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US Strategy in Syria: ‘Create Quagmires Until We Get What We Want’

A general view shows a damaged street with sandbags used as barriers in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Hosam Katan

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com:


In 2013, top Obama Administration officials described their policy in the Syrian War as one of keeping the war going. The administration wanted a big seat at the table for a political settlement, which officials clarified meant ensuring that the war kept going so that there was never a clear victor.

The Trump Administration seems to be slipping into that same destructive set of priorities in Syria. The Washington Post this week quoted an unnamed Administration official as saying that “right now, our job is to help create quagmires [for Russia and the Syrian regime] until we get what we want.”

As ever, what the US really wants is to have a dominant position in post-war negotiations, so they can dictate the form that post-war Syria takes. This means ensuring that the Syrian government doesn’t win the war outright.

That’s not as realistic as it once was, with the Assad government, backed by Russia, having retaken virtually all of the rebel-held territory except for a far north bastion in Idlib, dominated by al-Qaeda. This means the US now has to save al-Qaeda to keep the war going, which if we’re being honest has been a recurring undercurrent in US policy in Syria for years.

It is this desire that has the US repeatedly threatening Syria and warning them not to attack Idlib. It is this desire that is sparking almost daily US threats to intervene militarily if the Idlib offensive involves chemical weapons. Most importantly, it is this desire that has Russia very much believing media reports that the rebels could “stage” a fake chemical attack just to suck the US into the war, and be fairly confident it would work.

The US is, after all, constantly talking about an imminent chemical attack despite there being no reason to think Syria is poised to launch one. At times, US officials have privately conceded that there is no sign Syria is making any moves to even ready such weapons for the offensive. Yet several times a week, the US issues statements with allegations of a chemical plot featuring prominently, setting the stage for a reaction.

The Syrian War has been nearing its endgame for months now, with Israeli officials conceding it is all but over as far as they are concerned (while vowing not to honor any post-war deals). When a war is lost and a plan has failed, however, the US government is often the last to know, and that has them determined to drag the war on as long as possible.

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Rick Oliver
Rick Oliver
September 5, 2018

The Terrorist Organisation aka the US/UK/ NATO /UN can quietly fade into oblivion as far as Syria goes , less they suffer the big bombs of war very shortly !! Who do they honestly think they are , even suggesting a pullout / peace plan , when they are nothing short of a sad bunch of Burglars , trying to make a dollar by gate – busting a war they only created over a decade ago !! Go on fuck off !!!!

J Roderet
J Roderet
September 5, 2018

This will not work. Washington is running out of terrorists willing to die for the US and ISISrael. Syria and Russia will win in the end.

JPH
JPH
September 5, 2018

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI’s “The Grand Chessboard, American Primacy & Its Geostrategic Imperatives (1997)” introduction chapter: Eurasia is thus the chessboard on which the struggle for global primacy continues to be played, and that struggle involves geostrategy—the strategic management of geopolitical interests. It is noteworthy that as recently as 1940 two aspirants to global power, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, agreed explicitly (in the secret negotiations of November of that year) that America should be excluded from Eurasia. Each realized that the injection of American power into Eurasia would preclude his ambitions regarding global domination. Each shared the assumption that Eurasia is… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
September 5, 2018

Bastards!!!

AM Hants
AM Hants
September 5, 2018

Now the world knows about the planned ‘chemical weapon false flag’. Even the UN, OPCW, plus, The Hague have been given the evidence, so rather then cancel it, the White Helmets, have decided to change the venue.

White Helmets Change Plan for False-Flag Chemical Attack in Idlib

https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/08/31/white-helmets-change-plan-for-false-flag-chemical-attack-in-idlib/

Tibetan Cowboy
September 5, 2018

Waiting waiting waiting for Syrian and Russian sinking the USA naval convoy offshore. Putin is saving this planet from nuclear war. How? Read this: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50159.htm. And read “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” to understand how both Russia and China will defeat the USA in any conventional war, with tactics and strategy different from the USA’s. First good book I’ve read that charts the collapse of the USA into civil war and then breaks up into several sovereign nations. Current in its reporting and description of weaponry, it’s a must read if you want a picture of what’s coming.

veth
veth
September 5, 2018

Russia destroyed Syria, so they will pay for the reconstruction, same for Donbass.

AM Hants
AM Hants
September 5, 2018

I have just come accross this Vanessa Beeley/Whitney Webb article, which provides a decent summary with regards the history of those who wish to take out the ‘7 nations in 5 years’. Goes well with the article above.

INSIDE THE “HUMANITARIAN” REGIME-CHANGE NETWORK EXPLOITING JO COX’S DEATH
Written by Vanessa Beeley Whitney Webb on August 28, 2018… https://bsnews.info/inside-the-humanitarian-regime-change-network-exploiting-jo-coxs-death/

BobValdez
BobValdez
September 5, 2018

No war, no profits for the jews running the us sewer nation.

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Russian oligarch admits to collusion…with Robert Mueller’s FBI