“There was not a single corpse,” Russian experts reported from their inspection of the alleged chemical attack site in Douma, calling it “another staged event.”
In 2016, President Obama’s last year in office, the United States dropped 26,171 bombs in seven countries, the vast majority (24,287) targeting Syria and Iraq. That amounts to 72 bombs per day – three bombs per hour – every day for the entire year.
Since the United States was founded in 1776, the country has been at war during 220 out of its 241 calendar years of existence. In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. has spent at peace, without waging or joining any wars.
United States foreign policy has changed very little over the past several decades, regardless of which political party is in control of each House of Congress, or which figurehead is currently residing in the White House. Iran was the final country listed in the “7 countries in 5 years” revealed by General Wesley Clark as targets for U.S. military intervention since 2001.
The Western corporate media’s increasingly hysterical denunciations of the Syrian “regime” (never referred to as a legitimate sovereign government), along with allies Russia and Iran, for alleged atrocities in the retaking of Aleppo, painting democratically elected President Bashar al-Assad as a “brutal dictator” who “butchers his own people”, is a measure of the disillusionment and bitterness within the Western neo-liberal power elite over this strategic reversal in the drive to overthrow the sovereign government of President al-Assad.