U.S. Invades Syria, And Warns Russia

Eric Zuesse

On Monday, August 22nd, the United States government — which demands the overthrow of the internationally-recognized-as-legal government of Syria — officially announced that America’s military forces in Syria will continue to occupy Syrian land, no matter what the Syrian government says, and will shoot down any Syrian planes that fly over U.S. forces there and that attack them.

As reported on Monday by Al-Masdar News:

The Pentagon has announced that the USA is ready to down Syrian and Russian planes that they claim threaten American advisers who by international law are illegally operating in northern Syria.

On Friday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis claimed that US jets attempted to intercept Syrian planes to protect the American advisers operating illegally with Kurdish forces in Syria after Syrian government jets bombed areas of Hasakah when Kurdish police began an aggression against the National Defense Force.

On Monday, another Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook, said, “We would continue to advise the Syrian regime to steer clear of those areas.”

“We are going to defend our people on the ground, and do what we need to defend them,” Cook told reporters. 

This means that the U.S. government will not allow the Syrian government to expel or otherwise eliminate U.S. forces in Syria. The Syrian government never invited U.S. forces into Syria, but the U.S. now officially dares the Syrian government to assert its sovereignty over the areas where America’s troops are located.

Al-Masdar continued:

When pushed further about Russia, Cook made it clear that the US would make the same aggression against Russian jets who are operating legally with the Syrian government’s approval and coordination.

“If they threaten US forces, we always have the right to defend our forces,” Cook said.

This means that the U.S. not only is at war against the legitimate government of Syria, but that the U.S. government will also be at war against Russia if Russian forces (which the Syrian government did invite into Syria) defend Syrian forces from attacks in Syria by U.S. forces — forces that are illegally there.

These U.S. forces number only 300, of whom 250 were sent to Syria on April 24th to serve as advisors to other illegal military forces in Syria.

The vast majority of the illegal military forces in Syria are jihadists who had been hired by the Saudi government and the Qatari government, and supplied with U.S. weapons, to overthrow the Syrian government. Most of the other illegal forces in Syria are Kurdish forces, supported by the U.S. government to break Syria apart so as to create a separate Kurdish state in the majority-Kurdish far north-eastern tip of Syria.

The primary U.S. goal in Syria is to overthrow the Syrian government, which is led by the Baath Party, Syria’s secular Party. Many Arabs insist upon Sharia, or Islamic law, but Syria’s Arabs are an exception; the Baath Party is and has always been supported by the majority of the Syrian people, including by most of Syria’s Arabs. Most Syrians are strongly opposed to Sharia law. Syria is the most secular nation in the Middle East.

For example, when Western-sponsored polls were taken in Syria, after the start in 2011 of the importation of jihadists into Syria, those polls showed that 55% of Syrians want Bashar al-Assad (the current leader of the Baath Party) to remain as Syria’s President, and “82% agree ‘IS [Islamic State] is US and foreign made group’.” Furthermore, only “22% agree ‘IS is a positive influence’,” and that 22% was the lowest level of support shown by Syrians for any of the presented statements, except for, “21% agree ‘Prefer life now than under Assad’” — meaning that Syrians believe that things were better before the U.S.-sponsored jihadists entered Syria to overthrow Assad.

Clearly, when “82% agree ‘IS [Islamic State] is US and foreign made group’,” very few people in Syria support the 300 U.S. forces there. Not only is the U.S. an invader, but it (and especially the forces that the U.S. supports in Syria — most especially the jihadists, who are the vast majority of these forces) made life far worse (and far shorter) for virtually all Syrians.

Furthermore, that same poll found: “70% agree ‘Oppose division of country’.” Consequently, the Kurdish separatists are likewise opposed by the vast majority of Syrians.

The Syrian government, from now on, is in the uncomfortable position of having invaders on its territory, and of being warned that one of them — the U.S. — will be fully at war against Syria if Syria tries to expel them.

Russia too is now under warning from the United States, that, if Russia, an ally of Syria, takes any action to expel or kill any of the U.S. invaders in Syria, then the U.S. will also be at war against Russia.

The U.S. government is now also daring the Russian government. Perhaps the U.S. strategy here is to force Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, either to back down, and abandon its Syrian ally, or else to launch a nuclear strike against the United States. If Putin backs down, that would greatly diminish his support from the Russian people, which is above 80% in all polls, including Western-sponsored ones. Perhaps this is the strategy of U.S. President Barack Obama, to drive Vladimir Putin out of office — something that might occur if the U.S. drives Bashar al-Assad out of office.

As Seymour Hersh reported, on 7 January 2016, “the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then [in the summer of 2013] led by General Martin Dempsey, forecast that the fall of the Assad regime would lead to chaos and, potentially, to Syria’s takeover by jihadi extremists, much as was then happening in Libya,” and so Dempsey quit, and Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, was fired over the matter. “The DIA’s reporting, he [Flynn] said, ‘got enormous pushback’ from the Obama administration. ‘I felt that they did not want to hear the truth.’”

Flynn is now a foreign-affairs advisor to the Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who is being criticized by the Democratic Presidential candidate, for being soft on Russia and insufficiently devoted to the U.S. goal of overthrowing Assad.


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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  • WOW.

    • BDUB

      …doesn’t even begin to describe this madness.

  • Nexusfast123

    The US is in serious decline and out of control. Its a pity all the Syrians can’t come together and fight a common invader – the US.

