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US: Everything-But-the-War Strategy for Iraq and Syria

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According to US Air Force Lieutenant General Charles Brown, Washington and its allies will increase the attacks against ISIL in the coming weeks. His comments come amid reports that President Obama has outlined an everything-but-the-war strategy for Iraq and Syria. In a telling signal about his own expansive version of the “Global War on Terror,” Obama says the Pentagon will also send “military advisers” to Syria.

Hints in these remarks suggest that under the pretext of fighting terror and helping “moderate” terrorists in Syria – which the Pentagon has already acknowledged remain only in name – Obama plans to expand his ongoing covert operations in Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Pakistan, to include the Syrian and Iraqi territories. In other words, Iraq and Syria will become new fronts in Washington’s drone war.

Perhaps that explains why religious leaders and governments in Syria and Iraq are so much against any new US intervention. There are many reasons for this:

* For those of us in the reality-based community, the US-led counter-ISIL coalition was a catastrophe from day one. More than a year after their summer quests in Iraq and Syria, no one would have the slightest problem linking the death cult of ISIL to places like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, the UAE, Qatar and even Europe.

* Some ISIL members are European nationals holding European passports. Equally, Iraq and Syria now house a rudimentary terrorist proto-state, a creature birthed into the world in significant part thanks to the dreams and fantasies of the US government and its regional vassals.

* Across the region, ISIL and al-Qaeda wannabes of every sort (including Europeans) are creating an arc of instability and chaos through sectarian conflicts. As Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei maintains, “This is not a war between Shias and Sunnis, as the US government would like us to believe.” Quite the opposite, this is a foreign-made nightmare. A nightmare that is destined to get worse if the US begins its new shock and awe campaign.

* US airstrikes, particularly in Syria, have killed many civilians already – though the Pentagon is officially denying any deaths. The US warplanes have also attacked and destroyed civilian targets like hospitals, silos, schools, oil refineries, and airports in Syria. The new push seems to be aiming for these sorts of targets again – as the terrorist goons are admittedly hiding in these areas.

* It is the irony of ironies. The US is to carry out the new bombings with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE, Jordan and Turkey on board. These regimes are themselves the region’s worst sectarian agitators. They are at the vanguard of efforts to dismantle a terrorist organization that is essentially of their own creation.

Despite all this and more, President Obama insists America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with its vassals “on behalf of our common security.” However, including them in a bogus coalition to fight the very sectarian monster they helped create is yet another reason why the new mission creep into Iraq and the clear case of aggression against Syria to affect regime change is destined for failure

Date:November 22, 2015

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