Support the Troops: Keep Them Out of Syria

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“The US has confirmed that in an incident Sunday evening, an American F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government Su-22 bomber south of Tabqa, accusing the Syrian jet of having dropped bombs on Kurdish fighters in the town of Ja’Din.”  H/t Robert Wenzel for the photo.

The Syrian Civil War began in 2011, six years ago.

February 23, 2017:  Peace talks begin in Geneva.  Starting February 23, 2017 through to March 3, 2017, Syrian and its opposition forces held peace talks under the auspices of the UN.

The Geneva peace talks on Syria in 2017, also called the Geneva IV talks, were peace negotiations between the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition under the auspices of the United Nations. The talks took place between 23 February and 3 March 2017, trying to resolve the Syrian Civil War.[1]

The warring sides did not get to face-to-face negotiations, but for eight days no party walked away, while Russia talked with the parties separately.

Here is the real kicker.  Following peace talks where Assad sits down with the opposition forces, the U.S. comes out with a wildly exaggerated claim that Assad gases his own people.  Really?  So the leader of a sovereign nation, who spent weeks in talks toward resolution out of the blue gases his own people?

April 4, 2017:  U.S. claims Assad gassed his own people. Given the timing of the event, one month after the Geneva peace talks, does that really make sense?

April 7, 2017: The U.S., trying to make its lies stick, acts on its propaganda and launches 59 tomahawk missiles on Syria.  CNBC calls it a “proportional strike.”  Hmm.  59 missiles with most of them way off target.  Proportional, my green back.  It’s not just the Pentagon, the U.S. government, but then it’s also the media that is poised and ready to lie for the regime.

On April 7, 2017, U.S. President, Donald Trump, launched 59 missiles against Syria because he claimed to have evidence that Syria used chemical weapons–get this–against his own people.  How odd, particularly when the U.S. has all but assumed that all Americans are enemy combatants.  Yet we’re supposed to believe that some sovereign power in the middle east is doing exactly what the U.S. is doing to its own people?

Daniel McAdams questions fittlingly U.S.’s dubious claim

Would Syrian President Assad launch a chemical attack on civilians just as peace talks are about to be held and where government gains against ISIS and al-Qaeda rebels give him the upper hand? He would be literally committing suicide. Who benefits from the attack? Not Assad. But the rebels and the US neocons and the warmongers benefit a great deal. Are we about to be taken to war yet again based on lies? Tune in to today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

May 26, 2017:  US is killing more civilians in its air war in Syria than Assad is.

June 8, 2017: Assad walks freely to a Syrian market sans any security detail .

June 9, 2017:  U.S. forces using white phosphorous in Syria.  They’re violating their own rules of war.  White phosphorous is a chemical weapon!  The Pentagon is murderous, hypocritical, and soulless.

June 18, 2017:  The U.S. shoots down Syrian fighter jet.

There was a deconfliction deal.  Had you heard of it?

The US did not use its hotline with Russia ahead of the downing of the Syrian government warplane, said the ministry, which accused the US of a “deliberate failure to make good on its commitments” under the deconfliction deal.

June 19, 2017:  Russia denounces attack on Syrian jet as aggressive and withdraws its participation with the U.S. in its deconfliction deal.

I assembled the brief timeline above just to give yesterday’s downing of the Syrian jet some context.  So what are the claims?

WHAT HAPPENED?

The U.S. shot down a Syrian jet.  That Syrian pilot ejected and has been rescued.

WHY?

The Pentagon argued that because they are allied with the Kurds they were free to attack the Syrian plane under the concept of “collective self-defense,” and added that they “will not hesitate” to take further military action to defend the Kurds, or other partnered forces, from future threats.

Had no idea that the U.S. was in Syria to protect the Kurds.  That makes no sense at all.  I thought they were there in a coalition effort to shrink ISIS.

The Assad government claims it was in an area of an ISIS stronghold where they were trying to push them back.

The Syrian Army said their operation was part of an ongoing push into ISIS-held territory, and that they view the US attack as a “flagrant” attempt to undermine their anti-ISIS operations. They added that the pilot of the destroyed plane is still missing after the US attack.

RUSSIA’S REPLY

The ministry emphasized that Russian warplanes were on a mission in Syrian airspace during the US-led coalition’s attack on the Syrian Su-22, while the coalition failed to use the communication line to prevent an incident.

“The command of the coalition forces did not use the existing communication channel between the air commands of Al Udeid Airbase (in Qatar) and the Khmeimim Airbase to prevent incidents in Syrian airspace.

The ministry considers the move “a conscious failure to comply with the obligations under the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria,” and is thus halting cooperation with the US within the memorandum framework as of June 19, the statement concluded.

The Russian Ministry, in fact, declared that any American jet west of the Euphrates, meaning most of Syria, is a target, an enemy.

“All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets,” the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Find the Euphrates.

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A LITTLE CONTEXT
2001-2014: U.S. War in Afghanistan
2003: U.S. Invasion of Iraq.
2007:  General Wesley Clark: Attack 7 Countries and destroy their governments in 5 Years

2011:  U.S. Intervention in Libya, removed and murdered Muammar Gaddafi.  On behalf of France supposedly.  Eric Margolis wrote

France led the military intervention. Khadaffi’s son, Seif, had claimed that his father had helped finance French president Nicholas Sarkozy’s election. The vindictive Sarkozy intended to shut up the Khadaffis.

Timeline of U.S. military operations since 2000.

Given the inconsistencies in the U.S.’s position on the war, can any claim by the U.S. be believed?  They’ve got their sights on Iran.

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