NEO – Syria: White House is Gambling with US Security

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Syria: White House is Gambling with US Security

… by  Viktor Titov,     … with New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow

 

The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg.
The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg.

[ Editor’s note:  The attacks on Syria continue with Obama saying recently he will not do anything with his ISIL bombing campaign “to stabilize Assad”. There seems to be no limit to the ridiculousness of the White House speech writers.

Pounding ISIL is supposed to put them on the defensive, which will certainly cut back on their attacking the Syrian Army, which in effect leaves the Syrian Army available to focus on fighting the other “good terrorists”.

The US and Turkey seem to be trying to cook up some kind of Rube Goldberg no-fly zone contraption over Northern Syria, to deny Syrian airstrikes on the US-trained and US-funded Terrorists within its borders.

To call the US actions in Syria an anti-terror campaign is the oxymoron of all time. But we know from our recent VT series on the Twin Towers nuclear terror attack that the whole War on Terror campaign was part of the coup that day, which is why the evidence of it has been classified. 

That is a novel way to defend America against terrorism, where we effectively give a free pass to nuclear terrorists just to save our government from the embarrassment of being “outed” for its involvement.

Few have qualms about killing the ISIL thugs, as they are certainly deserving. But could we please cease and desist with having the government lie to us all the time, like when it says it is against terrorists but then funds and trains them to terrorize those we have selected. And we would also like the administration to brief us again on the “spreading freedom and democracy part”, as we are having a bit of trouble following that part of it.

The Sandia Lab 2003 report on 9-11 is still classified. The hunt for the mini-nuke terrorists goes on at a slow pace, without the full scale push or full vetting of how the nukes got out in the first place, and who was responsible for the Davy Crockett nukes going to Israel.

We just held the thirteenth 9-11 anniversary, and no one in government has yet to own up to the coup that happened that day. All the subsequent killing and massive expenditures never touched those who really did it. And yet those in power claim to be public servants, but they won’t go after the real perpetrators. That is a really bad joke… Jim W. Dean ]

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–  First published  …  September 24, 2014  –

 

Brinksmanship
Brinksmanship

The United States along with it its regional allies started bombing Syria on September 22, which has put the Middle East region on the brink of a new major conflict. The US plan of carrying out aerial bombardments against militants of the Islamic state in Syria was supported by five Arab states – the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain.

American aircraft attacked at least 20 locations. Meanwhile, the role of Arab allies in this operation remains unclear. Obama stated on a press conference that “we were joined in this action by our friends & partners.” Yesterday bombs were falling on a large list of different targets: command and control centers, training camps and weapons stockpiles. The US Dept of Defense is using Rockwell B-1, F-16 and F-18 fighters along with MQ-1 Predator drones.

Syrian Foreign Ministry released a statement on September 23, saying that the United States notified Syria’s UN representative about the air strikes.

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby
Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby

Pentagon Press Secretary and Spokesman John Kirby announced earlier that “US military and partner nation forces have begun striking ISIL targets in Syria using mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles. However, Kirby refused to provide details on the progress of the operation.

As you may know, at the beginning of August US President Barack Obama approved air raids  against the Islamists in Iraq. While announcing his strategy of countering the Islamic state on September 11 Obama announced that US Air Force will be operating both in Iraq and in Syria.

However, informing does not constitute obtaining consent from Syrian officials. It’s no coincidence that late in the evening on September 22 Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the phone that it is imperative that all air strikes against terrorists in Syria must be coordinated with Syrian authorities. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that:

“In connection with the missile and air strikes on the positions of the terrorist organisation the Islamic State in Syria, launched by the United States with support from a number of other countries, Russia would like to note that such actions can be carried out only within the framework of international law. This implies not a formal unilateral notification of the strikes, but the existence of explicit consent of the Syrian government.”

Thus, the scope of the US military operation against the Islamic state went far beyond Iraq. The Islamists have already responded to the actions of Washington, London and Paris. First, they have executed a British hostage in Iraq and, as usual, they posted the video of execution on the Internet. Yesteday ISIL allies kidnapped a French citizen in Algeria. So we can be expecting similar actions against other countries involved in this operation against the Islamic state.

Additionally, the Islamist leaders have repeatedly warned the world leaders that their fellow citizens can become possible targets of terrorist attacks. So it’s only logical that security measures were enhanced in British airports, and all across France, while state institution buildings were provided with additional security guards.

The absurdity of the US actions is evident. No one is capable of destroying the Islamic state with air and rocket strikes alone. This will require a full scale ground operation, that should be taking advantage of the powerful multi-national military contingent as the Iraqi army along with Kurdish military units are unable to suppress Islamists, the numbers of the latter is closing to one thousand militants.

American strikes against Syria has only led to new waves of Kurdish refugees rushing to neighboring Turkey. Under these conditions, the militants of the Islamic state can change their tactics, starting a new campaign against Baghdad or starting to carry out terrorist attacks in the United States, on Europe, or on the soil of those Arab states that have taken the side of Washington.

Another ancient minority culture ethnically-cleansed
Another ancient minority culture ethnically-cleansed

Such clumsy actions of the White House are only adding  fuel to the conflict with ISIL in Iraq and now in Syria, since no effective international coalition force has been created, and such coalition can only be achieved with the participation of Russia, Iran and Syria.

It is obvious that Obama is not about fighting the Islamists, he is simply trying to increase his critically low approval rating within the country in the light of the upcoming Congress elections. He chose to show the American public a “tough guy”, especially against the backdrop the utter failure of the US policy in Ukraine that relied on the brute force scenario in the Donbass.

They pushed just to get the exact same scenario as in Iraq – in both cases government troops turned out to be helpless. But since Washington and NATO couldn’t afford bombing the positions of the militia of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, knowing all to well how it may end, they decided to launch an attack on Syria.

The Syrian army has been fighting the US-backed islamists for three years now, so the US think-tanks assumed it wouldn’t be able to provide an adequate answer to the American Air Force.

The White House has decided to embark on yet another military adventure. The “effectiveness” of US strikes has already become apparent, the first 50 air strikes have only led to the deaths of 20 militants of the Islamic state, leaving eight civilians dead, including three children. A number of administrative buildings in the northern part of Rakka.

Obama's Approval Rating at State of the Union - Percent saying they approve or disapprove of the job Obama is doing in January of each year, 2010 - 2014.
Obama’s Approval Rating at State of the Union – Percent saying they approve or disapprove of the job Obama is doing in January of each year, 2010 – 2014.

If the US military campaign continues at the same pace, then two weeks later Americans will simply run out of bombs and missiles worth hundreds of millions of dollars. And all this sabre rattling goes at the expense of the US taxpayers.

But if the Islamic state islamists and their allies will carry out a number terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe, then no one would doubt the thinking behind them. And then Obama should not be surprised if he’s going be be impeached.

It is one thing is to kill Arabs and Muslims thousand miles from home, and another is to wage war on terrorism on the American or European soils. But it seems that the American president is less aware of the possible consequences of his adventurous actions in the Middle East.

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Viktor TitovPh.D in Historical Sciences and political commentator on the Middle East, exclusively for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook.

Editing: Jim W. Dean and Erica P. Wissinger

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