State Department claims it has no idea of legal authority to launch attacks in Syria to back militias on terror watch lists

The United States has not only helped arm, train, and fund militia groups and insurgents designated now, or at one time on terror watch lists, but in a statement on Aug. 4 by a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, the U.S. now also admits they don’t know the legal authority for supporting these terrorist groups in the ongoing conflict in Syria.  In a bizarre and perhaps Orwellian response to questions on America’s role in the Syrian conflict, US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner stated that he has no idea by what authority the U.S. can enter into a sovereign country and bomb their territory in support of insurgent groups fighting right now to overthrow the Syrian government.


In fact, when you read between the lines of Mark Toner’s statements, he said that the U.S. is not there to primarily attack Syria, but would kill their soldiers if they stand and fight against U.S. training insurgents who are seeking to overthrow Syria.

The US has been carrying out airstrikes against ISIS in Syria for almost a year, and the latest decision to bomb Syrian government forces in order to “protect” US-trained “moderate rebels” does not require any additional legal justification, the State Department believes.
Since the US-backed rebel groups in Syria are operating in the “lawless area” of the country, they are under the pressure from “a lot of different forces,” US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner told RT’s Gayane Chichakyan while trying to explain the legal basis for the change in US policy.
“I frankly don’t know what the legal authority is,” Toner said, adding that the situation in Syria remains “complex and fluid.”
He clarified that Washington did not authorize itself to “go after Assad government forces,” insisting that such bombings would take place only in the “hypothetical” case that the US-backed militants would come under fire from Syrian forces. – Russia Today
The U.S. has been wanting to overthrow the Syrian government as far back as 2003 when former President George W. Bush and members of the General staff concocted a plan to take down seven countries in the Middle East who were perceived to not be following U.S. authority for global hegemony.  And to date, this has resulted in the overthrow and death of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the taking out of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the overthrow and killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and the overthrow and imprisoning of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.
It is sad to think that in less than 20 years since the U.S. won the Cold War over the former Soviet Union, the label of Evil Empire has shifted from Russia over to the United States.  And with Washington now admitting publicly that they can and will do anything worldwide without verification of legal authority, it is not surprising that the world is quickly working to isolate America, and recognize it for what it has turned into… a rogue nation that follows the foreign policies of a globalist Neo-Con leadership.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.
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