Sunday, March 5, 2017

Peter Welch: End U.S. aid to ISIS and Al-Qaeda

Video clip of Vermont Congressman Peter Welch speaking at a March 1st press conference. Welch is co-sponsoring the Stop Arming Terrorists Act bill introduced by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.

(REPORT) — Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the politician who previously accused the U.S. of arming ISIS, is still calling on the U.S. government to stop its disastrous regime change policies in the Middle East.
According to a press release made public on Tuesday, Gabbard has again called for the U.S. to stop aiding terrorists like al-Qaeda and ISIS. Gabbard’s guest at the presidential address to Congress, a Kurdish refugee activist, also called for an end to the U.S. policy of “regime change in Syria.”

Gabbard said:
“In the face of unimaginable heartbreak, Tima has been a voice for the voiceless, a champion for refugees worldwide, and a strong advocate for ending the regime change war in Syria. I am honored to welcome her to Washington tonight as we raise our voices to call on our nation’s leaders to end the counterproductive regime change war in Syria that has caused great human suffering, refugees, loss of life, and devastation. We urge leaders in Congress to pass the Stop Arming Terrorists Act and end our destructive policy of using American taxpayer dollars to provide direct and indirect support to armed militants allied with terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria, who are fighting to overthrow the Syrian government.”
Gabbard also reportedly told Russian state-owned news station RT:
 “For years, our government has been providing both direct and indirect support to these armed militant groups, who are working directly with or under the command of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, all in their effort and fight to overthrow the Syrian government.”
The activist, Tima Kurdi, is more widely known as the aunt of a three-year-old boy who drowned on the shores of Turkey in September 2015. The image went viral on social media and was easily manipulated by the mainstream media to further the United States’ agenda in the region, never once laying blame to the U.S. military establishment for spending over $1 billion a year arming Syrian rebels.
According to the press release, Kurdi said the following:
“I am proud to stand with Tulsi and support her work to end regime change war in Syria. My people have suffered for more than six years—enough is enough. Tulsi understands that arming the so-called “rebels” in Syria has only led to more bloodshed, more suffering, and created more refugees. A military solution in Syria is not the answer. I hope that President Trump will stop arming terrorists and commit to a political solution in Syria—it is the only way to restore peace.”

Video: Kurdi and Gabbard speaking at the March 1st press conference.

Gabbard came under fire earlier this year when she took a secretive trip to Syria and met with President Assad, as well as a number of other people on the ground. The fact that her proposed policies have the backing of the relative of the drowned Syrian refugee — whose images the media exploited in 2015 to advance the western narrative against Assad — should speak volumes about the efficacy of Gabbard’s approach. Despite this, the media hardly pays heed to Gabbard’s ideas.
In 2014, PBS ran a report in which they interviewed Syrian rebels who had been trained by the CIA at a camp in Qatar. According to one of the fighters:
“They trained us to ambush regime or enemy vehicles and cut off the road…They also trained us on how to attack a vehicle, raid it, retrieve information or weapons and munitions, and how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.” [emphasis added]
The latter emboldened section is a blatant war crime and is also the standard operating procedure for ISIS. Regardless of the banner these rebels operate under, this is a terrorist tactic, and it is ultimately what American taxpayer dollars have been doing in Syria.

Video: U.S. government supporting Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria
Democratic Congresswoman Tusli Gabbard, back from a fact-finding trip to Syria, tells CNN's Jake Tapper that rebel groups supported by the U.S. in Syria have links to terror groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Demand Congress pass the Stop Arming Terrorists Act    Write Your Congressman:

Video: Rep. Gabbard speaks with Syrian college students

Our society of blackmail and slander can demonize a good man and whitewash a bad man. Funny how it was proven that this man did not gas his own people but the false flag was set up through Special Forces and the CIA through neighboring Turkey...few people care about the proofs he was being demonized. 

• The Assad family belongs to the tolerant Islam of Alawid orientation.

• Syrian women have the same rights as men to study, health and education.

• Syria women are not forced to wear the burqa. The Sharia (Islamic law) is unconstitutional.

• Syria is the only Arab country with a secular constitution and does not tolerate Islamic extremist movements.

• Roughly 10% of the Syrian population belongs to one of the many Christian denominations, all fully integrated in Syrian political and social life.

• In other Arab countries the Christian population is less than 1% due to sustained hostility.

• Syria has banned genetically modified (GMO) seeds, stating his decision was made in order “to preserve human health,”

• Syria has an opening to Western society and culture like no other Arab country.

