[News] Obama does Syriana
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Fri Aug 3 12:09:35 EDT 2012
*Obama does Syriana*
It took Reuters quite a while to be allowed to report that US President
Barack Obama had approved an intelligence finding  letting the
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) loose in its support for the
weaponized "rebels" fighting for regime change in Syria.
By now even fishermen in Fiji knew about this "secret" (not to mention
that everyone and his neighbor across Latin America knows a thing or two
about the CIA's regime change adventures). Reuters cautiously describes
the support as "circumscribed". That's code for "leading from behind".
Whenever the CIA wants to leak something it uses a faithful scribe, such
as David Ignatius from the Washington Post. Already on July 18 Ignatius
was reproducing his briefing,  according to which "the CIA has been
working with the Syrian opposition for several weeks under a non-lethal
directive ... Scores of Israeli intelligence officers are also operating
along Syria's border, though they are keeping a low profile."
How lovely. How low profile do you get along Syria's borders? An
Instagram surrounded by a bunch of grinning truck drivers?
As for the Mossad's "low profile", the spin in Tel Aviv is that Israel
is able to "control" the swarm of hardcore Wahhabis and Salafi-jihadis
now infesting Syria. Even if that is manifest nonsense, one juicy point
is clear; Israel is in bed with al-Qaeda-style Islamists.
What this means is that the Not Exactly Free Syrian Army (FSA), crammed
with Muslim Brotherhood diehards and infiltrated by Salafi-jihadis, is
following the agenda not only of their financiers and weaponizers - the
House of Saud and Qatar - but also Tel Aviv, alongside Washington and
its trademark poodles London and Paris. So this is not just a proxy war
- it's a multiple, concentric proxy war.
*Meet the triangle of death*
Tel Aviv's agenda is clear; a weakened Syrian government, an
overextended army in disarray, sectarian hatred all around and a
relentless slouching towards balkanization. The ultimate goal; not only
the Lebanonization, but the Somalization of Syria and environs.
Turkey's agenda remains incredibly murky - apart from the wishful
thinking of post-Assad Syria becoming a mild, civilized version of the
AKP reign in Ankara (it won't happen).
As reported by ATol for months now, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO) until a while ago was running a command and control center in
Iskenderun, in Hathay province. Recently, it was finally leaked to
Reuters the news of a joint Turkey-Qatar-Saudi Arabia "secret" base in
Adana, 100 kilometers from the Syrian border. Adana happens to be the
home of Incirlik, the immense NATO base. A local ATol source for weeks
has been reporting of frantic cargo movements at Incirlik.
It was Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Saud who
requested, in person, for the base to be set up, to Ankara's delight.
Ankara-Riyadh-Doha; talk about a triangle of death. Yet the spin from
Qatar is once again of the "leading from behind" variety. Turkey is
doing the military heavy lifting; the CIA is "hands off"; and Qatar is
just taking pictures like an innocent tourist (while directing
operations via its military intelligence). The heavy-duty guys are all
Obama has not authorized a drone war - yet - and the CIA may not be
weaponizing the "rebels"; that's the "triangle of death's" business. An
inflation of Russian rocket-propelled grenades bought in the black
market has been responsible for recent "rebel" surges in Damascus and
Aleppo. Now an inflation of shoulder-fired anti-tank missiles and
surface-to-air missiles is to be expected; NBC News has already reported
about a "gift" of nearly two dozen surface-to-air missiles to the FSA -
delivered via, where else, Turkey.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia are taking no prisoners. No one in Washington
seems to be looking back to post-jihad Afghanistan before making a
decision. By the way, this is the 1980s Afghan jihad all over again -
with Saudi Arabia and Qatar playing the role of Pakistan, the FSA as the
glorious mujahideen "freedom fighters" and Obama as Ronald Reagan; the
only element missing is Obama approving a "memorandum of notification"
to his initial intelligence finding, authorizing Washington to weaponize
the freedom fighters and introducing a swarm of drones.
Now that's the recipe for a certified 2013 Hollywood blockbuster.
Riyadh, for its part, is forcing Jordan's King Playstation to install a
buffer zone in his territory for the over 100 gangs that comprise the
FSA - as revealed by the Saudi-financed al-Quds al-Arabi. And guess who
was the henchman forcing the deal? No less than vanishing Saudi intel
chief Prince Bandar, who may or may not have been killed in a bomb
attack two weeks ago (see Where is Prince Bandar?
<http://atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/NH02Ak03.html>, Asia Times Online,
August 2, 2012).
*The Grim Reaper wins* It's worth repeating till the Grim Reaper comes
to collect; spectacular blowback looms large.
The prolonged siege of Aleppo is at hand. The NATO-Gulf Cooperation
Council "secret base" in Turkey, plus free-for-all weaponizing, are
empowering an extremely nasty mix of unemployed, semi-illiterate young
Sunni Syrians, sectarian born to kill army defectors, assorted criminals
and multinational Salafi-jihadis. This video  shows everything one
needs to know about the FSA. And this  shows what kind of "democracy"
they are aiming for.
Saudi Wahhabis want a hardcore Sunni Islamist Syria - complete with
Christians, Allawites, Druzes and Kurds as third-rate citizens (or prime
candidates for beheading). Qataris want a Muslim Brotherhood protectorate.
The Obama administration's foreign policy makers must be on (lousy)
crack. Just because they are engaged on an all-out war against not only
Iran, but also Shi'ites all around, how could they possibly bet on a
Somalization of Syria profiting Wahhabi intolerance? A grinning Grim
Reaper awaits in the wings.
1. Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret US support for Syrian rebels
Reuters, August 1, 2012
2.Looking for a Syrian endgame
Washington Post, July 19, 2012
3. See here <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pjk1sYEjuU&feature=share>.
4. Free Syrian Army issues military-led transition plan, AFP, July 30, 2012
/*Pepe Escobar* is the author of/ Globalistan: How the Globalized World
is Dissolving into Liquid War
(Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during
His most recent book is Obama does Globalistan
(Nimble Books, 2009).
/He may be reached at/ pepeasia at yahoo.com
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