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Marching Toward Syria with Eyes Cast Towards Iran

By Ben Schreiner | Dissident Voice |  March 7th, 2012

While all the incessant warmongering directed toward Iran at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington was grabbing the headlines, the momentum for Western intervention into Syria continued to steadily build.  All those neo-con “real men,” it appears, just might prefer to go to Tehran via Damascus.

Taking to the Senate floor on Monday, Arizona Senator John McCain, one of the first supporters of arming the Free Syrian Army, upped the ante by calling for a U.S.-led air campaign against Syrian military targets.  McCain deemed such an escalation necessary to establish “humanitarian corridors.”

“The United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria, especially in the north, through airstrikes on Assad’s forces,” the intervention-hungry McCain declared.

And as the Washington Post reported in late February, Obama administration officials have made it clear that “additional measures” might still be considered in order to oust Assad.  That favored refrain of all options being on the table appears to be in effect in regards to Syria.

Indeed, for according to CNN, the Pentagon has already composed “detailed plans” for military action inside Syria.  As the network reported, the Pentagon has especially focused on securing Syrian chemical weapons sites, with one scenario in particular calling “for tens of thousands of troops to potentially be used for guarding the installations.”

Although, according to a December email recently published by Wikileaks from the U.S. global intelligence firm Stratfor (known as a private C.I.A.), special operations forces from the U.S., U.K., France, Jordan, and Turkey are already on the ground in Syria.  And as the email states, these forces are actively “training the Free Syrian Army.”  Additional measures indeed!

Not wanting to be left behind in any march on Syria, the U.S. corporate media has largely begun to join the ranks of the recently ascendant intervention hawks.

In an editorial on Friday, the New York Times, although ruling out military force, called for providing greater tactical assistance to the Free Syrian Army.  As the paper wrote: “The United States and its allies should consider providing the rebels with communications equipment, intelligence and nonlethal training.”  Of course, a mission providing such tactical support would ultimately transform into more explicit military involvement.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post also editorialized on Friday for a more credible threat of force against Assad.  As the paper wrote:

The Obama administration’s public arguments against the use of force in Syria are simply encouraging a rogue regime to believe it can act with impunity.  Until he is faced with a credible threat of force, from the opposition or outsider powers, Mr. Assad’s slaughter will go on.

The Christian Science Monitor has likewise called for the U.S. to help “forcefully” end Assad’s rule.

Of course, the driving force behind such intense Western interest in Syria is Iran.  Let there be no doubt, the ouster of Assad is not driven by some great humanitarian impulse, or “responsibility to protect.”  Nor does the bloodletting and slaughter inside the country disturb U.S. elites.  After all, the U.S. had no qualms with laying siege to Fallujah.  Rather, all the contrived moralizing is being utilized in an attempt to garner support for imposing Syrian “regime change,” which would deal a strategic defeat to Tehran.  It’s all nothing more than realpolitik.  The Syrian people and their revolution are being cynically recruited as means to imperial ends, and thus would be wise to resist all foreign intervention.

For instance, when the Atlantic’s Jeffery Goldberg stated in a recent interview with President Obama, “But it would seem to me that one way to weaken and further isolate Iran is to remove or help remove Iran’s only Arab ally,” the president responded, “Absolutely.”

Similarly, former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy has argued, “The current standoff in Syria presents a rare chance to rid the world of the Iranian menace to international security and well-being.”

It’s target Iran, albeit on a Syrian battlefield.  Therefore, that anti-Iran propaganda machine that is the U.S. media revs up.

Writing in the Washington Post, stenographers Joby Warrick and Liz Sly reported over the weekend that:

U.S. officials say they see Iran’s hand in the increasingly brutal crackdown on opposition strongholds in Syria, including evidence of Iranian military and intelligence support for government troops accused of mass executions and other atrocities in the past week.

The Post’s report was, of course, based solely on three anonymous U.S. officials.  And as Warrick and Sly even admit in their piece, “such accounts are generally difficult to verify independently.”  Thus they don’t.

