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Trump’s Illegal War in Syria Continues

U.S. jets bombed [1] pro-regime forces in Syria again on Sunday:

US-led coalition fighter jets reportedly bombarded pro-Syrian government forces on Sunday, rolling back their advance into oil-rich areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Syria.

The U.S. has repeatedly clashed with pro-regime forces in Syria in support of proxies that were originally fighting ISIS. The continued illegal U.S. military presence and our ongoing support for these proxies make conflict with the Syrian government and its allies more likely all the time. Our forces are committing acts of war inside Syria against the recognized government and its allies, and they have no business being there. No U.S. or allied security interests are served by this, but there is a risk of triggering a larger conflict with Syria’s patrons if these clashes keep occurring.

It bears repeating that Congress has never authorized any U.S. forces to be in Syria for any reason, and there was definitely never any vote to fight the Syrian government on behalf of rebel groups. Putting Americans in harm’s way in a foreign war zone for unclear goals unrelated to U.S. security is a misuse of the military and a waste of resources and manpower. U.S. forces need to be removed from Syria as quickly as possible before their illegal presence there pulls us into another unnecessary conflict.

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#1 Comment By gabriel On April 30, 2018 @ 11:56 pm

There is a certain irony in that if the Russians were to bomb American forces in Syria, they would be acting entirely within the bounds of international law – something that the US cannot claim to be obeying, but claim to be enforcing when they bomb Syria.

#2 Comment By Douglas K On May 1, 2018 @ 12:04 am

It doesn’t matter what Congress “authorizes” on the record. All that matters is what Congress lets the President get away with. Unless and until Congress is ready to start impeaching presidents for committing forces without authorization, presidents will keep doing whatever they want.

#3 Comment By SteveM On May 1, 2018 @ 9:35 am

Saudi Arabia and Israel want Assad gone and a new Sunni jihadist government emplaced place that would evict Iranian assets.

In service to its “allies”, the U.S. goal is actually very clear but very unstated for political cover, “regime change” in Syria.

Note too that the U.S. (regime) has now completely dismissed U.N. mandates and protocols related to war-making. Nikki Haley is now being lionized by the Trump hating Left because she’s a war-mongering Nutjob, completing that sorry devolution from international norms.

Related to foreign policy, the U.S. regime decoupled from both constitutional and U.N. constraints is essentially a rogue operation. The Warfare element of the Executive Branch will bomb, subvert, attack, who it wants, when it wants. And create false flag justifications for doing so.

Congress is feckless impotent, the public has been totally played by the militarist propaganda, the Left hates Trump more than it hates a war with Russia, Trump has surrounded himself with a cabal of war-mongers, Trump’s cabal also believes that it has the wisdom and insight to run the planet.

The stars are aligned for an incipient geo-political catastrophe ginned up by Washington Elites.

#4 Comment By b. On May 1, 2018 @ 10:30 am

“No U.S. or allied security interests are served by this”

The Bolt-On Mouthpieces of the ‘stablishment would disagree – the core problem of US impunitivism is a totalitarian definition of “nation securities interest”.

In the case of the “allies”, the opposite is true: the EU refugee and immigrant crises that the faux-Christian faux-Conservatives are parading as the main indicator of Europe’s imminent doom are the direct result of Bush/Obama/Clinton willingness to “meddle” and overthrow recognized – but inhuman – governments in Libya and Iraq, and their aggressive push to escalate Syria’s unrest into all out civil war. Setting aside the domestic concerns and the post-coloniotal grandstanding of UK and France misleadership, neither the Sarkozy coup to silence Gaddafi nor the Syria “virtue signalling” by missile perpetrated by our venal “allies” serves their own national interests, or that of their EU partners. If Europe is doomed, it will not be because of Russia or Islam, but because of their own undemocratic, corrupt oligarchies. Inbred wealth does not lead to good governance and functional societies.

#5 Comment By b. On May 1, 2018 @ 10:47 am

As tempting as it is to take the Pentagon’s claims of its own incompetence in “targeting” in Syria or, by sock puppet bombers, in Yemen, at face value, we cannot assume that US military actions in Syria actually reflect Trump administration policy.

We would do well to remember the previous “accidents”, specifically:

“The United States acknowledged [..] that its warplanes had carried out an airstrike [against an long-standing Syrian Army base] in Syria that resulted in the deaths of Syrian government troops. American military officials said the pilots in the attack, in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, believed they were targeting the Islamic State. Russia’s defense ministry said the United States attack had killed 62 Syrian troops, wounded 100 more and opened the way for an Islamic State offensive.”
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We are left with the choice of staggering incompetence or premeditated, mendacious violation of not only the rule of law, but even Obama administration directions, in 2016. It cannot even be ruled out that the DoD felt its own “window of opportunity” for “virtue signalling”, expecting an incoming Clinton administration.

Today, with a hollow effigy of man holding the Office of the President, we cannot be sure which of our dysfunctional and corrupt government institutions is the driver behind the escalations in Syria – many of which are targeting Iran.

Neither Mattis nor any of the military officers at the elevated heights of general staff appear to have any concerns regarding their oath, the Constitution, the “international order”, or the fact that they are placing their enlisted and commissioned personnel in harms way with double jeopardy – risking their troops’ lives in illegal acts of war, and placing the soldiers in “theaters” were they will inevitably commit war crimes of their own. How could we took for granted that the actions of such a cabal of careerists are faithfully implementing administration orders, just because those orders would be as illegal as the actions?

It has to be said that the “bumper support” for the troops that The People have chosen as their personal letters of indulgence does not “stick”. The buck stops with us, and the criminals and their crimes are our responsibility – unlike whatever crimes the Syrian government, or the Russian, or Iranian, or the North Korean. If their is a “responsibility to protect”, it surely extends to civilians hit by our bombs first, our own troops second, and certainly to the rule of law that was instituted to ensure both. Both us citizens and our elected government would do well to concern themselves with our own failings, before selectively calling other nations to account.

Regime change begins at home.

#6 Comment By Sid Finster On May 1, 2018 @ 11:59 am

Anyone who believes the stated purpose “We’re here to fight ISIS” is a fool.

#7 Comment By Richard B On May 1, 2018 @ 3:13 pm

Let’s not forget for a second that it was not President Trump who got us involved in Syria in the first place. It was his predecessor and his predecessor’s Secretary of State who bequeathed this to us.

#8 Comment By James On May 1, 2018 @ 5:35 pm

Let’s not forget for a second that it was not President Trump who got us involved in Syria in the first place.

What makes you think anyone has forgotten (and, technically, the policy actually began under Dubya — see “The Redirection”)?

The problem now is that Trump has not only embraced Obama’s policy but has taken it to the next level (open occupation of Syria).

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And the bombing of pro-Syria forces is the US military protecting the remnants of ISIS. It’s the same reason why the US military has refrained from fighting ISIS for months.

#9 Comment By betrayed On May 5, 2018 @ 4:52 am

“Let’s not forget for a second that it was not President Trump who got us involved in Syria in the first place. It was his predecessor and his predecessor’s Secretary of State who bequeathed this to us.”

You’re right. But Trump promised to get us out. We’re coming up on 1.5 years into his administration, and he still hasn’t done it. Instead he’s dragging us in even deeper than Obama and Clinton did.