I found a reference to this “The Grayzone” article by Ben Norton this morning. The article was written back on 5 November 2019 and updated on 25 January 2021. The original article detailed the revised CSIS plan for regime change in Syria. I say revised because the original plan of arming and training jihadis to take down Damascus failed miserably.
The January update to this article consisted entirely of noting that “The Joe Biden administration has selected diplomat Dana Stroul as the top Pentagon official for Middle East Policy, Al-Monitor reported.” That’s it! Nothing more. The creator of this ghoulish four point strategy is now officially in charge of implementing that policy. The subtitle of the revised Grayzone article says it so succinctly that it’s worth repeating.
The head of Middle East policy for President Biden’s Pentagon boasted that the US military “owned” 1/3rd of Syrian territory, including its oil/wheat-rich “economic powerhouse,” outlining a sadistic US strategy to prevent reconstruction of the “rubble.”
How the hell did we get here? The simple answer is that we are still addicted to doing Israel’s bidding. It is the monkey on our back. It was the addiction that animated our policy of trying to use jihadis to overthrow the Damascus government and it’s the addiction that’s driven us to try to use the Rojava Kurds to destroy the rest of Syria. And the Rojava Kurds can’t see we are using them, even after we readily abandoned Rojava proper to Erdogan and his jihadis in 2019.
Our support of the YPG started out on a high note. When the YPG was reduced to holding Kobane against near certain extermination at the hands of the IS jihadis in 2014, the US came to the rescue by bombing the dog shit out of the jihadis. Our air support and resupply missions took off from there. Remember the uproar about the two dozen Green Berets working with the YPG? I do and I couldn’t have been prouder.
So where did we go wrong? Our policy of arming jihadis was going to hell in a hand basket. The R+5 was steadily grinding up the both the IS jihadis and our jihadis. We needed some other way to topple Damascus. So we decided to use the YPG and their SDF Syrian Arab allies rather than assisting them in their fight against the jihadis. The 22nd of October 2017 was a critical day in Syria‘s war. That day the YPG/SDF, with US air support captured the Al-Omar oil field from IS jihadis before the Syrian Army was able to get there. This one incident is arguably responsible for much of the economic challenges facing Damascus today.
But there was a way out. Trump didn’t buy into the regime change crap and saw no upside to continued US presence in Syria. In a moment of bold brilliance, he called for a complete withdrawal from Syrian territory. The Borg panicked. They devised a plan to convince Trump to stay. Like a Grima Wormtongue, they put it in economic terms, a cost-benefit analysis. They played the President. On 21 October 2019 Trump said “We want to keep the oil. Maybe we’ll have one of our big oil companies to go in and do it properly.” On 23 October Trump reiterated “We’ve secured the oil and therefore a small number of US troops will remain in the area where they have the oil and we’re going to be protecting it. And we’ll be deciding what we’re going to do with it in the future.” On 27 October 2019, Trump commented that “We own the oil fields.” Robert O’Brien reinforced those words the same day. The regime change plan was saved.
Now under Biden, the oil profit charade is no longer needed. By putting Dana Stroul, one of the architects of the new version of the Syrian regime change plan, in charge of the Pentagon office responsible for implementing that plan, Biden has clearly demonstrated that he bought into that plan. If he ever waivers, all the Borg has to do is to whisper Russia into Joe’s ear.
The only way to break this addiction is to perform an intervention. Iran appears to be doing just that with the attacks on the supply convoys in Iraq as Larry Johnson reported yesterday. It’s a classic resistance strategy. I expect more of this. I gather Biden has no real interest in staying in Iraq. And if leaving Iraq is the price to pay for reviving the JCPOA, I think Biden may be willing to pay. If we leave Iraq, staying in Syria will be problematic. That may be Teheran’s ultimate aim. Will the Borg let that happen? I don’t know.
Another possible way to beak the addiction is through diplomatic and public pressure. Russia and China can do this at the UN and through raising the issue to the US public. You know… an influence operation.
“As I underscored at the UN today, the U.S. stands with the Syrian people and the international community in calling for a nationwide ceasefire and humanitarian access to Syrians in need. The U.S. is the single largest humanitarian donor to the Syrian people.”
These are the words of Tony Blinken who spoke at the UN a few days ago on the subject of Syria. What he failed to point out is that the bulk, if not all, of that US humanitarian aid goes only to the US/SDF controlled area of Syria. It’s all part of the plan… regime change in Damascus. What Russia and China should do is point out how hollow Blinken’s words are. And do it loudly and repeatedly. Articles like Larry’s help, too. The American people need to know.