The Obama Administration today realized what everyone else has known for quite some time, that their strategy in the new ISIS war in simply not working. Unfortunately, they seem to be shifting toward even deeper escalation of the war, particularly in Syria.
Officials are now describing the “Iraq first, then Syria” strategy for destroying ISIS as “untenable,” and while continuing to present the war goal as the destruction of ISIS, they seem to be heading down the road of less direct conflict with them.
Instead, the new Syria strategy appears to be the military removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even though his forces are the major significant anti-ISIS force inside Syria, and officials now seem to believe that ousting Assad first and cobbling together a new regime from the non-existent “moderate” factions that the Pentagon is supposed to be creating, is the key to the war.
Which is to say that the war is even less tenable than it was before, as between attacks on ISIS, Nusra, and Islamic Front fighters, and now the Assad government, the US is fighting materially all of the combat forces inside Syria at the same time, even the ones that are aligned with their publicly-stated goals.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R – GA) cheered the announcement, while pushing for further escalation, insisting the war needed more boots on the ground. Chambliss was similarly vague on how this new strategy would even conceivably work, saying only that the US would have to hope some moderate faction would emerge and benefit the US in some unforeseen way.
The policy, in that regard, isn’t so much changed as simply escalated, as US policy has from the start been to do things that don’t make any sense, and to keep fingers crossed that their war will be won in spite of themselves.
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I think if the US and the coalition of the killing will be making a big mistake if they start bombing Assad.
Because I'm pretty sure Russia, China and Iran have had enough of there BS.
Get the basic English straight….
their BS, not there BS.
'Their' shows possession, 'there' is a place!
oh pleasee get a liffe. BTW-What are yous contributing to antiwar.com?
Looks to me the US is getting it's marching orders from nutandyahoo.
The GOP chicken hawk scum never saw a (war) it didn't like, since none of these
cowards will have their boots on the ground. Most of the chicken hawk garbage
doing (all) the chirping had received (deferments).
The same can be said for the Democrats. It was they that subverted the elected Ukrainian government with a fascist nazi backed coup. In fact Obama seems to be trying to outdo Bush.
As I (said) before, my (opinion) is that neither of these
parties are worth a damn for the citizen living in the
USG. Both are whores and prostitutes for the MIC,
Wall Street, Big Business, AIPAC, etc.
Israel has spoken again.
I'll also be downing a quart of hundred proof in order to defeat alcoholism.
ISIS is a creation of the US and its allies to not only destabilise the middle east but to oust the assad regime. Iran is on the horizon….
USG strategy always been about removing Syrian government, USG strategy always been about removing the Iranian government, the other reason for USG/British/EU/NATO/Saudis creation of ISIS is to remove the legitimate governments in the region replacing them with these barbarians when the western world of civilizations have managed to put them on their doggy leashes making sure that stolen people's oil and gas are sold to oil companies mafias in the region, such as Turkish Erdogan regime.
Utter madness, the US is insane. This is like the 1930's when another 'indispensable exceptional' country took the world to catastrophe (remember 'uber alles'?). If the US is not stopped we are headed directly into another worldwide catastrophe. God help us.
You are correct, except for the fact that the "indispensable exceptional country" was the same one as today.
The German Reich had rather limited aspirations, such as the acquisition of living space in Eastern Europe, unlike the American Zionist Empire, which wishes to achieve "full spectrum dominance" over the entire globe.
Not quite. Hitler is known to have postponed the acquisition of colonies until after the Soviet Union was defeated. And his declaration of war on the US means that he believed that the US could be defeated by the axis. Then Japan would have become the junior partner.
Hitler was not interested in recovering Germany's overseas colonies, much less acquiring more; the German Navy was not large enough to oversee and administer a world empire.
His main goal was acquiring living space in Eastern Europe, in Ukraine in particular.
Hitler's reasons for declaring war on the U.S. were a response to a long series of policies and provocations authored primarily by F.D.R. , including the waging of an undeclared naval war against German shipping in the Atlantic. F.D.R. was desperate to get the U.S. involved in a war against Germany; he finally succeeded through, as he put it, the "back door" of Japan.
So basically US foreign policy now is 'kill anything that moves'. The goal? Blowback, in order to justify more killings. Can't wait for nuremberg-type trials to come to DC.
but isnt blowback supposed to be unintended and unforseen ? if its intended then its not blowback.
If we can all see the idiocy of such a policy then surely the powers that be can! if so, then we can only assume that chaos is the stated goal of these policies, and we know who they think benefits from all of this chaos, the Israelis have wanted to degrade syria for a long time, i believe it was in the clean break papr where they talk about how beneficial a civil war in syria would be.
Sure, they'll sell it as unintended. It's not like they'll ever come clean about their real purposes.
This is a very scary escalation. Maybe this was the plan from the start. Use ISIS as the pretext and quickly turn on Assad just as U.S. forces appear in theater. Won't be long before a suicide bomb attack creates the next pretext for another escalation. But this may turn into a very major war if Obama is serious. Or Assad may respond as he does with Israel. Ignore their provocations.
Total insanity. In Syria, the Assad regime is the only effective curb to Israeli Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) terror.
As Euripides put it, "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."
So, then ISIS is really on our side…
If this in fact is the new strategy, the fellas and gals in the White House and Administration will be turn out to be even dumber S.O.B.s than they've been to date as they have dragged the U.S. through the mud in an ever deeper descent into foreign policy insanity.
Why does the United Snakes has to be involved at all? Can´t you just stop being israels & big oil´s enforcer and just trade instead of stealing? In the inevitable multipolar world, you don´t have to own, occupie, kill and regime change everything, if you still insist to do, the burden will break your back and you will implode.
