Secret Cable Reveals US Plan To Overthrow Assad By Exploiting "Extremist Groups"

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Now that Europe’s worsening refugee crisis and Russia’s stepped up support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad have (finally) focused the world’s attention on Syria’s four-year, bloody civil war, inquiring minds want to know: how did it happen that the country, which is now at risk of becoming a failed state, descend into chaos? 

Of course when we speak of “inquiring minds” we mean those of the general public which, to this point, has remained largely ignorant of the fact that hundreds of thousands of people are dying in a place that shares a border with the country the US supposedly just got done “liberating.” 

Generally speaking, the line you’ll get from the mainstream media is that Syria is just one more example of a Mid-East country where the populace finally reached its breaking point with the injustices created by the brutal regime of an evil autocrat. The resultant chaos, the narrative continues, created a breeding ground for terror which explains why Raqqa has become the de facto capital for ISIS, the Western media’s boogeyman par excellence. 

Not to put too fine a point on it - and this won’t surprise anyone who frequents these pages - but that narrative is pure, unadulterated garbage. The real story (again, generally speaking), is that Syria is pivotal for the existing balance of power - and not only the regional balance of power, but the global balance of power as well. The alliance between Bashar al-Assad’s Syria and Moscow, Tehran, and Hezbollah serves as a kind of counterbalance to cooperation among the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey (among others). Should the Assad regime be allowed to fall and the West allowed to influence the post-regime political outcome, the scales would tip, Russia would lose its naval base at Tartus, and Iran’s access to Hezbollah, not to mention the scope of its regional influence would be severely constrained. Assad’s move to support the Islamic Pipeline while rejecting the Qatar-Turkey pipeline was a manifestation of the situation described above. 

But even as the world begins gradually to come around to the idea that the US and the West might well have had a role in supporting many of the rebel groups that are currently fighting for control of Syria, the notion that Washington might have intentionally started the Syrian civil war by provoking Sunni extremists (among other tactics) is still seen by many as too horrific a possibility to take seriously. Unfortunately - as a declassified secret US government document obtained by the public interest law firm Judicial Watch (profiled here) suggested earlier this year - it's highly likely that the US intentionally destabilized the Assad regime in pursuit of Washington’s geopolitical interests. That deliberate destabilization has now led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and untold human suffering. 

As it turns out, there’s still more evidence available to support the notion that Syria’s civil war was engineered by the Pentagon. In his new book, Julian Assange highlights a cable from acting Deputy Chief of Mission in Syria William Roebuck who was stationed in Damascus from 2004-2006. It’s available in full from Wikileaks and below are what we believe to be the most notable excerpts, presented without further comment.

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Original Classification:SECRET Current Classification:SECRET

Handling Restrictions-- Not Assigned --

Character Count:14471

From:Syria Damascus Markings:-- Not Assigned --

To:Department of the Treasury | Israel Tel Aviv | National Security Council | Secretary of State | The League of Arab States | U.S. Mission to European Union (formerly EC) (Brussels) | United Nations (New York) | United States Central Command | White House

(S) Summary.  The SARG ends 2006 in a much stronger  position domestically and internationally than it did 2005.  While there may be additional bilateral or multilateral  pressure that can impact Syria, the regime is based on a  small clique that is largely immune to such pressure.  However, Bashar Asad's growing self-confidence )- and  reliance on this small clique -- could lead him to make  mistakes and ill-judged policy decisions through trademark  emotional reactions to challenges, providing us with new  opportunities.  For example, Bashar,s reaction to the  prospect of Hariri tribunal and to publicity for Khaddam and  the National Salvation Front borders on the irrational.  Additionally, Bashar,s reported preoccupation with his image  and how he is perceived internationally is a potential liability in his decision making process.  We believe  Bashar,s weaknesses are in how he chooses to react to  looming issues, both perceived and real, such as a the  conflict between economic reform steps (however limited) and entrenched, corrupt forces, the Kurdish question, and the  potential threat to the regime from the increasing presence  of transiting Islamist extremists.  This cable summarizes our  assessment of these vulnerabilities and suggests that there may be actions, statements, and signals that the USG can send  that will improve the likelihood of such opportunities  arising.  These proposals will need to be fleshed out and  converted into real actions and we need to be ready to move  quickly to take advantage of such opportunities.  Many of our  suggestions underline using Public Diplomacy and more  indirect means to send messages that influence the inner circle.   End Summary. 

