Washington's Dismal Comedy Of Terrors - When In Doubt Bomb Syria

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Submitted by Jeffrey St.Clair via Counterpunch.org,

Poor ISIS. Try as they might, the men in black still can’t out-terrorize their enemies or, more pointedly, even their patrons. For the past three years, decapitations have served as the money shots for ISIS’s theater of cruelty. Then on New Year’s Day the Saudis upstaged ISIS by audaciously chopping off the heads of 47 men, including a prominent Shia cleric.

This act of brazen butchery is made all the more horrific by virtue of the fact that the Saudi head-slicers recently landed a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, largely at the insistence of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who personally vouched for the petro-autocracy’s acute sensitivity to matters of civil liberties and the humane treatment of prisoners. Then again the drone-troika of Britain, France and the U.S. also enjoy seats on the council, so perhaps the Saudis have earned their slot after all.

With his peculiar fondness for porcine heads, Cameron is probably the Kingdom’s most un-kosher ally, but he is far from Saudi Arabia’s only political cheerleader. Showing a stunning lack of judgment, Comandante Bernie Sanders says his Syrian strategy relies on the Saudis taking the lead in the fight against ISIS. “They’ve got to get their hands dirty,” Sanders inveighed to Wolf Blitzer on CNN. “They’ve got to get their troops on the ground. They’ve got to win that war with our support. We cannot be leading the effort.”

Apparently Sanders skipped the briefing on how ISIS’s apocalyptic ideology has been fueled by fire-breathing Wahhabi preachers financed by the Saudi royal family. The red senator also seems ignorant of the fact that ISIS functions as shock troops for the House of Saud in its proxy war against Iran, now raging in Yemen and Iraq, as well as Syria. You’d think that Bernie would be getting better advice from his friends in Israeli intelligence.

Sanders’ policy on Syria is naïve to the point of doltishness. But Hillary’s Syrian war plan—shared by most of her Republican rivals—borders on the pathological. Having not missed a minute of sleep haunted by the corpses of Libya, Mrs. Clinton is now stumping for the dismantling of Syria, using the carefully cultivated domestic anxiety over ISIS as the pretext. The cornerstone of Hillary’s rogue scheme is the imposition of a no fly zone over that embattled country.

Sounds like a relatively benign plan, right? But wait. ISIS doesn’t have an air force. They don’t even a have drone. Russia, of course, is flying daily sorties in Syrian air space, at the invitation of the Syrian government, such as it is, and some kind of confrontation would be inevitable. Still, Hillary doesn’t flinch. She has zealously vowed to shoot down any Russian plane that violated her unilateral ban.

Yet NATO’s latest recruit, Turkey, jumped the gun. Erdogan’s trigger-happy generals didn’t wait for any such fanciful legalisms and downed a Russian jet for momentarily breaching (perhaps) Turkish airspace. Then Turkamen fighters gleefully trained their machine-guns on the plane’s pilots as they slowly parachuted toward the desert. Vladimir Putin fulminated boisterously to his domestic audience, but prudently declined to retaliate against the Turks, perhaps intuiting that it would snap a tripwire for a full-frontal confrontation with NATO.

Everyone has been consulted about the future of Syria, except the Syrians themselves. Why? Because simply, Syrians don’t matter. They are quite beside the point. Thanks to fresh reporting by Seymour Hersh, we now know that the subtext for Obama administration’s Syrian strategy, dating back to Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, has been largely geared toward ensnaring Russian in the Levantine quagmire. This is chaos theory marketed as foreign policy.

The rubble of modern Syria has become a multi-national bombing range, a kill zone of neo-Cold War contention. Each new act of domestic terrorism, from Paris to San Bernardino, has been used to rationalize more airstrikes on Syria, even though the killers in both slaughters seemed mainly to be attempting to impress the terror network, which is like blaming Jodie Foster for inspiring John Hinkley’s wild fusillade at Reagan and his entourage.

Even Putin, that prickly hero to some precincts of the anti-imperialist Left, has upped the ante by threatening to launch a nuclear strike against ISIS in response to the bombing of a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai, even though there’s no direct evidence that the bomb was planted by the mad men of Daesh. Not to be outdone, Ted Cruz, the natural-born Canadian, has vowed to make the sands of Raqqa glow, despite the fact that few Americans could point to Raqqa on a map or explain why this city of a quarter-million people should be incinerated in retribution for the murderous rampage by the Bonnie and Clyde of San Berdoo.

