A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing

Tyler Durden's picture

For those to whom the recent US campaign against Syria seems a deja vu of last summer's "near-war" attempt to ouster its president Bashar al-Assad, which was stopped in the last minute due to some very forceful Russian intervention and the near breakout of war in the Mediterranean between US and Russian navies, it is because they are. And as a reminder, just like last year, the biggest wildcard in this, and that, direct intervention into sovereign Syrian territory, or as some would call it invasion or even war, was not the US but Saudi Arabia - recall from August of 2013 - "Meet Saudi Arabia's Bandar bin Sultan: The Puppetmaster Behind The Syrian War." Bin Sultan was officially let go shortly after the 2013 campaign to replace Syria's leadership with a more "amenable" regime failed if not unofficially (see below), but Saudi ambitions over Syria remained.

That much is revealed by the WSJ today in a piece exposing the backdoor dealings that the US conducted with Saudi Arabia to get the "green light" to launch its airstrikes against ISIS, or rather, parts of Iraq and Syria. And, not surprising, it is once again Assad whose fate was the bargaining chip to get the Saudis on the US' side, because in order to launch the incursion into Syrian sovereign territory "took months of behind-the-scenes work by the U.S. and Arab leaders, who agreed on the need to cooperate against Islamic State, but not how or when. The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority."

In other words, John Kerry came, saw and promised everything he could, up to and including the missing piece of the puzzle - Syria itself on a silver platter - in order to prevent another diplomatic humiliation.

When Mr. Kerry touched down in Jeddah to meet with King Abdullah on Sept. 11, he didn't know for sure what else the Saudis were prepared to do. The Saudis had informed their American counterparts before the visit that they would be ready to commit air power—but only if they were convinced the Americans were serious about a sustained effort in Syria. The Saudis, for their part, weren't sure how far Mr. Obama would be willing to go, according to diplomats.

Said otherwise, the pound of flesh demanded by Saudi Arabia to "bless" US airstrikes and make them appear as an act of some coalition, is the removal of the Assad regime. Why? So that, as we also explained last year, the holdings of the great Qatar natural gas fields can finally make their way onward to Europe, which incidentally is also America's desire - what better way to punish Putin for his recent actions than by crushing the main leverage the Kremlin has over Europe?

But back to the Saudis and how the deal to bomb Syria was cobbled together:

The Americans knew a lot was riding on a Sept. 11 meeting with the king of Saudi Arabia at his summer palace on the Red Sea.

 

A year earlier, King Abdullah had fumed when President Barack Obama called off strikes against the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad. This time, the U.S. needed the king's commitment to support a different Syrian mission—against the extremist group Islamic State—knowing there was little hope of assembling an Arab front without it.

 

At the palace, Secretary of State John Kerry requested assistance up to and including air strikes, according to U.S. and Gulf officials. "We will provide any support you need," the king said.

But only after the Saudis got the abovementioned assurances that Assad will fall. And to do that they would have to strongarm Obama:

Wary of a repeat of Mr. Obama's earlier reversal, the Saudis and United Arab Emirates decided on a strategy aimed at making it harder for Mr. Obama to change course. "Whatever they ask for, you say 'yes,'" an adviser to the Gulf bloc said of its strategy. "The goal was not to give them any reason to slow down or back out."

 

Arab participation in the strikes is of more symbolic than military value. The Americans have taken the lead and have dropped far more bombs than their Arab counterparts. But the show of support from a major Sunni state for a campaign against a Sunni militant group, U.S. officials said, made Mr. Obama comfortable with authorizing a campaign he had previously resisted.

To be sure, so far Obama has refrained from directly bombing Assad, it is only a matter of time: "How the alliance fares will depend on how the two sides reconcile their fundamental differences over Syria and other issues. Saudi leaders and members of the moderate Syrian opposition are betting the U.S. could eventually be pulled in the direction of strikes supporting moderate rebel fighters against Mr. Assad in addition to Islamic State. U.S. officials say the administration has no intention of bombing Mr. Assad's forces"... for now.

But why is Saudi Arabia so adamant to remove Assad? Here is the WSJ's take:

For the Saudis, Syria had become a critical frontline in the battle for regional influence with Iran, an Assad ally. As Mr. Assad stepped up his domestic crackdown, the king decided to do whatever was needed to bring the Syrian leader down, Arab diplomats say.

