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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The ‘Dissent’ Memo That Isn’t

https://consortiumnews.com/2016/06/29/the-dissent-memo-that-isnt/


The ‘Dissent’ Memo That Isn’t

June 29, 2016
The major U.S. media touts a State Department “dissent cable” urging military strikes on the Syrian military as a brave act by 51 diplomats, but it actually matches the views of Secretary Kerry and other top officials, notes Gareth Porter.
By Gareth Porter
The memorandum by 51 State Department officials calling for U.S. military intervention in Syria has been treated in news media coverage as a case of “dissent” from existing Syria policy by individual officials involved in Syria policy.
But the memo has all the earmarks of an initiative that had the blessing of the most senior officials in the department – including Secretary of State John Kerry himself – rather than having been put together by individual officials entirely on their own. And it may mark the beginning of an effort to take advantage of the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. https://consortiumnews.com/2016/06/29/the-dissent-memo-that-isnt/

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