Paul Craig Roberts: "ISIS Is Defeated, The US Is Next In Line"

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

Is the US really a superpower or just the biggest collection of stupidity on the planet?

Washington has already lost the Syrian war once. Now it is about to lose it a second time.

A few days ago the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, declared a “complete victory” in Syria:

“Two hours ago, the (Russian) defense minister reported to me that the operations on the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates have been completed with the total rout of the terrorists.”

The Iranian commander of the forces which support the Syrian and Iraqi governments sent a note to the U.S. to let Washington know that any remaining U.S. forces in Syria will be fought down:

“The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp Brigadier General Haj Qassem Soleimani sent a verbal letter, via Russia, to the head of the US forces commander in Syria, advising him to pull out all US forces to the last soldier ‘or the doors of hell will open up.'”


“My message to the US military command: when the battle against ISIS (the Islamic State group) will end, no American soldier will be tolerated in Syria. I advise you to leave by your own will or you will be forced to it.”

According to reports, Russia has confirmed that Iran will stay in Syria as long as Syrian President Assad, who insists on liberating all of Syria without exception for the Americans, decides. Washington’s plan to occupy a corner of Syria and revive ISIS is dead in the water, as will be all US troops sacrificed to this purpose.

According to reports, CIA director Mike Pompeo sent a letter to Soleimani expressing his concern about Iran’s intention to attack American interests, declaring Washington “will hold Soleimani and Iran accountable for any attack.”

According to reports the CIA’s letter had no effect and was treated with total contempt:

“Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, a senior aid to the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei confirmed Pompeo’s attempt to send a letter but said  ‘Soleimani refused to read it or to take it because he has nothing further to add.’


Sources in the area believe it is not unlikely that Kurdish troops – operating in al-Hasakah and who are faithful to the government of Damascus – are willing to be spearheaded against the US forces. Many of these troops remained loyal to Syria: they reject any occupation forces on its land or the partition of the country.”

There are references to 1983 events where hundreds of US Marines and French paratroopers were killed following double suicide attacks by Islamists in Beirut. As a consequence of these attacks, the American forces left in a rush. The future could well mirror this past event.

Possibly this is fake news.

If not, we must accept that the humiliation that the United States, its government and its peoples have suffered is the work of the Neoconservatives and their doctrine of American World Hegemony. It is the Neoconservatives who caused the US to be at war with Muslims for 16 years. It is the Neoconservatives acting through Obama and Hillary who brought America to humiliating defeat in Syria.

There are only a handful of these neoconservatives. Why do Americans tolerate them?

Why doesn’t Trump have them arrested? They are anti-American, pro-Israel to the core. The Neoconservatives are the worst enemy of Americans and of all mankind.

It looks like the Russians have had enough of Washington’s arrogance.

Russian general Konashenkov, whose Su-35 chased away the inferior US F-22 that was attempting to interfere with a Russian attack on ISIS said that any claims made by US military officials concerning the fact that there is “any part of the airspace in Syria that belongs to the US” are “puzzling.”


 Konashenkov also said that “Syria is a sovereign state and a UN member and that means that there can be no US airspace ‘of its own.’ Unlike the Russian Air Force, the US-led coalition is operating in Syria without any legal basis.”

Will Washington realize that it has squandered its leadership in the Middle East and go home, or will Washington bring more humiliation upon America?


Pandelis zorba THE GREEK Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:32 Permalink

yeap, it is not about some gas pipelines from Qatar. the causes of world I and II are well known (if you go down the rabbit hole french and russian "revolutions" etc.).  Will see how this one goes, but no way to escape it ... it is the nature of the scorpion... "Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs."You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?"The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog's back."I could not help myself. It is my nature."Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river. Self destruction - "Its my Nature", said the Scorpion...

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shitshitshit Pandelis Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:18 Permalink

yeah, just look at the progression of the submarine names by israel, that will give an idea of their true intentions... Israeli Dolphin-class submarines: INS Dolphin – commissioned 1999INS Leviathan (Whale) – commissioned 2000INS Tekumah (Revival) – commissioned 2000INS Tannin (Crocodile) – delivered May 3, 2012, to be commissioned in 2013INS Rahav (Demon) – delivery expected by the end 2013INS Dakar (?) Ordered 21 March 2012. Expected to enter service in 2018. It might very well be that the new class of russian subs is meant to deal directly with these, hence cancel out the samson option...

