How Syrians View Russia v. U.S.

Eric Zuesse

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U.S. President Obama’s chief aim in Syria is not to defeat the fundamentalist ISIS and Al Qaeda there, but to replace that country’s secular leader Bashar al-Assad, who is, on the basis of the above-cited evidence, far more popular in Syria than Obama is. Yet Obama says that militarily overthrowing Assad would be the ‘democratic’ thing to do.

Obama ‘introduced democracy’ into Libya by militarily overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi and sparking civil war there; and he ‘introduced democracy’ into Ukraine by a violent U.S.-planned coup getting rid of Viktor Yanukovych and sparking civil war there.

Before Obama, George W. Bush had brought ‘democracy’ to Iraq by overthrowing Saddam Hussein and sparking civil war there.

Is the ‘democracy’ in the United States itself still authentic, or is it instead now fake, such as America’s former President Jimmy Carter recently said — that the U.S. is no longer a democracy? If the U.S. is no longer a democracy, and yet accuses other governments of being dictatorships that the U.S. has a right to overthrow, then would that hypocrisy indicate a disrespect for the public’s intelligence? How much should a person trust Mr. Obama’s honesty?


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • jadan

    The American people should not trust Obama at all. He is a CIA construct. Birthers should not quibble over where he was born. A greater concern should be: is there a there there?

  • Army of Addicts

    Yeah, well, I didn’t vote for him either time.

  • AngelineJ

    I’m sorry Mr. Carter, but you were a major contributor to this mess when you instituted the first Ayatollah. And isn’t this reminiscent of another regime change we battled against Russia (USSR) causing us to institute the draft of our young men into the military? Only this time Russia is using their own military personnel. How did that conflict turn out? We are now on friendly trading terms with north Vietnam when there was no regime change. How does that make moms of those deceased soldiers who fought for democracy of north Vietnam feel? It also escalated the drug use here during the war and after. How about the moms who lost children in Iraq. How are they gonna feel when Iraq blows us off for Russia’s help? I told my husband before we went in to Iraq that the majority of those citizens do not understand, and we’re not capable of supporting, real principles of democracy and that the Christians there who were practicing their faith at the time, would be persecuted after Sadam is removed. Democracy can only happen if the citizens themselves make it happen. We should have learned our lesson when we helped to kick Russia out of Afganastan. How did that end? Unless you consider the Taliban a democracy. Wars are a waste of lives & resources. Instead of the money spent annilating countries, if we would have spent the same amount in humanitarian aid, I think the results would have been more positive. If we would have used the money to send enough food, water, and support for citizen small entrepreneurs, we might have created a desire for freedom and given them the real means to eventually stand up for themselves if they wanted to, instead of bombing out their infrastructure . At minimum, it might have helped them to create a climate for themselves that was less oppressive, and certainly would have fostered more goodwill towards Americans than what we have created now. Too late, we’re broke and soon may not be able to handle our own country. Anyway, I’m just an ex soccer Mom who kids are now adults, though I might sound more like an ex flower child from the sixties. All we need is love, what a novel idea. Though it might be too late for that as well.

    • unheilig

      Congratulations on getting just about everything wrong but still fumbling your way to a correct conclusion.

  • unheilig

    Obama is the psychopathic neocon oligarchy’s greatest stealth weapon against the people of the world.

    • cyndyt

      Whlie I am no fan of Obama, you are fooling yourself if you believe he did this all on his own. The fact is the US government was overthrown in WW1, and every President and most of the Congress since have been selling their souls and our Constitution to those who really control this country.