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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On Wednesday, the Washington Post said US forces intend staying in Syria indefinitely.

“(E)xpanding its goals (is planned)…beyond routing the Islamic State to include a political settlement of the country’s civil war, a daunting and potentially open-ended commitment that could draw the United States into conflict with both Syria and Iran.”

Conflict in Syria is Obama’s war, escalated by Trump. There’s nothing civil about it, discussed in previous articles, along with explaining America came to Syria to stay.

It wants control over as much of its territory as possible, its presence flagrantly illegal, aiming to replace Assad with a pro-Western puppet, why Obama launched war in the first place.

Last summer, CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel said US forces will remain in Syria after the battle for Raqqa is over – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS Washington supports and stabilizing the region when it’s defeated.

Operation Inherent Resolve commander General Rupert Jones said Washington won’t let Syrian forces move north of the Euphrates River – in their own country, the area illegally occupied by US forces and their proxies.

CIA-connected WaPo likely has accurate information on Syria, gotten directly from the source of much mischief in the country.

“US officials say they are hoping to use the ongoing presence of American troops in northern Syria, in support of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to pressure Assad to make concessions at United Nations-brokered peace talks in Geneva,” said WaPo.

They’re set to resume after years of failure because Washington wants war and regime change, not peace.

Syrian and allied forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, foiled US hegemonic regional objectives, defeating them in Syria, failing to isolate Iran.

Moscow, Damascus and Tehran have leverage in Astana and Geneva peace talks, having liberated most Syrian territory from US-supported terrorists – not about to make concessions to Washington, harming their vital interests.

America’s presence in Syria has nothing to do with combating ISIS America created and supports. It’s about transforming Syria into a US vassal state.

Asked days earlier how long US forces intend staying in Syria, Defense Secretary Mattis said “(w)e’re not just going to walk away…We’re going to make sure we set the conditions for a diplomatic solution.”

They include replacing Assad with a US-controlled puppet – what Syria, Russia and Iran won’t tolerate.

Expect conflict to continue long after ISIS is smashed. Washington rejects peace and stability.

Endless wars serve its hegemonic agenda. The same goes for NATO, Israel, the Saudis and their rogue allies.

Resolving conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere regionally remain unattainable as long as Washington wants war, not peace.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.