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MEFOBILLS Conscious Reviver Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:08 Permalink

You were downvoted by some ignoramus.  It is true, most of Russia's air-space is sealed.  Area Denial.  Area Denial includes powerful radars that can see small radar cross sections.Also, Area Denial includes a range of missles...short, medium and long.  All of the networks are tied together into a command and control structure.Russia is a land power, and their military is defensive in nature.  Russia does not power project with aircraft carriers.  Russia's navy is mostly aimed at Littoral areas (along coast lines) and the Black Sea. Nuclear Weapons are also seen as defensive, and Russia has proclaimed no first strike doctrine.

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Mustafa Kemal zorba THE GREEK Wed, 12/13/2017 - 08:56 Permalink

"Will Washington realize that it has squandered its leadership in the Middle East and go home, or will Washington bring more humiliation upon America?"Thats easy. We will not go home. We still have to make the world safe for democracy. Doin right aint got no end.Anyway, its not humiliation for the neocons. The losses are just a normal phase in their Hegelian business cycle.

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robobbob HRClinton Wed, 12/13/2017 - 07:41 Permalink

you overlook an important secret.over seers, vendors, hired craftsmen, and even extended family members are not the Masters of the plantation.most outsiders see just the tribe, without considering it consists of an outer tribe and the inner tribe.the outer tribe is willing die at the bidding of the inner tribe thinking its for the greater good, without realizing the inner tribe would, and has, sold them into slavery or to be put into ovens to further their agenda, or just to make a few sheckles.we are all on this plantation together

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junction Savvy Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:14 Permalink

While the Defense Department was buying defective and aged military hardware at sky high prices, Putin was pouring rubles into building the most advanced interceptor jets, automated tanks, radio jammers and missile defense systems (like the S-400).  The report that 40,000 American soldiers on the payroll now cannot be found is proof that all the generals we have are good only at pocketing sky high pensions for years of following orders from neocon draft dodgers. 

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Mentaliusanything junction Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:59 Permalink

And I would turn Gay to suck Puti's nipples ... However you are correct from Kalashnikov to the Russian planes that can really do things McD/D only dream of (fly) However I must say Detroit is a stunning example of...........................DO NOT import Items that have turned bad in the African Sun  (is that Ok moderators ???)OH wait you elected one ....TWICE .... Go tell me how good you are after you do all George Carlin Clips.It is a F#@K'n in night mare

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HRClinton Savvy Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:03 Permalink

Whoa there, Roberts!  If it were me, I'd reframe it, to get massive popular support.You need to differentiate between "the US" and the "US Regime".I'm just spit-balling here, but... I'm all for the "US", but totally against the "Vichy US Regime".The former is "We The People", the latter is a malignant cancer that needs to be excised and eliminated.(Words and diction matter. It's not the sort of thing, about which you can be... insouciant.)

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Victor999 Savvy Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:56 Permalink

Iran has battle-hardened troops willing to die for their cause.  Israel's IDF, while fitted with huge amounts of military gear from US and Israeli sources, no longer has much battle experience beyond arresting young children in the middle of the night and bombing unarmed Palestinians.

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chestergimli Salzburg1756 Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:39 Permalink

Trump: I now recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Netenyahoo: Thank you, Mr. Shabbas Trump.

Iran, Hezbollah, and every other Muslim including their grandmothers attack Israel.

Netenyahoo: Shabbas Trump, heeelp me, heeelp me.

Trump: I said I recognize your capital, I didn’t say that I would help you if hell opened up for you.

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BobEore Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:08 Permalink


"There are references to 1983 events where hundreds of US Marines and French paratroopers were killed following double suicide attacks by Islamists in Beirut. As a consequence of these attacks, the American forces left in a rush. The future could well mirror this past event.

Possibly this is fake news."

