New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to "back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria". The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but that it would reduce the "pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah".
If only there was some way to put this knowledge into sound bites on the MSM. I'm sure that many people know this instinctively on some level, but their knowing is constantly countered on the airwaves and often, on the internet.
Thank you for your continual willingness to expose this, Gareth.
Paul Wolfowitz and company work for Israel. Their plan: smash all Middle East countries that are a barrier to Israel's colonial plans. It's worked great so far. Now if America can just smash Iran, falsely maligned as the greatest State sponsor or terrorism, we will have served Israel well.
I wonder if Saudi Arabia and the UAE are a barrier to Israel's colonial plans. (?)
At least for now they're not barriers, they both have the same enemies; the Shia faction of Islam, which supports Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israel's sworn enemy. Things can change quickly though if a shift in power precipitates a shift in alliances. Iran and Syria being the other two main enemies of Israel.
Israel needs and wants the oil of S.A. & UAE. Their military needs are #1. Oil is their addiction as much as ours.
"Smashing all Middle East countries..." is not what either Israel or the U.S. wants. "Smashing" suggests finality.
Rather, Israel seeks to weaken and divide those neighboring states that pose threats to the Jewish state's existence. Israel's greatest need is to insure that Palestinians remain without any strength or political viability.
The U.S funds and otherwise supports Israel's destabilization of the Middle Eastern Moslem nations, using Israel as a buffer, isolating the Arab world and keeping them continuously embroiled in skirmish after skirmish, moving one Arab nation/faction against another, moving hot spots around continuously, to maintain disorder and disarray: Continuous war.
Thank you Gareth Porter for showing us the complexity of this folly. The key statement here is, "The whole war on terrorism has been, in effect, a bait-and-switch operation". That is what the CIA and the Deep State do so very well. The narratives they develop, from "dominoes" to "flypaper" are classic public relations propaganda, designed to whip the public into a confused frenzy and act warlike. Oh, if we only had an equally effective peaceful counter-narrative! Or, if the Neocon Managers, like Paul Wolfowitz would lead the next mission...
Yes, Tommy Friedman, the mouthpiece of the Deep State, is signalling to us all that it's A-OK for the US to be in alliance with the terrorists that caused 9/11. What further proof does anyone need that what's happening in Syria is about American and Saudi Arabian support for the Al Qaeda terrorists, under their various names. The only thing is, as stated in the article, US support has been going on for years and Tommy acts like he just had this bright idea.
Most people would consider this some kind of treason.