The flight-forward mentality, that the principle of the sovereign nation state is a thing of a past, was made abundantly clear at a forum at Brookings Institute, "Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities." The praise for President Obama's Atrocity Prevention Board (APB) and Tony Blair's anti-nation-state doctrine — the responsibility to protect R2P — was on everyone's lips in private and public discussions.
Michael Posner, the State Department's man for democracy and human rights, said that there would be a National Intelligence Evaluation (NIE) identifying risks, and the Defense Department would be issuing a Mass Atrocity Prevention paper in the near future. Obama's APB is to provide early warning to mass atrocities (they agreed that they will not use the word genocide), rapid responses, and accountability, and that the use of force must always be an option. The two nations openly discussed as targets were Syria and Sudan.
Panelists refused to respond to the issues raised by EIR's Larry Freeman when he cited the reactions to humanitarian intervention as an excuse to carry out regime-change in Libya, especially the defense of sovereignty by the political and military leadership of Russia, and Sen. James Webb's legislation outlawing military interventions in response to so-called humanitarian concerns. The comments of the panelists were that R2P and the APB were acting to fulfill a moral good, but we do have to be mindful of the practical effects of overextending ourselves. It was necessary to intervene to prevent a blood bath in Ben Gazzi, and as a result of NATO's military intervention in Libya we created a better environment (sic) in the country, but Syria was not the same situation. The R2P doctrine is situational, they contended, and we have to exhaust all options first, before we use force.
In private conversations, the participants declared that Blair's R2P was already a done deal. According to them, it was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 and the UN Security Council in 2006; sovereignty was already passé, and this was not a new development, pointing to the fact that the U.S. banks are not independent of the international banking system, as an example.
Clearly, many in the institutions of the U.S. establishment have lost even a minimal connection to reality, completely rejecting the importance of the Westphalian principle of the sovereign nation-state, and instead aligning themselves to some Obama-Blair world government, which will be maintained through the power of military might.