Why Obama Prioritizes Ousting Assad Over Defeating Syria’s Jihadists

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Eric Zuesse courtesy of Strategic Culture

Why Obama Prioritizes Ousting Assad Over Defeating Syria’s Jihadists: Part I

Dr Christina Lin, a leading young scholar on jihadist groups, opens her April 8th commentary at Asia Times: «In a blunder reeking of the fallout caused by supplying Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to 1980s mujahideen in Afghanistan, civilian airline passengers are now under threat from Syrian jihadists armed with portable surface-to-air missiles (MANPADS).

Reports say some American-backed jihadi groups are being equipped with US-made MANPADS. Indications are they’re obtaining these advanced weapons either directly or indirectly from the US or its Mideast allies in connection with a recent escalation in the fighting in Syria.

On April 2, fighting broke out between western-backed al-Qaeda affiliates and the Syrian army, ending the Syrian ceasefire. The groups that broke the ceasefire included al-Qaeda in Syria (al-Nusra), the Chinese Uyghur Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), The Levant Brigade, the Freemen of Syria (Ahrar ash-Sham), Division 13, and other jihadi groups. According to AP, the US-trained and armed Division 13 is now fighting alongside al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. The latter two are part of the Turkey/Saudi/Qatar-backed Army of Conquest».

That report goes on to document, essentially, that US President Barack Obama is continuing his efforts to replace the the only secular, non-sectarian government in the Middle East, that of the Ba’athist Party, which has always been the only non-religious political party in the Arab world – everything else in Arabia has been fundamentalist-Sunni, to at least some extent. (Think of it: after 9/11, the US government aiding al-Qaeda! The US government is more against Russia than it’s against jihadists – though Russia never invaded the US, and communism is gone!)

Dr Lin quotes a Saudi official as saying (in Germany’s Spiegel), «We believe that introducing surface-to-air missiles in Syria is going to change the balance of power on the ground… just like surface-to-air missiles in Afghanistan were able to change the balance of power there». He was referring there to this in 1979, where Obama’s friend Zbigniew Brzezinski explained why the Americans and the Saudis were supplying SAMs to the mujahideen who became al-Qaeda, and he was also referring to this in 1998, where Brzezinski, when asked whether he thought that arming those fundamentalist Sunnis had been a mistake, said that it certainly was not. Obama is continuing in that vein. Brzezinski still was talking there as if Russia equals the USSR, equals «the enemy». Obama acts from that same viewpoint – the viewpoint that will end either in WW III, or in Russia’s capitulation to the US aristocracy.

In their view, the end of communism, and the end of the Soviet Union, and the end of the Soviets’ Warsaw Pact (which was their counterpart to America’s NATO alliance), made and make no difference, and Syria should be ruled by jihadist groups, because its current government is allied with Russia, and Russia always tries to kill jihadists, never allies with them (as the US does).

Obama overthrew the Russia-friendly government of Ukraine and replaced it with an anti-Russian government; he also led the NATO bombing campaign that overthrew the Russia-friendly leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi; and he has since been trying to do the same thing in Syria, to Assad.

Dr Lin continues:

«Now, if it turns out that al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria are indeed armed with MANPADS, it would amount to what former CIA director David Petraeus called ‘our worst nightmare’. The missile would do far more than improve terrorist groups’ military capabilities to conduct future attacks.

A 2005 RAND study also concluded that Jihadists shooting down a civilian airliner would put a temporary freeze on worldwide air travel, causing a $15 billion loss to the world economy. More than a decade after this study, the present-day economic loss would be substantially higher than $15 billion».

Dr Lin’s calling this a «blunder» from Obama is based upon an assumption that Obama isn’t aware of the harms that he’s causing by what he’s doing; but, on the same day, a report, including shocking documentation from Jane’s (the specialist site about military matters), makes clear that Obama is determined to overthrow Assad no matter what the consequences.

