The Neocons’ Real Plan for Syria Emerges from the Lack of Rubble

I told you over the weekend that Trump’s presidency was over.  As a practical matter it is.  His yielding to his ‘advisors’ on every foreign policy issue makes it clear that he can’t or won’t stand up to the relentless pressure to do what his instincts tell him.

This morning’s article at the Deep State Washington Post paints a very clear picture of what the situation is.  The advisors whose loyalties are dubious run the show.  Their thinking has not evolved one whit from previous administrations.

Remember what Russian President Vladimir Putin always says, “Presidents change. Policies do not.”

Case in point they manipulated Trump into over-reacting to the Skripal poisoning by ousting 60 Russian diplomats, even though Trump clearly wanted to match Germany and France.

The United States, they explained, would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies — part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil.

“We’ll match their numbers,” Trump instructed, according to a senior administration official. “We’re not taking the lead. We’re matching.”

The next day, when the expulsions were announced publicly, Trump erupted, officials said. To his shock and dismay, France and Germany were each expelling only four Russian officials — far fewer than the 60 his administration had decided on.

You can almost see the evil glee on the part of the WaPo writer and Trump’s staffers who misled him into signing an order they knew he disagreed with.

And this is why Trump is not president currently.  This is not the first time he’s been backed into a bad decision by the nest of vipers in his administration.

And he won’t be until he removes the worst people from his cabinet.  Unfortunately, the trend on that front is definitely not our friend.

Tillerson out. Pompeo promoted.  McMaster out (who was awful), John Bolton in (who is worse).

So, now that the WaPo is writing victory lap articles for the the Deep State in neutering Trump, let’s talk about where this is headed in regards to this weekend’s attack on Syria.

Target: Iran

I’ll get right to the point.  This attack was all about the long-game of taking down Iran.

Israel is desperate to prevent Iran from remaining in Syria after the war is over. And with good reason.  That’s the prime motivation for their actions.  But, on top of that is the need or the desire to always go farther, to take more than they should and use U.S. assets to achieve those goals which are in no one’s best interests, including Israel’s.

Because despite the rhetoric spewing forth from Lil’ Miss AIPAC, Nikki Haley, a failed state in Syria is not good for Israel.  A beaten and cowed Russia is not good for the world.  And yet, that is exactly the policy that wing of the Trump administration is pushing him to pursue.

Now, if they can’t get that because Gen. James Mattis isn’t a moron, then the next best thing is to prolong the war in Syria for as long as possible.  Why?

To bleed Iran white.  To fight a war it can’t afford and keep its best military units and commanders bound down in Syria and not have them return home to help maintain order.

Events in April are happening quickly.  First, Iran bans the use of dollars internally.  And, predictably, the Iranian Riyal blows up versus the dollar.  Second, the U.S. pushes for much stricter sanctions on both Russia and Iran.

Iranians can’t get dollars and are, again, being cut off from international trade as sanctions create even more uncertainty on the ground there.

At the same time, President Rouhani’s economic reforms are, at best, slow to improve things.  This was the source of the protests that rocked the nation in December, which U.S. and Saudi NGOs tried to fan into a revolution.  Russia is finding it harder to move money around internationally and the U.S. is putting massive pressure on Europe not to do business with Iran.

However, the Italians blocked even stricter sanctions on Iran, so the revolt in Europe is gaining strength.  And that’s going to become a bigger part of this narrative as 2018 barrels ahead.

The goal, of course, is to foment an overthrow of the current Iranian government through external pressure.  And Iran’s support of Syria is a pressure point in that campaign now.

The Empire Strikes Back

The U.S. claims this strike was to end Assad’s future use of chemical weapons, which the Russians say they have irrefutable proof didn’t even occur this time.

That’s the story being sold to what’s left of Trump’s base, the MAGA-drones who can’t accept that he’s not actually running the country despite his public persona to the contrary.

By prolonging the war you bleed out an already bleeding Iranian economy and treasury.  This is why, I think, the U.S. is hell-bent on staying in Syria even though Assad has, for all intents and purposes, won.

