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December 12, 2017

U.S. Surrenders On Syria - Resistance Turns Eyes On Israel

This New Yorker piece is notable for its arrogant headline, and several false assertions. Those may be necessary to divert from its real message - the U.S. surrender to the realities of Syria: Trump to Let Assad Stay Until 2021, as Putin Declares Victory in Syria

[T]he Trump Administration is now prepared to accept President Bashar al-Assad’s continued rule until Syria’s next scheduled Presidential election, in 2021, according to U.S. and European officials. The decision reverses repeated U.S. statements that Assad must step down as part of a peace process.
The Trump Administration says it still wants a political process that holds the prospect of Assad’s departure. But it has concluded that it may take until 2021, when the next election is scheduled, to pull it off.
U.S. officials worry that Assad could win the 2021 Syrian election, one way or the other, and remain in power for years to come.

The U.S. "lets Assad stay" because there is simply nothing else it can do without waging a large scale war. It has tried everything else - and lost. In 2012 it attempted to assassinate Assad, but he wasn't at the security meeting that the CIA blew up. It send 100,000 Takfiri fighters from all over the world to Syria and shipped in ten-thousands of tons of weapons and ammunition. The global anti-Syrian propaganda campaign in favor of the Takfiris was unprecedented. It tried to build a political opposition and sponsored it with hundreds of millions. It lastly invaded the country and tried to split it by force. It failed on all fronts.

The U.S. decision reflects the Administration’s limited options, the military reality on the ground, and the success of Syria’s Russian, Iranian, and Hezbollah allies in propping up the beleaguered Assad regime.
The Syrian opposition groups backed by the United States have been ineffectual. They have squabbled among themselves and split into factions.
Diplomatically, Washington has been marginalized by the powerful troika of Russia, Iran, and Turkey, which now dominates the peace process.

In 2013 the author of the piece, Robin Wright, presented the Israeli dream of a split up Middle East.


It was a remake of the "Blood Borders" map peddled in 2006 by the neoconservatives Col. Ralph Peters. That gain was an updated version of a map of a "New Middle East" by Bernhard Lewis published in Foreign Affairs. Those maps went into the trash-bin when the U.S. had to leave Iraq. Wrigth's cartographic expression of imperial arrogance will end there too.

Wright is heavily wired in Washington. She is part of the *borg* and held/holds positions at the U.S. Institute of Peace (which plans wars), the Wilson Center, Brookings and Carnegie Endowment. That she has now given up on her ludicrous map likely reflects the leading opinions within those institutions.

One wonders if the military junta in the White House is on board with this. It continues to dream of keeping Syria and Iraq under its thumb:

Col. John Thomas, spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM), said that the international coalition forces would remain in Syria to support the operations of the Arab-Kurdish “Syrian Democratic Forces” until the conclusion of negotiations on a political solution in Geneva.

He added that the US forces would continue to fight terrorist organizations close to “al-Qaeda” in Syria, including al-Nusra Front, “regardless of ISIS presence.”

Dream on.

Yesterday Putin visited Syria. He declared victory and announced that part of the Russian troops in Syria would return home. He made sure that everyone, the U.S., the Turks, the Saudis and the Israelis, understood that the troops would be back in no-time if they try to reignite the war:

"If terrorists again raise head, we will deliver such strikes on them that they haven’t seen so far," Putin told the Russian military.

Another member of the Syrian alliance, the Lebanese party Hizbullah, is now refocusing on Israel. Trump's hail-Mary pass of illegally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital came just in time to give new impetus to the resistance:

Mr Nasrallah called on the “resistance axis” — a reference to Hizbollah and its Syrian and Iranian allies and patrons — to “devote all its power and time to the Palestinians. I call on all the resistance factions in the region to unite and put one common strategy and practical plan to face this threat,” he said.

It was Israel that was behind (pdf) the campaign to dismantle Syria and Iraq. It utterly failed and the revenge will be harsh. Hizbullah is better armed and trained than ever. Battle experienced Iraqi and Iranian groups stand ready. The Syrian army is much better trained and equipped than before the war. The Iraqi resistance leader Qais Al Khazali recently visited south-Lebanon and took a look over the border into Israel. He was surveying the new battlefield.

Israel's great new alliance with Saudi Arabia has not helped its position. The Salman tyrant and his son are in an insecure position and their great relations with Trump have tanked, allegedly over the issue of Jerusalem.

The Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahoo is under pressure at home. The corruption accusation accumulate and his time in office is now limited.

Who will replace him? What is the new plan the Zionists will come up with to react to the changed situation?

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Jerusalem Post - the remaining Sunni alliance against Iran

They counted the head of states in the OIC meeting about recognition of East Jerusalem as capital of the Palestinian state.

