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    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview. File photo

    Washington Wants 'Regime Change' in Syria 'by Hook or by Crook'

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    The American leadership wants to destroy Syria by any means possible but Russia's counterterrorism operation in the war-torn Arab country has forced Washington to support a non-military solution to the conflict, American geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser told PressTV.

    "The United States has been pushing for regime change since 2011 really by hook or by crook, using all means necessary," the expert asserted. "Ultimately, the United States wants [the] destruction of Syria as a state, wants the destruction of Syria as we know it and the removal of Assad as a fundamental part of that."

    ​Initially, Washington's plan involved using rebel groups, like Daesh and al-Nusra Front, to carry out a regime change in Syria. Russia's aerial campaign launched following a formal request from Damascus made this impossible.

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      Russian military aircraft at Syria's Hmeimim airfield
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      Russian tactical group seen at Hmeimim aerodrome in Syria
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      Russia deploys S-400 air defence missile system in Syria
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    Russian military aircraft at Syria's Hmeimim airfield

    "I think any serious political observer would agree that were it not for Russia's involvement in the conflict in Syria, the US would not even be willing to go to Vienna, would not be willing to really take part in a substantive political dialogue," Draitser noted.

    This is a welcoming development, which, the analyst expects, will bring at least "temporary peace" to Syria.

    Draitser warned that Washington's goals have fundamentally remained the same – the US wants Syria to be ruled by someone who is not a member of Assad's circle and they want the current president gone.

    "The United States has moved to a secondary option for regime change which is basically using the chaos and war in order to force a political dialogue in which the precondition is the removal of Assad or the so-called transition from Assad's rule," Draitser assumed.

    The analyst mentioned that Bashar al-Assad enjoys popular support in Syria, which could be the main reason why Washington does not want him to take part in the US-sponsored elections, expected to be held mid-2017. US policymakers are wary that the Syrian people could well vote for him.

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    • avatar
      In fact, the US wants Syria to be ruled by a person who will be a member of the US Puppet Society Inc. and they want the current president gone so they (the USA) can achieve two things:

      1) Control Syrian and Iraqi oil;
      2) Remove Russia from the Syrian port forever so there is no Russian influence in the ME.
    • Dirk Ramsey
      Of course the US will push their position of ousting elected leaders that do not follow the US. America will never admit that their policies failed.
    • avatar
      Assad should never step down, how dare the gangster US decide who should rule Syria, f*%k Obama, Cameron, and their Saudi, Gulf State Vassals,

      Long live Assad, long live Syria.
    • avatar
      The problem is simple. U.S , U.K, France , Germany , NATO want Syria as VASSAL.

      At the moment it runs very differently where Assad family is rich, and runs most of Syria's business. G&S etc want that coffer open for allies and NATO. They want the oil, BUT U.S have a hidden secret that is the desperation of the west. Leviathan Gas fields.
      They are deep inside the whole Syrian coast. reason, Israel refuse to give Golan's back, is trying to starve to death GAZAN'S and put Palestine inside Israel. To get the gas fields..
      Russia hit the plans,. They were ready to kill ASSAD and his entire family. Like Hussein and others before him. Then start bogus accusations and kangaroo trials to get all the wealth.

      This is not my invention or views. It comes from hundreds of reports. Financial and otherwise.

      FSA was created by U.S , U.K, France, Germany, E.U, NATO, and others. Terrorism was brought from S.A.
      There are videos where Mc Cain went and spoke with FSA. Some of the terrorists that Russia found that run FSA, were seen on the video.
      The officials and officers that secede from Syria, were PAID to do so, and offered good pay jobs. That's why they became traitors. There is an area run by FSA. Russia MUST liberate it. They can give up, or die fighting. No if or buts.
      There are areas held by gov where they have near no food. Russia MUST bring food FAST!!

