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    Does Kerry's 'Plan B' on Syria Originate From 2008 Secret US-Saudi Plan?

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    What lies beneath US Secretary of State John Kerry's intriguing "Plan B" and why do American war hawks insist that the Syrian ceasefire agreement is destined to fail? It seems that the US President is about to set off a chain of events that will literally blow up the Middle East, F. William Engdahl warns.

    The ink had barely dried on the Syrian ceasefire agreement, when John Kerry announced that the Obama administration has a "Plan B" should the Syrian ceasefire and political transition fail.

    "There is a significant discussion taking place now about a Plan B in the event that we do not succeed at the [negotiating] table," Kerry told journalists before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

    Although Kerry did not clarify to journalists what specific options Washington is discussing, in his previous comments the US Secretary of State hinted at the possibility of the division of Syria if the political transition does not happen within next few months.

    It is hardly surprising that Plan B has finally emerged. In fact, Syria's "splitting up" has been mulled by Washington geostrategists and their Mideast allies since 2008. To be more precise, at that time a covert plan had been developed by then US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman.

    "In 2008, Feltman authored a secret plan with former Saudi Ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, nicknamed 'Bandar Bush' by George W. Bush for his intimate ties to the Bush family. That Feltman-Bandar Plan was revealed in internal documents hacked in 2011 from the thousands of files of Stratfor, the murky US 'strategic intelligence' consultancy to the Department of Defense and military industry," American researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl narrates in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

    Engdahl points out that the Feltman-Bandar plan called for dividing Syria into different ethnic and sectarian groups, in particular Alawite, Sunni, Shiite, Kurd, Christian, as well as dividing the state into three zones — big cities, small cities and villages.

    "Then the US and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and selected allies would begin covert training and recruiting of five levels or networks of actors, controlled by the CIA and Saudi intelligence, which Bandar later headed, to execute the destruction or national dismemberment of Syria," the risk strategic consultant continues.

    Citing sources with knowledge on the matter, Engdahl elaborates that that the aim of the 2008 Feltman-Bandar plan was to "bring Syria back to the 'stone age'."

    US President George W. Bush (L) meets with Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the US Prince Bandar bin Sultan at the Bush Ranch 27 August 2002 in Crawford, Texas. (File)
    US President George W. Bush (L) meets with Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the US Prince Bandar bin Sultan at the Bush Ranch 27 August 2002 in Crawford, Texas. (File)

    Interestingly enough, Feltman is still playing an active role in the Mideast affairs: being the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs the US politician currently oversees the UN's diplomatic efforts aimed at preventing and mitigating conflicts worldwide, in particular, the ongoing Syrian crisis.

    "And now, as UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman cannot be expected, like the proverbial leopard, to have changed his spots," the researcher remarks.

    To complicate matters further, President Obama's top military advisers are making every effort to increase pressure on Moscow, including covert military assistance for some rebel groups, Adam Entous of The Wall Street Journal noted.

    "Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan have voiced increasingly tough views in White House meetings, calling for new measures to 'inflict real pain on the Russians'," the journalist underscored, citing an unnamed senior administration official.

    Indeed, US war hawks are paving the way for "Plan B."

    In this context F. William Engdahl's concerns look completely justified.

    Washington's elusive "moderate rebels" can become the apple of discord: while Daesh and al-Qaeda's affiliate al-Nusra have already been designated as terrorists, there are still a lot of al-Qaeda-linked groups and Daesh sympathizers not on the UN list.

    "Now, with perfect orchestration by Washington, their UN man, Feltman, Prince Salman and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, the fuse is about to be lit on what is shaping up to be one of the most dramatic instances of 'national dismemberment' since 1939," Engdahl warns.

    According to Syrian presidential aide Bouthaina Shaaban, Syrians will never accept the partition of their country.

    "We have suffered for five years, the territorial integrity of Syria is dear to every person. This is what we want to keep. And the Security Council Resolution 2254 insists on the territorial integrity and unity of Syria… The Syrian people will never accept the partition of the country," Shaaban said at an experts meeting of the Valdai club in Moscow.


