President Trump recently suggested that the United States should come out of Syria “very soon.” Leading voices of the foreign policy establishment — in the Pentagon, State Department, Congress, and the media — pushed back, calling for the United States to stay in Syria. Trump quickly acquiesced.
Nope, that decision was made a long time ago:
Nope, the protests were infiltrated by jihadists and violent from the very beginning.
Ummm, that’s still a violation of international law. The United States is a convicted felon:
The ICJ ruled in favor of Nicaragua and against the United States and awarded reparations to Nicaragua. The ICJ held that the U.S. had violated international law by supporting the Contras in their rebellion against the Nicaraguan government and by mining Nicaragua's harbors.
Just like Iraq and Libya, this is war of aggression and what the Nuremberg Tribunal defined as the supreme international crime:
To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.
When you ignore the rule of law you get this (warning, video might illicit outrage):
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the plans for Syria were well stated in Brzezinski’s (1997) The Grand Chessboard and Oded Yinon’s writings on the aspirations of Greater Israel from the 1970s and 80s.
As for Trump’s take that it is time to leave Syria: blind squirrel, meet acorn…
The funny thing is, there are D-Party dead-enders who support this war in the name of fighting Putin.
Their Russia obsession clouds any and all viewpoints–even when it comes to blank check militarism in a war we could never win.
It can’t be stated enough. Sometimes people’s eyes start to gloss over if you go back in history:
Thanks for the link. Going back further to the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, where the lines in the sand were drawn to satisfy England, France, and Russia, I believe, the western (oil-based) crusade was revitalized. Screw God/Allah, let the fossilized algae reign supreme! (But the God/Allah theme still works to keep the “teams” in the “game”.)
The move of the Imperial Countries into the Middle East predates even Sykes-Picot as you alluide to
It has its roots in the British Navy and their desire to construct more heavily armored and gunned warships to maintain their Empire. In order to get more armor on battleships they had to cut down on the need to store coal on said ships. Coal took up a lot of space and required Coaling stations across the world in order to reload and extend a vessels range.
Designers of warships wanted the fleet to transform to OIL but the Birish Empire had no ready access to oil. The only known sources they could conceivably gain access to were in the Middle East where they had no real presence as the Ottoman Empire were running things.
This is one of the root causes of World War 1 as Germany began forming closer ties with the Ottomans. The road to that war was long in the planning stages. As with virtually all wars, it was a war fought over who would get other peoples stuff. It the same thing today.
Jeffrey Sachs , while correct in the need for the USA to leave Syria , was involved in Yeltsins Russia where he was part of an initiative to transform that Countries economy to one that would be controlled by the Western Powers. In essence, he comes from the same place Trump does.
Please Jeff, do not laud or say trump “is right” about anything…anything he does is a function off his arrogance, ignorance, corruption, greed, and seriously malignant nature…there are better ways and words to use to advocate for the US and war-machine to be curtailed and its obscene funding limited - limitations trump does not represent or advocate, he still wants trillions for war and death - and for the “security” state! - in one form or another, stolen from America’s civilian needs and priorities de-funded by the orange creature - he isn’t "right’ about anything he has done!..just sayin…
Yes. Yes. And moreover yes. The Royal Navy did a Royal $@#^&ing over of the world when they transitioned from coal to oil.
Please consider taking on one Ms. Betsy Devos, it would not take more than a blink of your eye, I’m sure. See how effective you are–you got me to thinking–like that will stop…
In 2004 - 2005 the CIA was energetically training and arming Syrian rebel groups opposed to President Assad. The regime change did not come about but some of those groups subsequently became a part of ISIS. Reminds me of how the CIA trained and armed Osama bin Laden, what a band of incompetents… unless they are deliberately doing this to ensure there will be eternal wars.