1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Syrian crisis enters its sixth year, the Donald Trump administration is looking more and more like the Obama administration every day. With the Trump regime refusing to open useful dialogue with Russia regarding Syria, its obvious anti-Iran and pro-Israel positioning, and support for a very questionable “safe zone” plan for Syria, the odds of a rational U.S. policy in regards to Syria has lower and lower odds of existence as time progresses.

Yet, despite the fact that the Trump administration is apparently poised to continue the Obama regime’s proxy war of aggression against the people of Syria, an example of seamless transition, it should also be remembered that the plan to destroy Syria did not begin with Obama but with the Bush administration.

Even now, as the world awaits the continuation of the Syrian war through a Democratic and Republican administration, the genesis of that war goes back to the Republican Bush administration, demonstrating that there is indeed an overarching agenda and an overarching infrastructure of an oligarchical deep state intent on moving forward regardless of which party is seemingly in power.

As journalist Seymour Hersh wrote in his article, “The Redirection,”

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

“Extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam” who are “hostile to America and sympathetic to al-Qaeda” are the definition of the so-called “rebels” turned loose on Syria in 2011. Likewise, the fact that both Iran and Hezbollah, who are natural enemies of al-Qaeda and such radical Sunni groups, are involved in the battle against ISIS and other related terrorist organizations in Syria proves the accuracy of the article on another level.

Hersh also wrote,

The new American policy, in its broad outlines, has been discussed publicly. In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that there is “a new strategic alignment in the Middle East,” separating “reformers” and “extremists”; she pointed to the Sunni states as centers of moderation, and said that Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah were “on the other side of that divide.” (Syria’s Sunni majority is dominated by the Alawi sect.) Iran and Syria, she said, “have made their choice and their choice is to destabilize.”

Some of the core tactics of the redirection are not public, however. The clandestine operations have been kept secret, in some cases, by leaving the execution or the funding to the Saudis, or by finding other ways to work around the normal congressional appropriations process, current and former officials close to the Administration said.

. . . . . .

This time, the U.S. government consultant told me, Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that “they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.”

. . . . . .

Fourth, the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria. The Israelis believe that putting such pressure on the Assad government will make it more conciliatory and open to negotiations. Syria is a major conduit of arms to Hezbollah.

. . . . .

In January, after an outburst of street violence in Beirut involving supporters of both the Siniora government and Hezbollah, Prince Bandar flew to Tehran to discuss the political impasse in Lebanon and to meet with Ali Larijani, the Iranians’ negotiator on nuclear issues. According to a Middle Eastern ambassador, Bandar’s mission—which the ambassador said was endorsed by the White House—also aimed “to create problems between the Iranians and Syria.” There had been tensions between the two countries about Syrian talks with Israel, and the Saudis’ goal was to encourage a breach. However, the ambassador said, “It did not work. Syria and Iran are not going to betray each other. Bandar’s approach is very unlikely to succeed.”

. . . . . .

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, a branch of a radical Sunni movement founded in Egypt in 1928, engaged in more than a decade of violent opposition to the regime of Hafez Assad, Bashir’s father. In 1982, the Brotherhood took control of the city of Hama; Assad bombarded the city for a week, killing between six thousand and twenty thousand people. Membership in the Brotherhood is punishable by death in Syria. The Brotherhood is also an avowed enemy of the U.S. and of Israel. Nevertheless, Jumblatt said, “We told Cheney that the basic link between Iran and Lebanon is Syria—and to weaken Iran you need to open the door to effective Syrian opposition.”

. . . . .

There is evidence that the Administration’s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood. The Syrian National Salvation Front is a coalition of opposition groups whose principal members are a faction led by Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian Vice-President who defected in 2005, and the Brotherhood. A former high-ranking C.I.A. officer told me, “The Americans have provided both political and financial support. The Saudis are taking the lead with financial support, but there is American involvement.” He said that Khaddam, who now lives in Paris, was getting money from Saudi Arabia, with the knowledge of the White House. (In 2005, a delegation of the Front’s members met with officials from the National Security Council, according to press reports.) A former White House official told me that the Saudis had provided members of the Front with travel documents.

Hersh also spoke with Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Shi’ite Lebanese militia, Hezbollah. In relation to the Western strategy against Syria, he reported,

Nasrallah said he believed that America also wanted to bring about the partition of Lebanon and of Syria. In Syria, he said, the result would be to push the country “into chaos and internal battles like in Iraq.” In Lebanon, “There will be a Sunni state, an Alawi state, a Christian state, and a Druze state.” But, he said, “I do not know if there will be a Shiite state.” Nasrallah told me that he suspected that one aim of the Israeli bombing of Lebanon last summer was “the destruction of Shiite areas and the displacement of Shiites from Lebanon. The idea was to have the Shiites of Lebanon and Syria flee to southern Iraq,” which is dominated by Shiites. “I am not sure, but I smell this,” he told me.

