American Foreign Policy Is A Trainwreck

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Written by Will Porter; Originally appeared at The Daily Sheeple

Over the last several years, figuring out whose side America is fighting on in Iraq and Syria has not been easy, but in recent weeks that task has become impossible. Instead of hedging bets on a prospective victor in either conflict, the U.S. is apparently content to back all sides.

American Foreign Policy Is A Trainwreck

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Shipments of American weapons to Syrian Kurds began Wednesday, fulfilling plans announced earlier this month. While the Pentagon refuses to disclose what weapons they are sending, those familiar with the shipments say they will likely involve a few armored vehicles, light arms and ammunition. The Kurds will participate in the operation to expel the Islamic State from Raqqa, the group’s self-proclaimed capital city.

The Turks are not happy with this move, as they view the American-backed Kurds as an extension of the PKK (the Kurdistan Workers Party), a political party in Turkey that has been designated a terrorist group. Turkey hopes to convince Washington to abandon its Kurdish proxies in favor of a force of 10,000 Turkish-backed rebels, but it isn’t yet clear if the American administration is ready to do that.

“We told [Washington] there are many alternatives for Raqqa and they didn’t disagree,” one Turkish official familiar with the situation told Reuters. “They said ‘we understand your sensitivities, we don’t recognize their (YPG) territorial ambitions’.” The YPG is a Kurdish militia active in Syria, one of the main forces comprising the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and a recipient of American arms.

Two days after the Trump administration announced its plans to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria, it also told Turkish officials it would support them in their fight with the PKK. That may not hint at any change in the decision to back the Kurds, but it points to an inconsistency in American policy, backing both the Turks in their fight with Kurds, and the Kurds in their efforts against ISIS.

Meanwhile in Iraq, the United States fights alongside Iran-backed Shi’ite militias, commonly known as Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMFs, in the effort to push ISIS out of its urban stronghold in Mosul. While the PMFs have been a supplementary force to the larger Iraqi army, the militias have at times played a more significant role in the fight against ISIS. Just this Monday a PMF liberated several Iraqi villages from ISIS control, and earlier on in the operation to take Mosul PMFs assisted the Iraqi Security Forces with clearing areas around the city.

Just a few miles west, however, in Syria, the United States is arming its rebel fighters in order to fend off those very same Shi’ite militias. This is done in the name of curtailing Iranian influence in the region, but it amounts to placing a major roadblock in front of Syria’s own push against the Islamic State.

The Shi’ite militias in Iraq and Syria are currently trying to link up to secure a vital surface supply route via the Damascus-Baghdad highway, but the U.S. does not want that to happen.

The route would help the Syrian government coordinate its attack on Raqqa, but the U.S. appears ready to scuttle any attempt made to secure the highway, even bombing a Shi’ite militia convoy allied with the Syrian government on May 18. This two-faced policy could hardly be more blatant.

In Northern Syria, moreover, the United States has resumed support for Free Syrian Army rebels, who have been fighting with the Syrian regime for years. The groups will operate in Idlib, the western portion of the Aleppo Province and parts of Latakia. One FSA commander denied reports that the rebels would be fighting the al-Qaeda-dominated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, confirming that the U.S. has resumed anti-regime operations.

The Trump administration announced in late March that regime change was off the table in Syria, but barely one week later launched a punitive Tomahawk missile strike in response to an alleged regime chemical weapons attack in the town of Khan Sheikhun. The chemical attack was never proven to have been carried out by the regime, but who ever needed facts to justify military action?

The U.S. is now engaged in fighting the Syrian government as well as the regime’s greatest enemy, the Islamic State. At the same time, America fights alongside Assad-friendly Shi’ite militias taking on ISIS in Iraq, but seeks to diminish their gains next door in Syria, where they also fight ISIS. Support for Kurds will likely continue, but with simultaneous cooperation with their Turkish enemies.

Add to the heap possible plans for long-term American presence in Eastern Syria, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Perhaps retired CIA officer Phil Giraldi is correct when he says America has no foreign policy, since that implies a coherent set of ideas and sensible plans. This, as we have seen, America does not have.

For now, the administration is willing to put $1 million on red, $1 million on black, and let the wheel spin.

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  • Joe Doe

    AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY IS to destroy and conquer the world at any cost

    • bonami

      Not quite, although it does look like that on the surface, US foreign policy is a continuance of the British Empires Colonial policy of bow, or die.

