Benjamin Wallace-Wells profiles Elbridge Colby and discusses his hawkishness on China in a recent New Yorker article. This section was probably the most telling part of the entire piece:
Colby’s response is to try to sever the transformational vision of the forever wars from his own hawkishness – to argue that those were neoconservative adventures, intent on democratizing foreign countries, and that his own realist camp does not envision regime change and does not aspire to remake China. “What really makes me angry, frankly, is the aggressive kind of neoconservatives and liberal hawks. They are the ones that used up that gas tank of will [bold mine-DL],” Colby told me.
It is remarkable that Colby identifies using up the “gas tank of will” in the United States as his chief objection to neoconservatives and liberal hawks. He is not put off by their militarism or the destruction they have wrought, but he is angry at them for making it harder to sell his kind of militarism to the public. Indeed, “he is troubled by whether most Americans will see Taiwan as of sufficient interest to them.”
In fact, most Americans have consistently said for years that they do not support going to war to defend Taiwan. This is one of the more noticeable gaps between foreign policy elites and the public. As the Chicago Council of Global Affairs noted earlier this year in its survey report, “Majorities of opinion leaders across partisan lines support using US troops to defend Taiwan from Chinese invasion, while a majority of the American public opposes doing so, regardless of partisan affiliation.” Public support for going to war for Taiwan has increased since 2014, but it is still only at 41%.
Daniel Larison is a weekly columnist for Antiwar.com and maintains his own site at Eunomia. He is former senior editor at The American Conservative. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.
The conflict in Syria has been highly complex since it begun in 2011. It was presented at first as a genuine uprising of Syrians against Basher Al-Assad, however, it was soon learned that the so-called resistance/moderate rebels/freedom fighters/etc were infact being supported by a secretive pact. The onset of all out Civil War was not a Syrian-citizen driven revolution.
The organic, legit Syrian uprising (Syrian people protesting Assad’s government), it quickly hijacked and chaotic asymmetrical warfare was perpetrated by the outside forces that stood to benefit from a from a dismantling of Syria. Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States had a hand in financing the mercenary Jihadists, supplying weapons, training, supplies – all to fight a proxy war against Syria.
PAs revealed in the epic WikiLeaks publishing of secretive, confidential cables (electronic communications) involving Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the UK and the US – contemplating the destabilization of Syria as far back as 2006. This manifested into real, material participation via proxy as these nations sank vast financial resources into recruiting/training/funding/arming/supplying both Syrian and foreign mercenaries, to continue the asymmetrical warfare that tore Syria to shreds.
This tactic isn’t new; the CIA literally created Al-Qaeda (or what became Al-Qaeda) – inspiring fighters from the Mahgjrib region of Africa and the Middle East. The result was the holy-warriors; a sort of branding of “Jihadists” – the Mujahideen fought the Soviets that invaded Afghanistan in 1979. This was America’s proxy war versus the USSR – and from an ideological standpoint – a resistance to Communism. This is not a myth: it was broadcasted on nightly news in America:
The United States has been waging an illegal war against Syria since 2006. It’s important to know that Benghazi was a staging hub, set up by the United States Department of State, to smuggle weapons into Syria via Croatia.
The planning for this destabilization of Syria was set in motion as early as 2006, as was revealed by WikiLeaks (as it became a household name) when it dropped it’s cache of diplomatic channels of cables (classified/secret/top secret electronic communications). Julian Assange lead WikiLeaks and exposed these cables for the world to see in November of 2010.
The Syrian Civil War is very complicated. There are what first began with Syrian military forces crushing a movement of protestors that were motivated from the energy emanating from the Arab Spring, we first saw the emergence of the Free Syrian Army in the summer of 2011, as the main opposition to Assad’s forces. Soon came the Idlib Martyrs’ Brigade – with origins from within the Syrian government. A similar opposition element to Assad was the Shabiha – which was a state-sponsored militia of the Syrian government. Soon came the major involvement of al-Nusra Front. This rebel group soon became Syrian faction of Al-Qaeda. Multiple fronts had been opened up in this war with the cities of Damascus, Raqqa, Idlib, Aleppo and other cities.
The Kurds that live in the northern part of Syria also opened up multiple fronts in the war. Iran-backed militias entered the war on the side of Assad’s government.
Hezbollah and Iraqi Shiite fighters entered into the war on the side of the Syrian government forces. The al-Abbas Brigade was another militia of sorts to fight alongside government forces.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant aka ISIS/ISIL/Daesh was launched as a belligerent of different sorts – as it fought against the Syrian government forces and against the various rebel factions on varying fronts. It also launched a “by any means necessary” type of optics-driven terrorism in declaring it’s caliphate.
There were acts of terrorism carried out throughout Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, the UK)- come to mind.
The northern nations of Africa also felt the truly ruthless acts of bloodlust by ISIS soldiers.
ISIS even attacked Iran.