Partition would leave Israel surrounded by “small tranquil states,” he said. “I can assure you that the Saudi kingdom will also be divided, and the issue will reach to North African states. There will be small ethnic and confessional states,” he said. “In other words, Israel will be the most important and the strongest state in a region that has been partitioned into ethnic and confessional states that are in agreement with each other. This is the new Middle East.”

Yet, while even the connections between the plans to destroy Syria and the Bush administration are generally unknown, what is even less well-known is the fact that there existed a plan to destroy Syria as far back as 1983.

Documents contained in the U.S. National Archives and drawn up by the CIA reveal a plan to destroy the Syrian government going back decades. One such document entitled, “Bringing Real Muscle To Bear In Syria,” written by CIA officer Graham Fuller, is particularly illuminating. In this document, Fuller wrote,

Syria at present has a hammerlock on US interests both in Lebanon and in the Gulf — through closure of Iraq’s pipeline thereby threatening Iraqi internationalization of the [Iran-Iraq] war. The US should consider sharply escalating the pressures against Assad [Sr.] through covertly orchestrating simultaneous military threats against Syria from three border states hostile to Syria: Iraq, Israel and Turkey.

Even as far back as 1983, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s father, Hafez Assad, was viewed as a gadfly to the plans of Western imperialists seeking to weaken both the Iraqis and the Iranians and extend hegemony over the Middle East and Persia. The document shows that Assad and hence Syria represented a resistance to Western imperialism, a threat to Israel, and that Assad himself was well aware of the game the United States, Israel, and other members of the Western imperialist coalition were trying to play against him. The report reads,

Syria continues to maintain a hammerlock on two key U.S. interests in the Middle East:

— Syrian refusal to withdraw its troops from Lebanon ensures Israeli occupation in the south;

— Syrian closure of the Iraqi pipeline has been a key factor in bringing Iraq to its financial knees, impelling it towards dangerous internationalization of the war in the Gulf

Diplomatic initiatives to date have had little effect on Assad who has so far correctly calculated the play of forces in the area and concluded that they are only weakly arrayed against him. If the U.S. is to rein in Syria’s spoiling role, it can only do so through exertion of real muscle which will pose a vital threat to Assad’s position and power.

The author then presents a plan that sounds eerily similar to those now being discussed publicly by Western and specifically American corporate-financier think tanks and private non-governmental organizations who unofficially craft American policy. Fuller writes,

The US should consider sharply escalating the pressures against Assad [Sr.] through covertly orchestrating simultaneous military threats against Syria from three border states hostile to Syria: Iraq, Israel and Turkey. Iraq, perceived to be increasingly desperate in the Gulf war, would undertake limited military (air) operations against Syria with the sole goal of opening the pipeline. Although opening war on a second front against Syria poses considerable risk to Iraq, Syria would also face a two-front war since it is already heavily engaged in the Bekaa, on the Golan and in maintaining control over a hostile and restive population inside Syria.

Israel would simultaneously raise tensions along Syria’s Lebanon front without actually going to war. Turkey, angered by Syrian support to Armenian terrorism, to Iraqi Kurds on Turkey’s Kurdish border areas and to Turkish terrorists operating out of northern Syria, has often considered launching unilateral military operations against terrorist camps in northern Syria. Virtually all Arab states would have sympathy for Iraq.

Faced with three belligerent fronts, Assad would probably be forced to abandon his policy of closure of the pipeline. Such a concession would relieve the economic pressure on Iraq, and perhaps force Iran to reconsider bringing the war to an end. It would be a sharpening blow to Syria’s prestige and could effect the equation of forces in Lebanon.

Thus, Fuller outlines that not only would Syria be forced to reopen the pipeline of interest at the time, but that it would be a regional shockwave effecting the makeup of forces in and around Lebanon, weakening the prestige of the Syrian state and, presumably, the psychological state of the Syrian President and the Syrian people, as well as a message to Iran.

The document continues,

Such a threat must be primarily military in nature. At present there are three relatively hostile elements around Syria’s borders: Israel, Iraq and Turkey. Consideration must be given to orchestrating a credible military threat against Syria in order to induce at least some moderate change in its policies.

This paper proposes serious examination of the use of all three states – acting independently – to exert the necessary threat. Use of any one state in isolation cannot create such a credible threat.

