Second Syria FAIL: U.S. State Dept Spokesman Can’t Answer Question About ISIS Vs. Assad In Palmyra

mark tonerBy Brandon Turbeville

Shortly after a video emerged showing the Saudi Ambassador to the United Nations, Abdallah al-Mouallimi, failing miserably in an effort to justify his nation’s call for elections in Syria while simultaneously refusing to agree to elections in Saudi Arabia, a new contender for “worst defense of your nation in an interview” emerged. This time, the miserable fail comes from the United States and State Department Spokesman Mark Toner.

In another example of what happens when a Western, GCC, or Israeli political figure is simply asked a real question and even timidly held to the fire, Toner was asked whether or not the recent victory of the Syrian Army over ISIS in Palmyra was a positive development. In fact, the question was direct; did he prefer ISIS or Assad to control Palmyra? Such a question would provoke an easy answer on the side of Assad from any reasonable person. But Toner does not represent a reasonable person or a reasonable government. He represents the U.S. State Department.

The transcript of the interview is provided below as well as the video:

Reporter: Do you want to see the regime retake Palmyra?

Toner: Uh . . .

Reporter: Or do you prefer that it stay in Daesh’s hands?

Toner: [laughs awkwardly] Uh. . . It’s truly a . . . uh . . .[giggles awkwardly again] . . . uh . . .um . . . Look. Uh. . . I think what we would . . . uh. . . like to see is . . . uh. . . the political negotiations, that political track . . . uh . . . pick up steam. Uh . . . That’s part of the reason the Secretary’s in Moscow today um . . . so we can get a political process underway um . . . and deepen and strengthen the cessation of hostilities into a real ceasefire and then . . . we

Reporter: You’re not answering my question.

Toner: I know I’m not [laughs] Um . . . I’m giving a broader view. Uh . . . and then we can all increase our efforts to . . . uh . . . to go after Daesh and dislodge it.

Toner later admitted in the press conference that Daesh was “probably” the “greater evil in this case” despite the fact that he also suggested that designation was a close call between Daesh and the “regime” of Bashar al-Assad.

The very fact that Toner could not answer the question in a clear and direct fashion exposes a hard fact about American foreign policy – it is designed to destroy the secular government of Bashar al-Assad. If Toner had readily admitted that the Syrian military’s victory against ISIS was a positive development, he would have effectively admitted that the SAA is the greatest enemy of the terrorist organization bar none and eliminated his State Department’s justification for military intervention and hostility toward the Syrian President.

Still, despite his actual words, Toner’s bumbling response did nothing more than to make it obvious that the United States desires to see the preponderance of terror across Syria but, because of its tangled web of phony narratives, simply cannot admit it outright.

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 650 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)

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13 Comments on "Second Syria FAIL: U.S. State Dept Spokesman Can’t Answer Question About ISIS Vs. Assad In Palmyra"

  1. I don’t know how these people can sleep at night, or expect forgiveness from whatever god they worship. I suppose this is why banks and federal reserve buildings resemble churches, because money and the power it wields seems to be the only things they care about.

    • ABDELKADER HAMDAOUI | March 31, 2016 at 3:44 pm |

      An extraordinary example of their greed-induced short-sightedness…and in time the destructive power of their greed will not only destroy the U.K. and U.S. but Europe and all modern civilisation.

  2. Yup – sounds about right. Remember the ‘Carry On’ series of films – A good one would be ‘Carry On Destabilising’ – an all star cast of top comedians, with cocaine and hookers thrown in.

  3. Toner is paid to re-enforce the script of the domestic enemies.

  4. The US is a gross hypocrite! It supports terrorism and a Muslim religious takeover of a secular state. The result of a Syrian Caliphate would be so disastrous that the whole Middle East would burst into an undying flame of hatred and vengeance against the West and particularly the US. When you play with fire you get burned!

    • The US is hardly ever touched by terrorism. It is Europe that pays the price. The US is well out of the way of it all.

      • You are absolutely correct and that is one thing that really bothers me. The US talks about its wonderful European allies and then throws the under the bus!

        • The Muslim occupation of Europe is supposedly organized by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. The late dictator of Libya, Gaddafi, once supposedly said that in the future Muslims will take over Europe w/o firing one single bullet. It looks like he was right.

  5. I just floors me how these a$$holes can laugh at this. People are suffering and dying because of their sick, twisted little minds, and all they can do is laugh. They expose themselves as clowns over and over and over, and they just don’t seem to care. WTF???

  6. Paid mouth piece for the gold collar perpetual death machine.
    The USA is a fascist country promoting war for the sake of manufacturing bullets and to keep wasting oil/gas.
    They have no business with regime changing – search on ‘confessions of an economic hit man’ – he is remorseful in his older years.

  7. ABDELKADER HAMDAOUI | March 31, 2016 at 3:32 pm |

    The U.K. and the U.S. were instructed by Saudi Arabia to demonize Syria and character assassinate Assad with outlandish volume of lies, made up facts and massive ongoing propaganda and by so doing ‘justifiably’ rid Syria of the “tyrant” they made him out to be, just as they did to Muammar al-Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein. Saudi Arabia also wanted Iran put paid to, and accordingly the U.S. was working itself up under the auspices of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to preemptively take out Iran’s nuclear facilities and along with them the Ayatollahs. Unfortunately for Saudi Arabia, Russia came into possession of highly classified information from one Edward Snowden which were used to hold the U.S. to ransom. Unable to take military action against Iran and Syria the U.S. resorted to inciting rebellion in Syria and then clandestinely aided and abetted implanted Sunni rebels that metamorphosed into ISIL. The usual failure in U.S. intelligence resulted in the Americans financing, arming and training (in USAF base in Doha) none other than these blood-soaked fanatics of the army of black-clad killers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who are out to reacquire Shia controlled Iraq. U.S. obsession with the Russian naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea and subsequent provocation to drag Russia into a conflict with Ukraine so that NATO may have legitimate reasons to move troops in to occupy Eastern Europe blindsided (U.S.) itself. Using terrorists for regime change is not only dangerous in its long-term ramifications, it’s suicidal.

    It may behoove the American (and British) people to realise just how White Hall, both the White House and Congress well and truly botched up not only Ukraine, Iraq and Syria but Western Europe as well in their bungling process. They botched up monumentally by playing silly buggers with Russia and taunting Putin and not tackling the onslaught of Islamism which is tantamount to criminal negligence and treason.

    • Pretty spot on. Syria is just part of the American endowment policy, as is Iran. The UK is implicit by aiding and abetting them as with all NATO members.
      It’s all part of the big plan to surround Russia and then power on into controlling the Asia pacific.

  8. what is amazing is that the commenters here have nt a clue that this is not the state dept policy ,because there is no state dept.only the zionist israeli agenda.eretz yisroel is the foreign policy of the u.s and has een for decades,only 9/11 made it the top priority.the mossad and our cia plus the military under the direction of v p cheney did 9/11 to get us involved in the israeli agenda militarily.they have been trying since june 1967 and the attack on the uss liberty to do that.and with 9/11 we are totally under the control of the israeli rothchid agenda.period!!!!

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