In the last week of August, a U.S. military and State Department delegation flew to Riyadh to lay the ground for a military program to train the moderate Syrian opposition to fight both the Assad regime and Islamic State—something the Saudis have long requested. The U.S. team wanted permission to use Saudi facilities for the training. Top Saudi ministers, after consulting overnight with the king, agreed and offered to foot much of the bill. Mr. Jubeir went to Capitol Hill to pressed key lawmakers to approve legislation authorizing the training.

And once the US once again folded to Saudi demands to attack another sovereign, it was merely a matter of planning:

Hours before the military campaign was set to begin, U.S. officials held a conference call to discuss final preparations. On the call, military officers raised last-minute questions about whether Qatar would take part and whether the countries would make their actions public.

 

Mr. Kerry was staying in a suite on the 34th floor of New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel, where he was meeting leaders attending United Nations gatherings. He called his Gulf counterparts to make sure they were still onboard. They were.

 

The UAE, which some defense officials refer to as "Little Sparta" because of its outsized military strength, had the most robust role. One of the UAE's pilots was a woman. Two of the F-15 pilots were members of the Saudi royal family, including Prince Khaled bin Salman, son of the crown prince. In the third wave of the initial attack, half of the attack airplanes in the sky were from Arab countries.

The best news for Obama: it is now just a matter of time to recreate the same false flag that the Saudi-US alliance pushed so hard on the world in the summer of 2013 to justify the first attempt to remove Assad, and once again get the "sympathy" public cote behind him, naturally with the support of the US media.

But how does one know it is once again nothing but a stage? The following blurb should explain everything:

Saudi players in attendance for the Sept. 11 meeting included Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who as the king's spymaster last year ran afoul of Mr. Kerry over Syria and Iraq policy. U.S. officials interpreted his presence as a sign the king wanted to make sure the court was united, U.S. officials said.

Actually, his presence is a sign that the same puppetmaster who pulled the strings, and failed, in 2013 to remove Assad, and as noted above was at least officially removed from the stage subsequently, is once again the person in charge of the Syrian campaign, only this time unofficially, and this time has Obama entirely wrapped around his finger.

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ekm1's picture

Pentagon + Saudi alliance is winning against ......Obama + Bank lobby + Iran alliance

 

DXY is ripping higher. Dollar is getting stronger.

 

Quite possible bankers have surrendered fearing saudi executions of them.

Triple Lehman seems to be under way, if my systemic analysis is correct

ekm1's picture

In practice now, USA and Saudi air force control 70% of Syria air space. Assad can no longer cross there now.

 

Saudis have practically invaded 70% of Syria that Assad does not control.

 

Saudis winning (and Pentagon)

Iran losing (and bank lobby)

mvsjcl's picture

It's more likely that Kerry was in Saudi Arabia to join in the 9/11 festivities.

Divided States of America's picture

I dont fuckin care whose winning? I just want to know when some heads start rolling OR when the financial system collapse. before December 31 2014???

ekm1's picture

It will implode, centrally commanded implosion.

When?

It should have already happened. World is abandoning usd

Latina Lover's picture

It is more useful to administer medicine to a dead person than trying to  figure out what is really happening in the Middle East.

GeorgeWKush's picture

Kerry touched down in Jeddah to meet with King Abdullah on Sept. 11?

How ironic...

gmrpeabody's picture

"Said otherwise, the pound of flesh demanded by Syria to "bless" US airstrikes and make them appear as an act of some coalition, is the removal of the Assad regime."

...uh...., what?

quintago's picture

air superiority? Who gives a shit when you don't control the ground. We still haven't learned this fundamental lesson. And in Syria, neither the US, nor Saudis ever will.

 

estebanDido's picture

But in the mean time more money for the MIC. They know they can't beat ISIS from the air, all they want is more caos in the ME. 

thamnosma's picture

Yep, how much is each cruise missile worth?  That's a permanent cash cow production line.

Georgia_Boy's picture

It's a nasty cycle we're in.  The United States of Ancient Rome arms one group of barbarians to defeat another group of barbarians, then they re-choose teams and the next muslim brotherhood, er I mean al qeada, er I mean ISIS, er I mean Khosan, goes on an even worse rampage and the USAR pours even more arms and training on the fire.  Where does this end?

