The War in Syria was a US Intervention Since “Day 1”

By Tony Cartalucci

In the aftermath of US-led missile strikes on Syria, the Western media has attempted to continue building the case for “US intervention.”

However, before the first agitators took to the streets in Syria in 2011, the US was already involved.

The New York Times in its 2011 article, “U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings,” would admit (emphasis added):

A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington, according to interviews in recent weeks and American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks. 

The work of these groups often provoked tensions between the United States and many Middle Eastern leaders, who frequently complained that their leadership was being undermined, according to the cables.

The financing of agitators from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) before the so-called “Arab Spring” was meant to stampede targeted governments from power – paving the way for US client states to form. Nations that resisted faced – first, US-backed militants – and failing that, direct US military intervention – as seen in Libya in 2011.

After the US funded initial unrest in 2011 – the US has armed and funded militants fighting in Syria ever since.

The same NYT would publish a 2013 article titled, “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A.,” admitting (emphasis added):

With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.

The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.

As the proxy war the US waged against Damascus began to fail, multiple attempts were made to justify direct US military intervention in Syria as the US and its allies did in 2011 against the Libyan government.

This includes repeated attempts to enforce the “responsibility to protect” doctrine, multiple false-flag chemical attacks beginning with the Ghouta incident in 2013 and the emergence of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) which helped the US justify the deployment of ground troops now currently occupying eastern Syria.

The notion of the US currently “contemplating intervention” in Syria attempts to sidestep the fact that the Syrian conflict itself – from its inception – has been a US intervention.

Long Before “Day 1” 

Even before the most recent attempt at US-led regime change in Syria, the US has pursued campaigns of violent subversion aimed at Syria and its allies.

In 2007, veteran journalist Seymour Hersh would write in his article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?,” that (emphasis added):

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 coöperated 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.

Hersh’s words would become prophetic when, in 2011, the US would begin arming and backing militants – many with overt affiliations to Al Qaeda – in a bid to destabilize Syria and overthrow the government in Damascus.

The article would also lay out preparations that – even in 2007 – were clearly aimed at organizing  for and executing a wider conflict.

Yet, published CIA documents drawn from the US National Archives illustrate how this singular agenda seeking to overthrow the government of Syria stretches back even earlier – by decades.

A 1983 document signed by former CIA officer Graham Fuller titled, “Bringing Real Muscle to Bear Against Syria” (PDF), states (their emphasis):

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.

The report also states:

If Israel were to increase tensions against Syria simultaneously with an Iraqi initiative, the pressures on Assad would escalate rapidly. A Turkish move would psychologically press him further.

The document exposes both then and now, the amount of influence the US exerts across the Middle East and North Africa. It also undermines the perceived agency of states including Israel and NATO-member Turkey, revealing their subordination to US interests and that actions taken by these states are often done on behalf of Wall Street and Washington rather than on behalf of their own national interests.

Also mentioned in the document are a variety of manufactured pretexts listed to justify a unilateral military strike on northern Syria by Turkey. The  document explains:

Turkey has considered undertaking a unilateral military strike against terrorist camps in northern Syria and would not hesitate from using menacing diplomatic language against Syria on these issues.

Comparing this signed and dated 1983 US CIA document to more recent US policy papers and revelations of US funding of so-called activists prior to 2011,  reveals not only continuity of agenda – but that attempts to portray the 2011 “uprising” as spontaneous and as merely exploited by the US are disingenuous.

Breaking the Cycle 

The current stalemate in Syria is owed to Russia’s involvement in the conflict. This began in 2013 when Moscow brokered a political deal preventing US military intervention then – and again in 2015 when the Russian military – upon Damascus’ request – built up a presence within the nation. Today, it is the threat of Russian retaliation that has hemmed in US options and plunged American special interests into increasing depths of desperation.

The recent missile strikes by the US and its tentative holdings in eastern Syria reflect geopolitical atrophy amid a conflict that was initially aimed at quickly stampeding the Syrian government from power back in 2011.

Washington’s inability to achieve its objectives leave it in an increasingly desperate position – attempting to reassert itself in the region or face the irreversible decline of its so-called “international order.” However, a desperate hegemon in decline is still dangerous.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”, where this article first appeared.

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4 Comments on "The War in Syria was a US Intervention Since “Day 1”"

  1. Please God, destroy the globalist empire before they destroy humanity.

  2. christopher kelly police ret. | April 16, 2018 at 11:06 am | Reply

    IKE warned us that the military money earning complex will wind up destroying the USA. From JFK onward EVERY president has been complicit in war solely for the benefit of greed for those in charge. Our think tanks have been nothing but IVY LEAGUE propaganda mills on both sides of the aisle. YALE and HARVARD have been the worst. STANFORD close behind. They produce POLY-SCI graduates that through relations to the past just pass the way of war as part of life. When we realize how the Kennedy / KRUSCHEV FARCE WAS JUST A WAY TO START the cold war military spending that both countries required to move forward economically. They were actually friends before and after the cuban caper. The reason JFK was killed was that he wanted to abolish the FED RES. Every president before or after him that was killed was either killed shot or poisoned had the same situation. Whether it was a US CENTRAL BANK answering to ENGLANDS corp of london or the FED. you have Jackson shot 3 times, Harrison poisoned,LINCOLN assasinated, Garfield shot, McKinley shot dead, Teddy ROOS shot, Ford SHOT AT TWICE, Reagan shot. That was there commonality,ANDREW JOHNSON impeached to trial and NIXON canned to resigned. All of the situations involved making money out of nothing. Andrew Jackson hated the British so bad he knocked it down 3 times. After fighting England in 2 wars. He knew the whole thing involved becoming in debt to the British so bad they could take their colonies back. The Corp of London would have been our FED. England brought the light of the world to 69 colonies but could not get over on our divine providence. WORLD banking kings along with corporations of incredible size rule the world with the CIA and MI6 as their thuggery. They facilitate all wars. With Trump they have something they can not handle. HRC would have fell right in line with the globalists and made this country wide open. Kill the country from within like OBAMA DID. Create racism again after as a country we came so far. Destroy from within. NO way under TRUMP. They can not KILL him because the AMERICAN people would absolutely REVOLT. They must have him kicked out. With the legal right for Americans to own and carry guns they can not just take over. It is their only impediment.

  3. In the nuclear age, we need the utmost standards of care due to the stakes being maximally high. This feudal age royal prerogative nonsense could get us all killed. This hair trigger world police act is just getting abused as the backdoor to huge weapons contracts and excessive taxation for the m.i.c and the infinite war. It’s parasitically sick. Like some British dude said on youtube we support the Kurds, then sell weapons to Turkey who hate the kurds and bomb them, then we’re supposed to support humanitarian aid to Yemen while selling weapons to Saudi Arabia to bomb the schools and hospitals in Yemen faster than any aid could compensate for. Things are so bad right now it’s like we all dropped some bad acid

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