• Its media and universities openly debate the global power elite’s influence in things. This means that they fully grasp the fact that real power in the West lies not in the White House but rather with the complex and powerful grid of elite think-tanks and central banks.

• Throughout history there have been five popes of Syrian origin. Religious tolerance is unique in the area.

• Prior to the current civil war, Syria was one of the only peaceful countries in the area, having avoided major wars or internal conflicts.

• Syria was the only country that admitted Iraqi refugees without any social, political or religious discrimination.

• Following a massive oil find in Syria's Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967, Netanyahu recently asked Obama to recognize its annexation of the territory. To consolidate its hold, plans are afoot to quadruple Israeli settler numbers to 100,000.

And the most two important points:

• Syria is one of the only countries in the Middle East without debts to the International Monetary Fund ( Pre-invasion Libya & Iran the only others )

• Syria is the only Mediterranean country which remains the owner of its oil company, with an oil reserve of 2,500 million barrels, the operation of which has avoided privatization and is reserved exclusively for state-owned enterprises.

So now ask yourself, why are we truly attempting to overthrow yet another government? What are we hoping to fix here?

If the recent invasions and illegal assassinations of Presidents like Qaddafi and Saddam have taught us anything, it should be the understanding of the blowback effect of such lawless actions by the West and the vacuum of chaos that always supersedes it. Debt Conquer. Invent a reason to invade and destroy, then offer $Trillions in IMF funding to rebuild... conveniently paid back by control of your oil fields and the free access to build gas pipelines to the west.

Ex-Rep. Dennis Kucinich on his trip to Syria with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
I have dedicated my life to peace. As a member of Congress I led efforts to avert conflict and end wars in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Syria and Iran. And yet those of us who work for peace are put under false scrutiny to protect Washington’s war machine. Those who undermine our national security by promoting military attacks and destroying other nations are held up as national leaders to admire.

Recently Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and I took a Congressional Ethics-approved fact finding trip to Lebanon and Syria, where we visited Aleppo and refugee camps, and met with religious leaders, governmental leaders and people from all sides of the conflict, including political opposition to the Syrian government.

Since that time we have been under constant attack on false grounds. The media and the war establishment are desperate to keep hold of their false narrative for world-wide war, interventionism and regime change, which is a profitable business for Washington insiders and which impoverishes our own country.

Today, Rep. Gabbard came under attack yet again by the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin who has been on a tear trying to ruin the reputations of the people and the organization who sponsored our humanitarian, fact-finding mission of peace to the Middle East. Rogin just claimed in a tweet that as community organization I have been associated with for twenty years does not exist.

The organization is in my neighborhood. Here’s photos I took yesterday of AACCESS-Ohio’s marquee. It clearly exists, despite the base, condescending assertions of Mr. Rogin.

Enough of this dangerous pettiness. Let’s dig in to what is really going on, inside Syria, in the State Department, the CIA and the Pentagon. In the words of President Eisenhower, let’s beware (and scrutinize) the military-industrial-complex. It is time to be vigilant for our democracy.

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Syria's president Assad says some refugees are 'definitely' terrorists
Syria President Bashar al-Assad, commenting on U.S. President Trump's travel ban in an exclusive sit-down interview with Yahoo News' Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff in Damascus, said he believes some refugees fleeing his country are "definitely" terrorists.


  1. chuck gregory2/3/17, 10:29 AM

    But we are fighting the Syrian terrorists! At least two of the groups we've armed are trying to kill each other!

    Are we brilliant, or what?

    1. Not, really, remember the Iran-Iraq war? We armed both sides and created Osama bin Laden in the process!

  2. Assad? Oh, yeah, now there's a guy you can trust! Boy, you Trumpies really don't know what side you're on, do you? Or is it that you just don't care?

  3. What a useless Man for a Senator, never fighting for Vermonters, always fighting for fights he can't win, Mr Welch fight for jobs, and tax reform, and getting the teachers in this state to quit taking all our tax money by having the highest salaries in the state for comparable work.

    1. Check your basic facts before bloviating. Welch is in the House of Representatives, not the Senate.

    2. Anonymous, I saw enough when he was an attorney in Woodstock, and watched him from the Jury seats, I know more than I want to know about him, useless then and still useless...would have been a good ambulance chaser...

  4. chuck gregory3/6/17, 2:09 PM

    "Comparable work"????? There are two public school domains in Vermont????

    1. Typical right-wing hogwash! You really didn't expect it to make sense, did you? By the way, nice necro, editors!

  5. Chuck, Comparable work, they work maybe 40 hours per week and have 3 months off in the summer and vacation and vacation and vacation and his house sessions etc etc... Not discounting what they do, it's just not a tough job, every town budget goes up every year and it's mostly due to teachers, government worker salaries and pensions that our grandchildren are going to continue to pay... not going to argue with you... I made my comments....