The strikes from this weekend were intended to do much more damage than they did.  The U.S. Military’s presser on Friday after the attack was purposeful disinformation.  They only admitted to attacking three sites, all of which were empty and obliterated.

But what about the airstrikes on no less than four Syrian airfields, including Al-Shairat (again)?

No mention of those.

Because they didn’t succeed.

Now, certainly salt this report to taste but there is a major kernel of truth uncovered by it.  The U.S. intended to knock out a major portion of the Syrian Air Force with this strike and failed spectacularly.

Assad’s air force has been one of the most effective parts of the war against the insurgents in Syria.  They are doing what the U.S. leadership says is their goal in Syria, to end the threat of ISIS.

So, it makes less than zero sense for them to then attack Syrian air fields to show Assad it will not accept his using chemical weapons in doing so.

Something doesn’t add up.  And, of course, we’ve known this from the beginning, but now the Russians and Syrians are providing proof of these inconsistencies if only the American people will engage with them.

If the U.S. didn’t do this to just knock out Syria’s CW capability then it must have had a much, much larger goal.

And that goal is Iran.

War Without End

The hope is that Syria will go on long enough and cost the Iranians enough that it will destabilize the country and force an overthrow of the Mullahs.  There comes a point where guns meet butter.

This strategy is consistent with the thinking of the Neocon/Deep State trolls in charge at the White House.  It makes sense strategically to a guy like Mattis who knows Syria cannot become a truly failed state lest the entire region go off the rails, but at the same time wants a much different Iran.

Putin and Xi will not play along with this and will move to strengthen Iran’s money situation through increased oil revenue.  The Saudis’ pushing this escalation behind the scenes will put them in a bind when China finally says, “Nope. Not paying for your oil with dollars anymore. In fact, we’re not buying oil from you period.”

At that point the real chaos is unleashed.  Never forget that the Russians can withstand lower oil prices better than any producer.  China is the marginal buyer of Saudi oil and the Saudis are becoming less important to them by the day.

Trump was forced to voice in his speech on Friday an overt plea to Putin to give up his alliance with China and Iran, abandon Syria and some of his transgressions will be forgiven.

Trump didn’t believe those words anymore than I did, but watching him confirmed for me that he knows there will not be peace any time soon.  That he’s not up to the task of resisting the pressure.

Just as I said this weekend to the dismay of many, including myself.  What it revealed was that no matter who wins, the world loses.

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18 thoughts on “The Neocons’ Real Plan for Syria Emerges from the Lack of Rubble

  1. The triumph of paradox: the harder the neocons push, the harder they fall. I.e., eurasian efforts to counter the hegemon are assymetric and are accelerated by the hegemon´s best efforts.

    Trump the president never had a chance at accomplishing anything useful. Trump the person is a great personal game player. He will focus attention on his enemies: it´s his favorite tactic.

    Paging Michael Horowitz (the DOJ IG), paging Michael Horowitz. Please come to the tell-all courtesy telephone. And bring US Attorney John Huber ( with you.

    On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 11:23 AM, Gold Goats ‘n Guns wrote:

    > Tom Luongo posted: “I told you over the weekend that Trump’s presidency > was over. As a practical matter it is. His yielding to his ‘advisors’ on > every foreign policy issue makes it clear that he can’t or won’t stand up > to the relentless pressure to do what his instincts te” >

  2. Well thought out and coherent thesis. Makes sense. Doesn’t excuse anything regarding Trump. Iran has been bullied and attacked for wanting to be a sovereign nation.

    At the end of the day, ts seems pretty simple when you step back. The West wants to maintain total world control and subjugate every country that does not do what the West wants. World domination and control.

    The West is losing power at an alarming rate if you are US or EU leader. Russia and China are leading the charge and have been working at it for 20+ years. They are now too powerful to destroy politically, economically or militarily by the West.

    We shall see what happens to US servicemen in Syria in the next year, as well as the Kurd’s, who can’t generate any oil or gas revenue other than through Assad’s pipelines, Turkey or Iraq. Don’t see any of those working, so US/Kurds are in a box with someone about to put the lid on it.