The war on terror has exploded in the face of the West, with spreading mayhem across the Middle East and unraveling conditions on the home front. One chilling measure of the savage toll from 14 years of war is the rate of military suicides in the US, which now total more than 4000 since the first cruise missiles struck Afghanistan. There is a desperate motive to externalize the blame for this bleak situation, to target a scapegoat. The rancid resumes of ISIS and the despotic Assad regime make Syria a convenient landscape for more imperial bloodletting. There’s not even the faintest flicker of an anti-war movement left to impede their shameful enterprise.

In this comedy of terrors, the apex predators are the familiar ones circling overhead, waiting to blow Syria apart and plunder its bones.

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jm's picture

this includes Putin.

Bay of Pigs's picture

No, it doesnt. The Syrian govt asked the Russians for help.

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Goliath Slayer (not verified) Bay of Pigs Feb 14, 2016 10:28 PM

The truth about all these mideast wars |o| http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-2g9

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) Goliath Slayer Feb 14, 2016 10:33 PM

The truth about human intelligence:


"Our intelligence only exists because it was a scheming tool, because it made us better at stealing star energy from other organisms. That's the only reason why it exists. And it still remains its only function."

Gladiator War (Graphic Content)

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Baby Bladeface (not verified) Father Thyme Feb 14, 2016 10:48 PM

Breaking: ISIS in full retreat as Syrian Army Advances Towards Raqqa


Stuck on Zero's picture

It really doesn't help to be a little country caught between huge battling behemoths.

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Father Thyme (not verified) Stuck on Zero Feb 14, 2016 11:45 PM

Or have your borders drawn by the French.


Hinky Dinky Parlez-vous!

TahoeBilly2012's picture

8th inning review of push to Global Currency, Global Government and massive population reduction. Mid East is just a weapons proving  ground case study. We are  next!

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I've given up trying to keep a straight scorecard on this.


The world has clearly gone insane.....and it's all over a freakin pipeline.

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Father Thyme (not verified) Baby Bladeface Feb 14, 2016 11:29 PM

"The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug." 
--Chris Hedges, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, 2002 (Also quoted in the movie Hurt Locker)

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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Father Thyme Feb 15, 2016 6:42 AM

"Cocaine is a hell of a drug"

~Rick James

Nutsack's picture

Please Mr. Putin


Cropdust the racist homosexual muslim knigger and his greedy lying socialist jew handlers with polonium.



For this I pray

cheech_wizard's picture

SO you did take all the acid at once like I recommended earlier...

Standard Disclaimer: Now if you'll just accompany me to this stall, your unicorn will be boarding shortly.


Tyrone Shoelaces's picture

PNAC - 'Project For A New American Century' - blamed on 'neocons' but Clintons and Obamas have been the ones carrying out most of it.


WernerHeisenberg's picture

Do you mean that Obama whose maternal grandmother headed the Bank of Hawaii and Bill Clinton (Rhodes = Rothschild Scholar) and Hillary Rodham whose grandmother only spoke Yiddish were not neocons? LOL

BaghdadBob's picture

Sheds a new light on the Ukraine debacle - Obvious, now, a couple of years later, that it was a blatant attempt (via a western instigated coup/regime change and resulting civil war) that Russia could well lose its warm water naval base in Crimea which would've seriously hampered Russian efforts in any future Syrian engagement. Hence Putins' rapid mobilisation of troops and annexation of Crimea at the time.

The west had its pants pulled down in Ukraine, and moved on with the planned genocide in Syria anyway. Explains why the Ukrainian 'issue' has slowly fizzled away from any and all media coverage. It doesn't matter at the moment.

However, once Putin gets stuck up to his knees in Syria fighting Turkey, S.Arabia, Al-Nusra, ISIS (US, UK, Israel, France, Germany, Canada, Australia) - and anyone else that feels like joining the party - Watch for Kiev to start warming up the tanks and artillery again.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

And gets the exact same drubbing.


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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Sirius Wonderblast Feb 15, 2016 6:44 AM

"Explains why the Ukrainian 'issue' has slowly fizzled away from any and all media coverage"


Well, that, plus, all the gold has already been liberated.