TBT or not TBT's picture

The folks getting bombed and strafed on the ground do probably care, even if you don't.  

astoriajoe's picture

pretty sure he meant Saudi Arabia

gmrpeabody's picture

... or Prince Bandar instead of Assad...,

The Big Ching-aso's picture

Whatever is said about Kerry you gotta admit Syria is a horse that gots legs.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"...deliver Syria itself on a silver platter"

Well, that Silver Platter is getting cheaper by the week.  The criminals have hijacked more than a few planes back in 2001:  They hijacked the US.gov also.  Well before Sept. 2001.

But keep blaming the latest incarnation of the Puppet-in-Chief.  With dumb fucks like that around, no wonder they took over so easy.  And watch them clamor to "elect" the next one:  Billary or Bush3?  Come to the Forum for the Election Games, and the crowning ceremonies. 

The USSA has gone all soft on TV, iToys, and Gov handouts.  "American Spring!"?  LMFAO.  They hate us alright... they hate US for our Freedumbs and Freebombs.  Who wouldn't?

emersonreturn's picture

the WSJ has had a few breaking stories lately...  spin and spin and sheeple soak it up.

Bangalore Equity Trader's picture

Listen return,

What about those "MEGA-DOUCHES", Stratfor. Publishing "HOMELAND" poison complete with shiny, glossy graphics, Oooh la la.

MeMadMax's picture

We get 50% of our oil from canada....

 

So why should we give a shit about the saudi's anymore???

Relentless's picture

Its not a question of *what* the Saudi's own, but *who*

loonyleft's picture

USD hegemony? Arab countries only accepting US dollars for oil? The ability of the US to exchange printed pieces of paper and digital bits for real product? Petrodollar? Shall I continue? Maybe right a book? hmm? 

gmrpeabody's picture

"Maybe right a book? hmm?"

... or learn to right..., hmm?

Bangalore Equity Trader's picture

Listen Peabody.

You forgot to tell him to sit up straight and "NO" elbows on the table!

rubiconsolutions's picture

"... or learn to right..., hmm?"

Write on brother!

TBT or not TBT's picture

We get our crap from China however, and they need cheap energy to make it for us.   Ditto Korea for our curved Samsung 4k tv's, and of course taiwan, Vietnam, Japan for all the things Americans don't make.  They need cheap oil, or else those prices at Costco will skyrocket.   You know except for the food and gas, the rest figures into CPI.  

Citxmech's picture

"We get 50% of our oil from canada....

So why should we give a shit about the saudi's anymore???"

 

Because a major disruption anywhere will drive the price to the Moon for everybody else.

rockface's picture

Obama is trying to protect his Wahabi master by choking off Canadian exports of oil to the US.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Again I can't fathom how you remain so optimistic.  It would be great to see Jamie, Llyod, or Hank "tanks in the streets" Paulson executed.  Let us know when it actually happens.  In the meantime, the spice must flow...

Berspankme's picture

Not a fan of bombing but is there anybody that doesnt think the world would be a better place if someone nuked saudi

teslaberry's picture

the roman empire did not collapse in one day, nor will the american. the american empire is FAR MORE ROBUST THAN THE ROMAN EMPIRE OR THAN ANY OLD EMPIRE----BECAUSE THE U.S. EMPIRE IS SET UP NOW TO RETRACT SLOWLY INTO THE GRIPS OF A TRAP THAT THE U.S. AND EUROPE SET FOR THE WORLD. THE TRAP OF GLOBALIST TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNANCE. 

you know who likes globalist transnational government? the shanghai cooperation council that is who. 

short of ww3, the incermental march of corporatism is going to be used to bring all government and people's to the yolk of a transnational MILITARY BODY. 

 

this probably will not happen in any singular way for HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF YEARS. BUT THE MARCH OF TECHNOLOGY COMBINED WITH THE GAME THEORETIC DYNAMICS OF CORPORATE CARTELISM IS THAT IF YOU DEFECT FROM THE EVERY TIGHTER SCRUM OF CARTELS---YOU BECOME A LITTLE DOG WITH NO INFLUENCE. IF YOU WORK WITH THE BANK AND INDUSTRIAL AND TRADING CARTELS TO PROMOTE TIGHTER UNISON FOR CARTELS ON AN INTERNATIONAL BASIS AKA---GLOBAL TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNANCE----THEN YOU GET GUARANTEED FINANCING AND PROTECTION FROM VARTIOUS TYPES OF ATTACK. 