The anonymous «Moon of Alabama» blogger posted at Global Research on April 8th, «US Delivers 3,000 Tons Of Weapons And Ammo To Al-Qaeda and Co. in Syria». Shown there is the «Simplified packing list for December 2015 arms» that were sent. The anonymous blogger explained:

«One ship with nearly one thousand tons of weapons and ammo left Constanta in Romania on December 5. The weapons are from Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania. It sailed to Agalar in Turkey which has a military pier and then to Aqaba in Jordan. Another ship with more than two-thousand tons of weapons and ammo left in late March, followed the same route and was last recorded on its way to Aqaba on April 4.

We already knew that the ‘rebels’ in Syria received plenty of weapons during the official ceasefire. We also know that these ‘rebels’ regularly deliver half of their weapon hauls from Turkey and Jordan to al-Qaeda in Syria (aka Jabhat al-Nusra):

Hard-core Islamists in the Nusra Front have long outgunned the more secular, nationalist, Western-supported rebels. According to FSA officers, Nusra routinely harvests up to half the weapons supplied by the Friends of Syria, a collection of countries opposed to Assad...

US and Turkey supported ‘rebels’ took part in the recent attack on Tal al-Eis against Syrian government forces which was launched with three suicide bombs by al-Qaeda in Syria. This was an indisputable breaking of the ceasefire agreement between Russia and the US. It is very likely that some of the weapons and ammunition the US delivered in December were used in this attack».

Consequently, Obama is clearly determined to supply weapons to the jihadists until they win. This is no «blunder». It’s a determination to beat Putin, no matter what. It has consequences not only for the US and for Russia, but for the countries that America invades or whose governments America overthrows. Here are those consequences.

The «2016 Global Emotions Report» by Gallup, surveying over a thousand people in each one of 140 different nations, found that, by far, the people in Syria had «the lowest positive experiences worldwide», the people there were far more miserable than in any other nation. The score was 36 (on a scale to 100). Second and third worst were tied at 51: Turkey because of the tightening dictatorship there as Turkey has become one of Obama’s key allies in toppling Assad; Nepal, on account of the earthquake. Then tied at 54, were three countries, the fourth, fifth, and sixth, most-miserable places to live: Georgia, which still hasn’t recovered from the US-backed wars against Abkhazia and South Ossetia, where the majority want to be part of Russia; Serbia, where the majority are opposed to the government’s move to enter NATO; and Iraq, which still hasn’t recovered from Bush’s 2003 invasion. Then tied at 55, are five countries, the seventh-through-eleventh-most-miserable nations: Yemen, where America’s ally the Sauds are dropping American bombs onto Shiite neighborhoods; Bosnia and Herzegovina, which still hasn’t recovered from the civil war and the US bombing; Lithuania, which became impoverished by IMF-imposition of economic austerity, which has prevented economic recovery; Belarus, which will probably be the last country in the world to break away from Marxism; and, finally, the 11th-worst, Ukraine, which prior to the US coup, was less miserable than 29 countries and had a score of 60, which was 5 points higher than today’s – Obama’s coup there has definitely immiserated the Ukrainian people (not to mention displaced millions and slaughtered thousands by the ethnic-cleansing campaign against residents of the former Donbass region of Ukraine).

To what extent would it be sincere, or even honest, then, for the US President to say this?:

«America’s willingness to apply force around the world is the ultimate safeguard against chaos, and America’s failure to act in the face of Syrian brutality or Russian provocations not only violates our conscience, but invites escalating aggression in the future… In Ukraine, Russia’s recent actions recall the days when Soviet tanks rolled into Eastern Europe. But this isn’t the Cold War. Our ability to shape world opinion helped isolate Russia right away. Because of American leadership, the world immediately condemned Russian actions; Europe and the G7 joined us to impose sanctions; NATO reinforced our commitment to Eastern European allies; the IMF is helping to stabilize Ukraine’s economy; OSCE monitors brought the eyes of the world to unstable parts of Ukraine. And this mobilization of world opinion and international institutions served as a counterweight to Russian propaganda and Russian troops on the border and armed militias in ski masks».