The strategy proposed here by the CIA is virtually identical to the one being discussed by deep state establishment think tanks like the Brookings Institution today. For instance, in the Brookings document “Middle East Memo #21: Saving Syria: Assessing Options For Regime Change,” it says,

Turkey’s participation would be vital for success, and Washington would have to encourage the Turks to play a more helpful role than they have so far. While Ankara has lost all patience with Damascus, it has taken few concrete steps that would increase the pressure on Asad (and thereby antagonize Tehran). Turkish policy toward the Syrian opposition has actually worked at cross-purposes with American efforts to foster a broad, unified national organization. With an eye to its own domestic Kurdish dilemmas, Ankara has frustrated efforts to integrate the Syrian Kurds into a broader opposition framework. In addition, it has overtly favored the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood over all other opposition groups. Washington must impress upon Turkey the need to be more accommodating of legitimate Kurdish political and cultural demands in a post-Asad Syria, and to be less insistent on the primacy of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Some voices in Washington and Jerusalem are exploring whether Israel could contribute to coercing Syrian elites to remove Asad. The Israelis have the region’s most formidable military, impressive intelligence services, and keen interests in Syria. In addition, Israel’s intelligence services have a strong knowledge of Syria, as well as assets within the Syrian regime that could be used to subvert the regime’s power base and press for Asad’s removal. Israel could posture forces on or near the Golan Heights and, in so doing, might divert regime forces from suppressing the opposition. This posture may conjure fears in the Asad regime of a multi-front war, particularly if Turkey is willing to do the same on its border and if the Syrian opposition is being fed a steady diet of arms and training. Such a mobilization could perhaps persuade Syria’s military leadership to oust Asad in order to preserve itself. Advocates argue this additional pressure could tip the balance against Asad inside Syria, if other forces were aligned properly.

While Syria is not in conflict with Iraq today, after being destroyed by the United States in 2003, Western Iraq now houses the mysteriously-funded Islamic State on the border between Iraq and Syria.

That being said, this plan is not merely being discussed, it is being implemented as one can clearly see by the fact that Israel routinely launches airstrikes against the Syrian military, Turkey continues to funnel ISIS and related terrorists into Syria through its own territory, and ISIS continues to present itself as an Eastern front militarily. As a result, the “multi-front” war envisioned and written about by the CIA in 1983 and discussed by Brookings in 2012 has come to fruition and is in full swing today.

The trail of documentation and the manner in which the overarching agenda of world hegemony on the behalf of corporate-financier interests have continued apace regardless of party and seamlessly through Republican and Democrat administrations serves to prove that changing parties and personalities do nothing to stop the onslaught of imperialism, war, and destruction being waged across the world today and in earnest ever since 2001. Indeed, such changes only make adjustments to the appearance and presentation of a much larger Communo-Fascist system that is entrenching itself by the day.

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of eight books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference It Makes: 36 Reasons Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 700 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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  • marlene

    Hey, Brandon: Trump’s administration will NEVER “look like obama’s administration” you damn turncoat! This whole article has been written before by better journalists! This is NOT news and only a fool would assume Trump won’t be addressing it just because it’s not in YOUR damn timeline!

    • colinjames71

      Don’t be a sucker for Trump cmon

    • John

      Right – After He Loaded Up His Administration With The Zionists Warmongers & Banksters.

      There Will Be NO CHANGE Since The Zionists & Their Secret Societies Got Their PNAC ‘New Pearl Harbor’ Coup On 911.

      Not One Word About Repealing the Patriot Acts 1 & 2, NDAA Or Any of the Other Rules & Laws They Passed Since 911 That Violate The Constitution & Bill of Rights.

      • marlene

        No – it’s people like YOU who are worse than any zionist in history! Try reading REAL news instead of FAKE news. Get off your couch of ignorance and stop drinking the kool aid that has fried your brains!

  • gomurr

    Why don’t all you “journalists” settle down a little. Trump has only been in office 2 months. He hit the ground running on any number of issues. He inherited a mess and is not going to be able to fix it overnight. He also can’t undo what has been done. Right now he is fighting a diabolical force within that is trying to bring him down on a daily basis. I’m sure you could do a better job, but you weren’t elected.

    • Cathy aka OldTxGal

      Diabolical forces, indeed. The globalists do not want the US to be a sovereign nation and I’m sure we haven’t seen their worst yet. Do you brain-washed democrats and progressives realize the globalists will ENSLAVE US ALL – THE WHOLE WORLD if they get total control? Stop playing into their plans!

      • gomurr

        Gee, Cathy, did you read my comment? What in there would suggest to you that I am a brainwashed democrat or a progressive……the very people propping up the globalist agenda? I have been aware of what they are doing and their agenda for at least the last 30 years, while most of you were in a deep slumber. Who do you think the “diabolical forces within” I am referring to, are?

