US plan for ‘regime change’ in Syria on track - Hagel

Developing Just Leadership

Crescent International

Muharram 10, 1436 2014-11-03

Daily News Analysis

by Crescent International

America's warlords continue to cause mayhem and destruction worldwide, armed with a messianic mission that they have the right to shape the world to suit their interests. The latest evidence of this megalomaniac mindset was revealed by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's insistence that the US policy of degrading the takfiri terrorists is actually helping Bashar al-Asad, whose overthrow is the real US objective.

Washington DC, Crescent online
November 3, 2014, 11:38 EST

American Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sees the events unfolding in Syria in apocalyptic terms, describing it as “long term war” that will usher in “a new world order.”

“We are living through one of these historic, defining times,” Hagel warned. “We are seeing a new world order —post-World War II, post-Soviet Union implosion.” Hagel made these comments at the Washington Ideas Festival on October 29, 2014.

Hagel declared that the US public should simply get used to the specter of total, endless war: “What we’re seeing in the Middle East with ISIL is going to require a steady, long-term effort. It's going to require coalitions of common interest,” Hagel said.

“Tyranny, terrorism, the challenges and threats to our country ... is going to be with us,” he said. “It’s a reality. I see these things continuing to stay out there.”

The language has Hagel used is almost identical to what is contained in the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) document prepared by America’s neo-cons in 1997. The PNAC document mentions “Full spectrum dominance” and perpetual war.

The neo-cons also talked about not allowing a rival power to emerge to challenge US hegemony. They also wanted the US military to be prepared to fight multiple wars and “win’.

When Hagel talks about “post-World War II” and “post-Soviet Union implosion,” he is echoing the neo-cons’ vocabulary. While he may be Secretary of Defense in a “Democratic” administration of Barack Obama, it does not matter who sit in the Oval Office that determines US policy.

That policy is crafted by the military-industrial-banking complex. The man (or in the unlikely event a woman in the future) in the White House simply carries out such policy. Slavery has not ended in the US; it has become more sophisticated.

This new world order of the neo-cons’ conception and now articulated by Hagel is one of violence and destruction where an evangelical US imagines that it can destroy Islam.

In this game plan, the destruction of Syria is central. However, the unexpected resistance that they have been encountering from Bashar al-Asad’s forces and Iran is threatening to topple everything they are fighting to gain.

On October 30, Yahoo News reported that Hagel had sent an angry memo to the White House, accusing it of unraveling the DoD’s [Department of Defense] policy. Hagel warned that the Syria policy was “in danger of unraveling” due to confusion over the US stance toward Asad, the paper wrote.

“The Obama administration has focused on defeating the Islamic State group in Iraq first, and described US-led air strikes in Syria as a way of disrupting the jihadists' supply lines,” noted the article.

As the news leaked, White House officials immediately released an announcement to counter the damage to public relations.

“The policy that we have for Assad is really clear: We believe that he’s lost the legitimacy to lead,” insisted White House spokesman Josh Earnest on October 31.

Think of imperial hubris: the US decides who has or has not got legitimacy in any country around the world.

This statement apparently was released in response to Hagel’s accusations that the White House was actually working with the Syrian military. Hagel’s memo warned that the White House insistence on being anti-Asad was being undercut by the war effort helping Asad.

These words are a flimsy effort to disguise a war whose net effect has simply been unending destruction in which civilians are merely collateral damage, another episode in the US’s war without end.


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