Guest Post: Is Obama Starting A War With Syria Just A Distraction From All The Scandals?

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

Well, isn't that convenient?  At the moment when the Obama administration is feeling more heat then ever before, it starts another war.  Suddenly everyone in the mainstream media is talking all about Syria and not about the IRS scandal, Benghazi, NSA snooping or any of the other political scandals that have popped up in recent weeks.

As if on cue, Obama made headlines all over the globe on Thursday by claiming that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the rebels "multiple times", and that the U.S. was now ready to do more to assist the rebels.  That assistance is reportedly going to include "military support" for the rebels and a no-fly zone over at least part of Syria is being discussed.  Without a doubt, these are acts of war, and this conflict is not going to end until Assad has been ousted.  But Assad will not go quietly. 

And all it would take is for Assad to fire a couple of missiles at Tel Aviv for a huge regional war to erupt in the Middle East.  And what happens if Russia or China decides to get involved in the conflict in Syria?  Obama is playing with fire, but he has shown again and again that he is willing to do virtually anything if it will benefit him politically.

As far as the Obama administration is concerned, there is no such thing as a coincidence.  The timing of this announcement regarding Syria was not an accident.  If Obama wanted to use chemical weapons as an excuse to go after Syria he could have done it weeks ago, or he could have waited several more months before taking action.  He chose to do it right now for a reason, and hopefully the American people will be able to see right through this.

So exactly what are we going to be doing for the Syrian rebels?  Well, we will definitely be arming them and training them.  And it is probably reasonable to assume that there will be American "advisers" on the ground inside Syria helping to organize the Syrian resistance.  In fact, according to Debka, a large U.S. Marine force has already been deployed to the Jordanian border with Syria.

In addition, according to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. aircraft may be involved in enforcing a no-fly zone inside Syria...

A U.S. military proposal for arming Syrian rebels also calls for a limited no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced from Jordanian territory to protect Syrian refugees and rebels who would train there, according to U.S. officials.


Asked by the White House to develop options for Syria, military planners have said that creating an area to train and equip rebel forces would require keeping Syrian aircraft well away from the Jordanian border.


To do that, the military envisages creating a no-fly zone stretching up to 25 miles into Syria which would be enforced using aircraft flown from Jordanian bases and flying inside the kingdom, according to U.S. officials.

No matter how you slice it, the United States is now in a state of war with Syria.  The only question is how "involved" we are going to get.

And several prominent Republicans are already rushing forward to applaud Barack Obama on this latest move.  The following comes from a CBS News report...

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who met with the rebels last month and has been a vocal critic of the president's Syria policy said in a joint statement with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.: "We appreciate the President's finding that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on several occasions. We also agree with the President that this fact must affect U.S. policy toward Syria. The President's red line has been crossed. U.S. credibility is on the line. Now is not the time to merely take the next incremental step. Now is the time for more decisive actions."

But you know what?  Many of these Syrian rebels have actually pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The whole point of the "war on terror" was to supposedly fight al-Qaeda, but now the U.S. military is allied with them.

Why in the world would we want to help the people who are supposed to be our greatest global enemy?...

A Syrian rebel group's pledge of allegiance to al-Qaeda's replacement for Osama bin Laden suggests that the terrorist group's influence is not waning and that it may take a greater role in the Western-backed fight to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.


The pledge of allegiance by Syrian Jabhat al Nusra Front chief Abou Mohamad al-Joulani to al-Qaeda leader Sheik Ayman al-Zawahri was coupled with an announcement by the al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq, that it would work with al Nusra as well.


Lebanese Sheik Omar Bakri, a Salafist who says states must be governed by Muslim religious law, says al-Qaeda has assisted al Nusra for some time.


"They provided them early on with technical, military and financial support , especially when it came to setting up networks of foreign jihadis who were brought into Syria," Bakri says. "There will certainly be greater coordination between the two groups."

This group of jihadists has been responsible for car and suicide bombings all over Syria, and they are the ones that have been doing the heaviest fighting on the front lines...

