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article imageSyria bombing fulfills Wes Clark prediction, Bush Neocon plans

By Ralph Lopez     Sep 29, 2014 in World
The US Congress's vote this month to allow Obama to "to provide appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition" uncannily moves forward an agenda described by General Wes Clark in 2007.
[House vote here, Senate vote here]
At the same time, former US Congressman Dennis Kucinich challenged ISIS as a US creation, saying in a piece in Huffington Post that ISIS:
"gained its foothold directly in the region through the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Jordan funding and arming ISIS' predecessors in Syria."
In 2007, Clark told an audience that the true intention of the so-called "Neoconservatives" in the Bush White House, the name given to the inner Bush foreign policy team, was not to find and destroy weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but to "take out" seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq. Clark revealed that the information came from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's office, and had been given to him by a staff general in the Joint Chiefs of Staff's office in the Pentagon. The staff general told Clark that the true plan after 9/11 was to overthrow the governments of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.
The bombing campaign in Syria, ostensibly to combat the group ISIS, the growth of which was helped in part by US aid to the Free Syrian Army, marks the third country on the list revealed by Clark to be directly attacked by the US. The Libyan government of Moammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011, and Saddam Hussein was driven into hiding in 2003. Iran has long been in the cross-hairs of US foreign policy hawks and the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee.
The campaign also dovetails with long-stated desires by American and Israeli Neoconservatives to break down certain Middle Eastern countries into smaller units, divided along ethnic lines.
Speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, General Clark told the audience that he had run into an old colleague in the Pentagon in the days after 9/11. The colleague told him:
"Sir, you've got to come in and talk to me a second...We've made the decision we're going to war with Iraq."
Clark answered incredulously, "why?" Clark then recounts that a number of weeks later he ran into the same man, and asked "Are we still going to attack Iraq?” To which the man answers:
"It’s worse than that. We're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran."
In 1996, long before 9/11, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith, who became high-ranking members of Bush administration's foreign policy team, wrote a paper intended to advise Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which also mirrored the policy of attacking Syria and Iraq. The paper stated:
"Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right..."
The paper was entitled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm." Perle became Chairman of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee under George W. Bush, and Feith became Undersecretary of Defense.
The "Clean Break" paper echoed the strategy outlined by influential Israeli intellectual Oded Yinon in 1982 in the paper “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties.” That paper recommended:
"In Iraq, a division into provinces along ethnic/religious lines as in Syria during Ottoman times is possible. So, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, and Shi'ite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni and Kurdish north."
The Sunni group ISIS in Iraq is fighting a factional war against the predominantly Shiite regime in Iraq.
Douglas Feith
Douglas Feith
Yesterday, well-known American journalist Glenn Greenwald, writing for the online publication The Intercept, accused the US of creating a "fake terror threat" to justify the bombing of Syria. In "The Fake Terror Threat Used to Justify Bombing Syria," which looks closely at the newly-designated terror group "Khorasan," Greenwald writes:
"What happened here is all-too-familiar. The Obama administration needed propagandistic and legal rationale for bombing yet another predominantly Muslim country. While emotions over the ISIS beheading videos were high, they were not enough to sustain a lengthy new war...As usual, anonymity was granted to U.S. officials to make these claims. As usual, there was almost no evidence for any of this. "
Greenwald is a regular contributor to the UK Guardian and holds a Pulitzer Prize.
The bombing campaign against Syria seems to be targeting food and infrastructure, under the rationale that they are under the control of ISIS and therefore must be denied, as well as "command and control" centers. Today Reuters reported that US airstrikes had destroyed a number of grain silos, as well as gas plants which fed to electricity power stations. The report stated that no ISIS fighters were killed in the grain silo raids, only civilians. The Reuters source said:
"These were the workers at the silos. They provide food for the people,"
The destruction of social infrastructure inevitably leads to poverty and further social division, as has been seen in Iraq. Last June the Washington Post reported:
"A lack of basic services, including electricity, fuel and water, has remained a significant source of discontent for Iraqi citizens since U.S. forces withdrew in 2011. While such grievances are not sectarian in nature – protests have persisted throughout the country – the combination of sectarian policies and lack of social services may have laid conditions suitable for ISIS’ spread."
Some critics of US policy in Iraq contend that social instability and poverty are not accidental by-products of failed US policies, but in fact exactly what policy-makers want, in order to keep strong central governments from rising. The "division into provinces along ethnic/religious lines" described by Oded Yinon is in fact now being spoken of in more concrete terms. Time Magazine recently published a cover story "The End of Iraq" in which a plan is discussed to partition Iraq into three mini-states, a Kurdish north, a Shiite south, and a Sunni middle.
Ironically, fostering such divisions is precisely what is called for, in great detail, in Oden Yinon's 1982 paper “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties,” Yinon called the "dissolution" of Lebanon into rival factions a "precedent for the entire Arab world":
"Lebanon's total dissolution into five provinces serves as a precedent for the entire Arab world including Egypt, Syria, Iraq and the Arabian peninsula and is already following that track. The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel's primary target on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target. Syria will fall apart, in accordance with its ethnic and religious structure, into several states such as in present day Lebanon, so that there will be a Shi'ite Alawi state along its coast, a Sunni state in the Aleppo area, another Sunni state in Damascus hostile to its northern neighbor, and the Druzes who will set up a state, maybe even in our Golan, and certainly in the Hauran and in northern Jordan. This state of affairs will be the guarantee for peace and security in the area in the long run, and that aim is already within our reach today."
That Israeli and American Neoconservatives view fractured Muslim states as a "guarantee for peace and security" for Israel suggests that a policy of bombing to usher in poverty and dysfunction in Arab societies is deliberate, according to US foreign policy critics such as Iraqi-Jewish American peace activist Dr. Dahlia Wasfi.
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi
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