(S) The following provides our summary of potential  vulnerabilities and possible means to exploit them: 

-- THE ALLIANCE WITH TEHRAN: Bashar is walking a fine line in his increasingly strong relations with Iran, seeking necessary support while not completely alienating Syria,s  moderate Sunni Arab neighbors by being perceived as aiding Persian and fundamentalist Shia interests.  Bashar's decision  to not attend the Talabani ) Ahmadinejad summit in Tehran following FM Moallem,s trip to Iraq can be seen as a manifestation of Bashar's sensitivity to the Arab optic on  his Iranian alliance. 

-- Possible action: 

-- PLAY ON SUNNI FEARS OF IRANIAN INFLUENCE:  There are fears in Syria that the Iranians are active in both Shia proselytizing and conversion of, mostly poor, Sunnis.  Though often exaggerated, such fears reflect an element of the Sunni community in Syria that is increasingly upset by and focused on the spread of Iranian influence in their country through activities ranging from mosque construction to business. Both the local Egyptian and Saudi missions here, (as well as prominent Syrian Sunni religious leaders), are giving increasing attention to the matter and we should coordinate more closely with their governments on ways to better publicize and focus regional attention on the issue. 

-- Vulnerability: 

-- THE INNER CIRCLE:  At the end of the day, the regime is  dominated by the Asad family and to a lesser degree by Bashar Asad,s maternal family, the Makhlufs, with many family  members believe to be increasingly corrupt. The family, and hangers on, as well as the larger Alawite sect, are not immune to feuds and anti-regime conspiracies, as was evident last year when intimates of various regime pillars (including the Makhloufs) approached us about post-Bashar possibilities. Corruption is a great divider and Bashar's inner circle is subject to the usual feuds and squabbles related to graft and corruption.  For example, it is generally known that Maher Asad is particularly corrupt and incorrigible.  He has no scruples in his feuds with family members or others.  There is also tremendous fear in the Alawite community about retribution if the Sunni majority ever regains power. 

-- Possible Action: 

-- ADDITIONAL DESIGNATIONS: Targeted sanctions against regime members and their intimates are generally welcomed by most elements of Syrian society.  But the way designations are  applied must exploit fissures and render the inner circle weaker rather than drive its members closer together.  The designation of Shawkat caused him some personal irritation and was the subject of considerable discussion in the business community here. While the public reaction to corruption tends to be muted, continued reminders of corruption in the inner circle have resonance.  We should look for ways to remind the public of our previous designations. 

-- Vulnerability: 

-- THE KURDS:  The most organized and daring political  opposition and civil society groups are among the ethnic  minority Kurds, concentrated in Syria,s northeast, as well  as in communities in Damascus and Aleppo.  This group has  been willing to protest violently in its home territory when  others would dare not.  There are few threats that loom  larger in Bashar,s mind than unrest with the Kurds.  In what is a rare occurrence, our DATT was convoked by Syrian Military Intelligence in May of 2006 to protest what the Syrians believed were US efforts to provide military training and equipment to the Kurds in Syria. 

-- Possible Action: 

-- HIGHLIGHT KURDISH COMPLAINTS: Highlighting Kurdish  complaints in public statements, including publicizing human rights abuses will exacerbate regime,s concerns about the Kurdish population.  Focus on economic hardship in Kurdish areas and the SARG,s long-standing refusal to offer citizenship to some 200,000 stateless Kurds.  This issue would need to be handled carefully, since giving the wrong kind of prominence to Kurdish issues in Syria could be a liability for our efforts at uniting the opposition, given  Syrian (mostly Arab) civil society,s skepticism of Kurdish objectives. 

