When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.
"How did the United States get tangled up in another Mideast Quagmire?"
They were on our Zionist overlords “list”.
In reality, the United States seeks to remove President Bashar al Assad, or failing that, dismember Syria into zones controlled by outside powers.
This has been the US-Israeli plan since at least 1996 when American-Israeli neocons drafted “A Clean Break - A New Strategy For Securing The Realm” for then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: either depose Assad or seize eastern Syria, driving a wedge between Syria and Iran. Step one was pushing Syria out of Lebanon. Step two was overthrowing Saddam. Step three is “pushing Assad off the Arabian peninsula”. Step four is “on to Damascus”.
It is important to note here that the US and several of its allies funded the Islamic State (same group funding much of the Clinton campaign, not so uncoincidentally). The US did have an ally in Syria when it started bombing the Islamic State: that ally was the Islamic State.
The idea then as now was to remove or domesticate al Assad, not for any concern for his citizens, not to put one or another group of local citizens in control, but for control of what oil might leave the region without US supervision.
The US will not readily interfere with Turkey because Turkey is an ally against Russia.
The American fighting in Syria has never had much to do with the Islamic State.
more than trouble. it’s an invasion. and it’s war.
by starting to fire on Russians, we’re getting what many of us were sure we’d get from Clinton. The establishment wants a war with Russia, and it doesn’t appear that the personality of the president is going to matter in that process.
Thank you, Reese Erlich. Thank you, Common Dreams. This type of journalism makes a very confusing situation quite a bit more clear. I wish more of the American Public were exposed to
the actual facts about Syria, as opposed to the litany of misinformation and half-truths that they have gotten, and continue to get, from mass media.
Although there are several “bad actors” which have exacerbated the horror and tragedy of Syria, 4 of them really stand out as the worst:
- The Islamic State
- The United States of America
- The State of Israel
None of these 4 were invited into Syria. All 4 are illegal invaders of a sovereign nation.
All 4 are serving their own separate agendas, which have nought to do with the welfare of the Syrian people. They are all, thus, War Criminals.
Interestingly, eastern Syria is where the oil is. What a coincidence!
And Obama’s caved to to do Israel’s bidding. “Assad must go,” he chanted inanely like a cheerleader trying to drum up support for a game that couldn’t be won. First, the groundwork was laid by spending millions looking for dissidents to Assad and promising training and military help. Then infiltrating peaceful demonstrations to give an excuse for intervention. Then the chanting started. We must thank the English Parliament for voting against joining in this attempt to start a proxy war for Israel. But Isis saw its opening and has wreaked havoc on the Syrian people for all these years and the US is directly responsible for all of this misery. It is Putin who came to their rescue. But Israel has not given up and now Turkey is in the game and real people are the pawns.
Imagine if we watched the Super Bowl on tv and at the end of every play, the dead and seriously wounded had to be carried off the field. But the game had to go on. The geopolitical games that we play are evil.
the worst part is, they are all in some shape or another, allied, even as Turkey often goes off script to react to the Kurds.
Also some kind of long term genocidal war with turbans hired by all parties to kill other turbans. Seems so hopeless and absurb. Love thy neighbor. And get the world off oil.
for the love of money, as always.
We have a “soft” military government, basically. In league with other global corpses. They get their way–we don’t have a voice except where they can make a big deal out of something little to give the appearance of a democracy.