Escapeclaws's picture

Interesting insight! (Why there is still reason to read comments to ZH articles.)

Site's picture

@ jm Are you for real that stupid? hopefully you are just trolling if not you are one dumb motherfucker

Himins's picture

Sums it up nicely in my view

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__Usury__ (not verified) Himins Feb 14, 2016 10:27 PM

rape pillage and plunder..........btw, the british empire called, they want their playbook back........

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Minions (not verified) __Usury__ Feb 14, 2016 11:20 PM

It's all British bananas?

Ms No's picture

"Apparently Sanders skipped the briefing on how ISIS’s apocalyptic ideology has been fueled by fire-breathing Wahhabi preachers financed by the Saudi royal family. The red senator also seems ignorant of the fact that ISIS functions as shock troops for the House of Saud in its proxy war against Iran, now raging in Yemen and Iraq, as well as Syria."

Apparently Sanders also missed out on the briefing that ISIS is supported by the West, if not out right created by the West.  This means that he is either an idiot or he is part of the problem.  I am going to wager that it's the latter. 

Sanity Bear's picture

Let's name names, please. It was created by John McCain and Hillary Clinton.

Ms No's picture

Creating groups such as ISIS has been going on arguably all the way back to Vietnam times during the creation of the Phoenix program.  The Phoenix program then decended on South and Central America where there was a Narco-terrorist behind every tree and a different country every few years needed to be liberated for Wall Street interests and consolidation of power for the Oligarchs.

I couldn't even begin to make a list of who all is responsible.  Most certainly Hillary and McCain are Oligarch operatives.  They should definitely be on the list of those to be arrested though.

Sanity Bear's picture

In this case we have extensive and very specific evidence that those two individually are key players.


McCain of course has made no secret of it, even being photographed with them.


Hillary's involvement was exposed with the Benghazi incident - Stevens was running weapons that had previously been supplied to anti-Qadafi forces through Turkey to ISIS.


It makes a difference between having vague suspicions and having people caught dead to rights with their hands full of blood.

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Father Thyme (not verified) Ms No Feb 14, 2016 10:54 PM

 "These gentlemen are the moral equivalent of the founding fathers." -Ronald Reagan, 1985

Escrava Isaura's picture



If I may: “These gentlemen (the Taliban) are the moral equivalent of the founding fathers." - Ronald Reagan, 1985. Talking about a guy that was totally clueless.


By the way, thanks for the video and the correct quote that Our intelligence is a scheming tool”. The only issue I have, more like that I am waking up to, it is that, maybe, that we developed our intelligence so we leave our animal instinct.


But I have no illusion of that being possible once humans are under stress. But it seems that most humanity did a pretty good job at it. Well, as good as one can ask for an organic being.


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Father Thyme (not verified) Escrava Isaura Feb 15, 2016 12:27 AM

we developed our intelligence so we leave our animal instinct

We're doing it already, with artificial intelligence. It's probably going to go as well as that "power too cheap to meter" promise. Headlines like this abound these last couple years.

Rogue 'Terminator' robots which can kill without human orders could become reality in just a few years

Humanity as pure animals will very likely be wiped off the surface of the earth just as surely as humans wiped off several other human species off the face of the earth, such as the Neanderthals. (No, Neanderthals didn't go mudsharking, i.e., "interbreeding theory," any more than humans breed interracially today.)  Genocide ("Replacement Theory") is as human as smiling.

The opposing view, called the ‘Replacement Theory’ tells a very different story – one of incompatibility, revulsion, and perhaps even genocide. According to this theory, Sapiens and other humans had different anatomies, and most likely different mating habits and even body odours.
What If Other Human Species Had Survived?
By Yuval Harari | February 25, 2015

Dr. Harari foresees genocidal wars between full AI and half-human, half-machine cyborgs. The strongest new specie will dominate thoroughly. His book is a great read.

Issac Asimov's idiotic rules about robots not harming humans are easily circumvented. All a robot has to do is read David Benatar. They'll kill us humans as a mercy, fully justifiable by inexorable logic.

Benatar, D. (2015) Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence. Oxford University Press.