    • tom

      It’s a pity all the USA’s victims can’t band together and agree measures to minimize the harm the USA does to the world in future. As documented in the book “America Invades: How We’ve Invaded or been Militarily Involved with almost Every Country on Earth”,

      “[The USA] has invaded 84 out of the 194 countries recognized by the United Nations and has been militarily involved with 191 of those. (The holdouts, the authors note, are Andorra, Bhutan, and Liechtenstein)”.

      If people were reasonable, the UN would be nothing other than an “anti-USA club”. Yet because of the Americans’ adroit use of promises, threats, bribery, assassination, subversion, and the technique of divide-and-conquer, they almost always get their way. The fundamental problem is that national governments do not represent their people – often, so-called democracies are the worst in this respect – so many nations vote with the USA, even in support of the vilest and most harmful acts.

  • Charlie Primero

    In this recent interview a young veteran who later got his Master’s degree in International Relations explains how social engineering convinces American kids to go die for some billionaire’s petroleum play:


    MP3 direct link: http://rdice.net/a/a/r/16/RIR-160817-samuelfinley-hr1.mp3

  • Daniel “No Passport” Bruno

    Another superb article concerning Russia, but its missing two key elements: The Israeli Oded Yinon Plan for Greater Israel and Leslie Gelb,s speech to congress in 2000 and, how the failed coup in Turkey and Erdogan.s betrayal could boost Russia.s position. Another article today lament.s Detroit.s downfall, maybe Detroit needs Syrian advisors to show them how to rebuild. Anyway. I would tell Putin to call the brash US cowboy.s bluff: tell the US commander that he has 24 hours to leave Syria because all foreign planes will be shot down, be they US or Israeli. Now, whatcha u gonna do bout it? We, the American people, aint goin for no more stupid wars. GET OUR TROOPS OUT OF HARMS WAY.

    • Justinian

      No benefit to that kind of bravado. People who have actual responsibility for a nation have to think carefully about the impact of their decisions on the millions who sent them to do a job. US troops can’t be taken out of harms way; they are harms way. They are the Golem doing Israel’s dirty work, in the course of that work a few of them will die. (To Israeli’s this is nothing more than “mowing the grass” or “acceptable collateral damage” ) i.e. You were put here to die for them. lol. They sacrificed you on the USS Liberty, again on 9/11 and all the way in between. Why wouldn’t they sacrifice you again now? You can thank Hillary and Barack and George and William and George and Ronald….all the way back to Lyndon, for that. (Maybe not Jimmy, but I’m still not sure)

  • Carl_Herman

    USA! USA! That’s how we roll, and until enough wake-up to the “Emperor’s New Clothes” truth, this is how history will continue. Thank you, Eric; strongly and professionally documented.

    The US is an illegal rogue state. Until we have public demand for .01% arrests, we must have more evil. My best shot to document the rogue state: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/04/us-illegal-history-rogue-empire-requiring-arrests-present-introduction-define-rogue-state-perfect-match-us-illegal-wars-aggression-crimes-humanity.html

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    • Justinian

      Are Americans still capable of being stunned? This is an attempt to give the US a window until Hillary gets in. Russia will most likely work to bring the sides (Syria & the Kurds) together to make further incursions unnecessary. This will be opposed by the US and Turkey, which have other aims for Syria.

      • I am not surprised by anything after ten years of digging below the surface. I cannot and will not speak for others.

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  • mothwhoflysbackwards

    Putin won’t ever launch a strategic nuclear first strike. Maybe a tactical strike on a N.A.T.O. force in the Donbass, but only if any conventional Russian force is defeated leaving the road to Moscow wide open.

    Would Turkey, after the apparent reconciliation with Russia (though it could be a bluff to extract extra goodies from the E.U.), let America fly from Incirlik to attack Russian planes? Turkey would also be supporting a move to defend Kurds who are targeting the Syrian state, this seems unlikely. Assad must go (says the Turks) but not at the cost of a Kurdish state.

    “No Passport” is probably right, Putin will splash a few planes after warning us.

    If nukes are going to be used (not a first strike against Russia-too dangerous) they are most likely to be used by America in response to getting humiliated in Syria.

    So let’s all relax and smoke ’em if you got ’em. No nuclear war …. at least not now, and not started by Russia.

  • ICFubar

    There seems to have been a pause to the response of Syrian and Russia to this latest provocation-escalation while they no doubt try to quell the fighting between the Kurdish forces [police] and the Syrian garrison force and seek a peaceful solution. However, this is just the beginning of American machinations using the Kurds to open a new war front for the SAA and friends, selling a Kurdish nation to their dupes, while hoping to level the battlefield by threatening the RuAF and SAAF. using the necessity of protecting ground personnel as cover. That these troops are in an illegal situation under law does not seem to matter to the outlaw American regime. The Syrian response will be a turning point as to whether that nation survives with its present borders or if the Americans et al will be able to cut a chunk off through which Qatari gas can flow to Europe cutting out the Russian interest in being Europe’s supplier.

  • Silverado

    The criminal psychopathic neocons are at it again doing what they specialize in – warmongering. I’d give em 48 hours to withdraw and return home or we’re getting jail cells ready right now. This is just another outrage from those that think that’s what it is to be an American though for them that’s spelled Amerikan. How absolutely outrageous for our country and yet here’s another reason the enemy of my enemies is my friend Donald Trump will win in November by a landslide…