Wednesday, October 10, 2012

US Troops In Lebanon, Possible Regional War Igniting

The US admits their presence in Jordan -
The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict.

The task force, which has been led by a senior American officer, is based at a Jordanian military training center built into an old rock quarry north of Amman. It is now largely focused on helping Jordanians handle the estimated 180,000 Syrian refugees who have crossed the border and are severely straining the country’s resources.
Yeah, refugee help. I'm sure. This ignores the fact that the troops have been there for close to a year -
Whistleblower activist Sibel Edmonds reported on Sunday that “foreign military groups, estimated at hundreds of individuals,” have taken up positions in the city of al-Mafraq in northern Jordan on the Syrian border.

An update on Edmonds’ blog, Boiling Frogs, states that a “journalist with a major mainstream media publication was told by his editors that there would be no coverage or follow up on these developments.”

The presence of foreign troops were also reported by a Jordanian military officer who asked to remain anonymous. He said hundreds of soldiers who speak languages ​other than Arabic were seen during the past two days (as of Sunday) moving back and forth in military vehicles between the King Hussein Air Base in al-Mafraq, ten kilometers from the Syrian border, and the vicinity of Jordanian villages near the Syrian border, including Albaej, the area around the dam of Sarhan, the villages of Zubaydiah and al-Nahdah adjacent to the Syrian border.
 Of course Mitt Romney weighs in on the Syria situation and promptly stick his head in his posterior -
Mitt Romney called Monday for a change of course in America's Middle East policy, accusing President Obama of sitting on the sidelines in the face of a "profound upheaval" across the region. The Republican nominee pledged that, if elected, he would prosecute a far more engaged foreign policy, including helping to arm the opposition in Syria's bloody civil war.
Oh, you mean this opposition Mitt?
In an interview with BBC News (watch video), Clinton states, “We have a very dangerous set of actors in the region, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and those who are on our terrorist list, to be sure, supporting – claiming to support the opposition [in Syria].”

Clinton’s admission that Al-Qaeda is supporting the armed insurrection in Syria dovetails with reports that the same Al-Qaeda terrorists who helped overthrow Colonel Gaddafi in Libya were airlifted into Syria by NATO forces.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri’s has also publicly expressed support for Syrian rebel forces.
Wait, I thought our proper Pavlovian response was Al-Quaeda bad? (Or is it?) Denninger gives the proper response to this sheer insanity -
Arm the Syrian rebels?  Does this guy bother paying attention to what the rebels are doing with the weapons they already have?  Some of them are being aimed across the border into Turkey.

What purpose does that have?  Well, inciting a war with Turkey works real well when you're trying to depose an existing regime.  But the first time one of those shells falls into Turkey and fails to explode, and the other side finds "Made in USA" on the side, we suddenly have a problem when we're openly arming the guys doing the shooting!
So to sum up our foreign policy should be that we should publicly arm the individuals that we have declared mortal enemies and spent trillions of GDP and the last decade exterminating? Yes, yes Republicans, you just keep on calling the "Paulbots" idiotic when it comes to foreign policy.

Just to rub it in a step further, lets review this gem from June 2011, before the Syrian situation even got going. (With verification added in red)
 'We might invade Syria and the local powers might try and stop us. So we have to deploy enough force to repel them.' How did we get to this point? Easy -
  • A target is identified, in this case Syria. (The Arab Spring starts in earnest)
  • The media runs cover for the political class covering the latest "injustices" occurring in someone else's country. (Forget the accuracy of such reports, we must do something.) (Poor candidates for the US Presidential election, 2 US credit downgrades..)
  • This reporting founds the moral basis and justification for eventual intervention. (March 2012 - Kofi Annan peace plan for Syria )
  • Money is funneled through foreign aid programs ostensibly designed to help the "poor". This money is generally confiscated by the "bad guys" via arms or fraud. (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey provide arms and logistical support to the rebels)
  • This action provides further fuel for the media's reporting. (Feb 2012 -Arm the rebels! Apr 2012 - Refugees!)
  • Private organizations and mercenaries are hired to cause problems in the target country. (Nov 2011 - Libyan Al-Quaeda flown in, Debka)
  • The media portrays this as "freedom fighters" desperately trying to win their liberty. (Mar 2012 - Saudi Arabia claims the rebels have a 'right' to take up arms against the government)
  • The target country tries to exert their laws via force to prevent the coup of their government. (Libya is a recent example) (April 2012 - Assad is escalating)
  • Some "horrific" event takes place which justifies the rationale for a military invasion. This is generally staged or exaggerated. (Think incubator babies in Iraq.) (May 2012 - Houla 'massacre', Homs)
  • Eventually the public somewhat rallies behind the idea of fixing the situation in the target country.
  • As part of the final settlement with the rebels, a central bank is installed.(Future event - Note, not a national central bank, but an international one. Future groundwork is being set)
If you can grasp this, you can understand the bulk of events in human history as the same script is relentlessly recycled to justify yet another tyrannical move.
Update: As if Turkey wasn't enough, look at that, the rebels now want to attack Lebanon too. How convenient!
Leaders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have announced that they captured 13 suspected members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia around the Syrian city of Homs, and threatened to launch full scale attacks against the Lebanese capital city of Beirut if Hezbollah doesn’t withdraw entirely from the region.

The FSA statement said that Hezbollah is “deeply involved” in the ongoing civil war, and suggested that it was up to the field commanders whether to keep the captives or just execute them.

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