Watch This Orwellian Pentagon Briefing On Syria: "Over 4000 Troops... No, Sorry... Just 500..."

Whether it's the Middle East, Africa, or Eastern Europe, the familiar pattern of American military expansion goes something like this: first we are promised that US troops are merely in a country for limited "training" missions with "partner" forces; next we are told of "counter-terror" operations which require an increased "footprint"; after which we are assured once again that there are "no boots on the ground" but a "minimal" increase of train and assist missions; finally, US soldiers begin to come home in body bags at which point the 9/11 era AUMF is cynically invoked (Authorization For Use of Military Force).  

On Tuesday the whole Orwellian cycle of American non-deployment to non-wars (by our politicians' standards) was on display during a single Pentagon press briefing, when Army spokesman Maj. Gen. James B. Jarrard told reporters that 4,000 US troops were deployed to Syria, but then awkwardly attempted to walk back the statement less than 30 seconds later:

Army spokesman: I think it's a little over 4,000 US troops in Syria right now that are supporting efforts against Daesh, and supporting the SDF.

 

Reporter: So you have 4,000 US troops in Syria, cause I thought that publicly, previously the number was 1,000. So this would be four times - well it was actually 500, but your saying 4000 US troops are currently in Syria?

 

Army spokesman: I'm sorry I mispoke there - there are approximately 500 troops in Syria.

 

...[press pool breaks out in laughter...]

Interestingly, Major Jarrard appeared to have thought carefully as he struggled to articulate the initial "over 4,000" number. Though he begins his response by stumbling over his words, he actually appears firm and confident when he finally asserts the 4,000 number. It is only after the incredulous reporter points out the colossal leap in numbers (compared to previous official Pentagon statements) that the US coalition spokesman quickly walks it back and says, "I'm sorry I mispoke there - there are approximately 500 troops in Syria." 


American boots on the ground in Syria: 500 or 4000+, or more? Image source: The Arab Weekly

Though the DoD has long stuck to its official "503 U.S. troops, which mostly covers special operations units", it appears that not even the usually tame and docile Pentagon press pool is buying this, as the reporters broke out into loud laughter, after which long awkwardness and silence followed. 

And even the Military Times, in its coverage, isn't buying it:

However, those numbers don’t paint the actual picture of the size and scope of the U.S. footprint in either country. U.S. commanders on the ground have leeway to bring in extra troops for limited periods of time that don’t count towards the total FML.

 

The current number of troops in Syria is above the FML, Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesperson told Military Times. But the number of U.S. boots on the ground in Syria is “not anywhere near” the 4,000 figure Jarrard mistakenly told reporters on Tuesday.

 

The special operations commander “is only human; he just made a mistake,” Pahon told Military Times.

Last summer, in a move that angered the US administration, Turkish state media leaked the locations of no less than ten small scale American military bases in northern Syria alone (revelations of US bases in southern Syria began surfacing as well). As the Military Times further acknowledges, these bases - though likely special forces forward operating bases - require a broad support base of US personnel operating in various logistical roles inside Syria. 

And with the recent US-SDF build up in and around Raqqa after its recent liberation from ISIS, there is no doubt that this support base of US personnel on the ground in Syria has necessarily increased on a significant scale.

According to Military Times:

Images of massive convoys carrying coalition trucks and weapons and supplies to Syrian Democratic Forces could be seen on an almost daily occurrence, hinting that U.S. involvement in the Syrian battlefield was much higher than the 503 telegraphed in daily press briefings.

 

Moreover, U.S. forces have been operating in a number of capacities to include security presence patrols to keep the peace between Turkey and U.S.-backed Kurdish militants. Images of rangers steam rolling through the northern Syria countryside in Stryker vehicles brandishing American flags during the spring was a common sight for several months.

 

A task force of U.S. Marines has also been providing 24-hour all-weather artillery support to Syrian fighters. And U.S. special operations forces are actively advising and supporting SDF fighters as they continue to take ground from ISIS.

As we noted previously, even the former senior national security adviser to the Obama administration, Colin Kahl, (among the very architects of Obama's dangerous and disastrous Syria policy) admitted that that the United States has entered a “quagmire” and will inevitably climb “further up the escalation ladder in Syria.” It is perhaps an obvious sign that we have already long been in the midst of a quagmire in Syria (the result of failed regime change plans) when the Pentagon spokesman comically spouts obvious lies, which elicits press pool laughter at the obvious absurdity of it all.

Of course, the US was already very far up the “escalation ladder” from the moment it attempted to save face regarding the failed regime change war against Assad by investing itself in the war to the point of having to defend its SDF assets on the ground - a "plan B" of sorts: embed with the SDF  (or Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces). This "plan B" will no doubt lead to more and more troop deployments, which itself will likely result in more absurdly comical (and tragic) displays of Orwellian Pentagon press briefings.

