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Les États-Unis existent-ils encore? Par Paul Craig Roberts – Le 26 mars 2016 – Source Strategic Culture Pour répondre à la question posée dans le titre, nous devons savoir en quoi consistent les États-Unis.

Les États-Unis existent-ils encore?

C’est un groupe ethnique, une collection de bâtiments et de ressources, une masse terrestre avec des frontières, ou c’est la Constitution. Ce qui différencie clairement les États-Unis des autres pays, c’est leur Constitution. Elle nous définit comme un peuple. Sans elle, nous serions un pays différent. Est-ce que la Constitution existe encore ? La Constitution consiste en une description d’une république avec trois branches indépendantes, législative, exécutive et judiciaire, chacune avec ses propres pouvoirs, et la Déclaration des droits les a intégrées comme amendements constitutionnels. Virer les responsables politiques. La “strategie” US en Syrie se desagrege. La “stratégie” US en Syrie se désagrège On tiendra pour singulièrement important, par sa vigueur, sa précision, sa décision, la clarté de son propos en même temps que l’excellence de ses arguments techniques et stratégiques, l’article de Robbin Laird et de Ed Timberlake, dans Breaking Defense le 16 octobre 2015.

La “strategie” US en Syrie se desagrege

Le titre (Obama Must Act On Syria Or Putin Runs The Show) pourrait se dire comme ceci : Obama doit vite, très vite aller à Canossa, s’il veut encore figurer dans les évènements qui s’annoncent, en Syrie et dans la région et sauver ce qui peut encore l’être de la position stratégique des USA. Il doit accepter la stratégie russe et accepter la proposition russe d’une vaste coalition anti-Daesh, agissant dans un cadre légal qui ne peut être que celui de la coopération avec Assad puisqu’il s’agit du gouvernement légal de la Syrie.

Laird-Timberlake se montrent très laudatifs pour les conceptions et les capacités du président russe Poutine. The Drone Papers. The Assassination Complex. DRONES ARE A TOOL, not a policy.

The Assassination Complex

The policy is assassination. While every president since Gerald Ford has upheld an executive order banning assassinations by U.S. personnel, Congress has avoided legislating the issue or even defining the word “assassination.” A Visual Glossary. The Kill Chain. THE DOCUMENTS COME FROM a Pentagon study, circulated in early 2013, evaluating the intelligence and surveillance technology behind the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) killing campaign in Yemen and Somalia in 2011 and 2012.

The Kill Chain

The study, carried out by the Pentagon’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force, illuminates and in some cases contradicts the administration’s public description of a campaign directed at high-level terrorists who pose an imminent threat to the United States. It admits frankly that capturing terrorists is a rare occurrence and hints at the use of so-called signature strikes against unknown individuals exhibiting suspicious behavior. Find, Fix, Finish. THE VIEW AMONG Obama’s inner circle was that Iraq and Afghanistan had served as useful laboratories for such tactics, but deploying them outside conventional war zones meant different legal and diplomatic considerations would apply.

Find, Fix, Finish

An all-star team of special operations commanders, war planners, and Pentagon officials pressed the new president to dramatically ramp up the shadow wars in Yemen and Somalia to fight the emerging threats in those countries. They called for sweeping away bureaucratic obstacles and streamlining lethal operations. Manhunting in the Hindu Kush. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY DOCUMENTS obtained by The Intercept, detailing the purpose and achievements of the Haymaker campaign, indicate that the American forces involved in the operations had, at least on paper, all of the components they needed to succeed.

Manhunting in the Hindu Kush

After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, a robust network of intelligence sources — including informants on the ground — had been established in parts of the historically rebellious, geographically imposing provinces of Kunar and Nuristan. The operators leading the campaign included some of the most highly trained military units at the Obama administration’s disposal, and they were supported by the world’s most powerful electronic surveillance agencies, equipped with technology that allowed for unmatched tracking of wanted individuals.

Despite all these advantages, the military’s own analysis demonstrates that the Haymaker campaign was in many respects a failure. Photo: U.S. Firing Blind. THOSE SHORTFALLS STEM from the remote geography of Yemen and Somalia and the limited American presence there.

Firing Blind

As a result, the U.S. military has been overly reliant on signals intelligence from computers and cellphones, and the quality of those intercepts has been limited by constraints on surveillance flights in the region. The documents are part of a study by a Pentagon Task Force on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. They provide details about how targets were tracked for lethal missions carried out by the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC, in Yemen and Somalia between January 2011 and summer 2012. The Life and Death of Objective Peckham.

A SMALL AND STOCKY British-Lebanese citizen with a head of thick dark hair, Berjawi had grown up much like any other young boy in the United Kingdom’s capital city, attending school during the day and playing soccer with friends in his free time.

The Life and Death of Objective Peckham

But by his early 20s he was leading no ordinary life. He was suspected of having cultivated ties with senior al Qaeda militants in East Africa, his British citizenship was abruptly revoked, and he was placed on a U.S. kill list. Target Africa. ERADICATING BLANK SPACES on maps of the “dark continent” was an obsession of Western powers during the 19th-century scramble for Africa.

Target Africa

Today, a new scramble is underway to eradicate a different set of blank spots. The U.S. military has, since 9/11, engaged in a largely covert effort to extend its footprint across the continent with a network of mostly small and mostly low-profile camps. Some serve as staging areas for quick-reaction forces or bare-boned outposts where special ops teams can advise local proxies; some can accommodate large cargo planes, others only small surveillance aircraft. Operation Haymaker - The Intercept. Small Footprint Operations 5/13 - The Intercept. The Intercept. Geolocation Watchlist - The Intercept.