  • qveenz

    Until the ball fall on “0” … !???

  • Douglas Houck

    Good summary.

    “…a recipe for disaster.”

  • Grüßchen

    not that i disagree but to expect a clearly legible signature in foreign policy or that governments and intelligence always work in one & the same direction, is a bit naive.

  • BL

    America’s foreign policy in the Middle East is Israel’s foreign policy, and that is the creation of the Greater Israel with borders from the rivers Nile to the Euphrates. Once you understand that fact then you also understand the US support for the Kurds as the creation of a fake illegitimate state called “Kurdistan” would be perfectly aligned with the goal of expanding the borders of the fake illegitimate state of Israel. Notice how the borders of these two projects match perfectly:

    https://static.gamespot.com/uploads/original/1560/15606310/2952437-1445076415715.jpg
    http://www.factsandopinions.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Kurdistan_project_en_2.png

    • Solomon Krupacek

      kid,

      1st, there is no match.

      2nd, only sick people can believe, that 5 million jews want live in 1 state with 100 million arabs.

      these old phantasmagories were drawn by some idiots in age of imperialism. never were relly plans and today sure is not part of IL policy. similar people like you – ultranationalists – propagate without any effect.

      • BL

        1. They plan to make them match, don’t worry
        2. Logical fallacy, numbers or populations has nothing to do with what I just said. The Jews control all the levers of powers in the United States, that’s a verifiable fact, it’s irrelevant what the Jewish population in the world is.

        Please don’t waste my time anymore Jew.

        • Solomon Krupacek

          jew is your cock :) dirty, ugly and little :DDDDD

          • BL

            Yeah I agree you kikes are ugly and dirty

          • Alex Mayers

            Non of you are jews lol stop acting like kids.

          • Jacek Wolski

            Megyn Kelly’s 3 year old could come up with a better rhetorical comeback. Lift your game please.

          • BL

            Shut up kike

          • Jacek Wolski

            Odin would not be happy with your transgressions. One day whence you depart Midgård, Niflheim awaits your wretched soul.

          • BL

            Die kike die

          • Jacek Wolski

            A parrot has a larger vocabulary than yourself!

        • Jacek Wolski

          “This reminds me of anti-Semitism,” Putin said. “The Jews are to blame for everything. An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good.”

      • John Brown

        Racist supremacist Jews liked it when they had blacks as slaves when the blacks were 99% of the population. The same is planned for Arabs and all Goyim.
        According to an interview given by Orthodox Rabbi Lody van de Kamp to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency newspaper on December 26, 2013: “Money was earned by Jewish
        communities in South America, through slavery, and went to Holland, where Jewish bankers handled it….In one area of what used to be Dutch Guyana, 40 Jewish-owned plantations were home to a total population of at least 5,000 slaves,” he says. “Known as the Jodensavanne, or Jewish Savannah, the area had a Jewish community of several hundred before its destruction in a slave uprising in 1832. Nearly all of them immigrated to Holland, bringing their accumulated wealth with them.”
        They came with ships carrying African blacks to be sold as slaves. The traffic
        in slaves was a royal monopoly, and the Jews were often appointed as agents for
        the Crown in their sale. They were the largest ship chandlers in the entire
        Caribbean region, where the shipping business was mainly a Jewish enterprise.
        The ships were not only owned by Jews, but were manned by Jewish crews and
        sailed under the command of Jewish captains
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqzDSrR4L4w
        Judah Philip Benjamin served as the Attorney General, Secretary of War, and
        Secretary of State for the Confederacy. The first Jewish-American to serve on an executive cabinet in American history, he has received the title “brains of the Confederacy” by scholars for his apparent position as Jefferson Davis’ right hand.
        https://www.civilwar.org/learn/biographies/judah-phillip-benjamin
        http://www.jta.org/2013/12/26/news-opinion/world/dutch-rabbi-confronts-jews-with-ancestors-complicity-in-slavery

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    It is not American foreign policy; it is Jew foreign policy.

  • John Brown

    America has no foreign policy it is a conquered vassal state
    of Israel. Israel’s policy in Syria is for the war to go on long enough until Syria
    is totally destroyed and Israel can conquer it according to the Yinon plan for
    a greater racist supremacist Israel.

    • Thegr8rambino

      Yes this is the truth

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