Now just a gol darn minute! You got's to be kiddin me! The 'possibility' of any 'fake news' reportage appearing within the parameters of CPR's propaganda pieces...

is perilously close to

hedgers know that their homies and hosts are allergic to 'fake news stories' like.....he hehe..

"CHINA SENDING TROOPS TO SYRIA" ... AND other recent gems in which the buffoonish fanbouys of freakburgs 'alt0media' dystopia .... get their asses whipped to shreds... ONCE AGIN.. WHEN…

their Wily E lectrical engineered b.s. gets blowed up ... real good!

Sit back and enjoy the show.... AS BOBE'S TRUTH JIHAD plows thru the ranks o retards like a tank thru grass!

BobEore BobEore Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:39 Permalink

he he he...remember this one Tards> ? "China To Deploy Elite Troops In Syria To Fight Alongside Assad's Army… up real good, they did...GrASS: DOUBLEOUGHTNOUGHT.... (less than zero)Voice: Drat - he's done it again?Voice TOO: Waat>?Voice: reamed out our sorry sockpuppet asses with a jagged steel rebar phuckin pole with glass on the tip.Voice Too: damn, thought it was my hemmeroids acting up agin.  

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ReturnOfDaMac Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:08 Permalink

C'mon man, you are talking about neo-cons, and tRump.  They have no principle, no shame, and there will just be more humiliation.  Like their so-called "Evangelical" friends, they use "christianity" just like the taliban use islam.  They are not believers, they hold no moral values at all, its just blatant hypocrisy.

SoDamnMad ReturnOfDaMac Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:38 Permalink

Before this Austrian gas hub exploded and UK gas futures went through the roof, gas prices were soaring perhaps due to US LNG being pushed upon Europe in order to shut down Russian influence.  So the cheap reliable gas is no longer available. Germany gave the US an FU and is pushing forward with NordStream II but the US is tweaking it's "allies" to throw complaints left and right.  It's a business decision but screw the little people. They can eat less in order to pay more to prevent freezing this winter. I pray for a short, mild winter. Let there be global warming.

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Pandelis BobEore Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:39 Permalink

London ... silly me ... thought was the center ... but what do I know? They are dragging them through the mudd ... look at Harry's bride to be ... brexit ... next I suppose labour is in and then the real fun starts ... i guess they have to kill all the institutions people believe in.

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Ghost who Walks Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:21 Permalink

I am very interested as to how the US Government will try to spin their legal position to have troops in Syria post ISIS?The original justification was that the Syrian Government was unable or unwilling to control ISIS hence the need for the US and coalition forces to enter Syria to control a problem that was impacting Iraq.I noted General Matthis's remarks about hanging to prevent ISIS 2.0.Is that why the American military is still in Germany and Japan? To prevent a recurrence? 

honestann Ghost who Walks Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:32 Permalink

As far as I can tell, the predators-that-be who call themselves the USSA no longer mention "international law" when it might apply to their actions, only when it might apply to the actions of someone else.  These cretins are clearly just pure predators who do whatever they wish... which means "send others to die".  Their main purpose may be to pretend to justify sending trillions of dollars to other predators in the military industrial healthcare insurance coporate complex.As far as I can tell, most or all terrorist groups were created, funded, encouraged and often directed by these same predators-that-be.  Hell, photos of John McCain meeting with the leaders of most of the recent terrorst groups are posted all over the internet.  Those groups are just mercenaries working for or with the predators-that-be who are the USSA.

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Pandelis honestann Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:43 Permalink

"how the US Government will try to spin their legal position to have troops in Syria post ISIS" spin to who?  are you joking ... simple remove it from the news and that is it.  Remember how our great great great great grandchildren will have to pay for our debts ... have not heard lately "you can be anything you want" - these phrases are in chinese tv now, and that is what i suppose changing of masks means while they prepare for the last act.

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honestann Pandelis Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:23 Permalink

The predators-that-be who call themselves the USSA can remove uncomfortable factoids from the news in their fictitious domain.  However, I imagine they are not very successful at removing those same factoids from the news in publications inside the middle east and other regions.Of course, eventually the neocon-job predators-that-be will attempt that too... if they still exist.

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