    • Dont like Q type riddles and games. No to the video. Just tell us what you want to say- no games. dont waste our time

  3. my goodness…!! you are talking at an unbelievable depth and vision; that normal “simple” people like me, (the general public) never thought of.

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  5. ISIS never runs out of ammunition or explosives. ………….. WHY?!
    ISIS never, ever, attacks ISISrael ………………………………… WHY?! ISIS does attack ISISrael’s enemies. arms providers
    ISIS is completely surrounded by supposed enemies.
    Everyone of the countries surrounding ISIS is SUPPOSEDLY an ally of the USA.
    Time for the USA to take a good hard look at it’s “allies”.
    Our “intelligence” agencies should have identified and destroyed those who are supplying ISIS but have not …… WHY?!
    “our” Generals have not destroyed those who are supplying ISIS ………… WHY?! US transfering ISIS leaders?! SDF IS ISIS by another name.
    The FIRST thing a general that WANTS TO WIN a war does ….. is cut off enemy supplies. Time to clean out the Traitors.
    The chaos in Syria was winding down. The TRAITORS in the Pentagon had spent 24 months at $10MILLION a DAY bombing sand. ISIS continued to hold miles long parades of OUR equipment complete with flags on clear, dry, sunny days, and the TRAITORS in the Pentagon “could not seem to bomb them”. ..……..
    Then the Russians came in and blew the ISIS asses off. Have you noticed the parades ENDED.
    ISIS has ZERO antiaircraft abilities. the TRAITORS in the Pentagon could have dropped bombs from HOT AIR BALLOONS ……. We KNOW who the Pentagon is working for and it is NOT America.
    That would be a “tragedy” for Turkey and Israel who are BOTH genocidally flooding White, CHRISTIAN Europe with muslum invaders …………. that war had to get going again …..
    Deliberately creating refugees to genocidally flood Europe ………… Israel and Turkey dream of splitting Syria between them ….
    (1) Saudi Arabia and the ruling Saudi family(who are Jewish … look it up) are the founders and big backers and supporters of those extremist Jihadis from days of Afghanistan’s war against the Soviets. The Sunni Saudis dream of exterminating the Shia Syrian & Iranians. (study the JEWISH roots of the “royal” family)
    (2) Turkey/Erdogan, dreaming of a new Ottoman Empire, wants Syrian land, Erdogan wants to complete the CONQUEST of Europe that was stopped by SOBIESKI in 1683 …..
    (3) Israel plans on grabbing Syrian land for “greater israel”, creating hell on earth while clearing enemy population from around it’s borders and —- Israel is doing Satan’a work of spreading chaos through the mideast with the aim of grabbing land .
    (4) America, the “MASTERBLASTER” from the movie “Thunderdome” a giant moron ridden on and directed by Twisted Jewish Dwarves ……..
    Who PROFITS? Who benefits by clearing enemy populations away from their borders so it can steal land for “greater israel” while genocidally flooding CHRISTianity at the same time.
    Who BRAGS that they are behind this Invasion. NOTE how they call the muslums their ALLIES & BROTHERS What the Jews think of YOU.
    How the JEWS greet “refugees” The Jewish ACLU, ADL, SPLC use our laws to FORCE Invaders in on us but at HOME — At home Jews are creating a “PURE JEWISH” state
    Israel WANTS Jews driven from Europe so they will have “numbers” to HOLD Syrian land.
    European Jews Alarmed by Israeli Outreach to Anti-Semitic Far …
    Jan 18, 2017 … Jews in Europe are voicing increasing consternation about Israel’s budding engagement with surging far-right European parties that have anti-Semitic … European Jews Alarmed by Israeli Outreach to Anti-Semitic Far Right …. He had always seen Israel as his backup plan if he wanted to leave Poland.
    Why Israel Wants Europe’s Jews (Hint: Not Just to Shield Them From …
    Feb 20, 2015 … The prime minister of Israel is throwing open his country’s doors to Europe’s 1.1 million Jews, following a series of deadly attacks on Jewish targets on the Continent. “We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe,” Benjamin Netanyahu said after the most recent killings, …

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  7. On another front, why would North Korea give up its nukes after witnessing what we have done in Syria (not to mention Libya and Iraq, just to name two more of many)?

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