When the group Jabhat al Nusra first claimed responsibility for car and suicide bombings in Damascus that killed dozens last January, many of Syria’s revolutionaries claimed that the organization was a creation of the Syrian government, designed to discredit those who opposed the regime of President Bashar Assad and to hide the regime’s own brutal tactics.


Nearly a year later, however, Jabhat al Nusra, which U.S. officials believe has links to al Qaida, has become essential to the frontline operations of the rebels fighting to topple Assad.


Not only does the group still conduct suicide bombings that have killed hundreds, but they’ve proved to be critical to the rebels’ military advance. In battle after battle across the country, Nusra and similar groups do the heaviest frontline fighting. Groups who call themselves the Free Syrian Army and report to military councils led by defected Syrian army officers move into the captured territory afterward.


The prominence of Nusra in the rebel cause worries U.S. and other Western officials, who say its operations rely on the same people and tactics that fueled al Qaida in Iraq – an assertion that is borne out by interviews with Nusra members in Syria.

These are no "freedom fighters".  In fact, if these guys take over they will be much worse than Assad.  These "rebels" recently massacred an entire villages of Christians, and just two days ago they slaughtered a 14-year-old boy for supposedly insulting Mohammed...

The rebels, according to ABC News’ reconstruction of the Syrian groups’ reports, appear to have whipped Qatta. When they brought him back to where they’d taken him, his head was wrapped by a shirt.


The rebels waited for a crowd to gather; Qatta’s parents were among them. Speaking in classical Arabic, they announced that Qatta had committed blasphemy and that anyone else who dared insult the Prophet Mohammed would share his fate. Then, the shirt still wrapped around the boy’s head, the rebels shot him in the mouth and neck.

Is this really who the U.S. government wants to be allies with?

Are we that stupid?

And guess what?  According to the Los Angeles Times, the Obama administration is considering plans to bring all of the poor "refugees" that are allied with these "rebels" to the United States...

Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees who have fled Syria, part of an international effort that could bring thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns.


A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families.

But now we are committed to this conflict thanks to Obama.

There will be no backing down until Assad is gone.

Of course this could create a huge regional war in the Middle East or even eventually lead to World War III, but Obama doesn't seem to care.

For now, Obama is saving his own skin, and that is the most important thing to him.

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seataka's picture

Yes I think so. Cornered rat syndrome with nuclear weapons in his back pocket.


mick68's picture

No, he's pretending to start a war. That should be enough to get the media and sheeple to forget the scandals without him actually doing anyting, as usual.

Zer0head's picture


I think you mean making public what has been going on for a year

Richard Chesler's picture

It's going to take more than a little war to divert attention from Obozo's corruption. Journalistic integrity of the media will p..., oh wait, ... never mind. Carry on.

john39's picture

this war has been planned for a very long time, longer than obama has bee. alive.  the obama scandals are just part of the matrix, all to get their coveted new world order in place.

CrazyCooter's picture

For years now, I have been settled down and enjoy the sounds of the Texas Americana music scene (e.g., but this calls for some really classic metal:



JohnnyBriefcase's picture

Isn't this right about the time that North Korea gets all mouthy again?


So much has happened recently that I'm getting the script all confused.

Ginsengbull's picture

Kim Jong hasn't been checking his e-mail lately.


He's afraid the NSA will tell his wife about all the round-eye porn sites in his browser history.

GetZeeGold's picture



It doesn't matter who anyone is anymore.....just weaponize them and hope for the best.


+90 I trust nothing Obama does.


There's always that one guy.


I wouldn't worry.....1 out of 90 still support him. I wouldn't rule out Congress declaring war however. Boenher could use a distraction right about now.

RSloane's picture

Boenher will support Obama's warmongering just as much as Pelosi supported Bush's which was considerable. This two party system sham becomes more and more evident; the only thing distinguishing them are the words used in their empty speeches and the demographics of their blind adoring supporters.

Boenher is a disgrace; its apparently becoming a job requirement for speaker of the house.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is wait for full length motion picture and download torrent.

SimMaker's picture

In these enlightened times, where up is down, good is bad and left is right........I am surprised they have not renamed Hellfire missiles to Heavens Ice-Cream.

