Please Ignore The Freudian Slip: Pentagon Backtracks, Denies US Special Forces Are In Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

When NBC reported earlier that DoD confirmed US special forces were on the ground in Syria "assisting Kurdish forces in fight against ISIS" it crashed the entire carefully-structured US diplomatic narrative. Not that US spec ops are or are not on the ground in Syria - of course they are - but just like with the Russia/Ukraine escalation and even the Greek negotiation with Brussels, the question has always been one of PR spin: who will be the first to admit responsibility for upcoming escalation and who will be stuck with the blame if the 'worst case' scenario were to unravel.

As such US admission would then permit Russia to admit its own troops are on the ground in Syria, "purely to fight ISIS of course" and nothing to do with protecting their vital interest, i.e., Syrian territorial sovereignty from being used by Qatar gas pipelines, in the process setting off the next stage of pre-war foreplay, one in which both sides officially admit they are on the ground, if not to challenge ISIS, then certainly to use the Assad presidency as a proxy smokescreen for whatever comes next.

Which is why we were counting the minutes until the scrambling Pentagon would vehemently deny the NBC report. The answer: just under 4 hours.

Which incidentally may be the first official "please ignore the Freudian slip" excuse in Pentagon history.

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cro_maat's picture

Spetznatz got your tongue?

knukles's picture

"Why Mrs. Teasedale, I've been looking for you all afteroon"

Stackers's picture


What about non-military US personel ?

NoDebt's picture

Again, I can't help but point out the similarities to Vietnam.  Syria = Cambodia.  "We were never there."

quintago's picture

This is the exact reason why when I fart and get called out on it, I don't bother denying it.

Save_America1st's picture

well don't forget that in 2012 the Pentagram made lying and propaganda to the American public legal to do.  I think that was their attempt to boost credibility.  lol

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Bingo. Smith-Mundt act of 1948. Look it up.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

No balls to face Spetsnaz :) ?

Boondocker's picture

Panama,  central sfrica, all over south east asia, just to name a few

spyware-free's picture

More truth from .gov. How long before this is retracted?

Wednesday at the White House, the most senior national security officials will discuss raising the limit on the number of refugees from around the world allowed to enter the United States -- from 70,000 this year to 85,000 next year and 100,000 in fiscal 2017

Global redistribution bitchez.

Tejano's picture

Don't forget Texas. There's still a buch of 'em in Texas.

angel_of_joy's picture

It sounds more like an update, there are no US Special Forces anymore in Syria... somebody might have kicked their butts out.

ZH Snob's picture

sorry, what we meant to say was the US Extra Special Forces...

justdues's picture

I think you meant  US Exceptionalist Special Farces

Tejano's picture

Special? Like the special kids that ride on the short bus?

HowdyDoody's picture

Maybe they are relying on the UK 'Special' Forces who dress up either in burqas or as ISIS depending on which stage of the propaganda cycle we are at.

sam i am's picture

Please, stop making it so interesting!

I live on ZH now.

lehmen_sisters's picture

Stupid fucks, get the hell out. 

J Jason Djfmam's picture

These are not the special forces you are looking for.

Chuck Knoblauch's picture

DoD as fucked us as the FED.

The Greater Israel Project will not include Syria.

Putin wont allow it.

Hey Gen Dempsey, which way does the wind blow today?

Or do you know?

Victor von Doom's picture

"The Greater Israel Project will not include Syria.

Putin wont allow it."

Yeah. You'd think the Fuckwitt in Chief would have figured that after the "Red Line" debacle. Still, has to please his handlers regardless of likely outcome, right?

"My greatest flaw. I surround myself with idiots."

- Victor von Doom

JustObserving's picture

If the Pentagon speaks the truth, just like Obama and the NY Times, it is by mistake

Chuck Knoblauch's picture

It's hard to keep track of every lie.

HowdyDoody's picture

God has a good grip on the number. Once the Zionists exceed the magic threshold, he gives them another whupping. The dumb fucks never take the hint. They always blame the goy and start all over again.

dontgoforit's picture

And we all know, nothing happens by accident.

Chuck Knoblauch's picture

The CERN demons told DoD to issue a retraction.

Paveway IV's picture

They're not suppose to emerge until next week on the 23rd.

They must have come out on the 23rd and traveled back in time to today to order the DoD to issue the retraction. Those sneaky BASTARDS!

Implied Violins's picture

This comment will disappear in 3...2...1 - er, 1...2...3??

Keynesians say the darndest things's picture

Looks like some journalist will have an "unfortunate accident" soon

autofixer's picture

Technicality.  They are CIA.

Rainman's picture

+1 .... RIP William Colby

Chuck Knoblauch's picture


A profile in courage.

If it wasn't for the libido problem, he may have been a great man.

Bill of Rights's picture

Let me guess, faulty email server?

undertow1141's picture

It wasn't classified yet when he said it.

Joebloinvestor's picture

They skew data and now press releases.

This country is being fucked.

Argenta's picture

They were there before they weren't!


dumbStruck's picture

They're not there until the denial comes out.... right ?

replaceme's picture

What about mercenaries, sir? Are we paying non-US military contractors, and assuming that's a big ole yes, are THEY in Syria?

HowdyDoody's picture

I love the way they take a cameraman along to film them in glorious action.

One more time, darlings and with feeling.

Lost in translation's picture

I think I have deceit fatigue.

undertow1141's picture

I have found that this unfortunatly leads to a bad case of 'cynicism' if not treated properly.

Victor von Doom's picture

I have found that this unfortunatly leads to a bad case of 'clarity' if not treated properly.

- Fixed it for ya

"My greatest flaw. I surround myself with idiots."

- Victor von Doom

Sweet Chicken's picture

Never believe anything until it has been officially denied. 

yellowsub's picture

So they do and don't know where they are...

Bankster Kibble's picture

As long as we don't open the box, we can believe in both or neither.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Maybe they are not US military special forces, but they could very well be ex-special force US mercenaries paid for by the Saudis or even the CIA.