For months now, ISIS has controlled “more than half” of Syria’s territory. Al-Qaeda controls the Idlib Province, and they and various other factions control the border with Jordan. Meanwhile, Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has been acting as de facto independent for over a year, seizing disputed territory including the city of Kirkuk, while ISIS holds much of Western Iraq, including the major city of Mosul, which they’ve had for over a year.
It’s worth asking at this point whether Syria and Iraq are even a thing anymore, or indeed if they’ll become a thing again in the future. While the official US stance is “yes,” Pentagon intelligence chief Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart conceded at a defense conference today that he has “a tough time” seeing either nation ever really coming back together.
Lt. Gen. Stewart said he had a hard time envisioning the Kurds returning to Iraqi central government rule, and that he can envision Syria being fractured into “two or three parts,” though the US goal in both cases is to try to maintain the states as they exist on the map right now.
Most are loathe to admit the reality, that these splits have in many ways already happened, and CIA Director James Brennan maintained that both Iraq and Syria still have the same borders, it’s just that neither one actually controls those borders. That recognition, however, reflects that de jure Syria and Iraq are dramatically different from de facto Syria and Iraq, and that how they appear on the map is increasingly irrelevant.
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Sorry but for some reason I would first like to place an upraised midfle finger in this liar pf a Pentagon a-holes face and then to step back and send a foot into his balls; then as his hero warriors have done, piss on a fallen foe.
Once the US decided to aytack Iraq’s military and seen how easy it was to kill those stupid bast…ds and then placed them under a genocidal embargo to weaken any resolve to resist they let loose americas worthless children with guns who became.heroes fighting a helpless and non existing enemy.
The intent was to genocide Iraq.from the get go, and to harden US military tactics and brutalize civilians by them and in actuality Iraq populatiom became a live fire target practice and guinea pigs for test subjects of our new hi tech weaponry
We supported the Kurds who were even more fn barbaric towards Iraq people than Iraq had been to them.
We supported them for all 12.years of embargo and thrn aidefnthem in setting up a renewed.Kurdidtan Republic.
US political and military have no moral basis gor their existence and the populace of US sre not any more advanced a people than those who sat cheering at the slaughter in Roman ColiseumToday US ids letting military run their own war games.while politicos take bribes from energy and military industrial leaders.
The mentality of military was warned about by nations founders, but even they would not of forseen just how fn barbaric it and all US institutions have become. Where any and all of worlds peoples blood can and will be giddiy spilled as US thinks they are deserving of untold wealth and ease owned by others.
There can be but one nation of man and that nation will be inhuman in nature.
As Wesley Clark stated, recounting a a conversation he had in November 2001 with a senior military staff officer, there was a five to seven year plan to attack seven middle eastern countries: starting with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off with Iran. A little behind schedule, but they’ve hit Iraq, Libya and Syria. Wonder what’s next?
Think Bush and his band of thugs has any regrets?
No, but unfortunately Obama and his band of thugs don't have any regrets either. Syria and Libya are Obama's babies, to say nothing of what has been happening for the past several years in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere. The sad truth is that our (US) Government is run by people of both political persuasions who share common priorities centered on world political and economic dominance, regardless of how that affects ordinary folks here or anywhere on earth.
This will be tantamount to "Balkanizing" the Near-and-Middle East. It might be worth while to rmember what the Balkan led to in 1914.
SOCIOPATHS have no compassion for others, and without compassion one cannot feel guilt.
What passes for “concern ” is limited to how to remove the failed obstacles so they can continue on in satisfying their fantacies.
They do not fail, although they may publicly say they did, but that is not a real admission only a tactic to deflect blame so they can continue in their own world..
General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years
"This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran." I said, "Is it classified?" He said, "Yes, sir." I said, "Well, don't show it to me." And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, "You remember that?" He said, "Sir, I didn't show you that memo! I didn't show it to you!"
General Wesley Clark Asked About 7 Country War Plan
That CIA Director James Brennan, whose family hails from Monaghan, Ireland – right on the border with Northern Ireland – doesn't recognize ethnic/religious based partition when it is staring him in the face is hard to believe.
Best thing for Iraq and Syria is to let people form their own independent communities and keep the US out of it
"…though the US goal in both cases is to try to maintain the states as they exist on the map right now…"
Spare me. The US goal has been quite obvious – break Syria up, giving a chunk to Turkey, a chunk to Jordan, chunks for the Alawites and other groups (except the Kurds), and making Israel's claims to the Golan Heights legal and permanent.
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