ISEEIT's picture

Why would NK sweat? The entire western world is coming around to their way of thinking quite nicely. It occured to me a while back that NK has been a lab to test NWO 'organizational' techniques on a mass scale under real conditions for quite some time.

Wanna know the future humanity? Study NK.

RSloane's picture

I, for one, can wait for the gov't demanding that citizens gather in front of the WH daily and group dance to some lame excuse for 'patriotic' music. Smiles are not optional. You must be grateful for the Dear Leader's gracious arrangements for your recreation.

noless's picture

I swear to God that's where we're headed and it pisses me off to no end.

knukles's picture

As I wrote earlier, it's at times just as these facing us with rigged markets (name one that isn't BTW) which are at the mercy of TPTB, many of whom are bureaucrats, career politicians and academics attempting the heavy lifting of statesmanship, leadership, central banking and fiscal policy whilst manipulated by the monied interests, when nothing has been fixed, everything gotten worse and deteriorating further, that financial holdings of the top of the capital structure offset by real assets, PMs and at times commodities, should likely prove the safe harbor of capital preservation as wealth evaporates.

These is no longer an investment business of wealth maximization, it is a business of capital preservation amongst the madness. 

BoNeSxxx's picture

Hey Knuk... OT but WTF happened to McMolotov?

Ginsengbull's picture

I'm sticking with lead, brass, copper, and canned goods.


Sure, it's heavy, but I'm not going anywhere.

cossack55's picture

"name one that isn't"


Black Market

How's that, Knuck?

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

don't worry McCain is backing his play, two parties the joke of the day. the monster now called DC is fully in view, but most continue with eye's wide shut.

RSloane's picture

Iran is the bull's-eye. We have fucked with their economy so badly that their ability to fight their way back from hyperinflation is questionable at best. McCain and Obama should be so pleased, as of yet we have not fired even a rubber bullet in their cities but have caused more decimation of their country than if we had sent in thousands of drones. Iran has always been the 'crown jewel' and it has always been our goal to capture it or destroy it, stated or not. At the end of the day which approximates the end of whatever honor we have left, our - and I mean all of the west to one degree or another - destablization of the Middle East will not stop until Iran falls.  

Iran had the largest turnout in their history yesterday for their elections. They had to keep extending hours so everyone who wanted to vote, could. They stood in long lines, hour after hour, from sun up to sun down, to cast their ballots. They remained cheeful, bouyant, and proud throughout the process, their energy and hope filmed by news crews and broadcast all over the world.  Compare that to voter turn out in the US. Maybe we hate them for their people who cherish their freedoms.

RockyRacoon's picture

Interesting how the moderate won the election... and that Erin Burnett is over there showing us how "human" the Iranians are and how they do NOT hate Americans.   Something is afoot.   I ain't smart enough to figger it out.  Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some garbage cans to knock over.  I'm way late on my trash run.

willwork4food's picture

I aree. Isn't Burneet a part of the CFR? So it will ultimately be a humanitarian mission-to free them from fundamental moslem crazies.

Ident 7777 economy's picture






" Guest Post: Is Obama Starting A War With Syria Just A Distraction From All The Scandals? "


Ah hell no! This is just another excuse to support those effing Muzzies!











john39's picture

Support Muslims by killing them and destroying their countries? I think you have a problem with your logic.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Effing idiot ... the rebels ARE the Muzzies ... are you really that stupid?


MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ... getting it yet?

john39's picture

So are the people they are killing.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Obviously, you are stupid and beyond reach ...

john39's picture

Guess so. But still... So dumb in fact that I just can't figure out why so called Sunni Muslims are so eager to kill so called Shiite Muslims. If I were smarter I might try to spot the hidden hand creating all the racial, religious and ethnic conflict, controlling the central banks, subverting the American political system, poisoning the world with gmo crops, pesticides and radiation. Yeah, I might try and think about that...

If I was smarter, I might also wonder why obamas entire administration is over run with zionists... Say, since you are so smart, maybe you know... Are all those zionists in obamas administration also closet Muslims. Do tell. How about the central bankers, secret Muslims too? Holy shit, it's better to be stupid isn't it, things are so much easier to understand that way.

