— The Erimtan Angle —

Now that the sponsored insurrection has been officially termed a civil war by the UN, and attention has shifted to Egypt’s constitutional coup and Greece’s electoral decision regarding the Euro and the Eurozone, I would like to publicise an item posted on RT’s website some days ago: ‘Officials with the US Department of Defense have confirmed that the Pentagon has finalized procedures that outline how American forces could soon combat the government of war-torn Syria and officially involve itself in that state’s bloody uprising. After months of rumors suggesting that the US has unofficially made efforts to weaponize rebel forces fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, officials with the Defense Department tell CNN that the Pentagon has finished drafting blueprints that lay-out just how the US military could aid in ousting the leader with America’s own troops. In their report, CNN cites Defense Department officials speaking on condition of anonymity; in a separate sit-down however, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey confirms to the outlet that intensifying violence overseas in recent months has prompted the Pentagon to expedite establishing a role for US forces’.[1]

At the end of February, CNN’s Barbara Starr reported on the CNN blog Security Clearance that the “Pentagon has drawn up “detailed plans” developed to carry out military action against the Syrian regime, if ordered by President Obama, according to a senior U.S. official. The crucial progress in military planning comes after several weeks of initial analysis by the Pentagon of what the official says are a “full range of options.” The detailed plans for each option include more precise concepts of how a variety of operations could be carried out, as well as estimates of the numbers of personnel, types of units and military equipment and weapons that could potentially be needed. The planning behind the scenes comes as the United States continues to pursue diplomatic and political solutions, including trying to pressure Syria’s President Basher al-Assad to step aside. Pentagon officials across the board say the use of U.S. troops remains highly problematic in any scenario as long as the violence continues unchecked. But the phrase ‘full range of options’ means just that, all scenarios are being thought through”.[2]  President Obama has Terror Tuesday meetings when he decides whom to kill or let live,[3] and now it turns out, he is one step away from signing a Presidential Finding authorizing covert or over action in Syria.

(13 February 2012)

‘A shocking email leaked as part of the Wikileaks Stratfor data dump reveals that the Pentagon is planning to direct terror attacks and assassinations inside Syria in a bid to topple President President Bashar al-Assad. The email, written by Reva Bhalla, Stratfor’s Director of Analysis, contains details of a [2011,] December 6 Pentagon meeting attended by members of the USAF strategic studies group along with four military officers at the Lieutenant Colonel level, “including one French and one British representative.” Bhalla was told by the military officials that, despite official claims to the contrary, foreign troops from NATO powers were already on the ground in Syria. “After a couple hours of talking, they said without saying that SOF teams (presumably from US, UK, France, Jordan, Turkey) are already on the ground focused on recce [reconnaissance] missions and training opposition forces,” states the email. Bhalla goes on to describe how the mission of the undercover commandoes is hypothetically to “commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces [Assad’s support base], elicit collapse from within.” In other words, the Pentagon, along with other NATO powers, have already directed Special Forces troops stationed inside Syria to carry out terrorist attacks and assassinations in an effort to topple President President Bashar al-Assad. The email states that such actions should be ready within a 2-3 month time period. Bhalla describes how a destabilization campaign was favorable to air strikes because unlike Libya, “Syrian air defenses are a lot more robust and are much denser.” Some would argue that far from merely planning such attacks, the United States and other NATO powers are already using the Al-Qaeda- affiliated terrorists airlifted out of Libya into Syria to do the job for them. These terrorists have been blamed for bloody attacks that have killed both Syrian regime officials and innocent civilians, including a bombing last month in Syria’s second city of Aleppo which killed 28 people’.[4]

The senior U.S.official quoted by Starr explains that “There are lots of ideas floating around. But all of them require heavy lifting. People are teeing up options. We want to understand what is the art of the possible”.[5]  Do we need to understand the recent massacres at Houla and Qubair as ways to force the hand of chance in an effort to master the “art of the possible”???  Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey remarked significantly that the violence in Syria “gives us all pause that have been in Iraq and seen how these issues become sectarian and then they become civil wars and then they become very difficult to resolve. There is a sense that if the sectarian violence in Syria grows, it could be worse than what we saw in Iraq”.[6]  Dempsey’s words seem to indicate that inAmerica theVietnam syndrome has now been replaced by theIraq syndrome . . . one of the lasting legacies that George W. Bush has bequeathed theUnited States, and one of the possible reasons why theU.S. might be more than a tad unwilling to commit American boots on the Syrian ground.

[1] “Pentagon finishes contingency plans for Syria invasion” RT (15 June 2012). http://rt.com/usa/news/pentagon-syria-us-forces-923/.

[2] Barbara Starr, “Pentagon has “detailed plans” on Syria options” Security Clearance (28 February 2012). http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/28/pentagon-has-detailed-plans-on-syria-options/.

[3] “The White House Kill List” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (02 June 2012). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/the-white-house-kill-list/.

[4] Paul Joseph Watson, “US is preparing to “commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns” to topple Assad.” InfoWars (11 March 2012). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVnv7r1yar8.

[5] Barbara Starr, “Pentagon has “detailed plans” onSyria options”.

[6] “Pentagon finishes contingency plans forSyria invasion”.


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