Eighteen heads of state attended the meeting, including those of Azerbaijan, Qatar, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Lebanon and Jordan. In addition the prime ministers of Malaysia and Pakistan came to Istanbul. Leaders of several weak and failed states, such as Yemen, Somalia and Libya, showed up as well.

Lower-level attendance was common from the allies of Saudi Arabia, the same group that cut relations with Qatar in June.
The Egypt-Saudi-UAE alliance represents a new Arab core in the Middle East. In the strictest sense it opposes Iran and Iran’s proxies such as Hezbollah.

The anti-Iran Sunni alliance is down now to Egypt-Saudi-Bahrain-UAE.

Frankly, I would not count Egypt in.

The don't mention Iraq. The OIC in Iraq is interesting.

Posted by: somebody | Dec 14, 2017 2:21:34 AM | 101

somebody 101

My impression of Egypt, for some time now, is that they only pay lip service to the Saudi's. They will jump ship at the right time for them.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Dec 14, 2017 2:31:11 AM | 102

Peter AU 1 | Dec 14, 2017 2:31:11 AM | 102

Egypt seems to be cozying up to Russia again.
Russia will/has been given full use of Egypt's military airfields. And ditto Egypt using Russian airfields.
It's been suggested Libya may be Russia's next project, we'll see...

Posted by: V. Arnold | Dec 14, 2017 4:16:28 AM | 103

Saudi/UAE will jump ship at the right time for them.

In other news Pence has postponed his visit to Jerusalem indefinitively.

Posted by: somebody | Dec 14, 2017 5:34:56 AM | 104

re somebody 101

The don't mention Iraq.
The meeting in Istanbul was of course a Sunni meeting, and the report version Israel. Opposition to Trump's declaration is naturally equally true among the Shi'a, but they wouldn't have been welcome in Istanbul, and if there were some there, the jpost would not have mentioned them, in order to preserve the ideological purity of the Sunnis unitedly opposed to Iran (and in agreement with Israel).

Posted by: Laguerre | Dec 14, 2017 7:21:26 AM | 105


The OIC is non sectarian. Rouhani was in Istanbul

And yes, the Jerusalem Post article mentions it,

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called in Istanbul on Wednesday for unity among Muslim nations in opposing US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Posted by: somebody | Dec 14, 2017 10:21:35 AM | 106

More information as to what transpired between Putin and Erdogan emerges, whereas global events reduced neocon junta member HR McMaster to projection spewing, which is actually rather comical.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 14, 2017 12:15:36 PM | 107

PavewayIV @97

Fascinating. Reminds me that Cork (Ireland) was supposed to be the best place to be in Europe during the "First" Cold War. All the winds come from in the Atlantic and blow towards the UK and EU. Fallout went East. Immediately,the Germans were seen buying up houses. (Could that be the subconscious reason that I quite recently reclaimed my Irish Passport?).

There are certainly other big "tunnel and cave" systems in the UK and US. About 5-10 years ago there were repeated reports of sounds of digging (tunneling) in the UK midlands and underneath US small towns. So maybe the military didn't want to go to Patagonia to find a "better 'ole". (WWI joke; Scottish soldier to another in the trenches - "If yer know a better 'ole, go to it")
I always knew there were Moles in the military - I just didn't realise that there were so many.
(This doesn't include the "Known Unknowns" like Dallas airport.)

RE: Mid Chile: One of the "National Parks" was "bought" by an Israeli Oligarch who then tried to push all the inhabitants out, presumably to preserve the ever so savage wild beasts?. Again a memeory from years back. But it does suggest that this alt-land search could have been going on for some time.

Posted by: stonebird | Dec 14, 2017 4:15:06 PM | 108

Somewhat familiar and can't remember Swift misspelling names of actual world leaders, in a non-satirical forum. A Modest Proposal wasn't based on misspelling a name. Upton Sinclair's The Jungle wasn't either. Nor various novels of Dickens. Madame de Farge wasn't made into Madame de Fart.

And this is also 2017. And also even--this, website, and b, is a fantastic resource for anyone seeking objective truth about Syria and Yemen and such--but anyone searching for objective truth might see "Netanyahoo" and rightfully instantly dismiss it as being some right-wing Jew-hating site. One that refuses even to spell the Prime Minister's name correctly.

It's a detriment. And Juvenile and non-professional. Against interests. Non-utilitarian. Not logical. Dumb. Stupid. Useless.

Posted by: Soft Asylum | Dec 14, 2017 11:21:01 PM | 109

@14 Michael

The one percent keep their legions denying climate change, while they secretly buy land in secure places. Here is peter thiel ( paypal, trump advisor),

' In his application for citizenship Thiel stated that although he had no plans to reside in New Zealand, and did not work for a New Zealand business overseas, he intended to “represent the country on the international stage”. He also donated NZ$1m to the Christchurch earthquake relief fund, and bought prime land and luxury homes in New Zealand. '

Posted by: anon | Dec 16, 2017 7:59:34 AM | 110

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