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This is who they are: Biden’s Syria strike is a stark reminder it’s American Empire that’s back

By Nebojsa Malic | RT | February 27, 2021

Only someone who hasn’t been paying attention could have been surprised by the US airstrike on Syria, now that an establishment committed to a globalist Empire rather than a constitutional republic is back in charge in Washington.

Democrats love proclaiming one can’t “turn back the clock,” usually to argue against even attempting to undo whatever domestic policies they’ve rammed through when in power. Yet everything about the Joe Biden administration has been about just that: erasing the past four years of Donald Trump and picking up where Barack Obama left off.

Trump also bombed Syria, mind you – launching cruise missiles on two occasions, spurred by spurious reports of “chemical attacks” – as well as the “Iranian-backed militias” in Iraq. Just over a year ago, he ordered the drone assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani outside the Baghdad airport.

However, he was denounced at the time by congressional Democrats, Biden himself, and his now-spokeswoman Jen Psaki, as well as nearly all US media outlets – the same ones now praising Biden’s bombardment. It’s literally different when they do it, the narrative goes.

That may seem baffling. After all, the American Empire isn’t a partisan thing. The Obamas, Bidens and Clintons have eagerly been on board as much as the Bushes and the Cheneys. That is, until Trump came along and mocked the “endless wars,” spoke of “America first” and rejected the pompous platitudes used to sell overseas imperialism to the rapidly declining American heartland.

For that ‘crime’ he was denounced and rejected by the US establishment, which has repeatedly demonstrated it doesn’t give a damn for the little guy in “flyover country” but prefers the globalist agendas of coastal elites and the military-industrial complex.

One can’t blame Americans for not remembering that the only time Congress overrode Trump’s veto was to keep troops overseas forever, when the media they rely on for their opinions, feelings and values hardly bothered to mention that bit. Make no mistake, though, endless foreign wars is what Biden meant when he said last week that “America is back” and promised a crusade on behalf of “democracy,” whatever that may be.

Also back is the manufacturing of consent. When Trump bombed someone, he just tweeted about it. The “new” administration acts just like the ones of yore, first leaking the talking points to the media. Instead of Trump’s “cowboy” language, Biden’s people use carefully selected propaganda terms, such as “defensive precision strike” and “proportionate military response” that “aims to de-escalate” the situation. The media dutifully follow along, stenographers all.

This kind of smoke-and-mirrors perception management is how war has become normalized for Americans. Trump’s rejection of it – whatever his motivation – is one of the reasons he was so hated by the establishment. Biden was sold to the American people as a return to normal – and for the establishment, this is precisely what “normal” looks like.

This normalization of behavior that ought to be illegal, immoral and unacceptable is, frankly, quietly horrifying. Almost no one seems to care that the US has no legal right to be in Syria, or bomb Syria, or even keep troops in Iraq anymore.

Legal concerns? How quaint. The US bombing whomever, whenever and wherever has become the “dog bites man” of the old journalism joke – that’s not news, editors would say, come to me when “man bites dog.”

Instead, we have otherwise serious people dispassionately describing the strike as “solid persuasion” and noting – correctly – that it “probably doesn’t matter” who gets attacked.

There is another disturbing dimension to the “Obama restoration” the US establishment is so bent on effecting. It was the Obama-Biden administration that backed “moderate rebels” – many of whom turned out to be Al-Qaeda affiliates – in Syria in hopes of regime change in Damascus, kicking off a war there almost ten years ago.

Trump focused instead on defeating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists, letting the same people who lied to him about troop numbers deceive him about abandoning (but not really) the regime change agenda.

If someone with a solid predictive record who claims to have sources within the Biden-Harris administration is to be believed, they want Syrian President Bashar Assad “gone by any means necessary and have no concern for the consequences.”

After all, those consequences are almost always borne by the foreigners that get bombed and the ‘flyover’ Americans who end up in the military – including the very same “underprivileged communities” the Democrats claim to be so concerned about – and not the powerful.

This obviously leaves those Americans who hoped for $2,000 stimulus checks, universal healthcare or higher minimum wage – those who believed the “that’s not who we are” Obama-era hype about empathy and decency – holding the empty bag and scratching their heads.

Which is why perception managers will no doubt feed them another manufactured outrage as a distraction, any moment now. Because that is who they are. Always have been.

Nebojsa Malic is a Serbian-American journalist, blogger and translator, who wrote a regular column for from 2000 to 2015, and is now senior writer at RT. Follow him on Telegram @TheNebulator 

February 27, 2021 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Militarism, War Crimes | ,


  1. “After all, those consequences are almost always borne by the foreigners that get bombed and the ‘flyover’ Americans who end up in the military – including the very same “underprivileged communities” the Democrats claim to be so concerned about – and not the powerful”.

    What’s that famous American expression?…….”There’s a sucker born every minute”. 58,600 ‘suckers’ died fighting the War in Vietnam. And God only knows what the tally is for Iraq, Syria, Libya, the Balkans, etc etc(not to mention those permanently disabled)……When are the American people going to wake up???

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | February 27, 2021 | Reply

  2. Decent commentary…but Mr. Malic doesn’t go to the matter of Trump’s fuc*ing the Palestinians (and international law) big time — instead cozying up to fellow-bully Zionist Israelis of Satanyahu’s ilk, sucking the tits of Jew-Zionist-billionaires like Jew-uber-Zio Sheldon Adelson and Jared Kushner, and satisfying the “end times” lust of “Christian” Zionists…while, collectively, they “were grabbing (Trump) by the pussy and getting him to do whatever they wanted.” For that deficiency in reporting, I’ll give Malic a grudging grade of B-minus.

    God Damn America!

    Viva Palestine!

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    Comment by roberthstiver | February 27, 2021 | Reply

    • From the outside looking in, I just cannot understand why the American people, accept the Crap, dished up to them by their Government. It is quite baffling……..

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | February 27, 2021 | Reply

      • It is indeed quite baffling, Brian — until one gets a glimmer of an idea of just how the Holocaust narrative/industry; the money and human resources available to and cleverly used by the Zionist/Israeli/Jewish Lobby at all levels of national/state/local governments; the co-option of those governments by Jewish-Zionist-Israel-first infiltration; the MainStreamMedia’s stranglehold on the selection and flow of information; the intimidating and warp-speed use of the “antisemitic” card against anyone who dares to dissent; the takeover of many millions of gullible American minds (sic) in the spiritual realm by the “Christian” Zionist zealots focused on being “raptured to Heaven” if they follow the dictates of *their* Bible and lay leaders’ (“Rev” John Hagee) manipulation for their own spurious ungodly/unChrist-like ends…all these and surely more combine and reinforce each other to dumb down an American-public mind that isn’t too smart to begin with….

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        Comment by roberthstiver | February 27, 2021 | Reply

        • Sadly, I think you are 100% correct. American people are famous around the World, for having not much idea about anything, other than the USA, such is the hold that “Those in Power” have over them.

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          Comment by brianharryaustralia | February 27, 2021 | Reply

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