'Bringing Peace to Syria' Listed by U.S. as 2015 Accomplishment
Wed, December 30, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry (Photo: © Reuters)
In an astonishing and delusional spin on U.S. foreign policy, the State Department is listing “Bringing Peace, Security to Syria” and “Winning Fight Against Violent Extremists” as two of the top ten accomplishments of the United States in 2015.
“Iran Peaceful Nuclear Program Ensured” is listed as another top accomplishment.
In a blog written by John Kirby, spokesperson for the State Department, Kirby waxes poetic about a note sent by Secretary of State John Kerry to the State Dept. staff “summing up a busy year and charting the course ahead.”
Kirby then says, “His message got me thinking about the pivotal foreign policy events that took place this year, and a great hashtag – #2015in5Words – which was recently trending on Twitter.”
Kirby notes that “the year was not without challenges,” but, he says, “it’s also important to take a step back and look at how the United States has helped change the world for the better.”
Writing under the title “Bringing Peace, Security to Syria,” Kirby explains that although “the conflict in Syria has continued to unfold in tragic ways over the course of 2015,” the United States has “led the world in humanitarian aid contributions since the crisis began in 2011.” Moreover, Kirby boasts that under Kerry’s stewardship, “the UN Security Council passed a U.S.-sponsored resolution that puts forward a roadmap” to remove Assad from power.
And this is the sum total of how the U.S. is “bringing peace” and security to Syria.
In terms of “Winning Fight Against Violent Extremists,” Kirby says this has been accomplished by the White House hosting the “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism,’ which Kirby claims, “launched an ongoing global CVE effort now underway that reaches throughout the world and across countless nations.” Again, while acknowledging that “challenges remain,” the State Dept. says they have made “positive strides” in the fight against the Islamic State.
“Positive strides” is apparently the new nomenclature for “winning.”
Finally, under the claim of “Iran Peaceful Nuclear Program Ensured,” the State Dept. spokesperson quotes Kerry, who said in July (at the time that the deal was reached), that the deal would “bring insight and accountability to Iran’s nuclear program – not for a small number of years, but for the lifetime of that program.”
No matter that the agreement only covers the next 15 years. No matter that the International Atomic Energy Agency has already found evidence of military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program after vociferous denials from the Islamic Republic. Never mind that the Iranian breakout time once the agreement ends will be practically instantaneous. And, of course, no one should care about the ballistic missile tests (weapons that can only be used for nuclear warheads) that Iran has conducted since the agreement was made (in direct violation of UN resolutions).
One might ask: If these are our “accomplishments,” what are our failures?
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org