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WaPo Promotes Endless Illegal US Occupation of Syria

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

Syria is a sovereign independent state threatening no others.

Yet in March 2011, the Obama administration launched naked aggression on the country, using ISIS and other terrorists as imperial foot soldiers – US-led terror-bombing begun in September 2014.

America’s presence in Syria is flagrantly illegal, notably its occupation of northern and southern areas – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS Washington created and supports.

On Sunday, neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post editors called for endless US occupation, leaving Syria a “bad idea,” they claimed – ignoring Washington’s war of aggression, its rape and destruction of the country, its responsibility for hundreds of thousands of deaths and the gravest refugee crisis since WW II.

Trump’s shoot-from-the-hip/off-the-cuff comment about “coming out of Syria very soon” was polar opposite Defense Secretary James Mattis saying US forces are staying – falsely claiming it’s “to make sure we set the conditions for a diplomatic solution” Washington rejects.

Endless war continues for regime change, why conflict resolution remains unattainable.

WaPo: “(T)he president’s words will surely encourage Russian and Iranian hopes of driving the United States out of the country, so they can entrench their military bases and political influence.”

“That would pose a major threat to Israel and severely damage US standing throughout the Middle East.”

Fact: Washington came to Syria to stay, endless US occupation continuing in Afghanistan and Iraq as well, maybe Yemen, and escalated involvement in Libya.

Fact: Russia, Iran and Hezbollah support Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity – Moscow in the lead, going all-out for conflict resolution, unattainable because Washington wants war.

Russia and Iran are allied in trying to restore peace and stability to the country, not entrenching their military positions – a US aim, not theirs.

Hezbollah is mainly concerned about preventing conflict spilling cross-border into Lebanon.

WaPo supports all US wars of aggression. So do other media scoundrels – backing what demands condemnation.

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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.