        You can say what you want about Trump, but the one thing he is not, is a globalist. He is not, despite all his wealth, a member of their club. Anyone who thinks the globalists are going to go down without a fight, and let Trump proceed peacefully to “clean the swamp”, secure our borders, limit the power of government, is crazy. The globalists have been working on the takeover of America for 100 years. The people let it happen while they were busy being brainwashed and not paying attention. Now that they’re waking up, they want it to cease immediately. Good luck with that…..it isn’t going to happen. It is liable to get very nasty before it gets better.

        • Cathy aka OldTxGal

          Oh no, I wasn’t talking to YOU. I was directing that TO the brainwashed ones. Sorry, gomurr. Sometimes I get carried away. :-/ I totally agree that the globalists will not go down without a fight. And true, Trump is not a globalist. It’s gonna get real ugly, real fast.

          • gomurr

            Lol, OK, Cathy…..you had me worrying about you there for a minute. Looks like the ugly is already happening.

          • Cathy aka OldTxGal

            LOL Sometimes I worry about me too! (jk!) I hope something comes of the wire-tapping thing and the usurper finally gets what’s coming to him. Ought to arrest his EVIL puppetmaster too, but he is a slippery devil. I keep hoping…. :-/

    • John

      “He inherited a mess and is not going to be able to fix it overnight.”

      Same Thing Obama Said – And All We Got From Him Is 10 More Trillion In The Hole & Obama Care – In Which Obama & All the Other Politicians & Their Staffs Opted Out Of But Forced The Rest of Americans Into It or Be Fined.

  • Dan Smith

    This was a well thought out plan for years..

  • eunsuh

    pretty darn funny….those believing in the gov or Trump to save America.

    When has that ever happened? For one, it CAN”T happen. I suggest you seriously reconsider your ignorant position and get educated on how government works. It DOES NOT work for you….you work for it…citizen.

    • Cathy aka OldTxGal

      So, since you know so much about how things work in gov, do you have a better plan? Do tell us.

  • Guadamour

    Russia was left out of this analysis. It is Syria’s ace hide-out card!

  • blue579

    A lot of things don’t add up here. The CIA never releases damning information, there’s always a calculated agenda, same thing when close friend of the Clintons globalist Wesley Cohen-Clark’s made his public 7-nation “whistleblowing” statement… the same Clark who played principle roles in the massacres at Waco and the Bosnian-Serb NATO action & who said in a live television interview in 2015 that he believes disloyal American thought criminals who don’t approve of the US government’s war on terror tactics should be placed in internment camps. Still the alt sphere touts his 7-nation ‘leak’ without questioning possible motives.

    It wasn’t that long ago Seymour Hersch tried to pass off a new twist on the official narrative of a US Seal Team capturing Bin Laden giving him a burial at sea. Didn’t matter to Limited Hangout Hersch that Bin Laden was already dead and 9/11 was an inside job. S. Edmonds informs us in the 1980s the FBI considered the Assad family to be extremely cooperative intelligence assets, as was Ayatollah Khomeini. Geopolitics has a public face with another reality behind the curtain, the two oftentimes sharply contrasting.

    • Andrew Pate

      Its the wolf in sheep’s clothing bearing gifts. I have seen a video of that guy Wesley Cohen-Clark and he is just another war monger and deceiver and has been a major player in the coup in Ukraine.
      Just another country to add to the seven.

      • blue579

        Yes, well said, Andrew, a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
        BTW, Ukraine is only one of many nation states targeted for fracturing to achieve regional and global governance. Already seen in sectarian divided Iraq and the soon-to-be Kurdistan, mirroring the New Middle East Project map….planned several decades ago.
        US, China, and Russia are also on the chopping block targeted for fracturing, floated recently in WSJ (US), pol sci journal (China), and The Economist (Russia).

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0616bc6eba3a5d6dff0d6eac4416dbe0ce9db81fa1705285a023673a492bb28c.jpg

  • sallyM

    CIA chief John Brennan has been blasted by Donald Trump as the possible leak of intelligence report(s).
    Brennan might be fired…
    Jeff Sessions won’t put up with this type of round and round and round we go.
    Trump will eradicate ‘radical Islamic terrorists’ from the face of the earth.

    • John

      “Trump will eradicate ‘radical Islamic terrorists’ from the face of the earth”

      But Does Nothing About The Too Big Too Jail Corporations/Wall Street & Their High Speed Computer Controlled Stock Markets Where They Cheated Everyone Out Of Their Investments. Where Their Top Banks Have Been Fined Hundreds of Millions To Billions of Dollars For Fraud, Corruption & Manipulation of the Markets.

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