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The mother of all clusterfucks

This one focuses specifically on Syria, but the same applies throughout the Middle East, and always will.

Put simply, Syria is a clusterf%$# of American proportions—and it’s only getting worse the longer we stay there.

The Assad family has ruled Syria since the 1970s. They’ve been a perennial geopolitical problem for Washington since that time. When the Syrian people began revolting against the autocratic reign of Bashar al-Assad in 2011, everyone in Washington grew excited. Soon, calls from the Obama Administration to the effect that “Assad must go!” informed America’s official policy toward Syria.

From there, America’s intelligence services began acting in accordance with Obama’s proclamation. Groups of Syria’s rebels were armed and trained by CIA operatives. Meanwhile, the U.S. military began getting involved, selecting their own Syrian rebel factions to arm and train—without telling the intelligence agencies. Before long, American armed and trained Syrian rebels found themselves not only fighting Assad, but also each other (thereby negating whatever opportunity they had at overthrowing Assad).

It quickly became apparent that the competing factions of America’s military-intelligence complex were were not only fighting each other, but that many (if not all) of them were jihadist groups as committed to the destruction of the United States as they were to the overthrow of Assad in Syria. It was in Syria where ISIS built its caliphate. It is believed that ISIS fighters unwittingly may have been trained and equipped by the CIA in Turkey!

These facts about Syria’s opposition not only were ignored by Washington elites, but the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party continued to provide varying levels of support for the Syrian rebels (even as American troops went to Syria in order to decimate the ISIS caliphate that had grown there). America’s covert intelligence and military services had become lost in a wilderness of mirrors and shadows. Rather than step back from the situation and reassess, Washington just kept plunging forward, hoping that the problem would sort itself out with the right combination of American military aid and pressure.

Then came the added complication that Assad was being supported by Iran and Russia. Washington’s apparatchiks reasoned that the United States could not simply leave Syria then because to do so would be to hand the country over to Iran and Russia! Of course, under the Assad Regime, Syria has been a Russian client going back to the 1970s and an Iranian one going back to the 1980s. This is to say nothing of the fact that the Assad family belongs to the Alawite clan, which are a subgroup of the Shia Islam faith (and Iran is a predominantly Shiite state). Dislodging either Russia or Iran from Syria—without totally removing Assad from power—was a fantasy that only Washington’s uniparty could convince itself to believe.

Nevertheless, Washington chose to intensify its operations in Syria—risking war both with Russia and Iran, even as its Syrian “rebel” factions turned on America and each other.

As difficult to believe as you may think it—and it is—the story gets even more convoluted and clusterfuck-ish from there, with Turkey providing on object lesson on why NATO is useless, outmoded, unhelpful at best, and no longer worth the trouble or expense of preserving. It’s long past time for us to get out of Syria, among too many other withering conflicts that are draining our resources, exhausting our personnel, and grinding down our equipment—all to no good end, serving no legitimate national interest, in futile pursuit of no readily-identifiable goal. Just…clusterfuck, forever and ever, amen.

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  1. “It is believed that ISIS fighters unwittingly may have been trained and equipped by the CIA in Turkey!” Unwittingly!!??

    From its beginning and to this day, ISIS has received recruits, weapons and money via territory controlled by the US and its allies Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Iraq and Kuwait. Until very recently, the US and Turkey allowed ISIS to export oil in convoys that crossed much of Syria and ended up in Turkish ports. The Obama administration issued a ruling that the convoys were civilian operations that could not be attacked, and Israel, which bombs everything, everywhere, conspicuously did not bomb them either. The first time the convoys and ISIS suffered significant attacks is when Russia intervened and targeted them. The US has even attacked Syrian Arab Army forces that were attacking ISIS.

    Nearly all the news outlets in the Middle East agree that ISIS is a creature of the US, Turkey and Israel, although one that has slipped its leash.

  2. Writing as a Zionist Jew… Assad is a monster. A horrific monster. ISIS is worse.

    Assad, for all the evil that he is and has done, has his eyes on THIS side of the veil of death. ISIS et al have their eyes set on the other side. Thus, Assad is controllable; he responds to incentives.

    I remember a number of years ago, reading somewhere, one of Assad’s generals saying in frustration “Don’t they understand we’re the only thing holding ISIS back?”

    The problem, as I see it, is that people want a GOOD solution. There is none. Assad is evil, but he’s the least of the evils.

    1. And Syria is one of only TWO nations in the Middle East that protect their Christian citizens. Which is why the non-Zionist Jews are hell bent on destroying it.

  3. Get out of these countries and let them stew in their own juice sounds really appealing, and it’s probably the right thing to do.

    Until some little group of bastards comes out of one of these abandoned hellholes and knocks down parts of our cities.

    It’s not simple. And I wish I had better solutions.

  4. Just…clusterfuck, forever and ever, amen.

    You referring to Congress, the Presidents up until Trump, or Syria?

  5. You might be surprised to find out how few Americans know about the Syria/Russian history and think this is all a new conlusiony thing.

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