There was an election in Syria and to nobody´s surprise, Dr. Bashar al Assad won. Not because it was rigged, it wasn´t according to int. observers and they certainly didn´t need to, but because President Assad and his government didn´t run and hide as the US and it´s Zionazi master occupying part of their territory, say they would. They stood and stand tall and are successfully fighting off hordes of foreign cuttroaths on US, israel, Turkey and the medieval Saudi´s payroll. They are also rebuilding the country while at it and while Obongo and his white masters sends in yet more freaks while pretending to fight them as well.
That said, this is probably yet another verbal test baloon to see if Russia who still remain outside the coast with the biggest armada of warships ever in the region has changed it´s mind, obviously, it hasn´t ,and it also failed to be distracted by the US imposed Nazi junta´s war on the "subhumans" (untermenchen) in Novorossiya, in rump-ukraine. The US (israel) is stuck, their Frankenstein monster out of control and can´t really do anything without Russian support…
Wasn’t this the same strategy they had for Lybia? Now Lybia has become a play ground for extremist jihadists, talk about consistency.
People who call these millionaires who have gained control of history’s biggest war machine “stupid” and insane”, etc., are themselves confused.
History is studded with highly successful mass murderers, national leaders who were clearly psychopaths, and entire nation's taken over by a kind of temporary insanity. Are you saying a plan to rely on hope that things just work out is well thought out and intelligent? Or that acquiring large amounts of money – often by inheritance – is somehow an indicator of sanity and high intelligence? I don't think that would take long to disprove. Mad King Ludwig comes to mind, as does George III.
Absolutely predictable hence not a surprise. However this is not only about Assad but also about the Russian naval base in Syria.
"…the US would have to hope some moderate faction would emerge and benefit the US in some unforeseen way."
This was the operational plan for the Bushco invasion of Iraq; overthrow the Iraqi government, install the US puppet and then hope that the puppet remains servile – even though the puppet was ideologically aligned with "mortal enemies" in Tehran. The whole thing begged the question, what were they smoking? But then, the goal wasn't to actually install a functioning government but create the instability that would, with a little help from that whole cloth creation ISIS, devolve into complete societal collapse enabling the furtherance of the PNAC plan for the destabilization of the entire ME.
Mission Accomplished! That's what that iconic banner was really talking about; the successful kickoff to complete destruction of modern non-Christian societies.
There are some great commentators here, and I hope not to discourage any of them when I say Generalissimo x is the best. But his recent one line " i guess America hasn't failed in enough military enterprises", is Totally Wrong.The real powers behind this M.E. rampage ( take your pick) i.e.neo-cons,zionist,oligarchy,new world order cosmopolitans,have engineered exactly what they set out to do.Have the worlds lone super power rain enough misery down on their perceived enemies,so as to leave their societies suffering and in total chaos .Mission Accomplished
i don’t understand this “must be approved” could you please expain ?
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If only this were a movie, it would be tremendously entertaining. But since these are real-life psychopaths, blowing up living human beings and driving America into bankruptcy, its humor quickly evaporates.
So the US will focus on ousting ISIS's most competant enemy as a way of defeating ISIS. What a brilliant strategy!
It's a bit like defeating Nazi Germany by first destroying the Red Army.
We are ruled by lunatics.
Good luck with that!
I can only imagine what we would be saying were this any other country making pointless war all over the globe with the intent of "full spectrum dominance".
Skumbag would be one of the more kinder epithets.
So this is what Obama meant when he talked about "hope and change": Hoping for some as yet unidentified "moderate faction" to step in so the Assad regime can be changed.
The 'it's all about oil' is a bogus yet convenient distraction from the fact that it's really all about Israel.
Warmongering actually hurts the oil business. And with the astronomical amount of money we have spent killing Muslims for Israel we could have just bought all the damn oil.
The US oil companies are not the big winners in these slaughters. China is the one getting the big oil deals.
Not to mention the fact that 'oil companies' don't want to attack Iran, only lift sanctions. So who has the power to keep the sanctions in place?
It follows to reason, since big oil wants stability not chaos in the ME. Only Israel stands to gain thru chaos.
So Zionism does not get all the blame, I would toss in the military industrial complex and those flag waving super patriots who get their jollies from wars.
Mr Nobel Price….Assad has just ordered a bunch of SS 300 !
Another failed state split between factions in the Middle East. The clean break strategy is continuing without missing a beat.
Did I or did I not say REPEATEDLY here that the ENTIRE goal of the Syria crisis was to enable the US and NATO and Israel to degrade Syria's military capability so that Israel could attack Hizballah in Lebanon through Syria territory in order to degrade THEIR military capability – all of which would be merely a strategic prelude to another ten-year war with Iran?
It has taken a roundabout way to get there, but the goal – one Obama was on board with from Day One – has always been to create a new multi-year – or even multi-decade – war to replace the profits of the military-industrial complex which would be lost now that Afghanistan and (previously) Iraq were winding down.
Well, here we are – a deliberate statement that Syria WILL be attacked. And once the Syrian military has been degraded enough, Israel will attack Lebanon. And once that is done, Israel will attack Iran, and then the US will attack Iran. That has been the game plan for the last four years.
Not a word on corporate media about this tonight.
Global nuclear war. At least if that happens some of the wealthy and the "better than the rest of us" non-cannon fodder might actually pay for their stupidity.
No more young people's lives wasted. Draft the 45+ windbags and hacks. I'll volunteer to watch their backs and if I see their fronts running away, well, war is messy.
I went to school, got married and raised my children – every young person has the right to do the same. Let the old men fight it out.
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