Christof Lehmann – Major Regional Military Campaign against Syria in August – September
The USA, along with anti-Syrian allies, is preparing a major military campaign against Syria in August – September 2013. The United States has officially begun arming predominantly foreign insurgents. US Special Forces are training insurgents in Jordan for the coming campaign. Meanwhile, the international opposition against the arming of the insurgents and the covert war on Syria becomes more vocal.
On 26 June, the Wall Street Journal reported, that the United States´Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, has begun transferring weapons to predominantly foreign, anti-Syrian insurgents in Jordan.
A Palestinian nsnbc correspondent in Jordan reported, that the additional 300 US Special Forces, which have remained in Jordan after a regional military exercise a month ago, who are stationed in and near the Jordanian city al-Mafraq, are involved in training foreign insurgents, including insurgents with ties to al-Qaeda associated organizations, in special operations.
So far, all signals are set for a major military assault on Syria in August and September, and the Geneva 2 conference remains an elusive goal. Willingness, from the side of the US Administration, to work with Russia and other partners toward the Geneva 2 conference, is by many analysts perceived as stall tactic, while military preparations continue and intensify, and the “Syria Crisis” is evolving into a regional war.
USA har problem att flytta all den enorma mängd militärmaterial man har i Afghanistan ut ur landet, de behöver hjälp med detta av bl.a. Ryssland och Iran. Kan det vara en hållhake dessa länder kan utnyttja angående Syrien, om ni lämnar Syrien hjälper vi er ur Afghanistan? Men sen är det just det som Narwani avslutar med som gör att man har svårt att tro på en anständig upplösning, västs mäktiga väktarråd, de ljusskygga finansayatollorna består av bortskämda vaneförbrytare som är vana att få sin vilja igenom och för vilka det inte tycks finnas någon gräns för vilka metoder man är beredda att ta till.
Sharmine Narwani – The US’s Afghanistan Exit May Depend on a Syrian One
Washington’s options in Syria are dwindling – and dwindling fast. Trumped up chemical weapons charges against the Syrian government this month failed to produce evidence to convince a skeptical global community of any direct linkage. And the US’s follow-up pledge to arm rebels served only to immediately underline the difficulty of such a task, given the fungibility of weapons-flow among increasingly extremist militias.
There are around 750,000 major pieces of American military hardware costing approximately $36 billion sitting in Afghanistan right now. The cost of transporting this equipment out of the country is somewhere close to the $7 billion mark. It would be easier to destroy this stuff than removing it, but given tightening US budgets and lousy economic prospects, this hardware is unlikely to be replaced if lost.
Getting all this equipment into Afghanistan over the past decade was a lot easier than getting it out will be. For starters, much of it came via Pakistani corridors – before Americans began droning the hell out of that country and creating dangerous pockets of insurgents now blocking exit routes.
While it is obvious to all that the combined weight of Russia, Iran and China could tip that balance in favor of an expeditious American exit, what would motivate any of these three – who have all recently been at the receiving end of vicious US political and economic machinations – to help?
A grand bargain over Syria would surely be a sweetener: you and your allies exit Syria, we’ll help you exit Afghanistan.
The problem with Washington though, is that it never fails to botch up an opportunity – always striving for that one last impossible power-play which it thinks will help it gain dominance over a situation, a country, an enemy.
There remains the concern that the US’s oft-repeated Al Qaeda mantra – “disrupt, dismantle, defeat” – will prove to be its one-stop solution for every problem.
And that is the exception to my premise about a Syrian exit. That US spoilers who cannot accept even the perception of vulnerability – let alone an outright defeat – may instead choose to catapult the entire Mideast into a region-wide war for the sake of avoiding a painful compromise.
Press TV – Brzezinski: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, their western allies orchestrated Syria crisis
The former US national security adviser says the ongoing crisis in Syria has been orchestrated by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and their western allies.
“In late 2011 there are outbreaks in Syria produced by a drought and abetted by two well-known autocracies in the Middle East: Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” Zbigniew Brzezinski said in an interview with The National Interest on June 24.
He added that US President Barack Obama also supported the unrest in Syria and suddenly announced that President Bashar al-Assad “has to go — without, apparently, any real preparation for making that happen.”
Brzezinski also warned again any US-led military intervention in Syria or arming the militants fighting government forces there.
“I’m afraid that we’re headed toward an ineffective American intervention, which is even worse. There are circumstances in which intervention is not the best but also not the worst of all outcomes. But what you are talking about means increasing our aid to the least effective of the forces opposing Assad. So at best, it’s simply damaging to our credibility. At worst, it hastens the victory of groups that are much more hostile to us than Assad ever was. I still do not understand why — and that refers to my first answer — why we concluded somewhere back in 2011 or 2012 — an election year, incidentally that Assad should go.”
inserbia.info – Russia accused Saudi Arabia of “arming international terrorists in Syria”