Monday, October 10, 2016

Trump v. Hillary on Syria

Trump v. Hillary on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Hillary’s almost certain ascension to power next year assures escalated US aggression on Syria - flashpoint conditions threatening explosive East/West confrontation if not resolved.

Hillary wants Assad forcefully toppled, full-scale war her strategy of choice, including continued use of ISIS and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers.

During Sunday’s presidential debate (sic), she said “(w)e need some leverage with the Russians…” She lied adding “they’re not going to come to the negotiating table without” it.

Fact: Russia is the only world power going all-out for world peace and stability, notably in Syria and Ukraine. US subversion undermines its good faith efforts.

Hillary: “I would not use American ground forces in Syria. I think that would be a very serious mistake.”

Fact: US special forces are already there in unknown numbers (along with thousands of combat troops in Iraq). A Pentagon airbase is being illegally built on northern Syrian territory. 

American warplanes strike its infrastructure and government targets regularly, its troops deliberately at least one time - on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

Hillary lied, claiming Russia and Syria are responsible for conditions in Aleppo. Moscow isn’t paying “attention to ISIS.” It’s only “interested in keeping Assad in charge.”

Fact: Washington launched naked aggression on Syria when Hillary was secretary of state, urging and orchestrating it, raping a nonbelligerent country.

Fact: She and other neocon lunatics infesting Washington fear Aleppo’s liberation could defeat their Syrian and regional imperial ambitions.

Fact: Russia is combating ISIS and other terrorists effectively. It believes international law is inviolable. America trashes it, operating by its own rules, wanting independent countries like Syria transformed into US vassal states.

Trump explained Assad, Russia and Iran are killing ISIS fighters. “I think it would be great if we got along with Russia. We could fight ISIS together,” he said.

“Almost everything (Hillary did) in foreign policy (was) a mistake…a disaster.” US Middle East policy reflects “stupidity.”

On Monday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov cited disturbing US election campaign rhetoric, falsely blaming Russian interference, saying Moscow hasn’t and won’t intervene in America’s political process.

“(W)e know that the Russian card and the mention of our president has become an integral part of the US election campaign,” he explained.

Earlier Putin criticized anti-Russian political rhetoric, “recreat(ing) the image of the so-called empire of evil and us(ing) it for striking fear into (US) voters.”

It’s “very sad” to see how US public opinion is being “counterproductive(ly)” manipulated. “(W)e support any person in any country willing to build neighborly and partnership relations with us,” he explained.

“(O)f course, we are following closely what is happening in the United States, and we sympathize with anyone who is publicly calling for relations with Russia on an equal footing and sees that it is important both for their country and for the international community on the whole.”

Putin and other Russian officials are well aware of Hillary’s likely ascension to power next year, and the disturbing dangers she represents.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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

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