Gas Attack Unravels by William Bowles

Rick Rozoff: U.S. Attack On Syria May Cause World War III

See also:

Propaganda Alert

Statement by the President on Syria

Video: Obama: I Have Decided The United States SHOULD Take Military Action Against The Syrian Regime (Propaganda)

From the White House: Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013

10 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: We Don’t Have a Legal or Moral Right to Drop Cruise Missiles on Syria

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  5. International rules? What are those rules?

    Obama dare not say “law.” And where does Mr Missile the doodlebug king get this body count of 1000 including children? He is looking more and more like some kind of patsy, or worse, an oratorical lunatic.

    Moreover, by hanging onto the coat-tails of M L King Jr and cuddling the legendary kudos of Nelson Mandela, he looks to be playing fast and loose with the mask of his paternal inheritance.

    We need more facts. For example, the Dale Gavlak Mint News story needs to be corroborated and if even remotely plausible, the Saudi’s falsifications and incitements need to be flagged up, but mighty large.

    Chris Hedges makes the key points that we all recognize are essential to a proper discussion of these questions. When I say “we” I mean those of us who are sufficiently versed in critical thinking not to swallow the hook, line and sinker narrative of the racketeers and constitutional hypocrites.

  6. Lo, as the same image appears as from a different very recent post on Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn (as well as my other blog), I’m going to go to the Real News segment on You Tubes and post to those sites directly from there. (Hope that’s ok–people might otherwise mistake it for a repeat of the earlier post.)

    • You can do whatever you like, however, I would prefer that you shared the posts on Dandelion Salad, of course. I do this job as a volunteer and the only way to continue is to have more views.

      Give your readers some credit in being able to read. They can read the headline and know it’s a new post.

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