Henry Hub's picture

I hope you're not saying that all the Zionists in the administration want the U.S. to attack Syria...that would be too unbelievable. /sarc

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

@Ident: To understand what is going on at any time in the Muslim world you have to understand who and what Mohammad was. It is only through that prism that you can comprehend why any political/military events occur, from the Egyptian "uprising", Erdogan fighting Attaturkians (yes, I'm coining the term), to Pakistan, Iran, the "instability" in Iraq and the actions of al-Qaida.

1.) Mohammad was the disenfranchised great-grandson of the owner of a rock idol in the 7th century A.D. (At the time there were over 300 such rock idols in what became the Qa-aba.) Being shut out of the family business and understanding that the whole idol/god biz was where it was at, he decided he needed a "better" god. So he went to the local Jews to learn about theirs, (since they were the ones with a written language). He demanded that they read him their "book", since he was like all arabs at the time, without a written language and hence illiterate. The Jews laughed him off. (This really pissed him off at Jews.) He went away and came back and offered them money for them to read the Talmud to him. Their reaction was understandable. "Well, if you're going to pay us to read it to you...". So they did. That is where ol' Moe got the info to incorporate the Jews book into his Qur'an.

2.) Mohammad was an opportunist pirate, extortionist mass-murderer. The fact that he was incestual and a pedophile is pertinent only in rounding out our understanding of him. Islam is the cult of Mohammad. He is the epitome of how Muslim men should behave. (Starting to get the picture?) Mohammad, (and consequently Islam), was all about the booty, (prizes seized from opponents and those subjugated by whoever is the top guy in power wherever Islam is being used to control the populace). This includes money, women, (of all ages), land and power.

In short, it's all about who gets to be top dog. That's it. Building a better future, helping the disadvantaged, leveling the playing field, supporting the Rule of Law, democratic rule, those are all "western" notions and have no home in Islam. Islam is the blunt object used to hammer down opponents and the local peoples.

Three Things About Islam:

The above links can help those who wish to understand Islamofascism better. Please note: this is not a discourse on comparative religions, regardless of Henry H's sentiments about Zionism. It is strictly information on why certain shit happens because of Mohammad and Islam.

john39's picture

the rule of law? hows that working out for the US and europe these days?  thanks for the propaganda.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Say Johnthreenine, nice piece of drive-by cynicism! We're in the mess we're in because we've abandoned the Rule of Law, not due to it. That said, how do you figure my post is "propaganda"? You're welcome to think and say so, but you aught to back up your statements if you are pot-shotting other people's post, don't ya' think? BTW, sentences begin with capital letters.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Funny (strange) how all 3 'desert religions' have spread like weeds all over the planet, have caused more death & destruction on their watch, than all of prior human history, and are now threatening to engulf the world in flames.

So, unless you are an ardent follower/zealot of one these "religions" (world views), (a) Do You Trust Them, or (b) Do you think that these 'frozen' and ancient desert ideologies can solve the problems of a planet with 7 billion people in the 21st century?  Honestly.

DaddyO's picture


I see you've morphed...


BigDuke6's picture

What are you suggesting?

That a certain country/creed/people are developing a habit of getting their bonehead big brother into fights with their enemies and chorteling as big brother gets weaker?

These people would have to be so smart.

i'm not smart enough to figure it out.  and now its on the web - for perusal - forever.


JOYFUL's picture

Longer than any of us have been alive! It is in fact the continuance of a programme which has followed the dictates of a cabbalist strategy to fulfill the messianic return of Jerusalem to the Pharisees - in place long before "Zionism" was even invented as a term - and replicates(with the numerical exactitude so beloved to this cult) the pattern of the past two hundred years ...

in which we observe(1798) Napoleon moving 400 ships to the deserts of Eygpt... for what was fatuously proposed as 'to protect' French trade interests in the middle east(sound familiar?), and then sequentially invading Spain, the German countries, and bleeding his armies to death in the wastes of Russia... continental wars of gigantic cost and proportion, but profitable to those who lent the gold for those armies to be supplied. And ultimately "Napoleon in rags" was deserted and disparaged by they who had fed his delusions of imperial grandeur, his final comeuppance resulting in a coup by which his former financiers ended up owning the greater part of the wealth of England through a stock manipulation which left the landed gentry as 'bagholders' ... and the returned soldiers as penniless vagrants(1815)(sound familiar?)