 

 

now-----this game dynamic projects forward for hundreds of years. acts of god can slow it down, but the relentless game dynamics cannot be ENDED BY RETARDATION OR SLOWING THEM DOWN. THE GAME DYNAMICS OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE CAN ONLY BE ENDED BY A TRUE PARADIGM SHIT. AN EMPIRE SO RADICALLY STRONG, THAT IS CAN SIMPLY REPLACE THE CURRENT REIGNING PARADIGM. AN EMPIRE SO STRONG IT COULD ELIMINATE BOTH EUROPE, AMERICA, RUSSIA, CHINA, AND JAPAN ---IN ONE FELL SWOOP. 

 

YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT A RADICAL TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY THAT SIMPLY TAKES OVER THE PLANET BEFORE THE CARTELIZED CORPORATIST STRUCTURES OF POST 20TH CENTURY IMPERIALISM ARE ABLE TO RESPOND. 

 

 

i  don't believe in aliens. i don't believe in technological singularities. i believe in reading history, and understanding that, while most of history is a bunch of lies, that the truth is we fit into the broader landscape of historical violence based governance, quite more easily than most people are willing to admit. we are not 'more mature' or 'better' than the historical past. we are however , better at masking over the flagrant realities of the past when we have lots of money and power to do so. empires get BETTER AT LYING. but the lies of history and our present day situation show us the landscape of behavioral paradigms has remained more less continuous for thousands of years and responds in meaningful fashion ONLY TO CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY, if anything at all.......

Mountainview's picture

The Saudis are the most faithful remaining buyers of US Treasuries together with the FED. You can't loose such a friend!

conscious being's picture

And as a result, they are getting the best military money can buy.

Keyser's picture

Just like a heroin junkie, you have to bite the bullet and tough it out... Especially when your supplier is playing both sides against the middle... 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The US-Saudi relationship reminds me of a Zappa song: I have been in you, from the Sheik Yerbouti album.

SMG's picture

Rumor is financial collapse Sept/Oct 2015.  This comes from Lindsey Williams who as been a bit hit or miss on dates lately, although generally right.  That date does make sense though, because it gives them a year to deal with it between elections.

freewolf7's picture

"Elections" are becoming irrelevant.

nope-1004's picture

Lindsey also said a crash was coming June 2013, Sept 2013, May 2014, July 2014.......

Don't waste your time reading crack-based bullshit.

 

thamnosma's picture

Lindsey isn't on crack, c'mon.  Dementia is more like it.

ekm1's picture

9/11 was an wahabi plan but ABSOLUTELY NOT a plan from Saudi state.

USA is defender of Saudi in exchange for energy.

If USA destroyed, Iran would simply attack Saudi Arabia

 

The Saudi state has absolute nothing to do with 9/11.

Wahabi theology, yes.

mvsjcl's picture

Chill, ekm. It was sarcasm. Hell, for all I know, he could have been over there to partake in the yearly Masonic rite called "The Rubbing of Knobs Together."

F-Tipp's picture

It's more like, "Deciding If We are Having Spiral Cut Ham and Au Gratin Potatoes Again"

tony wilson's picture

qatari royals,the dog live organ dealer erdogan of turkey,the house of saud are all jewish nothing wrong with that apart from the discretion and in the closet activities.

bomb the militaries of those countries bomb mossad  isis training units and idf units in jordan,turkey and qatar.

 

sanction turkey and israel for stealing iraqs oil via isis and the kurds.

cut of 30 dollars a day isis wages track back military logistics supply lines from road to depots and bomb them

within 3 weeks it becomes a much lower level frank kitson operation.

but the psy warfare idea is for isis to grow  for a much bigger oil grab later on

this strategy is a kosher strategy fucking up and scaring saudi and qatari would be a piece of cake but that would solve the problem the problem needs to get bigger involving false flag in europe  for a bigger war so the maps can be redrawn.

chatham house lord rothschilds think tank want iraq carved up into 3 countries syria 2 or 3 pieces.

israel will now be plotting with the saudi and the turk a juicy false flag to bring the depleted uranium shock and awe to damascus.

by hook or crook assad has to go.

 

i do hope putin has not stabbed assad in the back.

assad seems to be in a terribly weak position now he cannot even use his old migs because of israel shoot downs.

 

what would be really super one day is for these leaders who are dead men walking to do a nice disclosure on video.

what amazing  tales gadhaffi,saddam and assad could tell about past histories enough for a 1001 nights for sure.

they always go to the grave with secrets maybe it is a masonic thing who knows.

MeMongo's picture

Tony..Mongo concurs entirely! Further Assad should concede directly and send his hot wife to Mongo for safe keeping! This should happen immediately if not sooner!