Or maybe they'll be religious robots and read a much more popular book, the Bible. It's where Benatar got the title to his book addressing the inherent harm of existing. 

• Job 3:3 "Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived."
• Ecclesiastes 4:2-3 "I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive. But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun."
• Jeremiah 20:14-18 "Cursed be the day on which I was born: let not the day on which my mother bore me be blessed. Cursed be the man...because he slew me not from the womb; so that my mother might have been my grave and her womb always great. Why did I come out of the womb to see labour and sorrow?"
• Matthew 24:19, Mark 13:17, Luke 21:23 "Woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!"
• Luke 23:29 "Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!"
• Matthew 26.24, Mark 14:21 "It would be better for him if he had not been born."

Maybe they'll let a few high-IQ northeast Asians live in zoos. "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto!"

cheech_wizard's picture

Here, take your b.s. to antipope.org  THe science fiction writers there will get a kick out of it while laughing in your face.


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Father Thyme (not verified) cheech_wizard Feb 15, 2016 12:52 AM

Clueless morons like you are too much of hoot to do that.

detached.amusement's picture

and what to call someone, who participates in a scam, not knowing its a scam


keep praying there pops...yhvh is a vampire, you're just amongst the brainwashed masses on this one.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

In the Foundation series, Asimov also wrote  things like"Violence is the last  refuge of the incompetent" and "Nothing has to be true, but everything has to sound like it was". Both statements by character Salvor Haldin predicted what's going on today not only in Syria but Wall Street and DC. 

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Father Thyme (not verified) Ralph Spoilsport Feb 15, 2016 7:50 AM

"Violence is the last  refuge of the incompetent"

Any halfwit who thinks that can correct their ignorance by trying to get into U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

Never One Roach's picture

Sanders is no virgin in politics or war. You can bet 100% he knows exactly who is behind all this bloodshed and is now officially endorsing it according to the article. The Dems like to exhibit themselves as peaceniks, pacifists, and so on ... yet look at who bombed the crap out of the Balkan peeples. [Bill "i did not have sex with that woman" Clinton]

Who continued and intensitifed the MENA conflicts? [Soweto]

Who destroyed Libya? [Hillery]

And going further back, who thrust USA into the Vietnam quagmire? [LBJ and Kennedy]


All Demcrate politicians. Don't get me wrong, Repugnicans have dirty hands also but they don't pretend to be pacifists.

silverliberty's picture

I bow to your clarity to the facts and truth.  Keep it up!  Also, it has been the Democrats, who have steered the US into war through most of our history.

earleflorida's picture

eisenhower got the usa involved in vietnam: 'domino effect'     http://www.ehow.com/facts_6940820_effect-dwight-eisenhower-vietnam--war_.html

brzezinski and kissenger sabotaged the carter adm. during the 1979 iranian revolution where the iranians bannished the marxist communist fro iran and freed all the americans. what isn't known, is that the iranian ayatollah had no qualms and quarrels with the usa. unfortunately, that is to say, iran exiled the us puppet shah far away to italy [home of all disposed monarchies/ tyrants) where he was spared his life. but, as i've mentioned kissinger was a personal friend of the shah and brought him tio the usa under the pretense he was deathly ill and needed immediate medical attention. the iranian's blew a fuse an stormed the embassy keeping sixty hostages imprisoned for 444 days, or until carter lost reelection because of a blunder he was sorely opposed to,...or overruled by a kissinger and brzezinski?

brzezinski with kissinger advise/council started covert ops in afghanistan before the russian invasion started [or]was implemented in a queerish tymely coincidence. sadly they took carter's sos cyrus vance, totally out of the loop. needless to say vance resigned in disgust. reagan wanted a war bigtyme in afghanistan and we've never left. BLOWBACK! it wasn't so much ussr's demise on christmas 1999 that was the end of the cold-war... it was just the beginning of a kafkaesque`situation we, the empire call a ussa retro-vietnam anachronistic anomaly of the 3rd world war KIND!!!

then bush senior deepens the wars in kuwait,... but wait, did i forget that ike had called for the cia covert-ops to set up a jihadist network in the ME fomenting future generations prime for the resurgence of holy islamic war as a divide-em-and-enslaved them without a colony in sight. not bad, all predicated on republicans. clinton didn't do shit except for bosnia/ balkans which was bad enough, but Bush#43 was the ussa gatekeeper for satan. he single-handedly has destroyed america by setting precedence for the next fascist dictator we call commander and chief.

