According to the Washington Post, Obama “ordered the Pentagon to find and kill the leaders of an al-Qaeda-linked group, Al-Nusra in Syria that the administration had largely ignored until now and that has been at the vanguard of the fight against the Syrian government, (unnamed) US officials said.
Fact: His war on ISIS is phony. It’s destroying infrastructure and massacring civilians in Syria and Iraq – while pretending to be fighting terrorists, the elements America created and continues supporting in all countries where they’re deployed.
WaPo: Obama is “concern(ed) that (al-Nusra) is turning parts of Syria into a new base of operations…”
Fact: Obama continues using ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers to oust Assad and destroy Syrian sovereignty.
WaPo: His “move underlies the extent to which (he) prioritize(s) the counterterrorism mission over efforts to pressure President Bashar al-Assad to step aside…”
Fact: The way to defeat terrorism in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere is for Washington and its rogue allies to stop arming, funding, training, directing and otherwise supporting these imperial foot soldiers.
WaPo: “The United States has conducted sporadic strikes in the past against veteran al-Qaeda members who migrated to northwestern Syria from Afghanistan and Pakistan to join al-Nusra and whom US officials suspected of plotting against the United States and its allies.”
Fact: Washington supports these fighters along with Pentagon-led “coalition” warplanes waging war on Syria, not on any terrorist group operating in the country or Iraq.
WaPo: Obama’s “new order gives the US military’s Joint Special ¬Operations Command, or JSOC, wider authority and additional intelligence-collection re-sources to go after al-Nusra’s broader leadership, not just al-Qaeda veterans or those directly involved in external plotting.”
Fact: Obama wants Syria turned into another US vassal state, gaining another imperial trophy.
WaPo: “(A)ides say Obama grew frustrated that more wasn’t being done by the Pentagon and the intelligence community to kill al-Nusra leaders given the warnings he had received from top counter¬terrorism officials about the gathering threat they posed.”
Fact: Washington continues supporting all terrorist groups it claims to oppose – in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. Claims otherwise are Big Lies.
It remains to be seen whether Trump will continue US aggression in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. He accused Obama of making a mess out of the region. He can’t undo spilt milk but can stop spilling more of it.
Once in office, he’ll have a chance to change policy responsibly – a key test on whether he’s for endless wars or diplomacy to resolve ongoing ones.
A Final Comment
In response to the Washington Post’s article, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said “in foreign policies and diplomacy, reactions are given to official statements, and as yet we have not seen anything of the kind.”
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said “(t)he new (US) president was elected only two days ago so it is too early to make any plans.” At this time, Russia intends no counterterrorism cooperation with Washington.