-- Vulnerability: 

-- Extremist elements increasingly use Syria as a base, while  the SARG has taken some actions against groups stating links to Al-Qaeda.  With the killing of the al-Qaida leader on the border with Lebanon in early December and the increasing terrorist attacks inside Syria culminating in the September 12 attack against the US embassy, the SARG,s policies in Iraq and support for terrorists elsewhere as well can be seen to be coming home to roost. 

-- Possible Actions: 

-- Publicize presence of transiting (or externally focused)  extremist groups in Syria, not limited to mention of Hamas and PIJ.  Publicize Syrian efforts against extremist groups in a way that suggests weakness, signs of instability, and uncontrolled blowback.  The SARG,s argument (usually used after terror attacks in Syria) that it too is a victim of terrorism should be used against it to give greater prominence to increasing signs of instability within Syria. 


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MFL8240's picture

Stay the hell out, we have no business in that country!  How many young men and woman need to die to satisfy the thirst of these neocons?

Clockwork Orange's picture

Business is exactly what we have.  Global biz, all dependent on the survival of the petrodollar.  

We will know the tide has turned when Hollywood's blockbuster hits that romanticize covert meddling and super-hero shadow operators turns off the sheeple.  They have to wake up sometime.   That will be the tell that the game is about over.

kliguy38's picture

Clearly Assad was evil and HAD to go....we are just doing God's work destroying those people's lives

AmericanFUPAcabra's picture

Nice one, but you forgot the /sarc tag judging by the humorless downvoters unable to pick up that sarcasm

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TongueStun (not verified) AmericanFUPAcabra Sep 21, 2015 5:51 PM

that cable be raycess

SuperRay's picture

Asange and Snowden - world class heroes.  The new litmus test.  Has any politician, any at all, supported either one of them?  No?  Then they've got to go.

Bloppy's picture

Clearly the government has absolutely no idea what to do about Syria and is counting on a continued news media blackout on the subject to keep it away from public awareness. Not hard to do, a few more Kardashian photos usually do the trick.




Ben Carson aide turns trick question against CNN

junction's picture

So, we now have proof that the American government is filled with war criminals not much different from the Nazis.  Functionaries like William Roebuck who facilitated the deaths, rape murders and endless destruction in Syria.  I am waiting for our Muslim president to give Roebuck a Presidential Medal of Freedom, just like former Secretary of State Albright got.  Civilian slaughterers deserve a medal in Obama's America. My suggestion is that Obama order a redesign of this medal so it in the shape of the Nazi Iron Cross.

exomike's picture

Conversely, how many Neo-Cons, Neo-Liberals, Banksters, CEOs, politicians, and 1%ers would have to die to stop this shit? That's right, orders of magnitude less humans and an order of magnitude higher percentage of psychopaths if you target that group.

So, where are all these loudmouthed Second Amendent guys? Or are your guns really just for hunting and/or target practice or maybe for shooting at un-armed imaginary bleeding heart social liberals in Volvos? 

sidiji's picture

So what's new? We've know for years the US and  the Saudis behind al-queda/ISIL in Syria...another case of CIA losing control of its muppets, so what else is new?

Maybe it's time to disband the CIA, because historically it's an agency that has managed to screw up everything it has ever touched.  What a bunch of jokers what a bunch of amateur morons.

exomike's picture

Conversely, how many Neo-Cons, Banksters, CEOs, politicians, and 1%ers would have to die to stop this shit? That's right, orders of magnitude less humans and an order of magnitude higher percentage of psychopaths. So, where are all these loudmouthed Second Amendent guys? Or are your guns really just for hunting and/or target practice or maybe for shooting at un-armed imaginary liberals in Volvos? 

Welfare Tycoon's picture

For some funny reason I have this hunch that the news outlets will "forget" to air this tonight.

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TongueStun (not verified) Welfare Tycoon Sep 21, 2015 5:56 PM

90% of the media is run or owned by those radical right wing Amish, you know the Millerbergs, the Yodersteins, and of course the Stolzfusmans

Jumbotron's picture

The Cold War never ended.  It just took a break.

