On March 7, I did a post, “Warmongers,” railing against three senators (John McCain, Joe Liberman, and Lindsey Graham) urging us to initiate military action against Syria in the name of human rights.
Turns out our military is already in Syria, in the form of Special Op Forces.
This is yet another war Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama got the United States in, at a time when:
- We are losing the war in Afghanistan, which is now America’s longest war;
- We can ill afford another war, with a national debt of more than $15 trillion, which now exceeds our GDP.
Bryant Jordan writes for Military.com, March 9, 2012, that according to a leaked Stratfor memo published by WikiLeaks, U.S. Special Operation Forces reportedly have been in Syria since December training groups to conduct guerrilla attacks and assassinations to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Stratfor is a Texas-based private intelligence-gathering company.
But Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. James Gregory said he could not comment on the memo’s authenticity, and that “due to the method” in which the memo was uncovered (by Wikileaks), it “seems to be pure conjecture.” He also said that DoD does not provide information on Special Operations deployments.
The claim of American Spec Ops Forces operating in Syria is made in an internal email dated Dec. 7, 2011, from an official at Stratfor. The writer — whose email reportedly belongs to the company’s director of analysis, Reva Bhalla — recounts a Pentagon meeting where officials “said without saying that SOF teams (presumably from US, UK, France, Jordan, Turkey) are already on the ground focused on recce [reconnaissance] missions and training opposition forces.” The idea ‘hypothetically’ is to commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces, elicit collapse from within. (Alawite is a minority branch of Islam to which the Assad family belongs.)
Last year during a breakfast meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Land Warfare Institute, Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, said that special operators have been in the Middle East since the “Arab Spring” started, but their mission was to keep volatile situations from getting worse:
“We also keep a close eye on and can’t ignore the other unstable regions in the world, and you’ve seen them in the mix here recently, too — Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan. I can tell you that just about any place you see things happening on the news we’ve got Army Special Operations forces there, and they’re doing a variety of different things to hopefully prevent and deter these things from getting worse. I’m not going to tell you exactly where our people are or aren’t. I’ll say that if it’s important to this nation we’ve probably got guys there. They may not be there now but they’ve been there or they’re going.”
During a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Pentagon has begun early work drawing up “options” for a military campaign against Syria, but insisted that force should be the last option for ending the bloodshed and that the U.S. must not act alone. “We can do anything,” Dempsey said. “It’s not about ‘can we do it,’ It’s the question of ‘should we do it,’ and what are the opportunity costs elsewhere.”