      It's all about restoring U.S GLORY days.
    • avatar
      It is time that the BRICS along with Iran form a friendship treaty that will act against economic,military intervention. All like minded countries that appose USA and its vassal cahoots ideology shall join this treaty.
    • Drain the swamp
      These devils with "assad butcher,barrel bombs,must go" etc have fooled us, their real aim was to destroy Syria for eretz israel, yep its the synagogue of satan all right. But the Syrians themselves should have known better instead of siding with killerys al-qaeda storm troopers in 2011.
    • avatar
      Corporate America wants Regime Change not the American people. On-going war-farce on terror BIG business: www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_waronterror.htm
    • avatar
      Now the US is fighting for pride alone. The price of that pride? We already know, if we can count of the figures that Sputnik has been laying out there. And the evil is not done running through the EU neighborhoods. As I have been saying, there is a reason why the mastermind of all of this, Israel, is so silent. The issue with Palestine is just a smokescreen to let us know that someone is still moving around in that creepy house down the block. Stop blaming all the minions under their control, whether the US, Germany, UK and anyone else that has not been mentioned in front page news; know your enemy. There is nothing nubile about them. They want the Middle East, but they won't get it. Excuse me, but they will "get it" someday and there will be no place to hide from what is coming.
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      What Draitser is not telling us is why would US want to destroy Syria. What benefit does it bring for the US. Except the trillions of dollars the government has to borrow from FedRes print shop that Americans have to pay back on taxes for ever. Americans are still paying for Vietnam loans. Around three Trillion dollar annual federal taxes are automatically going to the FedRes to offset govnt loans since Vietnam.

      What US is being forced to do is implementing the Israeli "Oded Yinon Plan". OYP does not need north east of Syria, north to south half of Iraq. These are being prepared to make new Kurdistan and Shi'itestan communities (countries). That's why ISIS has been concentrationg on western Iraq. You think US is helping Kurds in northeast Syria and north Iraq because it feels sorry for them?

      ISIS stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (not Syria). Sham includes Syrian, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. Thus ISIS is almost same as Eretz Issrael. Not accidental.

      Read about Oded Yinon Plan here:

      Draitser is sharp but too young to suspect that we do not have state-based empires anymore. US is now the master blaster of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
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      Ivan Zadorozhny
      Even best laid plans go wrong sometimes.
    • avatar
      Dear President Assad, you must now use what precious time there is to recoup Syria as if Russia were never there by your side. Syria must not fall into the trap of overly depending on a foreign nation to sort out the mess that the West has created (and has been creating). Now is the time to make improvements to Syrian society, and maybe even shake up the government and look deep at what might be ailing it. Remember, they will always come after Syria, now and in the foreseeable future. Your problems do not stop here in the now. If you but become lax even for a while, you will lose valuable time. You unfortunately don't have many of that.

      Yes, Russia will always be there, but if Syria becomes strong, she will be more of an asset. And there will be another strong fighter in the field.
    • avatar
      The West needs to understand that at present when everything is going digital from analogue the foreign politics or the international politics also needs to undergo a radical transformation. If they are not prepared to abandon their post WWII tactics they will soon be running an old, outdated, and obsolete strategy. They ultimately do not understand the power of information exchange on various platforms that is taking place across the globe. In one way or another they are loosing the grip and will be incompatible soon. I cannot wait for that day!
    • Blackie
      Kick the US out of Europe.
      No to illegal regime change.
      Apologise and ask Russia for help to ged US out by hook or by crook.
      No trade with terrorist US, never.
    • avatar
      If it's America, bet on by crook - their hooks so far have failed. Crook is their eternal back-up plan
    • avatar
      Why the US crooks want popular Assad out of Syria? Read it all here :

    • vvj3080
      Regime change in the USA is necessary for world peace as Capitol Hill is synonymous with the 1% special interest group throughout the world . First of all the Al Saud house should be burnt down.
    • in reply tovvj3080(Show commentHide comment)
      It needs to be said that it must be "wholesale regime change" which means the electoral system; the currently "elected" senate & congress; all Pentagon brass; all CIA / NSA schemers.
      Then our world, as we know it, might work straightforwardly.
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