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    Learning From Russia: Why Washington Gets It All Wrong About Syria

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    Have Washington's policymakers learnt anything from Russia's successful military operation in Syria? It seems that they have got it all wrong, independent journalist Martin Berger notes.

    Western media are at pains to find out why Russia succeeded in fighting against Daesh, while the US-led coalition largely failed to accomplish this task.

    "As the situation on the ground keeps changing against the radical militants that invaded Syria, Syrian troops along with Russian airpower have managed to deliver a crushing blow against them, particularly the so-called 'Islamic State' [Daesh]. Western media sources are desperately attempting to explain why Russia succeeded against ISIS [Daesh] where the US-led coalition failed," freelance journalist and geopolitical analyst Martin Berger remarks in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

    Berger notes that, according to French media outlet Le Figaro, Russia's success could be explained by the Kremlin's "brilliant strategic plan" being put into action by Russian military forces.

    The Russian Aerospace Force works in close cooperation with the Syrian ground forces and such collaboration has proven to be very effective.

    The journalist also cites the Washington Post article by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, who believes that the root cause of Russia's success is that "Russian special forces are participating in combat alongside Syrian troops at the tactical level," unlike their American counterparts who prefer to remain behind the front line.

    "The presence of Russian special forces and advisers on the front line has, in turn, helped Syrian troops and President Bashar al-Assad's allies consolidate gains and take ground across the country," Gibbons-Neff suggested.

    Commenting on the liberation of Palmyra by joint Russo-Syrian forces, Boris Johnson, a British politician and Mayor of London noted in his Op-Ed for The Telegraph:

    "If Putin's troops have helped winkle the maniacs from Palmyra, then (it pains me to admit) that is very much to the credit of the Russians. They have made the West look ineffective; and so now is the time for us to make amends, and to play to our strengths," he underscored.

    However, at the same time, some Western media made an attempt to downplay Russia's achievements in Syria and even silence its gains. In one of his latest interviews on the John Batchelor Show, Professor Stephen F. Cohen bemoaned the fact that Western media were quick to forget that it was the Russian Air Force that disrupted Daesh's supply routes in Syria and helped the Syrian Arab Army expel terrorists from Palmyra. 

    As London Mayor Johnson noted, it is time for the West to play to its strengths. So, what lesson has the Western establishment learned from Russia's military operation?

    To answer this question Berger refers to an article by Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal entitled "Learning From Vladimir."

    Stephens admits that Russia's military forces have done a good job in Syria.

    "So what should the US do in Syria?" he asks.

    "Here's a thought: Give up on a unitary Syrian state, which guarantees a zero-sum struggle for power instead of a division of territorial spoils. Support Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria, backed by a tripwire US force to deter Turkish intervention, and an Alawite state around Latakia, backed by Russia, with the proviso that the Assads must go. Destroy ISIS [Daesh] and other Sunni jihadist groups by combining massive US air power and a coalition of Saudi, Egyptian and Jordanian troops," Stephens elaborates.

    In other words, divide and rule.

    It is hardly surprising that the American journalist proposed to deconstruct the Syrian state, since Washington has been harboring the plan for decades.

    "But maybe it's high time for the White House to put an end to its vicious policies in the Middle East. Instead of devising cunning anti-Russian plans, the US could finally start an actual fight against ISIS [Daesh] in Iraq and Syria to protect the world from this 'black plague of the 21st century'," Berger suggests in his turn. 


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      Hellooo ! The us government is not interested in doing what's right ! They are only interested in a one world tyranny with them in charge, better get right with your maker folks because the us government and those who run it do not care if they have to have a bloodbath to achieve their goal they will do it
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      There is no doubt that a huge contrast exists between the brilliant Russian strategic planning and execution of set objectives and the incompetent, bumbling American chaotic response to the threat of terrorism in Syria as one of the principal reasons why the former is a decisive success and the latter an unqualified disaster. Having said that, I believe that other forces are clearly at play in describing thevAmerican approach to the Syrian conflict. One, the US using her deep channels in Turkey and Saudi Arabia penetrated the 2011 reform protests, identified the key elements within the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist Sunni Salafist structures, funded and armed them, and thereafter, from a safe distance, proclaimed that the Syrian regime is using force to suppress peaceful protests. In essence, the US helped in creating the Syrian quagmire, aided by empire building nations like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, so at no point in time was the American goal to end the Syt
      Syrian conflict in a decisive manner y
      that favors the Assad regime.

      Two, the Americans proclaimed from the start that "Assad Must Go", so even if they have been forced by the reality on ground to partially swallow their words, that despicable policy remains on the table, and to that essence, it will not be in their interest that the conflict is resolved with Assad still in power.

      Three, the main beneficiaries of the carnage and chaos in Syria are American allies in the region- Isreal, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The end of terrorism and war will be to their gross disadvantage, so arming terrorists, militants, extremists and radical Islamists fits well into the American policy mindset. This is principally why the so called US anti-Daesh coalition in Syria is all motion without movement, a convenient smokescreen to mask their destabilization plot. This is also why the CIA trained rebels are embedded into as-Nusra Front, an a-Quaeda franchise and the US air forces are not targeting them.

      In essence, while it is true that the American Syrian strategy is a disaster, a failed policy and a failing mission, it must stated from the onset that the Americans have no intention of genuinely combating and defeating terrorism in Syria. To do so will harm their strategic interests. Period.
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      there may be another factor as well; according to some contributors here, the us military has been losing its brighter people for a while now. The people who are left, for the most part seem to be corporatists....
    • bugei009
      It's not Washington per se it's the Master's of they're Universe PTB who Washington works for. The illusion of choice & false paradigm we live in that exposed more than ever. The Oden Yinon / PNAC / Expansion of Greater Israel is the plan. The are trying to do this for the NWO OneReligion New Babylon being setup has a new AOR. The Neo Ottoman Caliphate is the Goal. To control the Craddle of Civilization again is the goal. Tigress to the Euphrates. Iran as well is needed. Temple of Ur / Babylon / Sumerian et al etc.
    • bugei009
      It's all about controlling the debt & staying in power. Control the debt & you control the conflict. The goal is PNAC / Greater Expnasion of Israel / Oded Yinon plan. This is why Israel has always had the Nukes folks.
      This why & how you know it's rigged.
      The real fight is over ancient geographical sites as it relates to our origins & Craddle of modern civilization. Sumerian / Babylon etc.
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      The US never will learn, never has.
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      " Russia succeeded in fighting against Daesh"....really? ISIS lost one city in ten months of russia pretending to fight them
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      madison0873in reply toUDENTA O UDENTA(Show commentHide comment)
      UDENTA O UDENTA, very well said.
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