Thursday, November 23, 2017

RT: "No more ‘fighting ISIS?’ US to stay in Syria to prevent ‘win’ for Assad and Iran"

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently
Erroneously stated that US had UN approval
for Syrian occupation

The CIA-owned Washington Post is reporting that the United States plans to remain in Syria indefinitely now that ISIS has been defeated.  Here is a report from RT on the US decision.  I will have my reactions in comments to follow:


"The US plans to keep its troops in Syria long after the defeat of ISIS – the goal used to justify their illegal presence in the first place – because the Syrian government and its ally Iran would “win” if they were withdrawn, the Washington Post reported.
The Trump administration is “expanding its goals” in Syria to include a “potentially open-ended commitment” to support the Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing several anonymous US officials. The change comes as the defeat of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group in Syria seems imminent.
Washington has been justifying its deployment of ground troops in Syria, which violates the embattled nation’s sovereignty, by citing the need to fight IS. US Defense Secretary James Mattis last week went so far as to erroneously claim that the US had been given a mandate to be in Syria, stating: “You know, the UN said that … basically we can go after ISIS. And we're there to take them out.”
While Washington has a history of skipping UN approval for its military interventions, be it in Syria or in other sovereign states, it appears that the semblance of legitimacy for keeping hundreds of troops in Syria is about to be dispelled. WaPo sources say that Washington actually sees its boots on the ground as a source of leverage in dealing with the government of President Bashar Assad and his allies.
“An abrupt US withdrawal could complete Assad’s sweep of Syrian territory and help guarantee his political survival – an outcome that would constitute a win for Iran, his close ally. To avoid that outcome, US officials say they plan to maintain a US troop presence in northern Syria… and establish new local governance, apart from the Assad government, in those areas,” the newspaper said.
If true, it means Washington will be actively promoting Kurdish separatism to spite Damascus and Tehran, while paying lip service to preserving Syria’s territorial integrity.
“The conditions are there for the counter-ISIS campaign to morph into a counter-Iran campaign,” Nicholas Heras of the Washington-based Center for a New American Security told WaPo. “By placing no timeline on the end of the US mission… the Pentagon is creating a framework for keeping the US engaged in Syria for years to come."

greencrow saysThis is no doubt an act of sheer desperation by ONE of the warring two factions within the Pentagon.  It certainly has all the earmarks of the insane Satanist element that is warring against the US constitutionalists for control of the US military and governance.  Staying in Syria completely surrounded in isolated pockets/bases, cut off from mainstream Syria and the Arab Middle East....acting like a small tumour of cancer in an organ...awaiting excise by an expert oncologist...will be a very expensive operation for the already bankrupt United States.  Occupation of Syria will act as a final drag on the economy which will soon take a body blow from the "death of the petro dollar".  

More importantly, if the above WP report is correct and the US plans to "....maintain a US troop presence in northern Syria [Kurdistan]… and establish new local governance, apart from the Assad government, in those areas,” the newspaper said...."

Then that sounds a death knell for Turkey's membership in NATO.  USrael must know that fact, and be willing to toss away this strategic partnership, a cornerstone of NATO in modern post WWII times.

By propping up an independent Kurdistan, the United States is forcing Turkey into the arms of Putin, Russia and its allies in the Middle East and elsewhere.  THIS is a huge mistake and also signals that the United States is totally under the thrall of the detriment of all other allies...including Europe.  The long term implications are tremendous.  It would not be too far of a stretch to say...if this strategy goes forward....geopolitics will enter an era.....where it is the United States (plus its pathetic vassals like Canada and Australia) and Israel...against the entire world.


Penny said...

Hey GC:

I've written and written about the intent of the US to stay put for months and months now... I know everyone wanted to believe that Syria had defeated the interlocutors, cause it is so appealing a belief, but.. check out my latest post?

Israel firsters have created a new group to promote Israel 2.0 aka Kurdistan
Our own Irwin Cotler is among the crowd as is Alan Dershowitz
The remake agenda was not going away as easy as many figured. And Kurdistan is still very much in US/Israeli planning.

Sorry to be a stick in the mud- but it is what it is.

greencrow said...

I've already read your post and agree with you that the US NEVER leaves once it has jammed it's foot in the door (aka invaded and occupied a country). Witness Iraq and Afghanistan...amongst many others. But, in both those cases they managed to destroy the indigenous governance. This case is somewhat different in that the indigenous Syrian government that resisted their efforts still is still intact. It will be difficult for them to gain foothold. If I were Assad, I would set up a continuous military base surrounding each one of their bases. So tight against their base that there is no buffer in between. See how that works.

Penny said...

"I would set up a continuous military base surrounding each one of their bases. So tight against their base that there is no buffer in between. See how that works."

Makes me think of the situation with Golan.
Which did result in a perpetual state of war albeit somewhat 'frozen'- which is exactly what the US wants. If the US can constrain and marginalize the Assad government- then they win. As does Israel.

For Syria to truly win this- the US has to exit and the kurdish annexed territories need to be returned to Syria proper- all displaced persons need to be able to go back to their land and homes- anything less then this is ok with the US/Israel/Kurds.

greencrow said...

I note that Lavrov publicly doubted the veracity of the Washington Post report--that the US plans to stay in Syria indefinitely. There are two warring factions in the US and ONE of them wants continuous war and chaos in the Middle East for the sake of Israel. The other one wants (presumably) to extricate the US from under the thumb of Israel....before a nuclear conflagration.

Re the of the goals of the Syrian War was to destroy the State of Syria so that Israel could finally grab the Golan and develop the oil deposits there. I don't think continuing the "frozen' current status of the Golan was what USrael wanted. The victory of Putin/Assad was a total loss for them in this regard.

I agree that Syria must re-establish sovereignty and military control over ALL of Syrian lands. Time is on their said...the US cannot maintain expensive bases in perpetuity...without some losses somewhere else in their "unipolar" world wide empire [sarc]. Assad did say sometime in the past year that if the US won't leave of their own accord...the only alternative was to fight them and take the land back.