Sunday, March 05, 2017

Trump Increasing US Aggression

Trump Increasing US Aggression

by Stephen Lendman

World conditions remain perilously unsafe under Trump. Hope for something better vanished in the early days of his administration.

Major media reports are always suspect. It remains to be seen if two discussed below prove true.

On Friday, ABC News said “(t)he Pentagon has quietly ordered new commando deployments to the Middle East and North Africa amid an unprecedented series of American airstrikes in Yemen,” according to unnamed counterintelligence officials.

Claims about combating ISIS and al-Qaeda are fabricated. Both terrorist groups and others are US creations, used as imperial foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.

An unnamed special forces member was quoted, saying “(w)e don’t know for sure what will happen, but the boys really think we’re going to see a lot of action on this deployment because of the new administration.”

CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel said more US forces may be needed in Syria and Iraq. Visiting Baghdad in late February, Defense Secretary Mattis signaled increased US regional military operations.

Saying deployed forces serve as advisors belies their direct involvement in combat - reported casualties occurring in Iraq and Yemen, perhaps others in Syria kept under wraps.

The NYT reported increased US forces near Manbij, Syria, saying “(p)hotographs of American troops in Stryker vehicles and armored Humvees flying American flags circulated on Saturday on social media.”

Pentagon forces in Syria and other US war theaters are part of America’s imperial project, supporting, not combating terrorism, advancing aggression, not deterring it, The Times failed to explain.

Battlefield successes in Syria by government forces, greatly aided by Russian aerial operations, concern Washington.

Commander of US forces in Syria and Iraq General Stephen Townsend warned about government troops advancing to within “rifle range” of (moderate terrorist) Arab fighters supported by Washington.

Russian General Sergei Rudskoi said “Syrian armed…units have been deployed to the territory held by Kurdish self-defense forces on March 3” - close to where Turkish troops are operating illegally.

Government forces and Russian air power continue defeating the US-backed scourge of terrorism in Syria. Increased Pentagon regional militarism may slow progress.

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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