Comments

el buitre Nov 2, 2017 11:17 AM Permalink

When the coalition of SAA, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah, have the US forces surrounded into small enclaves which can only be supplied by air (assuming the coalition permits air supply), the USA forces will be "invited" to leave by air.  Putin chooses not to wipe them out to avoid a greater war with Exceptionalstan.  

Erwin643 Nov 2, 2017 9:52 AM Permalink

I gotta leave another comment here.In one of my many "Jack of All Trades" jobs as an Army Intelligence Officer, I was part of a unit that breifed a three-star Corps Commander. We were basically journalists, researching something, then presenting it to the LTG. We always rehearsed, then were critiqued after we presented to the general, his staff and anyone else in the audience.I still can't believe what a moron this two-star was in the video. He had to have had schools like CGSC, The Army War College, etc.Go figure. An army that has been sequestered down to nothing (and rightly so), without a real mission, not knowing what kind of uniforms it wants, and not knowing what kind of war to even train for, at this point.

WTFUD Nov 2, 2017 7:33 AM Permalink

Yeah, Trump was in a rush to get that extra Defense Spending through; One of his few success stories in getting anything passed. What a surprise!

Fireman Nov 2, 2017 6:25 AM Permalink

“Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” Hank aka "Henry" Kissinger Behind every uniformed Pentacon mutt stands a neocon zionazi war criminal chosenite, if not the dumb, stupid animals wouldn't "know" who to slaughter.

wisebastard Nov 2, 2017 5:36 AM Permalink

its a special type of corruption. it really is. its the type of corruption that could try and bomb every other nation on earth and still think they are the good guys

Erwin643 wisebastard Nov 2, 2017 11:25 AM Permalink

What did the German Army tell itself during WWII: "If God is with us, who can be against us"? Combine that with a lack of history (Edward Snowden even admited his shocking ignorance of U.S. History before working for Uncle Sam) and you get: Umerica.Even to this day, they can't stop revising U.S. Involvement in Vietnam, which was totally illegal, with respect to the nine-country 1954 Geneva Agreement that originally split Vietnam in two.Just watch the new Ken Burns (Mr. Bowlcut) Vietnam documentary, courtesy of Bank of America and The Koch Bros.

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wisebastard swissthinker Nov 2, 2017 5:45 AM Permalink

if the system was just guys like him would not even dare to try and commit crimes but the reality is the USA was built of corruption to the fullest extent possible and it is their way of life. it is their culture. beside getting drunk, using drugs, and rape its the best they got. if the USA was forced to uphold the rule of law they would not exist as a nation. they stole the land from the Indians and committed an act of genocide. they stole the gold from the Mexican. Mexico deserve the US economy more then the USA does. The bomb to uphold a credit card economy. they enslaved the blacks. put Japanese in prison camps. they spy on their own people. congress can legally take insider trading. under the NDAA obama made propaganda legal again, its hr5736. so basically in order to protect America the US government must lie to its people with propaganda that was originally outlawed because Hitler used it.  They have a giant big brother(Hitlers coined that term) police force that takes poor people to privately owned prison so rich criminals can get make tons of money, and have effectively revitalized the slave trade with in the prison. its said it really is. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit, out system of credit is controlled by the worst among us. they are called bankers. they are willing to kill for a nickel.

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africoman Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM Permalink

boots on the ground from 500 to 4000+ hehe and they are there for special ops/mission aka help our stooges I$I$too much for  American soldier return on a bagshameless MIC has an endless purpose being there, the result of w/c will be applied home

Ms No Nov 2, 2017 12:59 AM Permalink

Not only are they deploying troops to support ISIS/Daesh/Al Qaeda but they provide shielding for the terrorists with their presence.  Putin and Assad can't kick the shit out of ISIS with the US military surrounding them and labeling them "moderate rebels" or "white hats".  If they do kill the slobs that are providing shelter for terrorists then WWIII is your next step.  I think they should do it anyway personally.  I think they should shoot down every Israeli jet that tries to attack them as well.  Nationally sovereignty must be defended from globalist aggression.  You can't negotiate with psychopathy and you cannot just sit there and let ISIS ravage your people.  Would you just sit back and watch ISIS rape and burn your next door neighbor's four year old, or burn alive an old man?  Even if it risked world war?  Sorry but don't put me in that situation because I'd blow the fucker in half.  Sometimes you just have to do what is right and take your chances.  Putin and Assad have been remarkably careful and I guess we should all be thankful for that.  Syria has sacrificed countless people to prevent world war. 