ISIS- and the propaganda machine that fueled it’s presence on social media networks – the production quality is so polished – it didn’t just come out of the blue. This was a militant group, fashioned with surplus US Marine microfiche camouflage, a fleet of Hummers and strangely Toyota pickup trucks. It had state of the art weaponry, 20,000+/- members and defected from Al-Qaeda to establish a caliphate and impose Shariah Law. It came out with the Black Flags of Khorasan: This video interests me:
It is absolutely certain that ISIS was a creation of CIA, Mossad and MI-6 intelligence. This ISIS faction was created to throw sand in the gears of the Syrian government forces efforts to sustain cease-fire agreements – diplomacy was not on the table. Only gritty warfare.
If you don’t think the leader of Sudan has any clout just see what the United States President had to say about ISIL:
Perhaps that was a verbal typo – however Obama did ask for funding of the Syrian Rebels:
ISIS never touched Israel. Never. And it’s interesting that Al-Qaeda has never attacked Israel as well. It’s pretty obvious if you have been paying attention to the emergence of the Greater Israel Project. It’s becoming a reality. Israel established peaceful relations with Egypt and Jordan decades ago. Israel has gotten close with Saudi Arabia. Recently they have entered into normalized relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. There will be a Greater Israel or perhaps it will be a vessel state called the Greater Middle East and it’s a chip that very neatly fits into China’s Belt and Road Initiative. (This subject matter is critical to the geopolitical grand chessboard right now and I am writing a post about the innards of the Belt and Road Initiative.)
The descriptives that could be inserted here are pretty eternal to describe the conflict. Russia entered into the war at the call from it’s geopolitical ally Assad. Their expansive air bombing campaign really turned the momentum of the war in favor of the Syrian government.
And justification that Israel was materially involved ..Israel’s IDF publicly admitted to funding the “moderate rebels”:
WIKILEAKS – “We Open Governments”
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WikiLeaks unearthed confidential correspondence – aka “cables” – which shows that, in December 2006, the top US diplomat in Syria stated in a classified/secret communication that US policy in Syria should be to destabilize the Syrian government by any means available; that the US should work to increase Sunni-Shia sectarianism in Syria, including by aiding the dissemination of false fears about Shia proselytizing and stoking resentment about Iranian business activity and mosque construction; that the US should press Arab allies to give access in the media they control to a former Syrian official calling for the ouster of the Syrian government; that the US should try to strain relations between the Syrian government and other Arab governments, and then blame Syria for the strain; that the US should seek to stoke Syrian government fears of coup plots in order to provoke the Syrian government to overreact; that if the Syrian government reacted to external provocations, it proved that the regime was paranoid; that the US should work to undermine Syrian economic reforms and discourage foreign investment; that the US should seek to foster the belief that the Syrian government was not legitimate; that violent protests in Syria were praiseworthy and exemplary; that if Syria is the victim of terrorism and tries to do something about it, the US should exploit that to say that the Syrian government is weak and unstable, and is experiencing blowback for its foreign policy.
The full version of the cable is in this link here:
This illustrates a comprehensive overview of the events in Syria prior to Biiden’s bombing. I have been following the Carter Center’s “Syria for quite a few years now. (It’s amazing that Syria has sustained nearly 10 years of destruction and worse realities – and it’s fucking disgusting the United States just bombs at will. What is that?)
It’s doubtful Biden initiated these air strikes. He has dementia. It’s a sad fucking commentary. The Neo-Liberal, Plutocracy called the “Establishment” is back in business. Those orders did not come from Biden.
Why the Fuck is the United States in Syria?
The United States was there but what for? Why the fuck is America good at forever wars? Is it ZOG? The MIC? The Petrodollar? Is the destabilization of Syria necessary to build a rival natural gas pipeline (Qatar-Saudi Arabia-Iraq-Syria-Turkey)into Europe? What’s the true answer? The situation in Syria – there is something happening there.
Also, it is my belief that the notion any type of military conflict with Iran is purely a gaY-0p to neatly funnel right-leaning political zealots into concentrating on the terrorist, evil, anti-Cementic, blah blah – so that they never ask real questions about the real issues that our policy makers
So that leads us to the direct military involvement of the United States. War was never officially declared by the United States on Syria. The United States had absolutely no business entering into the war. Their involvement is unequivocally illegal by all standards. The interventionist tactics of the United States bring nothing but fuckery for the USA.
Of course, the military industrial complex and it’s consortium of beneficiaries such as Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, General Dynamics Corporation, Raytheon, etc receive guaranteed revenue streams from surefire federal reimbursement for weapons manufacture. And from there, the shareholders of the publicly traded entities realize handsome dividends stemming from their investment. Aind from this, there is ABSOLUTELY ZERO BENEFIT TO ORDINARY AMERICAN PEOPLE to the forever wars in the Middle East.
Biden’s bullshit Build Back Better is taken right from the World Economic Forum/Great Reset/Agenda 2030/Gates Foundation/World Trade Organization/United Nations playbooks.
He’s really an older gentleman that unfortunately has dementia. When he was campaigning he even labeled himself as a transitional candidate. When it comes to the missile strikes and the forever wars – the entanglement is so complex as to geopolitical clout and power.
This is a struggle for resources. Whomever has the possession of the needed, natural and precious resources …has dominion over the Earth.
No Wars With Syria. No War With Iran. Stop the forever wars. Free Julian Assange.