On Monday, though, a similar piece of propaganda appeared at CNN.  Penned by CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, it also reports of Iranian infiltration into Syria, although Starr only relies on two anonymous U.S. officials.  What hay a seasoned propagandist can make with such limited sources!

Yet amidst this mounting drive for Western intervention into Syria, President Obama spoke on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to tamp down all such notions, going so far as to call military intervention a “mistake.”  As the president went on to state, “the notion that the way to solve every one of these problems is to deploy our military, that hasn’t been true in the past and it won’t be true now.”

Such reassurances aside, actions do, as the president himself implored in his AIPAC speech over the weekend, speak louder than words.  And so while the president publicly posits that military intervention would be a mistake, his military readies for intervention into Syria, while continuing its larger ongoing build-up in the region.

The march towards Syria with eyes cast towards Iran continues on.  For as Albeit Einstein once remarked, “You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”

Ben Schreiner is a freelance writer living in Salem, Oregon. He may be reached at:

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  1. According to CNN, the Pentagon has already composed “detailed plans” for military action inside Syria?!… Gee… Guess what, the Pentagon has most probably composed “detailed plans” for military action inside every country on the globe… It’s what militaries do when they’re not fighting a war… They train and they plan ahead… Even if 99.9% of the time the plans are never put into action…

    Do you really think the Hizballah (for example) isn’t busy planning and training for military action against Israel?!…


    Comment by Thinking person | March 7, 2012

  2. Senator McCain is a immoral moron. First off, his father played a key roll in covering-up the false flag attack on the USS Liberty by Israel as a pretext to drop two hydrogen bombs on Egypt. Admiral McCain threatened the survivors if they ever revealed the truth with death. That was an act of treason, and a war crime.
    John Jr., was a brat who became a jet pilot and got shot down over Hanoi and was held as a POW and was released, unlike any Vietnamese, all of which were murdered by US forces directly or those on the US payroll.

    Judging from McCain’s actions in the senate, it would have been better for the world had he been killed in Vietnam. Because he is still a psychotic war criminal and unfit to power beyond anyone else in making law or policy decisions.

    The fact that they (Israel) have to use John McCain to press their agenda, is an indicator that Israel has no real friends in the senate that are not Jewish-Zionist. And that is hopeful, promising, and real progress.

    Likewise, the New York Times and Washington Post are owned and operated by war criminals. The publisher of a German newspaper was hung at Nuremberg for his editorials.

    The case can be made for these publishers and conspiring agent-reporters, be they print or electronic! And that same judgment can be applied to Senator John McCain, and all those who echo the call of another war of aggression, this time Syria, as it has been dozens of others since WWII.

    The roll-call votes of Members of Congress is sufficient to charge them under the US War Crimes Act of 1996 that they passed, and war criminal Bill Clinton signed into law. It is also applicable to his wife, Hillery Clinton for her role in war crimes as US Secretary of State.

    Syria has more of a right to exist than does Israel. Israel is a rogue creation, it has only caused war and suffering since war criminal Harry Truman was bribed into formally recognizing the existence of Israel in 1948.

    The US needs systemic change, for any real dynamic change to ever occur. Only by holding hand-counter paper ballots in a National Referendum on all the key issues, domestic and foreign, as well as popular initiatives; will the United States become a democracy, representative of the American people, and not a threat to every living thing on the planet.

    It is Pure Democracy, or complete totalitarianism as is being implemented by the Obama regime, and as it would under any of them under the circumstances of power politics controlled by the concentration of wealth and media monopoly.

    Or is it too late now, has the constant nuclear fallout sealed our fate, are we all locked into an atomic waste gas chamber, the biosphere, and are doomed to extinction within a few generations, or less? We do know that the US Government has conspired to not issue public warnings and assistance.

    Not one press release, just a total repression of the dissemination of vital information. We are all radiation victims now, and since radiation is accumlative, cancer is inevitable for everyone. But, wars of aggression for conquest is there only priority in Washington, D.C., Wall Street, and wherever the super-rich and political whores exchange favors!


    Comment by Bill Mitchell | March 8, 2012

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