I’ve said this for years. The neocon strategy in the Middle East is total, unrelenting war and mass murder, not the delivery of “democracy,” but rather to destabilize and remake nations into compliant client states approved of by Israel.
So when an “unnamed” Trump administration official said “our job is to help create quagmires [for Russia and the Syrian regime] until we get what we want,” I wasn’t surprised.
This is the Trump response to the battle for Idlib, where a US engineered proxy, al-Qaeda, is holed up.
However, it probably isn’t fair to call this a Trump decision. The Donald doesn’t make foreign policy calls—unless his daughter is upset about something like staged chemical attacks—and he has delegated foreign policy strategy and decisions to the Pentagon and his neocon national security adviser, John Bolton, and the former CIA boss, now secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.
Recall Trump saying our only business in Syria is the fight to eradicate the Islamic State. However, this threat was largely suppressed by Russia and Iran, not Trump, Pompeo, and Mad Dog.
According to The Washington Post, Trump’s secretary of defense and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo made this “rediscovery” of Syria while the nation was distracted by the death of John McCain.
Sergey Lavrov is defending Syrian and Russian assault on #Idlib. The Russians and Assad agreed not to permit this. The U.S sees this as an escalation of an already dangerous conflict.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 31, 2018
Trump’s neocon national security adviser, John Bolton, “warned publicly last week that the United States would respond ‘very strongly’ if President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons,” in other words, if the elected leader of Syria tries to remove the last vestiges of US-Saudi Wahhabi mercenaries from his country, the US will respond “very strongly,” that is to say more bombs will fall, more innocents will die, and Russia may very well be targeted in Syria.
The alliance between US and Israel has never been stronger. I look forward to discussing a range of challenges and opportunities – Iran chief among them – that confront our two nations. pic.twitter.com/JOgQ4tzy3U
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) August 20, 2018
U.S. goals in Syria have been sketched publicly by Pompeo and Mattis: withdrawal of all Iranian-commanded forces from the country, rather than just from a 50-mile buffer zone along the Israel border, as in the deal Russia arranged; and a political transition that can prevent Syria from becoming a terrorist base again and stabilize it enough that refugees can return to their homes. Pompeo and Mattis want more U.S. involvement in the Geneva deliberations on a political transition, too.
In short, Syria’s capitulation to Israel and the neocons.
This is not going to happen and Bolton, Mattis, and Pompeo know it. The ultimate plan for Syria was formalized decades ago by Israel and later adopted by a gaggle of Israel-first neocons.
Israel, however, knows it does not have the military resources to push into Syria and depose al-Assad and drive out the Iranians, so that job will be completed by the United States. “Israeli officials say they’ve concluded that only the United States can drive Iranian commanders from the field,” reports the Post.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said last week the al-Qaeda associate Levant Liberation Committee planned a false flag chemical attack “in the northern Idlib province, and that it would be filmed by first-responders known as the White Helmets, who Russia has accused of fabricating past attacks,” the Associated Press reported.
According to Russian Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov, British special services were to be used for the false flag.
That brought a heated denial Tuesday from Britain’s U.N. ambassador. “Even by the egregious standards of Russian propaganda, this is an extraordinary allegation,” Karen Pierce said during a Security Council session on the humanitarian situation in Syria. “It is wholly untrue.”
However, considering the history of British intelligence and centuries of brutal colonialism and violence by the United Kingdom, Ms. Pierce’s denial holds little water. As the findings of the Chilcot committee revealed, the UK is up to its neck in collusion with the US and its wars.
How to counter Tsygankov’s accusation? Denounce it as “fake news,” the now preferred method of countering all that challenges the narrative, in this case a fictional account that lacks any evidence to turn it into a fact.
She said the claim was either aimed at disseminating “fake news” or “as a smoke screen for a possible impending attack by the Syrian regime, once again against its own people, in Idlib.”
It’s own people?
The Levant Liberation Committee (Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham) is a terrorist group that wants to establish a Salafist caliphate in Syria. It is led by Abu Mohammad al-Julani, the emir of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, who also led its predecessor, al-Nusra Front, otherwise known as al-Qaeda in Syria.
Bolton and Pompeo must now decide how to proceed. The false flag chemical attack was exposed by the Russians, but that doesn’t mean the Trump neocons will jettison the plan.
The neocons rely on The Washington Post and The New York Times to put the appropriate spin on things in order to keep the American people in the dark.