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Sun May 18, 2014, 07:35 AM

US Doubles Down on Failed Military Strategy in Syria

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/16-2



Phyllis Bennis: 'The US says over and over that there is no military solution in Syria, yet their whole strategy is to strengthen the armed opposition.'

US Doubles Down on Failed Military Strategy in Syria
- Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Published on Friday, May 16, 2014 by Common Dreams

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vowed on Thursday to step-up U.S. backing of armed opponents of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad as part of an 11-nation "redoubled" effort that critics warn will bring further military escalation to the war-torn country.

"The U.S. says over and over that there is no military solution in Syria, yet their whole strategy is to strengthen the armed opposition rather than the unarmed opposition," said Phyllis Bennis, senior fellow at Institute for Policy Studies, in an interview with Common Dreams. "The way to do that would be to move with Russia to demand an immediate ceasefire, immediate arms embargo on both sides, and immediate return to negotiations."

Kerry made the comments to reporters at a Friends of Syria meeting in London, attended by representatives of the "London 11" nations backing armed opposition to Assad: the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt. Ahmad Jarba, president of the Syrian National Coalition, also participated in the meeting.

Kerry said that the nations present agreed to "redouble our efforts, all of us, in support of the moderate opposition." His statement echoed a communiqué released Thursday by the London 11 countries, which states, "We have agreed unanimously to take further steps together, through a coordinated strategy, to: increase our support for the moderate opposition National Coalition, its Supreme Military Council and associated moderate armed groups."

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Sun May 18, 2014, 07:41 AM

1. The U.S. wants president Al-Assad out.

They will back anyone who can accomplish this.

They will arm anyone who can accomplish this.

They do not care how many people suffer and die.

The U.S. is famous for arming our future "enemies".

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Sun May 18, 2014, 07:47 AM

2. I've said it before and its worth repeating.

The goal of the syria strategy is a means of dealing with the most militant, troublesome, unemployed "surplus" populations of the gulf, jordan and beyond. The most motivated have their energies directed against assad as opposed to the regimes where they live.

It's well known that Saudi's have emptied their prisons, by sending them to Syria, these fighters are not meant to survive their trip to Syria. They are to fight there and not come home. It's convenient monarchs of Jordan, Saudi, Bahrain, etc.

The fighters are given minimal training. They are poorly equipped and sent to fight a battle tested real army head on. Picture a man with a rifle fighting a tank. The tactics bear this out. Rather than engage in guerrilla warfare, these poor saps are ordered to hold ground in the face of air attacks and armored tanks. They are lightly armed with no helmets, flack vests etc. They are given a rifle, a ammo carrier, a baseball hat and orders to go into battle and hold ground in the face of overwhelming firepower.

One unit went into battle all outfitted in bright yellow t-shirts. The consequences are deadly for these very motivated jihadists.


The Dead Mohammad Idris Commander of Yellow Shirt FSA Brigade

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