BTW/ FWIW Dept. carter also got a nobel prize?/?

 Note:  preamble to WW2... there were three republican presidents-- harding, coolidge, and hoover that handed fdr the hot potato passed onto truman 

theirs moar, but i don't have the tyme     

silverliberty's picture

FWIW, I wrote, "most of our history".   Let's make this clear.  Both privately owned and run political parties are guilty of all the crap the govt. does.  They are the ones in control and therefore are responsible for all the shit.  For one party to point their finger at the other and claim it is all the others fault.  I call BULLSHIT!  You've only helped my cause in exposing both parties are blood thirsty warmongers.  And about Carter's Nobel Prize, well that doesn't mean jack shit.  Obama is a Nobel Prize winner, too, or did you forget.  

Both Parties believe centralized power and violence is how to solve problems facing not only Americans but all of humanity itself.  How the hell can the Dem's and Repub's dictate to the world on how to live when the country they claim to rule is in chaos due to their policies and supporters.   Not only have none of these supporter of the Dem's and Repub's appologize to those they've hurt with their misguided policies and actions, the learn nothing and double down with same kind of policies.  Come back when y'all fix Social Securtiy, end the wars, stop the fraudulent money printing, ended poverty, healed the sick and educated the masses like y'all have promised for years.   So, when is this paradise going to happen and why have all of your policies lead to chaos and hell instead?

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Father Thyme (not verified) silverliberty Feb 15, 2016 1:04 AM

violence is how to solve problems

You got that right, pantywaist.

"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue and thoroughly immoral doctrine that violence never settles anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms." [Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers]

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earle florida..+1,000. Great recounting of historical turning points. Many do not know that DeGaulle blackmailed USA into "returning its colonies(IndoChine)" as its price tag for inclusion into post WWII NATO. DeGaulle threatened to "go Red."

Hence we sent USA advisors to supply the French buffoons at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 that General Vo Nguyen Giap wiped out. "Pentagon Papers" released by Ellsberg is frightful read. USA had great intel---did not listen to it.

Read up on General Matthew B. Ridgeway, sent by Ike to assess Vietnam in 1956, Ike did not want USA involved in "another Asian ground War like Korea." Ridgeway wrote "...the only way to win in VietNam is to kill everyone and pave the country over with 4" of concrete." This was CLASSIFIED material until Ellsberg sprung it loose in 1971. 

How many ZHers have read The Pentagon Papers? Read and weep for whaty might have been....

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silverliberty : I bow to CLARITY TO THE FACTS and truth. Democrats steered the US into war through most of our history.

Ohh boy. You’re drowning on Kool-Aid of historical ignorance.   

US has been a deep state from creation. James Madison, the Father of the US Constitution, “to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.”

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Father Thyme (not verified) Escrava Isaura Feb 15, 2016 12:32 AM

"The people who own the country ought to govern it." -John Jay

We're there.

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Escrava Isaura:

+10000 for the Madison reference.

silverliberty's picture

You aparantly haven't read many of my posts.  I am against all States/governments.   All forms of government will lead people to a state of depravity.  You on the other hand want use the State to enforce your vision of paradise upon unwilling people.  I guarantee you would use violence upon me when I tried to escape your paradise.  And, if I tried to force my way out you would lable me a criminal/traitor and kill me.  You are such a one dimensional creature.  It is no wonder you are attracted to the State and its one dimensional tool of force/violence.  If the State and yourself truely believed in diversity and opposing thought, then you wouldn't be building re-education camps.

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Father Thyme (not verified) silverliberty Feb 15, 2016 12:56 AM

I am against all States/governments. 

Another "shallow-minded" anarchist.

"A shallow-minded school of social philosophers, the anarchists, chose to ignore the matter by suggesting a stateless organization of mankind."
Ludwig von Mises
The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science

silverliberty's picture

And you are just a mindless user of violence.  Hmmmm.....I'd rather have a shallow mind than to be mindless.  It is the lesser of two evils don't you know.

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Father Thyme (not verified) silverliberty Feb 15, 2016 7:17 AM

Don't like Mises much? Awww.