And the war is about resources.  Energy resources.  Oil and Gas.  What's left of the cheap stuff anyway.  Enough of to power the Limitless Growth Model Utopia we have built for ourselves.

James Kunstler was right 10 years ago.  We are entering the "Long Emergency".  And it's only going to get hotter from here.

nnnnnn's picture
nnnnnn (not verified) Jumbotron Sep 21, 2015 7:10 PM

its not about resources     its about control

Jumbotron's picture

its not about resources     its about control .....of the resources.....what's left of them.

There...fixed it for ya.

Ignatius's picture

We ZH'rs knew it before the leak.  Confirmation.

ThirteenthFloor's picture

+1. Once again US sticks it's flag where it doesn't belong.

El Vaquero's picture

Don't forget the Defense Intelligence Agency document/email that was leaked several months (or longer) ago.  It came out and prognosticated that if we were to destabilize Syria, an ISIS like group would likely arise and spread shit across Syria and Northern Iraq, then recommended destabilizing Syria. 

AmericanFUPAcabra's picture

Amen! Every day I feel less and less kooky as conspiracy theory turns to fact. The US has fallen flat on their face for the last 2 years. Their little plane crash in Ukraine didn't quite land where they wanted to between the DPR and LPR regions, poor little  Obama's canned "we need international investigators on the scene but they are being blocked by rebels'' bullshit script would have effectively cut supply lines between the two strongholds- but the narrative didn't hold up because Russia made all the Satellite images public within 48 hours... Now Russia moving in to Syria... fucking gold! There is hope still

Jumbotron's picture

After reading the cable leaked by Julian Assange.....all I can say is (I) (S)ee...(I) (S)ee

Usurious's picture
Usurious (not verified) Jumbotron Sep 21, 2015 9:27 PM


SgtShaftoe's picture

How much evil does the US government need to show in the open before it completely loses credibility and is shamed by the world?

tarsubil's picture

It already is. Most people on the street outside the US, understand that the US is a fucking joke bully thug gangster. Americans have always been bewildered by this, well, it's the fucking truth.

tarabel's picture



No, we're bewildered by all the people who suck our dicks for access to our markets and then complain about how evil we are to let them do it.

tarsubil's picture

Like the average Afghani stick collector who was desperate to get access to the American stick consumer and then this Afghani complains about his little girl getting hellfired by an apache. Fucking thankless heathens!

tarabel's picture




There's an evil banker under my bed.

And he's trying to loan me money.

tarabel's picture



I'm really worried about what Dictator Assad, Dictator Putin, Dictator Kim, Dictator Iranian Dude, and Dictator Chinese PIck A Number think about how evil we are.


corsair's picture

So that's how you see the rest of the world: Dictators and suckers?

How exceptional...

tarabel's picture



No, actually I see them as composed of the exact same sort of people and governments as are here in the US.

The anti-Enlightenment is in full control of the reins of government in America and everywhere else. Obama is not doing the bidding of the American people or carrying out the mandates of the American Constitution, but of the united gang of tyrants who rule EVERYWHERE and are moving to put the capstone on their plans for putting the world back under their heel permanently.

A boot on the face of humanity forever, right?

Only one obstacle still stands in the way of those plans.

American boys, American guns, and a just God who presides over the destiny of Nations.

"The whole world united shall not prevail against her." G. Washington

"Surely, I come." J. Christ

corsair's picture

Manifest Destiny?

And you don't suppose that any other boys could do God's bidding?

tarabel's picture



Not with empty hands and a belief that their own government is fine and only America is evil, no, I do not.

I repeat: All governments everywhere are in control of the same bunch of evil people. I do not blame Russians for being in thrall to their evil ruler. I do not blame Europeans for being in thrall to their evil ruler. I do not blame Americans for being in thrall to their evil ruler. Same for everyone else everywhere.

But I dream of the day when those evil men's reign shall be broken and the world shall be free once again. God willing, that indeed shall be the Manifest Destiny of which you sneer.

corsair's picture

Where did you see me sneering?

So basically we want the same thing...but I don't think that you are being sincere. For someone who claims to be opposed to those "evil people", you seem to be overly protective of their main asset - the US government and its foreign policy.