Those «armed militias in ski masks», incidentally, were US-CIA-hired mercenaries. He had to know that; he simply lied.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Looney's picture

The real reason for the recent deployment of 250 troops is to teach the assholes to use them MANPADS. I think?  ;-)


Mr Pink's picture

Two words.....pipe....line

Winston Churchill's picture

Two words:Golan,Litani.

The pipeline would just be a bonus.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Pipeline my ass, 'destroy all nation states' (especially in and around Israhell)

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Ordo ab chao!

ME's balkanization is just a stepping stone in the creation of 'Greater Israhell' according to the Yinon Plan:

"...Israeli strategists viewed Iraq as their biggest strategic challenge from an Arab state. This is why Iraq was outlined as the centerpiece to the balkanization of the Middle East and the Arab World. In Iraq, on the basis of the concepts of the Yinon Plan, Israeli strategists have called for the division of Iraq into a Kurdish state and two Arab states, one for Shiite Muslims and the other for Sunni Muslims. The first step towards establishing this was a war between Iraq and Iran, which the Yinon Plan discusses.

The Atlantic, in 2008, and the U.S. military’s Armed Forces Journal, in 2006, both published widely circulated maps that closely followed the outline of the Yinon Plan. Aside from a divided Iraq, which the Biden Plan also calls for, the Yinon Plan calls for a divided Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria. The partitioning of Iran, Turkey, Somalia, and Pakistan also all fall into line with these views. The Yinon Plan also calls for dissolution in North Africa and forecasts it as starting from Egypt and then spilling over into Sudan, Libya, and the rest of the region..." 

TahoeBilly2012's picture

You forgot about the 'partion' of the US and it's peoples...

ThirdWorldDude's picture

The US is just an appropriate tool, a giant with the intellectual capacity of a toddler as Winston would argue...

Billy the Poet's picture

It's not just Obama.

Israel's Former Ambassador: Militant Shias Are More Dangerous Than Sunnis

Most notably, he responded to a question about whether America should ally with Iran to fight Sunni terrorists in Iraq by insisting that, when it comes to militant Islam in the Middle East, even after the rise of ISIS, "the lesser evil is the Sunnis over the Shias." Sunnis may carry out suicide bombings and international terrorist attacks (as America learned on 9/11), but Shias from Tehran to Beirut wield far more hard military power and pose a much larger threat to Israel. "It's of a different magnitude entirely," he argued. "Do not make a pact with Iran."


BobPaulson's picture

Exactly: it transcends this and other POTUS sock puppets. Toppling every secular arab state in the region was not an accident.

DutchR's picture

Little Blue marble


Bitter we made


strannick's picture

America ruins the world to rule it.

God bless America?

LykeMe's picture
LykeMe (not verified) strannick May 7, 2016 4:49 PM

And that's why the US lost the Middle East to Putin:


blindman's picture

"I.S.I.S. Could Stand For... Israeli Secret Intelligence Service"

peddling-fiction's picture

Or the goddess Isis that the elite worship, just like Ma´at, Thoth and Horus (son of Isis).

Isis means throne. Hint, hint.


The eye of Horus and the eye of Ma´at make the elite and music stars go Gaga, pun intended.

If you understand the relationship and deeper meaning of this pantheon of gods and goddesses, you will understand how the elite think and what they aspire. Don´t forget the symbol of the Ankh.

peddling-fiction's picture

Crypt of Cthulhu´s author was H.P. Lovecraft.

He was a Freemason from the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and the Yukon.

Now these folks are heavily obsessed about Egyptian gods, goddesses and symbols.

Right back at you Dick.


KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Naa, they are very simple missiles any idiot can shoot. The 'advisers' are stiffeners for local forces, but except for the Kurds, it's just trying to put a backbone in a turd........

Urban Redneck's picture

Uncle Sam can teach the average Dindu in a day.

You average ZH reader could probably read the manual in under an hour, and reach at least Dindu level competence.


Inzidious's picture

Wow. Is that an Everquest reference?!?

BeansMcGreens's picture

H. G. Wells?

"The Sleeper Awakens", a quite old Sci-Fi book well worth reading.

