Sunday, August 28, 2016

Heading for All-Out War on Syria

Heading for All-Out War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, aided by Pentagon warplanes, terrorist fighters, and US forces on the ground, may have been prelude to longstanding US plans for toppling Assad forcefully - on the phony pretext of combating terrorism along with blaming him for Obama’s aggression, orchestrated by Hillary.

If anointed president in November, she’ll order a “full review” of America’s Syria policy, wanting unfinished business completed.

According to her chief foreign policy advisor Jeremy Bash, her top priority is getting Assad “out of there” - in other words, greater US naked aggression to replace him with pro-Western puppet governance, no matter how much more mass slaughter and destruction it takes to do it.

In early August, neocon Washington Institute for Near East Policy fellows Dennis Ross and Andrew Tabler urged America “tak(ing) a harder line against Mr. Assad and his allies.”

“Punish the Syrian government…by using drones and cruise missiles to hit (its) military airfields, bases and artillery positions where no Russian troops are present,” they said - claiming it’s in response to government forces “violating the truce.”

Fact: Russian and Syrian forces scrupulously observe it, striking US-backed terrorists slaughtering civilians, doing their best to protect them from the ravages of US aggression.

Ross, Tabler and other neocons like Hillary want Syria entirely ravaged and destroyed, scorning peaceful conflict resolution, calling for greater war than already.

Obama won’t likely escalate things more than already. Instead, public sentiment is being manipulated with Aleppo Boy and similar propaganda to accept greater conflict once Hillary succeeds him.

It comes with huge risks if undertaken. Putin pledged support for Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity, along with the right of its people alone to decide who’ll lead them.

How far will he go to keep his pledge? Will he risk East/West confrontation? Will America? Are Russia, China and Iran Washington’s next targets with Hillary as president?

Will the unthinkable become reality with her in charge - nuclear war risking life on earth? When neocon lunatics seeking unchallenged power run the asylum, anything is possible - maybe likely.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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