In the 1950s, the United States insisted the Soviet Union was a dire threat to America.
Investigative journalist Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed has dredged up important document from the massive WikiLeaks archive. It is a draft of an internal US Marine Corps’ Intelligence Department forecasting paper produced in coordination with Strafor, often referred to as the private CIA, states a jihadi overthrow of Bashar al-Assad as highly improbable, if not impossible.
Let’s put aside for a moment the nonsense about Russia hijacking the vote with Facebook ads and focus on the endgame.
Finally, a bit of truth from government. It came from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. He said the US has the “ability, with our Navy, to make sure the sea lanes are open, and, if necessary, to blockade [Russia and Iran] to make sure that their energy does not go to market.”
It looks like we’re headed for a brave new world where all citizens are rated on their loyalty to the state and are punished for wandering from its narrative.
Call it the gamification of repression.
After the Syrians accidentally targeted a Russian surveillance aircraft over the Mediterranean and the Russians pinned the blame on Israel, the corporate propaganda media scrambled to spin the story.
Trump and the Pentagon have sent a number of Marines to al-Tanf in Syria where they are participating in live-fire exercises. According to Reuters, the objective of the exercise is designed to send “a strong message to Russia and Iran that the Americans and the rebels intend to stay and confront any threats to their presence,” that is to say their illegal presence in Syria.