Airplanes are used to transfer the dreaded negro shock troops before airplanes were even invented.

ack's picture

Cantata 140. Johann Sebastian Bach. "Sleepers Awake".

rwe2late's picture

The goal is



After Russia comes China.

The inherent aim of global corporations is global monopolization

of resources, markets, trade, finance, labor (i.e. everything).


The government institutions entwined with those corporations

(such as the Pentagon) subscribe  and adhere to those goals.

Battlefield USA's picture

This is the ultimate goal. Bringing the non-integrated GAP into the integrated CORE.


See: The Pentagons New Map




Which compliments: PNAC




Fits right in with the United Nations NGO Club of Rome's "10 Kingdoms" with just a little modification to bring it up to speed to the 21st century:




Is region 7 looking familiar? re-emergence of the Ottoman Empire?

monk27's picture

Too bad we are bankrupt, and the map is already falling apart ! It's all fun and games to play with maps, but we don't have an economy to support our idiotic wet dreams. It reminds me though of another character who was planning for "the next 1000 years"...

buttmint's picture




fixed it for ya! US misery index will be going through the roof any quarter now....

thesonandheir's picture

Obama wants boots and airplanes on the ground. 


Hence the recent visit to his Saudi paymasters to agree the next stage of the removal plan for the Syrian government.

Billy the Poet's picture

The alternative being boots and airplanes in the skies?

SmittyinLA's picture

Obama deployed 250 American troops to kill them, that the only reason to send Americans there, to get rid of them, it's ethnic cleansing by donation

Billy the Poet's picture

When Reagan lost 241 Marines in Lebanon for no apparent reason he was smart enough to get the hell out.

MFL8240's picture

Clown needs to be replaced!  Who is forcing this Soros or the Jews in London?

Colonel Klink's picture

Both, and the energy companies who want to put the pipeline through to Europe.  See the aforementioned yiddish connection.

Krungle's picture

Probably the guys that control the court Jews. 

True Blue's picture

From the 2003 AUMF that led to war in Iraq:

Specifically addressed points in the Authorization for military force included (as reasons to invade)

1.) Members of al-Qaeda, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq.

2.) Iraq's "continu[ing] to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations," including anti-United States terrorist organizations.

3.) The efforts by the Congress and the President to fight terrorists, and those who aided or harbored them.

So, any material support for Al Queda is Specifically aiding and harboring a Declared enemy of the Republic, aiding terrorism and TREASON (in addition to the laundry list of war crimes.)

Cannot Wait to see "Judgement at Nuremberg II: the Peace Prize Chimp and the Clinton Chump ride the lightining."

Bet her eyes shoot out of their sockets like champagne corks -just like Julius and Ethel Rosenburg's did.


Joenobody12's picture

Guess who will benefit from a destroyed Syria , not the US.

Vuke's picture


The Irish?  (wink)

man of Wool's picture

If Al-Quaeda were responsible for 911 why are the CIA providing them with weapons?  Has America forgiven them for the largest terrorist attack in history? Or is it really that Al-Quaeda were not responsible for 911 so it is ok to arm them?

Jacksons Ghost's picture

Stop asking questions, even rhetorical ones. 

cro_maat's picture

At the risk of appearing foolish, I will answer the rhetorical:

1. The CIA created Al Queda

2. The CIA is run by Nazis - read the history of Operaton Paperclip

3. The CIA regards America as their own personal cash cow and they will milk it until it completely collapses.

4. Global fascism is the end game - all else is a psyop

5. Obama is a fascist tool of the CIA and he will continue to loot / sell out America to the bankster elite

HRH of Aquitaine's picture
HRH of Aquitaine (not verified) cro_maat May 7, 2016 12:21 PM

Finally someone with some common sense and actual facts.

peddling-fiction's picture

The spiritual war is the real deeper end-game. All else is a psyop.

While we are playing with facts did you know what C.R.O.M.A.A.T stands for backwards?

The Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC) or better know as modern Rosicrucians.