    1. Wow, I can see you have no knowlege whatsoever about teaching! 40 hours a week? Try between 80-100! Most of the hours a teacher spends working are at home; creating tests, grading those tests, reading and then grading essays, creating lesson plans, etc., etc., and again, etc! And then dealing with everybody's bratty kids all day! I left a tool and die job where I worked 70 hours a week, because I thought teaching would be easier. WRONG!!!!!! Not only that, but it only paid half the money!!!!! Summers off? Necessary to avoid a nervous breakdown! Teaching was the absolute WORST job I ever had; and that includes being a janitor for a religious cult! No joke. Teachers are a bargain at twice the price!

    2. Anonymous, sounds like you should have never been a teacher, "everyone's bratty kids" ??

    3. Oh, indeed I was! Not around here, though. I worked at one of those classic inner-city schools, where the teachers were petitioning the school board for concealed carry permits! No joke. "Bratty" was being kind. Drugs, gangs, dogs, metal detectors, the works. I didn't stay long. "Oh," you say, "it's not like that around here!" It will be, if this town doesn't get serious about drugs, blight, and a lot of other things. That town was just a larger version of this one; an old river town with a vanishing machine tool base. Run down "low income" housing, and all the crime and misery that goes with it. I can see it happening here, and it only gets worse! In a lot of places in this country, teachers risk their lives for education. They deserve better treatment. Rant over.

  6. chuck gregory3/8/17, 9:00 AM

    Rpger, I suggest you spend a day teaching in one of the Springfield schools. I volunteered to teach First Aid to a classroom of 40 quite normal fourth graders and realized halfway through it that there was no way I was ever going to be a good teacher.

    We have a cultural tradition of beating up on public education-- SAPA has a presentation by former Springfield star teacher Larry Carbonetti about that tradition. It's an eye-opener. I hope it inspires you to fight for reform in Springfield.

  7. Don't spin what I said, we have a cultural tradition of over paying them, I didn't say the job was easy, I said over paid, which drives up taxes, and we will be paying their pensions forever. Look what's happening today, which of most women are taking the day off in the country (for women's day), Women Teachers, we have put them on a pedestal, we are all equal out here in this country none are better than others, if there so great why low scores.

    1. Well, Roger, maybe YOU could live with some minimum-wage half-wit educating your kids, but I think the rest of us would prefer educated, well-paid teachers. Newsflash: people don't HAVE to teach! Most people choose to spend the 4-5 years in college to get a degree that pays A LOT more money. 50k is chump change if you have a degree, and starting pay is about half that. Besides, this is America, you know, where hard work is SUPPOSED to pay! You conservatives always complain about "free riders" but you sure don't like paying for anything, do you?

  8. chuck gregory3/8/17, 5:08 PM

    I'm not spinning it. I'm saying that they could NEVER pay me enough to be a teacher.

    Teaching is far, far more difficult than most people imagine, and still worse when a classroom population exceeds the optimal size (14 students; even I could do fairly well teaching five kids, but it takes a near-genius of a teacher to do well with twenty or thirty).

    It takes an ability to cherish every child, no matter how difficult (Einstein was considered sub-normal; Nobel-winning physicist Richard Feynman a pain in the butt), to overcome their TV-induced lack of attention span, to identify what makes them curious, to direct that curiosity into subjects they'd never before known, to encourage them to stay focused, to get them to appreciate perseverance, to deal productively with their outbursts of frustration and anger, to appreciate them as individuals and to help them find within themselves that which they never knew that they had (H/T Larry Carbonetti for that last). Teaching is first and foremost a one-on-one relationship-- and not too many people in America are highly skilled at that, but good teachers have to be.

    Low scores mean almost nothing. Standardized tests are simply an application of industrial techniques to an inappropriate field-- it's easy to mike all the widgets coming off a production line, but you can't do that with human intelligence. The only thing low scores mean is that MAYBE a school needs improvements-- but under NCLB, Race to the Top and now ESSA, we use them to punish schools rather than look closer.

    "Looking closer" means evaluating every child's individual progress in all areas. I've heard Vermont does this by keeping a "portfolio" on every student. By checking every portfolio over a number of years, you can see whether or not a child is learning to the best of her/his ability, any by looking at a large number of them you can evaluate a school.

    But that sort of checking doesn't meet the "efficient government" standards used by the lunkheads who have been in power.

    The women teachers of America thank you!


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