Forward exactly one hundred years and a stirring of tensions in the "middle east" has created the proper conditions for a conflaguration of unprecedented scope... a British 'protectorate' in Eygpt... a dying Ottoman Empire and factional ethnic frictions... all encouraged by a shadowy group whose mode of operation is to gain the ears of the powerful through bribery, bullying, or blackmail, and set the destinies of nation states by controlling their foreign policies from behind the scenes. Please note that contrary to the thesis of this article... the present puppet president(2008-2016) has neither the authority or ability to 'start a war'... only to execute direct orders from headquarters! "we replaced the ruler by a caricature of a president, taken from the mob, from the midst of our puppet creatures, our slaves". from "the Protocols"(sound familiar?)

Their chief dupes of the moment(1909-17)... Balfour in England, Wilson in the USA*, are 'handled' in most mysterious manner to be complicit and docile tools to an agenda of giving over to a millenialist cult the interests of their respective nations.(sound familiar?) All in order that the chessboard be arranged so that a place called "Palestine" becomes a homeland for the sionist maipulators... who conspire against the jewish people(firmly antagonistic to the idea of being deported to a strange desert destination far from home) in order to use them as pawns in  the schemes of the rabbinical pharissee cult which controls them... and later be murdered in the many thousands to fulfil this involuntary deportation... by the machinations of the crypto-judaic criminals who hide amongst them!

And meanwhile,(1909-11) the pseudo-Moslem wing of this fanatical millenialist conspiracy, having successfully deposed the Sultan in Istanbul, are reaching into their Albanian hinterlands to foment a campaign of genocide against Christian highland clans ... using their new armies to foment a 'strategy of tension' which will encourage the outbreak of war in the Balkans... and a highway to their desired war of mass destruction between Russia and the European powers... all for the sake of their hegemonist millenialist cult... and the "greater Israel" which they seek through tearing down the nation states of Europe and the middle east... via a campaign of calculated terror and genocide...(sound familiar?)

*in 1910, "Colonel" Mandel House decides that Wilson should be the next president...Rabbi S Wise publicly proclaimed that he would indeed - for two terms! This sionist rabbi agitator had previously supported the Republicans... but switched his support to a candidate who campaigned on a 'no war' platform... and then plunged America into a gigantic one...(sound familiar?) to be continued! We are now on the edge of that same precipice... and being encouraged to jump by the same pharisee cult as had driven the world to two previous wars of destruction!

 "we received warm and heartening help from Colonel House...[who] not only made our cause the object of his very special concern but served as liaison officer between the Wilson administration and the Zionist movement". Wise

Oh regional Indian's picture

Superb commentary and historical recap Joyful...



francis_sawyer's picture

I always knew those Bangladeshi's had it in for Napoleon[s]...


Frankly ~ The 'cabbalists' [because they'll FAIL spectacularly], don't bother me half as much as the idiot motherfucking sychophant watercarriers, [who don't even have a clue who they're supporting] in the name of slathering some facecake on themselves in the hopes of 'looking proper' in a false cocktail party decorum...

chumbawamba's picture

Agreed.  Top notch.


zapdude's picture

Wow.  Logged in just to +1 you.  Had to re-read this a few times just to chew & digest your points.  

It seems that vast swaths of western civilization is irreversibly bound to repeat the destructive sins of the past, as if we were a train on the tracks spiraling down to hell.  

While all hope is NOT lost and there are positive actions we can take for ourselves & families, the situation is quite grim.

Hey TBTF / TPTB / NWO / Satan -- F U !!!

Cathartes Aura's picture

awareness empowers.

"eyes open, no fear"

~  suspicious observers (wot's in a name?)