The Saker: The Syrian Powderkeg - "I'm Not Convinced There Is A US Strategy"

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Following up on our recent warning about the situation in Syria, Chris sits down this week for a conversation with The Saker, who writes extensively on geo-political and military matters. The Saker (a nom-de-plume), is a former intelligence expert with professional and personal insights into Russia and the Middle East.

He shares our deep concern for the dangerously misdirected current state of US foreign and military policy, as well as the potentially lethal repercussions these threaten to have in the powderkeg that is Syria.

In this week's podcast, The Saker provides an excellent distillation of the complex forces in play in Syria -- as well as in the brewing friction between the US and Russia -- and why the risk of nuclear war has now grown higher than it has been in decades:

I'm not convinced there is a US strategy. I think there is a CIA strategy, a Pentagon strategy, a State Department strategy. There used to be a White House strategy. Right now, I am not even sure. We should go deeper into who is doing what inside the Pentagon and the military. I mean, there is chaos.


There has been chaos since at least Obama because he was an extremely weak president. When a superpower like the United States is ruled by more or less an absent man in the White House, the agencies themselves start implementing their own policies. This is happening now under Trump, who was elected under specific platform and now is basically giving it up. There has been a coup against him by the neo-cons who basically got him under control. He wanted to drain the swamp, but the swamp basically drowned him.


I'm not sure there's anything I can identify as a US policy. There is, however, an Israeli and a Saudi policy. And those two happen to be very, very closely aligned. Because those two, first of all, are extremely powerful as we know, inside the United States. But not only inside the United States but they are also objectively aligned in the region, which is very counter intuitive. It's natural to wonder: What would the Saudi Wahhabis have in common with the Israelis? What they have in common is an immense fear of Iran, first and foremost. And generally, the Saudis and the Israelis have the same exact interest for the Arab Muslim world, which is to keep it in chaos and weak. That allows them to rule it. It's that simple(...)


[Provoking Russia in Syria] is completely nuts. And it is due to that fact that I 'm convinced the neocons are not American patriots. They have their ideology. They have their agenda. They are just like parasites sitting in the United States and using that country for their own petty ideological interests. Which is the same thing the Saudis have been doing, by the way. Our government has been hijacked, and that's the real problem.


By patriot, I simply mean a person who loves his country. Through that lens, Americans should immediately see that Russia and the United States have no conflict. There's nothing to fight over and a great deal to work together with. This is something that the neocons do not want. And that's why they basically crushed Trump. That is why both the Democratic party and the Republican party don't let the people who are for a non-aggressive foreign policy -- like someone like Ron Paul -- get anywhere near power. If you look at the Republican and Democratic national committees they always take away money from these candidates – even if means losing a Congressional seat. There is a real problem here in the United States. And that problem could end up with international nuclear war.

Click the play button below to listen to Chris' interview with The Saker (45m:51s).

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Radical Marijuana's picture

"The Saker provides an excellent distillation of the complex forces in play in Syria."

The Saker uses the phrase "Anglo-Zionist."

While the phrase Anglo-American (Zionist) Empire is relatively useful,

the over-simplified use of the word "Jew" tends to be too misleading!


Nearing the 18:00 minute mark of that pod case, in particular, supports:

New Study Suggests War Lust May Have Cost Hillary Clinton The Election
Able Ape's picture

Since Saturday, November 23rd 1963, America has been running batshit-crazy...How long can an extreme position run before the rubberband snaps?....

roadhazard's picture

NeoCon strategy is happening as we observe.

Posa's picture

Interesting interview... However Tainter was confused about US policy. There should be any such confusion. US policy since Bush 41 has been US Global Supremacy (the Wolfowitz Doctrine, which was later incorporated in the Bush 43 Admin as OFFICIAL US Strategic Doctrine). Neither policy has been rescinded. It's not a neoCon Policy... it's a bipartisan policy. The goal is reached through Regime Change and smashing state after state in the Mediterranean littoral.

Wolfowitz dovetails with Operation CleanBreak, which was designed for Israel to "secure the realm" by burning down the neighborhood.

The policy IS chaos... and it sort of runs on its own, with or without a President leading the arson squad.

Those are the basics... Wolfowitz may have reached its limits, becasue the US economy is weak.... Brzezinski noted this at te end of his life and suggested a partner to serve as Co-Hegemon.



ConanTheContrarian1's picture

I still have hope for Trump, and I wonder how smart Saker is. The Trump missile strike in Syria was a showpiece that was designed to do nothing, and did so. Plenty of other episodes look poor, but on closer examination leave open the possibility that dragging his feet for the globalists while working to build up his own forces to drain the swamp. Can't be sure, but this doesn't impress me enough to flip.

Corpus Callosum's picture

Thank you, ,Tylers for posting Saker again- been too long! A decent geopolitical analysis. Please, no more lame Gatestone Hasbara. 

[Tylers: please update Saker's link under "Zerohedge Reads": ]  

Tactical Joke's picture

In other news, the Earth orbits the sun.*

*If you're a flat earther, feel free to believe whatever delusion has convinced you that this is not true.