House Admits Defeat in Syria
July 21, 2017 "Information
- President Trump's announcement this week to
end the CIA's covert arming of militants in
Syria is an admission of defeat. The US has lost
its six-year war for regime change in the Arab
country. It's time to wrap it up.
not over yet, of course. It remains to be seen
if Trump's decision can in fact be implemented.
Can the CIA be reined in to obey orders? Will
the US be able to stop regional client regimes,
like Saudi Arabia, from stepping up their covert
supply of American weapons to the militants in
Also, Trump's decision does not mean the US and
its allies will withdraw ground and air forces
from Syria, where they are illegally operating
in violation of international law.
Nevertheless, the American president's
of the CIA's role in fueling the insurgency
in Syria should be seen as a welcome move. It is
the right thing to do, and a brave one also
because of the anti-Russia flak he is bound
to receive for taking the decision. It would
have been politically expedient for Trump
to have not pulled the plug on the CIA in Syria.
But by doing so, he is bound to compound the
anti-Russia hysteria gripping Washington and
large sections of the media accusing him
of being a "Kremlin stooge".
rational person would have to agree that the
best way to end the violence in Syria is
for foreign countries to halt pouring weapons
into the country. Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad has long maintained this logical
position: if nations want Syria's bloodshed
to stop, as they claim, then they should stop
supplying arms and cut out sponsoring militant
own admission, the US has been funneling weapons
into Syria since at least 2013, according
to media reports, and probably before that date
right back to the beginning of the war in March
2011. Not only the US but its NATO partners,
Britain, France and Turkey, as well as regional
allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel. This is
an admission of a criminal conspiracy
to destabilize a sovereign country by supporting
illegally armed anti-government militant groups.
It matters little whether these groups are
arbitrarily designated "moderate rebels". They
are illegally armed.
Syrian death toll of up to 400,000 over six
years of war, millions of refugees and a
culturally rich country driven to the brink
of destruction, it is blindingly obvious that
Trump made the right call to at least partially
reduce the flow of weapons, by ending the CIA
program. It is well past time to bring the
US-led criminal assault on Syria to an end.
call was also a brave one because the US media
immediately and predictably depicted the move
as a "concession to Russia". With the US
president already being assailed with endless
accusations of "colluding" with Russia
in winning the election to the White House last
year, his decision to leash the dogs of war
in Syria this week only lends more grist to the
Russophobia rumor mill.
The Washington Post
news with: "Trump ends covert CIA program to arm
anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought
other US media outlets followed suit, making
snide comments that the move "will please the
Kremlin" and that Trump was "appeasing Putin"
by closing down the CIA covert operations
American corporate media persist with the myth
that the CIA has been backing "moderate rebels".
When in reality, the "moderate rebels" and the
"terrorist jihadists" are one and the same
motley army of mercenaries. Mercenaries who have
barbarized the Syrian people with sickening
massacres, under the tutelage of the CIA and
other foreign military services.
contorted logic, US media spin that Trump's
shuttering of the CIA program to train "moderate
rebels" in Syria may now strengthen the hand of
president is accused of capitulating to Putin
on Syria. There are mutterings in the US media
suggesting that this is what Trump talked
about with Putin during their meetings
in Hamburg at the G20 summit earlier this month.
Especially, during the so-called "secret
meeting" in front of 18 other heads of state
while at dinner.
the incorrigible lying US media don't get is
that American involvement in Syria has been a
criminal enterprise from the get-go,
constituting a monumental crime against peace
and humanity. The US-sponsored terrorism
in Syria has gone on for far too long. No amount
of sanitizing by the media can alter that brutal
Russia's principled decision at the end of 2015
to intervene in Syria, in accordance
with international law, that began to bring the
criminal conspiracy to an end. Two years on, the
Syrian state is beginning to get the upper-hand
over the foreign-backed militant groups that
have ravaged the country. Russia's military
support has been vital to that impending
shuttering of the [CIA] program is also an
acknowledgment of Washington's limited leverage
and desire to remove Assad from power," noted
the Washington Post.
words, begrudgingly, the US war for regime
change in Syria is being acknowledged as a
defeat. And it is Russia that ensured that
Washington Post quotes one US official as saying
more openly: "It is a momentous decision. Putin
won in Syria."
than coming clean and admitting that the US has
been engaged in a sordid, criminal war on Syria
which it has finally lost, the American media
are now spinning Trump's ending of CIA
operations as a "concession" to Russia.
his flaws, and there are many, at least Donald
Trump knows when to admit that the US war
in Syria is a loser. And despite the carping
Russophobia trying to box him in, Trump appears
ready to take the right decision to bring this
criminal American war to an end.
Cunningham has written extensively on
international affairs, with articles published
in several languages. He is a Masterís graduate
in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a
scientific editor for the Royal Society of
Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a
career in newspaper journalism. He is also a
musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he
worked as an editor and writer in major news
media organisations, including The Mirror, Irish
Times and Independent.
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