OutaTime43 Nov 2, 2017 12:22 AM Permalink

I think the question was asked how many were in both countries and he stated around 5000 which was correct for both countries. He just mispoke about Syria only. He looked like he hadn't slept in days. 

slipreedip Nov 1, 2017 10:55 PM Permalink

Can you imagine the kind of amazing and wealthy country America would be if it didnt spend all its money on the military industrial complex? Imagine where the world would be if all that money since WWII has been spent on science and education and curing cancer

Anteater slipreedip Nov 1, 2017 11:21 PM Permalink

There are fewer than 250M taxpayers, so if you eliminated the Pentagon-DHS-CIA, and redistributed the savings equally, everyone could buy an off-lease Mercedes every 5 years, for starts. Or everyone could have free groceries every other week. Or the alkies could have a free fifth every weekend, and the stoners could smoke a free blunt every day of the year.Instead, MIC has stolen $1.5T from our MC to increase the Pentagon budget to $754B. The Pentagon has absolutely no idea where that money is going, they've been completely hacked, twice,and have never had an audit.Next they'll steal our SS, then you'll have to decide between groceries for your kids, or putting Gramma into a Tent City.Now please stand and Pledge Allegiance to the Blood Splattered Banner of the Luciferian Satanists who are bankrupting you, and will be organ-harvesting your children. 

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bunnyswanson garcam123 Nov 2, 2017 12:10 AM Permalink

Only certain people are dying of cancer.  Only certain people are facing the deadly diseases.  As you were jerking off, stroking it, telling yourself "what a guy" you are, the scenario of Pretty Genocide has taken hold.  Any deaths in Syria are patriots, and who targets them are globalist sympathizers within the military.  Any children in our school system who reach Yale are fasttracked by a selection which has nothing to do with nature but cheating their way to the top is a nonstop flight, filled with celebrations, while the nonselected children are sent into a stone-cold winter of stupidity, failure to analyze their predicament is compounded by their parents who are little more than care takers of a few hours, strangers who send their children into the arms of the enemy daily, willingly, eagerly.This is a war plan.  Vaccines are the bullets.  Vitamins are the bullets.  A glass of water is the poison.  The air is a gas chamber.  The teachers are prison wards.  The town is the prison.  A short life of half sick children in a mental straight jacket is the blood on the field.In the end, when this ponzi scheme collapses, the prison labor required to give the global economy a jump start will be white skinned, dull-eyed, sinless Americans, Europeans who dared escape the clutches of a family of thieves in high places and it will never happen again.Cops in Las Vegas who went along with the skit to push gun legislation through are one example of how embedded the globalists have become.  If Trump is not the man he said he was, he has trapped the American Patriots via forcing them to stand up and be identified so they would be taken out on the street, through business transaction designed to fail, job applications tossed in the trash.  The globalists have spent a century and if this man is an example of the type of men in the US army, every Trump supporter now has crosshairs on his back.  But no one will know because to say it will be a soundless scream.Tricked, outsmarted.  Nothing has changed.  Prices are going up.  Shelves are half empty.  Only the foreigners are doing well.  The only people working are the globalist sympathizers and the foreigners who will be required to vote. It may be that not a person on stage, regardless of their speil, is an anti-American.Americans have no appreciation of the word "revenge."  It happens when you leave your enemy alive to resurrect itself.  Christians will carry the cross to their grave while sending their children into tax slave status, to receive their punishment, rape, torture, starvation, brutal murder.  It has already begun.If you do not take over the media, kiss your country and your ass good bye.  If the president of the USA is so weak he has allowed the enemy to operate the news networks, he is a failure or in on it.

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BobEore Nov 1, 2017 10:52 PM Permalink

In a week in which we get to "celebrate" ... along with Teresa May, and her boss... the former furniture salesman from Philly, now Pirate King of the s e Meditterranean...the 100th Anniversary of the BALFOUR DECLARATION, and the formal folding of the formerly mighty JohnBull Empire into Greater Kharzaristan...we are also witness to the unfolding - and  o so familiar, to those paying close attention - endgame strategem here, where the pattern of 'death to amerika/all hail poutine' crescendos into the full scale -JONESTOWN 2.O - whereby the west conveniently suicides itself... to the greater profit of the comin Pax Sionista so beloved of the legion of its sockpuppets here.That's right folks!  ENDGAME ... and winner takes ALL...yur stuff belong to us now! zHEeple trained to root for their implacable enemies will no doubt feel some shock and horror at being shown their fate - first under the bus! - but, it will all be over quickly, no worries dudes! Golemized America, a zombie-like proxy bully for Sraels' new Jerusalem enfoldment of the muddled east, will be meeting that same fate... its' task.. and usefulness to the sionists, finished.A dark miasma of civil war, fracturing USA, while its' allies turn to their old foes for protection in the coming storm. All predictable consequences of the psyops played out on the pages of 'alt-media' sites. All predicted and reported pon."Who coulda see it coming" they croaked?All but the blind. "Orwellian" indeed!https://storify.com/SuaveBel/t-the-western-world

MuffDiver69 Nov 1, 2017 10:46 PM Permalink

Mattis asked for 4,000more to start in Afghanistan I believe...We Don’t need or have 4,000 in Syria if you just look at a map and where Raqqa is...We do have a sizable contingent on Jordan border with Syria etc and a bunch more in Turkey..Lay off the pipe people..