Saturday, August 20, 2016

Washington Threatens Damascus

Washington Threatens Damascus

by Stephen Lendman

Obama’s aim in launching war on Syria in March 2011 remains unchanged - regime change to transform its sovereign independence into another US vassal state.

Endless war continues, peace efforts stillborn because Washington rejects them. Incidents like the staged Aleppo boy stunt is the latest US effort to enlist public support for greater war on Syria than already.

Unknown numbers of US and other NATO special forces operate on the ground illegally in northern areas near Turkey’s border, aiding terrorist fighters - warning Russia and Syria to avoid bombing their positions.

On Thursday, US warplanes were scrambled on the phony pretext of protecting US-led NATO special forces from Syrian warplanes operating in the area without threatening them.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis called a non-incident a threatening one, saying “(w)e view instances that place coalition personnel at risk with the utmost seriousness, and we do have the inherent right of self-defense.”

Since Russia intervened against terrorism in Syria last September, it changed the dynamic on the ground, letting government forces regain the offensive, forcing Washington to come up with new strategies so far not working.

Significant US policy changes are unlikely during Obama’s remaining months in office. What follows matters most, especially if Hillary succeeds him, most likely at this time.

She’s dangerously hawkish, favoring a more aggressive foreign policy than already, perhaps including greater US intervention to topple Assad forcefully.

Are incidents like the Aleppo boy being created to facilitate greater war? Are plans being drawn to launch it?

Will shock-and-awe bombing follow Hillary’s ascension to power? Is greater mass slaughter and destruction coming - and not just in Syria?

Will confrontation with Russia be in play? Possible global war with nuclear weapons is the greatest threat of a third Clinton co-presidency. US imperial madness could kill us all.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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