Sorry, but it just doesn't add up.

tarabel's picture



No, we don't want the same thing, that much is certain.

I know that the road will be long and filled with loss and misery and betrayal.

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The Indelicate Genius (not verified) Sep 21, 2015 5:18 PM

“Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
The Infamous "Oded Yinon Plan". Introduction by Michel Chossudovsky

From the "Yinon Plan" to the "Ya’alon Strategy"

What motivated the 9/11 hijackers to attack the US?

Shining Light on Roots of Terrorism

"Rarely in the FCM - and not even often on the Web - does one find Sheikh Mohammed's explanation for what motivated him to "mastermind" 9/11. Apparently, few pundits have made it as far as page 147 of the 9/11 Commission Report.

The drafters were at work on the report when they learned that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had been captured. They knew that he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina A&T in Greensboro in 1986, before going to Afghanistan to fight the Russian occupier.

And it seems their first assumption was that he suffered some major indignity at the hands of Americans in Greensboro. Thus the strange wording of one major finding on page 147 of the 9/11 Commission Report:

"By his own account, KSM's animus toward the United States stemmed not from his experience there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel."

Moreover, the footnote section reveals that KSM was not the only "mastermind" terrorist motivated by "U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel," although in the footnote the Commission dances around a specific reference to Israel, leaving it to the reader to infer that point from the context. Note the missing words in the footnote on page 488:

"On KSM's rationale for attacking the United States, see Intelligence report, interrogation of KSM, Sept. 5, 2003 (in this regard, KSM's statements echo those of Yousef, who delivered an extensive polemic against U.S. foreign policy at his January 1998 sentencing)," the footnote said.

Was Yousef, who happens to be Mohammed's nephew, perhaps upset about U.S. foreign policy favoring NATO expansion, or maybe toward Guam? Obviously, the unstated inference in the footnote was about Israel."

tarabel's picture



But Greater Persia is okay. Greater Russia is okay. Greater China is okay.

Personally, I hope you get your chance to live in one of them.

Just let me stay home from school on that day, okay?

Urban Redneck's picture

The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill...

Max Steel's picture

Not a fcuking surprise . 

Latitude25's picture

Secret cable  LOL What?  Was this sent by morse code or something?  Straight out of a 1940s movie

Max Steel's picture

Idiot muritard ever heatd of wikileaks ? Those all are files taken from us gov records to 3xpose their hypocrisy .

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alphahammer (not verified) Sep 21, 2015 5:23 PM

So how do we know this is real? We all know that Assange is a liar and definitely guilty of crimes against women. Why would anyone trust a word he says? Anything he says...

The genius has "at least" four children around the world of which NONE he supports. He's said he wanted to "spread the seed of Assange around the world" What a complete fucking douchebag. The Swedes will get him for sex crimes against women. Watch and see.

Anyhow. Assange said it so it must be true. PROVE IT ASSANGE. I don't believe a fucking word you say about anything.

dicksburnt's picture

The first rule of zion fight club is to defeat the character of the truthteller.   The second rule of zion fight club is then demand they prove the truth when in fact the truth is self-evident.


alphahammer's picture
alphahammer (not verified) dicksburnt Sep 21, 2015 5:40 PM


The first rule of "reality" is define who is lying. We ALL KNOW Assange is a liar first and foremost and should not be trusted. 

Tell your grandmother,wife and daughter the FACTS about Assange and how he treats women -- to include his current investigation(s) -- then ask them if he should be trusted. Let us know what they say...

Zion? I like Bob Marley. What? 

tarsubil's picture

Stop up arrowing yourself. It's pathetic.

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alphahammer (not verified) tarsubil Sep 21, 2015 5:49 PM


Dear sir, with all due respect, I'm sorry you can't handle the truth. Unfortunately, that is your problem and not mine.


BTW. You can vote your own posts higher? Lets see. Ill try it now.

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alphahammer (not verified) tarsubil Sep 21, 2015 5:49 PM


Hey it works! Thanks for that!