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      Sometimes I really think Engdahl works for the dark side. He pumps up this image of the US as some monster never to be defeated.
    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      My feeling has been that the US, who are furious over Russia/Assad minimising their involvement, will split the headchopping rebels (FSA etc) into two camps. One as the 'passive' political arm, and the other as the rebellious militant arm - similar to the IRA and Sinn Fein.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      This would have been Russia's fate had not people like Mr. Putin stepped forward. Syria is being spared, and if it hadn't been for people like Mr. Putin stepping forward, Syria wouldn't be here right now.
    • sophm0e38
      The US doesn't understand that Britain and France tried colonialism and it doesn't work because of human nature. Russia must not get drawn into the US narrative of imperialism, it's up to the Syrian people as Russia has stated.

      Watching an RT documentary on Africoms and the new division of Africa it's striking that the US can no longer exist, in its current form, if there is peace and stability.
    • Ann in reply todvdgrg09(Show commentHide comment)
      dvdgrg09, Yeah, this idea of allowing the west to "save face" isn't working out very well, because the west sees it as a chance to exploit Russian kindness, for weakness. I guess the only way to stop this is to allow the west to dangle on the end of a rope, until it's eyes pop out.
    • Ann
      ivanwa88, Agreed. Here's another one:

      U.S. may formally accuse ISIS of genocide Secretary of State John Kerry is part of an intense behind-the-scenes debate over the label.Potential military consequences

    • Ann in reply tosophm0e38(Show commentHide comment)
      sophm0e38, Then "Let There Be Peace"
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      Engdahl might be a 'strategic risk consultant' (whatever that is, but he consistently only offers one side of an issue. In this case he presents his analysis as if all results hinged only on the actions of the US and its ME vassal states - as if only their actions mattered. The fact is there is more than one party involved in the Syrian conflict - the major others being Russia, Syria, Hezbollah, Iran and Iraq. Engdahl entirely ignores these players in his analysis, as if once the all-powerful CIA made up its mind to act, no other result but theirs could be possible. Russia, Syria and their allies will prove him mistaken.
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      Lindain reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, The fact is that US-Nato and western media is the biggest crime syndicate in history. Only sheeple or trolls like you dont understand that fact
    • avatar
      If that plan B becomes reality, this would mean a proxy war between some Sunni states, Israel against Syria AND Russia! And that would probably trigger nuclear WW3 if Russia would not withdraw from Syria.
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      cmat.wolfgangin reply tocmat.wolfgang(Show commentHide comment)
      forgot Iran on the side of Syrian troups.
    • avatar
      US - Unlimited Savagery never stops !

      But I sense with Putin the Yanks are at their Waterloo ?
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      megargyin reply toIvan Buckeye(Show commentHide comment)
      Ivan Buckeye, 100% spot on & many Russians don't have a clue about the US plan to split Russia into 40 countries that started under Yeltsin.
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      A Jew in New York by the name Theodore Kaufman wrote a book in1941 with the title “Germany Must Perish”. In the book a new map of Europe was presented without Germany. Later, Jew Morgenthau-plan of German extermination and Kaufman proposal were the core of the allied forces vicious attack on civilians: out of 17 million deaths, 12 millions of them took place after the war had ended; with 20 million Germans chased out of their homes and over 5 million women raped and left for dead in enemy territories.

      A Jew by the name Samuel Huntington wrote a book in 1996 titled “Clash of Civilizations”. The focal point of the diatribe was to tear apart middle east, with a new map in it. All NATO generals must have a copy of it in their drawers. The same year, PNAC Jews took a plan to Clinton to invade Iraq; he kept refusing until 911 was put together for the next president. What they are doing to Afghans, Yemenis, Iraqis, Libyans, and Syrians is no different from what they did to Germans, with the eerie difference that Russia is in the other camp now.

      By the name Jeffery Feltman, you should read a lot into it.
    • avatar
      The Russians are not stupid they no how two faced the USA is and will turn this to their advantage as we have already seen in past instances.
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      dvdgrg09in reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, in truth there are other ways, but that would be one figurative way I suppose.
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      Thinking of it, why were there two American flags at the meeting in Vienna? Ok.......one for the White House and one for the Congress. So like .......there must be plan B too as it seems the Secretary of State has two different working places. So the most suitable name would be: the divided States of America. Quite an accomplishment ! www.uk.diplo.de/Vertretung/unitedkingdom/en/__pr/Latest__News/11/Syria-Talks.html
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      plan B? jus tbomb them kill them all,,,,wht are those S400 for
    • avatar
      Devide and conquer is in principle method to CONQUER the World - let alone Syria.
    • avatar
      Instead the partition of the US, UK, Saudi and Turkey is necessary for world peace.
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